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The Best Bill Paxton Movies

Updated June 14, 2019 7.9k votes 1.1k voters 38.8k views57 items

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List of the best Bill Paxton movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Bill Paxton's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Bill Paxton movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Bill Paxton movies will be at the top of the list. Bill Paxton has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Bill Paxton movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Bill Paxton films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Bill Paxton role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Bill Paxton performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

These films from Bill Paxton's filmography, like Twister and Tombstone include images and trailers when available. 

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  • 1
    Twister is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bill Paxton Movies
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    Twister

    Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Released1996

    Directed byJan de Bont

    Twister is a 1996 American disaster drama film starring Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt as storm... more on Wikipedia
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    Tombstone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bill Paxton Movies
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    Tombstone

    Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell

    Released1993

    Directed byKevin Jarre, George P. Cosmatos

    Tombstone is a 1993 American western film directed by George P. Cosmatos, written by Kevin... more on Wikipedia
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    Aliens is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bill Paxton Movies
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    Aliens

    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Released1986

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Aliens is a 1986 American science-fiction action horror film written and directed by James... more on Wikipedia
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    True Lies is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bill Paxton Movies
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    True Lies

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku

    Released1994

    Directed byJames Cameron

    True Lies is a 1994 American action-comedy film written and directed by James Cameron, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Weird Science is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bill Paxton Movies
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    Weird Science

    Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

    Weird Science is a 1985 American teen sci-fi comedy film written and directed by John Hughes... more on Wikipedia
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    Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bill Paxton Movies
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    Apollo 13

    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard

    Released1995

    Directed byRon Howard

    Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars... more on Wikipedia

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    The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bill Paxton Movies
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    The Terminator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton

    Released1984

    Directed byJames Cameron

    The Terminator is a 1984 American science fiction/horror action film directed by James... more on Wikipedia

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    Edge of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bill Paxton Movies
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    Edge of Tomorrow

    Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt

    Released2014

    Directed byDoug Liman

    Edge of Tomorrow is a 2014 American military science fiction thriller film directed by Doug... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Stripes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bill Paxton Movies
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    Stripes

    Bill Murray, John Candy

    Released1981

    Directed byIvan Reitman

    Stripes is a 1981 American comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murray, Harold... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Trespass is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bill Paxton Movies
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    Trespass

    Ice Cube, Ice-T

    Released1992

    Directed byWalter Hill

    Trespass is a 1992 action-crime-thriller movie directed by Walter Hill, starring Bill Paxton,... more on Wikipedia

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    Frailty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bill Paxton Movies
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    Frailty

    Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton

    Released2001

    Directed byBill Paxton

    Frailty is a 2002 psychological thriller film, directed by and starring Bill Paxton, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Titanic is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bill Paxton Movies
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    Titanic

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Club Dread is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bill Paxton Movies
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    Club Dread

    Bill Paxton, Brittany Daniel

    Released2004

    Directed byJay Chandrasekhar

    Club Dread is a 2004 comedy horror film written by the comedy group Broken Lizard, who also... more on Wikipedia

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    A Simple Plan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bill Paxton Movies
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    A Simple Plan

    Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Paxton

    Released1998

    Directed bySam Raimi

    A Simple Plan is a 1998 American neo-noir thriller film, and an adaptation of the 1993 novel... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Indian Summer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bill Paxton Movies
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    Indian Summer

    Diane Lane, Bill Paxton

    Released1993

    Directed byMike Binder

    Indian Summer is a 1993 comedy drama film written and directed by Mike Binder. The movie was... more on Wikipedia
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    Streets of Fire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bill Paxton Movies
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    Streets of Fire

    Willem Dafoe, Diane Lane

    Released1984

    Directed byWalter Hill

    Streets of Fire is a 1984 film directed by Walter Hill and co-written by Hill and Larry Gross.... more on Wikipedia
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    Nightcrawler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bill Paxton Movies
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    Nightcrawler

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo

    Released2014

    Directed byDan Gilroy

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    2 Guns is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bill Paxton Movies
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    2 Guns

    Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington

    Released2013

    Directed byBaltasar Kormákur

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    Vertical Limit is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bill Paxton Movies
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    Vertical Limit

    Bill Paxton, Robin Tunney

    Released2000

    Directed byMartin Campbell

    Vertical Limit is a 2000 American action thriller film directed by New Zealander Martin... more on Wikipedia
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    Predator 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bill Paxton Movies
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    Predator 2

    Gary Busey, Bill Paxton

    Released1990

    Directed byStephen Hopkins

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    Commando is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bill Paxton Movies
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    Commando

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alyssa Milano

    Released1985

    Directed byMark L. Lester

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    U-571 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bill Paxton Movies
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    U-571

    Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bon Jovi

    Released2000

    Directed byJonathan Mostow

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    The Greatest Game Ever Played is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bill Paxton Movies
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    The Greatest Game Ever Played

    Shia LaBeouf, Peyton List

    Released2005

    Directed byBill Paxton

    The Greatest Game Ever Played is a 2005 biographical sports film based on the early life of... more on Wikipedia

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    Navy SEALs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bill Paxton Movies
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    Navy SEALs

    Charlie Sheen, Bill Paxton

    Released1990

    Directed byLewis Teague

    Navy SEALS is a 1990 action film, directed by Lewis Teague, written by Chuck Pfarrer and Gary... more on Wikipedia
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    Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bill Paxton Movies
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    Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

    Selena Gomez, Salma Hayek

    Released2003

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

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