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The Best Bill Paxton Movies 

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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. 

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Bill Paxton movies?" and "What are the greatest Bill Paxton roles of all time?"

Notable directors that have worked with Bill Paxton include names like Ron Howard, James Cameron and John Hughes. Bill Paxton has been in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Tommy Lee Jones and Timothy Olyphant in terms of fame and success.

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Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

Released: 1986

Directed by: James Cameron

Aliens is a 1986 American science-fiction action horror film written and directed by James Cameron, produced by his then-wife Gale Anne Hurd, and starring Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael ...more

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Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Charlton Heston

Released: 1993

Directed by: Kevin Jarre, George P. Cosmatos

Tombstone is a 1993 American western film directed by George P. Cosmatos, written by Kevin Jarre and starring Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer, with Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Michael ...more

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#10 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #328 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

Released: 1995

Directed by: Ron Howard

Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by William Broyles, ...more

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#53 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #115 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Paxton

Released: 1996

Directed by: Jan de Bont

Twister is a 1996 American disaster drama film starring Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt as storm chasers researching tornadoes. It was directed by Jan de Bont from a screenplay by Michael Crichton ...more

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#156 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #328 of 571 Things That Are Not As Cool As People Think They Arelisted on The Highest Grossing 90s Movies

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis

Released: 1994

Directed by: James Cameron

True Lies is a 1994 American action-comedy film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in the lead roles with Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton, ...more

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#102 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #7 of 99 The Greatest Movie Remakes of All Timelisted on The Highest Grossing 90s Movies

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Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton

Released: 1985

Directed by: John Hughes

Weird Science is a 1985 American teen sci-fi comedy film written and directed by John Hughes and starring Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, and Kelly LeBrock. The film's producer, Joel ...more

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

Released: 1984

Directed by: James Cameron

The Terminator is a 1984 American science fiction/horror action film directed by James Cameron, written by Cameron and the film's producer Gale Anne Hurd. Schwarzenegger plays the Terminator, a ...more

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Bill Murray, John Candy, Dennis Quaid

Released: 1981

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

Stripes is a 1981 American comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P. J. Soles, and John Candy. It also featured several actors in their first ...more

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#391 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #31 of 1,009 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #26 of 1,196 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe

Released: 2001

Directed by: Bill Paxton

Frailty is a 2002 psychological thriller film, directed by and starring Bill Paxton, and co-starring Matthew McConaughey. It marks Paxton's directorial debut. The plot focuses on the strange ...more

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#373 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #873 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Paxton, Bridget Fonda

Released: 1998

Directed by: Sam Raimi

A Simple Plan is a 1998 American neo-noir thriller film, and an adaptation of the 1993 novel of the same name by Scott B. Smith, who also wrote the screenplay. Directed by Sam Raimi, the film ...more

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

Released: 1997

Directed by: James Cameron

Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A seventeen-year-old aristocrat (Kate Winslet) falls in love with a kind but poor artist (Leonardo DiCaprio) ...more

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Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton

Released: 2014

Directed by: Doug Liman

Edge of Tomorrow is a 2014 American military science fiction thriller film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Doug Liman directed the film. The film takes place in a future where Earth is ...more

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#509 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #174 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #18 of 157 The Best Science Fiction Action Movies

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Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bon Jovi, Bill Paxton

Released: 2000

Directed by: Jonathan Mostow

U-571 is a 2000 film directed by Jonathan Mostow, and starring Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel, Thomas Kretschmann, Jon Bon Jovi, Jack Noseworthy, Will Estes and Tom Guiry. In ...more

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#71 of 379 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #43 of 221 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Gary Busey, Bill Paxton, Danny Glover

Released: 1990

Directed by: Stephen Hopkins

Predator 2 is a 1990 American science fiction action horror film written by Jim and John Thomas, directed by Stephen Hopkins, and starring Danny Glover and Kevin Peter Hall. The film is a sequel ...more

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#503 of 799 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #184 of 219 The Worst Sequels Of All Time #82 of 180 The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alyssa Milano, Bill Paxton

Released: 1985

Directed by: Mark L. Lester

Commando is a 1985 American action film directed by Mark L. Lester, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rae Dawn Chong. The film was released in the United States on October 4, 1985. The film ...more

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Charlie Sheen, Bill Paxton, Dennis Haysbert

Released: 1990

Directed by: Lewis Teague

Navy SEALS is a 1990 action film, directed by Lewis Teague, written by Chuck Pfarrer and Gary Goldman, and produced by Brenda Feigen and Bernard Williams with consultant William Bradley. The ...more
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Charlize Theron, Bill Paxton, Regina King

Released: 1998

Directed by: Ron Underwood

Mighty Joe Young is a 1998 Disney family film starring Bill Paxton and Charlize Theron and directed by Ron Underwood. It is based on the 1949 film of the same name. In this version, the ape is ...more

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#124 of 140 The Best Disney Live-Action Movies #116 of 199 The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Bill Paxton, Robin Tunney, Chris O'Donnell

Released: 2000

Directed by: Martin Campbell

Vertical Limit is a 2000 American action thriller film directed by New Zealander Martin Campbell starring, among others, Chris O'Donnell, Bill Paxton, Robin Tunney and Scott Glenn. The film was ...more
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Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Adrian Pasdar

Released: 1987

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

Near Dark is a 1987 American vampire Western horror film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by her and Eric Red. The story follows a young man in a small midwestern town who becomes ...more

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#388 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #171 of 799 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #449 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

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Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Paxton, Cynda Williams

Released: 1991

Directed by: Carl Franklin

One False Move is a 1992 American thriller film co-written by Billy Bob Thornton. The film stars Thornton alongside Bill Paxton and Cynda Williams and was directed by Carl Franklin. The ...more
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Liam Neeson, Ben Stiller, Helen Hunt

Released: 1989

Directed by: John Irvin

Next of Kin is a 1989 American action film directed by John Irvin and starring Patrick Swayze and Liam Neeson, with Adam Baldwin and Ben Stiller in one of his earliest roles. The screenplay was ...more
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Ice Cube, Ice-T, Bill Paxton

Released: 1992

Directed by: Walter Hill

Trespass is a 1992 action-crime-thriller movie directed by Walter Hill, starring Bill Paxton, Ice Cube, Ice-T, and William Sadler. Paxton and Sadler star as two firemen who decide to search an ...more
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Willem Dafoe, Diane Lane, Kathy Griffin

Released: 1984

Directed by: Walter Hill

Streets of Fire is a 1984 film directed by Walter Hill and co-written by Hill and Larry Gross. It was described in previews, trailers, and posters as "A Rock & Roll Fable". It is ...more

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton

Released: 2014

Directed by: Dan Gilroy

Nightcrawler is a 2014 American neo-noir thriller film written and directed by Dan Gilroy in his directorial debut. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal who starts shooting footage in Los Angeles and ...more

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#158 of 254 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #15 of 108 The Greatest Directorial Debuts Of All Time

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Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Paula Patton

Released: 2013

Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur

2 Guns is a 2013 American action comedy film directed by Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur and starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. Based on a comic book series of the same ...more

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