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The Best Billy Bob Thornton Movies

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List of the best Billy Bob Thornton movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Though he had already been a working actor for 10 years, 1996's Sling Blade made Billy Bob Thornton a star. Billy Bob Thornton'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 Billy Bob Thornton movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Billy Bob Thornton movies will be at the top of the list. Billy Bob Thornton has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Billy Bob Thornton movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Billy Bob Thornton films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

Examples of films on this list include The Ice Harvest and Bad Santa.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Billy Bob Thornton movies?" and "What are the greatest Billy Bob Thornton roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Thornton's dramatic roles, you might also enjoy our list of best Bruce Willis movies and best John Cusack movies.


  • 1

    Sling Blade

    Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton


    Directed byBilly Bob Thornton

    Sling Blade is a 1996 American drama film set in rural Arkansas, written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton, who also stars in the lead role. It tells the story of a man named Karl Childers with a...  more

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  • 2

    Pushing Tin

    Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett


    Directed byMike Newell

    Pushing Tin is a 1999 comedy-drama film directed by Mike Newell. It centers on Nick Falzone, a cocky air traffic controller who quarrels over proving "who's more of a man" with fellow employee...  more
  • 3

    The Astronaut Farmer

    Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton


    Directed byMichael Polish, Polish brothers

    The Astronaut Farmer is a 2006 American drama film directed by Michael Polish, who co-wrote the screenplay with his brother Mark. The story focuses on a Texas rancher who constructs a rocket in his...  more
  • 4

    Waking Up in Reno

    Charlize Theron, Penélope Cruz


    Directed byJordan Brady

    Waking Up in Reno is a 2002 American comedy drama film directed by Jordan Brady. The screenplay by Brent Briscoe and Mark Fauser focuses on two redneck couples taking a road trip from Little Rock to...  more
  • 5

    The Ice Harvest

    John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton


    Directed byHarold Ramis

    The Ice Harvest is a 2005 thriller comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and written by Richard Russo and Robert Benton, based on the novel of the same name by Scott Phillips. It stars John Cusack,...  more
  • 6

    Monster's Ball

    Halle Berry, Sean Combs


    Directed byMarc Forster

    Monster's Ball is a 2002 American romantic drama film directed by German-Swiss director Marc Forster starring Halle Berry, Billy Bob Thornton and Heath Ledger. The film tells the story of a poor...  more

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  • 7

    School for Scoundrels

    Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller


    Directed byTodd Phillips

    School for Scoundrels is a 2006 American feature/comedy film, starring Billy Bob Thornton and Jon Heder, and directed by Todd Phillips. The film is based on the 1960 British film of the same name....  more
  • 8

    The Alamo

    Emily Deschanel, Billy Bob Thornton


    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    The Alamo is a 2004 American film about the Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution. The film was directed by Texan John Lee Hancock, produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Mark Johnson,...  more

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  • 9

    Love Actually

    Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert


    Directed byRichard Curtis

    Love Actually is a 2003 British Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by Richard Curtis. The screenplay delves into different aspects of love as shown through ten separate...  more

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  • 10

    One False Move

    Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Paxton


    Directed byCarl 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 low-budget...  more
  • 11

    A Simple Plan

    Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Paxton


    Directed bySam 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 stars...  more
  • 12

    Bad Santa

    Lauren Graham, Billy Bob Thornton


    Directed byTerry Zwigoff

    Bad Santa is a 2003 American Christmas black comedy film directed by Terry Zwigoff, and starring Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, and Lauren Graham, with Tony Cox, Brett Kelly, Lauren Tom, and John...  more

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  • 13

    Bad News Bears

    Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden


    Directed byRichard Linklater

    Bad News Bears is the 2005 remake of the 1976 comedy film The Bad News Bears, produced by Paramount Pictures. It is directed by Richard Linklater and stars Billy Bob Thornton, Greg Kinnear, Marcia...  more

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  • 14


    Kirsten Dunst, Morgan Freeman


    Directed byEd Solomon

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  • 15

    Jayne Mansfield's Car

    Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon


    Directed byBilly Bob Thornton

    Jayne Mansfield's Car is a 2012 drama film directed by Billy Bob Thornton, marking his first directing job since 2001's Daddy and Them. Thornton also stars alongside Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Kevin...  more
  • 16

    Dead Man

    Johnny Depp, Steve Buscemi


    Directed byJim Jarmusch

    This film is a 1995 American Western film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. It stars Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Billy Bob Thornton, Iggy Pop, Crispin Glover, John Hurt, Michael Wincott, Lance...  more

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  • 17


    Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Lee Curtis


    Directed byStephen Gyllenhaal

    When a Pot Baron (Lithgown) is killed in a remote field in Northern California and his three farm hands (Phillippe, Thornton and Azaria) are the only witnesses, an odd comedy ensues as they try to...  more

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  • 18

    Primary Colors

    John Travolta, Emma Thompson


    Directed byMike Nichols

    Primary Colors is a 1998 drama film based on the novel Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics, a roman à clef about Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign in 1992, which originally had been...  more
  • 19

    Eagle Eye

    Julianne Moore, Shia LaBeouf


    Directed byD. J. Caruso

    Eagle Eye is a 2008 American science fictional technology action thriller film directed by D. J. Caruso and starring Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan and Billy Bob Thornton. LaBeouf and Monaghan...  more
  • 20

    On Deadly Ground

    Steven Seagal, Michael Caine


    Directed bySteven Seagal

    This film is a 1994 environmental action-adventure film, co-produced, directed by and starring Steven Seagal, and co-starring an all-star cast that includes Michael Caine, Joan Chen, John C....  more
  • 21

    The Man Who Wasn't There

    Scarlett Johansson, Billy Bob Thornton


    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    The Man Who Wasn't There is a 2001 British-American neo-noir film written, produced and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Billy Bob Thornton stars in the title role. Also featured are Tony Shalhoub,...  more
  • 22

    The Baytown Outlaws

    Eva Longoria, Billy Bob Thornton


    Directed byBarry Battles

    The Baytown Outlaws is a 2012 action comedy film directed by Barry Battles in his directorial debut, and written by Battles and Griffin Hood. The film stars Andre Braugher, Clayne Crawford, Daniel...  more
  • 23

    Puss in Boots

    Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas


    Directed byChris Miller

    Puss in Boots is a 2011 American computer-animated action comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation, directed by Chris Miller, executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, and written by Brian Lynch,...  more

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  • 24


    Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino


    Directed byGeorge Tillman, Jr.

    Faster is 2010 action film written by Joe Gayton and Tony Gayton and directed by George Tillman Jr.....  more

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  • 25

    Princess Mononoke

    Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson


    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

    Princess Mononoke is a 1997 anime epic action historical fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It was animated by Studio Ghibli and produced by Toshio Suzuki. The film stars the voices...  more

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