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The Best Billy Bob Thornton Movies

Updated December 9, 2019 3.1k votes 649 voters 73.7k views53 items

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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.

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  • Sling Blade1
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    Sling Blade

    Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton

    Released1996

    Directed byBilly Bob Thornton

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    Bad Santa

    Lauren Graham, Billy Bob Thornton

    Released2003

    Directed byTerry Zwigoff

    Bad Santa is a 2003 American Christmas black comedy film directed by Terry Zwigoff, and...  more

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    Monster's Ball

    Halle Berry, Sean Combs

    Released2002

    Directed byMarc Forster

    Monster's Ball is a 2002 American romantic drama film directed by German-Swiss director Marc...  more

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    Pushing Tin

    Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett

    Released1999

    Directed byMike Newell

    Pushing Tin is a 1999 comedy-drama film directed by Mike Newell. It centers on Nick Falzone, a...  more

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  • Homegrown5
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    Homegrown

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Released1998

    Directed byStephen Gyllenhaal

    When a Pot Baron (Lithgown) is killed in a remote field in Northern California and his three...  more

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  • A Simple Plan6
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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

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  • Daddy and Them7
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    Daddy and Them

    Ben Affleck, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Released2001

    Directed byBilly Bob Thornton

    Daddy and Them is a 2001 American film written and directed by, as well as starring Billy Bob...  more
  • Bad News Bears8
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    Bad News Bears

    Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden

    Released2005

    Directed byRichard Linklater

    Bad News Bears is the 2005 remake of the 1976 comedy film The Bad News Bears, produced by...  more

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  • Levity9
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    Levity

    Kirsten Dunst, Morgan Freeman

    Released2003

    Directed byEd Solomon

    Levity is a 2003 drama film directed by Ed Solomon. Its theatrical release was on April 4. The...  more
  • Jayne Mansfield's Car10
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    Jayne Mansfield's Car

    Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon

    Released2012

    Directed byBilly Bob Thornton

    Jayne Mansfield's Car is a 2012 drama film directed by Billy Bob Thornton, marking his first...  more
  • Eagle Eye11
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    Eagle Eye

    Julianne Moore, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2008

    Directed byD. J. Caruso

    Eagle Eye is a 2008 American science fictional technology action thriller film directed by D....  more
  • The Alamo12
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    The Alamo

    Emily Deschanel, Billy Bob Thornton

    Released2004

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    The Alamo is a 2004 American film about the Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution....  more

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  • The Man Who Wasn't There13
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    The Man Who Wasn't There

    Scarlett Johansson, Billy Bob Thornton

    Released2001

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    The Man Who Wasn't There is a 2001 British-American neo-noir film written, produced and...  more
  • The Baytown Outlaws14
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    The Baytown Outlaws

    Eva Longoria, Billy Bob Thornton

    Released2012

    Directed byBarry Battles

    The Baytown Outlaws is a 2012 action comedy film directed by Barry Battles in his directorial...  more
  • The Ice Harvest15
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    The Ice Harvest

    John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton

    Released2005

    Directed byHarold Ramis

    The Ice Harvest is a 2005 thriller comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and written by Richard...  more

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  • Faster16
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    Faster

    Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino

    Released2010

    Directed byGeorge Tillman, Jr.

    Faster is 2010 action film written by Joe Gayton and Tony Gayton and directed by George...  more
  • Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade17
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    Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade

    Billy Bob Thornton, Molly Ringwald

    Released1994

    Directed byGeorge Hickenlooper

    Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade is a short film written by Billy Bob Thornton, directed by...  more
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  • Princess Mononoke18
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    Princess Mononoke

    Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson

    Released1997

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

    Princess Mononoke is a 1997 anime epic action historical fantasy film written and directed by...  more
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  • The Apostle19
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    The Apostle

    Farrah Fawcett, Robert Duvall

    Released1997

    Directed byRobert Duvall

    The Apostle is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by Robert Duvall, who stars in...  more

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  • The Informers20
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    The Informers

    Amber Heard, Mickey Rourke

    Released2008

    Directed byGregor Jordan

    The Informers is a 2008 American ensemble hollywood drama film written by Bret Easton Ellis...  more

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  • Friday Night Lights21
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    Friday Night Lights

    Amber Heard, Connie Britton

    Released2004

    Directed byPeter Berg

    Friday Night Lights is a 2004 sports drama film, directed by Peter Berg, which documents the...  more

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  • The Smell of Success22
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    The Smell of Success

    Téa Leoni, Billy Bob Thornton

    Released2009

    Directed byMichael Polish

    "When a tragic accident ends the life of Mr. Rose, the genius behind Rose's Manure Company,...  more
  • Waking Up in Reno23
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    Waking Up in Reno

    Charlize Theron, Penélope Cruz

    Released2002

    Directed byJordan Brady

    Waking Up in Reno is a 2002 American comedy drama film directed by Jordan Brady. The...  more
  • Bandits24
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    Bandits

    Bruce Willis, Cate Blanchett

    Released2001

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Bandits is a 2001 American crime-comedy romantic drama film directed by Barry Levinson. It...  more

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  • Dead Man25
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    Dead Man

    Johnny Depp, Steve Buscemi

    Released1995

    Directed byJim Jarmusch

    This film is a 1995 American Western film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. It stars...  more

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