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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.

Michael Bay and Marc Forster are among those who have directed Billy Bob Thornton at one point or another during their careers in the film industry. If Billy Bob Thornton movies are your thing, then check out the greatest movies by Jeff Bridges and Mickey Rourke too.

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Sling Blade Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, John Ritter 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 ...more

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

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Monster's Ball Halle Berry, Sean Combs, Heath Ledger Monster's Ball is a 2001 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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A Simple Plan Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Paxton, Bridget Fonda A Simple Plan is a 1998 American neo-noir crime 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 ...more

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The Man Who Wasn't There Scarlett Johansson, Billy Bob Thornton, Jennifer Jason Leigh 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 ...more

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Friday Night Lights Amber Heard, Connie Britton, Tim McGraw Friday Night Lights is a 2004 sports drama film, directed by Peter Berg, which documents the coach and players of a high school football team and the Texas city of Odessa that supports and is ...more

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Bad News Bears Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden, Greg Kinnear 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, ...more

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Armageddon Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler Armageddon is a 1998 American science fiction disaster thriller film, directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and released by Touchstone Pictures. The film follows a group of ...more

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Mr. Woodcock Tyra Banks, Amy Poehler, Susan Sarandon Mr. Woodcock is a 2007 sports comedy film directed by Craig Gillespie, and starring Seann William Scott, Billy Bob Thornton, Susan Sarandon, Amy Poehler, and Ethan Suplee. The film was released ...more

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Waking Up in Reno Charlize Theron, Penélope Cruz, Billy Bob Thornton 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 ...more

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Pushing Tin Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, John Cusack 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 ...more

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The Astronaut Farmer Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, J.K. Simmons 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 ...more

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Bandits Bruce Willis, Cate Blanchett, January Jones Bandits is a 2001 American crime-comedy romantic drama film directed by Barry Levinson. It stars Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, and Cate Blanchett. Filming began in October 2000 and ended in ...more

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The Alamo Emily Deschanel, Billy Bob Thornton, Dennis Quaid The Alamo is a 2004 American war 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 ...more

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School for Scoundrels Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller, Billy Bob Thornton 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 ...more

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Love Actually Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert, Liam Neeson 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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The Ice Harvest John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Randy Quaid 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 ...more

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One False Move Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Paxton, Cynda Williams 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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Daddy and Them Ben Affleck, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kelly Preston Daddy and Them is a 2001 American film written and directed by, as well as starring Billy Bob Thornton. In addition to Thornton, it stars Laura Dern, Ben Affleck, Kelly Preston, Diane Ladd, ...more

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Levity Kirsten Dunst, Morgan Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton Levity is a 2003 drama film directed by Ed Solomon. Its theatrical release was on April 4. The score for this film was composed by Mark Oliver Everett of the band Eels. Levity was filmed in ...more

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Homegrown Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Lee Curtis, Steve Carell 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 ...more

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Puss in Boots Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, Billy Bob Thornton 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 ...more

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Jayne Mansfield's Car Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon, John Hurt 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, ...more

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Intolerable Cruelty George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Billy Bob Thornton Intolerable Cruelty is a 2003 romantic black comedy film directed by Joel Coen and produced by Ethan Coen and Brian Grazer. The Coen brothers also wrote the last draft of the screenplay about ...more

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Dead Man Johnny Depp, Steve Buscemi, John Hurt Dead Man 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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Eagle Eye Julianne Moore, Shia LaBeouf, Rosario Dawson 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

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U Turn Jennifer Lopez, Sean Penn, Claire Danes U Turn is a 1997 romantic comedy crime thriller film directed by Oliver Stone, based on the book Stray Dogs by John Ridley. It stars Sean Penn, Billy Bob Thornton, Jennifer Lopez, Jon Voight, ...more

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Primary Colors John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Bill Maher 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 ...more

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The Baytown Outlaws Eva Longoria, Billy Bob Thornton, Natalie Martinez 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, ...more

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On Deadly Ground Steven Seagal, Michael Caine, Billy Bob Thornton On Deadly Ground 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 ...more

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Faster Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Maggie Grace Faster is 2010 action film written by Joe Gayton and Tony Gayton and directed by George Tillman Jr..

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The Apostle Farrah Fawcett, Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton The Apostle is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by Robert Duvall, who stars in the title role. John Beasley, Farrah Fawcett, Billy Bob Thornton, June Carter Cash, Miranda ...more

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The Informers Amber Heard, Mickey Rourke, Winona Ryder The Informers is a 2008 American ensemble hollywood drama film written by Bret Easton Ellis and Nicholas Jarecki and directed by Gregor Jordan. The film is based on Ellis' 1994 collection of ...more

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The Smell of Success Téa Leoni, Billy Bob Thornton, Ed Helms "When a tragic accident ends the life of Mr. Rose, the genius behind Rose's Manure Company, the livelihood of its loyal fleet of salesmen threatens to go, as they say, into the toilet. ...more

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Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade Billy Bob Thornton, Molly Ringwald, Ron Livingston Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade is a short film written by Billy Bob Thornton, directed by George Hickenlooper and starring Thornton, Molly Ringwald, and J. T. Walsh. It was adapted into the ...more

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Princess Mononoke Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson, Jada Pinkett Smith 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 ...more

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Don't Look Back Billy Bob Thornton, Eric Stoltz, Dwight Yoakam Don't Look Back is a made-for-HBO action movie/thriller directed by Geoff Murphy starring Eric Stoltz, John Corbett, Josh Hamilton and Billy Bob Thornton. It's the story of Jesse Parish, a ...more

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CatDog: The Great Parent Mystery Billy Bob Thornton, Jane Krakowski, Jim Nabors

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Going Overboard Adam Sandler, Billy Bob Thornton, Milton Berle Going Overboard is a 1989 American comedy film released on May 11, 1989. It stars Adam Sandler in his film debut, Burt Young, Allen Covert, Billy Zane, Terry Moore, Milton Berle and Billy Bob ...more

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Chrystal Billy Bob Thornton, Johnny Galecki, Walton Goggins Chrystal is a 2004 film directed by Ray McKinnon.

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Bound by Honor Billy Bob Thornton, Ving Rhames, Benjamin Bratt Blood In Blood Out is a 1993 American crime-drama film directed by Taylor Hackford. It follows the intertwining lives of the three Chicano relatives, Miklo, Cruz, and Paco from 1972 to 1984. ...more

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Lemmy Dave Grohl, Slash, Billy Bob Thornton Lemmy is a 2010 documentary film written and directed by Wes Orshoski and Greg Olliver.

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A Gun, a Car, a Blonde Billy Bob Thornton, John Ritter, Paula Marshall

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The Stars Fell on Henrietta Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, Brian Dennehy The Stars Fell on Henrietta is a 1995 drama film from Warner Bros., directed by James Keach and produced by Clint Eastwood.

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The Badge Billy Bob Thornton, Patricia Arquette, Sela Ward The Badge is a 2002 mystery-thriller film, directed by Robby Henson and stars Billy Bob Thornton, Patricia Arquette and William Devane.

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Chopper Chicks in Zombietown Billy Bob Thornton, Jamie Rose, Martha Quinn Chopper Chicks In Zombietown is a 1989 comedy horror film written and directed by Dan Hoskins. It was released by Troma and features early roles by Billy Bob Thornton and Hal Sparks before they ...more

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Trouble Bound Billy Bob Thornton, Patricia Arquette, Michael Madsen

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South of Heaven, West of Hell Vince Vaughn, Billy Bob Thornton, Bridget Fonda South of Heaven, West of Hell is a 2000 film directed by Dwight Yoakam.

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The Zero Theorem Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz The Zero Theorem is a 2013 British science fiction film directed by Terry Gilliam, written by Pat Rushin, and starring Christoph Waltz, Lucas Hedges, Mélanie Thierry, and David Thewlis. ...more