The Best Billy Bob Thornton Movies 

Updated December 9, 2019 2.4k votes 638 voters 72.5k views 53 items

List Rules Vote for your favorite movies, regardless of critic reviews or how big the role was.

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.

list ordered by
Ranker Video
Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, John Ritter

Released: 1996

Directed by: Billy 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 ...more

More Sling Blade 

#487 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #177 of 292 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Crylisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

Ranker Video
Lauren Graham, Billy Bob Thornton, Cloris Leachman

Released: 2003

Directed by: Terry 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 ...more

More Bad Santa 

#113 of 1,009 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #123 of 1,196 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

Ranker Video
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

More A Simple Plan 

#24 of 34 The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked #26 of 59 The Very Best New Noir Movies #162 of 520 The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made

Ranker Video
Halle Berry, Sean Combs, Heath Ledger

Released: 2001

Directed by: Marc Forster

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

More Monster's Ball 

#304 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars #35 of 45 The 25+ Best Movies for Black Womenlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

The Man Who Wasn't There... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Billy Bob Thornton Movies
Scarlett Johansson, Billy Bob Thornton, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 2001

Directed by: Ethan 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 ...more
Ranker Video
Amber Heard, Connie Britton, Tim McGraw

Released: 2004

Directed by: Peter Berg

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

More Friday Night Lights 

#212 of 292 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry #368 of 548 The Greatest Movies for Guys

Ranker Video
Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden, Greg Kinnear

Released: 2005

Directed by: Richard 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, ...more

More Bad News Bears 

#13 of 31 The Greatest Comedy Movie Remakes #29 of 90 The All-Time Best Baseball Films

Ranker Video
Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

Released: 1998

Directed by: Michael Bay

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

More Armageddon 

#110 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #100 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Madelisted on The Highest Grossing 90s Movies

Ranker Video
Tyra Banks, Amy Poehler, Susan Sarandon

Released: 2007

Directed by: David Dobkin, Craig Gillespie

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
Ranker Video
Bruce Willis, Cate Blanchett, January Jones

Released: 2001

Directed by: Barry Levinson

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

More Bandits 

#77 of 181 The Best Heist Movies #46 of 99 The Best Bruce Willis Movies

Ranker Video
Charlize Theron, Penélope Cruz, Billy Bob Thornton

Released: 2002

Directed by: Jordan 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 ...more
Ranker Video
Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, John Cusack

Released: 1999

Directed by: Mike 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 ...more
Ranker Video
Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, J.K. Simmons

Released: 2006

Directed by: Michael 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 ...more
Ranker Video
Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller, Billy Bob Thornton

Released: 2006

Directed by: Todd 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 ...more
Ranker Video
Emily Deschanel, Billy Bob Thornton, Dennis Quaid

Released: 2004

Directed by: John 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 ...more

More The Alamo 

#81 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #38 of 212 The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked

Ranker Video
Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert, Liam Neeson

Released: 2003

Directed by: Richard 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

More Love Actually 

#221 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #92 of 292 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

Ranker Video
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
Ranker Video
Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, Billy Bob Thornton

Released: 2011

Directed by: Chris 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 ...more

More Puss in Boots 

#32 of 70 The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies #58 of 72 The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

Ranker Video
John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Randy Quaid

Released: 2005

Directed by: Harold 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 ...more
Ranker Video
Ben Affleck, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kelly Preston

Released: 2001

Directed by: Billy Bob Thornton

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
A Million Little Pieces ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Billy Bob Thornton Movies
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Odessa Young

Released: 2019

Directed by: Sam Taylor-Johnson

A Million Little Pieces is a 2019 American drama film directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, based on the book of the same name by James Frey. James Frey meets interesting people in a clinic, with whom ...more
Ranker Video
George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Billy Bob Thornton

Released: 2003

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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

More Intolerable Cruelty 

#8 of 30 The Worst Movies With Great Trailers #2 of 20 21 Surprisingly Bad Movies Directed by Good Directors

Ranker Video
Kirsten Dunst, Morgan Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton

Released: 2003

Directed by: Ed Solomon

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
Ranker Video
Johnny Depp, Steve Buscemi, John Hurt

Released: 1995

Directed by: Jim 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

More Dead Man 

#598 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #175 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #73 of 116 The Best Native American Movies

Ranker Video
Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon, John Hurt

Released: 2012

Directed by: Billy 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, ...more