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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.

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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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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Lauren Graham, Billy Bob Thornton, Cloris Leachman
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

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Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Paxton, Bridget Fonda
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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Emily Deschanel, Billy Bob Thornton, Dennis Quaid
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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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
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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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Johnny Depp, Steve Buscemi, John Hurt
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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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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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