Watchworthy

The Best Bruce Willis Movies 

Reference
Originally by
Updated March 4, 2020 32.1k votes 4.1k voters 369.7k views 104 items

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

List of the best Bruce Willis movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Bruce Willis has been acting since 1980, but it wasn't until he starred in Die Hard in 1988 that he became an action hero. Bruce Willis'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 Bruce Willis movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Bruce Willis movies will be at the top of the list. This action icon has been in a lot of films (cop movies, war movies, sci-fi movies, you name it!) so people often debate what the greatest Bruce Willis movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this, then use this list of the most entertaining Bruce Willis films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

Featuring new, recent, and the latest Bruce Willis movies, you can rank all of these films, from The Sixth Sense to Pulp Fiction to help answer the questions, "What are the best Bruce Willis movies?" and "What are the greatest Bruce Willis roles of all time?"

And if you are a fan of Willis' wise crackin' antics, you might also enjoy our list of the best Jason Statham movies and best Mel Gibson movies.

Bruce Willis is no stranger to working with popular directors, including Michael Bay, M. Night Shyamalan and Quentin Tarantino. Bruce Willis has been in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Mel Gibson and Dwayne Johnson in terms of fame and success.

Data-driven recommendations based on voting from over 40 million monthly visits to Ranker. Try the free app
list ordered by
1
Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bruce Willis Movies
Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

Released: 1988

Directed by: John McTiernan

Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan and written by Steven E. de Souza and Jeb Stuart. It is based on the 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever, by Roderick Thorp. Die ...more

More Die Hard 

'Die Hard' Ripoffs, Ranked By How Hard They Die #27 of 367 The Best Movies Based On Books #17 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

2
The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bruce Willis Movies
Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

Released: 1999

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American supernatural thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film tells the story of Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), a troubled, isolated boy who ...more

More The Sixth Sense 

#5 of 253 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #82 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on The 50 Highest Grossing '90s Movies, Ranked

3
Die Hard with a Vengeanc... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bruce Willis Movies
Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons

Released: 1995

Directed by: John McTiernan

This film is a 1995 American action film and the third in the film series. It was produced and directed by John McTiernan, written by Jonathan Hensleigh, and stars Bruce Willis as New York City ...more

More Die Hard with a Vengeance 

#105 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #170 of 410 The Best Rainy Day Movies #237 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

4
Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bruce Willis Movies
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

Released: 1994

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino. The lives of two mob hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta), a boxer (Bruce Willis), a gangster's wife (Uma ...more

More Pulp Fiction 

Genius Fan Theories About What's In The Briefcase In 'Pulp Fiction' #42 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetimelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

5
The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bruce Willis Movies
Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

Released: 1997

Directed by: Luc Besson

The Fifth Element is a 1997 English-language French science fiction action film directed and co-written by Luc Besson. It stars Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and Milla Jovovich. Mostly set in the ...more

More The Fifth Element 

Things You Still Don't Know About 'The Fifth Element,' Even After Watching It 500 Times On Cable #4 of 191 The Best Alien Movies Ever Made #49 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

6
Die Hard 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bruce Willis Movies
Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz

Released: 1990

Directed by: Renny Harlin

This film is a 1990 American action film and the second in the series. It was released on July 4, 1990. The film was directed by Renny Harlin. The novel has the same premise but differs ...more

More Die Hard 2 

The Most Action-Packed 'Die Hard 2' Quotes #187 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #39 of 181 The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made

7
Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bruce Willis Movies
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 

#11 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #96 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on The 50 Highest Grossing '90s Movies, Ranked

8
Red is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bruce Willis Movies
Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren

Released: 2010

Directed by: Robert Schwentke

Red is a 2010 American action comedy film directed by Robert Schwentke, inspired by the comic book series by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner. When his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech ...more

More Red 

#446 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #412 of 1,211 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #57 of 186 The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time

9
12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bruce Willis Movies
Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

Released: 1995

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

12 Monkeys, also known as Twelve Monkeys, is a 1995 American science fiction film directed by Terry Gilliam, inspired by Chris Marker's 1962 short film La Jetée, and starring Bruce ...more

More 12 Monkeys 

Behind-The-Scenes Stories From '12 Monkeys' #27 of 253 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #188 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

10
Live Free or Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bruce Willis Movies
Bruce Willis, Maggie Q, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Released: 2007

Directed by: Len Wiseman

This film is a 2007 American action film, and the fourth installment in the film series. The film was directed by Len Wiseman and stars Bruce Willis as John McClane. McClane is attempting to ...more

More Live Free or Die Hard 

#156 of 233 The Worst Sequels Of All Time #543 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on The Very Best Movies About Hackers

11
Unbreakable is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bruce Willis Movies
Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright

Released: 2000

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Unbreakable is a 2000 American superhero drama film written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson. The film tells the story of ...more

More Unbreakable 

#37 of 253 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #924 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #662 of 852 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time

12
The Last Boy Scout is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bruce Willis Movies
Halle Berry, Bruce Willis, Dick Butkus

Released: 1991

Directed by: Tony Scott

The Last Boy Scout is a 1991 American action film directed by Tony Scott, starring Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans, Chelsea Field, Noble Willingham, Taylor Negron and Danielle Harris. The film was ...more

More The Last Boy Scout 

'The Last Boy Scout' Is Basically A Parody Of '90s Action Movies #118 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies #102 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

13
The Whole Nine Yards is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bruce Willis Movies
Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet

Released: 2000

Directed by: Jonathan Lynn

The Whole Nine Yards is a 2000 American-Canadian comedy film directed by Jonathan Lynn, starring Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Michael Clarke Duncan and Natasha Henstridge. The title ...more

More The Whole Nine Yards 

#269 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #213 of 1,211 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #279 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

14
The Jackal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bruce Willis Movies
Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Jack Black

Released: 1997

Directed by: Michael Caton-Jones

The Jackal is a 1997 American spy action thriller film directed by Michael Caton-Jones, and starring Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, and Sidney Poitier. The film is a loose remake of the 1973 movie ...more

More The Jackal 

#22 of 104 The Best Assassin Movies #6 of 14 14 Surprisingly Nuanced Bruce Willis Performances #422 of 741 The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

15
Looper is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bruce Willis Movies
Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Released: 2012

Directed by: Rian Johnson

Looper is a 2012 American science fiction action thriller film directed by Rian Johnson. In dystopian 2074, a hired gun spends his day's assassinating criminals sent from the future until one ...more

More Looper 

#672 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #65 of 164 The Best Science Fiction Action Movies #41 of 161 The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies

16
Sin City is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bruce Willis Movies
Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke

Released: 2005

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

Sin City is a 2005 American neo-noir thriller anthology film written, produced, and directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. It is based on Miller's eponymous graphic novel Sin City. Much ...more

More Sin City 

The Most Memorable Quotes From 'Sin City' #389 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #292 of 581 The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

17
Tears of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bruce Willis Movies
Bruce Willis, Monica Bellucci, Eamonn Walker

Released: 2003

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

Tears of the Sun is a 2003 American action drama film depicting a U.S. Navy SEAL team rescue mission amidst the civil war in Nigeria. LT A.K. Waters commands the team sent to rescue U.S. citizen ...more
18
16 Blocks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bruce Willis Movies
Bruce Willis, Mos Def, David Morse

Released: 2006

Directed by: Richard Donner

16 Blocks is a 2006 American crime thriller film directed by Richard Donner. It stars Bruce Willis, Mos Def, and David Morse. The film unfolds in the real time narration method.
19
A Good Day to Die Hard ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bruce Willis Movies
Bruce Willis, Patrick Stewart, Anne Vyalitsyna

Released: 2013

Directed by: John Moore

This film is a 2013 action thriller film written by Roderick Thorp and Skip Woods and directed by John Moore.

More A Good Day to Die Hard 

#68 of 233 The Worst Sequels Of All Time #1,123 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #20 of 73 The Dumbest Movie Sequel Titles

20
Last Man Standing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bruce Willis Movies
Bruce Willis, Christopher Walken, Leslie Mann

Released: 1996

Directed by: Walter Hill

Last Man Standing is a 1996 American action thriller film written and directed by Walter Hill and starring Bruce Willis, Christopher Walken and Bruce Dern. It is a credited remake of Akira ...more

More Last Man Standing 

#184 of 395 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #13 of 14 14 Surprisingly Nuanced Bruce Willis Performances #491 of 741 The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

21
Lucky Number Slevin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bruce Willis Movies
Bruce Willis, Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman

Released: 2006

Directed by: Paul McGuigan

Lucky Number Slevin, is a 2006 thriller film written by Jason Smilovic, directed by Paul McGuigan and starring Josh Hartnett, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley, Lucy Liu and Stanley ...more

More Lucky Number Slevin 

#466 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #16 of 104 The Best Assassin Movies #116 of 280 The Best Whodunit Movies

22
The Expendables is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bruce Willis Movies
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis

Released: 2010

Directed by: Sylvester Stallone

The Expendables is a 2010 American ensemble action film written by David Callaham and Sylvester Stallone, and directed by Stallone, who also starred in the lead role. The film co-stars Jason ...more

More The Expendables 

#77 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #449 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #442 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

23
Glass is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bruce Willis Movies
Glass Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson

Released: 2019

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Glass is a 2019 American superhero horror-thriller film directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Security guard David Dunn (Bruce Willis) uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb ...more

More Glass 

#93 of 94 The Worst January Movie Releases #27 of 75 The Best Blumhouse Productions Movies #90 of 107 The Best Third Films In A Movie Series

24
Hostage is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bruce Willis Movies
Bruce Willis, Rumer Willis, Ben Foster

Released: 2005

Directed by: Florent Emilio Siri

Hostage is a 2005 American action thriller drama film starring Bruce Willis and directed by Florent Emilio Siri. The film was based on a novel by Robert Crais, and was adapted for the screen by ...more

More Hostage 

#19 of 94 Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked #24 of 29 The Best Thriller Movies with a Hostage #492 of 741 The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

25
The Expendables 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bruce Willis Movies
Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li

Released: 2012

Directed by: Simon West

The Expendables 2 is a 2012 American action film directed by Simon West, and the sequel to the 2010 film. After one of their own's life is taken, the mercenary group set out for revenge against ...more

More The Expendables 2 

#192 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #699 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #52 of 181 The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made