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The Best Gary Busey Movies Ever

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List of the best Gary Busey movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Gary Busey'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 Gary Busey movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Gary Busey movies will be at the top of the list. Gary Busey has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Gary Busey movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Gary Busey films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

List features films like Piranha 3DD and Eye of the Tiger.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Gary Busey movies?" and "What are the greatest Gary Busey roles of all time?"


  • 1

    The Firm

    Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman


    Directed bySydney Pollack

    The Firm is a 1993 American legal thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Hal Holbrook, and David Strathairn. The...  more
  • 2

    Drop Zone

    Gary Busey, Wesley Snipes


    Directed byJohn Badham

    Drop Zone is a 1994 American action film directed by John Badham, starring Wesley Snipes, Gary Busey, Yancy Butler, Michael Jeter and Kyle Secor. The film was released in the United States on...  more
  • 3

    Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

    Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges


    Directed byMichael Cimino

    Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is a 1974 American film written and directed by Michael Cimino and starring Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, George Kennedy, and Geoffrey Lewis....  more

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  • 4

    Eye of the Tiger

    Gary Busey, Yaphet Kotto


    Directed byRichard C. Sarafian

    Eye of the Tiger is a 1986 action/drama film, starring Gary Busey, Yaphet Kotto, Denise Galik, Seymour Cassel, William Smith and Judith Barsi. The movie was directed by Richard C. Sarafian....  more
  • 5

    Surviving The Game

    Ice-T, Gary Busey


    Directed byErnest R. Dickerson

    Surviving the Game is a 1994 action thriller film directed by Ernest R. Dickerson, starring Ice-T, Rutger Hauer, and Gary Busey. It is loosely based on the short story "The Most Dangerous Game" by...  more

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  • 6

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz


    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a 1998 American dark comedy film co-written and directed by Terry Gilliam, starring Johnny Depp as Raoul Duke and Benicio del Toro as Dr. Gonzo. It was adapted from...  more

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  • 7

    Black Sheep

    Julie Benz, Gary Busey


    Directed byPenelope Spheeris

    Black Sheep is a 1996 comedy film directed by Penelope Spheeris, written by Fred Wolf and starring Chris Farley and David Spade. The film portrays a political contest in which a candidate for...  more

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  • 8

    A Star Is Born

    Barbra Streisand, Gary Busey


    Directed byFrank Pierson

    A Star Is Born is a 1976 American rock music musical film telling the story of a young woman, played by Barbra Streisand, who enters show business, and meets and falls in love with an established...  more

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  • 9

    The Magnificent Seven Ride

    Gary Busey, Stefanie Powers


    Directed byGeorge McCowan

    The Magnificent Seven Ride is a 1972 western film and is the third and last sequel of the 1960 western, The Magnificent Seven. It stars Lee Van Cleef as Chris Adams, succeeding Yul Brynner and George...  more

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  • 10


    Gary Busey, Danny Trejo


    Directed bySteve Carver

    Bulletproof is a 1988 movie directed by Steve Carver....  more
  • 11


    Kurt Russell, Gary Busey


    Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson

    Soldier is a 1998 American science fiction action film directed by Paul Anderson, written by David Webb Peoples, and starring Kurt Russell, Jason Scott Lee, Jason Isaacs, Connie Nielsen, Sean Pertwee...  more
  • 12

    The Buddy Holly Story

    Gary Busey, Buddy Miles


    Directed bySteve Rash

    The Buddy Holly Story is a 1978 biographical film which tells the life story of rock musician Buddy Holly. It features an Academy Award-winning musical score, adapted by Joe Renzetti and...  more

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  • 13

    Point Break

    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey


    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

    Point Break is a 1991 American action film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Lori Petty and Gary Busey. The title refers to the surfing term point break, where a...  more

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  • 14

    Lethal Weapon

    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey


    Directed byRichard Donner

    Lethal Weapon is a 1987 American buddy cop action film directed by Richard Donner, starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as a mismatched pair of L.A.P.D. detectives and stars Mitchell Ryan and Gary...  more

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  • 15

    The Gumball Rally

    Gary Busey, Casey Kasem


    Directed byCharles Bail, Chuck Bail

    The Gumball Rally is a 1976 film directed and co-written by Charles Bail about a coast-to-coast road race. It was inspired by the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash run by Brock...  more
  • 16


    Willie Nelson, Gary Busey


    Directed byFred Schepisi

    Barbarosa is a 1982 motion picture starring Willie Nelson and Gary Busey, about a young cowboy on the run from the law who partners with a famous bandito and learns about life from him. "One of the...  more
  • 17

    The Gingerdead Man

    Gary Busey, Robin Sydney


    Directed byCharles Band

    Gingerdead Man is a 2005 horror-comedy film starring Gary Busey. It is followed by Gingerdead Man 2: Passion of the Crust and Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver. The Gingerdead Man was released...  more


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  • 18

    Under Siege

    Steven Seagal, Tommy Lee Jones


    Directed byAndrew Davis

    Under Siege is a 1992 American action film directed by Andrew Davis and starring Steven Seagal as a former Navy SEAL who must stop a group of mercenaries, led by Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey, on a...  more

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  • 19

    Hider in the House

    Gary Busey, Mimi Rogers


    Directed byMatthew Patrick

    Hider in the House is a 1989 psychological thriller directed by Matthew Patrick and starring Gary Busey and Mimi Rogers. A recently released psychiatric patient named Tom Sykes creates a home for...  more
  • 20

    Silver Bullet

    Gary Busey, Corey Haim


    Directed byDan Attias

    Silver Bullet is a 1985 horror film based on the Stephen King novella Cycle of the Werewolf. It stars Gary Busey, Everett McGill, Megan Follows, Corey Haim, Terry O'Quinn, Lawrence Tierney, Bill...  more

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  • 21

    Rookie of the Year

    Gary Busey, John Candy


    Directed byDaniel Stern

    Rookie of the Year is a 1993 American sports comedy film starring Thomas Ian Nicholas and Gary Busey as players for the Chicago Cubs baseball team. The cast also includes Albert Hall, Dan Hedaya,...  more

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  • 22


    Jodie Foster, Gary Busey


    Directed byRobert Kaylor

    Carny is a 1980 drama film about a waitress who joins a traveling carnival. It stars Gary Busey, Jodie Foster, and Robbie Robertson. It also includes an early role for Fred Ward....  more
  • 23

    The Last American Hero

    Jeff Bridges, Gary Busey


    Directed byLamont Johnson

    The Last American Hero is a 1973 sports drama film based on the true story of American NASCAR driver Junior Johnson. Directed by Lamont Johnson, it stars Jeff Bridges as Junior Jackson, the character...  more
  • 24

    Predator 2

    Gary Busey, Bill Paxton


    Directed byStephen Hopkins

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  • 25

    Carried Away

    Gary Busey, Dennis Hopper


    Directed byBruno Barreto

    Carried Away is a 1996 American English language film directed by Brazilian Bruno Barreto. It is based on the novel Farmer by Jim Harrison. The film stars Dennis Hopper, Amy Irving, Gary Busey, and...  more