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.

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Gary Busey is no stranger to working with popular directors, including Joel Schumacher, Robert Altman and David Lynch. If Gary Busey movies are your thing, then check out the greatest movies by Rodney Dangerfield and Willie Nelson too.

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Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

Released: 1987

Directed by: Richard Donner

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Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Patrick Swayze

Released: 1991

Directed by: Kathryn 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 ...more

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Steven Seagal, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Busey

Released: 1992

Directed by: Andrew 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, ...more

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Gary Busey, Buddy Miles, Paul Mooney

Released: 1978

Directed by: Steve 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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Gary Busey, Bill Paxton, Danny Glover

Released: 1990

Directed by: Stephen Hopkins

Predator 2 is a 1990 American science fiction action horror film written by Jim and John Thomas, directed by Stephen Hopkins, and starring Danny Glover and Kevin Peter Hall. The film is a sequel ...more

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Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Gary Busey

Released: 1993

Directed by: Sydney 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. ...more

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Gary Busey, Corey Haim, Terry O'Quinn

Released: 1985

Directed by: Dan 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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Gary Busey, John Candy, Dan Hedaya

Released: 1993

Directed by: Daniel 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 ...more

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Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, Gary Busey

Released: 1974

Directed by: Michael Cimino

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Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci

Released: 1998

Directed by: Terry 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 ...more

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Ice-T, Gary Busey, Rutger Hauer

Released: 1994

Directed by: Ernest 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 ...more

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Gary Busey, Wesley Snipes, Michael Jeter

Released: 1994

Directed by: John 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
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Gary Busey, Yaphet Kotto, William Smith

Released: 1986

Directed by: Richard 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.
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Barbra Streisand, Gary Busey, Kris Kristofferson

Released: 1976

Directed by: Frank 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 ...more

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Gary Busey, Danny Trejo, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Released: 1988

Directed by: Steve Carver

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Julie Benz, Gary Busey, David Spade

Released: 1996

Directed by: Penelope 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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Gary Busey, Stefanie Powers, Lee Van Cleef

Released: 1972

Directed by: George 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 ...more

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Kurt Russell, Gary Busey, Jason Isaacs

Released: 1998

Directed by: Paul 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 ...more

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Gary Busey, William H. Macy, Cloris Leachman

Released: 1980

Directed by: Richard T. Heffron

Foolin' Around is a 1980 film directed by Richard T. Heffron and starring Gary Busey and Annette O'Toole. The film was shot on location in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The theme music was performed ...more
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Willie Nelson, Gary Busey, Gilbert Roland

Released: 1982

Directed by: Fred 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. ...more
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Gary Busey, Jan-Michael Vincent, Barbara Hale

Released: 1978

Directed by: John Milius

Big Wednesday is a 1978 American coming of age film directed by John Milius. Co-written by Milius and Dennis Aaberg, it is loosely based on their own experiences at Malibu and a short story ...more

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Bill Maher, Gary Busey, Mr. T

Released: 1983

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

D.C. Cab is a 1983 comedy film, starring Mr. T, Max Gail, Adam Baldwin, Gary Busey and Irene Cara. The film was co-written and directed by Joel Schumacher. The R-rated comedy was controversial ...more

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Gary Busey, Casey Kasem, Raúl Juliá

Released: 1976

Directed by: Charles Bail, Chuck Bail

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The Gingerdead Man Gary Busey, Robin Sydney, Larry Cedar

Released: 2005

Directed by: Charles 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 ...more
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Gary Busey, Mimi Rogers, Michael McKean

Released: 1989

Directed by: Matthew 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 ...more