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The Best Tom Waits Movies

Updated September 23, 2019 1.1k votes 187 voters 19.4k views32 items

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

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

Items on this list include Paradise Alley and Cold Feet.

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


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    Tom Waits for No One

    Tom Waits, Donna Marie Gordon


    Directed byJohn Lamb

    Tom Waits for No One is a rotoscoped short film starring Tom Waits, singing "The One That Got Away" to an apparition. Directed in 1979 by John Lamb of Lyon Lamb, it was amongst the first music videos...  more
  • 27

    Norah Jones and the Handsome Band: Live in 2004

    Norah Jones and the Handsome Band: Live in 2004 is a music documentary film directed by Hamish Hamilton....
  • 28

    Queens Logic

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Bacon


    Directed bySteve Rash

    Queens Logic is a 1991 comedy from Seven Arts Pictures starring Kevin Bacon, Linda Fiorentino, Joe Mantegna, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Malkovich, Ken Olin, Chloe Webb and Tom Waits. It was directed by...  more
  • 29

    Paradise Alley

    Sylvester Stallone, Tom Waits


    Directed bySylvester Stallone

    Paradise Alley is a 1978 American sports film written and directed by Sylvester Stallone in his feature film directorial debut, who also starred in the role. After Stallone's success with the 1976...  more


    #434 of 552 The Best '70s Movies#104 of 126 The Greatest Directorial Debuts Of All Time

  • 30

    Cold Feet

    Jeff Bridges, Tom Waits


    Directed byRobert Dornhelm

    Cold Feet is a 1989 comedy film directed by Robert Dornhelm....  more
  • 31

    The Tiger and the Snow

    Tom Waits, Jean Reno


    Directed byRoberto Benigni

    La tigre e la neve is a 2005 Italian movie starring and directed by Roberto Benigni. The film is a romantic comedy set in contemporary Rome and in occupied Baghdad during the Iraq War. The story,...  more
  • 32

    Tom Waits: One Star Shining