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The Best Tom Waits Movies

Updated September 23, 2019 1.1k votes 185 voters 19.2k 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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  • Bram Stoker's Dracula1
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    Bram Stoker's Dracula

    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves

    Released1992

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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  • Rumble Fish2
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    Rumble Fish

    Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke

    Released1983

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Rumble Fish is an American 1983 drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It is based on...  more

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  • Seven Psychopaths3
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    Seven Psychopaths

    Colin Farrell, Olga Kurylenko

    Released2012

    Directed byMartin McDonagh

    Seven Psychopaths is a 2012 comedy film written and directed by Martin McDonagh....  more

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  • Short Cuts4
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    Short Cuts

    Robert Downey Jr., Julianne Moore

    Released1993

    Directed byRobert Altman

    Short Cuts is a 1993 American drama film directed by Robert Altman. Filmed from a screenplay...  more
  • Down by Law5
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    Down by Law

    Tom Waits, Ellen Barkin

    Released1986

    Directed byJim Jarmusch

    Down by Law is a 1986 black-and-white independent film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch....  more

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  • Wristcutters: A Love Story6
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    Wristcutters: A Love Story

    Tom Waits, Leslie Bibb

    Released2006

    Directed byGoran Dukić

    Wristcutters: A Love Story is a 2006 American black comedy romance road movie written and...  more

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  • The Outsiders7
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    The Outsiders

    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage

    Released1983

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    The Outsiders is a 1983 American drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, an adaptation of...  more

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  • The Cotton Club8
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    The Cotton Club

    Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

    Released1984

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    The Cotton Club is a 1984 drama music film written by William Kennedy, Francis Ford Coppola,...  more

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  • Coffee and Cigarettes: Somewhere in California9
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    Coffee and Cigarettes: Somewhere in California

    Iggy Pop, Tom Waits

    Released1995

    Directed byJim Jarmusch

    Coffee and Cigarettes: Somewhere in California is a 1993 black-and-white short film directed...  more
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  • Coffee and Cigarettes10
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    Coffee and Cigarettes

    Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray

    Released2003

    Directed byJim Jarmusch

    Coffee and Cigarettes is the title of three short films and a 2003 feature film by independent...  more
  • The Fisher King11
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    The Fisher King

    Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges

    Released1991

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    The Fisher King is a 1991 American comedy-drama film written by Richard LaGravenese and...  more

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  • Bukowski: Born into This12
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  • Until the End of the World13
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    Until the End of the World

    Tom Waits, William Hurt

    Released1991

    Directed byWim Wenders

    Until the End of the World is a 1991 drama science fiction film by the German film director...  more
  • Mystery Train14
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    Mystery Train

    Steve Buscemi, Tom Waits

    Released1989

    Directed byJim Jarmusch

    Mystery Train is a 1989 independent anthology film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch and...  more
  • The Two Jakes15
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    The Two Jakes

    Jack Nicholson, Tom Waits

    Released1990

    Directed byJack Nicholson

    The Two Jakes is a 1990 American Neo-noir mystery film, and the sequel to the 1974 film...  more
  • Big Time16
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    Big Time

    Big Time is a 1988 documentary music film written by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan and...  more
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  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus17
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    Released2009

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a 2009 fantasy film directed by Terry Gilliam and...  more

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    Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night is a 1988 TV film directed by Tony Mitchell....  more
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  • The Book of Eli19
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    The Book of Eli

    Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis

    Released2010

    Directed byAlbert Hughes, Allen Hughes

    The Book of Eli is a 2010 American post-apocalyptic neo-Western and action film directed by...  more

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  • Mystery Men20
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    Mystery Men

    Ben Stiller, Tom Waits

    Released1999

    Directed byKinka Usher

    Mystery Men is a 1999 American superhero comedy film directed by Kinka Usher and written by...  more

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  • Ironweed21
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    Ironweed

    Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep

    Released1987

    Directed byHéctor Babenco

    Ironweed is a 1987 American drama film directed by Héctor Babenco. It is based on the Pulitzer...  more
  • Paradise Alley22
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    Paradise Alley

    Sylvester Stallone, Tom Waits

    Released1978

    Directed bySylvester Stallone

    Paradise Alley is a 1978 American sports film written and directed by Sylvester Stallone in...  more

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  • Idiots and Angels23
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  • The Monster of Nix24
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    The Monster of Nix

    Tom Waits, Terry Gilliam

    Released2011

    Directed byRosto

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  • At Play in the Fields of the Lord25
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    At Play in the Fields of the Lord

    Kathy Bates, John Lithgow

    Released1991

    Directed byHéctor Babenco

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