My Ranking of Bill Paxton Movies

by Joethesh0w | created - 03 May 2020 | updated - 1 day ago | Public

This is my ranking of the movies that Bill Paxton was featured in. There's still several movies I haven't seen yet and the list will be updated over time.

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1. Tombstone (1993)

R | 130 min | Biography, Drama, History

50 Metascore

A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.

Directors: George P. Cosmatos, Kevin Jarre | Stars: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton

Votes: 147,230 | Gross: $56.51M

Bill didn't have a large role in this movie but this is one of my all-time favorite movies so I have to give it top spot.

2. Frailty (2001)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

A mysterious man arrives at the offices of an FBI agent and recounts his childhood: how his religious fanatic father received visions telling him to destroy people who were in fact "demons."

Director: Bill Paxton | Stars: Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, Powers Boothe, Matt O'Leary

Votes: 83,960 | Gross: $13.10M

3. Weird Science (1985)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

46 Metascore

Two high-school nerds use a computer program to literally create the perfect woman, who promptly turns their lives upside-down.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton

Votes: 88,516 | Gross: $23.83M

4. The Terminator (1984)

R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

A human soldier is sent from 2029 to 1984 to stop an almost indestructible cyborg killing machine, sent from the same year, which has been programmed to execute a young woman whose unborn son is the key to humanity's future salvation.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield

Votes: 851,779 | Gross: $38.40M

5. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

71 Metascore

A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson

Votes: 665,884 | Gross: $100.21M

6. Hatfields & McCoys (2012)

TV-14 | 290 min | Drama, History, Romance

Dramatization of the bitter blood feud between the two families on the West Virginia/Kentucky border in the years after the Civil War.

Stars: Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Matt Barr, Tom Berenger

Votes: 26,966

7. Aliens (1986)

R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

Fifty-seven years after surviving an apocalyptic attack aboard her space vessel by merciless space creatures, Officer Ripley awakens from hyper-sleep and tries to warn anyone who will listen about the predators.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser

Votes: 706,699 | Gross: $85.16M

8. Stripes (1981)

R | 106 min | Comedy, War

68 Metascore

Two friends who are dissatisfied with their jobs decide to join the army for a bit of fun.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, John Candy, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates

Votes: 73,790 | Gross: $85.30M

9. A Simple Plan (1998)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

82 Metascore

Three blue-collar acquaintances come across millions of dollars in lost cash and make a plan to keep their find from the authorities, but it isn't long before complications and mistrust weave their way into the plan.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Bridget Fonda, Brent Briscoe

Votes: 70,112 | Gross: $16.31M

10. Nightcrawler (2014)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

When Louis Bloom, a con man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.

Director: Dan Gilroy | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed

Votes: 533,643 | Gross: $32.38M

11. Apollo 13 (I) (1995)

PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, History

77 Metascore

NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise

Votes: 292,486 | Gross: $173.84M

12. Commando (1985)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

51 Metascore

A retired Special Forces colonel tries to save his daughter, who was abducted by his former subordinate.

Director: Mark L. Lester | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong, Dan Hedaya, Vernon Wells

Votes: 159,898 | Gross: $35.10M

13. Indian Summer (1993)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

Seven friends reunite for a week-long reunion at a summer camp in Ontario they used to attend as children which is now threatened with being closed down.

Director: Mike Binder | Stars: Alan Arkin, Matt Craven, Diane Lane, Bill Paxton

Votes: 5,638 | Gross: $14.90M

14. Trespass (1992)

R | 101 min | Action, Thriller

Two firemen in a burning building get a treasure map - stolen gold church items are hidden in a closed down factory in St. Louis. Once there, they're trapped in by a black gang considering it their territory.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Bill Paxton, Ice-T, William Sadler, Ice Cube

Votes: 12,890 | Gross: $13.75M

15. True Lies (1994)

R | 141 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

63 Metascore

A fearless, globe-trotting, terrorist-battling secret agent has his life turned upside down when he discovers his wife might be having an affair with a used-car salesman while terrorists smuggle nuclear war heads into the United States.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton

Votes: 256,018 | Gross: $146.28M

16. Titanic (1997)

PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates

Votes: 1,150,129 | Gross: $659.33M

17. 2 Guns (2013)

R | 109 min | Action, Thriller

55 Metascore

Two hardened criminals get into trouble with the US border patrol after meeting with a Mexican drug lord, and then revelations start to unfold.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton

Votes: 210,710 | Gross: $75.61M

18. Term Life (2016)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

23 Metascore

A guy wanted around town by various hitmen hopes to stay alive long enough for his life insurance policy to kick in and pay out for his estranged daughter.

Director: Peter Billingsley | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Hailee Steinfeld, Bill Paxton, Jonathan Banks

Votes: 8,062 | Gross: $0.01M

19. Near Dark (1987)

R | 94 min | Horror

76 Metascore

A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is bitten by a beautiful drifter.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton

Votes: 39,221 | Gross: $3.37M

Fun movie which I probably would have rated higher if I saw it 20 years ago. Great performance by Bill as a crazy violent vampire who kills more for pleasure then for food. A must see for Bill Paxton fans.

20. Vertical Limit (2000)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

48 Metascore

A climber must rescue his sister on top of K2, one of the world's biggest mountains.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Scott Glenn, Chris O'Donnell, Bill Paxton, Robin Tunney

Votes: 61,856 | Gross: $69.24M

21. Navy Seals (1990)

R | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

38 Metascore

A battle-hardened SEAL Team set off on a mission to destroy a shipment of US-built Stinger missiles that have fallen into terrorist hands.

Director: Lewis Teague | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Michael Biehn, Joanne Whalley, Rick Rossovich

Votes: 16,878 | Gross: $25.07M

22. The Dark Backward (1991)

R | 101 min | Comedy

48 Metascore

A man pursues stand-up comedy encouraged by his fellow garbage man. Though his friend, who accompanies him on accordion, continues to tell him how great he is, he actually stinks. When the ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Rifkin | Stars: Judd Nelson, Bill Paxton, Wayne Newton, Lara Flynn Boyle

Votes: 3,714

This is another bizarre movie but in a good way. Surprised I've never heard of this movie before because it's a prettydecent original movie. Wasn't surprised that it was written by a teenager though. Bill plays another absurd, loud, and vulgar character and I love it.

23. Twister (I) (1996)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

68 Metascore

Bill and Jo Harding, advanced storm chasers on the brink of divorce, must join together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the cross-hairs of extremely violent tornadoes.

Director: Jan de Bont | Stars: Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes, Jami Gertz

Votes: 195,045 | Gross: $241.72M

24. Million Dollar Arm (2014)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

56 Metascore

A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball.

Director: Craig Gillespie | Stars: Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Alan Arkin, Suraj Sharma

Votes: 45,996 | Gross: $36.45M

25. Predator 2 (1990)

R | 108 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

46 Metascore

The Predator returns to Earth, this time to stake a claim on the war-torn streets of a dystopian Los Angeles.

Director: Stephen Hopkins | Stars: Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Kevin Peter Hall, Rubén Blades

Votes: 162,338 | Gross: $30.67M

26. U-571 (2000)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, War

62 Metascore

A German submarine is boarded by disguised American submariners trying to capture their Enigma cipher machine.

Director: Jonathan Mostow | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel, Jon Bon Jovi

Votes: 82,423 | Gross: $77.09M

27. Brain Dead (1990)

R | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

In a showdown of man versus machine, Martin plunges into a chaotic nightmare trying to save his mind from the megalomaniacal corporation.

Director: Adam Simon | Stars: Bill Pullman, Bill Paxton, Bud Cort, Nicholas Pryor

Votes: 4,674 | Gross: $1.63M

This movie was a trip and would probably be more highly regarded if it had a bigger budget because the movie relies a lot on visual effects and the VFX of this movie either didn't age well or were bad even for it's time. Still an enjoyable movie.

28. The Last Supper (1995)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A group of idealistic, but frustrated, liberals succumb to the temptation of murdering rightwing pundits for their political beliefs.

Director: Stacy Title | Stars: Cameron Diaz, Ron Eldard, Annabeth Gish, Ron Perlman

Votes: 14,892 | Gross: $0.44M

29. Traveller (1997)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

A man joins a group of nomadic con artists in rural North Carolina.

Director: Jack N. Green | Stars: Bill Paxton, Mark Wahlberg, Julianna Margulies, James Gammon

Votes: 2,118 | Gross: $0.50M

30. The Good Life (2007)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

A young man (Webber) is encouraged by a new friend (Deschanel) to cope with living in a town where he doesn't necessarily fit in.

Director: Stephen Berra | Stars: Mark Webber, Zooey Deschanel, Harry Dean Stanton, Bill Paxton

Votes: 2,306

31. Big Love (2006–2011)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama

A Utah polygamist who owns home improvement stores in the Salt Lake City area juggles relationships with three wives while trying to keep his complex family life from becoming a public scandal.

Stars: Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny, Ginnifer Goodwin

Votes: 21,892

I didn't finish the first season, nothing interesting was happening in the episodes I saw just drama between the wives which is not appealing to me.

32. Next of Kin (1989)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

53 Metascore

Truman, a Chicago cop, sets out to find the killer of his brother. Meanwhile, another of his brothers, Briar (a hillbilly) decides to find the killer himself.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Liam Neeson, Adam Baldwin, Helen Hunt

Votes: 11,737 | Gross: $15.94M

33. Mean Dreams (2016)

R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

Follows Casey and Jonas, two teenagers desperate to escape their broken and abusive homes and examines the desperation of life on the run and the beauty of first love.

Director: Nathan Morlando | Stars: Josh Wiggins, Sophie Nélisse, Joe Cobden, Bill Paxton

Votes: 4,579

34. Haywire (2011)

R | 93 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

67 Metascore

A black ops super soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Michael Angarano

Votes: 86,997 | Gross: $18.94M

35. The Last of the Finest (1990)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama

4 LA cops are fighting the war on drugs. Corrupt superiors manage to break up their team when one of them gets killed. The 3 quit LAPD and continue investigating.

Director: John Mackenzie | Stars: Brian Dennehy, Joe Pantoliano, Jeff Fahey, Bill Paxton

Votes: 1,435 | Gross: $1.53M

36. Streets of Fire (1984)

PG | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

59 Metascore

A mercenary is hired to rescue his ex-girlfriend, a singer who has been kidnapped by a motorcycle gang.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Michael Paré, Diane Lane, Rick Moranis, Amy Madigan

Votes: 21,526 | Gross: $8.09M

I'm kind of confused about the high ratings for this move. Is it a nostalgia factor for those that saw it when it originally came out? Cheesy dialogue, and the set was obviously a sound stage which took my out of the movie, music didn't fit the scenes nor the locations.

37. Mighty Joe Young (1998)

PG | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Family

51 Metascore

A legendary fifteen-foot tall mountain gorilla named Joe is taken to an animal sanctuary in California by zoologist Gregg O'Hara (Bill Paxton) and Jill Young (Charlize Theron), with whom he grew up. Poacher Strasser (Rade Serbedzija) returns from the past to seek vengeance on Joe.

Director: Ron Underwood | Stars: Bill Paxton, Charlize Theron, Rade Serbedzija, Peter Firth

Votes: 29,248 | Gross: $50.63M

38. Resistance (2003)

R | 92 min | Drama

On 16 January 1944, a reconnaissance pilot survives a plane crash in Delahaut in the Nazi occupied Belgium. The boy Jean Benoit finds the wounded pilot and brings him to the house of Claire... See full summary »

Director: Todd Komarnicki | Stars: Bill Paxton, Julia Ormond, Philippe Volter, Sandrine Bonnaire

Votes: 666

39. The Circle (I) (2017)

PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

43 Metascore

A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover an agenda that will affect the lives of all of humanity.

Director: James Ponsoldt | Stars: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Ellar Coltrane

Votes: 92,320 | Gross: $20.50M

40. Haven (I) (2004)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama

37 Metascore

On Friday the 13th, different people meet on Grand Cayman - a US money launderer and his daughter, a lawyer, a young fisherman in love with a rich man's daughter, other high school students, a crime gang etc.

Director: Frank E. Flowers | Stars: Bill Paxton, Agnes Bruckner, Orlando Bloom, Zoe Saldana

Votes: 6,699 | Gross: $0.14M

41. The Colony (I) (2013)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

28 Metascore

Forced underground by the next ice age, a struggling outpost of survivors must fight to preserve humanity against a threat even more savage than nature.

Director: Jeff Renfroe | Stars: Kevin Zegers, Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton, Charlotte Sullivan

Votes: 45,465

42. Texas Rising (2015)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, History, Western

The story of how the Texas Rangers were created.

Stars: Bill Paxton, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez, Thomas Jane

Votes: 4,169

43. Mortuary (I) (1983)

R | 93 min | Horror

Convinced that her father's death was not accidental, a beautiful girl decides to investigate to find out the truth, aided by her boyfriend. Her sleuthing draws her to a local mortuary, where many secrets will be revealed.

Director: Howard Avedis | Stars: Mary Beth McDonough, David Wysocki, Bill Paxton, Lynda Day George

Votes: 2,339 | Gross: $4.32M