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Billy Bob Thornton

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One False MoveOne False Move (1990) Recommended
Dir. Carl Franklin
Feat. Bill Paxton, Cynda Williams, Billy Bob Thornton
Naive county sheriff Bill Paxton gets a chance at the big–time when two vicious criminals sweep through his sleepy town. Things lighten up…
Stars Fell On HenriettaStars Fell On Henrietta (1995)
Dir. James Keach
Feat. Robert Duvall, Aidan Quinn, Frances Fisher
Robert Duvall is a vagrant claiming to be a former oil man who persuades a down–on–their–luck couple that their fields contain oil…
Sling BladeSling Blade (1997) Aro Favourite
Dir. Billy Bob Thornton
Feat. Billy Bob Thornton, John Ritter, Dwight Yoakam
Billy Bob Thornton performs a truly impressive writer–director–actor hat–trick for his remarkable tale about an asylum inmate…
Winner, TheWinner, The (1997)
Dir. Alex Cox
Feat. Vincent D'Onofrio, Rebecca De Mornay, Frank Whaley
Punk director Alex Cox about breaks even with this stageplay custom fitted for the screen. The action revolves around Las Vegas 'winner' Vincent…
Apostle, TheApostle, The (1997) Aro Favourite
Dir. Robert Duvall
Feat. Robert Duvall, Miranda Richardson, Billy Bob Thornton
Labour of love – in the best possible sense – for Robert Duvall (as Actor/Writer/Director), raising hellfire as a repentant…
Primary ColorsPrimary Colors (1998) Recommended
Dir. Mike Nichols
Feat. John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Billy Bob Thornton
In charting the rise of a controversial Southern Governor through the US Democratic primary campaign, John Travolta rises admirably to his most…
ArmageddonArmageddon (1998)
Dir. Michael Bay
Feat. Bruce Willis, Steve Buscemi, Billy Bob Thornton
After the tragedy of DEEP IMPACT, we get to witness the end of the world again, this time Jerry Bruckheimer–style (CON AIR, THE ROCK). That…
HomegrownHomegrown (1998)
Dir. Stephen Gyllenhaal
Feat. Billy Bob Thornton, Kelly Lynch, Hank Azaria
Billy Bob Thornton heads a trio of inept drug dealers in a modest, though deft comedy of marijuana capers. Seeking to offload their crop when the…
A Simple PlanA Simple Plan (1998) Recommended
Dir. Sam Raimi
Feat. Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Paxton, Bridget Fonda
A simple premise – three smalltown guys stumble across $4,000,000 in an undiscovered plane–crash and decide to keep it – out of…
Pushing TinPushing Tin (1999)
Dir. Mike Newell
Feat. John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett
The title is Air Traffic Controller jargon for getting all the jumbo–jets landing on time, and typifies the haywire humour of this workplace…
Daddy and ThemDaddy and Them (1999)
Dir. Billy Bob Thornton
Feat. Billy Bob Thornton, Laura Dern, Kelly Preston
Low–key, quirky and casually paced, dir. Thornton's tribute to his roots unfolds as an Arkansas clan draw together to support their imprisoned…
All the Pretty HorsesAll the Pretty Horses (2000)
Dir. Billy Bob Thornton
Feat. Penelope Cruz, Matt Damon, Henry Thomas
Serious–minded adaptation of Cormac McCarthey’s neo–western novel, the epic journey of 1950s cowboy Matt Damon across the Texan border…
BanditsBandits (2001)
Dir. Barry Levinson
Feat. Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett
Genuine wit is visited upon this comedy–drama built around the unlikely character alliance of successful bank–robbers Bruce Willis and…
Man Who Wasn't There, TheMan Who Wasn't There, The (2001) Recommended
Dir. Joel Coen
Feat. Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, James Gandolfini
The Coen Brothers chalk up another film in love with film, an attractive but slender paean to 1950s pulp melodramas, with its nostalgia–soaked…
Monster's BallMonster's Ball (2001) Recommended
Dir. Marc Forster
Feat. Halle Berry, Billy Bob Thornton, Heath Ledger
A surprising success of 2001 after Halle Berry won the Best Actress Oscar, this compelling race–drama is harrowing, angst–ridden and…
LevityLevity (2003)
Dir. Ed Solomon
Feat. Billy Bob Thornton, Morgan Freeman, Holly Hunter
A bleak study of the post–prison world of paroled killer Billy Bob Thornten, who is haunted by the spectre of his teenage victim as he attempts…
Intolerable CrueltyIntolerable Cruelty (2003) Recommended
Dir. Joel Coen
Feat. George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Billy Bob Thornton
Another sophisticated comedy from the Coen Brothers, here certifying George Clooney as a leading man with dab comic timing, opposite a smouldering,…
Love ActuallyLove Actually (2003)
Dir. Richard Curtis
Feat. Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson
Golden–boy comedy writer Richard Curtis assumes directing duties for the first time but mislays the Midas touch he gained from penning “Four…
Bad SantaBad Santa (2003)
Dir. Terry Zwigoff
Feat. Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Lauren Graham
Gleefully soiling St. Nick's reputation, Billy Bob Thornton dons the red fat–suit as a department store Santa with a penchant for cigarettes,…
Alamo, TheAlamo, The (2004)
Dir. John Lee Hancock
Feat. Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton, Jason Patric
Big–budget recasting of the fabled 'Battle of the Alamo' in 1836 between Texan (US) and Mexican forces, which marked a turning point in…
Friday Night LightsFriday Night Lights (2004)
Dir. Peter Berg
Feat. Billy Bob Thornton, Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez
A strong drama set in a small Texas town, where high school football (like rugby in New Zealand) is treated with near–religious…
Bad News BearsBad News Bears (2005)
Dir. Richard Linklater
Feat. Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden, Greg Kinnear
Billy Bob Thornton stars as the loutish coach of a losing baseball team in this soft–shoe remake of the 1976 Walter Matthau classic, following…
Ice Harvest, TheIce Harvest, The (2005) Recommended
Dir. Harold Ramis
Feat. John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Connie Nielsen
A chilled–out study in sleaze and crime with partners John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton contriving a way to lift $2 million from a Mob client…
School For ScoundrelsSchool For Scoundrels (2007)
Dir. Todd Phillips
Feat. Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Heder, Michael Clarke Duncan
Jon Heder changes gears slightly from his breakout NAPOLEON DYNAMITE schtick for this screwball comedy as a young hapless chap who enrolls in a charm…
Astronaut Farmer, TheAstronaut Farmer, The (2007)
Dir. Michael Polish
Feat. Billy Bob Thornton, Virginia Madsen, Bruce Dern
Billy Bob Thornton plays a little guy with a big dream – an ex–NASA employee who builds his own space–rocket – in this warm…
Eagle EyeEagle Eye (2008)
Dir. D. J. Caruso
Feat. Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson
Derivative but entertaining cyber–thriller in which a young man and single mother get framed as terrorists and find themselves unexpectedly…
Informers, TheInformers, The (2008)
Dir. Gregor Jordan
Feat. Billy Bob Thornton, Winona Ryder, Kim Basinger
Another tale of hedonism in the eighties from screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis (AMERICAN PSYCHO), following a group of lost causes who fill their…
Smell of Success, TheSmell of Success, The (2009)
Dir. Michael Polish
Feat. Billy Bob Thornton, Tea Leoni, Mark Polish
Another quirky character study from dir. Polish this time set amongst the world of manure salesmen, as Billy Bob and Leoni struggle to keep her late…
FasterFaster (2010)
Dir. George Tillman Jr.
Feat. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Gugino
Pedal–to–the–metal revenge thriller rarely lets up in its high paced offering, pitting The Rock against a number of grimy…
Puss in BootsPuss in Boots (2011)
Dir. Chris Miller
Feat. Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis
Slinky fairytale spin–off of SHREK finds the titular swashbuckling Spaniard on a whole new steal–stealing adventure. Despite slick…

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