Bruce Willis is a name to reckon with. A name that instantly reminds us of a visibly bald, badass action hero, whose patience hangs by a thread. As we know many great, veteran actors living today are known for few of their signature movies, we know Bruce Willis primarily for his stint in the Die Hard film series. Playing the protagonist John McClane, a detective with the Police Department, who seemingly doesn’t care a damn about the consequences, Bruce Willis managed to awe us with his breathtaking action sequences (most of which he performed himself), his quirky monologues and his sarcastic, condescending overtone.
In a career spanning more than three decades, Bruce Willis has dared to go places, taken a lot of chances, has failed and succeeded beyond expectations and has won numerous awards, accolades, appreciations, and a whole lot of respect. After starting his mainstream acting career with the TV series Moonlighting (1985-1989) for which he also won the Emmy Award and the Golden Globe (both in ’86), to his big break with ‘Die Hard (1988)’, to reaching his career peak with the astounding successes of the likes of ‘Armageddon (1998)’, ‘Pulp Fiction (1994)’, ‘Twelve Monkeys (1995)’, ‘The Fifth Element (1997)’ etc., Bruce Willis has come a long way. As with all the actors, he also has faced the heat when he made some poor choices for a while, but as they say, success and courage are all about getting up. So, tell me, “Why do we fall, Bruce”?
As a part of this list, we bring you the best movies of Bruce Willis so far. There are many factors which come into play, like performance, premise, production design, coherence of story, direction, script, and overall storytelling and I’ve tried to consider all these aspects for a movie to figure on this list. And just to let you know, this isn’t an exhaustive list of all the movies featuring Bruce Willis. Below is a list of top Bruce Willis movies selected from his cast filmography. You can watch some of these best Bruce Willis movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
20. Armageddon (1998)
No surprises here, this movie has to be on this list. A Michael Bay’s brainchild, ‘Armageddon’ deals with a disaster and how it is successfully averted, thanks to the ingenuity of Harry and his team. The story starts with the discovery of an asteroid which is roughly of the size of Texas, about to collide with Earth in a few weeks, which may thus lead to an extinction of humanity as we know it. NASA then contacts and trains Harry Stamper and his team of deep-sea oil drillers, who are then sent aboard two space shuttles to the asteroid, where they would drill holes, plant the nukes and come back to Earth. The asteroid would detonate, thus bypassing its impact on Earth. ‘Armageddon’ is science fiction taken to another level altogether.
19. Tears of the Sun (2003)