Bruce Willis is an absolute legend, and I was sorry to hear about his aphasia diagnosis. Willis has made a lasting mark on the world of cinema. From heart-pounding action to touching drama, his films cover various styles and win people’s hearts worldwide. Using IMDb’s popular user votes, I’ve compiled a list of Bruce Willis movies that have received much praise from fans and reviewers alike.
1. Pulp Fiction (1994)
In the famous movie Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino, Bruce Willis plays Butch Coolidge, a fighter who gets caught up in a series of violent events. The movie comprises different stories about criminals, hitmen, and a mystery briefcase. Willis’s part in the film exemplifies his versatility because it has a good mix of drama, humor, and action.
2. The Sixth Sense (1999)
Bruce Willis plays Dr. Malcolm Crowe, a child psychologist who tries to help a young boy who says he sees ghosts in The Sixth Sense by M. Night Shyamalan. As the story goes on, secrets emerge, leading to a shocking turn of events at the end that becomes the movie’s signature. The emotional core of the film is made stronger by Willis’s acting.
3. The Fifth Element (1997)
The sci-fi movie The Fifth Element by Luc Besson is beautiful to look at. Bruce Willis plays Korben Dallas, a cab driver who gets involved in a task to save the world from destruction.
he movie takes place in a bright and creative future, with parts of action, comedy, and fantasy. The many different characters in the film are held together by Willis’ charming performance as Korben Dallas.
4. Sin City (2005)
Robert Rodriguez’s neo-noir movie Sin City is based on the graphic books by Frank Miller. In one of the film’s many stories, Bruce Willis plays Hartigan, a detective with a strong sense of right and wrong. With its striking black-and-white style and dark, gritty story, Sin City shows Willis in a part that mixes crime drama with hardboiled action.
5. Die Hard (1988)
Die Hard shot Bruce Willis to the top of the action star world. Willis plays NYPD cop John McClane in this famous movie. When a group of terrorists takes over a Los Angeles skyscraper, McClane turns into a one-man army. Die Hard is a classic of the action genre because of its exciting action scenes, sharp humor, and charismatic performance by Bruce Willis.
6. Armageddon (1998)
In Michael Bay’s action-packed disaster movie Armageddon, Bruce Willis plays Harry Stamper, an oil driller hired to stop an asteroid from hitting Earth. As Harry leads a group of roughneck drillers on a journey to space, the movie has exciting action scenes and touching moments. Willis’s performance as the tough hero gives the film a lot of emotional depth.
7. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Moonrise Kingdom, a quirky coming-of-age movie by Wes Anderson, stars Bruce Willis as Captain Sharp, a local police officer. In the film, two young lovers run away from home, which makes the rest of the town start looking for them.
Willis’s performance gives the group of actors a touch of vulnerability and warmth. This shows that he can bring depth to parts that aren’t what you’d expect him to play.
8. RED (2010)
In the action-comedy RED, Bruce Willis plays Frank Moses, a former CIA agent who is now being hunted by people who want to kill him. The movie mixes comedy and adventure as he meets up with old coworkers. Willis’s charm and how he gets along with the other actors help make the film fun and lively.
9. 12 Monkeys (1995)
In 12 Monkeys, a sci-fi movie by Terry Gilliam, Bruce Willis plays James Cole, a man who is sent back in time to stop a worldwide epidemic. The movie’s plot is complicated and includes time travel, a plot, and existential problems. Willis’s portrayal of a complicated figure gives the story more depth.
10. The Expendables 2 (2012)
In The Expendables 2, a group action movie, Bruce Willis again plays Mr. Church, a CIA spy. Willis joins a group of well-known action stars in the film, making it even more star-studded. As the group fights a strong enemy, Willis’s appearance adds to the film’s sense of nostalgia.
11. Looper (2012)
In the science fiction movie Looper, Bruce Willis plays Older Joe, a hitman whose younger self is sent back in time to kill him. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays young Joe, and the movie examines the complicated effects of time travel, morals, and fate. Willis’ acting gives the movie’s look at identity and choice more depth.
12. Death Becomes Her (1992)
In Death Becomes Her, a dark comedy by Robert Zemeckis, Bruce Willis plays Dr. Ernest Menville, a plastic surgeon stuck between Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn as two endless women. The movie has parts of black humor and fantasy about a fight between vanity and immortality.
13. Unbreakable (2000)
Bruce Willis plays David Dunn, a security guard who discovers he might have superpowers, in Unbreakable, a superhero thriller by M. Night Shyamalan. The movie looks at identity, fate, and how the line between truth and mythology isn’t always clear. Willis’s acting helps the film’s unique take on the superhero genre.
14. The Last Boy Scout (1991)
Tony Scott’s movie The Last Boy Scout is about a down-and-out private detective named Joe Hallenbeck, who Bruce Willis plays. When he works with a former football player (Damon Wayans), they find a web of violence and crime. The movie is full of exciting action and shows Willis in his usual tough-guy role.
15. Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
In Live Free or Die Hard, the fourth movie in the Die Hard series, Bruce Willis plays John McClane once again. In the film, McClane fights against cyber terrorists who want to shut down the country’s systems. Willis’s return to the part brings back some of the character’s charm and adds new action scenes.
I only have one question for IMDb viewers — Where is Tears of the Sun? With so much greatness, I suppose it was difficult to narrow it to 15, but I’d have included that film on the list.
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