10 Best Bill Murray Movies

Fans of Bill Murray appreciate his deadpan humor and the offbeat charm he brings to every character he plays, from starring role to cameo. But what are his very best films? We take a closer look at the ten best Bill Murray movies to add to your watchlist.

Murray’s career began with Chicago’s legendary improv troupe, The Second City. His first taste of national recognition and fame came as a cast member on NBC’s Saturday Night Live in the late 1970s.

His career grew beyond sketch comedy to leading-man roles isn major motion pictures and television. As a versatile actor, he shines in roles as hilarious and offbeat characters to those requiring poignant and dramatic subtlety.

Adding to his mystique is his quirky and unpredictable personality, a quality that endears him to fans. Whether it’s his iconic characters or his movies’ enduring legacy, Bill Murray remains a comedic force and a beloved fixture in pop culture.


    10 best Bill Murray movies

    10 best Bill Murray movies

    1. Lost In Translation

    Murray plays a washed-up American actor adrift in Tokyo. His isolation is broken by a fleeting entanglement with a younger woman, played by Scarlett Johansson.

    2. Groundhog Day

    Every day is the same for TV weatherman Phil Connors (played by Bill Murray). His tedious Groundhog Day time loop can only broken by his love for Rita, played by Andie MacDowell.

    3. Caddyshack

    This classic comedy features Murray as Carl Spackler, the goofy groundskeeper at the snobby Bushwood Country Club golf course.

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    Best Bill Murray movies: comedies

    4. What About Bob?

    Every psychotherapists nightmare is played out when the very obsessive-compulsive Bob Wiley (Bill Murray) is your patient.

    5. Ghostbusters – best Bill Murray movies

    A group of goofy scientists decide to track down supernatural spirits for money in New York City.

    6. Rushmore

    This coming-of-age film by Wes Anderson places Murray in the role of love advisor to young Max (played by Jason Schwartzman), who is vying for the attention of an older woman.

    Best Bill Murray movies: dramas

    7. The Royal Tenenbaums

    Murray plays a supporting role in this offbeat comedy about a family of gifted geniuses that reunite to reconcile with their eccentric father (played by Gene Hackman).

    8. Stripes

    Cabbie John Winger (Bill Murray) seeks a new direction in life by enlisting in the army with his buddy (played by Harold Ramis).

    9. St. Vincent – best Bill Murray movies

    The middle-aged scoundrel who lives next door becomes an unlikely choice for babysitter to a woman’s (Melissa McCarthy) 12-year-old son.

    10. The Life Aquatic

    In this Wes Anderson film, Murray plays a vengeful oceanographer who seeks retribution on a murderous shark.

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    By Greg Johnson | Published 4/23/24