Owen Wilson is an American actor best known for his comedic performances. Born in Dallas on November 18th, 1968, Wilson was more than just a class clown as he would get expelled from one school in tenth grade. However he still managed to get accepted into the University of Texas in Austin where he would graduate from in 1991.
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Teaming up with a classmate of his at the University of Texas, Wes Anderson, an aspiring filmmaker at the time, the two went on to create a short known as Bottle Rocket. They debuted this short at the 1993 Sundance Film Festivals. This helped the two make even more connections which would eventually develop their short into the indie cult favorite Bottle Rocket (1996). That same year Wilson would develop a good friendship with actor/director Ben Stiller as they worked on The Cable Guy (1996) together.
Their friendship would propel Wilson’s career even further as the two would appear in more than a half dozen films together. While Wilson can be a very good serious actor if he chooses, Stiller helped mold him into the likable but dimwitted funny guy he plays in most of his film. So without any more introductions, here are Owen Wilson’s ten best films.
[new page = 10. Shanghai Noon, 2000]
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 79%
Wilson plays a wanted cowboy who was recently kicked out of his gang. He is a screw up there is no other way around it. But when he meets Jackie Chan who is straight off the boat from China to rescue their kidnapped princess he sees an opportunity and takes it. He is taking Jackie Chan under his wing to show him the ropes of the Wild West and to eventually get some gold at the end of their adventure. However as the movie goes on it seems that it was Chan who has taken Wilson under his wing and shown him what life is all about.
[new page = 9. The Royal Tenenbaums, 2001]
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 81%
This is a goofy film about a family that hasn’t seen each other in over a decade. In the film they come together after a long period apart and are finally becoming a family. They are all the same as they were as kids because of no parental guidance in their lives. Owen Wilson doesn’t play one of the three children but he plays a character that wishes he was a part of the family and does a good job of it.
[new page = 8. Marley & Me, 2008]
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 64%
Opposite Jennifer Aniston, this is the story of how a dog can be just as much a part of the family as your children. If anything in this film the dog is the glue holding the family together. While it was a little long it is still an inspirational film about two people who are trying to have a family. Owen Wilson plays a great husband and father and always knows his place throughout the film. Most of his comedy is in dealing with Aniston because of the old cliché ‘the woman is always right’.
[new page = 7. Zoolander, 2001]
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 64%
Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller are male models. This film goes with the idea that all models are dimwitted. The two do a great job at acting dumb. The best and most famous scene from the movie involves a walk off between the two. It is a runway game kind of like HORSE in basketball. They each do a move and the other has to match that move. Wilson plays the younger upcoming model that is beginning to outshine Stiller. Eventually the two befriend and join forces to take down the people trying to ruin male modeling.
[new page = 6. The Darjeeling Limited, 2007]
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 81%
About three brothers who travel to India to bond after the death of their father, this is a warm hearted film about family. Wilson does a good job throughout the whole film. His character is very believable and he has a good connection with his co-star Adrien Brody.
[new page = 5. Midnight in Paris, 2011]
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 93%
Six years after Wedding Crashers, Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams still have a great connection and it shows in this film. Owen Wilson once again does a good job in a romantic comedy. The film is based off the idea that things can be better but we still have to live in the here and now. The connection between Wilson and McAdams makes this film.
[new page = 4. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, 2004]
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 56%
This is a very goofy film. Bill Murray is an aquatic expert but knows nothing of family. When his long lost son, Owen Wilson, finds his way back into Murray’s life everything changes. This is one of Wilson’s more serious roles which is odd because it is a typical Bill Murray film. He is very soft spoken throughout the movie and is very believable as a young man with daddy issues.
[new page = 3. Meet the Parents, 2000]
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 84%
Owen Wilson isn’t a big star in this film but he does have a very present role. In a story about Ben Stiller meeting his fiancés parents for the first time, Wilson plays the fiancés ex-boyfriend. He is also the best friend of Stiller’s future father in-law (Robert De Niro). He does a good job as De Niro’s right hand man trying to shake down Ben Stiller to figure him out.
[new page = 2. Cars, 2006]
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 74%
One of Owen Wilson’s few animated films, he is the voice of hot shot racecar, Lightning McQueen. He is a city slicker that gets stranded in backwater country with a big race coming up. His transformation from arrogant to accepting is very well done in this film. The animation was also very good as the voices matched up with the characters mouths very well.
[new page = 1. Wedding Crashers, 2005]
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 75%
This is Wilson’s most memorable film for many reasons. It was probably the biggest comedy in film at the time and Vince Vaughn had tremendous chemistry with Owen Wilson. While Wilson is hilarious throughout the whole movie, it is very impressive how his character transforms throughout the film. He starts out as a womanizer until he meets Rachel McAdams. He falls in love with her at first sight and he changes into a love struck, maturing adult.