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With his most recent movie, Bruce Willis returned to the franchise that made him a star. While A Good Day to Die Hard didn't quite live up to the expectations of the previous films in the series, Mr. Willis is still making an effort to churn out movies that his fans will enjoy. Throughout the years, he's delivered some of the more entertaining films in a multitude of genres. Bruce Willis has been able to tackle action, comedy, science fiction and even a bit of horror/thriller. Let's take a look at some of his best films, as well as the memorable turns he gave in them (and just a FYI, most of these are not safe for work):
10. What Just Happened?
This one wasn't seen by many, but it does feature one of Willis' funniest roles to date. In the film, he plays a caricature of himself who refuses to shave his ridiculous beard for the new movie he's about to start shooting. Any movie where Willis can share the screen with Robert De Niro should be good enough for anyone, plus, we don't get to see Willis going the strictly comedy route anymore these days.
9. The Fifth Element
This film is probably more recognizable as the one with the chick from the Resident Evil movies as the attractive alien, but it does feature Willis in a sort-of futuristic John McClane-type role that suits him perfectly. The Fifth Element is a nice mix of science fiction, action and comedy, which is mostly derived from Willis' character, the cab driving former military officer Korben Dallas.
If an asteroid was hurling toward the Earth, and NASA's best option was to send oil drillers up into space to land on the asteroid and drop a nuke in a hole, who wouldn't want that oil driller to be Bruce Willis? As Harry Stamper, Willis plays the American everyman to perfection. He's a funny guy, he's a loving father, he cares deeply for his friends and crew, and is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the planet. Quoting the late Michael Clarke Duncan, "Harry, you da man."
7. Twelve Monkeys
Leave it to Terry Gilliam to take a time travel movie and turn it on its head. In this film, Bruce Willis plays a man named James Cole, sent back in time to prevent a global catastrophe. Along the way, he meets a doctor (Madeline Stowe) who he tries to convince that his story is real, as well as a crazy man (Brad Pitt), who ends up being exactly the man Cole was sent back for. Brad Pitt steals the show, but Willis delivers an excellent performance as a man out of time.
6. Sin City
Based on Frank Miller's graphic novels, Sin City revolves around the seediest, most vile, most corrupt city in the country. Its inhabitants are mostly all evil, including some cops and members of the government. One of the good guys is Bruce Willis' Hartigan, an aging cop that has sworn to protect young Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba) from a deformed pedophile. Sin City is easily the most visually stunning on any of Willis' movies, as director Robert Rodriguez filmed a majority of the movie on a green screen, making it seem like the viewers are watching the actual comic on the big screen.
M. Night Shyamalan's follow-up to The Sixth Sense should have been a let down. He man proved everyone wrong. Shyamalan cast his star Bruce Willis opposite Samuel L. Jackson in a tale about a man (Willis) who comes to realize he has super-human strength. Much like Shymalan's previous film, the twist at the end is one of the best parts, and it's acted out to perfection by Willis and Jackson.
Another time travel movie that makes the cut here. In this film, Willis plays the older version of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Joe, who is sent back in time to have his loop closed, i.e. killed. The only thing is, Bruce Willis never goes down without a fight. The elder Joe uses his time in the past to try and change the future, while the younger Joe just wants to get rid of his older self so he can get back to his life.
3. The Sixth Sense
This film has what has to be considered one of the best twist endings of all time. Bruce Willis plays a child psychologist who is helping a young boy (Haley Joel Osment) who claims he can see dead people. For the very few people who may not have seen it, there won't be any spoilers in the clip, but do yourself a favor: go watch this movie.
2. Pulp Fiction
This movie would probably top most "Best Films" lists, but Willis isn't exactly the main character in this one. Willis' character, Butch Coolidge, is a down-on-his-luck boxer who's in deep with the wrong people, namely Marsellus Wallace. Butch doesn't tank his fight like he's supposed to, and goes on the run. He ends up running into Marsellus on the street, then that's when things get nasty. A Zed and a gimp later, mostly everyone is scarred for life. Thanks Tarantino.
1. Die Hard
If a Bruce Willis movie had to beat Pulp Fiction, you knew it had to be Die Hard. The movie that made Bruce Willis a star, Die Hard is still one of the best action movies of all time. It's the perfect blend of over-the-top action and humor, which Willis carried over from his Moonlighting days. Yippe-kay-yay!