Bill Murray Movies

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Bill Murray’s latest movie, The Jungle Book, has been added to the page.

Want to know the best Bill Murray movies?  How about the worst Bill Murray movies?  Curious about Bill Murray’s box office grosses or which Bill Murray movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Bill Murray movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.

I have been a fan of Bill Murray (1950-) for many many years now.  I actually saw his first box office hit, Meatballs, in theaters two times. That my friends was over 35 years ago!  Over the years, Murray, along with Christopher Walken, has become one of the best character actors working today.  It seems no matter how big or small a part he plays….he is the best part of any movie that he appears…can you say Zombieland?

His IMDb page shows 77 acting credits from 1973-2015. This page will rank 47 Bill Murray movies from Best to Worst in five different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, cameos and movies that were not released in theaters were not included in the rankings.

Bill Murray in 2014's St. Vincents

Bill Murray in 2014’s St. Vincents

Bill Murray Movies Can Be Ranked 5 Ways In This Table

The really cool thing about this table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.

  • Sort by Bill Murray’s co-stars of his movies.
  • Sort Bill Murray movies by actual domestic box office grosses (in millions)
  • Sort Bill Murray movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort Bill Murray movies how they were received by critics and audiences.  60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
  • Sort by how many Oscar® nominations and how many Oscar® wins each Bill Murray movie received.
  • Sort Bill Murray movies by Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score.  UMR Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.
RankMovie (Year)UMR Co-Star LinksDomestic B.O. Actual (mils)Domestic B.O. Adjusted (mils)Critic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
Tootsie (1982)Dustin Hoffman$173.20$496.6081.0%10 / 0177.17
Ghostbusters (1984)Dan Akyroyd & Harold Ramis$229.24$575.2087.0%02 / 0073.94
The Jungle Book (2016) Voice RoleScarlett Johansson & Christopher Walken$314.08$314.0887.0%00 / 0071.89
Stripes (1981)Harold Ramis & John Candy $85.30$258.7078.5%00 / 0067.89
Groundhog Day (1993)Harold Ramis$70.91$144.4089.0%00 / 0064.49
Lost in Translation (2003)Scarlett Johansson$44.59$62.3086.5%04 / 0162.84
Charlie's Angels (2000)Cameron Diaz & Drew Barrymore$125.31$196.0061.0%00 / 0059.07
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)Edward Norton & Owen Wilson$59.10$61.0085.5%09 / 0459.00
Ghostbusters II (1989)Harold Ramis$112.49$238.9057.5%00 / 0058.02
What About Bob? (1991)Richard Dreyfuss$63.71$127.6076.0%00 / 0055.86
Caddyshack (1980)Chevy Chase & Rodney Dangerfield$41.85$135.7073.5%00 / 0055.57
Meatballs (1979)Chris Makepeace & Written by Harold Ramis$43.05$144.6068.0%00 / 0054.37
Scrooged (1988)Robert Mitchum$60.33$123.7067.5%01 / 0051.68
Get Smart (2008)James Caan & Anne Hathaway & Dwayne Johns$130.32$153.0058.5%00 / 0051.44
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)Steve Martin & John Candy$38.75$88.0079.0%02 / 0051.38
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)Bruce Willis & Frances McDormand & Ed$45.51$48.2088.8%01 / 0050.10
Space Jam (1996)Michael Jordan$90.42$172.4047.5%00 / 0049.18
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)Owen Wilson & Ben Stiller & Gene Hackman$52.36$78.1078.0%01 / 0048.97
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) Voice RoleMeryl Streep & George Clooney$21.00$23.6086.0%02 / 0045.49
Rushmore (1998)Directed by Wes Anderson$17.11$30.7083.5%00 / 0045.21
Ed Wood (1994)Johnny Depp$5.89$12.2086.0%02 / 0244.98
St. Vincent (2014)Melissa McCarthey$44.14$45.5075.5%00 / 0043.72
Broken Flowers (2005)Jessica Lange$13.74$18.1080.0%00 / 0040.38
Quick Change (1990)Geena Davis & Randy Quaid$15.26$30.4073.5%00 / 0039.24
Wild Things (1998)Kevin Bacon$30.15$54.2064.5%00 / 0038.70
Get Low (2010)Robert Duvall$9.18$9.8078.0%00 / 0038.19
Mad Dog and Glory (1993)Robert DeNiro$11.08$22.6070.0%00 / 0036.49
The Monuments Men (2014)George Clooney & Matt Damon & Cate Blanch$78.03$80.5050.5%00 / 0036.32
The Darjeeling Limited (2007)Owen Wilson$11.90$14.6070.0%00 / 0035.17
Kingpin (1996)Woody Harrelson$25.02$47.7059.0%00 / 0035.09
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)Owen Wilson & Cate Blanchett$24.02$32.6062.5%00 / 0034.38
Coffee and Cigarettes (2004)Cate Blanchett$2.20$3.0067.5%00 / 0032.20
Cradle Will Rock (1999)John Cusack & Susan Sarandon$2.90$4.8066.0%00 / 0031.77
Osmosis Jones (2001)Ron Howard$13.60$20.3058.5%00 / 0030.67
Garfield: The Movie (2004) Voice RoleBreckin Meyer$75.37$102.3032.0%00 / 0030.63
The Razor's Edge (1984)Denholm Elliott$6.55$16.4059.5%00 / 0030.59
The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)Joanne Whalley$13.72$25.2054.0%00 / 0029.36
City of Ember (2008)Saoirse Ronan$7.87$9.2059.0%00 / 0029.20
Hamlet (2000)Ethan Hawke$1.58$2.5057.5%00 / 0027.42
The Limits of Control (2009)Tilda Swinton$.43$.5053.5%00 / 0025.24
Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)Laura Linney$6.38$6.8048.5%00 / 0025.13
Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)Peter Boyle$6.66$21.6046.0%00 / 0024.97
Aloha (2015)Bradley Cooper & Emma Stone$21.07$21.1036.0%00 / 0020.25
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006) Voice RoleBreckin Meyer$28.43$36.4030.5%00 / 0019.94
Larger Than Life (1996)Matthew McConaughey$8.32$15.9031.5%00 / 0017.43
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (2013)Charlie Sheen$.05$.0032.0%00 / 0015.06
Rock The Kasbah (2015)Bruce Willis$2.78$2.8030.0%00 / 0014.60
Passion Play (2011)Mickey Rourke$.00$.0031.0%00 / 0014.58

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Bill Murray Table

  1. Fourteen Bill Murray movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 29.16% of his movies listed. Ghostbusters (1984) is still his biggest hit.
  2. An average Bill Murray movie grosses $86.00 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  28 of Bill Murray’s movies are rated as good movies…or 58.33% of his movies.  Groundhog Day (1993) is his highest rated movie while Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006) was his lowest rated movie.
  4. Ten Bill Murray movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 20.83% of his movies.
  5. Four Bill Murray movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 8.33% of his movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00.  23 Bill Murray movies scored higher than that average….or 47.91% of his movies.  Tootsie (1982) got the the highest UMR Score while Passion Play (2011) got the lowest UMR Score.
Bill Murray in 1984's Ghostbusters

Bill Murray in 1984’s Ghostbusters

Possibly Interesting Facts About Bill Murray

1. William James Murray (1950-) was born in Wilmette, Illinois.  He is the 5th of 9 children.

2.  Bill Murray’s path to stardom.  Invited by his brother (Brian Doyle-Murray) to join Second City in Chicago.  Recruited by John Belushi to join the National Lampoon Radio Show Hour in New York City. Hired by Lorne Michaels for Saturday Night Live 1977-1980.  His first starring movie role, 1979’s Meatballs, was a hit and he has never looked back.

3. Bill Murray was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar® for his role in 2003’s Lost In Translation.  He has picked up 5 Golden Globe® nominations for his movie roles.  1984’s Ghostbusters, 1999’s Rushmore, 2003 Lost In Translation (he won), 2012’s Hyde Park on Hudson and 2014’s St. Vincent.

4. Bill Murray has been married two times.  His first marriage was to Mickey Kelley (1981-1994)…they have two children.  His second marriage was to Jennifer Butler (1997-2008)…they have 4 children.

5. Bill Murray has appeared in four of American Film Institute’s 100 Funniest Movies: 1980’s Caddyshack, 1982’s Tootsie, 1984’s Ghostbusters, and 1993’s Groundhog Day.

6. Bill Murray and the late Harold Ramis worked together in many great comedies from 1979-1993.  Those movies were 1979’s Meatballs, 1980’s Caddyshack, 1981’s Stripes, 1984’s Ghostbusters, 1989’s Ghostbusters 2 and 1993’s Groundhog Day.

7. Christopher Nolan has a Michael Caine good luck charm….Wes Anderson has a Bill Murray good luck charm.  Murray has appeared in ever Wes Anderson movie since 1999’s Rushmore.

8. Roles Bill Murray turned down or was seriously considered for:  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Johnny Depp role), Bottle Rocket (James Caan role), Rain Man (Tom Cruise role), Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks role), Splash (Tom Hanks role), Star Wars (Harrison Ford role), Philadelphia (Denzel Washington role) and Toy Story (Buzz Lightyear).

9.  Bill Murray does not have an entourage.  He travels alone….he does not have an agent, a business manager or a publicist.  When somebody wants Bill Murray for a role….it appears actually finding Murray is harder than getting him to accept the role.  This has always seemed like a great idea for a movie or for a reality series.

10.  Quick facts:  Murray is an avid Chicago Cubs fan. Murray owns a few minor league baseball teams.  Murray loves to play golf.  Murray was the first guest on all three of David Letterman’s television shows.  Murray accidentally broke Robert DeNiro’s nose while filming Mad Dog and Glory.  Bitten by a groundhog two times while filming Groundhog Day.

Check out Bill Murray‘s career compared to current and classic actors.  Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.

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18 thoughts on “Bill Murray Movies

  1. Hello Coge! It has taken me forever to find the exact hub where you sent me the link to this! Seriously, I had no idea that Murray appeared in so many movies! I simply never would have guessed it. I do however remember a very long time ago, one of my friends telling me that Bill totally blew her away in “Lost in Translation.” She had me so interested and curious, I always meant to watch it. If you recall, I don’t go out to see movies when they’re released. I wait until I happen to trip over one on TV. Once in a while I’ll rent one or better yet, borrow from the library.
    I’ve always figured…if it’s that great of a movie, it will still be by the time I see it! Glad I found you. Hope all is going well for you. Your girls must be growing into young ladies by now…..Stay healthy and happy, Coge. Miss you!!

    1. Hey Paula….glad you were able to find my new website. Many people think Murray was never better than he was in Lost in Translation. I am not in that boat. The movie is ok…..and Murray is fine in the role…but overall….if I had to rewatch a Bill Murray….I would pick 7 or 8 others to watch before I would pick Lost in Translation. The power of the library. I would say about 80% of the movies I watch come from my local libraries.

      As for the girls….they are growing up fast. Now 8 and 6. The 8 year old will 9 in a couple of months and a 4th grader….it is scary how fast they are growing up. Your fpherj48 comment live on in this website….as I have been bringing them over. Thanks for all the great comments over the years.

  2. I love so many of his films but The Razor’s Edge is by far my favorite and really speaks to me. I save it to watch once a year, right around 4th of July, and usually alone.

    1. Hey Rick…..I am glad you liked The Razor’s Edge….I am not thinking too many people have The Razor’s Edge as their top Bill Murray fan. Murray is very proud of that movie. It has been years since I saw that one. Actually since seeing Bill’s Razor’s Edge I have seen Tyrone Power’s Razor’s Edge….maybe it is time to revisit the Bill version….so I compare the two movies. Thanks for the comment.

  3. It’s years since I seen Tootsie and I always remember Jessica Lang winning Best Supporting Actress. But I cannot remember Murray in the film so I must look it up again. But I do remember him in Groundhog Day, What about Bob and Lost in Translation. All 3 films were great. I think Murray, like most comic actors, is overlooked by the Academy. I haven’t seen St. Vincent yet but I see it got great reviews.

    1. Hey Chris. Bill plays Hoffman’s roommate….and like most Bill Murray movies he has some of the best lines in the movie. Groundhog Day is a classic….I have not seen it again since Harold Ramis passed away. I should do that soon. St. Vincent is ok….but Murray is excellent. Thanks for checking out my Murray page. Your Monty Clift page has been posted.

    1. Over at my soon to be old site I do list what is coming next. I have a Montgomery Clift page coming out tomorrow. Then I was going to do a current performer. Then it is between Bob Hope and Shirley Temple. So Sophia is on the list…but it might be awhile before I get to her….plus I will have to concentrate on her American movies….as many of her early films never reached American theaters. This link shows my most current pages….and a list of pages coming…at the bottom. I will get a page here soon. http://cogersonmoviescore.com/

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