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 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.
|CreditRank||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Links||Review %||Oscar Nom / Win||S||UMR Score|
|CreditRank||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Links||Actual B.O. Domestic (mil)||Adj. B.O. Domestic (mil)||Adj. B.O. Worldwide (mil)||B.O. Rank by Year||Review %||Oscar Nom / Win||S||UMR Score|
AA Best Picture Nom
|Dustin Hoffman &
|177.20||521.4||636.1||2||87||10 / 01||99.5|
|3||Ghostbusters (1984)||Dan Akyroyd &
|229.20||590.2||726.6||2||85||02 / 00||97.5|
|2||The Jungle Book (2016)||Scarlett Johansson &
|364.00||364.0||966.6||5||86||01 / 00||97.5|
|4||The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
AA Best Picture Nom
|Owen Wilson &
Directed by Wes Anderson
|59.30||62.8||185.1||57||90||09 / 04||96.2|
|5||Stripes (1981)||Harold Ramis &
|85.30||265.4||265.4||5||78||00 / 00||95.8|
|6||Groundhog Day (1993)||Directed by Harold Ramis||70.90||148.2||148.2||13||86||00 / 00||93.9|
|7||Charlie's Angels (2000)||Drew Barrymore||125.30||201.1||423.8||14||60||00 / 00||90.8|
|8||Ghostbusters II (1989)||Harold Ramis &
|112.50||245.1||469.3||7||59||00 / 00||90.6|
|9||What About Bob? (1991)||Richard Dreyfuss||63.70||130.9||130.9||19||73||00 / 00||87.5|
|10||Meatballs (1979)||Chris Makepeace||43.00||148.3||148.3||19||68||00 / 00||87.4|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Bill Murray Table
- 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.
- An average Bill Murray movie grosses $86.00 million in adjusted box office gross.
- 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.
- Ten Bill Murray movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 20.83% of his movies.
- Four Bill Murray movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 8.33% of his movies.
- 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.
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.
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