Bill Murray’s 10 Best Roles

Movies Lists Bill Murray

In just the last couple of months, we’ve read about Bill Murray reading poetry to construction workers and tending bar in Texas. Here, in honor of his limitless and abiding cool, we run down our 10 favorite of the great man’s movie roles.

10. Zombieland

Best not to go into detail about Murray’s much-ballyhooed appearance in this 2009 tale of the undead. (Although, if you’ve seen the movie already or just really enjoy spoilers, you can read our interview with director Ruben Fleischer where he explains the cameo.) Suffice to say, it’s killer.

9. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Well, the movie ain’t perfect. But there’s no one we’d rather see as Zissou, the eccentric maritime expert.

8. Broken Flowers

We just wish more people saw Jim Jarmusch’s quiet character study of a tracksuit-clad Murray catching up with his past lovers. If you haven’t seen it yet, get ye hither.

7. What About Bob

As our man has evolved into Subdued Bill, playing characters of extreme nuance, it is easy to forget that he was once a broad comic actor. Here he is as Gonzo Bill.

6. Stripes

This class-clown-of-the-armed-services role was, in a way, a template for Murray’s on-screen persona in years to come—he plays unconventional leaders, alternative-Alpha males who disarm the world with vision and humor, as opposed to conventional good looks and charm.

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