Top 10 Bill Murray Movies of All Time

We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 Bill Murray movies of all time. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.

10. Caddyshack (1980) 75% at Rotten Tomatoes

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If you’ve never seen Caddyshack, you’re missing out. It’s a Ramis/Murray classic and easily the best golf movie this side of Happy Gilmore. Murray’s role is as comedic relief in a slapstick comedy that has one of the best Kenny Loggins-led soundtracks of the 80s.

Rating: R
Director: Harold Ramis
Starring: Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield, Chevy Chase

9. Meatballs (1979) 76% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Believe it or not, Murray was once considered a leading man type. This 1979 classic showcases this while also serving as a fantastic throwback of American summer camp movies. Do summer camps even exist anymore? I bet the counselors are fondling kids. Someone look into that.

Rating: PG
Director: Ivan Reitman
Starring: Bill Murray, Harvey Atkin, Kate Lynch

8. What About Bob? (1991) 83% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Baby steps through this synopsis. Baby steps through this synopsis. Murray shines as a neurotic man who won’t leave his psychiatrist (Dreyfuss) alone during his vacation. He inevitably drives him crazy, and you’ll laugh hysterically the entire ride.

Rating: PG
Director: Frank Oz
Starring: Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss, Julie Hagerty

7. Lost in Translation (2003) 95% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Although he’s a fantastic comedian, Murray has range, and his dramatic roles can be just as poignant. This overseas romance movie is still a pure joy to watch. Coppola may have gotten the job through nepotism, but (catty Anna Farris impersonation of Cameron Diaz aside) she proves she’s every bit as good as male directors here.

Rating: R
Director: Sofia Coppola
Starring: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi

6. Zombieland(2009) 90% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Murray only has a cameo here, and he plays himself. With that being said, he turns in one of the most memorable cameos in cinematic history. Whether or not you’re tired of zombie movies by now, Zombieland still sticks out for two things: Murray and Twinkies.

Rating: R
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Starring: Bill Murray, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone

5. Stripes (1981) 86% at Rotten Tomatoes

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It’s hard to imagine Murray, Candy, and Ramis as soldiers. Stripes has always been a very funny, timeless, and watchable Army comedy. It’s a bit sad now that most of the cast is dead, but it still serves as a reminder of why we loved them so much in the first place.

Rating: R
Director: Ivan Reitman
Starring: Bill Murray, John Candy, Harold Ramis

4. Kingpin (1996) 50% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Forget The Big Lebowski – Kingpin is the greatest bowling movie ever made. Everything about it is flawless, and it stands the test of time still today. Murray’s role in this one is the villain, and he expertly plays it with a slimy narcissism that’s hard to resist. If you’ve not yet seen it, fix that situation immediately.

Rating: PG-13
Director: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
Starring: Bill Murray, Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid

3. Ghostbusters (1984) 97% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Anyone who thought the newer, female-led version of Ghostbusters sucks is an idiot. Every movie in the franchise is brilliant, and even the storyline in the games is worth watching. This is the movie that started it all, and it’s also a reminder of how pervasive sexual harassment has always been in the workplace.

Rating: PG
Director: Ivan Reitman
Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver

2. Where the Buffalo Roam (1980) 17% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Johnny Depp may be the actor most associated with taking on Hunter S. Thompson’s larger-than-life persona, but Murray did it both first and best. Critics gave Where the Buffalo Roam bad reviews, but audiences love it. It’s definitely ahead of its time and showcases how good an actor Murray truly is.

Rating: R
Director: Art Linson
Starring: Bill Murray, Peter Boyle, Bruno Kirby

1. Groundhog Day (1993) 96% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Few holiday movies can deliver on every level the way Groundhog Day does. This movie’s premise has been spoofed and referenced so much in pop culture since that it’s easy to take for granted how great it actually is. If you haven’t seen it in a while, now’s a great time to go back and see why it is everybody loves Bill Murray.

Rating: PG
Director: Harold Ramis
Starring: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott

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Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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