Tom Waits Movies List: Ranked Best To Worst

Down by Law
R

Down by Law

(1986)
3
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Zack
Director:
Jim Jarmusch
Genres:
Crime, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Ellen Barkin, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi
3
0
Coffee and Cigarettes III

Coffee and Cigarettes III

(1993)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Tom
Director:
Jim Jarmusch
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Iggy Pop, Tom Waits
1
0
The Outsiders
PG

The Outsiders

(1983)
1
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Francis Ford Coppola
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe
Plot:

In an Oklahoma town during the mid-1960s, two rival teen gangs, working-class ‘Greasers’ and well-to-do ‘Socials’ are frequently at loggerheads with each other. One night, Socs gang attacks two Greasers, Ponyboy and Johnny, who fight back, killing a Socs member in the scuffle. As they hide in an abandoned church, this incidence leads to a chain of grim events involving all the Greasers.

1
0
Rumble Fish
R

Rumble Fish

(1983)
1
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Francis Ford Coppola
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane, Dennis Hopper, Diana Scarwid
Plot:

Rumble Fish is a crime drama film, which tells the story of an absent-minded street thug named Rusty James, who struggles to live up to the reputation of his legendary older brother.

1
1
The Fisher King
R

The Fisher King

(1991)
1
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
David Hyde Pierce, Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, Lara Harris, Tom Waits
Plot:

Insensitive comments by shock jock Jack Lucas forces an unstable caller into committing a mass-murder suicide. Severely depressed after the incident Jack meets a homeless man Parry, who is searching for the Holy Grail. When Jack realizes Parry is actually the husband of one of the murderer’s victims, he decides to help Parry. 

1
0
Short Cuts
R

Short Cuts

(1993)
0
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Robert Altman
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Frances McDormand, Jack Lemmon, Robert Downey Jr.
Plot:

Shortcuts is a comedy-drama film, which revolves around the day-to-day lives of several suburban Los Angeles residents, whose lives are loosely connected. 

0
1
Mystery Train
R

Mystery Train

(1989)
1
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Jim Jarmusch
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Steve Buscemi, Masatoshi Nagase, Yûki Kudô, Screamin' Jay Hawkins
1
0
Dracula
R

Dracula

(1992)
1
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Francis Ford Coppola
Genres:
Horror
Star Cast:
Anthony Hopkins, Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves, Richard E. Grant
Plot:

In the 15th century, Vlad Dracula returns from a war to find that his wife has committed suicide. In the 19th century, he returns as the client of solicitor Jonathan Harker, whose fiancé Mina, he believes is the reincarnation of his wife. Dracula captures Jonathan and wreaks havoc, especially on Mina’s friend Lucy. Now Lucy’s friends and a vampire killer, Van Helsing, decide to end his terror.

1
0
Wristcutters: A Love Story
R

Wristcutters: A Love Story

(2006)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Goran Dukic
Genres:
Fantasy, Drama, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Will Arnett, Leslie Bibb, Abraham Benrubi, Patrick Fugit, Mark Boone Junior
Plot:

Wristcutters: A Love Story is a dark black comedy road movie, which tells the story of Zia, who kills himself after a breakup. He wakes up in the afterlife reserved for people who committed suicide. After learning that his girlfriend also killed herself, Zia embarks on a road trip to find her, while also picking up a feisty hitchhiker. 

0
0
The Stone Boy
PG

The Stone Boy

(1984)
1
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Christopher Cain
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Robert Duvall, Dean Cain, Glenn Close, Jason Presson
Plot:

On a Montana farm, 12-year-old Arnold Hillerman’s gun fires accidently after getting stuck in the fence, killing his 17-year-old brother Eugene. When his parents receive the news, they are traumatized and angered, while his grandfather is more understanding. But Arnold is extremely distressed and is unable to communicate or express his feelings. How does the Hillerman family cope with the tragedy? 

1
0
Seven Psychopaths
R

Seven Psychopaths

(2012)
1
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Martin McDonagh
Genres:
Comedy, Crime
Star Cast:
Christopher Walken, Michael Pitt, Michael Stuhlbarg, Sam Rockwell, Colin Farrell
Plot:

The dark comedy revolves around struggling writer Marty Faranan. Things take a violent turn when his two best friends Billy and Hans kidnap violent gangster Charlie Costello’s pet Shih Tzu. Marty’s experiences, following that not only provide him the plot for his screenplay Seven Psychopaths but leave him a changed man.  

1
0
Coffee and Cigarettes
R

Coffee and Cigarettes

(2003)
0
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Jim Jarmusch
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Music
Star Cast:
Bill Murray, Roberto Benigni, Steven Wright, Joie Lee, Cinqué Lee
Plot:

An anthology film that has 11 short stories which revolve around coffee and cigarettes as theme. The vignettes cover wide range of topics including Tesla Coil, nicotine as insecticide, 1920’s Paris, medical and musical careers and more. Black-and-while tile motifs are symbolically incorporated in each segment as every discussion involves two who though differ over the topic, still continue with cordial talk.

0
1
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
PG-13

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

(2009)
4
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Mystery, Fantasy, Adventure
Star Cast:
Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Andrew Garfield, Christopher Plummer
Plot:

A fantastical morality tale, set in the present-day, THE MOVIE It tells the story of Dr. Parnassus and his 'Imaginarium', a traveling show where members of the audience get opportunity to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom. An inveterate gambler, thousands of years ago Dr. Parnassus made a bet with the devil, Mr. Nick, in which he won immortality. Centuries later, on meeting his one true love, Dr. Parnassus made another deal with the devil, trading his immortality for youth, on condition that when his daughter reached her 16th birthday, she would become the property of Mr Nick.

4
0
The Cotton Club
R

The Cotton Club

(1984)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Francis Ford Coppola
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Music
Star Cast:
Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane, Lonette McKee, Bob Hoskins
0
0
Old Man and the Gun
PG-13

Old Man and the Gun

(2018)
2
0
As:
Cast
Director:
David Lowery
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Crime
Star Cast:
Elisabeth Moss, Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tom Waits
2
0
One from the Heart
R

One from the Heart

(1981)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Francis Ford Coppola
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Musical
Star Cast:
Lainie Kazan, Frederic Forrest, Nastassja Kinski, Teri Garr, Harry Dean Stanton
0
0
The Book of Eli
R

The Book of Eli

(2010)
1
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Genres:
Drama, Action, Thriller, Adventure
Star Cast:
Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Jennifer Beals
Plot:

The post-apocalyptic movie centers on Eli, a blind nomadic warrior who is instructed by a voice to deliver the last copy of the New King James Bible to a sanctuary. Traveling across a wasteland, of what was formerly the USA, he demonstrates mythical fighting skills against the warlord Carnegie and his army who wants the book for himself. 

1
0
Ironweed
R

Ironweed

(1987)
1
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Hector Babenco
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jack Nicholson, Carroll Baker, Diane Venora, Meryl Streep, Michael O'Keefe
1
0
At Play in the Fields of the Lord
R

At Play in the Fields of the Lord

(1991)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Wolf
Director:
Hector Babenco
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Aidan Quinn, Kathy Bates, Tom Berenger, John Lithgow, Daryl Hannah
1
0
Wolfen
R

Wolfen

(1981)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
John D. Hancock, Rupert Hitzig, Michael Wadleigh
Genres:
Thriller, Horror
Star Cast:
Tom Noonan, Albert Finney, Edward James Olmos, Diane Venora, Gregory Hines
0
0
Until the End of the World
R

Until the End of the World

(1991)
0
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Singer in Bar (uncredited)
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Sam Neill, Max von Sydow, Jeanne Moreau, Lois Chiles
0
1
Paradise Alley
PG

Paradise Alley

(1978)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Sylvester Stallone
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Sylvester Stallone, Lee Canalito, Armand Assante, Frank McRae
0
0
Domino
R

Domino

(2005)
2
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Tony Scott
Genres:
Crime, Biography, Drama, Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
Christopher Walken, Keira Knightley, Mickey Rourke, Edgar Ramírez, Delroy Lindo
Plot:

Loosely based the life of Domino Harvey, the daughter of actor Laurence Harvey, the film depicts how the former model becomes a bounty hunter and finds employment with a bail bondsman who also runs an armored car business,. Complications arise when her boss sets up a $10 million robbery to meet the medical expense of his mistress’s granddaughter.   

2
0
Mystery Men
PG-13

Mystery Men

(1999)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Kinka Usher
Genres:
Comedy, Action, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria, Janeane Garofalo, William H. Macy, Kel Mitchell
Plot:

This superhero satire features a group of aspiring superheroes of Champion City who often fail due to their incompetence. But when super-villain Casanova Frankenstein captures the city’s real superhero Captain Amazing, the amateur superheroes have to join their forces, and pull together their peculiar powers such as shoveling, flying bowling balls, fork-hurling and such expertise, to save the city and its superhero.

0
0
The Two Jakes
R

The Two Jakes

(1990)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Jack Nicholson
Genres:
Mystery, Romance, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Harvey Keitel, Meg Tilly, Madeleine Stowe, Eli Wallach, Jack Nicholson
0
0
The Dead Don't Die
R

The Dead Don't Die

(2019)
2
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Hermit Bob
Director:
Jim Jarmusch
Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Star Cast:
Selena Gomez, Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Steve Buscemi, Tilda Swinton
2
0
Queens Logic
R

Queens Logic

(1991)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Steve Rash
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Joe Mantegna, Kevin Bacon, John Malkovich, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ken Olin
0
0
Twixt
R

Twixt

(2011)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Francis Ford Coppola
Genres:
Mystery, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Star Cast:
Elle Fanning, Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, David Paymer, Bruce Dern
0
0
The Laughing Heart

The Laughing Heart

(2012)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Narrator
Director:
Travis Carr
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Tom Waits
0
0
Candy Mountain
R

Candy Mountain

(1987)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Robert Frank, Rudy Wurlitzer
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jim Jarmusch, Kevin J. O'Connor, Robert Joy, Eric Mitchell
0
0
Bearskin: An Urban Fairytale

Bearskin: An Urban Fairytale

(1989)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Silva
Director:
Ann Guedes, Eduardo Guedes
Star Cast:
Bill Paterson, Charlotte Coleman, Damon Lowry, Júlia Britton
0
0
Cold Feet
R

Cold Feet

(1989)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Kenny
Director:
Robert Dornhelm
Genres:
Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Sally Kirkland, Bill Pullman, Jeff Bridges, Rip Torn, Keith Carradine
0
0

Animation(s)

The Simpsons
TV-14

The Simpsons (1989)

As:
Cast
Director:
Mark Kirkland, Steven Dean Moore, Bob Anderson, Matthew Nastuk, Jim Reardon
Genres:
Animation, Comedy
Star Cast:
Adam West, Ben Stiller, Carmen Electra, Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner
The Monster of Nix

The Monster of Nix (2011)

As:
Cast
Role:
Virgil
Director:
Rosto
Genres:
Short, Fantasy, Animation
Star Cast:
Terry Gilliam, Olivia Bouyssou, Joe Eshuis, Charles Hubbell

TV Shows and Videos

Greasy Lake

Greasy Lake (1988)

As:
Cast
Director:
Damian Harris
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Eric Stoltz, James Spader, Tegan West, Cisco Pike
Citizen

Citizen (2016)

As:
Cast
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Amanda Plummer, Augusto Aguilera, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Ralph Michael Brekan

Tom Waits Awards

Golden Globe Awards
Winner Short Cuts (1993) 1994
Grammy Awards
Winner Best Contemporary Folk Album 2000
Winner Best Alternative Music Album 1993
ASCAP Film And Television Music Awards
The Wire Top TV Series 2004