Owen Wilson has seen many ups and downs in his career. Despite some setbacks, he has some very successful movies to his credit. He always tries to blend new genres and stars in a variety of films too. He is not only a good actor but a producer and a screenwriter too. Let’s have a glimpse on Owen Wilson’s best films, so here are the 15 best Owen Wilson movies of all time:
15. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
The story follows the life of three successful siblings, Chas (Ben Stiller), Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow), and Richie (Luke Wilson), and their father who wants to make things right after abandoning them in the past. Owen plays the role of Eli Cash, a novelist who is having an affair with Margot during all this on going family drama.
With a great cast and an excellent storyline, the film was able to impress both the critics as well as the cinema audiences and earned over $71 million. It bagged an Oscar nomination along with dozens of awards in various award shows.
14. Zoolander (2001)
The movie focuses on the life of a once successful but now struggling fashion model Derek (Ben Stiller) who becomes a part of an evil team trying to assassinate the prime minister of Malaysia. Hansel (Owen Wilson) who is at first a rival model but later becomes friends with Derek agrees to help him in stopping the assassination.
The movie is quite funny and gives a glimpse of the fashion industry from a different perspective. The movie’s $60 million at the box office warranted the creation of a sequel released in 2016, Zoolander 2, which unfortunately didn’t do well.
13. Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
Owen Wilson may have been a part of many comedy movies, but that didn’t stop him from working in an excellent action film. Owen plays the role of a US Navy fighter pilot who takes a little unplanned off turn during a reconnaissance mission and photographs the Serbian military site during the Bosnian war and soon finds himself in trouble as Serbian air defense responds with several surface to air missiles.
The downed pilots land in hostile territory and must reach a safe location to get extracted. Several great plot twists, Owen’s captivating performance coupled with stunning action sequences would keep you glued to the screen. The movie received mixed reviews but still made $92 million at the box office.
12. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
This movie is a drama-comedy, about an eccentric oceanographer (Bill Murray) who wants to get revenge on a jaguar shark that ate his friend by hunting and making a documenting on it. While no one is willing to sponsor, Ned (Owen Wilson) comes into the spotlight.
He sponsors the documentary and thinks Bill to be his possible Dad which leads to several comical situations.
Sadly, despite strong performances from both Owen and Bill, the movie didn’t do well and ended up making just $34 million against a production budget of $50 million.
11. No Escape (2015)
No Escape is a survival story in which Owen Wilson plays the role of Jack Dwyer, who moves to South Asia to avail a bright work opportunity with his family but is caught in an armed rebellion. Now he must survive and protect his family and escape the armed rebels who are executing foreigners and get to the American Embassy. The film has more action and suspense element to it than drama as compared to most of other Owen Wilson movies.
The movie did really well at the box office and made $54 million from the production budget of only $5 million. The film received mixed reviews but the critics appreciated Owen’s performance.
10. Starsky & Hutch (2004)
Starsky and Hutch is a comedy movie where Owen Wilson plays alongside Ben Stiller once again. This time they are adapting a TV series from the 70’s. Two cops, Hutch (Owen) and Starsky (Ben) who are completely opposite in nature are made to work together to bust drug criminals. The movie is filled with comedy action sequences and it made the duo of Ben and Owen quite famous.
The movie did really well at the box office and made around $170 million, and it’s one of the best Owen Wilson’s movie to date from a financial standpoint.
9. Marley and Me (2008)
Marley and Me, stars Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston. It revolves around the life of a journalist couple learning quite a lot of life lessons from their own dog (Marley). The couple tries to train and discipline Marley while managing and shaping their own professional and personal lives. It’s a very interesting and unique premise for a movie which clicked with the audience very well as it made around $247 million and was well received by the critics as well.
The film also won Bromantic Comedy award at the Teen Choice Awards in 2009. A prequel, Marley & Me: The Puppy Years (2011), was also released but was panned by the critics and audiences alike.
8. Meet The Parents (2000)
While the story of the film might be a typical one, the movie is indeed amazing and it comes with a very impressive screenplay. The movie is a remake of an older one with the same name, but there are some interesting touches to it.
Ben Stiller plays the role of a male nurse and plans on proposing his girlfriend at a family wedding. Owen plays the role of ex-fiance of Ben’s girlfriend. Overall, it’s a very funny movie about the feelings and situations that you can encounter when you are a male nurse and how people end up reacting to this. The movie made $330 million and is probably the best male nurse movie that you will ever watch.