Anyone can bring you a list of the Top 5 Brad Pitt films. We here at THE LIST like to spend a little time with the other awesome actors in Hollywood. Like the certifiably bat shit insane Gary Busey. Funny thing is, at one time, he was a pretty damn good actor. Want proof? Then check out what I consider to be his Top 5 films. Before we jump in, a couple quick mentions:

EXCLUSIONS: While he was great in it, I’m excluding Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas because his part is so small that I’m not sure I’d call it a “Busey film”.

HONORABLE MENTION: Okay, I’ve never seen the film but, according to IMDB, Busey played the part of Blind Master in a film called The Hand Job in 2005. That is too funny. I had to mention it!

So, let’s jump in. Here’s my Top 5 (in order):


Who has 2 thumbs and knew that Busey did 2 awesome surf films? This guy right here. If you haven’t seen this film, do yourself a favor. It’s arguably the greatest surf film ever made outside of Endless Summer.


This is a good film but makes the list for being the height of Busey’s acting ability. The role Busey was born to play, Buddy Holly earned Gary an Academy Award nomination in 1979. Unfortunately, he lost to Jon Voight!


My co-host (of the MILFcast) Heather Roddy, thinks this is one of the better sequels to be seen out there. I have to agree! While it’s no Aliens or Temple of Doom, Predator 2 is a solid follow-up to the first Predator film and Busey is a nice addition to this one!


While it was awesome to watch Busey and Mel Gibson go at it at the end of this film, how much more would you like to see that happen today! I mean, no one could’ve predicted how nutty those 2 were going to turn out. In fact, if TMZ reported tomorrow that Busey and Gibson were arrested for fighting on Danny Glover’s lawn, I wouldn’t be the slightest bit shocked!
Oh, and Lethal Weapon rocks!


HE PLAYS AN F-B-I AGENT! Who would’ve thought this whole premise of surfing, thrill seeking bank robbers would work but it does. It’s a little sad to watch now because Busey still seems to be retaining a bit of his sanity but his off the wall take on the character of Pappas breathed life into what could’ve been a throw away part and helps elevate this film to the cult classic it is.

So, what do you think?

14 Responses to “TOP 5 MOVIES: GARY BUSEY”

  1. finally.. the lists to end all lists. you should just stop doing your website now Kai. we all should. im surprised all our websites didnt explode as soon as you hit ‘publish’ on this baby. busey is the man.
    might have found some love for Under Siege in there. The buddy holly story is terrific, caught it a few christmases ago, cracking stuff.

  2. Excellent list, thought I agree with Ross, “Under Siege” is not only a pretty good movie, but Busey is pretty damn good in it – though the entire film is the Tommy Lee Jones show.

  3. Editor In Chief Says:

    I love this post ’cause “Utah…get me two” is probably one of the most quoted movie lines in our household…also, only Gary can rival my teeth size!!…

  4. Yeah Under Siege is awesome you got Busey dressing in drag asking if he needs a psychological evaluation and he spits in Seagals soup.

    Have you ever done a List of top Steven Seagal movies?

  5. LOL…he was in a movie called Breaking Point in 1994. If only it were a sequel…

  6. Drop Zone! That brilliant film made when Wesley Snipes was still cool. But it’s great to see Predator 2 find its way on to the list – one of my favoruite sequels and underrated in my opinion.

  7. Point Break is the bomb, man. There really is no other choice for #1. Aww man, all that paperwork. You can’t help but feel for the guy.

  8. Great list I love all these movies. I started surfing because of Point Break and think Big Wednesday is one of the most underrated movies ever made, as good as The Deer Hunter.

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