Bruce Willis’s Top 5 Roles

10 October 2018
We look back at Bruce Willis's career.
Bruce Willis - Photo by-Rich-Fury_Getty-Images

Need a cop to save the day? Bruce Willis is your man. The many cops he’s played in his career stand as testament. Since he’s playing Police Chief Marvin Howell in your Sunday night movie, First Kill, we thought we’d take a look at Willis’s top five roles, cops and all.

  1. Die Hard

Our list may be alphabetical, but if we had to rank the roles, John McClane would probably land on top again. Not only did the part shoot Willis’s rising star all the way to the top, but he’s reprised the character four times. What could have been just another action archetype became an icon, thanks to Bruce’s performance.

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Die Hard - Photo by 20th Century-Fox:Getty Images

  1. The Fifth Element

This stylish sci-fi from Luc Besson pitted Bruce’s hard-boiled, self-deprecating former military man against a host of grunting aliens. Helping him along was humanity’s saviour in the form of Leeloo (played by Milla Jovovich), forming a fiery, world-saving pair with Willis.

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Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich - 50th Cannes Film Festival - Photo by Neil Munns - PA Images:PA Images via Getty Images

  1. Pulp Fiction

The role of boxer Butch Coolidge in Quentin Tarantino’s cult classic was meant for Mickey Rourke, who was a boxer IRL. But he turned it down, and the part ultimately went to Bruce, who nailed it. Wielding a katana (swords not being uncommon with Tarantino’s characters) he coolly dispenses with a bunch of hillbilly rapists, getting himself out of more than one tight spot.

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Bruce Willis with his Pulp Fiction director and co-stars - 47th Cannes Film Festival - Eric Robert:Sygma:Sygma via Getty Images

  1. Sin City

Another cool cop was Willis’s noirish turn as John Hartigan in the adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel. Directed by Miller and Robert Rodriguez, Willis was every inch the dark, brooding hero the film’s tone demanded.

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Sin City - Los Angeles Premiere - Photo by Jon Kopaloff:FilmMagic

  1. The Sixth Sense

We love him as a cop, and we love it when he’s beating the snot out the bad guys, but he’s more than just muscles. Willis showed off serious acting chops in his poignant portrayal of a child psychologist in M. Night Shyamalan’s twisty thriller.

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The Sixth Sense - Photo By Getty Images

Watch Bruce Willis lay down the law in First Kill, your #SundayNightMovie on 14 October at 20:05 on M-Net channel 101.

Feature image credit: Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images.