It is official folks. The action legend of the 80’s and 90’s – Bruce Willis has announced his retirement from the world of acting. Bruce Willis will no longer be making any more movies. he came to this decision after being diagnosed with a language disorder called Aphasia – a medical condition that affects a person’s ability to communicate.
Now that Bruce Willis is no longer in Hollywood, it is time to reminisce some true Bruce Willis classics. Here’s to the original old school action hero!!
Die Hard – Gave Us Bruce Willis’ Most Iconic Role: John McClane
No Bruce Willis fan would ever forgive us if we made this list and didn’t include Die Hard. Both Die Hard 1 and 2 were iconic action flicks worth every penny. And even today after so many years, we still watch the heck out of them. Die Hard gave us the quintessential ’80s action icon. John McClane became a name as famous as Sylvester Stallone’s John Rambo.
They really don’t make action movies like those these days. Now it’s all about the action choreography and CGI explosions. Back then when practical effects and story were more important, the Die Hard movies reigned supreme.
Pulp Fiction – Quentin Tarantino Brought The Best Out Of Bruce Willis
Who knew it would be Quentin Tarantino who would manage to break the ice first and bring true showmanship out of Bruce Willis!! Pulp Fiction will forever remain the magnum opus of Tarantino’s legacy. And the movie was great in no small part thanks to Bruce Willis playing Butch Coolidge.
John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson may have stolen the spotlight but Bruce Willis was amazing in it too. Now that we watch the movie again, we realize what a gem of a work the now retired actor did in this cult classic. Very little do we see Bruce Willis in a supporting role but he really did a bang on job there.
12 Monkeys – This Bruce Willis Movie Remains A Sci-Fi Fan Favorite To This Day
The movie 12 Monkeys may have escaped the radar from many new age readers. back then, it was all the rage. Bruce Willis plays James Cole, a prisoner in the future who is sent back in time to stop a virus from devastating the world. Terri Gilliam’s oddball sci-fi classic ended up becoming Brad Pitt’s breakout role. He was nominated for an Oscar for his supporting role in the film.
Bruce Willis though, carried the entire movie. The movie may not be flawless but it does have a ton to work with if you are into hard science fiction. Willis hasn’t worked with too many arthouse filmmakers so this is a rare find.
The Sixth Sense – The Bruce Willis Movie With A Mother Of All Twists
M. Night Shyamalan movies always come with a massive twist. We all know that now. But when he made The Sixth Sense, no one knew Shyamalan’s love for plot detours right after the climax. The Sixth Sense featured Bruce Willis as Malcolm Crowe, a child psychologist trying to help a reclusive young boy named Cole Sear.
Cole can see ghosts and spirits. Crowe helps him embrace his life rather than run away from it. For those of you who haven’t watched it, watch out for the twist because it will sweep you off of your feet. It did for us!!
Unbreakable – Bruce Willis Plays A Reluctant, Realistic Superhero
David Dunn looks like an ordinary citizen. The only problem is – he has never gotten sick and never been wounded. M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable has Bruce Willis play the role of David Dunn. His Pulp Fiction co-star – Samuel L. Jackson, plays Elijah Price. Elijah helps David realize that he indeed has superpowers.
Unbreakable is, for the lack of a better word, unbreakable in terms of sheer gravitas. There’s just something very, very special about this Bruce Willis classic that makes us watch it over and over again.
The Fifth Element – First Foray Of Bruce Willis Into Mainstream Sci-Fi
This movie actually tanked when it was released. It cost the studio millions in losses. Fast-forward to 2022 and The Fifth Element is THE go to movie if you are a Bruce Willis fan.
The Fifth Element sees Bruce Willis team up with stars like Milla Jovovich and Chris Tucker in search of mystical stones and the elusive fifth element to defeat a cosmic evil and save the day.