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The Best Owen Wilson Movies

Owen Wilson is possibly one of the most versatile but underrated actors in Hollywood (in our view). Amazingly, his career has spanned nearly three decades, with roles in such iconic films as The Royal Tenenbaums and Wedding Crashers. He’s a movie star who can play anything from a superhero to an over-the-top executive. From romantic comedies to action movies, there are so many amazing Wilson movies for us to enjoy.  Here the BOB team bring together our favourite Owen Wilson movies list with films from this better than credited actor.

Wedding Crashers (2005)

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Wedding Crashers is a 2005 American romantic comedy film co-written and directed by David Dobkin. It stars Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, and Isla Fisher. The film is about two brothers who meet a woman in Las Vegas and enlist her to help with their sister’s wedding (ok, so already the red flags are flying!). We won’t go into further detail but urge you to watch how this tale plays out – you won’t be disappointed. 

Fans agree as the movie was a major box office success, grossing more than $280 million worldwide. It received favourable reviews from critics and has become a cult classic. This is (in our opinion) the best Owen Wilson comedy movie of all time. It is funny and entertaining and you will laugh long and often we assure you. You will probably end up watching this movie again and again. One of the best movies to watch on a weekend night with your friends or family.
Directed by David Dobkin.

Meet the Parents (2000)

Meet the Parents is an American comedy film directed by Jay Roach and focuses on the shenanigans that arise when a new fiancee is introduced to the potential parents in law. The film stars Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Robert De Niro, Owen Wilson, Nicole DeHuff, Jon Abrahams, and James Reborn. 

The film is about a man who travels to meet his fiance’s parents (wacky mother, intimidating father) for the first time. Lot’s of scope for disaster and it all happens. (don’t miss the cat on the toilet sequence, for example). It was well received, and spawned two sequels: Meet the Fockers and Little Fockers.

If you’ve not seen Meet the Parents 1) where have you been 2) get watching now – you won’t be disappointed.
Directed by Jay Roach.

Zoolander (2001)

Zoolander is a 2001 American comedy film starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Penelope Cruz, and Christine Taylor. The film was directed by Stiller and the original screenplay was co-written by Wilson and Stiller. The plot follows a male supermodel who finds himself brainwashed by arch-nemesis Owen Wilson to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia (yes really). 

The It wasn’t particularly well received on release and that was reflected by box office takings. Slowly, but surely the stinging parody of the fashion industry has built up a huge following. So much so, that even if you haven’t seen the movie you’d still get what “Blue Steel” means.
Directed by Ben Stiller.

Wonder (2017)

Wonder is an American drama film directed by Stephen Chbosky. Wonder stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, and Hunter Parrish. The film is based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name by R.J. Palacio.

It depicts the story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who attends a mainstream school for the first time in his life and makes new friends along the way. Wonder is one of those films that you must watch when it comes to Owen Wilson movies because it is one of his very best performances and shows he has serious acting chops.

Yes, it is sentimental but you can’t fail to have your heart warmed by Wonder and it does have some great messages for the audience along the way.
Directed by Stephen Chbosky.

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

This is a 2001 American comedy-drama film written by director Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson. Let’s face it the cast is superb: Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson himself, Gene Hackman and Danny Glover.; With Bill Murray in a supporting role, what’s not to like?. The film is an ensemble piece about the Tenenbaums, a dysfunctional family (largely due to their huge intellects and neurosis). Where does this all lead – watch the movie to find out and prepare to be very entertained indeed. The Royal Tenenbaums is a must watch – you won’t regret it.
Directed by Wes Anderson.

Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

A good, solid action thriller film, Behind Enemy Lines, is a 2001 American war flick directed by John Moore. Starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman it is about a US navy pilot shot down over Bosnia during that country’s conflict with Serbia. Wilson plays the pilot Chris “Longhorn” Burnett who furing a reconnaissance mission unwittingly photographs Serbian forces committing genocidal atrocities. After being shot down and with the Serbian commander wanting hide his war crimes by silencing Burnett a tense game of cat and mouse ensues.

The film got a bit of a savaging by critics and it’s not without its faults (there are some pretty improbable scenes), but Wilson gives a versatile and gritty performance. And, any war film that has Gene Hackman in it is always worth a look
Directed By: John Moore.

Shanghai Noon (2000)

The film stars Owen Wilson, Lucy Liu and Jackie Chan in lead roles for this martial arts-comedy-western. The film is about a Chinese royal guard (Chan) who ventures to the Wild West to save a kidnapped princess. In the process, he teams up with an outlaw on the run and this unusual combination takes on a Chinese traitor and his corrupt boss (yes, you’d better believe it). A fun film that was well-received by critics and fans alike. Certainly well enough to result in a follow-up movie, Shanghai Knights.
Directed by Tom Dey.

About Owen Wilson

Owen Cunningham Wilson (born January 19, 1968) in Dallas, Texas, United States. He is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. He has appeared in over fifty films, including the films Bottle Rocket (1994), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Zoolander (2001), Wedding Crashers (2005), You, Me, and Dupree (2006), and The Internship (2013).

Fun Facts About Owen

Why is Owen Wilson’s Nose Misaligned?

For some reason, fans often wonder what happened to Owen Wilson’s nose. Though he never likes to discuss the issue, his skewed nose has been something people have talked about for a long while. However, meeting with the Los Angeles Times in 2001, the entertainer did affirm that he had broken his nose (though not how) before he became a star.

How Did Owen Meet Ben Stiller?

Owen Wilson First met Ben in an audition of the 1996 film The Cable Guy, where Ben was involved. They soon became friends and cooperative partners that saw the start of many a collaboration both on screen and in the writer’s room.

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