10 Action-Packed Bruce Willis SciFi Flicks

Whether he’s scaling skyscrapers or blowing away bad guys, Bruce Willis is always the coolest tough guy on the big screen. (He was even suave when he crooned into a wine cooler bottle back in the 1980s.) 
In Apex, Willis’ latest SciFi action film currently streaming on AMC+, the Die Hard hero stars as an ex-cop serving a life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit. In order to gain his freedom, he must take part in a deadly game where competitors are sent to a remote island to hunt the most dangerous prey of all… their fellow man! A SciFi twist on the classic short story The Most Dangerous Game, Apex is part of a grand tradition of SciFi flicks that greatly benefit from Bruce Willis’ dry wit and rugged gravitas. 
Check out some more must-see Bruce Willis SciFi movies that’ll make you say, ‘Yippee Ki-Yay!” 
10. Breach
With Earth on the brink of extinction, an interstellar ark of survivors is humanity’s last hope. Unfortunately, a shape-shifting killer alien has snuck onboard. Thankfully for the crew members (and the audience), Bruce Willis is also onboard and he’s touting a huge flamethrower. This fun, gory mash-up of Alien and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, has Willis in signature quippy tough guy mode opposite Thomas Jane as a sunglasses-sporting wild card.

9. Vice
Speaking of Thomas Jane, he also teamed up with Bruce Willis for this SciFi thriller set in a futuristic resort where guests can act out their violent and illicit desires on lifelike androids. (If you’re thinking this is a pulpy, B-movie take on Westworld, you’re not far off.) Willis makes a rare villain turn as the immoral head of the resort who goes head-to-head with Jane’s world-weary cop, and a female runaway artificial resort employee.

8. Grindhouse (Planet Terror) 
Planet Terror, director Robert Rodriguez’s SciFi horror film that’s one-half of the exploitation homage Grindhouse, is a gonzo bit of nastiness that would’ve fit perfectly at an old school drive-in double feature. As Lt. Muldoon, Willis has fun spoofing his action movie persona as he spouts hard-boiled dialogue and mutates into a puss-covered zombie monstrosity.

7. G.I. Joe: Retaliation 
With his square jaw and no-nonsense attitude, Bruce Willis is basically a real life action figure. So it makes sense that he was cast as the founder of the G.I. Joe team, General Joe Colton. (Willis playing the type of guy who keeps heavy artillery hidden in his kitchen is an easy sell). Bringing his signature deadpan humor to the role, he lends some grit to G.I. Joe: Retaliation’s high-octane SciFi military action. The chemistry between Willis and The Rock crackles so nicely, it’s a shame the duo haven’t teamed up since. How about a new Die Hard with John McClane meeting his long lost brother, who just happens to be a supremely jacked super cop played by Dwayne Johnson? Call it “Die Hard on The Rocks” and get ready to count the box office gold. 

6. Surrogates 
Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) helms this underrated SciFi thriller set in a futuristic world where people live vicariously through humanoid robotic surrogates. But when things turn deadly, Willis’ character (an FBI agent thrust into the real world after being severed from his surrogate) must unravel the conspiracy. A dark, twisted mash-up of The Matrix and Blade Runner, Surrogates gives viewers two Bruces for the price of one as the actor plays both Agent Tom Greer and his robotic double. (Willis fans will enjoy seeing the famously bald star sporting a hairpiece that screams “world’s toughest insurance adjuster.”)  

5. Armageddon (Watch it now on AMC.com!)
While a meteor the size of Texas hurtling towards Earth feels less like science fiction fodder these days, in the ‘90s it made for a blockbuster smash, thanks in no small part to the star charisma of peak Bruce Willis. The actor/singer (don’t forget his musical persona “Bruno”) had quite the hot streak in the ‘90s, with mega hits like Die Hard with a Vengeance, Pulp Fiction, The Sixth Sense, and more. Armageddon was another notch on his big screen belt thanks to Michael Bay’s stylish direction and an ace ensemble cast (Ben Affleck, Owen Wilson, and Steve Buscemi, among others) led by Willis’ awesomely named oil driller Harry Stamper. Houston has a problem? Not to worry. Bruce Willis is here to fix it. 

4. Unbreakable 
Before Black Panther and The Dark Knight made superhero movies legit in the eyes of critics and fans alike, Bruce Willis starred in a moody SciFi/fantasy drama about a seemingly average man who’s literally unbreakable. For their follow-up to the blockbuster The Sixth Sense, filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan and Willis brought a level of realism and emotion previously unseen in the tights and capes genre. The intense stillness Willis displays in The Sixth Sense is even more profound in his role as David Dunn, a survivor of a horrific train crash whose heroism puts him on a collision course with the mysterious Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson). Unbreakable proved to be a cult hit as powerful as Dunn himself, leading Willis to reprise the role for the Shyamalan films Split and Glass

3. 12 Monkeys
Like all great works of science fiction, Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys is eerily prescient. A prisoner (Willis) is sent back in time in order to prevent a virus from wiping out humanity. But Willis’ time traveler winds up in an asylum, where he meets a twitchy patient (Brad Pitt) who rants about capitalism, germs, and environmental collapse. (All these years later, he doesn’t sound so crazy.) With its mix of action and thought-provoking themes, 12 Monkeys is in many ways the prototypical Bruce Willis SciFi movie. Willis’ presence lets us know we’re in for a thrill ride, and his acting chops keep us enthralled in the boundary pushing storytelling. We could sure use some help from time traveling Bruce Willis right about now...

2. Looper (Watch it now on AMC+!)
In Rian Johnson’s twisty mindbender, contract killers known as “loopers” send their targets back in time in order to dispose of them without a trace. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays a young looper named Joe, wore prosthetics in order to resemble his co-star Bruce Willis. And it totally works, since Willis possesses one of the most iconic grizzled mugs of all time. Willis is perfectly cast as Old Joe, bringing his legacy of great action and SciFi roles to the film’s intricate plot. Looper proves that Bruce Willis is such a formidable opponent, his only match is another Bruce Willis.

1. The Fifth Element
Is there a more perfect Bruce Willis role than a cab driver who saves the galaxy? As Korben Dallas, ex-Special Forces agent and current flying taxi hack, Willis is a blast in Luc Besson’s eye-popping SciFi fantasia. As quick with his wit as he is with a laser gun, Willis is our down-to-earth guide in this fantastical epic brimming with opera diva aliens and the motormouth antics of Chris Tucker. Moviegoers loved the deadpan humor Willis brought to the role, as well as his emotional connection to Milla Jovovich as Leelo, the physical embodiment of the titular fifth element. Yo, Bruno! When are we getting the further adventures of Korben Dallas and Leeloo Dallas, Multipass? 

Watch the trailer for Bruce Willis's Apex below, and stream the film right now on AMC+.