1. Desperado – “His Face? No, His Eyes”
While others may credit Salma Hayek’s breasts or Antonio Banderes’ locks, Steve Buscemi is a highlight of Desperado, kicking off the flick with a wild, action infused tale of death and destruction. All with a smile on his face, and his trademark Marty Feldman-eyes. He also has a pretty good death scene. Knife in the chest!
2. The Wedding Singer – “Best man, Better man!”
No truer words were ever spoken. Buscemi, indeed, is the better man in this awkwardtastic scene with Adam Sandler. The sibling angst, the drunken drawl, the references to prostitution… makes me homesick.
3. The Big Lebowski – “Donny, You are Out of Your Element!”
Buscemi is in a lot of Coen Bros. movies (Barton Fink is on our Honorable Mentions list, and Fargo, in which he gets shot in the fucking face!). He is always superb, but in Lebowski he manages to stand out with very little screen time, and few lines. His seemingly zen ignorance, clashing with the superb force that is John Goodman’s Walter is delightful.
4. The Messenger – Buscemi Gets Serious
Two words: Buscemi spit. Oh, Goddamn.
5. Billy Madison – All Apologies
This is another Adam Sandler team-up, but beyond being one of the funnier parts of the movie, it’s the most memorable. One of the first instances where he exploited his creepiness for comedic gold. He’s in the movie for 30 seconds, but he delighted 13-year old me more than anything else on the movie.
Barton Fink – Chet
Things to do in Denver when You’re Dead – Mr. Shhhh
Pulp Fiction– Buddy Holly (the waiter, not the real Buddy Holly)
And of Course:
Con Air – Garland Greene
And for some Steve Buscemi OVERLOAD!: