Billy Weber
Occupation(s)Film editor, film director
Years active1973–present

Billy Weber is an American film editor with several film credits dating from Days of Heaven (1978).[1]

One of Weber's first editing roles was as associate editor (as William Weber) on Terrence Malick's first feature as a director, Badlands (1973). Badlands was edited by Robert Estrin; Weber edited Malick's next film Days of Heaven (1978). When Malick returned to film directing twenty years later with The Thin Red Line (1998); he once again hired Weber to edit it, along with Leslie Jones and Saar Klein. While Weber did not edit Malick's next film The New World, he was an associate producer on the project. Most recently, Weber was one of five collaborating editors on Malick's fifth feature, The Tree of Life (2011).

Beyond this notable collaboration with Malick, Weber has edited Beverly Hills Cop (directed by Martin Brest, 1984), Top Gun (Tony Scott, 1986) and Midnight Run (Brest, 1988).

Weber was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Film Editing for Top Gun; he was nominated again for an Academy Award, as well as for an ACE Eddie Award and the Satellite Award, for The Thin Red Line. Days of Heaven was listed as the 45th best-edited film of all time in a survey of the membership of the Motion Picture Editors Guild.[2]

Weber has directed one film, Josh and S.A.M. (1993), that was produced by Martin Brest.


Year Film Director Notes
1973 Badlands Terrence Malick Uncredited
First collaboration with Terrence Malick
1978 Days of Heaven Second collaboration with Terrence Malick
1979 The Warriors Walter Hill First collaboration with Walter Hill
1982 Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again Jerry Belson
48 Hrs. Walter Hill Second collaboration with Walter Hill
1984 The House of God Donald Wrye
Iceman Fred Schepisi
Beverly Hills Cop Martin Brest First collaboration with Martin Brest
1985 Pee-wee's Big Adventure Tim Burton First collaboration with Tim Burton
1986 Top Gun Tony Scott First collaboration with Tony Scott
1987 Extreme Prejudice Walter Hill Third collaboration with Walter Hill
Beverly Hills Cop II Tony Scott Second collaboration with Tony Scott
1988 Midnight Run Martin Brest Second collaboration with Martin Brest
1989 The Package Andrew Davis
1990 Days of Thunder Tony Scott Third collaboration with Tony Scott
1991 Pure Luck Nadia Tass
1995 Grumpier Old Men Howard Deutch
1997 Murder at 1600 Dwight H. Little
1998 Bulworth Warren Beatty First collaboration with Warren Beatty
The Thin Red Line Terrence Malick Third collaboration with Terrence Malick
2000 Miss Congeniality Donald Petrie
2002 Showtime Tom Dey Second collaboration with Tom Dey
2003 Gigli Martin Brest Third collaboration with Martin Brest
2006 Nacho Libre Jared Hess
Barnyard Steve Oedekerk
2008 The Love Guru Marco Schnabel
2010 Passion Play Mitch Glazer
2011 The Tree of Life Terrence Malick Fifth collaboration with Terrence Malick
2016 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Edward Zwick
Rules Don't Apply Warren Beatty Second collaboration with Warren Beatty
2018 The Predator Shane Black
2019 American Skin Nate Parker
2022 Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie
  • Andy Suriano
  • Ant Ward
Editorial department
Year Film Director Role Notes
1973 Badlands Terrence Malick Associate editor
Messiah of Evil First collaboration with Willard Huyck
1976 Taxi Driver Martin Scorsese Assistant editor
1984 Best Defense Willard Huyck Additional editor Second collaboration with Willard Huyck
2000 Shanghai Noon Tom Dey First collaboration with Tom Dey
2012 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Editor
Year Film
1993 Josh and S.A.M.
Year Film Director Role Notes
1973 Messiah of Evil
  • Willard Huyck
  • Gloria Katz
Supermarket Zombie Uncredited
Second unit director or assistant director
Year Film Director Role Notes
1992 Batman Returns Tim Burton Second unit director Second collaboration with Tim Burton
Year Film Director Credit
2005 The New World Terrence Malick Associate producer Fourth collaboration with Terrence Malick
Year Film Director Role
1947 Song of the Wasteland Thomas Carr Writer: "Somebody's Rose"
Year Film Director Role
1995 Virtuosity Brett Leonard Special thanks
2000 Gun Shy Eric Blakeney
2003 Shanghai Knights David Dobkin
2004 The Clearing Pieter Jan Brugge
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Stephen Hillenburg
2005 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Garth Jennings Thanks


  1. ^ Torgerson, Liv (May–June 1999). "Conversations with Billy Weber and Leslie Jones". Motion Picture Editors Guild Newsletter. 20 (3). Archived from the original on 2008-05-18.
  2. ^ "The 75 Best Edited Films". Editors Guild Magazine. 1 (3). May 2012. Archived from the original on 2015-03-17.