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The Best John Candy Movies

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This list of the best John Candy movies is ranked best to worst and includes movie trailers when available. John Candy honed his comedy skills at Second City before starring in such films as The Great Outdoors and Uncle Buck. John Candy's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top John Candy movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated John Candy movies will be at the top of the list. 

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best John Candy movies?" and "What are the greatest John Candy roles of all time?" The greatest John Candy performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand. Some people are more interested in comedies starring a young John Candy, while others want to know about the films he made in the final years of his life. This John Candy filmography includes Planes, Trains and Automobiles, and Stripes, but it's up to fans like you to decide upon the best. If you think the funniest John Candy role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. 

If you are a fan of Candy's hilarious humor, you might also enjoy our list of best Steve Martin movies and best Dan Aykroyd movies.


John Candy was no stranger to working with popular directors, including Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and John Hughes. Movie fans who love John Candy have also been known to enjoy films starring Dan Aykroyd and Christopher Lloyd.


The Best John Candy Movies Films
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    Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon, John Candy

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    Macaulay Culkin, John Candy, Patricia Arquette

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    Annette Bening, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy

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    Bill Murray, John Candy, Dennis Quaid

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    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy

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    Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley, John Candy

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    Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks

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    John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau

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    John Candy, Joey Lawrence, Rip Torn

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    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg

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    Richard Pryor, John Candy, Rick Moranis

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    Tom Hanks, John Candy, Daryl Hannah

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    John Candy, Jeffrey Jones, Shawnee Smith

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    Meg Ryan, John Candy, Eugene Levy

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    Bill Murray, Steve Martin, John Candy Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Michael Moore

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    Demi Moore, Tupac Shakur, Chevy Chase

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    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon

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    John Candy, Bob Newhart, George C. Scott

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    Mickey Rourke, Christopher Lee, Dan Aykroyd

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    Gary Busey, John Candy, Dan Hedaya

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    Macaulay Culkin, John Candy, Maureen O'Hara

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    John Candy, John C. McGinley, Charles Rocket

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    Jennifer Connelly, John Candy, Dermot Mulroney

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    John Candy, Gilbert Gottfried, Burgess Meredith

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    John Candy, Robert Wagner, Margot Kidder

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    John Travolta, John Candy, Andrea Martin

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    Tom Hanks, John Candy, Rita Wilson

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    John Candy, Harold Ramis, Eugene Levy

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    Alec Baldwin, Magic Johnson, Bill Murray

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    Chevy Chase, John Candy, George Lucas

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    John Candy, Cybill Shepherd, Sean Young

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    John Candy, Christopher Plummer, Elliott Gould

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    Chevy Chase, John Candy, Al Franken

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    Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Catherine Bach

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    John Candy, Eugene Levy, Rosalind Chao

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    John Candy, Martin Short, George Segal

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    Hostage for a Day John Candy

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    Alyssa Milano, Brooke Shields, John Candy

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    John Candy, Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy

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    John Candy, Sam Bottoms, Jerry Houser

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    The Canadian Conspiracy William Shatner, John Candy, Martin Short

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    John Candy, Isaac Hayes, Stefanie Powers

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    The Courage of Kavik the Wolf Dog John Candy, John Ireland, Ronny Cox

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    John Candy, Anthony Perkins, Catherine O'Hara

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    Mickey Rooney, John Candy, Peter Cook

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    John Candy, Al Waxman, Cec Linder

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