The Best John Candy Movies Films

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.



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    Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon, John Candy

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    Uncle Buck


    Macaulay Culkin, John Candy, Patricia Arquette

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    The Great Outdoors


    Annette Bening, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy

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  4. 4
    + 416
    - 48
    Stripes


    Bill Murray, John Candy, Dennis Quaid

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    + 374
    - 56

    most listed
    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy

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    Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley, John Candy

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  7. 7
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    Spaceballs


    Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks

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  8. 8
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    - 63
    Cool Runnings


    John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau

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    The Blues Brothers


    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg

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  10. 10
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    Summer Rental


    John Candy, Joey Lawrence, Rip Torn

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  11. 11
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    Brewster's Millions


    Richard Pryor, John Candy, Rick Moranis

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  12. 12
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    - 45
    Splash


    Tom Hanks, John Candy, Daryl Hannah

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  13. 13
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    Who's Harry Crumb?


    John Candy, Jeffrey Jones, Shawnee Smith

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  14. 14
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    Armed and Dangerous


    Meg Ryan, John Candy, Eugene Levy

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  15. 15
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    Bill Murray, Steve Martin, John Candy

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  16. 16
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    Canadian Bacon


    Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Michael Moore

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  17. 17
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    JFK


    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon

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    Nothing but Trouble


    Demi Moore, Tupac Shakur, Chevy Chase

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    The Rescuers Down Under


    John Candy, Bob Newhart, George C. Scott

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    Only the Lonely

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    Macaulay Culkin, John Candy, Maureen O'Hara

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    Volunteers


    Tom Hanks, John Candy, Rita Wilson

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    1941


    Mickey Rourke, Christopher Lee, Dan Aykroyd

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    Rookie of the Year


    Gary Busey, John Candy, Dan Hedaya

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  24. 24
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    - 37
    Wagons East!


    John Candy, John C. McGinley, Charles Rocket

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    - 26
    She's Having a Baby


    Alec Baldwin, Magic Johnson, Bill Murray

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    + 57
    - 29
    Career Opportunities


    Jennifer Connelly, John Candy, Dermot Mulroney

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  27. 27
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    Delirious

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    John Candy, Robert Wagner, Margot Kidder

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    Hot to Trot


    John Candy, Gilbert Gottfried, Burgess Meredith

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    Boris and Natasha: The Movie


    John Travolta, John Candy, Andrea Martin

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    Heavy Metal


    John Candy, Harold Ramis, Eugene Levy

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  31. 31
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    Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird


    Chevy Chase, John Candy, George Lucas

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    Once Upon a Crime...


    John Candy, Cybill Shepherd, Sean Young

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    The Silent Partner


    John Candy, Christopher Plummer, Elliott Gould

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    Tunnel Vision


    Chevy Chase, John Candy, Al Franken

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    Going Berserk


    John Candy, Eugene Levy, Rosalind Chao

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    Lost and Found


    John Candy, Martin Short, George Segal

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    Masters of Menace


    Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Catherine Bach

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    Hostage for a Day


    Hostage for a Day John Candy

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    + 38
    - 25
    Speed Zone


    Alyssa Milano, Brooke Shields, John Candy

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    The Last Polka


    John Candy, Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy

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    Class of '44


    John Candy, Sam Bottoms, Jerry Houser

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  42. 42
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    - 28
    The Canadian Conspiracy


    The Canadian Conspiracy William Shatner, John Candy, Martin Short

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    + 28
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    It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time


    John Candy, Isaac Hayes, Stefanie Powers

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    The Courage of Kavik the Wolf Dog


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

  45. 45
    + 25
    - 20
    Deadly Companion


    John Candy, Anthony Perkins, Catherine O'Hara

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    Find the Lady


    Mickey Rooney, John Candy, Peter Cook

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    The Clown Murders


    John Candy, Al Waxman, Cec Linder

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