The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked Films

The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked

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List Criteria: Vote for your favorite John Candy movies, regardless of critic reviews or how big the role was.

When you're watching the best John Candy movies, you can't help but love the big guy. Though he died more than 20 years ago (1994), his roles and characters are still remembered to this day. For example, Planes, Trains and Automobiles just wouldn't be the same without him. But narrowing down the best John Candy movies into a list is tough, mainly because he hit it out of the ballpark in many of his roles. But fans such as yourself have taken on the task of voting on their favorite John Candy movies below.

John Candy honed his comedy skills at Second City before starring in such films as The Great Outdoors and Uncle Buck. His highest grossing movies have received plenty of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. But the greatest John Candy performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, as he was also a great in Camp Candy, which aired from 1989 to 1992.

If you've ever wondered what are the best John Candy movies or what are the greatest John Candy roles of all time, this list provides a great crowd-sourced answer. 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. If you think the funniest John Candy role isn't at the top, then vote it up so it has the chance to become number one.

You might also enjoy our list of best Steve Martin movies and best Dan Aykroyd movies. After all, they often costarred in the best John Candy 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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    Planes, Trains and Automobiles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Planes, Trains and Automobiles Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon, John Candy

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    Uncle Buck is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Uncle Buck Macaulay Culkin, John Candy, Patricia Arquette

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    The Great Outdoors is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    The Great Outdoors Annette Bening, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy

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    Stripes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Stripes Bill Murray, John Candy, Dennis Quaid

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    Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked

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    Home Alone Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy

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    Vacation is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Vacation Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley, John Candy

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    Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Cool Runnings John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau

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    Spaceballs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Spaceballs Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks

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    The Blues Brothers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    The Blues Brothers Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg

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    Summer Rental is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Summer Rental John Candy, Joey Lawrence, Rip Torn

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    Brewster's Millions is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Brewster's Millions Richard Pryor, John Candy, Rick Moranis

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    Splash is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Splash Tom Hanks, John Candy, Daryl Hannah

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    Who's Harry Crumb? is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    John Candy, Jeffrey Jones, Shawnee Smith

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    Armed and Dangerous is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Meg Ryan, John Candy, Eugene Levy

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    Little Shop of Horrors is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Little Shop of Horrors Bill Murray, Steve Martin, John Candy

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    Canadian Bacon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Michael Moore

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    JFK is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    JFK Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon

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    Nothing but Trouble is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Demi Moore, Tupac Shakur, Chevy Chase

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    Rookie of the Year is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Rookie of the Year Gary Busey, John Candy, Dan Hedaya

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    The Rescuers Down Under is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    The Rescuers Down Under John Candy, Bob Newhart, George C. Scott

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    Only the Lonely is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked

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    Only the Lonely Macaulay Culkin, John Candy, Maureen O'Hara

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    Volunteers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Volunteers Tom Hanks, John Candy, Rita Wilson

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    1941 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    1941 Mickey Rourke, Christopher Lee, Dan Aykroyd

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    Wagons East! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Wagons East! John Candy, John C. McGinley, Charles Rocket

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    Career Opportunities is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Career Opportunities Jennifer Connelly, John Candy, Dermot Mulroney

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    She's Having a Baby is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Alec Baldwin, Magic Johnson, Bill Murray

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    Delirious is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked

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    Delirious John Candy, Robert Wagner, Margot Kidder

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    Hot to Trot is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    John Candy, Gilbert Gottfried, Burgess Meredith

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    Boris and Natasha: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    John Travolta, John Candy, Andrea Martin

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    Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Heavy Metal John Candy, Harold Ramis, Eugene Levy

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    Sesame Street Presents Follow ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Chevy Chase, John Candy, George Lucas

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    Once Upon a Crime... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    John Candy, Cybill Shepherd, Sean Young

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    Going Berserk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    John Candy, Eugene Levy, Rosalind Chao

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    The Silent Partner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    John Candy, Christopher Plummer, Elliott Gould

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    Tunnel Vision is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Chevy Chase, John Candy, Al Franken

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    Lost and Found is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    John Candy, Martin Short, George Segal

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    Masters of Menace is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Catherine Bach

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    Hostage for a Day is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Hostage for a Day John Candy

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    Speed Zone is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Alyssa Milano, Brooke Shields, John Candy

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    The Last Polka is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    John Candy, Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy

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    Class of '44 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    John Candy, Sam Bottoms, Jerry Houser

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    The Canadian Conspiracy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    The Canadian Conspiracy William Shatner, John Candy, Martin Short

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    It Seemed Like a Good Idea at ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    John Candy, Isaac Hayes, Stefanie Powers

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    The Courage of Kavik the Wolf ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


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

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    Deadly Companion is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    John Candy, Anthony Perkins, Catherine O'Hara

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    Find the Lady is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Mickey Rooney, John Candy, Peter Cook

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    The Clown Murders is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked


    John Candy, Al Waxman, Cec Linder

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