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The Best Alan Arkin Movies

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List of the best Alan Arkin movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Alan Arkin'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 Alan Arkin movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Alan Arkin movies will be at the top of the list. Alan Arkin has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Alan Arkin movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Alan Arkin films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Alan Arkin role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Alan Arkin performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Eros and So I Married an Axe Murderer are included on this list along with many more.

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    Freebie and the Bean

    James Caan, Alan Arkin
    Freebie and the Bean is a 1974 action-comedy film about two San Francisco police detectives...  more
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    The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming is a 1966 American comedy film directed by...  more

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    Grosse Pointe Blank

    Dan Aykroyd, John Cusack
    Grosse Pointe Blank is a 1997 American comedy film directed by George Armitage, and starring...  more

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    Slums of Beverly Hills

    Alan Arkin, Marisa Tomei
    Slums of Beverly Hills is a 1998 American comedy film directed by Tamara Jenkins. A...  more

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    Uma Thurman, Jude Law
    Gattaca is a 1997 American science fiction film written and directed by Andrew Niccol. It...  more

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    Get Smart

    Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson
    Get Smart is a 2008 American action comedy film which was produced by Leonard B. Stern, who is...  more

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    Little Miss Sunshine

    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston
    Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American comedy-drama road film and the directorial film debut...  more

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    Wait Until Dark

    Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin
    Wait Until Dark is a suspense-thriller film directed by Terence Young and produced by Mel...  more

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    Martin Sheen, Orson Welles
    Catch-22 is a 1970 film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Joseph Heller. In creating...  more

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    The Rocketeer

    Jennifer Connelly, Timothy Dalton
    The Rocketeer is a 1991 American period superhero film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and...  more

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    The Defection of Simas Kudirka

    Alan Arkin, Donald Pleasence
    The Defection of Simas Kudirka is a 1978 television movie based on actual events, featuring...  more
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    So I Married an Axe Murderer

    Mike Myers, Phil Hartman
    This film is a 1993 American romantic comedy thriller film starring Mike Myers and Nancy...  more

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    Escape from Sobibor

    Alan Arkin, Rutger Hauer
    Escape from Sobibor is a 1987 British made-for-TV film which aired on CBS. It is the story of...  more

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    Sunshine Cleaning

    Amy Adams, Emily Blunt
    Sunshine Cleaning is a 2008 comedy-drama film starring Amy Adams and Emily Blunt. Directed by...  more
  • 15

    The In-Laws

    Alan Arkin, Peter Falk
    The In-Laws is a 1979 American action-comedy film starring Alan Arkin and Peter Falk, written...  more

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    Marley & Me

    Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston
    Marley & Me is a 2008 American comedy-drama film directed by David Frankel, based on the...  more

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    Indian Summer

    Diane Lane, Bill Paxton
    Indian Summer is a 1993 comedy drama film written and directed by Mike Binder. The movie was...  more
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    Ben Affleck, John Goodman
    Argo is a 2012 American political thriller film directed by Ben Affleck. The film is adapted...  more

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    Glengarry Glen Ross

    Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin
    Glengarry Glen Ross is a 1992 American drama, adapted by David Mamet from his 1984 Pulitzer...  more

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    The Change-Up

    Olivia Wilde, Ryan Reynolds
    The Change-Up is a 2011 American comedy film produced and directed by David Dobkin, written by...  more
  • 21

    The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

    Blake Lively, Monica Bellucci
    The Private Lives of Pippa Lee is a 2009 American drama film written and directed by Rebecca...  more
  • 22

    America's Sweethearts

    Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta-Jones
    America's Sweethearts is a 2001 romantic comedy film directed by Joe Roth and written by Billy...  more

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    The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

    Alan Arkin, Cicely Tyson
    The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter is a 1968 American film adaptation of the Carson McCullers novel...  more
  • 24

    Inspector Clouseau

    Alan Arkin, Barry Foster
    Inspector Clouseau is a 1968 United Artists feature film, the third in the Pink Panther film...  more
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    And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself

    Antonio Banderas, Alan Arkin
    And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself is a 2003 television film for HBO in partnership with...  more

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