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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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    Edward Scissorhands
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    Edward Scissorhands

    Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder

    Released1990

    Directed byTim Burton

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    Grosse Pointe Blank
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    Grosse Pointe Blank

    Dan Aykroyd, John Cusack

    Released1997

    Directed byGeorge Armitage

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    Gattaca
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    Gattaca

    Uma Thurman, Jude Law

    Released1997

    Directed byAndrew Niccol

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    The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming

    Released1966

    Directed byNorman Jewison

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    Slums of Beverly Hills
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    Slums of Beverly Hills

    Alan Arkin, Marisa Tomei

    Released1998

    Directed byTamara Jenkins

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    The Defection of Simas Kudirka
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    The Defection of Simas Kudirka

    Alan Arkin, Donald Pleasence

    Released1978

    Directed byDavid Lowell Rich

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  • 7
    Sunshine Cleaning
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    Sunshine Cleaning

    Amy Adams, Emily Blunt

    Released2008

    Directed byChristine Jeffs

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    Little Miss Sunshine
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    Little Miss Sunshine

    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston

    Released2006

    Directed byValerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

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    Wait Until Dark
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    Wait Until Dark

    Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin

    Released1967

    Directed byTerence Young

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    Catch-22
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    Catch-22

    Martin Sheen, Orson Welles

    Released1970

    Directed byMike Nichols

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    So I Married an Axe Murderer
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    So I Married an Axe Murderer

    Mike Myers, Phil Hartman

    Released1993

    Directed byThomas Schlamme

    This film is a 1993 American romantic comedy thriller film starring Mike Myers and Nancy... more on Wikipedia
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    Inspector Clouseau
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    Inspector Clouseau

    Alan Arkin, Barry Foster

    Released1968

    Directed byBud Yorkin

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    The In-Laws
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    The In-Laws

    Alan Arkin, Peter Falk

    Released1979

    Directed byArthur Hiller

    The In-Laws is a 1979 American action-comedy film starring Alan Arkin and Peter Falk, written... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    Indian Summer
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    Indian Summer

    Diane Lane, Bill Paxton

    Released1993

    Directed byMike Binder

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    Glengarry Glen Ross
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    Glengarry Glen Ross

    Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin

    Released1992

    Directed byJames Foley

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    Argo
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    Argo

    Ben Affleck, John Goodman

    Released2012

    Directed byBen Affleck

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    The Change-Up
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    The Change-Up

    Olivia Wilde, Ryan Reynolds

    Released2011

    Directed byDavid Dobkin

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  • 18
    The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
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    Blake Lively, Monica Bellucci

    Released2009

    Directed byRebecca Miller

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    Marley & Me
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    Marley & Me

    Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Frankel

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    America's Sweethearts
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    America's Sweethearts

    Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta-Jones

    Released2001

    Directed byJoe Roth

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  • 21
    The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
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    The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

    Alan Arkin, Cicely Tyson

    Released1968

    Directed byRobert Ellis Miller

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    Get Smart
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    Get Smart

    Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson

    Released2008

    Directed byPeter Segal

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    And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself
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    And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself

    Antonio Banderas, Alan Arkin

    Released2003

    Directed byBruce Beresford

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    Freebie and the Bean
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    Freebie and the Bean

    James Caan, Alan Arkin

    Released1974

    Directed byRichard Rush

    Freebie and the Bean is a 1974 action-comedy film about two San Francisco police detectives... more on Wikipedia
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    Firewall
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    Firewall

    Harrison Ford, Paul Bettany

    Released2006

    Directed byRichard Loncraine

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