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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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Tim Burton and Steven Soderbergh are among those who have directed Alan Arkin at one point or another during their careers in the film industry. Is Alan Arkin your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best Paul Giamatti and Martin Landau films lists too.

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Carl Reiner, Alan Arkin, Eva Marie Saint The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming is a 1966 American comedy film directed by Norman Jewison. It is based on the Nathaniel Benchley novel The Off-Islanders, and was adapted for the ...more

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Martin Sheen, Orson Welles, Jon Voight Catch-22 is a 1970 film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Joseph Heller. In creating a black comedy revolving around the "lunatic characters" of Heller's satirical anti-war ...more

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Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American comedy-drama road film and the directorial film debut of the husband-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The screenplay was written by ...more

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Alan Arkin, Peter Falk, Ed Begley The In-Laws is a 1979 American action-comedy film starring Alan Arkin and Peter Falk, written by Andrew Bergman and directed by Arthur Hiller. The film was remade in 2003, with Michael Douglas, ...more

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Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey Glengarry Glen Ross is a 1992 American drama, adapted by David Mamet from his 1984 Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning play of the same name, and directed by James Foley. The film depicts two days ...more

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Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Robby Benson Wait Until Dark is a suspense-thriller film directed by Terence Young and produced by Mel Ferrer. It stars Audrey Hepburn as a young blind woman, Alan Arkin as a violent criminal searching for ...more

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Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston Argo is a 2012 American political thriller film directed by Ben Affleck. The film is adapted from U.S. Central Intelligence Agency operative Tony Mendez's book The Master of Disguise and Joshuah ...more

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Grosse Pointe Blank is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alan Arkin Movies
Dan Aykroyd, John Cusack, Hank Azaria Grosse Pointe Blank is a 1997 American comedy crime film directed by George Armitage, and starring John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Alan Arkin and Dan Aykroyd. The film received positive reviews from ...more

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Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alan Arkin Movies
Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 American romantic dark fantasy film directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp. The film shows the story of an artificial man named Edward, an unfinished ...more

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Alan Arkin, Cicely Tyson, Stacy Keach The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter is a 1968 American film adaptation of the Carson McCullers novel of the same name. It was directed by Robert Ellis Miller. It stars Alan Arkin and introduced Sondra ...more

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James Caan, Alan Arkin, Valerie Harper Freebie and the Bean is a 1974 action-comedy film about two San Francisco police detectives who attempt to bring down a local hijacking boss. The picture, a precursor to the buddy cop film genre ...more

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Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Ethan Hawke Gattaca is a 1997 American science fiction film written and directed by Andrew Niccol. It stars Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, with Jude Law, Loren Dean, Ernest Borgnine, Gore Vidal, and Alan ...more

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Alan Arkin, Rita Moreno, Louis Zorich Popi is a 1969 American comedy-drama film directed by Arthur Hiller. The screenplay by Tina Pine and Lester Pine focuses on a Puerto Rican widower struggling to raise his two young sons in the ...more

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Jennifer Connelly, Timothy Dalton, Alan Arkin The Rocketeer is a 1991 American period superhero film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and based on the character of the same name created by comic book writer/artist Dave Stevens. Directed by ...more

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Marisa Tomei, Mena Suvari, Carl Reiner Slums of Beverly Hills is a 1998 American comedy film, written and directed by Tamara Jenkins, and starring Natasha Lyonne, Alan Arkin, Marisa Tomei, David Krumholtz, Kevin Corrigan, Jessica ...more

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Alan Arkin, Donald Pleasence, Shirley Knight The Defection of Simas Kudirka is a 1978 television movie based on actual events, featuring Alan Arkin as Simas Kudirka, a Lithuanian merchant seaman in Soviet-era 1970 who attempts to defect to ...more

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Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Bill Murray Get Smart is a 2008 American action comedy film which was produced by Leonard B. Stern, who is also the original series' producer. The film is based on Mel Brooks and Buck Henry's 1960s spy ...more

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Olivia Wilde, Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman The Change-Up is a 2011 American comedy film produced and directed by David Dobkin, written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, and starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman. The film was released on ...more

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Mike Myers, Phil Hartman, Michael Richards So I Married an Axe Murderer is a 1993 American romantic comedy thriller film starring Mike Myers and Nancy Travis. Myers plays Charlie McKenzie, a man afraid of commitment until he meets ...more

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Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin Sunshine Cleaning is a 2008 comedy-drama film starring Amy Adams and Emily Blunt. Directed by Christine Jeffs and written by Megan Holley, the film premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival ...more

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Alan Arkin, Rutger Hauer, Joanna PacuƂa Escape from Sobibor is a 1987 British made-for-TV film which aired on CBS. It is the story of the mass escape from the extermination camp at Sobibor, the most successful uprising by Jewish ...more

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Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Emma Roberts America's Sweethearts is a 2001 romantic comedy film directed by Joe Roth and written by Billy Crystal and Peter Tolan. It stars Julia Roberts, Billy Crystal, John Cusack and Catherine ...more

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Alan Arkin, Barry Foster, Frank Finlay Inspector Clouseau is a 1968 United Artists feature film, the third in the Pink Panther film series. It was directed by Bud Yorkin, written by Frank Waldman and Tom Waldman and stars Alan Arkin ...more

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Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane Marley & Me is a 2008 American comedy-drama film directed by David Frankel, based on the memoir by John Grogan. Newlyweds John (Owen Wilson) and Jenny Grogan (Jennifer Aniston) learn ...more

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Diane Lane, Bill Paxton, Alan Arkin Indian Summer is a 1993 comedy drama film written and directed by Mike Binder. The movie was filmed and set on-location at Camp Tamakwa, a summer camp located in Ontario, Canada, where Binder ...more

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Alan Arkin, Paula Prentiss, Sally Kellerman Neil Simon's Last of the Red Hot Lovers is a 1972 comedy film based on Neil Simon's play of the same name. Alan Arkin, Sally Kellerman, Paula Prentiss and Renée Taylor star in it.

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Harrison Ford, Paul Bettany, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Firewall is a 2006 British-American thriller film directed by Richard Loncraine and written by Joe Forte. The film stars Harrison Ford as a banker who is forced by criminals, led by Paul ...more

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Robert Duvall, Laurence Olivier, Vanessa Redgrave The Seven-Per-Cent Solution is a 1976 Universal Studios Sherlock Holmes film, directed by Herbert Ross and written by Nicholas Meyer. It is based on Meyer's 1974 novel of the same name and stars ...more

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Antonio Banderas, Alan Arkin, Jim Broadbent And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself is a 2003 television film for HBO in partnership with City Entertainment and starring Antonio Banderas as Pancho Villa, directed by Bruce Beresford, written ...more

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Donald Sutherland, Alan Arkin, Elliott Gould Little Murders is a 1971 black comedy film starring Elliott Gould and Marcia Rodd, directed by Alan Arkin in his feature directorial debut. It is the story of a girl, Patsy, who brings home her ...more

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Patrick Dempsey, Alan Arkin, Annabeth Gish Coupe de Ville is a 1990 American comedy-drama film directed by Joe Roth. It stars Daniel Stern, Arye Gross, and Patrick Dempsey as three very different brothers asked by their father to drive ...more

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Robert Downey Jr., Gong Li, Alan Arkin Eros is a 2004 Italian drama film consisting of three short segments directed by Wong Kar-wai, Steven Soderbergh, and Michelangelo Antonioni. Each of the three segments addresses the themes of ...more

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James Woods, Alan Arkin, Linda Sorenson Joshua Then and Now is a 1985 film and a TV mini-series, adapted by Mordecai Richler from his semi-autobiographical novel Joshua Then and Now. James Woods starred as the adult Joshua, Gabrielle ...more

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Jeff Bridges, Christopher Lee, Angela Lansbury The Last Unicorn is a 1982 American animated fantasy film directed and produced by Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass. It was produced by Rankin/Bass for ITC Entertainment, and animated by ...more

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Jeff Bridges, Andy Griffith, Alan Arkin Hearts of the West, released in Europe as Hollywood Cowboy, is a 1975 comedy film directed by Howard Zieff, and starring Jeff Bridges, Andy Griffith, Blythe Danner, and Alan Arkin. The story ...more

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Alan Arkin, Fisher Stevens, Fernanda Montenegro Four Days in September is a 1997 Brazilian thriller film directed by Bruno Barreto and produced by his parents Lucy and Luiz Carlos Barreto. It is a fictional version of the 1969 kidnapping of ...more

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Ann-Margret, Elizabeth Mitchell, Aisha Tyler The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause is a 2006 American fantasy comedy film directed by Michael Lembeck. It is the third and final installment in The Santa Clause trilogy following The Santa ...more

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Blake Lively, Monica Bellucci, Julianne Moore The Private Lives of Pippa Lee is a 2009 American drama film written and directed by Rebecca Miller. The screenplay is based on her novel of the same title. The film premiered on February 9, ...more

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Michael Caine, Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers Woman Times Seven is a 1967 Italian/French/American co-production anthology film of seven different episodes, all starring Shirley MacLaine, most of them based on aspects of adultery.

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Alan Arkin, Pat Morita, Ed McMahon Full Moon High is a 1981 horror comedy film written and directed by Larry Cohen, centering on a high school werewolf who tries to keep his secret from others. He also ignores his girlfriend's ...more

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Alan Arkin, Madeline Kahn, Wallace Shawn Simon is a 1980 American comedy film. It was directed by Marshall Brickman and stars Alan Arkin.

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Robert Redford, Alan Arkin, Lena Olin Havana is a 1990 drama film starring Robert Redford, Lena Olin and Raúl Juliá, directed by Sydney Pollack with music by Dave Grusin. The film's plot concerns Jack Weil, an American ...more

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Whoopi Goldberg, John Goodman, Debbie Reynolds Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie is a 1998 animated film about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, who first appeared in a 1939 story by Robert L. May. The film was the first theatrical ...more

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Paul Giamatti, James Spader, Claire Forlani The Pentagon Papers is a TV special.

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Kevin Spacey, Clive Owen, Alan Arkin Doomsday Gun is a 1994 television film produced by HBO, dramatizing the life of Canadian supergun designer Dr. Gerald Bull and his involvement in Project Babylon, Saddam Hussein's plan to build ...more

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Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Jake Gyllenhaal Rendition is a 2007 abduction thriller film directed by Gavin Hood and starring Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Peter Sarsgaard, Alan Arkin, Jake Gyllenhaal and Omar Metwally. It centers on the ...more

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Robin Williams, Liev Schreiber, Alan Arkin Jakob the Liar is a 1999 American drama film directed by Peter Kassovitz and starring Robin Williams, Alan Arkin, Liev Schreiber, Hannah Taylor-Gordon, and Bob Balaban. The movie is set in 1944 ...more

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Scarlett Johansson, Bruce Willis, Julia Louis-Dreyfus North is a 1994 American comedy film directed by Rob Reiner and starring an ensemble cast including Elijah Wood, Jon Lovitz, Jason Alexander, Alan Arkin, Dan Aykroyd, Kathy Bates, Faith Ford, ...more

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Carol Burnett, Danny Glover, Alan Arkin Chu Chu and the Philly Flash is a 1981 comedy film starring Alan Arkin, Carol Burnett, Jack Warden, Ruth Buzzi, and Danny Aiello. It was released in 1981 by 20th Century Fox. Arkin plays a ...more

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Alan Arkin, Shelley Winters, Louise Fletcher The Magician of Lublin is a 1979 film directed by Menahem Golan.