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The 20+ Best Elijah Wood Movies of All Time, Ranked

Updated February 7, 2020 1.7k votes 274 voters 19.8k views61 items

List RulesVote for your favorite Elijah Wood movies, regardless of critic reviews or how big the role was.

If you’re in the mood to binge watch the best Elijah Wood movies of all time, then you’re in for a long Lord of the Rings marathon! Since ‘90s, Elijah Wood has appeared in plenty of blockbusters, earning awards and accolades along the way. His highest grossing movies have received lots of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. In fact, according to some sources, the lifetime gross of his films exceed $1.8 billion.

Elijah Wood started as a child actor in the 1980s, with a small role in Back to the Future II followed by a leading role in the 1993 film The Adventures of Huck Finn. Then in 1999, he was cast in one of the biggest movie franchises ever, The Lord of the Rings. To this day, one of his best-known roles is the hobbit Frodo Baggins.

Since starring in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, he has acted in Sin City, Happy Feet, The Last Witch Hunter and more. In addition, he was in the well-received FX comedy Wildred. So what is Elijah Wood’s best movie role? See what fans think in the rankings below.

Notable directors that have worked with Elijah Wood include Quentin Tarantino, Stephen Sommers and of course Peter Jackson. Is Elijah Wood your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best Tobey Maguire and Daniel Radcliffe films lists too.

The order of these top Elijah Wood movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Elijah Wood movies will be at the top of the list. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Elijah Wood films to end the squabble once and for all. Don’t agree with the list? Then vote for your favorite Elijah Wood movies and add any that are missing. After all, this is supposed to be a comprehensive ranking of all the best Elijah Wood movies.


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    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy film directed by...  more

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson...  more

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    The Hobbit Trilogy

    Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace
    The Hobbit is a film series consisting of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter...  more

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    The Adventures of Huck Finn

    Elijah Wood, Anne Heche
    The Adventures of Huck Finn is a 1993 American adventure film written and directed by Stephen...  more
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    The Good Son

    Macaulay Culkin, Elijah Wood
    The Good Son is a 1993 American psychological thriller film directed by Joseph Ruben and...  more

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  • 7

    Green Street Hooligans

    Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam
    Green Street Hooligans (aka Green Street) is a 2005 British-American drama film directed by...  more
  • 8

    Radio Flyer

    Tom Hanks, Elijah Wood
    Radio Flyer is a 1992 drama-fantasy film from Columbia Pictures. It is a Stonebridge...  more

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    Back to the Future Part II

    Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox
    Back to the Future Part II is a 1989 American comic science fiction film and the second...  more

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    The War

    Kevin Costner, Elijah Wood
    The War is a 1994 drama film directed by Jon Avnet and starring Elijah Wood, Kevin Costner,...  more
  • 11

    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly
    The Hobbit: There and Back Again retitled to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a 2013...  more

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    Forever Young

    Mel Gibson, Jamie Lee Curtis
    Forever Young is a 1992 film with elements of romance, drama and science fiction, directed by...  more
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    Elijah Wood, Isaac Hayes
    Flipper is a 1996 adventure film remake of the 1963 film of the same name, starring Paul Hogan...  more

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    Scarlett Johansson, Bruce Willis
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama...  more

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    Happy Feet

    Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman
    Happy Feet is a 2006 Australian-American computer-animated musical family film, directed,...  more

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    Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

    Selena Gomez, Salma Hayek
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  • 18

    Everything Is Illuminated

    Elijah Wood, Eugene Hütz
    Everything Is Illuminated is a 2005 biographical drama film, written and directed by Liev...  more
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    Elijah Wood, Fred Thompson
    Day-O is a United States 1992 family TV-movie about an imaginary childhood friend, "Dayo," of...  more
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    The Faculty

    Salma Hayek, Usher
    The Faculty is a 1998 science fiction horror film written by Kevin Williamson and directed by...  more

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    I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore

    Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood
    I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (often stylized i don't feel at home in this world...  more
  • 22

    The Oxford Murders

    John Hurt, Elijah Wood
    The Oxford Murders is a 2008 British film directed by Álex de la Iglesia. This British...  more
  • 23

    Internal Affairs

    Richard Gere, Elijah Wood
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  • 24

    Happy Feet Two

    Brad Pitt, Sofía Vergara
    Happy Feet 2 in 3D is a 2011 animated film written and directed by George Miller....  more
  • 25

    Chain of Fools

    Salma Hayek, Elijah Wood
    Chain of Fools is a 2000 comedy film about a hapless barber named Kresk....  more