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

Updated February 7, 2020 1.7k votes 276 voters 19.9k views61 items

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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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    Avalon

    Elijah Wood, Elizabeth Perkins

    Released1990

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Avalon is a 1990 American drama film directed by Barry Levinson. It is the third in Levinson's semi-autobiographical four "Baltimore Films" set in his hometown during the 1940s, '50s, and '60s:...  more
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    Released2005

    Directed byLauren Lazin

    Brings to life the diaries of young people who witnessed first-hand the horrors of the Holocaust. Through an emotional montage of archival footage, personal photos, and text from the diaries...  more
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    Cooties

    Elijah Wood, Nasim Pedrad

    Released2014

    Directed byCary Murnion, Jonathan Milott

    A mysterious virus hits an isolated elementary school, transforming the kids into a feral swarm of mass savages. An unlikely hero must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives....  more
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    Paradise

    Melanie Griffith, Elijah Wood

    Released1991

    Directed byMary Agnes Donoghue

    Paradise is a 1991 drama film written and directed by Mary Agnes Donoghue. The original music score is composed by David Newman. Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson play Lily and Ben Reed, a young...  more
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    Back to the Future Part II

    Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox

    Released1989

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Back to the Future Part II is a 1989 American comic science fiction film and the second installment of the Back to the Future trilogy. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, who directed all three...  more

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    Oliver Twist

    Elijah Wood, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1997

    Directed byTony Bill

    Oliver Twist is a 1997 television movie produced by Walt Disney Television, based on the popular novel of the same name by Charles Dickens. It aired during The Wonderful World of Disney. It starred...  more
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    Come to Daddy

    Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie

    Released2020

    Directed byAnt Timpson

    Come to Daddy is a 2020 Canadian thriller film directed by Ant Timpson. A privileged musician in his thirties, Norval Greenwood (Elijah Wood) travels to a remote cabin to reconnect with his estranged...  more
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2004

    Directed byMichel Gondry

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama film about an estranged couple who have each other erased from their memories, written by Charlie...  more

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    The Bumblebee Flies Anyway

    Elijah Wood, Janeane Garofalo

    Released1999

    Directed byMartin Duffy

    The Bumblebee Flies Anyway is a 1999 film starring Elijah Wood, directed by Martin Duffy. It was based on the novel of the same name by Robert Cormier....  more
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    9

    Jennifer Connelly, Elijah Wood

    Released2009

    Directed byShane Acker

    9 is a 2009 computer animated post-apocalyptic science fiction thriller film, which was directed by Shane Acker and produced by Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov. The film stars the voice talents of...  more
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    Paris, je t'aime

    Natalie Portman, Willem Dafoe

    Released2006

    Directed byTom Tykwer, Gus Van Sant, Olivier Assayas, Christopher Doyle, Ethan Coen

    Paris, je t'aime is a 2006 anthology film starring an ensemble cast of actors of various nationalities. The two-hour film consists of eighteen short films set in different arrondissements. The 22...  more

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    Open Windows

    Sasha Grey, Elijah Wood

    Released2014

    Directed byNacho Vigalondo

    Open Windows is a 2014 English-language Spanish thriller film directed and written by Nacho Vigalondo. The film had its world premiere on March 10, 2014, at South by Southwest, and stars Elijah Wood,...  more
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    Ash Wednesday

    Rosario Dawson, Elijah Wood

    Released2002

    Directed byEdward Burns

    Ash Wednesday is a 2002 crime drama film starring Edward Burns, Elijah Wood, and Rosario Dawson. The film is set in the Hell's Kitchen of the early 1980s and is about a pair of Irish-American...  more
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    Released2014

    Directed byBreck Eisner

    The Last Witch Hunter is a 2014 action adventure fantasy film written by Cory Goodman and directed Breck Eisner....  more

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    Treasure Island

    Elijah Wood, Donald Sutherland

    Released2012

    Directed bySteve Barron

    This two part drama follows the story of Jim Hawkins, who's unexpectedly drawn into the world of piracy when he discovers Flint's treasure map. However, Long John Silver will stop at nothing to get...  more
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    The Trust

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    Child in the Night

    Elijah Wood, JoBeth Williams

    Released1990

    Directed byMike Robe

    Child In The Night is a motion picture made for television broadcast during the 1990 May Sweeps. It aired on the CBS Network before a subsequent release to home video and syndication. The...  more
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    The Witness

    Elijah Wood

    Directed byChris Gerolmo

    The Witness is a short film directed by Chris Gerolmo, starring Gary Sinise and Elijah Wood....  more
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    The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina

    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jon Stewart

    Released2002

    Directed byGlenn Chaika

    The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina is a 2002 direct-to-video animated film directed by Glenn Chaika. Produced by Hyperion Animation and Miramax Films, the film was distributed by Buena Vista...  more
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    Set Fire to the Stars

    Elijah Wood, Kelly Reilly

    Released2014

    Directed byAndy Goddard

    Set Fire to the Stars is a 2014 drama film directed and co-written by Andy Goddard with actor Celyn Jones....  more
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    Everything Is Illuminated

    Elijah Wood, Eugene Hütz

    Released2005

    Directed byLiev Schreiber

    Everything Is Illuminated is a 2005 biographical drama film, written and directed by Liev Schreiber and starring Elijah Wood and Eugene Hütz. It was adapted from the novel of the same name by...  more
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    I Think Bad Thoughts

    Elijah Wood, Jena Malone

    Released2011

    Directed byJosh Diamond, Jason Diamond

    I Think Bad Thoughts is a 2011 short action film directed by Jason Diamond and Josh Diamond....  more
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    Revenge for Jolly!

    Kristen Wiig, Elijah Wood

    Released2012

    Directed byChadd Harbold

    Revenge for Jolly! is a 2012 comedy drama film written by Brian Petsos and directed by Chadd Harbold....  more
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    The Romantics

    Katie Holmes, Anna Paquin

    Released2010

    Directed byGalt Niederhoffer

    "In The Romantics, seven close friends—all members of a tight, eclectic college clique—reconvene at a deluxe seaside wedding to watch two of their own tie the knot. Lila is the golden girl preparing...  more
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    WWII in HD: The Air War

    Elijah Wood, Sean Astin

    Released2010

    Directed bySammy Jackson

    WWII in HD: The Air War is a 2010 documentary history war film directed by Sammy Jackson and written by Bruce Kennedy, Alec Michod and Liz Reph....  more