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

Updated February 7, 2020 1.6k votes 273 voters 19.7k 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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  • 1
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
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    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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  • 2
    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    Released2001

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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

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  • 3
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen

    Released2002

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    The Adventures of Huck Finn
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    The Adventures of Huck Finn

    Elijah Wood, Anne Heche

    Released1993

    Directed byStephen Sommers

    The Adventures of Huck Finn is a 1993 American adventure film written and directed by Stephen... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    The Good Son
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    The Good Son

    Macaulay Culkin, Elijah Wood

    Released1993

    Directed byJoseph Ruben

    The Good Son is a 1993 American psychological thriller film directed by Joseph Ruben and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    The Hobbit trilogy
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    The Hobbit trilogy

    Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace

    Released2012

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    The Hobbit is a film series consisting of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Radio Flyer
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    Radio Flyer

    Tom Hanks, Elijah Wood

    Released1992

    Directed byRichard Donner, David M. Evans

    Radio Flyer is a 1992 drama-fantasy film from Columbia Pictures. It is a Stonebridge... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Green Street
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    Green Street

    Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam

    Released2005

    Directed byLexi Alexander

    Green Street is a 2005 British-American independent drama film about football. It was directed... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    The War
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    The War

    Kevin Costner, Elijah Wood

    Released1994

    Directed byJon Avnet

    The War is a 1994 drama film directed by Jon Avnet and starring Elijah Wood, Kevin Costner,... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Back to the Future Part II
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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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
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    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly

    Released2013

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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  • 12
    Forever Young
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    Forever Young

    Mel Gibson, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Released1992

    Directed bySteve Miner

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  • 13
    Flipper
    21
    15

    Flipper

    Elijah Wood, Isaac Hayes

    Released1996

    Directed byAlan Shapiro

    Flipper is a 1996 adventure film remake of the 1963 film of the same name, starring Paul Hogan... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    North
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    North

    Scarlett Johansson, Bruce Willis

    Released1994

    Directed byRob Reiner

    North is a 1994 American comedy film directed by Rob Reiner and starring an ensemble cast... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Happy Feet
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    Happy Feet

    Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman

    Released2006

    Directed byJudy Morris, George Miller, Warren Coleman

    Happy Feet is a 2006 Australian-American computer-animated musical family film, directed,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over
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    Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

    Selena Gomez, Salma Hayek

    Released2003

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

    Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over is a 2003 American/Mexican science fantasy adventure film directed by... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    Day-O
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    5

    Day-O

    Elijah Wood, Fred Thompson

    Released1992

    Directed byMichael Schultz

    Day-O is a United States 1992 family TV-movie about an imaginary childhood friend, "Dayo," of... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    The Faculty
    22
    14

    The Faculty

    Salma Hayek, Usher

    Released1998

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

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  • 20
    Everything Is Illuminated
    20
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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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore
    15
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    I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore

    Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood

    Directed byMacon Blair

    I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (often stylized i don't feel at home in this world... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    The Oxford Murders
    15
    11

    The Oxford Murders

    John Hurt, Elijah Wood

    Released2008

    Directed byÁlex de la Iglesia

    The Oxford Murders is a 2008 British film directed by Álex de la Iglesia. This British... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Internal Affairs
    9
    10

    Internal Affairs

    Richard Gere, Elijah Wood

    Released1990

    Directed byMike Figgis

    Internal Affairs is a 1990 American crime thriller film set in Los Angeles about the police... more on Wikipedia

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  • 24
    Happy Feet Two
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    Happy Feet Two

    Brad Pitt, Sofía Vergara

    Released2011

    Directed byGeorge Miller

    Happy Feet 2 in 3D is a 2011 animated film written and directed by George Miller.
  • 25
    Chain of Fools
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    6

    Chain of Fools

    Salma Hayek, Elijah Wood

    Released2000

    Directed byPontus Löwenhielm, Patrick von Krusenstjerna

    Chain of Fools is a 2000 comedy film about a hapless barber named Kresk.