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

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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.

Notable directors that have worked with Elijah Wood include names like Quentin Tarantino, Stephen Sommers and 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.

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Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

Released: 2003

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic fantasy drama film directed by Peter Jackson based on the second and third volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is ...more

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Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

Released: 2001

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is the first ...more

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Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

Released: 2002

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson and based on the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings. It is the second ...more

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Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom

Released: 2012

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Hobbit is a film series consisting of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson. They are based on the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, with large portions of ...more

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The Adventures of Huck Finn Elijah Wood, Anne Heche, Ron Perlman

Released: 1993

Directed by: Stephen Sommers

The Adventures of Huck Finn is a 1993 American adventure film written and directed by Stephen Sommers, distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Buena Vista Pictures, and starring ...more

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Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam, Claire Forlani

Released: 2005

Directed by: Lexi Alexander

Green Street is a 2005 British-American independent drama film about football. It was directed by Lexi Alexander and stars Elijah Wood and Charlie Hunnam. In the United Kingdom, it is called ...more
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Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

Released: 1989

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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Macaulay Culkin, Elijah Wood, David Morse

Released: 1993

Directed by: Joseph Ruben

The Good Son is a 1993 American psychological thriller film directed by Joseph Ruben and written by English novelist Ian McEwan. The film stars Macaulay Culkin and Elijah Wood.

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Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke

Released: 2005

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

Sin City is a 2005 American neo-noir thriller anthology film written, produced, and directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. It is based on Miller's eponymous graphic novel Sin City. Much ...more

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Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

Released: 2006

Directed by: Judy Morris, George Miller, Warren Coleman

Happy Feet is a 2006 Australian-American computer-animated musical family film, directed, produced and co-written by George Miller. It was produced at Sydney-based visual effects and animation ...more

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Tom Hanks, Elijah Wood, Adam Baldwin

Released: 1992

Directed by: Richard Donner, David M. Evans

Radio Flyer is a 1992 drama-fantasy film from Columbia Pictures. It is a Stonebridge Entertainment Production in association with Donner/Shuler-Donner Productions. The film, directed by Richard ...more

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Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood

Released: 1998

Directed by: Mimi Leder

Deep Impact is a 1998 American science fiction disaster film directed by Mimi Leder, written by Bruce Joel Rubin and Michael Tolkin, and starring Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Elijah Wood, ...more

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Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen

Released: 2013

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Hobbit: There and Back Again retitled to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a 2013 fantasy adventure film written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and one more and ...more

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Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

Released: 2004

Directed by: Michel 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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Salma Hayek, Usher, Famke Janssen

Released: 1998

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

The Faculty is a 1998 science fiction horror film written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Robert Rodriguez. The film stars Josh Hartnett, Elijah Wood, Shawn Hatosy, Jordana Brewster, Clea ...more

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Elijah Wood, America Olivo, Nora Arnezeder

Released: 2012

Directed by: Franck Khalfoun

Maniac is a 2012 crime,horror and thriller film written by Alexandre Aja, C.A. Rosenberg and Gregory Levasseur and directed by Franck Khalfoun.
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Kevin Costner, Elijah Wood, Christine Baranski

Released: 1994

Directed by: Jon Avnet

The War is a 1994 drama film directed by Jon Avnet and starring Elijah Wood, Kevin Costner, and Mare Winningham. It is a coming of age tale set in Mississippi in the 1970s. The film gained Wood ...more

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Elijah Wood, Eugene Hütz, Jonathan Safran Foer

Released: 2005

Directed by: Liev 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 ...more

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Mel Gibson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Elijah Wood

Released: 1992

Directed by: Steve Miner

Forever Young is a 1992 film with elements of romance, drama and science fiction, directed by Steve Miner, starring Mel Gibson, Elijah Wood and Jamie Lee Curtis. The screenplay was written by J. ...more
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Elijah Wood, Isaac Hayes, Paul Hogan

Released: 1996

Directed by: Alan Shapiro

Flipper is a 1996 adventure film remake of the 1963 film of the same name, starring Paul Hogan and Elijah Wood. The movie is about a boy who has to spend the summer with his uncle, who lives on ...more

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Katie Holmes, Christina Ricci, Sigourney Weaver

Released: 1997

Directed by: Ang Lee

The Ice Storm is a 1997 American drama film directed by Ang Lee, based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Rick Moody. The film features an ensemble cast of Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Tobey ...more
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Scarlett Johansson, Bruce Willis, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Released: 1994

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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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The Oxford Murders John Hurt, Elijah Wood, Anna Massey

Released: 2008

Directed by: Álex de la Iglesia

The Oxford Murders is a 2008 British film directed by Álex de la Iglesia. This British thriller film is adapted from the novel of the same name by Argentine mathematician and writer ...more
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Elijah Wood, Elizabeth Perkins, Aidan Quinn

Released: 1990

Directed by: Barry Levinson

Avalon is a 1990 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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Selena Gomez, Salma Hayek, George Clooney

Released: 2003

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

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