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The Top 20+ Best Kevin Bacon Movies of All Time, Ranked

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If you’re in the mood to binge watch the best Kevin Bacon movies of all time, you’ll want to start with the top-ranked films below. Since the early ‘80s, Kevin Bacon 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 exceeds $1.4 billion.

Kevin Bacon started off pursuing theater work in New York City supplemented by the occasional role in television soap operas. His film debut was in 1978’s National Lampoon's Animal House, though that did not kick start his film career. That happened after he starred in the 1982 comedy drama Diner, which also featured Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke, and Ellen Barkin.

After that movie, he was cast in the classic hit Footloose. Since then, he’s had plenty of film success, with blockbusters such as A Few Good Men and Apollo 13 in the ‘90s and 2000s. He also is an accomplished television actor, with a Best Actor Saturn Award for his work on the Fox drama The Following. But which of his movies is his best work? See what fans think below.

The order of these top Kevin Bacon movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Kevin Bacon movies will be at the top of the list. Kevin Bacon has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Kevin Bacon movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Kevin Bacon films to end the squabble once and for all. If you are a fan of Kevin Bacon's dramatic works, you might also like our list of the best Tom Hanks movies or best John Travolta movies.

This list answers the questions, "what are the best Kevin Bacon movies?" and "what are the greatest Kevin Bacon roles of all time?" And if you are a fan of his dramatic works, you might also like our list of the best Tom Hanks movies and the best John Travolta movies.

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    Apollo 13
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    Apollo 13

    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard

    Released1995

    Directed byRon Howard

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    A Few Good Men
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    A Few Good Men

    Tom Cruise, Demi Moore

    Released1992

    Directed byRob Reiner

    A Few Good Men is a 1992 American legal drama film directed by Rob Reiner, based on the play... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Footloose
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    Footloose

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon

    Released1984

    Directed byHerbert Ross

    Footloose is a 1984 American musical-drama directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren... more on Wikipedia

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    Tremors
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    Tremors

    Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire

    Released1990

    Directed byRon Underwood

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  • 5
    Stir of Echoes
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    Stir of Echoes

    Jennifer Morrison, Kevin Bacon

    Released1999

    Directed byDavid Koepp

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    Mystic River
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    Mystic River

    Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn

    Released2003

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • 7
    Sleepers
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    Sleepers

    Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro

    Released1996

    Directed byBarry Levinson

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  • 8
    The River Wild
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    The River Wild

    Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon

    Released1994

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

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  • 9
    Murder in the First
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    Murder in the First

    Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon

    Released1995

    Directed byMarc Rocco

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  • 10
    Flatliners
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    Flatliners

    Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon

    Released1990

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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  • 11
    National Lampoon's Animal House
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    National Lampoon's Animal House

    Kevin Bacon, John Belushi

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Landis

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  • 12
    Taking Chance
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    Taking Chance

    Kevin Bacon, Matthew Morrison

    Released2009

    Directed byRoss Katz

    Taking Chance is a 2009 historical drama film based upon the experiences of Marine Lt. Colonel... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    JFK
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    JFK

    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman

    Released1991

    Directed byOliver Stone

    JFK is a 1991 American historical legal-conspiracy thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Planes, Trains and Automobiles
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    35

    Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Hughes

    Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a 1987 American comedy film written, produced and directed... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    X-Men: First Class
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    X-Men: First Class

    Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman

    Released2011

    Directed byMatthew Vaughn

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  • 16
    Death Sentence
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    Death Sentence

    Kevin Bacon, John Goodman

    Released2007

    Directed byJames Wan

    Death Sentence is a 2007 American psychological thriller action film loosely based on the 1975... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    She's Having a Baby
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    She's Having a Baby

    Alec Baldwin, Magic Johnson

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Hughes

    She's Having a Baby is a 1988 American romantic comedy film directed by John Hughes. The film... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Friday the 13th
    107
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    Friday the 13th

    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini

    Released1980

    Directed bySean S. Cunningham

    Friday the 13th is a 1980 American slasher film directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Black Mass
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    Black Mass

    Kevin Bacon, Joel Edgerton

    Released2015

    Directed byScott Cooper

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  • 20
    Hollow Man
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    Hollow Man

    Kevin Bacon, Elisabeth Shue

    Released2000

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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  • 21
    Diner
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    Diner

    Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon

    Released1982

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Diner is a 1982 American comedy-drama written and directed by Barry Levinson. The film is... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    My Dog Skip
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    My Dog Skip

    Diane Lane, Kevin Bacon

    Released2000

    Directed byJay Russell

    My Dog Skip is a 2000 film, directed by Jay Russell. It is based on the autobiographical book... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    Crazy, Stupid, Love.
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    Crazy, Stupid, Love.

    Emma Stone, Julianne Moore

    Released2011

    Directed byJohn Requa, Glenn Ficarra

    Crazy, Stupid, Love is a 2011 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Glenn Ficarra... more on Wikipedia

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  • 24
    Quicksilver
    49
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    Quicksilver

    Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne

    Released1986

    Directed byThomas Michael Donnelly

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    Wild Things
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    Wild Things

    Bill Murray, Denise Richards

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn McNaughton

    Wild Things is a 1998 American thriller film starring Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, Kevin Bacon,... more on Wikipedia