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The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked

Updated October 16, 2019 14.3k votes 3.0k voters 267.8k views47 items

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

When you're watching the best John Candy movies, you can't help but love the big guy. Though he died more than 20 years ago in 1994, his roles and characters are still remembered to this day. For example, Planes, Trains and Automobiles just wouldn't be the same without him. But narrowing down the best John Candy movies into a list is tough, mainly because he hit it out of the ballpark in many of his roles. But fans such as yourself have taken on the task of voting on their favorite John Candy movies below.

Candy honed his comedy skills at Second City before starring in such films as The Great Outdoors and Uncle Buck, and his highest grossing movies have received plenty of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. But the greatest John Candy performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, as he was also a great in Camp Candy, which aired from 1989 to 1992.

If you've ever wondered what are the best John Candy movies are or what the greatest John Candy roles of all time are, this list provides a great crowd-sourced answer. Some people are more interested in comedies starring a young John Candy, while others want to know about the films he made in the final years of his life. If you think the funniest John Candy role isn't at the top, then vote it up so it has the chance to become number one.

You might also enjoy our list of best Steve Martin movies and best Dan Aykroyd movies. After all, they often costarred in the best John Candy movies.

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  • 1
    Uncle Buck is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Uncle Buck

    Macaulay Culkin, John Candy

    Released1989

    Directed byJohn Hughes

    Uncle Buck is a 1989 American comedy film directed by John Hughes and starring John Candy and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 2
    Planes, Trains and Automobiles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    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 Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Great Outdoors is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    The Great Outdoors

    Annette Bening, Dan Aykroyd

    Released1988

    Directed byHoward Deutch

    The Great Outdoors is a 1988 American comedy film starring Dan Aykroyd and John Candy. Annette... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 4
    Stripes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Stripes

    Bill Murray, John Candy

    Released1981

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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  • 5
    Summer Rental is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Summer Rental

    John Candy, Joey Lawrence

    Released1985

    Directed byCarl Reiner

    Summer Rental is a 1985 comedy film, directed by Carl Reiner and starring John Candy. The... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 6
    Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Cool Runnings

    John Candy, Malik Yoba

    Released1993

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

    Cool Runnings is a 1993 American sports film directed by Jon Turteltaub, and starring Leon,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 7
    Spaceballs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Spaceballs

    Joan Rivers, John Hurt

    Released1987

    Directed byMel Brooks

    Spaceballs is a 1987 American parody film co-written and directed by Mel Brooks and starring... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 8
    The Blues Brothers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    The Blues Brothers

    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Landis

    The Blues Brothers is a 1980 American musical comedy film directed by John Landis and starring... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 9
    Vacation is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Vacation

    Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley

    Released1983

    Directed byHarold Ramis

    National Lampoon's Vacation, sometimes referred to as Vacation, is a 1983 Technicolor comedy... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 10
    Brewster's Millions is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Brewster's Millions

    Richard Pryor, John Candy

    Released1985

    Directed byWalter Hill

    Brewster's Millions is a 1985 comedy film starring Richard Pryor and John Candy based on the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 11
    Splash is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Splash

    Tom Hanks, John Candy

    Released1984

    Directed byRon Howard

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  • 12
    Who's Harry Crumb? is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Who's Harry Crumb?

    John Candy, Jeffrey Jones

    Released1989

    Directed byPaul Flaherty

    Who's Harry Crumb? is a comedy-mystery film featuring John Candy as the title character. Paul... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 13
    Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Home Alone

    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci

    Released1990

    Directed byChris Columbus

    Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 14
    Armed and Dangerous is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Armed and Dangerous

    Meg Ryan, John Candy

    Released1986

    Directed byMark L. Lester

    Armed and Dangerous is a 1986 American action-crime comedy film starring John Candy, Eugene... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 15
    Only the Lonely is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Only the Lonely

    Macaulay Culkin, John Candy

    Released1991

    Directed byChris Columbus

    Only the Lonely is a 1991 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Chris... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 16
    JFK is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    JFK

    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman

    Released1991

    Directed byOliver Stone

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  • 17
    Canadian Bacon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Canadian Bacon

    Dan Aykroyd, John Candy

    Released1995

    Directed byMichael Moore

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  • 18
    Delirious is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Delirious

    John Candy, Robert Wagner

    Released1991

    Directed byTom Mankiewicz

    Delirious is a 1991 fantasy comedy film starring John Candy, Mariel Hemingway, Emma Samms and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 19
    Volunteers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Volunteers

    Tom Hanks, John Candy

    Released1985

    Directed byNicholas Meyer

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  • 20
    Nothing but Trouble is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Nothing but Trouble

    Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd

    Released1991

    Directed byDan Aykroyd

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  • 21
    Rookie of the Year is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Rookie of the Year

    Gary Busey, John Candy

    Released1993

    Directed byDaniel Stern

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  • 22
    Little Shop of Horrors is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Little Shop of Horrors

    Bill Murray, Steve Martin

    Released1986

    Directed byFrank Oz

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  • 23
    The Rescuers Down Under is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    The Rescuers Down Under

    John Candy, Bob Newhart

    Released1990

    Directed byMike Gabriel, Hendel Butoy

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  • 24
    1941 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    1941

    Mickey Rourke, Christopher Lee

    Released1979

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    1941 is a 1979 period comedy film directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Robert Zemeckis and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Wagons East! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Wagons East!

    John Candy, John C. McGinley

    Released1994

    Directed byPeter Markle

    Wagons East! is a 1994 western comedy film directed by Peter Markle and starring John Candy... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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