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List Rules Vote 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 (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.

John Candy honed his comedy skills at Second City before starring in such films as The Great Outdoors and Uncle Buck. 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 or what are the greatest John Candy roles of all time, 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.

John Candy was no stranger to working with popular directors, including Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and John Hughes. Movie fans who love John Candy have also been known to enjoy films starring Dan Aykroyd and Christopher Lloyd.

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
Planes, Trains and Automobiles Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon, John Candy Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a 1987 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John Hughes. The film stars Steve Martin as Neal Page, a high-strung marketing executive, who ...more

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Uncle Buck Macaulay Culkin, John Candy, Patricia Arquette Uncle Buck is a 1989 American comedy film directed by John Hughes and starring John Candy and Amy Madigan, with Jean Louisa Kelly, Gaby Hoffmann, Macaulay Culkin, Jay Underwood, and Laurie ...more

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Vacation is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
Vacation Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley, John Candy National Lampoon's Vacation, sometimes referred to as Vacation, is a 1983 Technicolor comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Dana Barron, ...more

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Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
Home Alone Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, a boy who is ...more

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The Great Outdoors Annette Bening, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy The Great Outdoors is a 1988 American comedy film starring Dan Aykroyd and John Candy. Annette Bening and Stephanie Faracy co-star. Robert Prosky, Lucy Deakins and Lewis Arquette have supporting ...more

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Stripes Bill Murray, John Candy, Dennis Quaid Stripes is a 1981 American war-comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P. J. Soles, and John Candy. It also featured several actors in their first ...more

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Spaceballs Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks Spaceballs is a 1987 American parody film co-written and directed by Mel Brooks and starring Brooks, Bill Pullman, John Candy and Rick Moranis. It also features Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten, ...more

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Cool Runnings John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau Cool Runnings is a 1993 American sports film directed by Jon Turteltaub, and starring Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis, Malik Yoba and John Candy. The film was released in the United States on ...more

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The Blues Brothers Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg The Blues Brothers is a 1980 American musical comedy film directed by John Landis and starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as "Joliet" Jake and Elwood Blues, characters developed from ...more

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Summer Rental John Candy, Joey Lawrence, Rip Torn Summer Rental is a 1985 comedy film, directed by Carl Reiner and starring John Candy. The film's screenplay was written by Mark Reisman and Jeremy Stevens. An original music score was composed ...more

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Brewster's Millions Richard Pryor, John Candy, Rick Moranis Brewster's Millions is a 1985 comedy film starring Richard Pryor and John Candy based on the 1902 novel of the same name by George Barr McCutcheon. It is the seventh film based on the story, ...more

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Splash Tom Hanks, John Candy, Daryl Hannah Splash is a 1984 American fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Ron Howard, written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, and starring Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, John Candy, Eugene Levy, and Dody ...more

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Who's Harry Crumb? John Candy, Jeffrey Jones, Shawnee Smith Who's Harry Crumb? is a comedy-mystery film featuring John Candy as the title character. Paul Flaherty directed the film, which co-stars Annie Potts, Jeffrey Jones and Shawnee Smith. An ...more

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Armed and Dangerous Meg Ryan, John Candy, Eugene Levy Armed and Dangerous is a 1986 American action-crime comedy film starring John Candy, Eugene Levy, Robert Loggia and Meg Ryan. It was directed by Mark L. Lester and filmed on location in and ...more

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Little Shop of Horrors is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
Little Shop of Horrors Bill Murray, Steve Martin, John Candy Little Shop of Horrors is a 1986 American rock musical horror comedy film directed by Frank Oz. It is a film adaptation of the off-Broadway musical comedy of the same name by composer Alan ...more

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JFK Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon JFK is a 1991 American historical legal-conspiracy thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It examines the events leading to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and subsequent ...more

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Rookie of the Year Gary Busey, John Candy, Dan Hedaya Rookie of the Year is a 1993 American sports comedy film starring Thomas Ian Nicholas and Gary Busey as players for the Chicago Cubs baseball team. The cast also includes Albert Hall, Dan ...more

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Canadian Bacon Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Michael Moore Canadian Bacon is a 1995 comedy film which satirizes Canada–United States relations along the Canada–United States border written, directed, and produced by Michael Moore. It was screened in the ...more

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Only the Lonely Macaulay Culkin, John Candy, Maureen O'Hara Only the Lonely is a 1991 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Chris Columbus and starring John Candy, Maureen O'Hara, Ally Sheedy and Anthony Quinn. The plot is similar ...more

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Volunteers Tom Hanks, John Candy, Rita Wilson Volunteers is a 1985 American comedy film directed by Nicholas Meyer and starring Tom Hanks and John Candy in their second film together after Splash.

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Nothing but Trouble Demi Moore, Tupac Shakur, Chevy Chase Nothing But Trouble is a 1991 American adventure comedy horror film, directed by and co-starring Dan Aykroyd, who also co-wrote the screenplay with his brother Peter. The cast featured Chevy ...more

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1941 Mickey Rourke, Christopher Lee, Dan Aykroyd 1941 is a 1979 period comedy film directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, and featuring an ensemble cast including Dan Aykroyd, Ned Beatty, John Belushi, John ...more

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The Rescuers Down Under John Candy, Bob Newhart, George C. Scott The Rescuers Down Under is a 1990 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 16, 1990. Set in the Australian ...more

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Delirious John Candy, Robert Wagner, Margot Kidder Delirious is a 1991 fantasy comedy film starring John Candy, Mariel Hemingway, Emma Samms and Raymond Burr with a title theme by Prince. It was a commercial failure after its release. Despite ...more

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Wagons East! John Candy, John C. McGinley, Charles Rocket Wagons East! is a 1994 western comedy film directed by Peter Markle and starring John Candy and Richard Lewis. The film was notable for its leading actor Candy dying of a heart attack during the ...more

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Career Opportunities Jennifer Connelly, John Candy, Dermot Mulroney Career Opportunities is a 1991 American romantic comedy film starring Frank Whaley in his first lead role and co-starring Jennifer Connelly. It was written and co-produced by John Hughes and ...more

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Hot to Trot John Candy, Gilbert Gottfried, Burgess Meredith Hot to Trot is a 1988 comedy film released by Warner Bros. It stars Bobcat Goldthwait as an investment broker, Dabney Coleman as the head of the company Bobcat works for and John Candy as the ...more

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She's Having a Baby Alec Baldwin, Magic Johnson, Bill Murray She's Having a Baby is a 1988 American romantic comedy film directed by John Hughes. The film portrays a young newlywed couple, Kristy and Jake Briggs played by Elizabeth McGovern and Kevin ...more

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Heavy Metal John Candy, Harold Ramis, Eugene Levy Heavy Metal is a 1981 Canadian adult animated anthology science fiction fantasy film directed by Gerald Potterton and produced by Ivan Reitman and Leonard Mogel, who also was the publisher of ...more

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Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird Chevy Chase, John Candy, George Lucas Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird is a 1985 American musical comedy adventure road movie, directed by Ken Kwapis, starring many Sesame Street characters. This was the first of two Sesame ...more

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Once Upon a Crime... John Candy, Cybill Shepherd, Sean Young Once Upon a Crime is a 1992 ensemble comedy film starring Richard Lewis, John Candy, James Belushi, Cybill Shepherd, Sean Young and Ornella Muti. The film was directed by Eugene Levy. It is the ...more

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Boris and Natasha: The Movie John Travolta, John Candy, Andrea Martin Boris and Natasha: The Movie is a 1992 comedy film that was loosely based on the animated television series The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. It was shot in New York City. The actors did not ...more

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Going Berserk John Candy, Eugene Levy, Rosalind Chao Going Berserk is a 1983 comedy film starring John Candy, Joe Flaherty, and Eugene Levy and directed by David Steinberg.

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Lost and Found John Candy, Martin Short, George Segal Lost and Found is a 1979 film co-written and directed by Melvin Frank and starring George Segal and Glenda Jackson. Featuring much of the same cast and crew as Frank's 1973 film A Touch of ...more

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Hostage for a Day John Candy Hostage for a Day is a 1994 comedic film starring and directed by Canadian comedian and actor John Candy. Though the film is billed as "starring" Candy, it in fact only features him as ...more

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The Last Polka John Candy, Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy The Last Polka is a 1985 comedy television film, and one of the first mockumentaries. It was written by and starred John Candy and Eugene Levy, and directed by John Blanchard. The Last Polka ...more

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The Silent Partner John Candy, Christopher Plummer, Elliott Gould The Silent Partner is a 1978 Canadian heist film directed by Daryl Duke. It stars Elliott Gould, Christopher Plummer and Susannah York. The film was the first to be produced by Carolco Pictures ...more

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Masters of Menace Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Catherine Bach Masters of Menace is a 1990 comedy film about a motorcycle gang.

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Tunnel Vision Chevy Chase, John Candy, Al Franken TunnelVision is a satirical 1976 comedy anthology film featuring Roger Bowen, Chevy Chase, John Candy, Howard Hesseman, Joe Flaherty, Laraine Newman, Betty Thomas, Phil Proctor, Al Franken, Ron ...more

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Speed Zone Alyssa Milano, Brooke Shields, John Candy Speed Zone, released in 1989, is a comedy set around an illegal cross-country race. The premise is that all the racers are arrested before the race begins, and the sponsors have to quickly line ...more

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Class of '44 John Candy, Sam Bottoms, Jerry Houser Class of '44 is the 1973 sequel to Summer of '42. The film is a slice-of-life style autobiography of sorts, depicting Herman Raucher's first year in college, where he falls in love with Julie ...more

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It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time John Candy, Isaac Hayes, Stefanie Powers It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time is a Canadian comedy film that was released in 1975. It was one of John Candy's earlier films before he came to the attention of the mainstream. He plays ...more

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The Canadian Conspiracy William Shatner, John Candy, Martin Short The Canadian Conspiracy is a 1985 HBO/CBC mockumentary, co-written and directed by Robert Boyd, about the way the Canadian government is subverting the United States by taking over its ...more

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The Courage of Kavik the Wolf Dog John Candy, John Ireland, Ronny Cox The Courage of Kavik the Wolf Dog, also known as 'Kavik the Wolf Dog', is a 1980 made-for TV adventure film.

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Deadly Companion John Candy, Anthony Perkins, Catherine O'Hara Deadly Companion is a 1980 Canadian mystery film based on the novel The Three Roads by Ross Macdonald.

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The Clown Murders John Candy, Al Waxman, Cec Linder The Clown Murders is a 1976 horror film directed by Martyn Burke. It was one of the earliest films in which John Candy appears. The Executive Producer was Stephen Stohn, who now produces the ...more

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Find the Lady Mickey Rooney, John Candy, Peter Cook Find the Lady is a 1976 comedy film directed by John Trent. It was one of the earliest films in which John Candy stars. The plot involves kidnapping schemes all involving the same woman except ...more