Comedians The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked  

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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
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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1,183 95
Uncle Buck is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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497 107
Vacation is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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960 100
The Great Outdoors is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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521 134
Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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598 82
Stripes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
Bill Murray, John Candy, Dennis Quaid
Stripes is a 1981 American 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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560 103
Spaceballs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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572 101
Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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451 80
The Blues Brothers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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562 84
Summer Rental is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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318 65
Brewster's Millions is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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315 67
Splash is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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392 83
Who's Harry Crumb? is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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282 57
Armed and Dangerous is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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172 57
JFK is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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202 80
Little Shop of Horrors is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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308 63
Only the Lonely is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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143 50
Rookie of the Year is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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201 70
Canadian Bacon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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162 55
Volunteers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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203 75
Nothing but Trouble is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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185 44
Delirious is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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137 65
1941 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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147 51
The Rescuers Down Under is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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113 60
Wagons East! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
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