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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 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.

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 Autom... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon, John Candy

Released: 1987

Directed by: John Hughes

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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
Macaulay Culkin, John Candy, Patricia Arquette

Released: 1989

Directed by: John Hughes

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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The Great Outdoors is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
Annette Bening, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy

Released: 1988

Directed by: Howard Deutch

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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
Bill Murray, John Candy, Dennis Quaid

Released: 1981

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

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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Vacation is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley, John Candy

Released: 1983

Directed by: Harold Ramis

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

Released: 1993

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub

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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Summer Rental is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
John Candy, Joey Lawrence, Rip Torn

Released: 1985

Directed by: Carl Reiner

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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Spaceballs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks

Released: 1987

Directed by: 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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Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy

Released: 1990

Directed by: Chris Columbus

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 Blues Brothers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg

Released: 1980

Directed by: John Landis

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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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

Released: 1985

Directed by: Walter Hill

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 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
Tom Hanks, John Candy, Daryl Hannah

Released: 1984

Directed by: Ron Howard

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? is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
John Candy, Jeffrey Jones, Shawnee Smith

Released: 1989

Directed by: Paul Flaherty

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 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
Meg Ryan, John Candy, Eugene Levy

Released: 1986

Directed by: Mark L. Lester

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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Only the Lonely is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
Macaulay Culkin, John Candy, Maureen O'Hara

Released: 1991

Directed by: Chris Columbus

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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JFK is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon

Released: 1991

Directed by: Oliver Stone

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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Delirious is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
John Candy, Robert Wagner, Margot Kidder

Released: 1991

Directed by: Tom Mankiewicz

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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Volunteers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
Tom Hanks, John Candy, Rita Wilson

Released: 1985

Directed by: Nicholas Meyer

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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Rookie of the Year is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
Gary Busey, John Candy, Dan Hedaya

Released: 1993

Directed by: Daniel Stern

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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Little Shop of Horrors ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
Bill Murray, Steve Martin, John Candy

Released: 1986

Directed by: Frank Oz

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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Canadian Bacon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Michael Moore

Released: 1995

Directed by: 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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Nothing but Trouble is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy

Released: 1991

Directed by: Dan Aykroyd

Nothing but Trouble is a 1991 American horror comedy film directed by Dan Aykroyd. A businessman (Chevy Chase) and his friends are captured by a sadistic judge (Dan Aykroyd) and his equally odd ...more

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The Rescuers Down Under ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
John Candy, Bob Newhart, George C. Scott

Released: 1990

Directed by: Mike Gabriel, Hendel Butoy

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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1941 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best John Candy Movies of All Time, Ranked
Mickey Rourke, Christopher Lee, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 1979

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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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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

Released: 1994

Directed by: Peter Markle

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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