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The Best John Cusack Movies of All Time

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

Here is the list of the best John Cusack movies of all time, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. John Cusack's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top John Cusack movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated John Cusack movies will be at the top of the list. John Cusack has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest John Cusack movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining John Cusack films to end the squabble once and for all.

John Cusack first came into popularity starring in teen movies such as Class, Sixteen Candles, and Better Off Dead. After starring in Cameron Crowe's Say Anything, John Cusack's career only improved as he landed leading roles in films like Con AirGrosse Pointe Blank, and High Fidelity. Known for his romantic comedy performances (Serendipity, America's Sweethearts), John Cusack has also starred in the thriller Identity, in the critically acclaimed drama Adaptation, and even in the historical action epic Dragon Blade alongside Jackie Chan. With such a large and diverse filmography, John Cusack is one of Hollywood's biggest stars. 

If you think the best John Cusack role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest John Cusack performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best John Cusack movies?" and "What are the greatest John Cusack roles of all time?"


  • 1

    Say Anything...

    John Cusack, Jeremy Piven
    Say Anything... is a 1989 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron...  more

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  • 2

    Better Off Dead

    John Cusack, E.G. Daily
    This film is a 1985 American teen romantic comedy film starring John Cusack and written and...  more

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  • 3

    High Fidelity

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Springsteen
    High Fidelity is a 2000 American comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears and starring...  more

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  • 4

    Grosse Pointe Blank

    Dan Aykroyd, John Cusack
    Grosse Pointe Blank is a 1997 American comedy film directed by George Armitage, and starring...  more

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  • 5

    Sixteen Candles

    John Cusack, Molly Ringwald
    Sixteen Candles is a 1984 American coming-of-age comedy film starring Molly Ringwald, Michael...  more

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  • 6

    The Sure Thing

    John Cusack, Tim Robbins
    The Sure Thing is a 1985 romantic comedy written by Steven L. Bloom and Jonathan Roberts and...  more

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  • 7

    Stand by Me

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman
    Stand by Me is a 1986 American coming of age comedy-drama adventure film directed by Rob...  more

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  • 8

    Runaway Jury

    Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman
    Runaway Jury is a 2003 American thriller film directed by Gary Fleder and starring John...  more

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  • 9

    Con Air

    Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich
    Con Air is a 1997 American action film directed by Simon West and produced by Jerry...  more

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  • 10


    Kate Beckinsale, John Cusack
    Serendipity is a 2001 American romantic comedy film, starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale....  more

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  • 11

    One Crazy Summer

    Demi Moore, John Cusack
    One Crazy Summer is a 1986 romantic comedy film written and directed by Savage Steve Holland,...  more

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  • 12

    Eight Men Out

    Charlie Sheen, Christopher Lloyd
    Eight Men Out is a drama film based on Eliot Asinof's 1963 book 8 Men Out. It was written and...  more

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  • 13

    The Grifters

    Annette Bening, John Cusack
    The Grifters is a 1990 neo-noir film directed by Stephen Frears, produced by Martin Scorsese,...  more
  • 14


    Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack
    1408 is a 2007 American psychological horror film based on the Stephen King 1999 short story...  more

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  • 15

    Being John Malkovich

    Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt
    Being John Malkovich is a 1999 American fantasy comedy film written by Charlie Kaufman and...  more

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  • 16

    Hot Tub Time Machine

    Chevy Chase, Lyndsy Fonseca
    Hot Tub Time Machine is a 2010 American science fiction adventure comedy film directed by...  more

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  • 17

    Pushing Tin

    Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett
    Pushing Tin is a 1999 comedy-drama film directed by Mike Newell. It centers on Nick Falzone, a...  more
  • 18


    Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson
    2012 is a 2009 American science fiction disaster adventure film directed and co-written by...  more

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  • 19

    Must Love Dogs

    Diane Lane, John Cusack
    Must Love Dogs is a 2005 romantic comedy film based on Claire Cook's eponymous 2002 novel....  more

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  • 20


    Amanda Peet, John Cusack
    Identity is a 2003 American psychological thriller film directed by James Mangold from a...  more

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  • 21

    The Raven

    Alice Eve, John Cusack
    The Raven is a 2012 American mystery thriller film directed by James McTeigue and based on a...  more
  • 22

    America's Sweethearts

    Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta-Jones
    America's Sweethearts is a 2001 romantic comedy film directed by Joe Roth and written by Billy...  more

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  • 23
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  • 24

    The Ice Harvest

    John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton
    The Ice Harvest is a 2005 thriller comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and written by Richard...  more

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  • 25

    The Thin Red Line

    George Clooney, John Travolta
    The Thin Red Line is a 1998 American ensemble epic film written and directed by Terrence...  more

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