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The Best John Goodman Movies 

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List of the best John Goodman movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. TV fans may known John Goodman as Dan Conner from Roseanne, but movie-goers love him as Walter Sobchak, Sulley and King Ralph. John Goodman'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 Goodman movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated John Goodman movies will be at the top of the list. John Goodman has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest John Goodman movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining John Goodman films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

Items here include everything from The Big Lebowski to Argo.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best John Goodman movies?" and "What are the greatest John Goodman roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Goodman's humor, you might also enjoy our list of best Jeff Bridges movies and best Billy Crystal movies.

John Goodman is no stranger to working with popular directors, including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Frank Marshall. John Goodman has been in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like John Candy and Tim Allen in terms of fame and success.

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Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid

Released: 1998

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

Released: 2001

Directed by: David Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

Monsters, Inc. is a 2001 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Pete Docter, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and released by Walt Disney Pictures. John Lasseter and Andrew ...more

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George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

Released: 2000

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a 2000 adventure comedy film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, and starring George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson, with ...more

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John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand

Released: 1991

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Barton Fink is a 1991 American period film written, produced, directed and edited by the Coen brothers. Set in 1941, it stars John Turturro in the title role as a young New York City playwright ...more

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John Goodman, James Cromwell, Kelly McGillis

Released: 1992

Directed by: Arthur Hiller

The Babe is a 1992 biographical drama film about the life of famed baseball player Babe Ruth, who is portrayed by John Goodman.

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Nicolas Cage, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

Released: 1987

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Raising Arizona is a 1987 American comedy film directed, written, and produced by the Coen brothers, and starring Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, William Forsythe, John Goodman, Frances McDormand, ...more

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Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston

Released: 2012

Directed by: Ben Affleck

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John Goodman, Brandy Norwood, Jeff Daniels

Released: 1990

Directed by: Frank Marshall

Arachnophobia is a 1990 American horror comedy film directed by Frank Marshall and starring Jeff Daniels and John Goodman. It was the first film released by Hollywood Pictures, as well as being ...more

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Halle Berry, Elizabeth Taylor, Rosie O'Donnell

Released: 1994

Directed by: Brian Levant

The Flintstones is a 1994 American buddy comedy film directed by Brian Levant and written by Tom S. Parker, Jim Jennewein and Steven E. de Souza. A live-action adaptation of the 1960s animated ...more

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King Ralph John Goodman, John Hurt, Peter O'Toole

Released: 1991

Directed by: David S. Ward

King Ralph is a 1991 American comedy film starring John Goodman in the title role of Ralph Jones. The movie also stars Peter O'Toole as the King's private secretary, Sir Cedric Willingham, ...more
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Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly

Released: 2012

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Flight is a 2012 American drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis. An airline pilot (Denzel Washington) saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashes, ...more

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John Goodman, David Spade, Tom Jones

Released: 2000

Directed by: Mark Dindal

The Emperor's New Groove is a 2000 American animated buddy comedy film created by Walt Disney Feature Animation, the 40th film in Disney's animated features canon. It was directed by Mark ...more

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Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland

Released: 1998

Directed by: Gregory Hoblit

Fallen is a 1998 American fantasy action film directed by Gregory Hoblit, and starring Denzel Washington, John Goodman and Donald Sutherland. It was the only Turner Pictures film to receive an R ...more

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John Goodman, James Cromwell, Anthony Edwards

Released: 1984

Directed by: Jeff Kanew

Revenge of the Nerds is a 1984 American comedy film about social life on a college campus. The film stars Robert Carradine and Anthony Edwards, with Curtis Armstrong, Ted McGinley, Julia ...more

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John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher

Directed by: Dan Trachtenberg

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Helen Mirren, Kelsey Grammer, Billy Crystal

Released: 2013

Directed by: Dan Scanlon

Monsters University is a 2013 animation adventure comedy film directed by Dan Scanlon.

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Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, John Goodman

Released: 1998

Directed by: John Landis

Blues Brothers 2000 is a 1998 American musical comedy film that is a sequel to 1980's The Blues Brothers, written and produced by John Landis and Dan Aykroyd. Directed by Landis, the film stars ...more

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Tyra Banks, John Goodman, Maria Bello

Released: 2000

Directed by: David McNally

Coyote Ugly is a 2000 romantic comedy-drama based on the actual Coyote Ugly Saloon, set in New York City. The film stars Piper Perabo and Adam Garcia. It was directed by David McNally, produced ...more

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Nicolas Cage, Queen Latifah, John Goodman

Released: 1999

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

This film is a 1999 American drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader, based on the novel by Joe Connelly. It stars Nicolas Cage, Patricia Arquette, John Goodman, Ving ...more
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Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow

Released: 2006

Directed by: John Lasseter, Joe Ranft

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Audrey Hepburn, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

Released: 1989

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Paul Newman, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

Released: 1994

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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Morgan Freeman, Steve Carell, Jon Stewart

Released: 2007

Directed by: Tom Shadyac

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Oprah Winfrey, Sting, Chris Rock

Released: 2007

Directed by: Simon J. Smith, Steve Hickner

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Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long John Goodman, Anne Heche, Brent Spiner

Released: 1995

Directed by: Thomas Schlamme

Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long is a 1995 English language drama starring John Goodman and directed by Thomas Schlamme. The film originally aired on TNT and was nominated for two Emmy awards.