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The Best John Huston Movies

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List of the best John Huston movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. John Huston'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 Huston movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated John Huston movies will be at the top of the list. John Huston has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest John Huston movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining John Huston films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

Items on this list include Candy and Chinatown.

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    The Wind and the Lion

    Sean Connery, Candice Bergen

    Released1975

    Directed byJohn Milius

    The Wind and the Lion is a 1975 adventure film written and directed by John Milius. It starred Sean Connery, Candice Bergen, Brian Keith and John Huston. It was based somewhat on the real-life...  more
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    The List of Adrian Messenger

    Frank Sinatra, Kirk Douglas

    Released1963

    Directed byJohn Huston

    The List of Adrian Messenger is a 1963 black and white crime thriller about a retired British intelligence officer investigating a series of apparently unrelated deaths. It was directed by John...  more
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    The Black Cauldron

    John Hurt, John Huston

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Rich, Ted Berman

    The Black Cauldron is a 1985 American animated dark fantasy adventure film released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 25th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics, it is loosely based on the first two...  more

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    Winter Kills

    Elizabeth Taylor, Jeff Bridges

    Released1979

    Directed byWilliam Richert

    This film is a 1979 film, directed by William Richert, based on the novel by Richard Condon. Its cast includes Jeff Bridges, John Huston, Anthony Perkins, Eli Wallach, Richard Boone, Toshirō...  more
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    Candy

    Marlon Brando, Ringo Starr

    Released1968

    Directed byChristian Marquand

    Candy is a 1968 farce film directed by Christian Marquand based on the 1958 novel by Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg, from a screenplay by Buck Henry. ...  more

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    Wise Blood

    John Huston, Ned Beatty

    Released1979

    Directed byJohn Huston

    Wise Blood is an American 1979 drama film directed by John Huston and based on the 1952 novel Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor. It was filmed mostly in and around Macon, Georgia, near O'Connor's home...  more
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    The Other Side of the Wind

    John Huston, Bob Random

    Released2018

    Directed byOrson Welles

    The Other Side of the Wind is a 2018 film directed by Orson Welles, shot between 1970 and 1976. The story of a legendary director named J.J. "Jake" Hannaford (John Huston), who returns to Hollywood...  more
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    The Bible: In the Beginning...

    Peter O'Toole, Ava Gardner

    Released1966

    Directed byJohn Huston

    The Bible: In the Beginning... is a 1966 American-Italian religious epic film produced by Dino De Laurentiis and directed by John Huston. It recounts the first 22 chapters of the biblical Book of...  more
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    Chinatown

    Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway

    Released1974

    Directed byRoman Polanski

    Chinatown is a 1974 American neo-noir mystery film, directed by Roman Polanski from a screenplay by Robert Towne, starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. The film was inspired by the California...  more

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    The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

    Paul Newman, Ava Gardner

    Released1972

    Directed byJohn Huston

    The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean is a 1972 American western film written by John Milius, directed by John Huston, and starring Paul Newman. It was loosely based on the real-life, self-appointed...  more

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    Breakout

    Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid

    Released1975

    Directed byTom Gries

    Breakout is a 1975 action film starring Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Robert Duvall, John Huston, Sheree North and Randy Quaid....  more
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    Man in the Wilderness

    Richard Harris, John Huston

    Released1971

    Directed byRichard C. Sarafian

    Man in the Wilderness is a 1971 American action film about a scout for a group of mountain men who are traversing the Northwestern United States during the 1820s. The scout is mauled by a bear and...  more
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    Battle for the Planet of the Apes

    John Huston, John Landis

    Released1973

    Directed byJ. Lee Thompson

    Battle for the Planet of the Apes is a 1973 science fiction film directed by J. Lee Thompson. It is the fifth and final entry in the original Planet of the Apes series produced by Arthur P. Jacobs,...  more
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    Casino Royale

    Woody Allen, Ursula Andress

    Released1967

    Directed byVal Guest, Joseph McGrath, Robert Parrish, John Huston, Ken Hughes

    Casino Royale is a 1967 spy comedy film originally produced by Columbia Pictures starring an ensemble cast of directors and actors. It is loosely based on Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel. The...  more

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    Cannery Row

    Nick Nolte, Debra Winger

    Released1982

    Directed byDavid S. Ward

    Cannery Row is the title of a 1982 film directed by David S. Ward. It stars Nick Nolte and Debra Winger. The movie is adapted from John Steinbeck's novels Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday....  more
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    Tentacles

    Henry Fonda, Shelley Winters

    Released1977

    Directed byOvidio G. Assonitis

    Tentacles is a 1977 Italian-American horror film directed by Ovidio G. Assonitis and starring John Huston, Shelley Winters, Bo Hopkins and Henry Fonda....  more
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    Rocky Road to Dublin

    John Huston, Conor Cruise O'Brien

    Released1967

    Directed byPeter Lennon

    Rocky Road to Dublin is a 1967 documentary film by Irish-born journalist Peter Lennon and French cinematographer Raoul Coutard, examining the contemporary state of the Republic of Ireland, posing the...  more
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    The Return of the King

    John Huston, Casey Kasem

    Released1980

    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

    The Return of the King, is a 1980 animated musical television film created by Rankin/Bass and Topcraft. The film is an adaptation of the The Return of the King, the third book in The Lord of the...  more
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    Lovesick

    Alec Guinness, Dudley Moore

    Released1983

    Directed byMarshall Brickman

    Lovesick is a 1983 romantic comedy film. It was written and directed by Marshall Brickman. It stars Dudley Moore and Elizabeth McGovern and features Alec Guinness as the ghost of Sigmund Freud....  more

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    The Visitor

    Shelley Winters, John Huston

    Released1979

    Directed byGiulio Paradisi

    The Visitor is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Giulio Paradisi, based on a story by the Egypt-born Italian writer Ovidio G. Assonitis. The film stars include John Huston, Shelley...  more
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    The Bermuda Triangle

    John Huston, Claudine Auger

    Released1978

    Directed byRené Cardona Jr.

    The Bermuda Triangle is a 1978 horror, sci-fi, mystery film written by René Cardona Jr., Stephen Lord and Carlos Valdemar and directed by René Cardona Jr....  more
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    The Hobbit

    John Huston, Otto Preminger

    Released1977

    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

    The Hobbit is a 1977 animated musical television special created by Rankin/Bass, a studio known for their holiday specials, and animated by Topcraft, a precursor to Studio Ghibli, using lyrics...  more

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    The Deserter

    John Huston, Ricardo Montalbán

    Released1971

    Directed byBurt Kennedy, Niksa Fulgosi

    The Deserter is a 1971 Italian-American Western film by Dino De Laurentiis. It was directed by Burt Kennedy, known for his penchant in directing westerns, including The War Wagon, Support Your Local...  more
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    The Greatest Battle

    Orson Welles, Henry Fonda

    Released1978

    Directed byUmberto Lenzi

    The Greatest Battle, also known as Battle Force and The Biggest Battle, is a 1978 Italian Macaroni war movie....  more
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    Hell's Heroes

    John Huston, Charles Bickford

    Released1930

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    Hells Heroes (stumme Version) is a 1929 drama film written by Tom Reed and C. Gardner Sullivan directed by William Wyler....  more