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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.

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

John Huston was no stranger to working with popular directors, including Orson Welles, Roman Polanski and John Ford. Is John Huston your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock films lists too.

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Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

Released: 1974

Directed by: Roman 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 ...more

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Paul Newman, Ava Gardner, Jacqueline Bissett

Released: 1972

Directed by: John 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, ...more

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Sean Connery, Candice Bergen, John Huston

Released: 1975

Directed by: John 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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Woody Allen, Ursula Andress, Peter O'Toole

Released: 1967

Directed by: Val Guest, Joseph McGrath, Robert Parrish, John Huston, Ken Hughes, + more

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. ...more
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Richard Harris, John Huston, James Doohan

Released: 1971

Directed by: Richard 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 ...more
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John Huston, Ned Beatty, Brad Dourif

Released: 1979

Directed by: John 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 ...more
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John Hurt, John Huston, Nigel Hawthorne

Released: 1985

Directed by: Richard 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 ...more

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Frank Sinatra, Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum

Released: 1963

Directed by: John 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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Elizabeth Taylor, Jeff Bridges, Eli Wallach

Released: 1979

Directed by: William 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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Peter O'Toole, Ava Gardner, Richard Harris

Released: 1966

Directed by: John 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 ...more
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John Huston, Bob Random, Peter Bogdanovich

Released: 2018

Directed by: Orson 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 ...more
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John Huston, John Landis, Roddy McDowall

Released: 1973

Directed by: J. 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. ...more

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John Huston, Otto Preminger, Don Messick

Released: 1977

Directed by: Arthur 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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John Huston, Casey Kasem, Roddy McDowall

Released: 1980

Directed by: Arthur 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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Marlon Brando, Ringo Starr, Richard Burton

Released: 1968

Directed by: Christian 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.

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Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, Charles Bronson

Released: 1975

Directed by: Tom Gries

Breakout is a 1975 action film starring Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Robert Duvall, John Huston, Sheree North and Randy Quaid.
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Anjelica Huston, John Huston, Anthony Higgins

Released: 1969

Directed by: John Huston

A Walk with Love and Death is a 1969 romantic/drama film directed by John Huston.
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Burgess Meredith, John Huston, Romy Schneider

Released: 1963

Directed by: Otto Preminger

The Cardinal is a 1963 American drama film which was produced independently and directed by Otto Preminger, and distributed by Columbia Pictures. The screenplay was written by Robert Dozier, ...more
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Christopher Lee, Barbara Bach, John Huston

Released: 1979

Directed by: Ernest Pintoff

Jaguar Lives! is a 1979 Spanish-American action film directed by Ernest Pintoff and starring Joe Lewis, Christopher Lee, Donald Pleasence and Barbara Bach. Its plot follows a secret agent who ...more
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Raquel Welch, Farrah Fawcett, Tom Selleck

Released: 1970

Directed by: Michael Sarne

Myra Breckinridge is a 1970 American comedy film based on Gore Vidal's 1968 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Michael Sarne, and featured Raquel Welch in the title role. It also ...more

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Nick Nolte, Debra Winger, John Huston

Released: 1982

Directed by: David 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.

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Henry Fonda, Shelley Winters, John Huston

Released: 1977

Directed by: Ovidio 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.
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John Huston, Conor Cruise O'Brien

Released: 1967

Directed by: Peter 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, ...more
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Alec Guinness, Dudley Moore, John Huston

Released: 1983

Directed by: Marshall 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.

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Shelley Winters, John Huston, Glenn Ford

Released: 1979

Directed by: Giulio 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