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The Best John Lithgow Movies

Updated June 30, 2019 2.0k votes 245 voters 27.7k views69 items

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

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

List is made up of many different films, including Traveling Man and Kinsey.

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

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    Footloose

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon
    Footloose is a 1984 American musical-drama directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren...  more

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    Raising Cain

    John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich
    Raising Cain is a 1992 psychological thriller film written and directed by Brian De Palma, and...  more
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    Cliffhanger

    Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow
    Cliffhanger is a 1993 American action adventure film directed by Renny Harlin and starring...  more

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    Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    James Franco, Freida Pinto
    Rise of the Apes is in pre-production as of May 2010. This origin story for a new franchise...  more

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    Memphis Belle

    John Lithgow, Sean Astin
    Memphis Belle is a 1990 film directed by Michael Caton-Jones and written by Monte Merrick. The...  more

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    Santa Claus: The Movie

    John Lithgow, Dudley Moore
    Santa Claus: The Movie is a 1985 British/American Christmas film starring David Huddleston,...  more
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    The Pelican Brief

    Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington
    The Pelican Brief is a 1993 legal thriller based on the novel of the same name by John...  more

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    Blow Out

    John Travolta, John Lithgow
    Blow Out is a 1981 thriller film, written and directed by Brian De Palma. The film stars John...  more

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    The Day After

    John Lithgow, Steve Guttenberg
    The Day After is a 1983 American television film that aired on November 20, 1983, on the ABC...  more
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    The Tuskegee Airmen

    John Lithgow, Cuba Gooding Jr.
    The Tuskegee Airmen is a 1995 HBO television movie based on the exploits of an actual...  more

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    Ricochet

    Denzel Washington, Ice-T
    Ricochet is a 1991 crime-thriller film, directed by Russell Mulcahy and starring Denzel...  more

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    Twilight Zone: The Movie

    Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow
    Twilight Zone: The Movie is a 1983 American anthology science-fiction fantasy horror film...  more

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    The World According to Garp

    Robin Williams, Glenn Close
    The World According to Garp is 1982 American comedy-drama film directed by George Roy Hill and...  more

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    The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

    Charlize Theron, Heidi Klum
    This film is a 2004 British/American film about the life of English comedy actor Peter...  more
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    2010

    Helen Mirren, John Lithgow
    2010 is a 1984 American science fiction film written and directed by Peter Hyams. It is a...  more

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    Harry and the Hendersons

    John Lithgow, Don Ameche
    Harry and the Hendersons is a 1987 American fantasy comedy film directed and produced by...  more

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    Obsession

    John Lithgow, Cliff Robertson
    Obsession is a 1976 psychological thriller/mystery directed by Brian De Palma, starring Cliff...  more

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    The Manhattan Project

    John Lithgow, Cynthia Nixon
    The Manhattan Project is an American film, released in 1986. Named after the WWII-era program...  more

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    Don Quixote

    John Lithgow, Isabella Rossellini
    Don Quixote is a 2000 television film adaptation of the classic novel Don Quixote by Miguel de...  more
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    A Civil Action

    John Travolta, Robert Duvall
    A Civil Action is a 1998 American drama film that was directed by Steven Zaillian, that stars...  more
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    Orange County

    Chevy Chase, Ben Stiller
    Orange County is a 2002 American comedy film starring Colin Hanks and Jack Black. It was...  more

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    Leap Year

    Amy Adams, John Lithgow
    Leap Year is a 2010 Irish-American romantic comedy film directed by Anand Tucker and written...  more

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    Homegrown

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Lee Curtis
    When a Pot Baron (Lithgown) is killed in a remote field in Northern California and his three...  more

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    Confessions of a Shopaholic

    Isla Fisher, John Goodman
    Confessions of a Shopaholic is a 2009 American romantic comedy film based on the Shopaholic...  more

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    Shrek

    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy
    Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks,...  more

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