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The Best John Lithgow Movies

Updated June 30, 2019 1.8k votes 243 voters 27.4k 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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    Rise of the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best John Lithgow Movies
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    Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    James Franco, Freida Pinto

    Released2011

    Directed byRupert Wyatt

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    Santa Claus: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best John Lithgow Movies
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    Santa Claus: The Movie

    John Lithgow, Dudley Moore

    Released1985

    Directed byJeannot Szwarc

    Santa Claus: The Movie is a 1985 British/American Christmas film starring David Huddleston,... more on Wikipedia
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    Memphis Belle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best John Lithgow Movies
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    Memphis Belle

    John Lithgow, Sean Astin

    Released1990

    Directed byMichael Caton-Jones

    Memphis Belle is a 1990 film directed by Michael Caton-Jones and written by Monte Merrick. The... more on Wikipedia

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    The Pelican Brief is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best John Lithgow Movies
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    The Pelican Brief

    Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington

    Released1993

    Directed byAlan J. Pakula

    The Pelican Brief is a 1993 legal thriller based on the novel of the same name by John... more on Wikipedia

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    The Day After is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best John Lithgow Movies
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    The Day After

    John Lithgow, Steve Guttenberg

    Released1983

    Directed byNicholas Meyer

    The Day After is a 1983 American television film that aired on November 20, 1983, on the ABC... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Blow Out is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best John Lithgow Movies
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    Blow Out

    John Travolta, John Lithgow

    Released1981

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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

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    Twilight Zone: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best John Lithgow Movies
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    Twilight Zone: The Movie

    Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow

    Released1983

    Directed bySteven Spielberg, George Miller, John Landis, Joe Dante

    Twilight Zone: The Movie is a 1983 American anthology science-fiction fantasy horror film... more on Wikipedia

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    Ricochet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best John Lithgow Movies
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    Ricochet

    Denzel Washington, Ice-T

    Released1991

    Directed byRussell Mulcahy

    Ricochet is a 1991 crime-thriller film, directed by Russell Mulcahy and starring Denzel... more on Wikipedia

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    The World According to Garp is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best John Lithgow Movies
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    The World According to Garp

    Robin Williams, Glenn Close

    Released1982

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

    The World According to Garp is 1982 American comedy-drama film directed by George Roy Hill and... more on Wikipedia

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    The Life and Death of Peter Se is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best John Lithgow Movies
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    The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

    Charlize Theron, Heidi Klum

    Released2004

    Directed byStephen Hopkins

    This film is a 2004 British/American film about the life of English comedy actor Peter... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Harry and the Hendersons is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best John Lithgow Movies
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    Harry and the Hendersons

    John Lithgow, Don Ameche

    Released1987

    Directed byWilliam Dear

    Harry and the Hendersons is a 1987 American fantasy comedy film directed and produced by... more on Wikipedia
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    2010 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best John Lithgow Movies
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    2010

    Helen Mirren, John Lithgow

    Released1984

    Directed byPeter Hyams

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    The Manhattan Project is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best John Lithgow Movies
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    The Manhattan Project

    John Lithgow, Cynthia Nixon

    Released1986

    Directed byMarshall Brickman

    The Manhattan Project is an American film, released in 1986. Named after the WWII-era program... more on Wikipedia
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    Obsession is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best John Lithgow Movies
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    Obsession

    John Lithgow, Cliff Robertson

    Released1976

    Directed byBrian De Palma

    Obsession is a 1976 psychological thriller/mystery directed by Brian De Palma, starring Cliff... more on Wikipedia

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    Footloose is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best John Lithgow Movies
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    Footloose

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon

    Released1984

    Directed byHerbert Ross

    Footloose is a 1984 American musical-drama directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren... more on Wikipedia

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    Raising Cain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best John Lithgow Movies
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    Raising Cain

    John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich

    Released1992

    Directed byBrian De Palma

    Raising Cain is a 1992 psychological thriller film written and directed by Brian De Palma, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best John Lithgow Movies
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    Don Quixote

    John Lithgow, Isabella Rossellini

    Released2000

    Directed byPeter Yates

    Don Quixote is a 2000 television film adaptation of the classic novel Don Quixote by Miguel de... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    A Civil Action is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best John Lithgow Movies
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    A Civil Action

    John Travolta, Robert Duvall

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Zaillian

    A Civil Action is a 1998 American drama film that was directed by Steven Zaillian, that stars... more on Wikipedia
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    Orange County is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best John Lithgow Movies
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    Orange County

    Chevy Chase, Ben Stiller

    Released2002

    Directed byJake Kasdan

    Orange County is a 2002 American comedy film starring Colin Hanks and Jack Black. It was... more on Wikipedia

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    Homegrown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best John Lithgow Movies
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    Homegrown

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Released1998

    Directed byStephen Gyllenhaal

    When a Pot Baron (Lithgown) is killed in a remote field in Northern California and his three... more on Wikipedia

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    Shrek is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best John Lithgow Movies
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    Shrek

    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy

    Released2001

    Directed byAndrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

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    Confessions of a Shopaholic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best John Lithgow Movies
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    Confessions of a Shopaholic

    Isla Fisher, John Goodman

    Released2009

    Directed byP. J. Hogan

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    Cliffhanger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best John Lithgow Movies
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    Cliffhanger

    Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow

    Released1993

    Directed byRenny Harlin

    Cliffhanger is a 1993 American action adventure film directed by Renny Harlin and starring... more on Wikipedia

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    A Good Man in Africa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best John Lithgow Movies
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    A Good Man in Africa

    Sean Connery, John Lithgow

    Released1994

    Directed byBruce Beresford

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    Kinsey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best John Lithgow Movies
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    Kinsey

    Liam Neeson, Tim Curry

    Released2004

    Directed byBill Condon

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