The Best John Lithgow Movies 

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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?"

Steven Spielberg and Brian De Palma are among those who have directed John Lithgow at one point or another during their careers in the film industry.

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Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow, Burgess Meredith

Released: 1983

Directed by: Steven Spielberg, George Miller, John Landis, Joe Dante

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Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

Released: 2001

Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

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Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

Released: 1984

Directed by: Herbert Ross

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John Lithgow, Don Ameche, David Suchet

Released: 1987

Directed by: William Dear

Harry and the Hendersons is a 1987 American fantasy comedy film directed and produced by William Dear, and starring John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon, Don Ameche, David Suchet, Margaret Langrick, ...more

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John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich, Gabrielle Carteris

Released: 1992

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Raising Cain is a 1992 psychological thriller film written and directed by Brian De Palma, and starring John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich and Steven Bauer. The oncologist wife of a prominent child ...more

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Robin Williams, Glenn Close, John Lithgow

Released: 1982

Directed by: George Roy Hill

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Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Janine Turner

Released: 1993

Directed by: Renny Harlin

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James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow

Released: 2011

Directed by: Rupert Wyatt

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Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, John Lithgow

Released: 1983

Directed by: James L. Brooks

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Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Goldblum

Released: 1984

Directed by: W. D. Richter

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John Lithgow, Cynthia Nixon, Richard Jenkins

Released: 1986

Directed by: Marshall Brickman

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Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, John Lithgow

Released: 1993

Directed by: Alan J. Pakula

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John Lithgow, Sean Astin, Harry Connick

Released: 1990

Directed by: Michael Caton-Jones

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John Travolta, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz

Released: 1981

Directed by: Brian De Palma

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John Lithgow, Steve Guttenberg, JoBeth Williams

Released: 1983

Directed by: Nicholas Meyer

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John Lithgow, Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne

Released: 1995

Directed by: Robert Markowitz

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Denzel Washington, Ice-T, John Lithgow

Released: 1991

Directed by: Russell Mulcahy

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John Lithgow, Dudley Moore, Burgess Meredith

Released: 1985

Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc

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Jessica Lange, John Lithgow, Roy Scheider

Released: 1979

Directed by: Bob Fosse

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Charlize Theron, Heidi Klum, John Lithgow

Released: 2004

Directed by: Stephen Hopkins

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John Lithgow, Cliff Robertson, Geneviève Bujold

Released: 1976

Directed by: Brian De Palma

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Helen Mirren, John Lithgow, Candice Bergen

Released: 1984

Directed by: Peter Hyams

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Chevy Chase, Ben Stiller, Jack Black

Released: 2002

Directed by: Jake Kasdan

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Amy Adams, John Lithgow, Matthew Goode

Released: 2010

Directed by: Anand Tucker, Michael Rowe

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John Lithgow, Isabella Rossellini, Bob Hoskins

Released: 2000

Directed by: Peter Yates

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