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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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Twilight Zone: The Movie Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow, Burgess Meredith Twilight Zone: The Movie is a 1983 American anthology science-fiction fantasy horror film produced by Steven Spielberg and John Landis as a theatrical version of the 1959–64 TV series The ...more

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Shrek is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best John Lithgow Movies
Shrek Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks, released by DreamWorks Pictures, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, featuring the voices of ...more

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Footloose Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow Footloose is a 1984 American musical-drama directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren McCormack, an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to a small town in which, as a result of the efforts of ...more

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Harry and the Hendersons John Lithgow, Don Ameche, David Suchet 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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Raising Cain John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich, Gabrielle Carteris Raising Cain is a 1992 psychological thriller film written and directed by Brian De Palma, and starring John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich and Steven Bauer.

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The World According to Garp Robin Williams, Glenn Close, John Lithgow The World According to Garp is 1982 American comedy-drama film directed by George Roy Hill and starring Robin Williams in the title role. It is based on the novel of the same title by John ...more

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow Rise of the Apes is in pre-production as of May 2010. This origin story for a new franchise takes place in modern day San Francisco and will star James Franco. It is currently scheduled for a ...more

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Cliffhanger Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Janine Turner Cliffhanger is a 1993 American action adventure film directed by Renny Harlin and starring Sylvester Stallone and John Lithgow. Stallone, who co-wrote the screenplay, plays a mountain climber ...more

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Terms of Endearment Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, John Lithgow Terms of Endearment is a 1983 comedy-drama film adapted from the novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry, directed, written, and produced by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra ...more

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Blow Out John Travolta, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz Blow Out is a 1981 thriller film, written and directed by Brian De Palma. The film stars John Travolta as Jack Terry, a movie sound effects technician from Philadelphia who, while recording ...more

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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Goldblum The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension!, often shortened to Buckaroo Banzai, is a 1984 American science fiction film. It was directed and produced by W. D. Richter, and ...more

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Memphis Belle John Lithgow, Sean Astin, Harry Connick Memphis Belle is a 1990 film directed by Michael Caton-Jones and written by Monte Merrick. The film featured an all-star cast with Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz and Harry Connick Jr. in leading ...more

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The Pelican Brief Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, John Lithgow The Pelican Brief is a 1993 legal crime thriller based on the novel of the same name by John Grisham. Directed by Alan J. Pakula, the film stars Julia Roberts in the role of young law student ...more

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The Manhattan Project John Lithgow, Cynthia Nixon, Richard Jenkins The Manhattan Project is an American film, released in 1986. Named after the World War II-era program that constructed the first atomic bombs, the plot revolves around a gifted high school ...more

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Ricochet Denzel Washington, Ice-T, John Lithgow Ricochet is a 1991 crime-thriller film, directed by Russell Mulcahy and starring Denzel Washington, John Lithgow, Ice-T, Kevin Pollak, and Lindsay Wagner. The film details a struggle between a ...more

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The Day After John Lithgow, Steve Guttenberg, JoBeth Williams The Day After is a 1983 American television film that aired on November 20, 1983, on the ABC television network. It was seen by more than 100 million people during its initial broadcast. It is ...more

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The Tuskegee Airmen John Lithgow, Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne The Tuskegee Airmen is a 1995 HBO television movie based on the exploits of an actual groundbreaking unit, the first African American combat pilots in the United States Army Air Corps, that ...more

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Kinsey Liam Neeson, Tim Curry, John Lithgow Kinsey is a 2004 American biographical drama film written and directed by Bill Condon. It describes the life of Alfred Charles Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of sexology. His 1948 publication, ...more

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Santa Claus: The Movie John Lithgow, Dudley Moore, Burgess Meredith Santa Claus: The Movie is a 1985 British/American Christmas film starring David Huddleston, Dudley Moore and John Lithgow. It is the last major fantasy film produced by the Paris-based ...more

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All That Jazz Jessica Lange, John Lithgow, Roy Scheider All That Jazz is a 1979 American musical film directed by Bob Fosse. The screenplay by Robert Alan Aurthur and Fosse is a semi-autobiographical fantasy based on aspects of Fosse's life and ...more

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The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Charlize Theron, Heidi Klum, John Lithgow The Life and Death of Peter Sellers is a 2004 British/American film about the life of English comedy actor Peter Sellers, based on Roger Lewis's book of the same name. It was directed by Stephen ...more

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Orange County Chevy Chase, Ben Stiller, Jack Black Orange County is a 2002 American comedy film starring Colin Hanks and Jack Black. It was released on January 11, 2002. The movie was distributed by Paramount Pictures and produced by MTV Films ...more

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Don Quixote John Lithgow, Isabella Rossellini, Bob Hoskins Don Quixote is a 2000 television film adaptation of the classic novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, made by Hallmark Entertainment and distributed by TNT. A dubbed-into-Spanish version was ...more

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Leap Year Amy Adams, John Lithgow, Matthew Goode "Laura is a single, 25-year-old journalist who lives in a small apartment in Mexico City. After a long series of flings, Laura meets Arturo. The first time they make love, Arturo touches ...more

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A Civil Action John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kathy Bates A Civil Action is a 1998 American drama film that was directed by Steven Zaillian, that stars John Travolta and Robert Duvall, and that is based on the book of the same name by Jonathan Harr. ...more

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Homegrown Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Lee Curtis, Steve Carell When a Pot Baron (Lithgown) is killed in a remote field in Northern California and his three farm hands (Phillippe, Thornton and Azaria) are the only witnesses, an odd comedy ensues as they try ...more

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2010 Helen Mirren, John Lithgow, Candice Bergen 2010 is a 1984 American science fiction film written and directed by Peter Hyams. It is a sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, and is based on Arthur C. Clarke's novel ...more

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Out Cold John Lithgow, Randy Quaid, Teri Garr Out Cold is a film directed by Malcolm Mowbray released on Mar 3, 1989.

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Obsession John Lithgow, Cliff Robertson, Geneviève Bujold Obsession is a 1976 psychological thriller/mystery directed by Brian De Palma, starring Cliff Robertson, Geneviève Bujold, John Lithgow, and Stocker Fontelieu. The screenplay was by Paul ...more

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The Big Fix John Lithgow, Richard Dreyfuss, Bonnie Bedelia The Big Fix is a 1978 film directed by Jeremy Kagan and based on the novel by Roger L. Simon, who also wrote the screenplay. It starred Richard Dreyfuss as private detective Moses Wine and ...more

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Shrek 4-D Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers Shrek 4-D is a 4D film at various theme parks around the world. Universal Parks & Resorts is the main licensee of the film which is currently shown at their parks in Hollywood, Florida, ...more

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A Good Man in Africa Sean Connery, John Lithgow, Diana Rigg A Good Man in Africa is a 1994 film, based on William Boyd's 1981 novel A Good Man in Africa and directed by Bruce Beresford.

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At Play in the Fields of the Lord Kathy Bates, John Lithgow, Daryl Hannah At Play in the Fields of the Lord is a 1991 adventure drama film directed by Héctor Babenco, adapted from the 1965 novel of the same name by American author Peter Matthiessen. The ...more

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Rugrats in Paris: The Movie Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, John Lithgow Rugrats in Paris: The Movie is a 2000 American animated comedy-drama film and the sequel to The Rugrats Movie that follows the continuing adventures of the Rugrats. In the film, Chuckie Finster ...more

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Princess Caraboo Kevin Kline, John Lithgow, Phoebe Cates Princess Caraboo is a 1994 British-American historical comedy-drama film co-written and directed by Michael Austin, based on the real-life 19th-century character Princess Caraboo, who passed ...more

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Confessions of a Shopaholic Isla Fisher, John Goodman, John Lithgow Confessions of a Shopaholic is a 2009 American romantic comedy film based on the Shopaholic series of novels by Sophie Kinsella. Directed by P. J. Hogan, the film stars Isla Fisher as the ...more

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This Is 40 Megan Fox, Melissa McCarthy, Paul Rudd This Is 40 is a 2012 American spin-off comedy film written, co-produced and directed by Judd Apatow. It is a stand-alone sequel to the 2007 film Knocked Up and stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. ...more

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Silent Fall Liv Tyler, John Lithgow, Richard Dreyfuss Silent Fall is a 1994 mystery film about a boy with autism who is the only witness to a savage double murder. The film was directed by Bruce Beresford and stars Richard Dreyfuss, Linda Hamilton, ...more

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My Letter to George Jodie Foster, John Lithgow, Michael Murphy My Letter to George is a 1986 drama film directed by Michael Laughlin and starring Jodie Foster, John Lithgow and Michael Murphy. It was a co-production between Australia, New Zealand, United ...more

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Big Blonde John Lithgow, Sally Kellerman Big Blonde is a 1980 TV movie written by Dorothy Parker, Ellen M. Violett and directed by Kirk Browning.

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Johnny Skidmarks Jack Black, John Lithgow, Frances McDormand Jaded and detached, Johnny Skidmarks (Peter Gallagher) is a crime scene photographer who has no qualms about moonlighting as a blackmailer to earn extra cash. Johnny and his team have a ...more

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Distant Thunder John Lithgow, Ralph Macchio, Jamey Sheridan Distant Thunder is a 1988 American drama film directed by Rick Rosenthal and starring John Lithgow and Ralph Macchio.

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Traveling Man John Lithgow, Chynna Phillips, Jonathan Silverman Traveling Man is a 1989 comedy film written by David Taylor and directed by Irvin Kershner.

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The Great Robot Race: Nova John Lithgow Driverless vehicles compete in a 130-mile race across the Majove Desert.

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Secret Service Meryl Streep, John Lithgow, Mary Beth Hurt

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Classical Baby: I'm Grown Up Now: The Poetry Show Gwyneth Paltrow, Susan Sarandon, John Lithgow Classical Baby: I'm Grown Up Now: The Poetry Show is a 2008 TV movie directed by Amy Schatz.

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World War II: When Lions Roared Michael Caine, John Lithgow, Bob Hoskins World War II: When Lions Roared is a 1994 war television miniseries, directed by Joseph Sargent, and starring Michael Caine, John Lithgow and Bob Hoskins as the three major Allied leaders, ...more

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Lives of the Saints is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best John Lithgow Movies
Lives of the Saints Meg Ryan, Kat Dennings, 50 Cent Lives of the Saints is a 2012 drama film directed by Chris Rossi.

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Rich Kids John Lithgow, Olympia Dukakis, Paul Dooley Rich Kids is a 1979 film directed by Robert M. Young. It stars Trini Alvarado and Jeremy Levy. It was nominated for two Young Artist Awards in 1979.

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The Macabre World of Lavender Williams Christopher Lloyd, John Lithgow, Allan Trautman The Macabre World of Lavender Williams is a 2009 short drama fantasy adventure film written and directed by Nick Delgado.