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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
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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#28 of 33 The Best Steven Spielberg Movies #79 of 116 The Scariest Giant Monster Movies

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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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#18 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #250 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Moviesfeaturing Cut Loose With The Best 'Footloose' Quotes

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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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#91 of 439 The Funniest '80s Movies #3 of 33 The Best Bigfoot Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Shrek is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best John Lithgow Movies
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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#35 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Moviesfeaturing 12 Things You Never Knew About The Making Of 'Shrek'listed on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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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. The oncologist wife of a prominent child ...more
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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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#187 of 439 The Funniest '80s Movies #341 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #38 of 70 The Best Movies About Writers

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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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#94 of 209 The Best Adventure Movies #16 of 26 The Best Films About Climbing

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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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#156 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #66 of 292 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Crylisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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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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#131 of 157 The Best Science Fiction Action Movies #25 of 165 Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best John Lithgow Movies
Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow
Pet Sematary is a 2019 American supernatural horror film directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, based on the novel by Stephen King. When his toddler son is killed in an auto accident, ...more

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#544 of 796 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #296 of 348 The Best Movies Based On Booksfeaturing All The Real Lore That Made Its Way Into 'Pet Sematary'

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

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#471 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #372 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars #121 of 186 The Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1980s

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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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#490 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #133 of 157 The Best Science Fiction Action Moviesfeaturing The Best 'Buckaroo Banzai' Quotes Are Out Of This Dimension

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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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#104 of 172 The Greatest Date Movies of All Time #22 of 221 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, John Lithgow
The Pelican Brief is a 1993 legal 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 Darby ...more

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#12 of 23 The Very Best Courtroom Thriller Movies #446 of 748 The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

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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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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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#207 of 254 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #37 of 135 The Best Movies About Movies

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The Tomorrow Man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best John Lithgow Movies
John Lithgow, Blythe Danner, Derek Cecil
The Tomorrow Man is a 2019 American drama film, written and directed by Noble Jones. A man (John Lithgow) preparing for the apocalypse meets and falls in love with a woman (Blythe Danner) who is ...more
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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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#102 of 379 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #54 of 221 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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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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#323 of 720 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #73 of 200 The Best R-Rated Psychological Thriller Movies

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Charlize Theron, Heidi Klum, John Lithgow
This film 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 Hopkins and starred ...more
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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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#66 of 376 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #110 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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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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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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#1,188 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #193 of 219 The Worst Sequels Of All Time #145 of 180 The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made

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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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#200 of 211 The Best Drug Movies of All Time #48 of 53 The Best Jamie Lee Curtis Movies #17 of 33 The Best R-Rated Stoner Movies

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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