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The Best John Malkovich Movies

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

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

List features films like Short: International Release #2 and Of Mice and Men.

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    Adaptation
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    Adaptation

    Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep

    Released2002

    Directed bySpike Jonze

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    Of Mice and Men
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    Of Mice and Men

    John Malkovich, Gary Sinise

    Released1992

    Directed byGary Sinise

    Of Mice and Men is a 1992 film based on John Steinbeck's novella of the same name. Directed... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Con Air
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    Con Air

    Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich

    Released1997

    Directed bySimon West

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  • 4
    Being John Malkovich
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    Being John Malkovich

    Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt

    Released1999

    Directed bySpike Jonze

    Being John Malkovich is a 1999 American fantasy comedy film written by Charlie Kaufman and... more on Wikipedia

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    Red
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    Red

    Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman

    Released2010

    Directed byRobert Schwentke

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    Dangerous Liaisons
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    Dangerous Liaisons

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Uma Thurman

    Released1988

    Directed byStephen Frears

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    Burn After Reading
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    Burn After Reading

    Brad Pitt, George Clooney

    Released2008

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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  • 8
    The Sheltering Sky
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    The Sheltering Sky

    John Malkovich, Debra Winger

    Released1990

    Directed byBernardo Bertolucci

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  • 9
    In the Line of Fire
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    In the Line of Fire

    Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich

    Released1993

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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    The Man in the Iron Mask
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    The Man in the Iron Mask

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Hugh Laurie

    Released1998

    Directed byRandall Wallace

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  • 11
    Empire of the Sun
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    Empire of the Sun

    Christian Bale, Ben Stiller

    Released1987

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 12
    The Ogre
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    The Ogre

    John Malkovich, Armin Mueller-Stahl

    Released1996

    Directed byVolker Schlöndorff

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  • 13
    The Glass Menagerie
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    The Glass Menagerie

    John Malkovich, Joanne Woodward

    Released1987

    Directed byPaul Newman

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  • 14
    The Libertine
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    The Libertine

    Johnny Depp, John Malkovich

    Released2004

    Directed byLaurence Dunmore

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  • 15
    Eragon
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    Eragon

    Rachel Weisz, John Malkovich

    Released2006

    Directed byStefen Fangmeier

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  • 16
    Rounders
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    Rounders

    Matt Damon, Edward Norton

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Dahl

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    Shadows and Fog
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    Shadows and Fog

    Madonna, Jodie Foster

    Released1992

    Directed byWoody Allen

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  • 18
    Warm Bodies
    29
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    Warm Bodies

    Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich

    Released2013

    Directed byJonathan Levine

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  • 19
    The Convent
    23
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    The Convent

    John Malkovich, Catherine Deneuve

    Released1995

    Directed byManoel de Oliveira

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  • 20
    Ripley's Game
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    Ripley's Game

    Lena Headey, John Malkovich

    Released2002

    Directed byLiliana Cavani

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  • 21
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    25
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    Released2005

    Directed byGarth Jennings

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a 2005 British-American comic science fiction film... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    The Object of Beauty
    22
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    The Object of Beauty

    John Malkovich, Andie MacDowell

    Released1991

    Directed byMichael Lindsay-Hogg

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  • 23
    Heart of Darkness
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    Heart of Darkness

    John Malkovich, Tim Roth

    Released1993

    Directed byNicolas Roeg

    Heart of Darkness is a 1993 Drama film written by Joseph Conrad and Benedict Fitzgerald and... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    A Talking Picture
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    A Talking Picture

    John Malkovich, Catherine Deneuve

    Released2003

    Directed byManoel de Oliveira

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  • 25
    Time Regained
    28
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    Time Regained

    John Malkovich, Catherine Deneuve

    Released1999

    Directed byRaúl Ruiz

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