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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.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best John Malkovich movies?" and "What are the greatest John Malkovich roles of all time?"

Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay have both worked with John Malkovich over the years, as have plenty of other well-known directors. If you're a fan of John Malkovich, then check out our lists of the best Ed Harris and Willem Dafoe movies as well.

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Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best John Malkovich Movies
John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Sherilyn Fenn

Released: 1992

Directed by: Gary Sinise

Of Mice and Men is a 1992 film based on John Steinbeck's novella of the same name. Directed and produced by Gary Sinise, the film features Sinise as George Milton alongside John Malkovich as ...more

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Being John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best John Malkovich Movies
Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Charlie Sheen

Released: 1999

Directed by: Spike Jonze

Being John Malkovich is a 1999 American fantasy comedy film written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze. It stars John Cusack, Cameron Diaz and Catherine Keener, with John Malkovich ...more

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Red is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best John Malkovich Movies
Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren

Released: 2010

Directed by: Robert Schwentke

Red is a 2010 American action comedy film directed by Robert Schwentke, inspired by the comic book series by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner. When his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech ...more

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Con Air is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best John Malkovich Movies
Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi

Released: 1997

Directed by: Simon West

Con Air is a 1997 American action film directed by Simon West and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of The Rock. It stars Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, and John Malkovich. The film borrows ...more

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Dangerous Liaisons is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best John Malkovich Movies
Michelle Pfeiffer, Uma Thurman, Keanu Reeves

Released: 1988

Directed by: Stephen Frears

Dangerous Liaisons is a 1988 historical drama film based upon Christopher Hampton's play Les liaisons dangereuses, which in turn was a theatrical adaptation of the 18th-century French novel Les ...more

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In the Line of Fire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best John Malkovich Movies
Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo

Released: 1993

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

In the Line of Fire is a 1993 American action thriller film directed by Wolfgang Petersen, and starring Clint Eastwood and John Malkovich. Written by Jeff Maguire, the film is about a ...more

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Burn After Reading is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best John Malkovich Movies
Brad Pitt, George Clooney, John Malkovich

Released: 2008

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Burn After Reading is a 2008 black comedy film written, produced, edited and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The film stars George Clooney, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and ...more

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The Man in the Iron Mask... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best John Malkovich Movies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Hugh Laurie, John Malkovich

Released: 1998

Directed by: Randall Wallace

The Man in the Iron Mask is a 1998 adventure film directed, produced, and written by Randall Wallace, and starring Leonardo DiCaprio in a dual role as the title character and villain, Jeremy ...more

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Empire of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best John Malkovich Movies
Christian Bale, Ben Stiller, John Malkovich

Released: 1987

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Empire of the Sun is a 1987 American coming of age film based on J. G. Ballard's semi-autobiographical novel of the same name. Steven Spielberg directed the film, which stars Christian Bale, ...more

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Rounders is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best John Malkovich Movies
Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Famke Janssen

Released: 1998

Directed by: John Dahl

Rounders is a 1998 American drama film about the underground world of high-stakes poker, directed by John Dahl, and starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton. The film follows two friends who need ...more

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Ripley's Game is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best John Malkovich Movies
Lena Headey, John Malkovich, Ray Winstone

Released: 2002

Directed by: Liliana Cavani

Ripley's Game is a 2002 thriller film directed by Liliana Cavani. It is adapted from the 1974 novel of the same name, the third in Patricia Highsmith's "Ripliad", a series of books ...more
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The Killing Fields is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best John Malkovich Movies
John Malkovich, Craig T. Nelson, Sam Waterston

Released: 1984

Directed by: Roland Joffé

This film is a 1984 British drama film set in Democratic Kampuchea, which is based on the experiences of two journalists: Cambodian Dith Pran and American Sydney Schanberg. The film, which won ...more

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Adaptation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best John Malkovich Movies
Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Released: 2002

Directed by: Spike Jonze

Adaptation is a 2002 American comedy-drama metafilm directed by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman. The film is based on Susan Orlean's non-fiction book The Orchid Thief, with numerous ...more

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Secretariat is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best John Malkovich Movies
Diane Lane, John Malkovich, James Cromwell

Released: 2010

Directed by: Randall Wallace

Secretariat is a 2010 biographical sports drama film produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by Randall Wallace. The film chronicles the life of thoroughbred race horse ...more

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Places in the Heart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best John Malkovich Movies
Sally Field, John Malkovich, Ed Harris

Released: 1984

Directed by: Robert Benton

Places in the Heart is a 1984 American drama film written and directed by Robert Benton about a U.S. Depression-era Texas widow who tries to save the family farm with the help of a blind white ...more

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Death of a Salesman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best John Malkovich Movies
Dustin Hoffman, John Malkovich, Charles Durning

Released: 1985

Directed by: Volker Schlöndorff

Death of a Salesman is a 1985 CBS made for television film directed by Volker Schlöndorff, based on the 1949 play of the same name by Arthur Miller. It stars Dustin Hoffman, Kate Reid, John ...more

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The Hitchhiker's Guide t... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best John Malkovich Movies
Zooey Deschanel, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich

Released: 2005

Directed by: Garth Jennings

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a 2005 British-American comic science fiction film directed by Garth Jennings, based upon previous works in the media franchise of the same name, created ...more

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Changeling is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best John Malkovich Movies
Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan

Released: 2008

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Changeling is a 2008 American drama film, written by J. Michael Straczynski and directed, co-produced and scored by Clint Eastwood, that explores child endangerment, female disempowerment, ...more

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Shadow of the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best John Malkovich Movies
Willem Dafoe, John Malkovich, Eddie Izzard

Released: 2000

Directed by: E. Elias Merhige

Shadow of the Vampire is a 2000 horror film directed by E. Elias Merhige and written by Steven Katz, and starring John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe. The film is a fictionalised account of the ...more
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Alive is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best John Malkovich Movies
John Malkovich, Ethan Hawke, Josh Lucas

Released: 1993

Directed by: Frank Marshall

Alive is a 1993 American biographical survival drama film based upon Piers Paul Read's 1974 book Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors, which details the story of a Uruguayan rugby team. The ...more

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Mary Reilly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best John Malkovich Movies
Julia Roberts, John Malkovich, Glenn Close

Released: 1996

Directed by: Stephen Frears

Mary Reilly is a 1996 American film directed by Stephen Frears and starring Julia Roberts and John Malkovich. The movie was written by Christopher Hampton and adapted from the novel Mary Reilly ...more

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Beowulf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best John Malkovich Movies
Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich

Released: 2007

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Beowulf is a 2007 American motion capture computer-animated fantasy film directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, inspired by the Old English epic poem of the same ...more

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The Portrait of a Lady ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best John Malkovich Movies
Nicole Kidman, Christian Bale, Viggo Mortensen

Released: 1996

Directed by: Jane Campion

The Portrait of a Lady is a 1996 film adaptation of Henry James's novel The Portrait of a Lady directed by Jane Campion. The film stars Nicole Kidman, Barbara Hershey, John Malkovich, ...more
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Mulholland Falls is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best John Malkovich Movies
Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte, John Malkovich

Released: 1996

Directed by: Lee Tamahori

Mulholland Falls is a 1996 American neo-noir thriller film directed by Lee Tamahori and written by Pete Dexter. It stars Nick Nolte, Jennifer Connelly, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Madsen, Chris ...more

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Jennifer 8 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best John Malkovich Movies
Uma Thurman, John Malkovich, Andy Garcia

Released: 1992

Directed by: Bruce Robinson

Jennifer 8 is a 1992 American mystery film written and directed by Bruce Robinson and starring Andy García, Uma Thurman, and John Malkovich.