The Best John Ritter Movies 

Updated September 21, 2019 854 votes 263 voters 29.6k views 52 items

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

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

This list includes Dead Husbands, Real Men and more.

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

John Ritter worked with many famous directors, including big names like Dennis Dugan and Brian Levant.

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John Ritter, Denise Crosby, Nina Foch

Released: 1989

Directed by: Blake Edwards

Skin Deep is a 1989 American film starring John Ritter, written and directed by Blake Edwards.
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Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, John Ritter

Released: 1996

Directed by: Billy Bob Thornton

Sling Blade is a 1996 American drama film set in rural Arkansas, written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton, who also stars in the lead role. It tells the story of a man named Karl Childers with ...more

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Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter

Released: 1990

Directed by: Tommy Lee Wallace

It is a 1990 psychological horror/drama miniseries based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. The story revolves around an inter-dimensional predatory life-form, which has the ability to ...more

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Gilbert Gottfried, Michael Richards, John Ritter

Released: 1990

Directed by: Dennis Dugan

Problem Child is a 1990 American comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and produced by then-first timer Robert Simonds. It stars John Ritter, Amy Yasbeck, Gilbert Gottfried, Jack Warden, Michael ...more

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Lauren Graham, Billy Bob Thornton, Cloris Leachman

Released: 2003

Directed by: Terry Zwigoff

Bad Santa is a 2003 American Christmas black comedy film directed by Terry Zwigoff, and starring Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, and Lauren Graham, with Tony Cox, Brett Kelly, Lauren Tom, and ...more

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Jeffrey Jones, John Ritter, Eugene Levy

Released: 1992

Directed by: Peter Hyams, Chuck Jones

Stay Tuned is a 1992 American adventure fantasy comedy film directed by Peter Hyams. It starred John Ritter, Pam Dawber, Jeffrey Jones, and Eugene Levy. Tim Burton was originally chosen to be ...more
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Kevin Bacon, John Ritter, Anne Archer

Released: 1980

Directed by: Martin Davidson

Hero at Large is a 1980 comedy film starring John Ritter and Anne Archer. The film was written by former Disney screenwriter, AJ Carothers and directed by Martin Davidson. The original music ...more
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John Ritter, Jim Belushi, Barbara Barrie

Released: 1987

Directed by: Dennis Feldman

Real Men is a 1987 comedy/science fiction film starring James Belushi and John Ritter as the heroes: suave, womanizing CIA agent Nick Pirandello and weak and ineffectual insurance agent Bob

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Gilbert Gottfried, John Ritter, Amy Yasbeck

Released: 1991

Directed by: Brian Levant

Problem Child 2 is the 1991 comedy film sequel to the 1990 sleeper hit Problem Child; a continuation of the exploits of Junior, an adopted orphan boy who deliberately wreaks comedic havoc ...more
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Scarlett Johansson, Bruce Willis, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Released: 1994

Directed by: Rob Reiner

North is a 1994 American comedy film directed by Rob Reiner and starring an ensemble cast including Elijah Wood, Jon Lovitz, Jason Alexander, Alan Arkin, Dan Aykroyd, Kathy Bates, Faith Ford, ...more

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Katherine Heigl, Jennifer Tilly, John Ritter

Released: 1998

Directed by: Ronny Yu

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Noises Off Michael Caine, Carol Burnett, Christopher Reeve

Released: 1992

Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich

Noises Off is a 1992 comedy film directed by Peter Bogdanovich. The screenplay by Marty Kaplan is based on the 1982 play of the same name by Michael Frayn. An ensemble cast includes Michael ...more

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Heartbeat John Ritter, Michael Lembeck, Polly Draper

Released: 1993

Directed by: Michael Miller

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John Ritter, Annette O'Toole, Rue McClanahan

Released: 1990

Directed by: Jack Bender

The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story is a 1990 film that stars John Ritter as Lyman Frank Baum, the man who wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and thirteen of the other Oz books. Also ...more
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Jay Leno, George Carlin, Elvis Costello

Released: 1979

Directed by: Neal Israel

Americathon is a 1979 American comedy film starring John Ritter, Fred Willard, Peter Riegert, Harvey Korman, and Nancy Morgan, with narration by George Carlin, based on a play by Firesign ...more

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Burt Reynolds, Tatum O'Neal, Stella Stevens

Released: 1976

Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich

Nickelodeon is a 1976 comedy film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, and stars Ryan O'Neal, Burt Reynolds and Tatum O'Neal. According to Bogdanovich, the film was based on true stories told to him ...more
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Kurt Russell, John Ritter, Harry Morgan

Released: 1971

Directed by: Robert Butler

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Patrick Swayze, John Ritter, Susan Dey

Released: 1980

Directed by: Peter Levin

The Comeback Kid is a 1980 television film.
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Keanu Reeves, John Ritter, Max Gail

Released: 1985

Directed by: Jack Bender

Letting Go is a 1985 television movie directed by Jack Bender. A widower (John Ritter) with an 8-year-old son enters group self-help therapy with a teacher (Sharon Gless) rejected by her lover.
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Kate Mara, Sigourney Weaver, John Ritter

Released: 2000

Directed by: Gary Winick

Tadpole is a 2002 American romantic comedy film directed by Gary Winick and written by Heather McGowan and Niels Mueller. It stars Sigourney Weaver, Bebe Neuwirth, Aaron Stanford, John Ritter, ...more
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Rose McGowan, Christina Applegate, Heather Graham

Released: 1997

Directed by: Gregg Araki

Nowhere is a 1997 American black comedy drama film written and directed by Gregg Araki. It stars James Duval and Rachel True as Dark and Mel, a bisexual teen couple who are both sexually ...more

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Christopher Lloyd, Yasmine Bleeth, John Ritter

Released: 1999

Directed by: Jack Bender

It Came From the Sky, also known as Visiteurs impromptus, Les was a 1999 made-for-TV movie which was a comedy drama that starred Yasmine Bleeth, John Ritter, Christopher Lloyd and JoBeth
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Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Tunney, Kyra Sedgwick

Released: 1998

Directed by: Jennifer Leitzes

Montana is an American crime film released in 1998, directed by Jennifer Leitzes, written by Erich Hoeber and Jon Hoeber, and produced by Sean Cooley, Zane W. Levitt, and Mark Yellen. Claire is ...more
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Melanie Griffith, Tom Berenger, John Ritter

Released: 1998

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

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Janeane Garofalo, Tom Arnold, John Ritter

Released: 2003

Directed by: Bobby Roth

Manhood is a 2003 comedy film directed by Bobby Roth and starring Nestor Carbonell, John Ritter and Janeane Garofalo.