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The Best John Travolta Movies

Updated December 26, 2019 16.1k votes 3.2k voters 245.8k views55 items

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This list of the best John Travolta movies is ranked best to worst, with movie trailers when available. Whether he is dancing, fighting or joking around, John Travolta is always an entertaining actor.  The list includes famous films like Pulp Fiction and Get Shorty, but it's up to you and other fans to decide upon the best. The order of these top John Travolta movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated movies from John Travolta's filmography will be at the top of the list.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best John Travolta movies?" and "What are the greatest John Travolta roles of all time?" The greatest John Travolta performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand. John Travolta has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest John Travolta movie of all time is. If you think the best John Travolta role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. 

If you are a fan of Travolta's action films, you might also like our list of the best Tom Cruise movies or best Nicolas Cage movies.


  • 1
    Grease is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies


    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John


    Directed byRandal Kleiser

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  • 2
    Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies

    Pulp Fiction

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis


    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino. The lives of two mob... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies

    Saturday Night Fever

    John Travolta, Fran Drescher


    Directed byJohn Badham

    Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American drama film directed by John Badham. It stars John... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Face/Off is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies


    John Travolta, Nicolas Cage


    Directed byJohn Woo

    Face/Off is a 1997 American science fiction action thriller film directed by John Woo and... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Phenomenon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies


    John Travolta, Robert Duvall


    Directed byJon Turteltaub

    Phenomenon is a 1996 American romantic fantasy drama film directed by Jon Turteltaub, written... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Get Shorty is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies

    Get Shorty

    John Travolta, John Wayne


    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

    Get Shorty is a 1995 comedy-thriller film based on Elmore Leonard's novel of the same name.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    The General's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies

    The General's Daughter

    John Travolta, James Woods


    Directed bySimon West

    The General's Daughter is a 1999 film directed by Simon West starring John Travolta. The plot... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Urban Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies

    Urban Cowboy

    John Travolta, Bonnie Raitt


    Directed byJames Bridges

    Urban Cowboy is a 1980 American western romantic drama film about the love-hate relationship... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Broken Arrow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies

    Broken Arrow

    John Travolta, Christian Slater


    Directed byJohn Woo

    Broken Arrow is a 1996 American action film directed by John Woo, written by Graham Yost, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Swordfish is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies


    Halle Berry, John Travolta


    Directed byDominic Sena

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  • 11
    Michael is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies


    John Travolta, Carla Gugino


    Directed byNora Ephron

    Michael is a 1996 American fantasy film directed by Nora Ephron. The film stars John Travolta... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    Wild Hogs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies

    Wild Hogs

    John Travolta, Marisa Tomei


    Directed byWalt Becker

    Wild Hogs is a 2007 biker comedy road film directed by Walt Becker and starring Tim Allen,... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Look Who's Talking is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies

    Look Who's Talking

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis


    Directed byAmy Heckerling

    Look Who's Talking is a 1989 romantic comedy film written and directed by Amy Heckerling and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Ladder 49 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies

    Ladder 49

    John Travolta, Joaquin Phoenix


    Directed byJay Russell

    Ladder 49 is a 2004 American drama film, directed by Jay Russell, about the heroics of... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    The Taking of Pelham 123 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies

    The Taking of Pelham 123

    John Travolta, Denzel Washington


    Directed byTony Scott

    The Taking of Pelham 123 is a 2009 American thriller film directed by Tony Scott, and starring... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    A Civil Action is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies

    A Civil Action

    John Travolta, Robert Duvall


    Directed bySteven Zaillian

    A Civil Action is a 1998 American drama film that was directed by Steven Zaillian, that stars... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Blow Out is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies

    Blow Out

    John Travolta, John Lithgow


    Directed byBrian De Palma

    Blow Out is a 1981 thriller film, written and directed by Brian De Palma. The film stars John... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies

    The Punisher

    John Travolta, Rebecca Romijn


    Directed byJonathan Hensleigh

    The Punisher is a 2004 American comic book vigilante action film based on the Marvel Comics... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Bolt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies


    Miley Cyrus, John Travolta


    Directed byChris Williams, Byron Howard

    Bolt tells the story of a dog who is convinced that his role as a super dog is reality. When... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    Primary Colors is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies

    Primary Colors

    John Travolta, Emma Thompson


    Directed byMike Nichols

    Primary Colors is a 1998 drama film based on the novel Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics, a... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Basic is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies


    John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson


    Directed byJohn McTiernan

    Basic is a 2003 American/German mystery-thriller film directed by John McTiernan and starring... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    From Paris with Love is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies

    From Paris with Love

    John Travolta, Kelly Preston


    Directed byPierre Morel

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  • 23
    The Boy in the Plastic Bubble is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies

    The Boy in the Plastic Bubble

    John Travolta, Robert Reed


    Directed byRandal Kleiser

    The Boy in the Plastic Bubble is a 1976 made-for-TV movie inspired by the lives of David... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Domestic Disturbance is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies

    Domestic Disturbance

    John Travolta, Vince Vaughn


    Directed byHarold Becker

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  • 25
    Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies


    John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer


    Directed byAdam Shankman

    Hairspray is a 2007 American musical romantic comedy film based on the 2002 Broadway musical... more on Wikipedia

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