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The Best John Travolta Movies 

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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.

Quentin Tarantino and Brian De Palma are among those who have directed John Travolta at one point or another during their careers in the film industry. If you're a fan of John Travolta, then check out our lists of the best Steven Seagal and David Caruso movies as well.

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Grease is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

Released: 1978

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

Released: 1994

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino. The lives of two mob hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta), a boxer (Bruce Willis), a gangster's wife (Uma ...more

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Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Fran Drescher, Denny Dillon

Released: 1977

Directed by: John Badham

Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American drama film directed by John Badham. It stars John Travolta as Tony Manero, a working-class young man who spends his weekends dancing and drinking at a ...more

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Face/Off is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon

Released: 1997

Directed by: John Woo

Face/Off is a 1997 American science fiction action thriller film directed by John Woo and starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. Travolta is an FBI agent and Cage is a terrorist, sworn enemies ...more

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Urban Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Bonnie Raitt, Debra Winger

Released: 1980

Directed by: James Bridges

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Phenomenon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kyra Sedgwick

Released: 1996

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub

Phenomenon is a 1996 American romantic fantasy drama film directed by Jon Turteltaub, written by Gerald Di Pego, and starring John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker, Robert Duvall, and ...more

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Broken Arrow is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Christian Slater, Howie Long

Released: 1996

Directed by: John Woo

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Swordfish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
Halle Berry, John Travolta, Hugh Jackman

Released: 2001

Directed by: Dominic Sena

Swordfish is a 2001 American action thriller film directed by Dominic Sena and starring John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle and Vinnie Jones. The film centers on Stanley ...more

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The General's Daughter ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, James Woods, Madeleine Stowe

Released: 1999

Directed by: Simon West

The General's Daughter is a 1999 film directed by Simon West starring John Travolta. The plot concerns the mysterious happenings of the daughter of a prominent general. The movie is based on the ...more

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Michael is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Carla Gugino, Andie MacDowell

Released: 1996

Directed by: Nora Ephron

Michael is a 1996 American fantasy film directed by Nora Ephron. The film stars John Travolta as the Archangel Michael, who is sent to Earth to do various tasks. The cast includes Andie ...more

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Look Who's Talking is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Joan Rivers

Released: 1989

Directed by: Amy Heckerling

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Wild Hogs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Marisa Tomei, Martin Lawrence

Released: 2007

Directed by: Walt Becker

Wild Hogs is a 2007 biker comedy road film directed by Walt Becker and starring Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy. It was released nationwide in the United States and ...more
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Get Shorty is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, John Wayne, Danny DeVito

Released: 1995

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

Get Shorty is a 1995 comedy-thriller film based on Elmore Leonard's novel of the same name. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starring John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, and Danny DeVito, ...more

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Ladder 49 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Joaquin Phoenix, Martin O'Malley

Released: 2004

Directed by: Jay Russell

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The Taking of Pelham 123... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Denzel Washington, James Gandolfini

Released: 2009

Directed by: Tony Scott

The Taking of Pelham 123 is a 2009 American thriller film directed by Tony Scott, and starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta. It is a film adaptation of the novel by Morton Freedgood, and ...more

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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

Released: 1976

Directed by: Brian De Palma

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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Rebecca Romijn, Kevin Nash

Released: 2004

Directed by: Jonathan Hensleigh

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A Civil Action is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kathy Bates

Released: 1998

Directed by: Steven Zaillian

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Blow Out is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz

Released: 1981

Directed by: Brian De Palma

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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Bolt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, Chloë Grace Moretz

Released: 2008

Directed by: Chris Williams, Byron Howard

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From Paris with Love is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Released: 2010

Directed by: Pierre Morel

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Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Bynes

Released: 2007

Directed by: Adam Shankman

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The Boy in the Plastic B... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Robert Reed, Ralph Bellamy

Released: 1976

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

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Basic is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Roselyn Sánchez

Released: 2003

Directed by: John McTiernan

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Primary Colors is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Bill Maher

Released: 1998

Directed by: Mike Nichols

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