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The Best John Travolta Movies

Updated March 16, 2021 15.9k votes 3.3k voters 247.6k views56 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.

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    Grease

    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

    Released1978

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

    Character: Daniel "Danny" Zuko

    Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and...  more

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    Pulp Fiction

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis

    Released1994

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Character: Vincent Vega

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

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    Face/Off

    John Travolta, Nicolas Cage

    Released1997

    Directed byJohn Woo

    Character: Sean Archer / Castor Troy

    Face/Off is a 1997 American science fiction action thriller film directed by John Woo and...  more

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    Saturday Night Fever

    John Travolta, Fran Drescher

    Released1977

    Directed byJohn Badham

    Character: Anthony "Tony" Manero

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

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    #47 of 63 Movies Set in Brooklyn#94 of 206 Musical Movies With the Best Songs

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    Phenomenon

    John Travolta, Robert Duvall

    Released1996

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

    Character: George Malley

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

    John Travolta, John Wayne

    Released1995

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

    Character: Chili Palmer

    Awards: Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Film

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

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    The General's Daughter

    John Travolta, James Woods

    Released1999

    Directed bySimon West

    Character: Warr. Officer Paul Brenner

    The General's Daughter is a 1999 film directed by Simon West starring John Travolta. The plot...  more
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    Urban Cowboy

    John Travolta, Bonnie Raitt

    Released1980

    Directed byJames Bridges

    Character: Budford 'Bud' Una Davis

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

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    Swordfish

    Halle Berry, John Travolta

    Released2001

    Directed byDominic Sena

    Character: Gabriel Shear

    Swordfish is a 2001 American action thriller film directed by Dominic Sena and starring John...  more

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    Michael

    John Travolta, Carla Gugino

    Released1996

    Directed byNora Ephron

    Character: Michael

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

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    Broken Arrow

    John Travolta, Christian Slater

    Released1996

    Directed byJohn Woo

    Character: Maj. Vic 'Deak' Deakins

    Broken Arrow is a 1996 American action film directed by John Woo, written by Graham Yost, and...  more
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    Look Who's Talking

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis

    Released1989

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

    Character: James Ubriacco

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

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    Wild Hogs

    John Travolta, Marisa Tomei

    Released2007

    Directed byWalt Becker

    Character: Woody Stevens

    Wild Hogs is a 2007 biker comedy road film directed by Walt Becker and starring Tim Allen,...  more
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    Ladder 49

    John Travolta, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2004

    Directed byJay Russell

    Character: Captain Mike Kennedy

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

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    The Taking of Pelham 123

    John Travolta, Denzel Washington

    Released2009

    Directed byTony Scott

    Character: Ryder

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

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    Blow Out

    John Travolta, John Lithgow

    Released1981

    Directed byBrian De Palma

    Character: Jack Terry

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

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    A Civil Action

    John Travolta, Robert Duvall

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Zaillian

    Character: Jan Schlichtmann

    A Civil Action is a 1998 American drama film that was directed by Steven Zaillian, that stars...  more
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    The Punisher

    John Travolta, Rebecca Romijn

    Released2004

    Directed byJonathan Hensleigh

    Character: Howard Saint

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

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    Carrie

    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek

    Released1976

    Directed byBrian De Palma

    Character: Billy Nolan

    Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's first major 1974...  more

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    Bolt

    Miley Cyrus, John Travolta

    Released2008

    Directed byChris Williams, Byron Howard

    Character: Bolt

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

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    Basic

    John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released2003

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

    Character: Tom Hardy

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

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    Primary Colors

    John Travolta, Emma Thompson

    Released1998

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Character: Governor Jack Stanton

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

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    From Paris with Love

    John Travolta, Kelly Preston

    Released2010

    Directed byPierre Morel

    Character: Charlie Wax

    From Paris with Love is a 2010 French-American action film starring John Travolta and Jonathan...  more
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    Domestic Disturbance

    John Travolta, Vince Vaughn

    Released2001

    Directed byHarold Becker

    Character: Frank Morrison

    Domestic Disturbance is a 2001 psychological thriller film directed by Harold Becker and stars...  more

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    The Boy in the Plastic Bubble

    John Travolta, Robert Reed

    Released1976

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

    Character: Tod

    The Boy in the Plastic Bubble is a 1976 made-for-TV movie inspired by the lives of David...  more