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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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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman
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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849 192
Grease is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing
Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and produced by Paramount Pictures. It is based on Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs' 1971 musical of the same ...more
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684 165
Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Fran Drescher, Denny Dillon
Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American dance film directed by John Badham and starring John Travolta as Tony Manero, a young man whose weekends are spent visiting a local Brooklyn discotheque; ...more
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672 196
Face/Off is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon
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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367 150
Get Shorty is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, John Wayne, Danny DeVito
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
6
404 173
Broken Arrow is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Christian Slater, Howie Long
Broken Arrow is a 1996 American action film directed by John Woo, written by Graham Yost, and starring John Travolta and Christian Slater.
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513 142
Phenomenon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kyra Sedgwick
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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408 165
Urban Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Bonnie Raitt, Debra Winger
Urban Cowboy is a 1980 American western romantic drama film about the love-hate relationship between Buford Uan "Bud" Davis and Sissy. The movie captured the late 1970s/early 1980s ...more
9
402 178
Swordfish is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
Halle Berry, John Travolta, Hugh Jackman
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
10
406 180
Look Who's Talking is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Joan Rivers
Look Who's Talking is a 1989 romantic comedy film written and directed by Amy Heckerling and starring John Travolta and Kirstie Alley. Bruce Willis plays the voice of Mollie's son, Mikey. The ...more
11
407 125
Michael is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Carla Gugino, Andie MacDowell
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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384 168
Wild Hogs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Marisa Tomei, Martin Lawrence
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
13
345 105
The General's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, James Woods, Madeleine Stowe
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
14
268 115
Ladder 49 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Joaquin Phoenix, Martin O'Malley
Ladder 49 is a 2004 American drama film, directed by Jay Russell, about the heroics of fictional Baltimore firefighter Jack Morrison and his recollection of the events that got him to that ...more
15
251 150
The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Rebecca Romijn, Kevin Nash
The Punisher is a 2004 American comic book vigilante action film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, starring Thomas Jane as the antihero Frank Castle / The Punisher and John ...more
16
275 128
The Taking of Pelham 123 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Denzel Washington, James Gandolfini
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
17
205 95
A Civil Action is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kathy Bates
A Civil Action is a 1998 American drama film that was directed by Steven Zaillian, that stars John Travolta and Robert Duvall, and that is based on the book of the same name by Jonathan Harr. ...more
18
207 97
Blow Out is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz
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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244 131
Carrie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie
Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's first major 1974 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Brian De Palma and written by Lawrence D. Cohen. The ...more
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209 130
From Paris with Love is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
From Paris with Love is a 2010 French-American action film starring John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers and directed by Pierre Morel. The screenplay was co-written by Luc Besson. The film was ...more
21
202 100
Bolt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, Chloƫ Grace Moretz
Bolt tells the story of a dog who is convinced that his role as a super dog is reality. When he is ripped from his world of fantasy, and action by his own doing. His own obsession with his owner ...more
22
240 127
Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Bynes
Hairspray is a 2007 American musical romantic comedy film based on the 2002 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was based on John Waters's 1988 comedy film of the same name. Set in ...more
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203 125
The Boy in the Plastic Bubble is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Robert Reed, Ralph Bellamy
The Boy in the Plastic Bubble is a 1976 made-for-TV movie inspired by the lives of David Vetter and Ted DeVita, who lacked effective immune systems. It stars John Travolta, Glynnis O'Connor, ...more
24
236 139
Staying Alive is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Sylvester Stallone, Janet Jones
Staying Alive is the 1983 film sequel to Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta as dancer Tony Manero, with Cynthia Rhodes, Finola Hughes, Joyce Hyser, Steve Inwood, Julie Bovasso, and ...more
25
165 87
Primary Colors is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best John Travolta Movies
John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Bill Maher
Primary Colors is a 1998 drama film based on the novel Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics, a roman à clef about Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign in 1992, which originally had ...more