The Best John Waters Movies  

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

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

List is made up of films like Grievous Bodily Harm and In the Land of Merry Misfits.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best John Waters movies?" and "What are the greatest John Waters roles of all time?"
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Joan Rivers, Kathleen Turner, Suzanne Somers
Serial Mom is a 1994 American dark comedy film written and directed by John Waters, starring Kathleen Turner as the title character, Sam Waterston as her husband, and Ricki Lake and Matthew ...more
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John Waters, Divine, Mink Stole
Pink Flamingos is a 1972 American transgressive black comedy exploitation film written, produced, scored, shot, edited, narrated, and directed by John Waters. When the film was initially ...more
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Debbie Harry, Jerry Stiller, John Waters
Hairspray is a 1988 American romantic musical comedy film written and directed by John Waters, and starring Ricki Lake, Divine, Debbie Harry, Sonny Bono, Jerry Stiller, Leslie Ann Powers, ...more
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John Waters Collection: Extras John Waters
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John Waters, John McConnell, Toni Wynne
Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat is a 2002 splatter film directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis. It is a sequel to Lewis's 1963 cult classic original Blood Feast. Filmed under a working title of Blood ...more
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Melanie Griffith, Ray Liotta, Jeff Daniels
Something Wild is a 1986 American action comedy film directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Melanie Griffith, Jeff Daniels and Ray Liotta. It was screened out of competition at the 1987 Cannes ...more
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Mel Gibson, Sam Neill, Chris Haywood
Attack Force Z is a 1982 Australian World War II film, directed by Tim Burstall. It is loosely based on an actual event that took place during World War II, and was shot in Taiwan in 1980. It ...more
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Family Album Jaclyn Smith, Michael Ontkean, Kristin Minter
Family Album, also known as Danielle Steel's Family Album, is a 1994 NBC television miniseries based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Danielle Steel. Directed by Jack Bender, it was ...more
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Jennifer Tilly, Martha Stewart, Redman
Seed of Chucky is a 2004 comedy horror film and the fifth installment in the Child's Play series. The film was written and directed by Don Mancini, who created Child's Play and has written all ...more
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Uma Thurman, Sean Penn, Woody Allen
Sweet and Lowdown is a 1999 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. The film tells the story, set in the 1930s, of a fictional jazz guitarist named Emmet Ray who regards ...more
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Edward Woodward, Bryan Brown, Jack Thompson
Breaker Morant is a 1980 Australian film about the 1902 court martial of Breaker Morant, directed by Bruce Beresford and starring British actor Edward Woodward as Harry "Breaker" ...more
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Whoopi Goldberg, Jim Belushi, John Waters
Homer and Eddie is a 1989 American film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Jim Belushi and directed by Andrei Konchalovsky.
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Colin Friels, John Waters, Bruno Lawrence
Grievous Bodily Harm is a 1988 Australian crime film directed by Mark Joffe starring Colin Friels and John Waters.
Alice to Nowhere is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best John Waters Movies
Alice to Nowhere John Waters, John Clayton, Joy Smithers
Alice to Nowhere is a 1986 Australian miniseries set in the outback in 1954. The title refers to Alice Springs, a town in the centre of the country. The plot involves a nurse and a pair of ...more
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AnnaLynne McCord, Ariel Winter, Malcolm McDowell
Excision is a 2012 American horror film written and directed by Richard Bates, Jr, and starring AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords, Ariel Winter, Roger Bart, Jeremy Sumpter, Malcolm McDowell, Matthew ...more
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In the Land of Merry Misfits Bob Backlund, John Waters, Josie Davis
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Dee Wallace, Nadine Garner, Bud Tingwell
Bushfire Moon is a 1987 drama and family film written by Jeff Peck and directed by George T. Miller.
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Ten Pound Poms John Waters, Michael Praed
Ten Pound Poms is a 2007 documentary produced by Nial Fulton and directed by Lisa Matthews.
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Katherine Heigl, Thomas Gibson, Lara Cox
Evil Never Dies is a 2003 horror film directed by Uli Edel.
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Pauly Shore, Kevin Smith, Ally Sheedy
The Junior Defenders is a 2007 direct-to-video comedy-fantasy film from Warner Bros. starring Ally Sheedy, Brian O'Halloran, Justin Henry, and Jason David Frank.
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Bud Tingwell, John Waters, Nick Tate
Summerfield is a 1977 Australian film, directed by Ken Hannam, written by Cliff Green and produced by Patricia Lovell. It stars Nick Tate, Elizabeth Alexander, John Waters, Charles 'Bud' ...more
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Uncle Bob Robert LaSardo, Robert Oppel, Mario Bosco
"As David Niven was speaking at the 1974 Academy Awards telecast, a long-haired naked man streaked past him and into Oscar legend. Niven’s riposte — “Probably the only laugh that man will ...more
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Ebbtide Harry Hamlin, John Waters, Frankie J. Holden
Ebbtide is a 1994 thriller film written by Bob Ellis, Peter Goldsworthy and directed by Craig Lahiff.
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Chameleon II: Death Match Bobbie Phillips, Tasha Smith, John Waters
Chameleon II: Death Match is a UPN science fiction television movie that was broadcast in 1999. It stars Bobbie Phillips as Kam. It is a sequel to the 1995 film Chameleon and was followed by a ...more
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Mangus! Jennifer Coolidge, John Waters, Heather Matarazzo
"Mangus! is a campy dark comedy, a trashy riot from Ash Christian, writer and director of Fat Girls. It’s as if Female Trouble and Napoleon Dynamite had a red-headed lovechild—with a ...more