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The Best Lea Thompson Movies 

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

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

List ranges from Nightbreaker to Red Dawn and more.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Lea Thompson movies?" and "What are the greatest Lea Thompson roles of all time?"

Lea Thompson has been in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Mary Stuart Masterson and David Faustino in terms of fame and success.

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Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

Released: 1985

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

Released: 1989

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd

Released: 1990

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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Lea Thompson, Candace Cameron-Bure, Mary Stuart Masterson

Released: 1987

Directed by: Howard Deutch

Some Kind of Wonderful is a 1987 American romance film starring Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Lea Thompson. It is one of the several successful teen dramas written by John Hughes in ...more

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Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson

Released: 1984

Directed by: John Milius

Red Dawn is a 1984 American film directed by John Milius and co-written by Milius and Kevin Reynolds. It stars Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen, and Jennifer Grey. ...more

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Tom Cruise, Lea Thompson, Craig T. Nelson

Released: 1983

Directed by: Michael Chapman

All the Right Moves is a 1983 drama film directed by Michael Chapman and starring Tom Cruise, Craig T. Nelson, Lea Thompson, Chris Penn, and Gary Graham. It was filmed on location during WPIAL ...more

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Tim Robbins, Jeffrey Jones, Lea Thompson

Released: 1986

Directed by: Willard Huyck

Howard the Duck is a 1986 American science fiction comedy film directed by Willard Huyck and starring Lea Thompson, Tim Robbins, and Jeffrey Jones. Produced by Gloria Katz and George Lucas and ...more

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Rob Schneider, Lea Thompson, Lily Tomlin

Released: 1993

Directed by: Penelope Spheeris

The Beverly Hillbillies is a 1993 20th Century Fox comedy motion picture starring Jim Varney, Diedrich Bader, Erika Eleniak, Cloris Leachman, Lily Tomlin, Dabney Coleman, Lea Thompson, Rob ...more

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Joaquin Phoenix, Kelly Preston, Lea Thompson

Released: 1986

Directed by: Harry Winer

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Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Natasha Lyonne

Released: 1993

Directed by: Nick Castle

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Lea Thompson, Randy Quaid, Rick Moranis

Released: 1984

Directed by: Art Linson

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Spy School Taylor Momsen, AnnaSophia Robb, Lea Thompson

Released: 2008

Directed by: Mark Blutman

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Donald Trump, Whoopi Goldberg, Mel Brooks

Released: 1994

Directed by: Penelope Spheeris

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Lea Thompson, Alice Greczyn, Fred Ward

Released: 2008

Directed by: Scott Ziehl

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Lea Thompson, Robert Englund, James Marshall

Released: 1995

Directed by: Peter Werner

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Jessy Schram, Lea Thompson, Joe Penny

Released: 2006

Directed by: Armand Mastroianni

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Dennis Quaid, Lea Thompson, Louis Gossett

Released: 1983

Directed by: Joe Alves

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The Trouble with the Truth Lea Thompson, Danielle Harris, Keri Lynn Pratt

Released: 2011

Directed by: Jim Hemphill

The Trouble with the Truth is a 2011 American romantic drama film written and directed by Jim Hemphill. Starring John Shea and Lea Thompson as two divorcees meeting after their daughter's ...more
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Come Away Home Lea Thompson, Thomas Gibson, Martin Mull

Released: 2005

Directed by: Doug McKeon

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Kiefer Sutherland, Lea Thompson, Forest Whitaker

Released: 1992

Directed by: Howard Deutch

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Martin Sheen, Lea Thompson, Emilio Estevez

Released: 1989

Directed by: Peter Markle

Nightbreaker is a 1989 television movie starring Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Joe Pantoliano and Lea Thompson.
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The Substitute Wife Farrah Fawcett, Lea Thompson, Peter Weller

Released: 1994

Directed by: Peter Werner

The Substitute Wife is a 1994 television movie, starring Farrah Fawcett, along with Lea Thompson and Peter Weller.
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Fish Don't Blink Lea Thompson, Wil Wheaton, Dee Wallace

Released: 2002

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Betty White, Lea Thompson, Tony Danza

Released: 2003

Directed by: Gregg Champion

Stealing Christmas is an American television film starring Tony Danza and Lea Thompson. It premiered on USA Network in 2003. As of 2009, it was shown in the 25 Days of Christmas programming ...more
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California Dreaming Lea Thompson, Dave Foley, Ethan Phillips

Released: 2007

Directed by: Linda Voorhees

California Dreaming is a 2007 film written and directed by Linda Voorhees starring Lea Thompson, Dave Foley and Patricia Richardson. It was premiered at the 2007 Omaha Film Festival.