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The Best Martin Short Movies

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List of the best Martin Short movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. One of Martin Short's first acting gigs was in a Toronto production of Godspell which co-starred Eugene Levy, Gilda Radner and Dave Thomas, many of whom Short continued to collaborate with as he worked in film. Martin Short'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 Martin Short movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Martin Short movies will be at the top of the list. Martin Short has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Martin Short movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Martin Short films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

This list includes Three Amigos, Clifford and more.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Martin Short movies?" and "What are the greatest Martin Short roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Short's humor, you might also enjoy our list of best Steve Martin movies and best Chevy Chase movies.


  • 1

    Pure Luck

    Martin Short, Danny Glover


    Directed byNadia Tass

    Pure Luck is a 1991 American comedy film starring Martin Short and Danny Glover. It is remake of the popular French comedy film La Chèvre....  more
  • 2


    Lena Headey, Helena Bonham Carter


    Directed bySteve Barron

    Merlin is a television miniseries which originally aired in 1998 on NBC that retells the legend of King Arthur from the perspective of the wizard Merlin. Sam Neill stars in the title role in a story...  more

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  • 3

    Three Fugitives

    Nick Nolte, James Earl Jones


    Directed byFrancis Veber

    Three Fugitives is a 1989 crime-comedy film written and directed by Francis Veber, starring Nick Nolte and Martin Short, and featuring Sarah Rowland Doroff, James Earl Jones and Alan Ruck in...  more
  • 4

    Captain Ron

    Kurt Russell, Roselyn Sánchez


    Directed byThom Eberhardt

    Captain Ron is a 1992 American comedy film directed by Thom Eberhardt, produced by David Permut, and written by John Dwyer for Touchstone Pictures. It stars Kurt Russell as the title character, a...  more

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  • 5


    Martin Short, Mary Steenburgen


    Directed byPaul Flaherty

    Clifford is a 1994 comedy film starring Martin Short, Charles Grodin, Mary Steenburgen, and Dabney Coleman. The film was shot in 1990 and originally planned for release in the summer of 1991, but...  more
  • 6

    ¡Three Amigos!

    Chevy Chase, Steve Martin


    Directed byJohn Landis

    ¡Three Amigos! is a 1986 American comedy film directed by John Landis and written by Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, and Randy Newman. The plot is loosely based on Akira Kurosawa's 1954 film Seven...  more

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  • 7


    Meg Ryan, Dennis Quaid


    Directed byJoe Dante

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  • 8

    Father of the Bride

    Steve Martin, Diane Keaton


    Directed byCharles Shyer

    Father of the Bride is a 1991 American comedy film starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams, George Newbern, Martin Short, B.D. Wong and Kieran Culkin. It is a remake of the 1950 film...  more

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  • 9

    Get Over It

    Mila Kunis, Kirsten Dunst


    Directed byTommy O'Haver

    Get Over It is a 2001 American teen comedy loosely based on William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream about a high school senior who desperately tries to win back his ex-girlfriend by joining...  more

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  • 10

    Mars Attacks!

    Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson


    Directed byTim Burton

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  • 11

    Jungle 2 Jungle

    Tim Allen, Martin Short


    Directed byJohn Pasquin

    Jungle 2 Jungle is a 1997 comedy film starring Tim Allen, Martin Short and Sam Huntington. It is an American remake of the 1994 French film Un indien dans la ville. Jungle 2 Jungle '​s plot follows...  more

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  • 12


    Zooey Deschanel, Kelly Monaco


    Directed byLawrence Kasdan

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  • 13

    Father of the Bride Part II

    Steve Martin, Diane Keaton


    Directed byCharles Shyer

    Father of the Bride Part II is a 1995 comedy film starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton and Martin Short. The film is a sequel to Father of the Bride and a loose remake of the 1951 film Father's Little...  more

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  • 14

    The Big Picture

    Teri Hatcher, Kevin Bacon


    Directed byChristopher Guest

    The Big Picture is a 1989 American comedy film starring Kevin Bacon and directed by Christopher Guest....  more
  • 15

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  • 16

    The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

    Ann-Margret, Elizabeth Mitchell


    Directed byMichael Lembeck

    The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause is a 2006 American fantasy comedy film directed by Michael Lembeck. It is the third and final installment in The Santa Clause trilogy following The Santa Clause...  more
  • 17

    Prince Charming

    Christina Applegate, Bernadette Peters


    Directed byAllan Arkush

    Prince Charming is a 2001 made-for-television film. It is a comical fairy tale, relating the story of a Prince who is cursed and transported to present-day New York City. The movie stars Martin Short...  more
  • 18

    The Spiderwick Chronicles

    Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen


    Directed byMark Waters

    The Spiderwick Chronicles is a 2008 American fantasy adventure film. It is the film adaptation of Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi's bestselling series of the same name. Set in the Spiderwick Estate...  more

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  • 19

    Harry Shearer: Now You See It

    Martin Short, Christopher Guest


  • 20

    The Prince of Egypt

    Sandra Bullock, Michelle Pfeiffer


    Directed byBrenda Chapman, Simon Wells, Steve Hickner

    The Prince of Egypt is a 1998 American animated epic musical biblical film and the first traditionally animated film produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures. The film is an adaptation of the...  more

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  • 21

    Khan Kluay

    Miranda Cosgrove, Martin Short


    Directed byKompin Kemgumnird

    Khan Kluay is a 2006 Thai computer-animated feature film set during Ayutthaya-era Siam about an elephant who wanders away from his mother and eventually becomes the war elephant for King Naresuan. It...  more
  • 22


    Winona Ryder, Elle Fanning


    Directed byTim Burton

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  • 23

    Sunset Limousine

    Martin Short, John Ritter


    Directed byTerry Hughes

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  • 24

    Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

    Jessica Chastain, Chris Rock


    Directed byEric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon

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  • 25

    Alice in Wonderland

    Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Kingsley


    Directed byNick Willing

    Alice in Wonderland is a television film first broadcast in 1999 on NBC and then shown on British television on Channel 4. It is based upon Lewis Carroll's books Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and...  more