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List of all movies directed by John Waters ranked from best to worst with photos. Films directed by John Waters are listed here and include movie posters and John Waters movie trailers whenever possible. This is a collection of the best movies directed by John Waters as voted on by film buffs. If you think the greatest John Waters movie isn't as high as it should be on this list, then make sure to vote so that your opinion of what the top John Waters film is can be factored into this list.

From John Waters's studio films to John Waters's independent films, this John Waters filmography keeps tabs on all John Waters movies, and lets the cream of the crop rise to the top.

List contains movies like Hairspray and Cry-Baby.

If you’re wondering “what movies did John Waters direct?” or “who is John Waters?” then this list will explain how most people know this director. This list also answers questions like “what are the all-time best movies directed by John Waters?” and “what's a good selection of good John Waters movies?”

If you're wanting to get into John Waters films, then this list is a great starting point for at least starting with the most decent John Waters works.

All John Waters director credits are included. This list of every movie that John Waters has directed can be sorted for specific information such as what genre the John Waters movie is and which actors starred in the John Waters film.

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Johnny Depp and Woody Allen have both worked on a John Waters directed movie, as have many other great actors.

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Pink Flamingos 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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Female Trouble Divine, Mink Stole, Edith Massey Female Trouble is a 1974 dark comedy film co-composed, filmed, co-edited, written, produced, and directed by John Waters starring Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Edith ...more

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Polyester Jay Leno, Divine, Tab Hunter Polyester is a 1981 American black comedy film directed, produced, and written by John Waters, and starring Divine, Tab Hunter, Edith Massey, and Mink Stole. It was filmed in Waters' native ...more

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Hairspray 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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Serial Mom 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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Cry-Baby Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, Iggy Pop Cry-Baby is a 1990 American teen musical romantic comedy film written and directed by John Waters. It stars Johnny Depp as 1950s teen rebel "Cry-Baby" Wade Walker, and also features a ...more

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Desperate Living Mink Stole, Edith Massey, Mary Vivian Pearce Desperate Living is a 1977 American comedy film directed, produced, and written by John Waters. The film stars Liz Renay, Jean Hill, Mink Stole, Edith Massey, and Mary Vivian Pearce.

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Cecil B. Demented Maggie Gyllenhaal, Melanie Griffith, Alicia Witt Cecil B. Demented is a 2000 American black comedy film written and directed by John Waters. The film stars Melanie Griffith as a snobby A-list Hollywood actress who is kidnapped by a band of ...more

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Pecker Christina Ricci, Stacy Keibler, Edward Furlong Pecker is a 1998 American comedy-drama film written and directed by John Waters and starring Edward Furlong and Christina Ricci. Like all Waters' films, it was filmed and set in Baltimore; this ...more

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Multiple Maniacs Divine, Mink Stole, Edith Massey Multiple Maniacs is a 1970 American comedy film by American cult filmmaker John Waters; his second feature film. The film features several actors who were part of the Dreamland acting troupe for ...more

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Mondo Trasho Divine, Mink Stole, David Lochary Mondo Trasho is a 1969 16mm mondo black comedy film by John Waters. The film stars Divine, Mary Vivian Pearce, David Lochary and Mink Stole. It contains very little dialogue, the story being ...more

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A Dirty Shame Selma Blair, Johnny Knoxville, Chris Isaak A Dirty Shame is a 2004 American satirical sex comedy film written and directed by John Waters, and starring Tracey Ullman, Johnny Knoxville, Selma Blair, Chris Isaak, Suzanne Shepherd, and Mink ...more

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Roman Candles Divine, Mink Stole, David Lochary Roman Candles is a 1966 short film by filmmaker John Waters starring Divine, Mary Vivian Pearce, David Lochary, Mink Stole, and Maelcum Soul. The film was shown "triple projected" on ...more

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Eat Your Makeup Divine, David Lochary, Maelcum Soul Eat Your Makeup is a short film by filmmaker John Waters starring Divine, Mary Vivian Pearce, David Lochary, and Maelcum Soul. It was John Waters' first film production made in 16mm film. It has ...more

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The Diane Linkletter Story Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce The Diane Linkletter Story is a 1970 16mm short film by American filmmaker John Waters starring Divine, Mary Vivian Pearce, and David Lochary.

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A Divine Double Feature Divine, Mary Vivian Pearce, David Lochary A Divine Double Feature is a collection of two video segments, both starring Divine. This 110 minute video is split into two segments. The first, directed by John Waters, is a 16mm black and ...more

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Hag in a Black Leather Jacket Mary Vivian Pearce Hag in a Black Leather Jacket is a John Waters short film made in Baltimore, Maryland, starring Mona Montgomery and Mary Vivian Pearce.

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Nevada Gary Cooper, Thelma Todd, William Powell Nevada is a 1927 American Western silent film directed by John Waters and starring Gary Cooper, Thelma Todd, and William Powell. Based on the novel Nevada by Zane Grey, the film is about a ...more

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The Neon Woman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Directed by John Waters
The Neon Woman Divine The Neon Woman is a short film starring Divine.

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Beau Sabreur Gary Cooper, William Powell, Evelyn Brent Beau Sabreur is a 1928 American silent film directed by John Waters and starring Gary Cooper and Evelyn Brent. Based on the novel Beau Sabreur by P. C. Wren, who also wrote Beau Geste, the film ...more

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The Overland Telegraph Tim McCoy, Frank Rice, Dorothy Janis The Overland Telegraph is a 1929 romantic western film written by Harry Sinclair Drago, George C. Hull, Edward J. Meagher and Ward Wing, and directed by John Waters.

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The Mighty McGurk Dean Stockwell, Cameron Mitchell, Edward Arnold The Mighty McGurk is a 1947 film starring Wallace Beery as a boozing ex-boxer working as a bouncer in a Bowery saloon.