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The Best Rob Lowe Movies

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List of the best Rob Lowe movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Rob Lowe got his big break as a film actor when he appeared in the 1983 film The Outsiders, along with future stars Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise and Patrick Swayze. Rob Lowe'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 Rob Lowe movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Rob Lowe movies will be at the top of the list. Rob Lowe has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Rob Lowe movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Rob Lowe films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

The list you're viewing has a variety of films in it, like St. Elmo's Fire and Tommy Boy.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Rob Lowe movies?" and "What are the greatest Rob Lowe roles of all time?" If you're a fan of Lowe's Brat Pack films, you might also like our list of the best Demi Moore movies and best Emilio Estevez movies.

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    Salem's Lot

    Rob Lowe, Donald Sutherland

    Released2004

    Released2004

    Directed byMikael Salomon

    Directed byMikael Salomon

    Salem's Lot is a 2004 American 2 part tv mini-series which first aired on TNT from June 20–21, 2004. It is the second television adaptation of Stephen King's 1975 vampire novel of the same...  more

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    The Outsiders

    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage

    Released1983

    Released1983

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    The Outsiders is a 1983 American drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton. The film was released on March 25, 1983. Jo Ellen Misakian,...  more

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    Masquerade

    Rob Lowe, Kim Cattrall

    Released1988

    Released1988

    Directed byBob Swaim

    Directed byBob Swaim

    Masquerade is a 1988 American romance mystery thriller film directed by Bob Swaim and starring Rob Lowe, Meg Tilly, Kim Cattrall, and Doug Savant. Written by Dick Wolf, the film is about a recently...  more
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    Contact

    Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster

    Released1997

    Released1997

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Contact is a 1997 American science fiction drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is a film adaptation of Carl Sagan's 1985 novel of the same name; Sagan and his wife Ann Druyan wrote the story...  more

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    The Hotel New Hampshire

    Jodie Foster, Rob Lowe

    Released1984

    Released1984

    Directed byTony Richardson

    Directed byTony Richardson

    The Hotel New Hampshire is a 1984 comedy-drama film based on John Irving's 1981 novel of the same name. The film was written and directed by Tony Richardson and stars Jodie Foster, Beau Bridges, Rob...  more

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    Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

    Elizabeth Hurley, Will Ferrell

    Released1997

    Released1997

    Directed byJay Roach

    Directed byJay Roach

    Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is a 1997 American action comedy film and the first installment of the Austin Powers series. It was directed by Jay Roach and written by Mike Myers, who...  more

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    Thank You for Smoking

    Katie Holmes, Robert Duvall

    Released2006

    Released2006

    Directed byJason Reitman

    Directed byJason Reitman

    Thank You for Smoking is a 2006 comedy-drama film written and directed by Jason Reitman and starring Aaron Eckhart, based on the 1994 satirical novel of the same name by Christopher Buckley. It...  more

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    Austin Powers: Goldmember

    Britney Spears, Beyoncé Knowles

    Released2002

    Released2002

    Directed byJay Roach

    Directed byJay Roach

    Austin Powers in Goldmember is a 2002 American spy comedy film. It is the third installment of the Austin Powers film series starring Mike Myers in the title role. The film was directed by Jay Roach,...  more

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    Frank and Jesse

    Rob Lowe, Bill Paxton

    Released1994

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Boris

    Directed byRobert Boris

    Frank and Jesse, also known as Frank & Jesse, is a 1994 western film written and directed by Robert Boris and starring Rob Lowe as Jesse James and Bill Paxton as Frank James. Based on the story of...  more
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    St. Elmo's Fire

    Demi Moore, Rob Lowe

    Released1985

    Released1985

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    St. Elmo's Fire is a 1985 American coming-of-age film directed by Joel Schumacher. The film, starring Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, and Mare...  more

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    The Christmas Blessing

    Neil Patrick Harris, Rob Lowe

    Released2005

    Released2005

    Directed byKaren Arthur

    Directed byKaren Arthur

    The Christmas Blessing is a 2005 television film directed by Karen Arthur. It first aired on December 18, 2005 on the CBS networks. It also featured songs by country artist Blake Shelton, including...  more
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    Mulholland Falls

    Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte

    Released1996

    Released1996

    Directed byLee Tamahori

    Directed byLee Tamahori

    Mulholland Falls is a 1996 American neo-noir thriller film directed by Lee Tamahori and written by Pete Dexter. It stars Nick Nolte, Jennifer Connelly, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn,...  more
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    Youngblood

    Keanu Reeves, Rob Lowe

    Released1986

    Released1986

    Directed byPeter Markle

    Directed byPeter Markle

    Youngblood is a 1986 drama film directed, co-produced, and co-written by Peter Markle, and starring Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, Cynthia Gibb and is also Keanu Reeves' second film appearance....  more

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    The Christmas Shoes

    Rob Lowe, Kimberly Williams-Paisley

    Released2002

    Released2002

    Directed byAndy Wolk

    Directed byAndy Wolk

    The Christmas Shoes is a made-for-TV movie, broadcast on CBS in December 2002. It is based on the song and novel of the same name. It was shot in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It is the first part of a...  more
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    About Last Night

    Demi Moore, Rob Lowe

    Released1986

    Released1986

    Directed byEdward Zwick

    Directed byEdward Zwick

    About Last Night is a 1986 American romantic dramedy film. The film was directed by Edward Zwick, and stars Rob Lowe and Demi Moore as Chicago yuppies who enter a committed relationship for the first...  more

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    Illegally Yours

    Rob Lowe, Colleen Camp

    Released1988

    Released1988

    Directed byPeter Bogdanovich

    Directed byPeter Bogdanovich

    Illegally Yours is a 1988 comedy film set in St. Augustine, Florida where a series of comic mishaps take place involving a blackmailer, a corpse, an incriminating audiotape, an innocent woman who...  more
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    The Stand

    Stephen King, Rob Lowe

    Released1994

    Released1994

    Directed byMick Garris

    Directed byMick Garris

    The Stand (ABC, 1994) is an American horror miniseries directed by Mick Garris, and based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. The remaining survivors after a deadly plague split into two...  more

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    Perfect Strangers

    Rob Lowe, Anna Friel

    Released2004

    Released2004

    Directed byRobin Shepperd

    Directed byRobin Shepperd

    Perfect Strangers is a 2004 romantic comedy film starring Rob Lowe and Anna Friel....  more
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    The Invention of Lying

    Jennifer Garner, Tina Fey

    Released2009

    Released2009

    Directed byRicky Gervais, Matthew Robinson

    Directed byRicky Gervais, Matthew Robinson

    The Invention of Lying is a 2009 fantasy romantic comedy film that was written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Matthew Robinson. This film is the directorial debut of Gervais and Robinson. The film...  more
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    If The Shoe Fits

    Rob Lowe, Jennifer Grey

    Released1990

    Released1990

    Directed byTom Clegg

    Directed byTom Clegg

    If The Shoe Fits is a 1990 romantic comedy TV movie directed by Tom Clegg....  more
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    Square Dance

    Winona Ryder, Rob Lowe

    Released1987

    Released1987

    Directed byDaniel Petrie

    Directed byDaniel Petrie

    Square Dance is a 1987 drama film written by Alan Hines, who also wrote the novel of the same name. The film was directed by Daniel Petrie and released on February 20, 1987....  more
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    Suddenly, Last Summer

    Rob Lowe, Maggie Smith

    Released1993

    Released1993

    Directed byRichard Eyre

    Directed byRichard Eyre

    Suddenly, Last Summer is a 1993 drama film directed by Richard Eyre....  more
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    Thursday's Child

    Rob Lowe, Gena Rowlands

    Released1983

    Released1983

    Directed byDavid Lowell Rich

    Directed byDavid Lowell Rich

    Thursday's Child is a 1983 television film directed by David Lowell Rich, based on the book by Victoria Poole....  more
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    Too Late to Say Goodbye

    Rob Lowe, Lauren Holly

    Released2009

    Released2009

    Directed byNorma Bailey

    Directed byNorma Bailey

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    View from the Top

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Christina Applegate

    Released2003

    Released2003

    Directed byBruno Barreto

    Directed byBruno Barreto

    View from the Top is a 2003 American romantic comedy film directed by Bruno Barreto, and stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Christina Applegate, Candice Bergen, Joshua Malina, Mark Ruffalo, Rob Lowe, Mike Myers,...  more