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List of John Candy Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
56
4
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
R
56
4

Marketing executive, Neal Page, is returning home from a business trip for thanksgiving when his flight is diverted to a distant town due to a blizzard. He comes in clash with co-passenger Del Griffith, an annoyingly talkative traveling salesman with whom he spends the night, but after being robbed, they must work together to reach their destinations.

As:
Cast
Role:
Del Griffith
Director:
John Hughes
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon, Michael McKean, Dylan Baker, Ben Stein
2. Uncle Buck (1989)
54
1
Uncle Buck
PG
54
1

When Cindy’s father suffers a heart-attack, Cindy and Bob Russell have to go to Indianapolis. As a last resort, Bob asks his unreliable, sloppy brother Buck to babysit their 3 children. Buck bonds well with younger Miles and Maizy, but finds difficult to manage rebellious teen Tia. While trying to shield Tia from her boyfriend, Buck learns more about life and responsibilities.

As:
Cast
Role:
Buck Russell
Director:
John Hughes
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Macaulay Culkin, Anna Chlumsky, Patricia Arquette, Laurie Metcalf, Jean Louisa Kelly, Gaby Hoffmann
3. National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
37
3
National Lampoon's Vacation
TV-14
37
3

Clark Grisworld decides to take his family on a cross-country car trip from Chicago to Southern California amusement park Walley World. The family have numerous adventures along the way including a falling out, the death of a family member, getting lost in the desert and Clark becoming infatuated with a beautiful woman driving a red Ferrari. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Adventure, Comedy
4. The Blues Brothers (1980)
31
8
The Blues Brothers
R
31
8

The Blues Brothers is a musical-comedy that revoles around two brothers—one of whom is a criminal—who embark on a mission to save their childhood school from shutting down. Brothers, Jake and Elwood Blues, played by John Belushi and John Aykroyd, reunite with their band and meet noted music artists to raise money while evading the police and other enemies.

As:
Cast
Director:
John Landis
Genres:
Crime, Action, Comedy, Music, Musical
5. Home Alone (1990)
37
5
Home Alone
PG
37
5

Home Alone is a classic family comedy that revolves around a small boy who is accidentally left behind at home while his entire extended family embarks on a Christmas holiday to Paris. A popular movie around Christmas time, it stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, whose brilliant attempts at saving his home from two burglars provide plenty of laughs.

As:
Cast
Director:
Chris Columbus
Genres:
Comedy, Family
Star Cast:
Kieran Culkin, Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Roberts Blossom
6. Stripes (1981)
37
3
Stripes
R
37
3

After losing his job and girlfriend, John Winger, with friend Russell Ziskey, joins army, to have some fun. Instead, they’ve to face grueling training with drill sergeant, Sergeant Hulka, but pretty MPs Stella and Louise compensate for the ordeal. Chosen front-man of a platoon of army-misfits, they inadvertently end up rescuing their platoon from behind the enemy line while testing an assault vehicle.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
War, Comedy
7. The Great Outdoors (1988)
40
1
The Great Outdoors
PG
40
1

Chet Ripley, who lives in Chicago, is on a vacation with his wife and two kids. They are having a great time till they are joined by Ripley’s obnoxious brother-in-law Roman Craig along with his wife and two daughters. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Chet Ripley
Director:
Howard Deutch
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Annette Bening, Dan Aykroyd, Chris Young, Stephanie Faracy
8. The Silent Partner (1978)
14
5
The Silent Partner
R
14
5
As:
Cast
Director:
Daryl Duke
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Christopher Plummer, Susannah York, Elliott Gould, Céline Lomez
9. Spaceballs (1987)
27
2
Spaceballs
PG
27
2

After carelessly wasting their atmospheric air, Planet Spaceball’s crooked President Scroob decides to force neighboring Planet Druidia’s King Roland to share their atmosphere by ordering Dark Helmet to kidnap Roland’s daughter, Princess Vespa, on her wedding day. But space-pilot Lone Starr and his loyal half-man/half-dog ‘Barf’ come to help her. They need super powers of ‘The Schwartz’ to save Druidia. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Barf
Director:
Genres:
Adventure, Sci-Fi, Comedy
10. Cool Runnings (1993)
33
4
Cool Runnings
PG
33
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Irv
Director:
Jon Turteltaub
Genres:
Sport, Family, Adventure, Comedy
Star Cast:
Doug E. Doug, Leon, Rawle D. Lewis, Malik Yoba
11. JFK (1991)
12
8
JFK
R
12
8

Based on the assassination of the former U.S. President, John F. Kennedy, JFK centres around a New Orleans lawyer, Jim Garrison, who sets about investigating the mystery behind the assassination while battling opposition from the government. Widely acclaimed as well as heavily criticized, this political drama stars Kevin Costner as Garrison and delves deeper into the assassination of the former president.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, History
12. Brewster's Millions (1985)
30
3
Brewster's Millions
PG
30
3

Montgomery Brewster, a minor league baseball player, learns that a wealthy uncle he didn’t know existed has left him $300 million….but with a condition. Brewster must spend $30 million in 30 days; however, he cannot donate to charity, waste or destroy any money or possess any assets. Also, he can’t tell anyone about it. So, Brewster has an enormous task to tackle

As:
Cast
Role:
Spike Nolan
Director:
Walter Hill
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Richard Pryor, Alan Autry, Hume Cronyn, Rick Moranis, Jerry Orbach, Stephen Collins, Pat Hingle
13. Splash (1984)
24
4
Splash
PG
24
4

A small boy meets a mermaid when he falls into the sea at Cape Cod. Although he is quickly pulled up, the memory lingers, jeopardizing all his later relationships. Twenty years later, he once again falls into the sea and becomes unconscious. Waking up on the beach, he sees a beautiful naked woman, who kisses him and then dives into the sea.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Freddie Bauer
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Star Cast:
14. Summer Rental (1985)
32
2
Summer Rental
PG
32
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jack Chester
Director:
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Karen Austin, John Larroquette, Kerri Green, Joey Lawrence
16. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
18
6
Little Shop of Horrors
PG-13
18
6

Geeky orphan Seymour works in Mushnik’s failing flower shop and dreams about co-worker Audrey. After a solar eclipse, he finds a strange plant which he names Audrey II. The flourishing plant fetches good business, but weirdly, it has voracious appetite for human blood and flesh. Audrey’s sadistic boyfriend Orin appears to be a fitting candidate; but what about Audrey II’s next meal? 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Sci-Fi, Musical, Family, Romance
17. Follow That Bird (1985)
10
4
Follow That Bird
G
10
4
As:
Cast
Director:
Ken Kwapis
Genres:
Family, Music, Comedy, Adventure
Star Cast:
George Lucas, Chevy Chase, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney, Jim Henson
18. 1941 (1979)
14
4
1941
PG
14
4

After the Pearl Harbor attack, California, which is feared to be the next target of the Japanese, is gripped in a panic wave. As hysteria spreads after spotting a Japanese sub off the California coast, varied groups of Californians set their own defense actions in motion. Major-General Joseph Stilwell, sent to compose the paranoid public, tries to make sense of the goings-on. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, War, Action
19. Who's Harry Crumb? (1989)
24
4
Who's Harry Crumb?
PG-13
24
4

Harry Crumb is a descendant of the legendary detectives who had founded the detective agency Crumb & Crumb, but he has no detective skills of any kind. When a fashion model Jennifer Downing,  gets kidnapped, her father turns to Eliot, who is the chairman of Crumb & Crumb, to investigate the case. However, Eliot is the kidnapper himself, and to show everyone that he is taking the case seriously, he assigns Harry to the case.

As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Harry Crumb
Director:
Paul Flaherty
Genres:
Mystery, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jim Belushi, Tim Thomerson, Annie Potts, Barry Corbin
20. Armed and Dangerous (1986)
23
3
Armed and Dangerous
PG-13
23
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Frank Dooley
Director:
Mark L. Lester
Genres:
Comedy, Crime, Action
Star Cast:
Jonathan Banks, Meg Ryan, Eugene Levy, Robert Loggia, Kenneth McMillan
21. Rookie of the Year (1993)
16
3
Rookie of the Year
PG
16
3

Rookie of the Year is an American sports comedy film which tells the story of a twelve year old boy Henry who wants to play for the Major League, although he is unskilled. After he suffers an accident, he finds that it has left him with a strong pitching arm miraculously. He soon finds himself playing among the Major League players for the Chicago Clubs.

As:
Cast
Director:
Daniel Stern
Genres:
Sport, Family, Fantasy, Comedy
Star Cast:
William Gary Busey, Gary Busey, Albert Hall, Dan Hedaya, Thomas Ian Nicholas
23. Going Berserk (1983)
14
2
Going Berserk
R
14
2
As:
Cast
Role:
John Bourgignon
Director:
David Steinberg
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Elinor Donahue, Eugene Levy, Pat Hingle, Joe Flaherty
24. Volunteers (1985)
18
2
Volunteers
R
18
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Tom Tuttle from Tacoma
Director:
Nicholas Meyer
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Tim Thomerson, Gedde Watanabe
27. Career Opportunities (1991)
9
2
Career Opportunities
PG-13
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Bryan Gordon
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jennifer Connelly, Dermot Mulroney, John M. Jackson, Kieran Mulroney, Frank Whaley
28. Class of '44 (1973)
8
2
Class of '44
PG
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Paul Bogart
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Deborah Winters, Gary Grimes, Jerry Houser, Oliver Conant
30. Tunnel Vision (1976)
8
3
Tunnel Vision
R
8
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Neal Israel, Bradley R. Swirnoff
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Chevy Chase, Phil Proctor, Howard Hesseman, Beans Morocco
31. Lost and Found (1979)
7
1
Lost and Found
PG
7
1

This comedy film revolves around an American widower and an English divorcee who meet during a vacation. They soon find themselves attracted to each other, and get married. However, shortly after, the marriage loses its bloom, but they still can’t seem to leave each other.

As:
Cast
Director:
Melvin Frank
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
32. Nothing But Trouble (1991)
17
3
Nothing But Trouble
PG-13
17
3

Nothing But Trouble is a comedy film which revolves around a businessman and his friends who are arrested and taken to court, where they face trouble from a sadistic judge.

As:
Cast
Role:
Dennis / Eldona
Director:
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
33. Double Negative (1980)
6
1
Double Negative
6
1
As:
Cast
Director:
George Bloomfield
Genres:
Thriller
Star Cast:
Anthony Perkins, Eugene Levy, Howard Duff, Kate Reid
34. Wagons East (1994)
13
4
Wagons East
PG-13
13
4
As:
Cast
Role:
James Harlow
Director:
Peter Markle
Genres:
Western, Comedy, Adventure
Star Cast:
Richard Lewis, Melinda Culea, Joe Bays, Abraham Benrubi
35. Find the Lady (1976)
6
2
Find the Lady
R
6
2

Find the Lady is a comedy film which revolves around a hoodlum who makes various plans to kidnap an heiress. However, every time his plans fail as a wrong woman gets taken.

As:
Cast
Role:
Kopek
Director:
John Trent
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Peter Edward Cook, Mickey Rooney, Lawrence Dane, Ed McNamara, Robert McHeady
36. It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (1975)
6
2
It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
PG
6
2

Sweeney, a divorced playwright whose career is on decline, is prepared to do anything to win his wife Georgina back. Though she is now married to a wealthy but mean builder, the two ex-s who are still in love, continue to sleep together. But as his slipshod plans, including abduction, crumble one by one, two inept police officers come chasing after him. 

As:
Cast
Director:
John Trent
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Isaac Hayes, Yvonne De Carlo, Anthony Newley, Lloyd Bochner
37. The Clown Murders (1976)
6
2
The Clown Murders
R
6
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Ollie
Director:
Martyn Burke
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Horror, Drama
Star Cast:
Stephen Young, Susan Keller, Lawrence Dane, Gary Reineke
38. Hot to Trot (1988)
7
1
Hot to Trot
PG
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Don (voice)
Director:
Michael Dinner
Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Gilbert Gottfried, Dabney Coleman, Cindy Pickett, Virginia Madsen
39. Speed Zone (1989)
5
1
Speed Zone
PG
5
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Charlie Cronan
Director:
Jim Drake
Genres:
Comedy, Action
Star Cast:
Brooke Shields, Alyssa Milano, Eugene Levy, Tim Matheson, Joe Flaherty, Matt Frewer
40. Martin Short: Concert for the North Americas (1985)
10
2
Martin Short: Concert for the North Americas
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Marcel
Director:
John Blanchard
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Martin Short, Joe Flaherty, Robin Duke, Nancy Dolman
41. Citizen Steve (1987)
6
1
Citizen Steve
6
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Clip Maxwell
Genres:
Short, Documentary, Biography
Star Cast:
Robin Williams, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Dan Aykroyd
42. Masters of Menace (1990)
7
1
Masters of Menace
PG-13
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Daniel Raskov
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Tino Insana, David Rasche, Catherine Bach

TV Movie(s)

1. The Courage of Kavik, the Wolf Dog (1980)
5
1
The Courage of Kavik, the Wolf Dog
5
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Peter Carter
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
John Ireland, Ronny Cox, Chris Wiggins, Linda Sorensen
2. The Best of SCTV (1988)
10
2
The Best of SCTV
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Paul Flaherty, Jim Blake
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Joe Flaherty, Andrea Martin, Don Lake, John Hemphill
3. The Best of John Candy on SCTV (1996)
8
3
The Best of John Candy on SCTV
8
3
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Various Characters (archiveFootage)
Director:
Milad Bessada, John Blanchard, John Bell
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Eugene Levy, Joe Flaherty, Andrea Martin, Catherine O'Hara
4. Dave Thomas: The Incredible Time Travels of Henry Osgood (1986)
9
2
Dave Thomas: The Incredible Time Travels of Henry Osgood
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Wallace Osgood
Director:
Dave Thomas
Genres:
Comedy, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Romance, History, Drama
Star Cast:
Eugene Levy, Martin Short, Joe Flaherty, Valri Bromfield
5. The Canadian Conspiracy (1985)
9
2
The Canadian Conspiracy
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Various
Director:
Robert Boyd
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Eugene Levy, Bernard Behrens, George Buza, Damir Andrei
6. The Last Polka (1985)
10
3
The Last Polka
10
3
As:
Cast, Producer, Writer
Role:
Yosh Shmenge / Pa Shmenge
Director:
John Blanchard
Genres:
Comedy, Music
Star Cast:
Rick Moranis, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Robin Duke
8. Really Weird Tales (1987)
8
1
Really Weird Tales
8
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Paul Lynch, Don McBrearty, John Blanchard
Genres:
Comedy, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Martin Short, Joe Flaherty, Olivia d'Abo, Donald Harron
9. The Rocket Boy (1989)
7
1
The Rocket Boy
PG
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
The Hawk
Director:
John Blanchard
Genres:
Crime, Sci-Fi, Comedy
Star Cast:
Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas, Robert Donner, Tom Butler
10. Warner Bros. Celebration of Tradition, June 2, 1990 (1990)
5
1
Warner Bros. Celebration of Tradition, June 2, 1990
5
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Host
Director:
Gary Halvorson, Terry Donohue
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Kim Basinger, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Janeen Damian, Dan Aykroyd
11. Boris and Natasha (1992)
7
1
Boris and Natasha
PG
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Charles Martin Smith
Genres:
Comedy, Action
Star Cast:
Jim Cummings, John Travolta, John Calvin, Andrea Martin, Sally Kellerman, Thomas F. Wilson
12. Hostage for a Day (1994)
4
1
Hostage for a Day
PG-13
4
1
As:
Cast, Producer, Director
Director:
John Candy
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
John Vernon, George Wendt, Robin Duke, Kathleen Laskey

Animation(s)

Camp Candy (1989)
Camp Candy
TV-Y
As:
Cast, Producer, Writer
Role:
Himself (17 episodes, 1989-1992)
Genres:
Family, Animation, Comedy
Star Cast:
Eugene Levy, Lewis Arquette, Valri Bromfield, Brian George
Heavy Metal (1981)
Heavy Metal
R
Plot:

Heavy Metal is an animated adult comedy adventure film, which revolves around an evil glowing green orb which travels through space and time, spreading violence as well as discord.    

As:
Cast
Director:
Gerald Potterton, John Bruno, John Halas
Genres:
Adventure, Fantasy, Animation, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Eugene Levy, Harold Ramis, Don Francks, Al Waxman
The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
The Rescuers Down Under
G
Plot:

The Rescuers Down Under is an animation adventure drama film, which tells the story of two agents, Blanca and Bernard, working for the Rescue Aid Society. They need to race to Australia to save a little boy and a rare golden eagle from a dangerous poacher. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Wilbur (voice)
Director:
Mike Gabriel, Hendel Butoy
Genres:
Family, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Adventure, Fantasy, Animation
Star Cast:

TV Shows and Videos

Second City TV (1976)
Second City TV
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Various / ... (52 episodes, 1976-1979)
Director:
George Bloomfield, John Blanchard, Milad Bessada
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Eugene Levy, Martin Short, Joe Flaherty, Andrea Martin, Catherine O'Hara
Dr. Zonk and the Zunkins (1974)
Dr. Zonk and the Zunkins
As:
Cast
Role:
(unknown episodes)
Star Cast:
Gilda Radner, Dan Hennessey, Robin Eveson, Robert McKenna
Cucumber (1972)
Cucumber
As:
Cast
Role:
Weatherman (unknown episodes)
Genres:
Family, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Martin Short, Alex Laurier, Nikki Tilroe
King of Kensington (1975)
King of Kensington
As:
Cast
Director:
Alan Erlich, Sheldon Larry, Ari Dikijian, Perry Rosemond, Gary Plaxton
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Mike Myers, Eugene Levy, Al Waxman, Helene Winston, Fiona Reid, Bob Vinci
The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour (1982)
The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself (1 episode, 1982)
Director:
Tim Kiley
Genres:
Comedy
The David Steinberg Show (1972)
The David Steinberg Show
As:
Cast
Role:
Spider Reichman / ... (6 episodes, 1976-1977)
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Scatman Crothers, Martin Short, David Steinberg, Joe Flaherty
The New Show (1984)
The New Show
As:
Cast
Director:
Heino Ripp
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Teri Garr, Jeff Goldblum, Valri Bromfield, Dave Thomas
90 Minutes Live (1976)
90 Minutes Live
As:
Cast
Role:
Various (1976) (unknown episodes)
Star Cast:
Rick Moranis, Valri Bromfield, Clémence DesRochers, Danny Finkleman
Coming Up Rosie (1975)
Coming Up Rosie
As:
Cast
Role:
Wally Wypyzypychwk (1976-77) (unknown episodes)
Director:
Trevor Evans, Hedley Read
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Dan Aykroyd, Catherine O'Hara, Dan Hennessey, Barry Baldaro
Tales of the Klondike (1981)
Tales of the Klondike
As:
Cast
Director:
Peter Pearson, David Cobham, Claude Fournier, Janine Manatis, Peter Rowe
Genres:
Adventure, Drama
Big City Comedy (1980)
Big City Comedy
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself (unknown episodes)
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Tino Insana, Audrie Neenan, Tim Kazurinsky, Don Lamont
The Dave Thomas Comedy Show (1990)
The Dave Thomas Comedy Show
As:
Cast
Director:
Paul Miller
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Anson Downes, Dave Thomas, Don Lake, Julie Fulton, Teresa Ganzel

John Candy Awards

Primetime Emmy Awards
SCTV Network 90 Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program 1983
SCTV Network 90 Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program 1982