The Late Great John Candy

by Ziglet_mir | created - 17 Dec 2013 | updated - 20 May 2017 | Public

A list in order of his best performances. Del Griffith sits on top.

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1. Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

R | 93 min | Comedy

72 Metascore

A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins, Michael McKean

Votes: 105,474 | Gross: $49.53M

2. Only the Lonely (1991)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Romance

A Chicago cop must balance loyalty to his overbearing mother and a relationship with a shy funeral home worker.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: John Candy, Maureen O'Hara, Ally Sheedy, Kevin Dunn

Votes: 8,910 | Gross: $21.83M

3. Delirious (1991)

PG | 96 min | Comedy, Fantasy

A soap opera writer gets hit on the head and wakes up as a character in his own show.

Director: Tom Mankiewicz | Stars: John Candy, Mariel Hemingway, Emma Samms, Raymond Burr

Votes: 6,791 | Gross: $5.55M

4. Uncle Buck (1989)

PG | 100 min | Comedy

51 Metascore

Bachelor and all round slob, Buck, babysits his brother's rebellious teenage daughter and her cute younger brother and sister.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: John Candy, Macaulay Culkin, Jean Louisa Kelly, Gaby Hoffmann

Votes: 72,886 | Gross: $66.76M

5. Nothing But Trouble (1991)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy

A businessman and his friends are captured by a sadistic judge and his equally odd family in the backwoods of a bizarre mansion.

Director: Dan Aykroyd | Stars: Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Demi Moore

Votes: 20,040 | Gross: $8.48M

6. Armed and Dangerous (1986)

PG-13 | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

17 Metascore

A fired cop and useless lawyer sign up as security guards and find they've joined a corrupt union.

Director: Mark L. Lester | Stars: John Candy, Meg Ryan, Eugene Levy, Robert Loggia

Votes: 9,550 | Gross: $15.95M

7. Spaceballs (1987)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

46 Metascore

A pair of space cowboys must come to the rescue of a Princess and save the galaxy from a ruthless race of beings known as Spaceballs.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman

Votes: 154,139 | Gross: $38.12M

8. Splash (1984)

PG | 111 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

71 Metascore

A young man is reunited with a mermaid who saves him from drowning as a boy and falls in love not knowing who/what she is.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy, John Candy

Votes: 61,434 | Gross: $62.10M

9. The Blues Brothers (1980)

R | 133 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

60 Metascore

Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised.

Director: John Landis | Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway, John Candy

Votes: 162,309 | Gross: $57.23M

10. Who's Harry Crumb? (1989)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Mystery

44 Metascore

Harry Crumb is a bumbling and inept private investigator who is hired to solve the kidnapping of a young heiress which he's not expected to solve because his employer is the mastermind behind the kidnapping.

Director: Paul Flaherty | Stars: John Candy, Jeffrey Jones, Annie Potts, Tim Thomerson

Votes: 13,923 | Gross: $10.98M

11. JFK (1991)

R | 189 min | Drama, History, Thriller

72 Metascore

New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau

Votes: 127,492 | Gross: $70.41M

12. Home Alone (1990)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family

63 Metascore

An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard

Votes: 380,521 | Gross: $285.76M

13. The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

G | 77 min | Animation, Adventure, Crime

The R.A.S. agents, Miss Bianca and Bernard, race to Australia to save a little boy and a rare golden eagle from a murderous poacher.

Directors: Hendel Butoy, Mike Gabriel | Stars: Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, John Candy, Tristan Rogers

Votes: 32,425 | Gross: $27.93M

14. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical

81 Metascore

A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Levi Stubbs

Votes: 56,590 | Gross: $38.75M

15. Wagons East (1994)

PG-13 | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Western

In the 1860's Wild West, when a ragged bunch of misfit settlers decide they cannot stand living in their current situation, they hire a grizzled cowboy to take them on a journey back to their hometowns east.

Director: Peter Markle | Stars: John Candy, Joe Bays, Abraham Benrubi, Jill Boyd

Votes: 4,411 | Gross: $4.36M

16. The Great Outdoors (1988)

PG | 91 min | Comedy

24 Metascore

A Chicago man's hope for a peaceful family vacation in the woods is shattered when the annoying in-laws drop in.

Director: Howard Deutch | Stars: Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Stephanie Faracy, Annette Bening

Votes: 33,824 | Gross: $41.46M

17. Stripes (1981)

R | 106 min | Comedy, War

68 Metascore

Two friends who are dissatisfied with their jobs decide to join the army for a bit of fun.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, John Candy, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates

Votes: 56,613 | Gross: $85.30M

18. Once Upon a Crime... (1992)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

35 Metascore

Phoebe and fellow American Julian Peters meet in Rome, find a lost dog, and agree to return it to Monte Carlo to split the five thousand dollar reward. Discovering the dog's owner dead, ... See full summary »

Director: Eugene Levy | Stars: John Candy, Jim Belushi, Cybill Shepherd, Sean Young

Votes: 3,360 | Gross: $8.67M

19. Going Berserk (1983)

R | 85 min | Comedy

A drummer/chauffeur engaged to a congressman's daughter encounters a sleazy film director, the leader of an aerobics cult, and other crazed characters during the days leading up to his wedding.

Director: David Steinberg | Stars: John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Alley Mills

Votes: 1,394 | Gross: $0.23M

20. The Clown Murders (1976)

R | 96 min | Drama, Mystery, Horror

Four men kidnap an old girlfriend on Halloween night as a joke to ruin a real estate deal, only to have a very real clown-masked killer stalk them seeking revenge.

Director: Martyn Burke | Stars: Stephen Young, Susan Keller, Lawrence Dane, John Candy

Votes: 318

21. Cool Runnings (1993)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

60 Metascore

When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonored coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: John Candy, Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis

Votes: 81,479 | Gross: $68.86M

22. 1941 (1979)

PG | 118 min | Action, Comedy, War

34 Metascore

Hysterical Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion in the days after Pearl Harbor.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Treat Williams, Nancy Allen

Votes: 28,387 | Gross: $31.76M

23. Career Opportunities (1991)

PG-13 | 83 min | Comedy, Romance

Jim is the dorky son of a local cement contractor who lives at home and has no direction. Josie is the gorgeous daughter of a wealthy businessman who dreams of leaving town. When Jim is ... See full summary »

Director: Bryan Gordon | Stars: Frank Whaley, Jennifer Connelly, Dermot Mulroney, Kieran Mulroney

Votes: 8,162 | Gross: $11.34M

24. Summer Rental (1985)

PG | 87 min | Comedy

38 Metascore

An overworked air-traffic controller takes his family on a beach vacation but is soon beset by series of mishaps.

Director: Carl Reiner | Stars: John Candy, Richard Crenna, Rip Torn, Karen Austin

Votes: 11,878 | Gross: $24.69M

25. Speed Zone (1989)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Action

An illegal race that takes place over the United States and nothing will stop this bunch of racers except for the occasional cop or a damsel in distress. Jackie Chan's car is not in this ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Drake | Stars: Peter Boyle, Donna Dixon, John Candy, Matt Frewer

Votes: 2,753 | Gross: $3.08M

26. Volunteers (1985)

R | 107 min | Comedy

55 Metascore

Lawrence is a rich kid with a bad accent and a large debt. After his father refuses to help him out, Lawrence escapes his angry debtors by jumping on a Peace Corp flight to Southeast Asia, ... See full summary »

Director: Nicholas Meyer | Stars: Tom Hanks, John Candy, Rita Wilson, Tim Thomerson

Votes: 7,579 | Gross: $19.88M

27. Brewster's Millions (1985)

PG | 102 min | Comedy

A minor league baseball player has to spend thirty million dollars in thirty days, in order to inherit three hundred million dollars. However, he's not allowed to tell anyone about the deal.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Richard Pryor, John Candy, Lonette McKee, Stephen Collins

Votes: 31,973 | Gross: $38.80M

28. Heavy Metal (1981)

R | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

51 Metascore

A glowing green orb - which embodies ultimate evil - terrorizes a young girl with an anthology of bizarre and fantastic stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror.

Directors: Gerald Potterton, John Bruno, John Halas, Julian Harris, Jimmy T. Murakami, Barrie Nelson, Paul Sabella, Jack Stokes, Pino Van Lamsweerde, Harold Whitaker | Stars: Richard Romanus, John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Don Francks

Votes: 27,312

29. Canadian Bacon (1995)

PG | 91 min | Comedy

The U.S. President, low in the opinion polls, gets talked into raising his popularity by trying to start a cold war against Canada.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: John Candy, Alan Alda, Rhea Perlman, Kevin Pollak

Votes: 14,720 | Gross: $0.18M



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