John Candy was one of the funnier comedic actors of the 1980’s and 1990’s. He unfortunately passed at a relatively young age, but did bless us with many an outstanding movie. So today, we’re counting down the ALL-TIME BEST 10 JOHN CANDY MOVIES!

10. Nothing But Trouble (1991)

This is truly a twisted movie. I mean the whole thing is pretty messed up, from Dan Aykroyd playing a homicidal judge with a phallic nose to a bizarre performance by Digital Underground, the plot is one of the most bizarre I’ve ever seen. Candy plays a bailiff/accomplice to murder, so if that tells you something…

9. The Great Outdoors (1988)

John Candy and Dan Aykroyd always had a special chemistry together on screen. Seeing them interact could elevate an ordinary movie to exponentially greater heights. That was the case with The Great Outdoors. The plot was pretty basic, but the comedic magic of the two main stars really kicked the enjoyment factor up quite a bit.

8. Canadian Bacon (1995)

One of Candy’s lesser known and last performances. As Sheriff Bud Boomer, Candy attempts to stop a potential war between the US and Canada. Little known fact, political filmmaker, Michael Moore actually directed this one.

7. Uncle Buck (1989)

This is probably John Candy’s most famous role. In total, Uncle Buck, is one of the more underrated John Hughes comedies. Yeah, there’s some goofy humor, like the giant pancake scene, but there’s also a plethora of subtle comedy as well. You also get to see Macaulay Culkin in a pre-Kevin McCallister role.

6. Spaceballs (1987)

Spaceballs is one of those movies that gets funnier every time you watch it. I mean the whole premise is ridiculous, but also spot-on as a Star Wars parody. Candy plays Barf, a Chewbacca knock off, who helps Bill Pullman (the President from Independence Day) save the galaxy from the sinister Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis). I guess they could’ve  just “nuked the bastards,”but then they couldn’t have played with their schwartz…

5. Home Alone (1990)

Candy has a small, but important role in this one, as Gus Polinski, a polka band leader turned good samaritan. I still contend that Home Alone and its sequels are basically just Saw for kids. If you haven’t seen this one in a while, you’ll be shocked by how freaking violent the movie is.

4. Planes, Trains, & Automobiles (1987)

This is definitely one of John Candy’s best performances. Similar to he and Dan Aykroyd, Candy and Steve Martin worked together perfectly. Honestly, I get a little sad watching this one now, as Candy died so young. I would say more about why watching the movie is somewhat depressing given Candy’s passing, but it might give too much of the story away. Nonetheless, Planes, Trains, & Automobiles is really a fantastic film.

3. National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)

“Park’s closed folks!” Candy had a pretty minor role in this classic, playing a Wally World security guard. Nonetheless, it was pretty hilarious watching him going on rides with a gun-toting Chevy Chase. Candy always had the ability to be incredibly annoying and endearing at the same time.

2. Stripes (1984)

Stripes is one of the funnier movies of the last 30 years. While largely overshadowed by Bill Murray and Harold Ramis, Candy is a riot as the bear claw-loving, Ox. While most fans know the standout quotes by heart, I pick up something new each time I watch Stripes. They may need to re-make this one with current events…Carrot Top anyone?

1. JFK (1991)

I’d be willing to bet very few of you knew Candy was actually in JFK. Well, he was…briefly, playing potential legal counsel for Lee Harvey Oswald. While definitely not Candy’s all-time best role, JFK as a film, is pretty much heads and shoulders above the rest on this countdown. Making it (drumroll please)…the ALL-TIME BEST JOHN CANDY MOVIE!


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