At TBG we are partial to the odd John Candy movie from time to time, he was a legend of the screen. Larger than life and somewhat of a ladies man, so his movies would have us believe, he was the everyman’s go-to funny guy and wingman. On the 25th anniversary of his untimely death, we pay tribute by taking a look at The Top Ten John Candy Movies.
10. HOME ALONE (1990)
Ok, so this one isn’t really a John Candy movie as such but his cameo in holiday classic Home Alone is second to none. He manages to steal the show in the short screentime given while attempting to help Kevin’s poor mother on her cross-country journey home. Haven’t we all left our youngest in a funeral parlour before?
9. WHO’S HARRY CRUMB? (1989)
This great movie sees Candy find himself in a whole heap of hilarious situations as he plays bumbling investigator Harry Crumb. Crumb is hired to solve the whereabouts of a kidnapped heiress and fully expected to fail. With some of his funniest on-screen moments, it was an easy inclusion in our list.
8. ONLY THE LONELY (1991)
This feel-good rom-com showcases one of Johns best performances and shows us a different side to his performance while keeping that larger than life charm. Playing a hometown cop who falls in love but really only has time for one woman in his life, his mother. The entire crew or thereabouts reunited on this project after finishing Home Alone.
7. ARMED AND DANGEROUS (1986)
After being wrongly dismissed from his job ex-Police Officer Dooley, played by Candy, looks for work as a security guard. Joined by Eugene Levy, today notably know for his hilarious role as Jim’s dad in the American Pie series, the bumbling pair become embroiled in a plot to foil shady dealings by their employer.
6. COOL RUNNINGS (1993)
We simply couldn’t make a top ten list without having Cool Runnings feature. Underdog story of the Jamaican bobsleigh team fronted by an enthusiastic Candy. A family-friendly outing with cheap laughs that has plenty of soul throughout.
5. THE GREAT OUTDOORS (1988)
In another inspired team-up, The Great Outdoors pits the talent of Dan Akroyd with Candy for this 1988 vacation comedy set in the serene lakes of Wisconsin. Two families, connected by marriage, try to get along and have a relaxing woodland break but this is no holiday… this is war!
4. SPACEBALLS (1987)
Against all odds, Star Wars became one of the biggest movie franchises in the late 70s early 80s and still is today. It was only a matter of time before someone made a parody and thankfully that happened with the 1987 sci-fi spoof Spaceballs. This star-studded feature was the vision of all-time comedy great Mel Books and brought together legends of screen John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, Michael Winslow and John Hurt. Candy played a Mawg named Barf, a half-man half-dog spin on Chewie.
3. DELIRIOUS (1991)
Jack Gable is a writer down on his luck with little in the way of a love life. That is until one day when he is hit over the head and wakes having been magically transported into the show he writes. He soon realises he has the ability to influence the script and uses this to try and win over his newfound love. Filled to the brim with quick-witted quips and in-jokes Delirious is the perfect vehicle for Candy’s style of performance.
2. UNKLE BUCK (1989)
A year before Home Alone, John Candy and Macaulay Culkin teamed up for John Hughes 1989 release of Uncle Buck. Buck is ushered in as a last resort to look after his brother’s kids after being rushed away in the middle of the night. A great script and great direction coupled with spot-on performances almost gave Unkle Buck our number one spot, the featured clip is a prime example of Candy’s perfect comic performance.
1. PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES
There was never really going to be a question over which Candy film claimed the top spot. This 1987 outing is the classic ‘buddy’ movie that follows an emotional yet hilarious cross country journey to make it home in time for Thanksgiving. Co-starring Steve Martin, when he was still funny, the pair clearly relish their time together under the guidance of John Hughes. It really was a golden time for the writer and director.
We’d like to leave you with our favourite clips from Planes, Trains & Automobiles (the first clip is not suitable for work, it was only after re-watching the film years later it became apparent how edited it had been for TV, enjoy… )
And our list is complete, we hope that we have done the big man justice with our choices but as always we would love to hear from you in the comment section, on Twitter or our Facebook page.