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The Five Best & Worst Films Starring John Travolta

Erin Demchak Erin Demchak
April 10th, 2008 2:00pm EDT
GreaseJohn Travolta has been acting for over 30 years since his burst onto the scene as hot disco stud Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever. In the early 80s he went into an acting slump, starring in disappointing films left and right.

Then he made his comeback in 1994 as Vincent Vega in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. Since then, he has been in dozens of movies, been nominated for two Academy Awards and won a Golden Globe. Travolta is now a little older, a little chubbier and a little balder, but we still admire his work as he continues to dance his way onto the silver screen.

John Travolta has starred in many films that we can watch over and over again and some that we deny ever seeing. Here is a list of Travolta's five best films and five worst films.

Five Best Films

Pulp Fiction (1994)
This movie may be one of the best movies of all time, not to mention the best John Travolta film. It marked his comeback as a mainstream Hollywood actor. Travolta was nominated for an Academy Award for the role of hitman Vincent Vega, a funny and likeable character. Travolta seems to dance in every one of his films; one of the most memorable scenes in "Pulp Fiction" is the dance scene with Uma Thurman in the restaurant. And who can forget the Royale with Cheese. Brilliant character, snaps Travolta!



Hairspray (2007)
John Travolta dresses up as a fat woman with a Baltimore accent and has a dance scene with Christopher Walken. Although you knew it was Travolta, you almost actually bought that he was a woman! A little creepy when the Turnblads get romantic in the backyard though!

Hairspray

The General's Daughter (1999)
John Travolta plays such a good arrogant, cocky character, and in this movie he takes full advantage of those skills. He plays army cop Paul Brenner who tries to help solve the murder of the General's daughter. It's a great thriller and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Grease (1978)
This is one movie that never seems to go away. The movie and the soundtrack are historical, and everyone knows or has heard of the hand jive. Danny was hot, and all girls still want to be Sandy!

Grease

Saturday Night Fever (1977)
John Travolta was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Tony Manero. This role made him a household name and made all the girls go out and buy posters of the adorable butt chinned Italian Stallion.

Saturday Night Fever

Five Worst Films

Perfect (1985)
John Travolta plays Rolling Stone reporter Adam Lawrence, who comes to L.A. and meets an aerobics instructor named Jessie played by Jamie Lee Curtis. An 80's movie about a reporter and an aerobics instructor? Come on...do we even have to argue that one?

Two of a Kind (1983)
Just because John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John reunited on the big screen didn't mean the film would be good. Even though the chemistry was there, the plot couldn't cut it. This film is confusing and very hard to follow. This could have been the beginning of John Travolta's spiral into his slump.

Lucky Numbers (2000)
Russ Richards (John Travolta) is a local television weatherman from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, who is going broke. In desperation he asks his friend who owns a strip club for advice. His friend suggests that Russ should rig the $6 million state lottery with the help of the Lotto lady, Crystal (Lisa Kudrow). The premise is silly and so was the movie.

Battlefield Earth (2000)
This movie was a disaster! Not only was Travolta horrible, but the movie is one of the worst ever made. Film critic Roger Ebert gave the film the rating of half a star out of four and described it as, "...something historic, a film that for decades to come will be the punch line of jokes about bad movies," (Chicago Sun-Times). The film follows alien Psychlos. What? No wonder it sucked! Not only was Travolta's acting ridiculous, he also produced the film. Ouch!



The Punisher (2004)
When John Travolta plays a comic book character villain, we're already off to a bad start. Yet his acting wasn't bad, the movie is simply long, dark and depressing.

The Punisher

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Story by Erin Demchak
Starpulse contributing writer