Jon Voight's Best Movies

In this week's Total Recall, we count down the best-reviewed work of the Getaway star.

Jon Voight

Jon Voight's latest movie, this weekend's Ethan Hawke/Selena Gomez thriller Getaway, has been consigned to late August oblivion -- but well before he spent summer's dog days playing an oddly accented kidnapper, Voight earned a reputation for being one of Hollywood's more talented and hard-working actors, with an eye for scripts that would challenge the audience as well as himself. Naturally, we decided to devote this week's list to an appreciation of his best-reviewed works, so without further ado...everybody's talkin' Total Recall, Jon Voight style!


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10. Coming Home

Part political statement, part slowly unfolding love triangle, Hal Ashby's Coming Home paid tribute to the nation's Vietnam vets with an often heart-wrenching drama about a VA hospital volunteer (Jane Fonda) who finds herself drawn to a paraplegic ex-GI (Voight) while her husband (Bruce Dern) is overseas fighting in the war. Both Voight and Fonda won Oscars for their work in the film, and while some critics complained about Ashby's occasional allowance for melodrama, for others, the complicated relationship between the stars' characters more than compensated for any flaws. "Thinking about the movie," reflected Roger Ebert, "we realize that men and women have been so polarized in so many films, have been made into so many varieties of sexual antagonists or lovers or rivals or other couples, that the mutual human friendship of these two characters comes as something of a revelation."

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9. The General

Voight reunited with Deliverance director John Boorman for 1998's The General, starring Brendan Gleeson as notorious Irish crime boss Martin Cahill, whose life of ruthless crime -- and eventual assassination -- serve as the grist for a grimly compelling black-and-white drama whose stark verisimilitude was no doubt aided by the fact that Boorman himself was once a victim of Cahill's string of burglaries. A Cannes favorite, The General wasn't much of a box office draw in the States, in spite of Boorman's pedigree and a cast that included Voight as a police inspector with a link to Cahill -- not to mention reviews from critics like Time Out's Geoff Andrew, who observed, "All the performances are impressive, but Gleeson and Voight are especially memorable, lending an almost tragic air of inexorability to Cahill and Kenny's cat-and-mouse games."


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8. The Manchurian Candidate

It takes some serious chutzpah to remake a movie as well-received as The Manchurian Candidate, but director Jonathan Demme was no rookie by the time he got around to putting together his own adaptation of the Richard Condon novel in 2004 -- and he was aided and abetted by a terrific cast that included Denzel Washington as war hero Ben Marco, Meryl Streep as a senator who's pushing her son (Liev Schreiber) -- who was also one of Marco's officers -- into a political career, and Voight as a potential vice-presidential candidate whose ambitions make him an obstacle to her plans. Manchurian's 1962 film adaptation proved an eerily timely political thriller, and the passage of time (as well as a handful of storyline changes) did nothing to dull its edge; as David Edelstein wrote for Slate, "Beautifully made and unsurpassingly creepy, it's the rare remake with something contemporary to add."

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7. The Rainmaker

The idea of a director as accomplished as Francis Ford Coppola bringing his talent to bear on an adaptation of a John Grisham novel might seem offensive to some cineastes, but at least in the case of 1997's The Rainmaker, it proved a match made in critical heaven. Matt Damon stars here as Rudy Baylor, a young and (at least temporarily) naive law school grad who ends up filing a lawsuit against a shady insurance company, and he's in very good company, surrounded by a supporting cast that includes Voight (as the slimy opposing counsel), Danny DeVito, Roy Scheider, Mickey Rourke, and Claire Danes. Critics might have gone in expecting something that would live down to Grisham's lowbrow reputation, but they came away pleasantly surprised -- as Madeleine Williams of Cinematter observed, "With numerous entertaining subplots, plenty of well thought-out characters, brought to life by talented actors, and an invigorating trial, what more do you want from a Grisham film?"

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6. Rosewood

Director John Singleton snapped a critical dry spell with 1997's Rosewood, a harrowing dramatization of 1923's shameful Rosewood massacre, during which the residents of a primarily black Florida town were attacked by whites from a neighboring city, setting off days of horrific racial violence that culminated in Rosewood's total abandonment. It's the kind of episode any country would rather forget -- and forget it most Americans did, for decades. Rosewood capped a 15-year period when the tragedy was rediscovered, first by journalists, then finally by the politicians who authorized reparations for its survivors. Starring Don Cheadle as a kind-hearted music teacher, Ving Rhames as a stranger whose arrival galvanizes white fear, and Voight as one of Rosewood's few white residents, the movie resonated with critics like Jose Martinez of Boxoffice Magazine, who wrote, "Comparisons to today's society can't help but be made while watching Rosewood; although moviegoers might wish to leave the theatre thinking we are living in a better time, they might not be able to."

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Comments

Rick Brands

Rick Brands

Good list, but a slightly weird RT users' top ten. 82% liked The Champ? Huh. That is one of the schmaltziest crapfests I've ever seen.

Aug 28 - 05:10 PM

Jeremy Gatehouse

Jeremy Gatehouse

what Steven implied I cant believe that any body can profit $8807 in one month on the internet. more w瓀瓀.B璦瓂񬅟.C璷璵

Sep 2 - 04:59 AM

Jeremy Gatehouse

Jeremy Gatehouse

what Steven implied I cant believe that any body can profit $8807 in one month on the internet. more w瓀瓀.B璦瓂񬅟.C璷璵

Sep 2 - 05:02 AM

Teddy K.

Ryan Gavetti

Midnight Cowboy is one of my favorite movies of all time. Hoffman and Voight's performances are soul-shattering. Not to take the focus away from Voight, but it's great to hear Roger Ebert sum up one of my favorite movies the way he did here.

Aug 28 - 05:11 PM

emely2525

Emely Arias

Voight gives one of my favorite male performances. I love Hoffman's, but to me it's Voight who shines more than anyone.

Sep 4 - 08:11 AM

Infernal D.

Infernal Dude 2.0

Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2

Aug 28 - 05:12 PM

Keith Allison

Keith Allison

Don't forget about Bratz!

Aug 28 - 07:56 PM

kolton d.

kolton dallas

Ridin' around in Jon Voight's Car

Aug 28 - 06:41 PM

Tiziano Di Giuseppe

Tiziano Di Giuseppe

Seinfeld,

Aug 28 - 08:03 PM

Joel C

Joel C

Damn, no Mission: Impossible?

Aug 28 - 07:10 PM

Andrew Targaryen

Andrew Targaryen

It's in the 60% range, believe it or not.

Aug 29 - 01:03 PM

Keith Allison

Keith Allison

Don't forget about Bratz!

Aug 28 - 07:56 PM

Tiziano Di Giuseppe

Tiziano Di Giuseppe

Seinfeld,

Aug 28 - 08:03 PM

SecondBest

This Guy

Anaconda!

Aug 28 - 09:44 PM

Mike Andreen

Mike Andreen

Yes, Anaconda, Voight's best part!

Aug 29 - 10:02 AM

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

I wish you posted that video of Jon Voight breakdancing and fighting a talking CGI dog.

Aug 28 - 11:42 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The top five is pretty solid, although I'd personally bump "Coming Home" over "Runaway Train". Voight's monologue at the film's end may seem melodramatic to some, but...oh, right, we're entering another war today, so it's not like we should learn something from it, suckers.

I'd also personally replace "Rainmaker" with "Conrack".

Aug 29 - 06:09 AM

Alex Aston

Alex Aston

John Voight's best a movie (AKA Anything that's not Getaway) It's a little funny that RT is trying to find his best movie when their currently reviewing what is arguably his worst. I'd probobly say the best movie John Voight was ever in would be Michael Mann's Heat, it wasn't his best role since he was only a small supporting character, but Heat is one of my favourite movies ever made. His best performance would probably be in Midnight Cowboy or Deliverance though.

Aug 29 - 08:19 AM

Dave J

Dave J

"Getaway" is currently getting a rotten score which can't be predicted by RT for they couldn't have seen this coming despite listing Voight's best movies!

Aug 29 - 03:39 PM

Thomas Levesque

Thomas Levesque

my 10 favorite jon voight movies are
1-Heat
2-Holes
3-Mission Impossible
4-Transformers
5-National Treasure
6-Ali
7-Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
8-Anaconda
9-Zoolander
10-Bratz

Aug 29 - 09:00 AM

Willem DaPerson

Willem DaPerson

...Bratz? Lara Croft?

Aug 29 - 12:50 PM

Thomas Levesque

Thomas Levesque

if u don't like them, tough shit asshole. for your information also i watched bratz with my sister and i actulley found it enjoyable.

Aug 29 - 01:22 PM

Thomas Levesque

Thomas Levesque

that felt good to tell haters like u off.

Aug 29 - 01:23 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Wait, was she a great big fat girl?

Aug 29 - 02:58 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Does it also feel good to look like a 12 year old, Disney Channel-brained retard?

Aug 29 - 11:45 PM

Thomas Levesque

Thomas Levesque

would u 2 shut up already, and don't u ever dare talk about my sister like that u idiot.

Sep 15 - 11:43 AM

Nicholas Moody

Nicholas Moody

Please no Transformers, National Treasure, Lara Croft, or Bratz

Aug 31 - 05:18 AM

Thomas Levesque

Thomas Levesque

don't tell me what to do ok.

Sep 15 - 11:42 AM

Mike Andreen

Mike Andreen

Yes, Anaconda, Voight's best part!

Aug 29 - 10:02 AM

Louie Eagle

Louie Eagle

Heat: One of the best movies starring Al Pacino and Robert De Nero, a must-have and must own movie.

Aug 29 - 12:17 PM

Willem DaPerson

Willem DaPerson

...Bratz? Lara Croft?

Aug 29 - 12:50 PM

Thomas Levesque

Thomas Levesque

if u don't like them, tough shit asshole. for your information also i watched bratz with my sister and i actulley found it enjoyable.

Aug 29 - 01:22 PM

Thomas Levesque

Thomas Levesque

that felt good to tell haters like u off.

Aug 29 - 01:23 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Wait, was she a great big fat girl?

Aug 29 - 02:58 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Does it also feel good to look like a 12 year old, Disney Channel-brained retard?

Aug 29 - 11:45 PM

Thomas Levesque

Thomas Levesque

would u 2 shut up already, and don't u ever dare talk about my sister like that u idiot.

Sep 15 - 11:43 AM

Andrew Targaryen

Andrew Targaryen

It's in the 60% range, believe it or not.

Aug 29 - 01:03 PM

Thomas Levesque

Thomas Levesque

if u don't like them, tough shit asshole. for your information also i watched bratz with my sister and i actulley found it enjoyable.

Aug 29 - 01:22 PM

Thomas Levesque

Thomas Levesque

that felt good to tell haters like u off.

Aug 29 - 01:23 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Wait, was she a great big fat girl?

Aug 29 - 02:58 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Does it also feel good to look like a 12 year old, Disney Channel-brained retard?

Aug 29 - 11:45 PM

Thomas Levesque

Thomas Levesque

would u 2 shut up already, and don't u ever dare talk about my sister like that u idiot.

Sep 15 - 11:43 AM

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