Best Alan Arkin movies

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Best Alan Arkin movies
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TOP 25:
The Muppets
The Muppets
Alan Arkin as: Tour Guide
Genre: Comedy, Music, Family
Release: 2011
When Kermit the Frog and the Muppets learn that their beloved theater is slated for demolition, a sympathetic human, Gary, and his puppet roommate, Walter, swoop in to help the gang put on a show and raise the $10 million they need to save the day.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Elliott Gould movies?

TOP 24:
Sunshine Cleaning
Sunshine Cleaning
Alan Arkin as: Joe Lorkowski
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release: 2008
A single mother and her slacker sister find an unexpected way to turn their lives around in the off-beat dramatic comedy. In order to raise the tuition to send her young son to private school the mom starts an unusual business – a biohazard removal/crime scene clean-up service.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Steve Zahn movies?


TOP 23:
Dumbo
Dumbo
Alan Arkin as: J. Griffin Remington
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Family
Release: 2019
A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Taissa Farmiga movies?

TOP 22:
Coupe de Ville
Coupe de Ville
Alan Arkin as: Fred Libner
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release: 1990
Meet the Libner brothers: Marvin (Daniel Stern), the oldest, is a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. Buddy (Arye Gross), the middle child, is a timid dreamer. Bobby (Patrick Dempsey), the youngest, is a handsome rebel in reform school. As kids, they fought a lot and as adults, they barely speak. In the summer of 1963, their tough and eccentric father, Fred (Alan Arkin), gives them a task: to bring a 1954 Cadillac, bought for their mother, Betty (Rita Taggart), from Detroit to Miami. As the trip goes on, the three brothers fight and begin to reconnect with each other, while trying to keep the Caddy in mint condition.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Patrick Dempsey movies?

TOP 21:
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
Alan Arkin as: Dr. Sigmund Freud
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Release: 1976
Concerned about his friend's cocaine use, Dr. Watson tricks Sherlock Holmes into travelling to Vienna, where Holmes enters the care of Sigmund Freud. Freud attemts to solve the mysteries of Holmes' subconscious, while Holmes devotes himself to solving a mystery involving the kidnapping of Lola Deveraux.


TOP 20:
Going in Style
Going in Style
Alan Arkin as: Albert Garner
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Release: 2017
Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, three lifelong pals risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Matt Dillon movies?

TOP 19:
Spenser Confidential
Spenser Confidential
Alan Arkin as: Henry
Genre: Action, Comedy, Thriller
Release: 2020
Spenser, a former Boston patrolman who just got out from prison, teams up with Hawk, an aspiring fighter, to unravel the truth behind the death of two police officers.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Michael Gaston movies?

TOP 18:
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing
Alan Arkin as: Gene
Genre: Drama
Release: 2001
The lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a housecleaner, a professor, and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Matthew McConaughey movies?


TOP 17:
Indian Summer
Indian Summer
Alan Arkin as: Unca Lou Handler
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release: 1993
A group of childhood friends, now in their thirties, reunite at Camp Tamakwa. Only a few of the original campers show up, but they still have a good time reminiscing. The people share experiences and grow while at the camp. They are dismayed to discover that the camp's owner, Unca Lou, is going to close the camp down.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Alain Delon movies?

TOP 16:
Million Dollar Arm
Million Dollar Arm
Alan Arkin as: Ray Arkin
Genre: Drama
Release: 2014
In a last-ditch effort to save his career, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) dreams up a wild game plan to find Major League Baseball’s next great pitcher from a pool of cricket players in India. He soon discovers two young men who can throw a fastball but know nothing about the game of baseball. Or America. It’s an incredible and touching journey that will change them all — especially JB, who learns valuable lessons about teamwork, commitment and family.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Bill Paxton movies?

TOP 15:

Catch-22

Catch-22
Alan Arkin as: Capt. John Yossarian
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Release: 1970
A bombardier in World War II tries desperately to escape the insanity of the war. However, sometimes insanity is the only sane way to cope with a crazy situation.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Martin Sheen movies?


TOP 14:

The In-Laws

The In-Laws
Alan Arkin as: Sheldon S. Kompett D.D.S.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Mystery
Release: 1979
In preparation for his daughter's wedding, dentist Sheldon Kornpett meets Vince Ricardo, the groom's father. Vince, a manic fellow who claims to be a government agent, then proceeds to drag Sheldon into a series of chases and misadventures from New York to Central America.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best James Hong movies?

TOP 13:

City Island

City Island
Alan Arkin as: Michael Malakov
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release: 2009
The Rizzos, a family who doesn't share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find their delicate web of lies disturbed by the arrival of a young ex-con brought home by Vince, the patriarch of the family, who is a corrections officer in real life, and a hopeful actor in private.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Julianna Margulies movies?

TOP 12:

Grosse Pointe Blank

Grosse Pointe Blank
Alan Arkin as: Dr. Oatman
Genre: Action, Comedy, Thriller, Romance
Release: 1997
Martin Blank is a freelance hitman who starts to develop a conscience, which causes him to botch a couple of routine assignments. On the advice of his secretary and his psychiatrist, he decides to attend his 10 year high school reunion in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Jenna Elfman movies?

TOP 11:

The Last Unicorn

The Last Unicorn
Alan Arkin as: Schmendrick (voice)
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Fantasy, Family
Release: 1982
From a riddle-speaking butterfly, a unicorn learns that she is supposedly the last of her kind, all the others having been herded away by the Red Bull. The unicorn sets out to discover the truth behind the butterfly's words. She is eventually joined on her quest by Schmendrick, a second-rate magician, and Molly Grue, a now middle-aged woman who dreamed all her life of seeing a unicorn. Their journey leads them far from home, all the way to the castle of King Haggard.


TOP 10:

Argo

Argo
Alan Arkin as: Lester Siegel
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Release: 2012
As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.

TOP 9:

Marley & Me

Marley & Me
Alan Arkin as: Arnie Klein
Genre: Comedy, Family
Release: 2008
A newly married couple who, in the process of starting a family, learn many of life's important lessons from their trouble-loving retriever, Marley. Packed with plenty of laughs to lighten the load, the film explores the highs and lows of marriage, maturity and confronting one's own mortality, as seen through the lens of family life with a dog.

TOP 8:

Wait Until Dark

Wait Until Dark
Alan Arkin as: Roat / Roat Jr. / Roat Sr.
Genre: Horror, Crime, Thriller
Release: 1967
After a flight back home, Sam Hendrix returns with a doll he innocently acquired along the way. As it turns out, the doll is actually stuffed with heroin, and a group of criminals led by the ruthless Roat has followed Hendrix back to his place to retrieve it. When Hendrix leaves for business, the crooks make their move -- and find his blind wife, Susy, alone in the apartment. Soon, a life-threatening game begins between Susy and the thugs.

TOP 7:

Escape from Sobibor

Escape from Sobibor
Alan Arkin as: Leon Feldhendler
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War, TV Movie
Release: 1987
The true story of WWII's notorious Sobibor Nazi death camp, where a courageous inmate orchestrates and leads the escape of over 300 prisoners.

TOP 6:

Four Days in September

Four Days in September
Original Title: O Que é Isso, Companheiro?
Alan Arkin as: Charles Burke Elbrick
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Release: 1997
Fernando, a journalist, and his friend César join terrorist group MR8 in order to fight Brazilian dictatorial regime during the late sixties. Cesare, however, is wounded and captured during a bank hold up. Fernando then decides to kidnap the American ambassador in Brazil and ask for the release of fifteen political prisoners in exchange for his life.


TOP 5:

Glengarry Glen Ross

Glengarry Glen Ross
Alan Arkin as: George Aaronow
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Release: 1992
When an office full of Chicago real estate salesmen is given the news that all but the top two will be fired at the end of the week, the atmosphere begins to heat up. Shelley Levene, who has a sick daughter, does everything in his power to get better leads from his boss, John Williamson, but to no avail. When his coworker Dave Moss comes up with a plan to steal the leads, things get complicated for the tough-talking salesmen.

TOP 4:

Gattaca

Gattaca
Alan Arkin as: Detective Hugo
Genre: Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller, Romance
Release: 1997
In a future society in the era of indefinite eugenics, humans are set on a life course depending on their DNA. Young Vincent Freeman is born with a condition that would prevent him from space travel, yet is determined to infiltrate the GATTACA space program.

TOP 3:

Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine
Alan Arkin as: Edwin Hoover
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release: 2006
A family loaded with quirky, colorful characters piles into an old van and road trips to California for little Olive to compete in a beauty pageant.

TOP 2:

Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands
Alan Arkin as: Bill
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Release: 1990
A small suburban town receives a visit from a castaway unfinished science experiment named Edward.

TOP 1:

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Alan Arkin as: John Singer
Genre: Drama
Release: 1968
Singer is a deaf-mute whose small world brings him in contact with a young girl, Mick, who cherishes a seemingly hopeless dream of becoming a concert pianist. At first hostile, Mick soon becomes friends with Singer, hoping to enlarge his small world. Three other central characters come to Singer for help also, each of them seeing in him a powerful force.



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