John Travolta is one of Hollywood’s most iconic actors. In a career spanning four decades, he has featured in several highly-acclaimed movies and has portrayed characters which have gone on to become pop culture trends. Even though his career experienced a lull in the 80s, Travolta was able to make a comeback in the 90s and has since refused to slow down. Check out some of John Travolta’s movies and how they are rated.
John Travolta Movies and TV Shows
10. Primary Colours
Production budget – $65 million; Box office – $52.1 million
Primary Colours is a 1998 comedy/drama largely based on Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. The movie featured A-listers such as Emma Thompson and Billy Bob Thornton while Travolta portrayed the fictional Clinton. Primary Colours received positive reviews from the critics but did not perform so well at the box office. It, however, holds a high rating of 81% on rotten tomatoes and 70% on Metacritic.
9. Saturday Night Fever
Production budget – $3.5 million; Box office – $237.1 million
Saturday Night Fever is one John Travolta movie which generated a pop culture phenomenon. The 1977 drama revolves around a young man, Tony Manero, who works a dead-end job during the day but transforms into a champion disco dancer at night. Travolta portrayed the lead role of Manero, and his excellent performance earned him an Oscar nomination for best actor. It was also a role which propelled him to stardom. Saturday Night Fever was a box office success, grossing over $237 million on a budget of just $3.5 million. The movie holds a rating of 83% on rotten tomatoes and 77% on Metacritic.
8. Get Shorty
Production budget – $30 million; Box office – $115 million
Get Shorty is a 1997 crime-thriller/comedy about a mobster, Chili Palmer, who heads to Hollywood in order to collect a debt but later turns into a movie producer. The movie featured Gene Hackman and Danny DeVito while Travolta played the leading role of Chili Palmer. His excellent performance fetched him the Golden Globe award for best actor. Get Shorty holds a rating of 87% on rotten tomatoes and 82% on Metacritic.
7. Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D
Production budget – $3 million; Box office – $40.3 million
Magnificent Desolation is a 2005 short documentary film about the astronauts of the Apollo program who were the first humans to walk on the moon. The star-studded cast featured Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, and Matthew McConaughey while Travolta voiced the role of one of the astronauts – James Irwin. Magnificent Desolation holds a rating of 88% on rotten tomatoes and 71% on Metacritic.
Production budget – $150 million; Box office – $310 million
Bolt is a 2008 animated comedy/adventure film produced by Disney. The movie revolves around a super dog, Bolt, who is the star of the movie. He is later mistakenly shipped off to New York and he embarks on a long journey to get back to his owner whilst relying on his wits. John Travolta voiced the lead role of Bolt and his co-stars included the likes of Miley Cyrus and Susie Essman. The animated movie was both a critical and commercial success and spearheaded the revival of Disney studios. Bolt has a score of 89% on rotten tomatoes and 67% on Metacritic.
Production budget – $75 million; Box office – $202.5 million
Hairspray is a 2007 musical rom-com based on an award-winning Broadway play of the same title. The musical revolves around a pleasantly-plump teenager, Tracy Turnblad, who pursues stardom as a dancer whilst fighting racial segregation. The movie featured an ensemble cast comprising of the likes of Queen Latifah, Zac Efron, and Michele Pfeiffer while Travolta played the role of Tracy’s mom – Edna. Hairspray is one of the highest-grossing musicals of all times. It holds a score of 91% on rotten tomatoes and 81% on Metacritic.
Production budget – $80 million; Box office – $245.7 million
If there is one John Travolta movie that you should definitely see, then it is Face/Off. Face/Off is a 1997 action film about an FBI agent, Archer, who is hell-bent on capturing a sociopathic terrorist named Troy. Things take an unexpected twist when both men assume each other’s physical appearance in their battle of wits. John Travolta played the role of Archer while Nicholas Cage portrayed Troy. The movie holds a score of 92% on rotten tomatoes and 82% on Metacritic.
3. Pulp Fiction
Production budget – $8.5 million; Box office – $213.9 million
Pulp Fiction is the John Travolta movie which revamped his career. The film is a 1994 crime flick written and directed by the famed filmmaker, Quentin Tarantino. The movie brings to life the L.A. criminal world using a combination of gangster movies, film noirs, wacky violent cartoons, video games, and animations. In the film, John Travolta portrayed a prominent criminal named Vincent Vega. His excellent performance fetched him an Oscar nomination for best actor. Pulp Fiction was both a critical and commercial success and is regarded as one of the greatest films ever made. It holds a score of 92% on rotten tomatoes and 94% on Metacritic.
2. American Crime Story: The People v O.J.
This is the first season of the hit FX true crime anthology series, American Crime Story. It revolved around the O.J. Simpson murder trial which gripped the American public. In the series, John Travolta portrayed Robert Shapiro, an attorney who was part of the successful defense team. The series ran from February to April 2016 and holds a rating of 93% on rotten tomatoes and 90% on Metacritic.
Production budget – $1.8 million; Box office – $33.8 million
Carrie is one of John Travolta’s movies that he did when he was starting out in Hollywood. The movie is a 1976 supernatural horror film based on a Stephen King novel of the same title. The movie is about a shy girl who is viciously bullied by her schoolmates. She later uses her telekinetic powers to wrought devastation on her tormentors. Carrie received positive reviews from critics with one hailing it as “the best scary-funny movie since Jaws”. The film holds a score of 93% on rotten tomatoes and 85% on Metacritic.