1. Pulp Fiction (1994)

As a cold blooded assassin and drug addict, he still manages to make us love him, playing googly eyes with Uma Thurman and debating worldviews with Sam Jackson.

The director obviously loved Travolta, using everything that made him famous in a role that should’ve left audiences cold.

Verdict: Good choice.


2. Perfect (1985)

Pairing Travolta with Jamie Lee Curtis was a no brainer. Two beautiful, well liked actors falling in love should’ve drawn us in. Only the script was too shallow to be about anything. Critics blasted it and audiences stayed away.

Verdict: Bad choice.


3. Get Shorty (1995)

No offense to serious jazz fans, but as Chili Palmer, Travolta personified the return of the cool.

As a mobster realizing the Hollywood life’s for him, he easily fits into a world of shady dealings and back stabbings as if he were negotiating with drug dealers and gun runners.

Verdict: Good choice.


4. Battlefield Earth (2000)

Travolta has said he doesn’t pay much attention to the reaction of his films. Good thing. The reactions to his pet project would break his heart. Did anyone have anything good to say about the adaptation of Scientology guru L. Ron Hubbard’s sci-fi novel?

Verdict: Bad choice.


5. Face / Off (1997)

The great conceit of this film was watching Travolta pretending to be Nicholas Cage pretending to be Travolta, and vice versa. The great action director John Woo kept it going with moments of humor and bursts of solid action.

Verdict: Very good choice.


6. Two of a Kind (1983)

Everyone had high hopes for the reunion of the stars of the classic Grease. That good will crumbled quickly in a film about God leaving the fate of humanity in the hands of two thieves (Travolta and Olivia Newton-John).

Verdict: Bad choice.


7. Saturday Night Fever (1977)

In a few minutes, Travolta strutted to movie stardom under a throbbing beat by 70s music icons the Bee Gees. Saturday Night Fever was a harsh movie with its unfiltered language, but Travolta’s impassioned lead made it all easy to swallow.

Verdict: Good choice.


8. Staying Alive (1983)

Returning to the streets of Fever under the direction of Sylvester Stallone, Travolta does an almost note by note Rocky story. It culminates in Travolta strutting to a song during a live Broadway show in which nobody is singing.

Verdict: Bad choice.


9. Phenomenon (1996)

Travolta plays an average Joe suddenly bestowed with incredible power. Instead of a super hero movie, it turns into a mediation on faith and hope.

Never has Travolta been more likeable, maintaining a sense of stability as the world revolves around his superhuman status.

Verdict: Good choice.


10. She’s So Lovely (1997)

She’s So Lovely’s plot is far too convoluted to try and get into. It has top talent – Travolta, Sean Penn, Robin Wright and a script by advant-garde auteur John Cassavetes – yet nothing really falls into place.

What should’ve been an actor’s showcase falls into a big hole.

Verdict: Bad choice.