The Late Movies: Happy Birthday, John Cusack!

Erica Palan

In 1989, the world fell madly in love with Lloyd Dobbler, a nerdy and adorable high school boy played by John Cusack in the 1989 movie Say Anything... Although Cusack's career has continued and risen steadily over the years, we all still love Lloyd Dobbler and consequently, Cusack. Today, he turns 44 and in honor of the occasion, we're offering a selection of clips from his best movies. Though there are certainly more than we can mention here, so if we left out your favorite, feel free to tell us in the comments.


Cusack's silver screen debut came in 1983 when he starred as Roscoe Maibaum in this film, which also featured the debuts of actors Andrew McCarthy, Virginia Madsen, Lolita Davidovich, and Alan Ruck.

Sixteen Candles

Though his role was supporting, John Cusack was in one of the biggest teen movies of all-time. He played Bryce, a friend of Anthony Michael Hall (The Geek). You can catch him in this clip around the 1:20 mark.

Better Off Dead

High school student Lane Meyer, played by Cusack, becomes suicidal when his girlfriend breaks up with him.

Say Anything ...

This Cameron Crowe flick contains Cusack's break-out performance. This scene, featuring Cusack holding a boom box outside the window of his crush, has become one of the defining scenes of the teenage film genre.

Grosse Point Blank

As a professional killer, Cusack takes a vacation from his day job to attend his high school reunion.

Being John Malkovich

In this cult classic, Cusack plays a puppeteer who finds a portal to the mind of actor John Malkovich. It's totally weird. And totally awesome.

High Fidelity

Based on the book by Nick Hornby, High Fidelity chronicles the love life of Rob Gordon. Cusack also worked on the screenplay and served as co-producer. He was nominated for several acting awards for his performance.

Hot Tub Time Machine

Most recently, Cusack starred in this wacky flick about time travel and friendship.

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