The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked

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List Criteria: Vote for your favorite Tommy Lee Jones movies, regardless of critic reviews or how big the role was.

The best Tommy Lee Jones movies of all time prove that he’s one of the top actors currently active. Since the 1970s, he has appeared in plenty of blockbusters and critically-acclaimed movies, earning his first Golden Globe nomination in 1980. His highest grossing movies have been well-received at the box office as well, as his lifetime box office gross exceeds $2.5 billion.

Jones started acting on Broadway in the 1969 production of A Patriot for Me and landed his first film role the very next year. For most of the 1970s, Tommy Lee Jones’ acting credits were fairly diversified, as he worked in film, TV, and stage productions. His first big film role was the 1980 Loretta Lynn biopic, Coal Miner's Daughter.

From the ‘80s onward, Tommy Lee Jones had many smash hits, including Men in Black, JFK, Batman Forever, and more. His more recent works have included the Matt Damon blockbuster Jason Bourne and the historical drama Lincoln.

So what are the best Tommy Lee Jones movies of all time? Is it his first big hit Coal Miner’s Daughter or something newer, such as Captain America: The First Avenger? See what fans have ranked as their favorite Tommy Lee Jones movies below. Movie trailers have been included if you want a preview of the film. If you think the best Tommy Lee Jones role isn't at the top, then vote it up. Don’t see it listed? Add it so that others may vote for it. After all, this list of the best Tommy Lee Jones movies should be as a comprehensive as possible. 

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Tommy Lee Jones movies?" and "What are the greatest Tommy Lee Jones roles of all time?" If you enjoy Tommy Lee Jones' no-nonsense acting approach, you might also enjoy our list of best Josh Brolin movies and best Robert Duvall movies

Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard have both worked with Tommy Lee Jones over the years, as have plenty of other well-known directors. Movie fans who love Tommy Lee Jones have also been known to enjoy films starring Willem Dafoe and James Earl Jones.

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    The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked

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    Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones

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    Lonesome Dove is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Anjelica Huston, Timothy Scott, Robert Duvall

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    U.S. Marshals is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes

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    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

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    Coal Miner's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek, Beverly DAngelo

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    Under Siege is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Steven Seagal, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Busey

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    The Client is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Mary-Louise Parker

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    Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field

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    Space Cowboys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Clint Eastwood, Jon Hamm, Jay Leno

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    Double Jeopardy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones, Bruce Campbell

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    The Missing is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood, Val Kilmer

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    JFK is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon

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    Man of the House is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Tommy Lee Jones, Christina Milian, Paget Brewster

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    Men in Black II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Michael Jackson, Will Smith, Rosario Dawson

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    The Three Burials of Melquiade... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    January Jones, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm

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    Johnny Cash, Tommy Lee Jones, Benicio del Toro

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    Batman Forever is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore, Jim Carrey

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    In the Valley of Elah is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Charlize Theron, James Franco, Susan Sarandon

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    Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith

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    Heaven & Earth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Tommy Lee Jones, Debbie Reynolds, Joan Chen

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones

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    Blown Away is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones, Forest Whitaker

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    Cobb is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Tommy Lee Jones, Lolita Davidovich, Bradley Whitford

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    House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Kathleen Turner, Tommy Lee Jones, Esther Rolle

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    The Executioner's Song is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Tommy Lee Jones, Eli Wallach, Rosanna Arquette

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    Rules of Engagement is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Samuel L. Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Kingsley

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    Blue Sky is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Jessica Lange, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris O'Donnell

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    A Prairie Home Companion is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Lindsay Lohan, Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones

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    The Sunset Limited is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Samuel L. Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones

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    Natural Born Killers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones

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    Eyes of Laura Mars is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Tommy Lee Jones, Faye Dunaway, Brad Dourif

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    The Amazing Howard Hughes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Tommy Lee Jones, Ed Harris, Tovah Feldshuh

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    The Rainmaker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Tommy Lee Jones, James Cromwell, William Katt

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    Volcano is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Tommy Lee Jones, Don Cheadle, Anne Heche

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    Love Story is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Tommy Lee Jones, Ray Milland, Ryan O'Neal

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    The Good Old Boys is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    The Good Old Boys Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek

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    In the Electric Mist is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    John Goodman, Tommy Lee Jones, Mary Steenburgen

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    Small Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kirsten Dunst, Christina Ricci

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    The Company Men is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones

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    Jackson County Jail is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Tommy Lee Jones, Yvette Mimieux, Lisa Copeland

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    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives

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    Hope Springs is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Meryl Streep, Steve Carell, Tommy Lee Jones

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    Gotham is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Tommy Lee Jones, Virginia Madsen, Frederic Forrest

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    Rolling Thunder is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Tommy Lee Jones, Dabney Coleman, William Devane

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    Back Roads is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Nell Carter

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    Barn Burning is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Tommy Lee Jones, Diane Kagan, Thomas Hal Phillips

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    The Park Is Mine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Tommy Lee Jones, Yaphet Kotto, Helen Shaver

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    The River Rat is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Tommy Lee Jones, Brian Dennehy, Martha Plimpton

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    The Homesman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, Tommy Lee Jones

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