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The Best J.J. Abrams Movies 

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List Rules Vote up the best movies that J.J. Abrams has produced, written, or directed

Although the name J.J. Abrams is practically synonymous with Star Wars nowadays, he's actually responsible for directing, writing, and producing some of the best movies of the last two decades. His career began with a bang in the '90s, and he's been bringing amazing ideas to life on the silver screen ever since. Take a look at this list of J.J. Abrams movies and you may even discover some films that you never knew he worked on. 

What are the best J.J. Abrams movies? Mission: Impossible III might top your list. Abrams tackled the third Mission Impossible movie as his first directorial debut. David Fincher was originally supposed to direct this film, but had to drop out due to another project. Tom Cruise actually called up J.J. Abrams because he had just finished binge-watching the first two seasons of Alias and wanted to work with him. Abrams accepted the job, and went on to direct this, and many other incredible films.  

You might also love Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. These thrilling intergalactic adventure movies were a huge contributing factor in selecting Abrams to direct and co-write Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He won a Saturn award for Best Director, and it's gross earnings of $467 million worldwide made it the highest-grossing entry in the Star Trek franchise.  

Other films that Abrams has worked on include Super 8, Cloverfield, Morning Glory, and Armageddon. Vote up the best J.J. Abrams films below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.
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Star Wars: The Force Awa... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best J.J. Abrams Movies
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 2015

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

Director, producer, and writer  Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a 2015 American epic space opera film directed by J. J. Abrams. Three decades after the Empire's defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order. ...more

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Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best J.J. Abrams Movies
Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder

Released: 2009

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

Director and producer Star Trek is a 2009 science fiction film directed by J. J. Abrams, written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, and produced by Damon Lindelof and Bryan Burk. It is the eleventh film based on the ...more

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Super 8 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best J.J. Abrams Movies
Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler

Released: 2011

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

Director, producer, and writer  Super 8 is a 2011 American science fiction horror film written, co-produced, and directed by J. J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg. The film stars Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, and Kyle ...more

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Star Trek Into Darkness ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best J.J. Abrams Movies
Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve

Released: 2013

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

Director and producer  Star Trek Into Darkness is a 2013 American science fiction action film. It is the twelfth installment in the Star Trek franchise and the sequel to 2009's Star Trek. J. J. Abrams directed a ...more

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Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best J.J. Abrams Movies
Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

Released: 2008

Directed by: Matt Reeves

Producer Cloverfield is a 2008 American science fiction found footage monster film directed by Matt Reeves, produced by J. J. Abrams & Bryan Burk, and written by Drew Goddard. Before settling on an ...more

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Mission: Impossible – Gh... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best J.J. Abrams Movies
Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner

Released: 2011

Directed by: Brad Bird

Producer Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is a 2011 American action spy film directed by Brad Bird, and the fourth film in the Mission: Impossible series. The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in ...more

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Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best J.J. Abrams Movies
Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

Released: 1998

Directed by: Michael Bay

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Armageddon is a 1998 American science fiction disaster thriller film, directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and released by Touchstone Pictures. The film follows a group of ...more

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Mission: Impossible III ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best J.J. Abrams Movies
Maggie Q, Keri Russell, Michelle Monaghan

Released: 2006

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

Director and writer. This was Abrams's directorial debut.  Mission: Impossible III (stylized as M:i:III) is a 2006 American action spy film directed by J. J. Abrams, and the third film in the Mission: Impossible series. Retired from field work, IMF ...more

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Mission: Impossible - Ro... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best J.J. Abrams Movies
Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner

Released: 2015

Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie

Producer Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is a 2015 American action spy film directed by Christopher McQuarrie, and the fifth film in the series. IMF agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is on the run from ...more
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!0 Cloverfield Lane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best J.J. Abrams Movies
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Forever Young is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best J.J. Abrams Movies
Mel Gibson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Elijah Wood

Released: 1992

Directed by: Steve Miner

Writer and executive producer.  Forever Young is a 1992 film with elements of romance, drama and science fiction, directed by Steve Miner, starring Mel Gibson, Elijah Wood and Jamie Lee Curtis. The screenplay was written by J. ...more
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Star Wars: Episode IX - ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best J.J. Abrams Movies
starwarssuperfan added Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac

Released: 2019

Directed by: J. J. Abrams

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker a 2019 American epic space opera film directed by J. J. Abrams. Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe (Oscar Isaac) must stop Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) ...more

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Regarding Henry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best J.J. Abrams Movies
Harrison Ford, Annette Bening, J.J. Abrams

Released: 1991

Directed by: Mike Nichols

Writer, co-producer, and actor. Abrams played a delivery boy.  Regarding Henry is a 1991 American film drama starring Harrison Ford and Annette Bening, directed by Mike Nichols. The screenplay by J. J. Abrams focuses on a New York City lawyer who struggles ...more
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Joy Ride is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best J.J. Abrams Movies
Paul Walker, Leelee Sobieski, Walton Goggins

Released: 2001

Directed by: John Dahl

Producer and writer  Joy Ride, also known as Roadkill, is a 2001 American thriller road film. The film was written by J. J. Abrams and Clay Tarver and directed by John Dahl and starring Steve Zahn, Paul Walker and ...more

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Gone Fishin' is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best J.J. Abrams Movies
Willie Nelson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover

Released: 1997

Directed by: Christopher Cain

Writer Gone Fishin '​ is a 1997 American comedy film starring Joe Pesci and Danny Glover as two bumbling fishing enthusiasts. Nick Brimble, Rosanna Arquette, Lynn Whitfield, and Willie Nelson co-star. ...more