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The Best J.J. Abrams Movies

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List RulesVote 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: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
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    Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released2015

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

    Director, producer, and writer 

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    Star Trek
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    Star Trek

    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison

    Released2009

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

    Director and producer

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    Super 8
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    Super 8

    Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka

    Released2011

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

    Director, producer, and writer 

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    Star Trek Into Darkness
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    Star Trek Into Darkness

    Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2013

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

    Director and producer 

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    Forever Young
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    Forever Young

    Mel Gibson, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Released1992

    Directed bySteve Miner

    Writer and executive producer. 

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    Armageddon
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    Armageddon

    Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis

    Released1998

    Directed byMichael Bay

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    Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
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    Released2011

    Directed byBrad Bird

    Producer

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    Cloverfield
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    Cloverfield

    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan

    Released2008

    Directed byMatt Reeves

    Producer

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    Regarding Henry
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    Regarding Henry

    Harrison Ford, Annette Bening

    Released1991

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Writer, co-producer, and actor. Abrams played a delivery boy. 
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    Mission: Impossible III
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    Mission: Impossible III

    Maggie Q, Keri Russell

    Released2006

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

    Director and writer. This was Abrams's directorial debut. 
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    Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
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    Released2015

    Directed byChristopher McQuarrie

    Producer

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    Gone Fishin'
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    Gone Fishin'

    Willie Nelson, Joe Pesci

    Released1997

    Directed byChristopher Cain

    Writer
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    Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker

    Released2019

    Directed byJ. J. Abrams

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    !0 Cloverfield Lane
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    Joy Ride
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    Joy Ride

    Paul Walker, Leelee Sobieski

    Released2001

    Directed byJohn Dahl

    Producer and writer 

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