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

Updated September 21, 2019 7.2k votes 1.2k voters 93.9k views71 items

List RulesVote 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

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    The Fugitive

    Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford

    Released1993

    Directed byAndrew Davis

    This film is a 1993 American action film based on the 1960s television series of the same name...  more

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    No Country for Old Men

    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released2007

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-western neo-noir thriller film directed by Joel...  more

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    Lonesome Dove

    Anjelica Huston, Timothy Scott

    Released1989

    Directed bySimon Wincer

    Lonesome Dove is a 1989 American epic Western adventure television miniseries directed by...  more

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    The Sunset Limited

    Samuel L. Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released2010

    Directed byTommy Lee Jones

    The Sunset Limited is a 2011 television film based on the play written by Cormac McCarthy. The...  more

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    Coal Miner's Daughter

    Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek

    Released1980

    Directed byMichael Apted

    Coal Miner's Daughter is a 1980 biographical film which tells the story of country music...  more

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    Double Jeopardy

    Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released1999

    Directed byBruce Beresford

    Double Jeopardy is a 1999 American mystery-thriller film directed by Bruce Beresford and...  more

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    Men in Black

    Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released1997

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

    Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry...  more

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    The Client

    Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released1994

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    The Client is a 1994 American legal thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher, based on the...  more

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    Man of the House

    Tommy Lee Jones, Christina Milian

    Released2005

    Man of the House is a 2005 American comedy film directed by Stephen Herek, written by John J....  more
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    Blue Sky

    Jessica Lange, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released1994

    Directed byTony Richardson

    Blue Sky is a 1994 drama, and the last film by veteran film maker Tony Richardson. It was...  more

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    The Hunted

    Johnny Cash, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released2003

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

    The Hunted is a 2003 American action thriller film directed by William Friedkin and starring...  more
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    Heaven & Earth

    Tommy Lee Jones, Debbie Reynolds

    Released1993

    Directed byOliver Stone

    Heaven & Earth is a 1993 Vietnam film directed and written by Oliver Stone, and starring Tommy...  more

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    Space Cowboys

    Clint Eastwood, Jon Hamm

    Released2000

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Space Cowboys is a 2000 American space adventure film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood....  more

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    The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

    January Jones, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released2005

    Directed byTommy Lee Jones

    The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada is a 2005 Mexican-American neo-western film directed...  more

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    Love Story

    Tommy Lee Jones, Ray Milland

    Released1970

    Directed byArthur Hiller

    Love Story is a 1970 romantic drama film written by Erich Segal, who also authored the...  more

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    The Amazing Howard Hughes

    Tommy Lee Jones, Ed Harris

    Released1977

    Directed byWilliam A. Graham

    The Amazing Howard Hughes is a two-part 1977 television movie about American aviation pioneer...  more
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    The Missing

    Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood

    Released2003

    Directed byRon Howard

    The Missing is a 2003 American Revisionist Western thriller film directed by Ron Howard, based...  more

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    The Good Old Boys

    Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released1995

    Directed byTommy Lee Jones

    The Good Old Boys is a 1995 adventure film directed by Tommy Lee Jones....  more
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    Under Siege

    Steven Seagal, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released1992

    Directed byAndrew Davis

    Under Siege is a 1992 American action film directed by Andrew Davis and starring Steven Seagal...  more

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    In the Electric Mist

    John Goodman, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released2008

    Directed byBertrand Tavernier

    In the Electric Mist is a 2009 Franco-American drama/mystical film based on the novel In the...  more
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    The Homesman

    Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank

    Released2014

    Directed byTommy Lee Jones

    The Homesman is a 2014 American period drama film set in the 1850s midwest produced and...  more

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    The Park Is Mine

    Tommy Lee Jones, Yaphet Kotto

    Released1986

    Directed bySteven Hilliard Stern

    The Park Is Mine, is a 1986 made-for-TV movie directed by Steven Hilliard Stern, starring...  more
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    Rolling Thunder

    Tommy Lee Jones, Dabney Coleman

    Released1977

    Directed byJohn Flynn

    Rolling Thunder is a 1977 film starring William Devane and Tommy Lee Jones. The film was...  more
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    Eyes of Laura Mars

    Tommy Lee Jones, Faye Dunaway

    Released1978

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

    Eyes of Laura Mars is a 1978 thriller film starring Faye Dunaway and Tommy Lee Jones and...  more
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    Hope Springs

    Meryl Streep, Steve Carell

    Released2012

    Directed byDavid Frankel

    Hope Springs is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by David Frankel, written...  more

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