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.
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Directed by: Andrew DavisThis film is a 1993 American action film based on the 1960s television series of the same name created by Roy Huggins. The film was directed by Andrew Davis and stars Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee... more
Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel CoenNo Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-western neo-noir thriller film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy. Mayhem ensue after a hunter (Josh Brolin) stumbles... more
Directed by: Simon WincerLonesome Dove is a 1989 American epic Western adventure television miniseries directed by Simon Wincer. It is a four part adaptation of the 1985 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Larry... more
Directed by: Michael AptedCoal Miner's Daughter is a 1980 biographical film which tells the story of country music legendary singer Loretta Lynn. It stars Sissy Spacek as Loretta, a role that earned her the Academy Award for... more
Directed by: Oliver StoneHeaven & Earth is a 1993 Vietnam film directed and written by Oliver Stone, and starring Tommy Lee Jones, Haing S. Ngor, Joan Chen, and Hiep Thi Le. It is the third and final film in Stone's Vietnam... more
Directed by: Barry SonnenfeldMen in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. The... more
Directed by: Bruce BeresfordDouble Jeopardy is a 1999 American mystery-thriller film directed by Bruce Beresford and starring Tommy Lee Jones, Ashley Judd, and Bruce Greenwood. The film is about a woman who is framed. ... more
Directed by: Joel SchumacherThe Client is a 1994 American legal thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher, based on the novel by John Grisham. A young boy who witnessed the suicide of a mafia lawyer hires an attorney (Susan... more
Directed by: Joe DanteSmall Soldiers is a 1998 American science fiction action film directed by Joe Dante. The film revolves around two adolescents, who get caught in the middle of a battle between two factions of... more
Released: 2005Man of the House is a 2005 American comedy film directed by Stephen Herek, written by John J. McLaughlin and Scott Lobdell, and starring Tommy Lee Jones. The main plot revolves around Lt. Roland... more
Directed by: William FriedkinThe Hunted is a 2003 American action thriller film directed by William Friedkin and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio del Toro. Brian Tyler composed the film's score.... more
Directed by: Steven SpielbergLincoln is a 2012 American epic historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. The... more
Directed by: Bertrand TavernierIn the Electric Mist is a 2009 Franco-American drama/mystical film based on the novel In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead by James Lee Burke. It is directed by Bertrand Tavernier, written by... more
Directed by: Clint EastwoodSpace Cowboys is a 2000 American space adventure film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood. It stars Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, and James Garner as four older "ex-test pilots"... more
Directed by: Michael LessacHouse of Cards is a 1993 drama film directed by Michael Lessac and starring Kathleen Turner and Tommy Lee Jones. It follows the struggle of a mother to reconnect with her daughter who has been... more
Directed by: Tommy Lee JonesThe Sunset Limited is a 2011 television film based on the play written by Cormac McCarthy. The film stars Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson. It was the duo's second collaboration, after the 2000... more
Directed by: John FrankenheimerTraveling rainmaker Starbuck arrives at the drought-ridden Curry place, promising rain for the farm and perhaps a romance for 'spinster sister' Lizzie... more
Directed by: Andrew DavisUnder Siege is a 1992 American action film directed by Andrew Davis and starring Steven Seagal as a former Navy SEAL who must stop a group of mercenaries, led by Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey, on a... more
Directed by: Ron HowardThe Missing is a 2003 American Revisionist Western thriller film directed by Ron Howard, based on Thomas Eidson's 1996 novel The Last Ride. The film is set in 1885 New Mexico Territory is notable for... more
Directed by: Tommy Lee JonesThe Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada is a 2005 Mexican-American neo-western film directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones and written by Guillermo Arriaga. It also stars Barry Pepper, Julio... more
Directed by: Robert AltmanA Prairie Home Companion is a 2006 American comedy film directed by Robert Altman in his final film. The film is a fictional representation of behind-the-scenes activities at the long-running public... more
Directed by: Oliver StoneJFK is a 1991 American historical legal-conspiracy thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It examines the events leading to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and subsequent cover-up... more
Directed by: Tommy Lee JonesThe Homesman is a 2014 American period drama film set in the 1850s midwest produced and directed by Tommy Lee Jones and co-written with Kieran Fitzgerald and Wesley Oliver, based on the 1988 novel of... more
Directed by: David FrankelHope Springs is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by David Frankel, written by Vanessa Taylor, and starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell. The film was released on... more
Directed by: Stuart BairdU.S. Marshals is a 1998 American thriller film directed by Stuart Baird. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Roy Huggins and John Pogue. The events depicted in the story do not... more