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

Updated September 21, 2019 6.7k votes 1.2k voters 93.0k 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. 

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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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    The Fugitive

    Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford

    Released1993

    Directed byAndrew Davis

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    No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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 on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Lonesome Dove is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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 on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    U.S. Marshals is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    U.S. Marshals

    Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lee Jones

    Released1998

    Directed byStuart Baird

    U.S. Marshals is a 1998 American thriller film directed by Stuart Baird. The storyline was... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Coal Miner's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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 on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    The Client is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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 on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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

    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone

    Released1997

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

    Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Double Jeopardy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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 on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Man of the House is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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 on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Hunted is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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 on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Heaven & Earth is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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 on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis

    Released2012

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Lincoln is a 2012 American epic historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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

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    Space Cowboys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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 on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    The Three Burials of Melquiade is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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 on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    The Missing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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 on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Under Siege is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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 on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    The Amazing Howard Hughes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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 on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Love Story is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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 on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    In the Electric Mist is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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 on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Eyes of Laura Mars is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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 on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    JFK is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    JFK

    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman

    Released1991

    Directed byOliver Stone

    JFK is a 1991 American historical legal-conspiracy thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Hope Springs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
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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 on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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

    Charlize Theron, James Franco

    Released2007

    Directed byPaul Haggis

    In the Valley of Elah is a 2007 film written and directed by Paul Haggis, starring Tommy Lee... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Park Is Mine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    The Park Is Mine

    Tommy Lee Jones, Yaphet Kotto

    Released1986

    Directed bySteven Hilliard Stern

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