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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 93.8k 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 Fugitive1

    The Fugitive

    Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford


    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 Men2

    No Country for Old Men

    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones


    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 Dove3

    Lonesome Dove

    Anjelica Huston, Timothy Scott


    Directed bySimon Wincer

    Lonesome Dove is a 1989 American epic Western adventure television miniseries directed by...  more
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    #162 of 201 The TV Shows with the Best Writing#136 of 402 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time

  • U.S. Marshals4

    U.S. Marshals

    Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lee Jones


    Directed byStuart Baird

    U.S. Marshals is a 1998 American thriller film directed by Stuart Baird. The storyline was...  more
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  • Coal Miner's Daughter5

    Coal Miner's Daughter

    Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek


    Directed byMichael Apted

    Coal Miner's Daughter is a 1980 biographical film which tells the story of country music...  more
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  • The Client6

    The Client

    Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones


    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    The Client is a 1994 American legal thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher, based on the...  more
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  • Men in Black7

    Men in Black

    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone


    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

    Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry...  more
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  • Double Jeopardy8

    Double Jeopardy

    Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones


    Directed byBruce Beresford

    Double Jeopardy is a 1999 American mystery-thriller film directed by Bruce Beresford and...  more
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    #67 of 85 Great Movies About Furious Women Out for Revenge#9 of 29 The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping

  • Man of the House9

    Man of the House

    Tommy Lee Jones, Christina Milian


    Man of the House is a 2005 American comedy film directed by Stephen Herek, written by John J....  more
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  • Blue Sky10

    Blue Sky

    Jessica Lange, Tommy Lee Jones


    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 Hunted11

    The Hunted

    Johnny Cash, Tommy Lee Jones


    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

    The Hunted is a 2003 American action thriller film directed by William Friedkin and starring...  more
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  • Heaven & Earth12

    Heaven & Earth

    Tommy Lee Jones, Debbie Reynolds


    Directed byOliver Stone

    Heaven & Earth is a 1993 Vietnam film directed and written by Oliver Stone, and starring Tommy...  more
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  • The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada13

    The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

    January Jones, Tommy Lee Jones


    Directed byTommy Lee Jones

    The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada is a 2005 Mexican-American neo-western film directed...  more
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  • Lincoln14


    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Lincoln is a 2012 American epic historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring...  more
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  • The Sunset Limited15

    The Sunset Limited

    Samuel L. Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones


    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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  • Space Cowboys16

    Space Cowboys

    Clint Eastwood, Jon Hamm


    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Space Cowboys is a 2000 American space adventure film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood....  more
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  • Love Story17

    Love Story

    Tommy Lee Jones, Ray Milland


    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 Hughes18

    The Amazing Howard Hughes

    Tommy Lee Jones, Ed Harris


    Directed byWilliam A. Graham

    The Amazing Howard Hughes is a two-part 1977 television movie about American aviation pioneer...  more
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  • In the Electric Mist19

    In the Electric Mist

    John Goodman, Tommy Lee Jones


    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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  • Under Siege20

    Under Siege

    Steven Seagal, Tommy Lee Jones


    Directed byAndrew Davis

    Under Siege is a 1992 American action film directed by Andrew Davis and starring Steven Seagal...  more
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  • The Missing21

    The Missing

    Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood


    Directed byRon Howard

    The Missing is a 2003 American Revisionist Western thriller film directed by Ron Howard, based...  more
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  • The Homesman22

    The Homesman

    Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank


    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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  • Eyes of Laura Mars23

    Eyes of Laura Mars

    Tommy Lee Jones, Faye Dunaway


    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 Springs24

    Hope Springs

    Meryl Streep, Steve Carell


    Directed byDavid Frankel

    Hope Springs is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by David Frankel, written...  more
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  • House of Cards25

    House of Cards

    Kathleen Turner, Tommy Lee Jones


    Directed byMichael Lessac

    House of Cards is a 1993 drama film directed by Michael Lessac and starring Kathleen Turner...  more
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