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

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List Rules Vote 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

Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard have both worked with Tommy Lee Jones over the years, as have plenty of other well-known directors. Movie fans who love Tommy Lee Jones have also been known to enjoy films starring Willem Dafoe and James Earl Jones.

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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
Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones

Released: 1993

Directed by: Andrew 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
Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

Released: 2007

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

No 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) ...more

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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
Anjelica Huston, Timothy Scott, Robert Duvall

Released: 1989

Directed by: Simon Wincer

Lonesome 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 ...more

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Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

Released: 1997

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

Men 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. ...more

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U.S. Marshals is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes

Released: 1998

Directed by: Stuart Baird

U.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 ...more

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Coal Miner's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek, Beverly DAngelo

Released: 1980

Directed by: Michael Apted

Coal 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 ...more

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The Client is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Mary-Louise Parker

Released: 1994

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

The 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 ...more

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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
Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones, Bruce Campbell

Released: 1999

Directed by: Bruce Beresford

Double 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.

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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
Tommy Lee Jones, Christina Milian, Paget Brewster

Released: 2005

Man 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
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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
Johnny Cash, Tommy Lee Jones, Benicio del Toro

Released: 2003

Directed by: William Friedkin

The 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.
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Space Cowboys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Clint Eastwood, Jon Hamm, Jay Leno

Released: 2000

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Space 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 ...more

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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
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field

Released: 2012

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Lincoln 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

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Under Siege is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Steven Seagal, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Busey

Released: 1992

Directed by: Andrew Davis

Under 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, ...more

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The Missing is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood, Val Kilmer

Released: 2003

Directed by: Ron Howard

The 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 ...more

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JFK is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon

Released: 1991

Directed by: Oliver Stone

JFK 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 ...more

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In the Electric Mist is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
John Goodman, Tommy Lee Jones, Mary Steenburgen

Released: 2008

Directed by: Bertrand Tavernier

In 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 ...more
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Men in Black II is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Michael Jackson, Will Smith, Rosario Dawson

Released: 2002

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

Men in Black II is a 2002 American science fiction action spy comedy film starring both Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. The film also stars Lara Flynn Boyle, Johnny Knoxville, Rosario Dawson, ...more

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Heaven & Earth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Tommy Lee Jones, Debbie Reynolds, Joan Chen

Released: 1993

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Heaven & 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 ...more

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The Three Burials of Mel... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
January Jones, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm

Released: 2005

Directed by: Tommy Lee Jones

The 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

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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Kathleen Turner, Tommy Lee Jones, Esther Rolle

Released: 1993

Directed by: Michael Lessac

House 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
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Men in Black 3 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith

Released: 2012

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

Men in Black 3 is a 2012 American 3D comic science fiction-action film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, and Josh Brolin. It is the third installment in the ...more

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The Sunset Limited is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Samuel L. Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones

Released: 2010

Directed by: Tommy Lee Jones

The 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 ...more
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Captain America: The Fir... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones

Released: 2011

Directed by: Joe Johnston

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The Executioner's Song ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Tommy Lee Jones, Eli Wallach, Rosanna Arquette

Released: 1982

Directed by: Lawrence Schiller

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In the Valley of Elah is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, James Franco, Susan Sarandon

Released: 2007

Directed by: Paul Haggis

In the Valley of Elah is a 2007 film written and directed by Paul Haggis, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, and Susan Sarandon. The film’s title refers to the Biblical valley where the ...more