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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 Executioner's Song ... is listed (or ranked) 26 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

The Executioner's Song was a 1982 made-for-television film adaptation Norman Mailer's 1979 book The Executioner's Song. The film is directed by Lawrence Schiller.
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Rules of Engagement is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Samuel L. Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Kingsley

Released: 2000

Directed by: William Friedkin

Rules of Engagement is a 2000 American drama film directed by William Friedkin and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson. Jackson plays U.S. Marine Colonel Terry Childers. James Webb, ...more
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Blown Away is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones, Forest Whitaker

Released: 1994

Directed by: Stephen Hopkins

Blown Away is a 1994 action thriller film starring Jeff Bridges and Tommy Lee Jones. It was directed by Stephen Hopkins.

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Cobb is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Tommy Lee Jones, Lolita Davidovich, Bradley Whitford

Released: 1994

Directed by: Ron Shelton

Cobb is a 1994 biopic starring Tommy Lee Jones as the famed baseball player Ty Cobb. It was written and directed by Ron Shelton and was based on a book by Al Stump. The original music score was ...more

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Natural Born Killers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones

Released: 1994

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Natural Born Killers is a 1994 American film directed by Oliver Stone starring Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey, Jr., Tom Sizemore and Tommy Lee Jones. The film was released in the ...more

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Volcano is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Tommy Lee Jones, Don Cheadle, Anne Heche

Released: 1997

Directed by: Mick Jackson

Volcano is a 1997 disaster film directed by Mick Jackson and produced by Andrew Z. Davis, Neal H. Moritz and Lauren Shuler Donner. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Jerome ...more

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Batman Forever is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore, Jim Carrey

Released: 1995

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

Batman Forever is a 1995 American superhero film directed by Joel Schumacher and produced by Tim Burton, based on the DC Comics character Batman. It is the third installment of the initial ...more

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Blue Sky is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Jessica Lange, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris O'Donnell

Released: 1994

Directed by: Tony Richardson

Blue Sky is a 1994 drama, and the last film by veteran film maker Tony Richardson. It was adapted by Rama Laurie Stagner, Arlene Sarner and Jerry Leichtling from a story by Rama Laurie Stagner. ...more

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Small Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kirsten Dunst, Christina Ricci

Released: 1998

Directed by: Joe Dante

Small 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

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A Prairie Home Companion... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Lindsay Lohan, Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones

Released: 2006

Directed by: Robert Altman

A 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 ...more
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Love Story is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Tommy Lee Jones, Ray Milland, Ryan O'Neal

Released: 1970

Directed by: Arthur Hiller

Love Story is a 1970 romantic drama film written by Erich Segal, who also authored the best-selling novel of the same name. It was directed by Arthur Hiller and starred Ryan O'Neal, Ali MacGraw, ...more

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The Good Old Boys is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek

Released: 1995

Directed by: Tommy Lee Jones

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Hope Springs is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Meryl Streep, Steve Carell, Tommy Lee Jones

Released: 2012

Directed by: David Frankel

Hope 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 ...more

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The Amazing Howard Hughe... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Tommy Lee Jones, Ed Harris, Tovah Feldshuh

Released: 1977

Directed by: William A. Graham

The Amazing Howard Hughes is a two-part 1977 television movie about American aviation pioneer and filmmaker Howard Hughes, based on the book by Hughes' business partner Noah Dietrich. The film ...more
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The Rainmaker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Tommy Lee Jones, James Cromwell, William Katt

Released: 1982

Directed by: John Frankenheimer

Traveling rainmaker Starbuck arrives at the drought-ridden Curry place, promising rain for the farm and perhaps a romance for 'spinster sister' Lizzie
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The Company Men is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones

Released: 2010

Directed by: John Wells

The Company Men is an American drama film, written and directed by John Wells. It stars Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Chris Cooper and Tommy Lee Jones. It premiered at the 26th Sundance Film ...more
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Rolling Thunder is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Tommy Lee Jones, Dabney Coleman, William Devane

Released: 1977

Directed by: John Flynn

Rolling Thunder is a 1977 film starring William Devane and Tommy Lee Jones. The film was directed by John Flynn. The screenplay was by Paul Schrader and Heywood Gould.
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Ad Astra is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga

Released: 2019

Directed by: James Gray

Ad Astra is a 2019 American epic science fiction thriller film directed by James Gray. Twenty years after his father (Tommy Lee Jones) left on a one-way mission to Neptune in order to find signs ...more

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The Homesman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, Tommy Lee Jones

Released: 2014

Directed by: Tommy Lee Jones

The 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 ...more
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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives

Released: 1958

Directed by: Richard Brooks

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a 1958 American drama film directed by Richard Brooks. It is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by Tennessee Williams adapted by Richard Brooks ...more

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The Park Is Mine is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Tommy Lee Jones, Yaphet Kotto, Helen Shaver

Released: 1986

Directed by: Steven Hilliard Stern

The Park Is Mine, is a 1986 made-for-TV movie directed by Steven Hilliard Stern, starring Tommy Lee Jones as a Vietnam War veteran. Mitch takes control of Central Park in New York City, in what ...more
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Back Roads is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Nell Carter

Released: 1981

Directed by: Martin Ritt

Back Roads is a 1981 American romantic comedy film starring Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. It is directed by Martin Ritt. It got middling reviews and grossed $11 million at the box office.
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Jackson County Jail is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Tommy Lee Jones, Yvette Mimieux, Lisa Copeland

Released: 1976

Directed by: Michael Miller

Jackson County Jail is an American exploitation action thriller film from 1976 directed by Michael Miller, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Yvette Mimieux and Lisa Copeland.
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Barn Burning is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Tommy Lee Jones, Diane Kagan, Thomas Hal Phillips

Released: 1980

Directed by: Peter Werner

Abe Snopes (Tommy Lee Jones) is a Southern tenant farmer whose unrelenting and violent nature proves to be his undoing in William Faulkner's Barn Burning. Distributed exclusively by Monterey
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Jason Bourne is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Jason Bourne