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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 Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones The Fugitive 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 ...more

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Lonesome Dove Anjelica Huston, Timothy Scott, Robert Duvall 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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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada January Jones, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm 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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No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
No Country for Old Men Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-Western thriller directed, written, and edited by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name. The film stars Tommy Lee ...more

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U.S. Marshals Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes 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 film is a sequel to the 1993 ...more

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Coal Miner's Daughter Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek, Beverly DAngelo 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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House of Cards Kathleen Turner, Tommy Lee Jones, Esther Rolle 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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Man of the House Tommy Lee Jones, Christina Milian, Paget Brewster Man of the House is a 2005 American crime 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. ...more

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Heaven & Earth Tommy Lee Jones, Debbie Reynolds, Joan Chen Heaven & Earth is a 1993 Vietnam war 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 ...more

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The Hunted Johnny Cash, Tommy Lee Jones, Benicio del Toro 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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In the Electric Mist John Goodman, Tommy Lee Jones, Mary Steenburgen 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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The Sunset Limited Samuel L. Jackson, 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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The Client Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Mary-Louise Parker The Client is a 1994 American legal thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher, and starring Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones and Brad Renfro in his film debut. It is based on the novel of the ...more

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Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Men in Black Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg 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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Double Jeopardy Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones, Bruce Campbell 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 for ...more

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Eyes of Laura Mars Tommy Lee Jones, Faye Dunaway, Brad Dourif Eyes of Laura Mars is a 1978 thriller film starring Faye Dunaway and Tommy Lee Jones and directed by Irvin Kershner. The screenplay was adapted from a spec script titled Eyes, written by John ...more

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Lincoln Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field 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 Steven Seagal, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Busey 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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Space Cowboys Clint Eastwood, Jon Hamm, Jay Leno 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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JFK Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon 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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The Missing Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood, Val Kilmer 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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Men in Black II Michael Jackson, Will Smith, Rosario Dawson 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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Batman Forever Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore, Jim Carrey 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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In the Valley of Elah Charlize Theron, James Franco, Susan Sarandon 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

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Cobb Tommy Lee Jones, Lolita Davidovich, Bradley Whitford 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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A Prairie Home Companion Lindsay Lohan, Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones 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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The Executioner's Song Tommy Lee Jones, Eli Wallach, Rosanna Arquette 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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Men in Black 3 Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith 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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Blue Sky Jessica Lange, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris O'Donnell 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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Blown Away Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones, Forest Whitaker 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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Captain America: The First Ave... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top 20+ Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies of All Time, Ranked
Captain America: The First Avenger Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones Captain America: The First Avenger is a 2011 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is ...more

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The Amazing Howard Hughes Tommy Lee Jones, Ed Harris, Tovah Feldshuh 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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Love Story Tommy Lee Jones, Ray Milland, Ryan O'Neal 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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Rules of Engagement Samuel L. Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Kingsley Rules of Engagement is a 2000 American war-drama film directed by William Friedkin and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson. Jackson plays U.S. Marine Colonel Terry Childers, who is ...more

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Volcano Tommy Lee Jones, Don Cheadle, Anne Heche 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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Natural Born Killers Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones Natural Born Killers is a 1994 American crime film directed by Oliver Stone starring Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey, Jr., Tom Sizemore and Tommy Lee Jones. The film was released ...more

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The Rainmaker Tommy Lee Jones, James Cromwell, William Katt 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 Good Old Boys Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek The Good Old Boys is a 1995 adventure film directed by Tommy Lee Jones.

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Small Soldiers Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kirsten Dunst, Christina Ricci 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 war between two factions of ...more

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The Homesman Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, 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 Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives 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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Jackson County Jail Tommy Lee Jones, Yvette Mimieux, Lisa Copeland 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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Hope Springs Meryl Streep, Steve Carell, Tommy Lee Jones 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 Family Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Dianna Agron The Family is a 2013 crime comedy film directed by Luc Besson, starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron, and John D'Leo. The film follows a Mafia family under ...more

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Rolling Thunder Tommy Lee Jones, Dabney Coleman, William Devane 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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Gotham Tommy Lee Jones, Virginia Madsen, Frederic Forrest Gotham, also known as The Dead Can't Lie, is a 1988 American thriller film written and directed by Lloyd Fonvielle and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Virginia Madsen. The film was originally ...more

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The Company Men Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones 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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Back Roads Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Nell Carter 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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Barn Burning Tommy Lee Jones, Diane Kagan, Thomas Hal Phillips 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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