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The Best J. K. Simmons Movies 

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List of the best J. K. Simmons movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. J. K. Simmons's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top J. K. Simmons movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated J. K. Simmons movies will be at the top of the list. J. K. Simmons has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest J. K. Simmons movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining J. K. Simmons films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best J. K. Simmons role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest J. K. Simmons performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

List films include The Jackal, True Grit and many additional films as well.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best J. K. Simmons movies?" and "What are the greatest J. K. Simmons roles of all time?"

Uwe Boll and Woody Allen are among those who have directed J.K. Simmons at one point or another during their careers in the film industry. If J.K. Simmons movies are your thing, then check out the greatest movies by Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Hiddleston too.

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J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Miles Teller

Released: 2014

Directed by: Damien Chazelle

Whiplash is a 2014 American drama film directed by Damien Chazelle. A promising young drummer (Miles Teller) enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored ...more

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Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco

Released: 2004

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Spider-Man 2 is a 2004 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics character. While struggling to manage both his personal life and his duties as Spider-Man, Peter ...more

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Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best J. K. Simmons Movies
Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst

Released: 2002

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Spider-Man is a 2002 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics character. When bitten by a genetically modified spider, Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), a nerdy, ...more

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Katie Holmes, Robert Duvall, Maria Bello

Released: 2005

Directed by: Jason Reitman

Thank You for Smoking is a 2005 comedy-drama film written and directed by Jason Reitman and starring Aaron Eckhart, based on the 1994 satirical novel of the same name by Christopher Buckley. It ...more

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Juno is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best J. K. Simmons Movies
Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman

Released: 2007

Directed by: Jason Reitman

Juno is a 2007 Canadian-American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody. Ellen Page stars as the title character, an independent-minded teenager confronting an ...more

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Up in the Air is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best J. K. Simmons Movies
George Clooney, Anna Kendrick, Zach Galifianakis

Released: 2009

Directed by: Jason Reitman

Up in the Air is a 2009 American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and co-written by Reitman and Sheldon Turner. It is a film adaptation of the 2001 novel of the same name, written by ...more

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Brad Pitt, George Clooney, John Malkovich

Released: 2008

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Burn After Reading is a 2008 black comedy film written, produced, edited and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The film stars George Clooney, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and ...more

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Rashida Jones, Paul Rudd, Jaime Pressly

Released: 2009

Directed by: John Hamburg

I Love You, Man is a 2009 American bromantic comedy film originally titled Let's Be Friends and written by Larry Levin before John Hamburg rewrote and directed the film. It stars Paul Rudd and ...more

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21 Bridges is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best J. K. Simmons Movies
Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, Stephan James

Released: 2019

Directed by: Brian Kirk

21 Bridges is a 2019 American action thriller film directed by Brian Kirk. An expertly trained NYPD detective (Chadwick Boseman) locks down the city of New York in order for him and the other ...more
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I'm Not Here is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best J. K. Simmons Movies
J.K. Simmons, Sebastian Stan, Maika Monroe

Released: 2019

Directed by: Michelle Schumacher

I'm Not Here is a 2019 American drama film, directed, edited, and produced by Michelle Schumacher. A man struggles with the tragic memories of his past to make sense of his present, but soon ...more
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Spider-Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best J. K. Simmons Movies
Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco

Released: 2007

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Spider-Man 3 is a 2007 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics character. A strange black entity from another world bonds with Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) and ...more

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True Grit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best J. K. Simmons Movies
Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin

Released: 2010

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

True Grit is a 2010 American Revisionist Western film directed by the Coen brothers, based on the 1968 novel by Charles Portis. A stubborn teenager (Hailee Steinfeld) enlists the help of a tough ...more

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Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Jack Black

Released: 1997

Directed by: Michael Caton-Jones

The Jackal is a 1997 American spy action thriller film directed by Michael Caton-Jones, and starring Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, and Sidney Poitier. The film is a loose remake of the 1973 movie ...more

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Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell

Released: 2010

Directed by: Tom McGrath

Megamind is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated superhero comedy film directed by Tom McGrath. It was produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film premiered ...more

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Klaus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best J. K. Simmons Movies
Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons, Joan Cusack

Released: 2019

Directed by: Sergio Pablos

Klaus is a 2019 Spanish animated film directed by Sergio Pablos. The town of Smeerensburg gets a new postman, Jesper (Jason Schwartzman) who befriends a toymaker Klaus (J.K. Simmons) and ...more

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J.K. Simmons, Julia Ormond, Mía Maestro

Released: 2011

Directed by: Jim Kohlberg

The Music Never Stopped is a 2011 drama film directed by Jim Kohlberg.
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Brittany Snow, J.K. Simmons, Adam Scott

Released: 2008

Directed by: Lee Toland Krieger

The Vicious Kind is a 2009 drama film directed and written by Lee Toland Krieger. The screenplay was originally set in a small town in Rhode Island, but the film was shot in Norfolk, CT, which ...more
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Tom Hanks, J.K. Simmons, Bruce Campbell

Released: 2004

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Chris Pratt

Released: 2009

Directed by: Karyn Kusama

Jennifer's Body is a 2009 black comedy horror film written by Diablo Cody and directed by Karyn Kusama. The film stars Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons, and Adam Brody. Fox portrays a ...more

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Katie Holmes, Cate Blanchett, Keanu Reeves

Released: 2000

Directed by: Sam Raimi

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Renée Zellweger, Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons

Released: 2009

Directed by: Jonas Elmer

A Miami businesswoman is transferred to rural Minnesota, and while she is there she re-evaluates her big-city values.

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Kevin Spacey, J.K. Simmons, Denis Leary

Released: 1994

Directed by: Ted Demme

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Charlize Theron, Michael Caine, Paul Rudd

Released: 1999

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

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Blackstone Sasha Grey, J.K. Simmons, Meeghan Holaway

Released: 2011

Directed by: George Tunis

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Charlize Theron, Leonardo DiCaprio, Winona Ryder

Released: 1998

Directed by: Woody Allen

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