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The Best J. K. Simmons Movies

Updated July 27, 2020 1.5k votes 196 voters 8.9k views67 items

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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.

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    Whiplash

    J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist

    Released2014

    Directed byDamien 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 by...  more

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    Thank You for Smoking

    Katie Holmes, Robert Duvall

    Released2006

    Directed byJason Reitman

    Thank You for Smoking is a 2006 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

    Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page

    Released2007

    Directed byJason Reitman

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

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    Up in the Air

    George Clooney, Anna Kendrick

    Released2009

    Directed byJason 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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    Burn After Reading

    Brad Pitt, George Clooney

    Released2008

    Directed byEthan 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 Brad...  more

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    Spider-Man 2

    Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2004

    Directed bySam 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

    Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe

    Released2002

    Directed bySam 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, shy, and...  more

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    I Love You, Man

    Rashida Jones, Paul Rudd

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn 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 Jason...  more

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    #374 of 1,142 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time#412 of 926 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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    True Grit

    Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon

    Released2010

    Directed byEthan 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 U.S....  more

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    The Jackal

    Bruce Willis, Richard Gere

    Released1997

    Directed byMichael 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 The...  more

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    The Cider House Rules

    Charlize Theron, Michael Caine

    Released1999

    Directed byLasse Hallström

    The Cider House Rules is a 1999 American drama film directed by Lasse Hallström, based on John Irving's novel of the same name. The film won two Academy Awards, and was nominated for the Academy...  more
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    The Gift

    Katie Holmes, Cate Blanchett

    Released2000

    Directed bySam Raimi

    The Gift is a 2000 American supernatural thriller film directed by Sam Raimi, written by Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson and based on the alleged psychic experiences of Thornton's mother. Other...  more

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    The Ref

    Kevin Spacey, J.K. Simmons

    Released1994

    Directed byTed Demme

    The Ref is a 1994 American black comedy film directed by Ted Demme, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Denis Leary, Judy Davis, and Kevin Spacey....  more

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    3 Geezers!

    Tim Allen, J.K. Simmons

    Released2012

    Directed byMichelle Schumacher

    Geezers! is a 2011 Comedy film written by Randle Schumacher, Eric Radzan and Tony Cummings and directed by Michelle Schumacher....  more
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    I'm Not Here

    J.K. Simmons, Sebastian Stan

    Released2019

    Directed byMichelle 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 realizes...  more
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    Celebrity

    Charlize Theron, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released1998

    Directed byWoody Allen

    Celebrity is a 1998 comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. The screenplay describes the divergent paths a couple takes following their divorce....  more
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    Blackstone

    Sasha Grey, J.K. Simmons

    Released2011

    Directed byGeorge Tunis

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    Extreme Measures

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Hugh Grant

    Released1996

    Directed byMichael Apted

    Extreme Measures is a 1996 thriller film based on Michael Palmer's 1991 novel of the same name, dealing with the ethics of medical sacrifices....  more
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    Anastasia

    Kirsten Dunst, Meg Ryan

    Released1997

    Directed byDon Bluth, Gary Goldman, Susan Beak, Geoff Beak

    Anastasia is a 1997 American animated musical fantasy drama film produced by Fox Animation Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Directed by former Disney animation directors Don Bluth and...  more

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    Hidalgo

    Viggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif

    Released2004

    Directed byJoe Johnston

    Hidalgo is a 2004 film based on the legend of the American distance rider Frank Hopkins and his mustang Hidalgo. It recounts Hopkins' racing his horse in Arabia in 1891 against Bedouins riding...  more
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    The Astronaut Farmer

    Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton

    Released2006

    Directed byMichael Polish, Polish brothers

    The Astronaut Farmer is a 2006 American drama film directed by Michael Polish, who co-wrote the screenplay with his brother Mark. The story focuses on a Texas rancher who constructs a rocket in his...  more
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    Aliens in the Attic

    Ashley Tisdale, J.K. Simmons

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Schultz

    Aliens in the Attic is a 2009 American family science fiction comedy film produced by 20th Century Fox and Regency Enterprises and starring Carter Jenkins, Ashley Tisdale, Robert Hoffman, Henri...  more

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    The Mexican

    Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts

    Released2001

    Directed byGore Verbinski

    The Mexican is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, with a plot that is a mixture of romantic comedy, thriller and road movie. The script...  more
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    Path to War

    Alec Baldwin, Donald Sutherland

    Released2002

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

    Path to War is a 2002 American biographical television film, produced by HBO and directed by John Frankenheimer that deals directly with the Vietnam War as seen through the eyes of United States...  more
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    For Love of the Game

    Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston

    Released1999

    Directed bySam Raimi

    For Love of the Game is a 1999 American drama sports film based on the novel of the same title by Michael Shaara. It is directed by Sam Raimi and stars Kevin Costner and Kelly Preston. The film...  more