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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.

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    Whiplash
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    Whiplash

    J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist

    Released2014

    Directed byDamien Chazelle

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  • 2
    Thank You for Smoking
    53
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    Thank You for Smoking

    Katie Holmes, Robert Duvall

    Released2006

    Directed byJason Reitman

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  • 3
    Juno
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    Juno

    Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page

    Released2007

    Directed byJason Reitman

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  • 4
    Spider-Man 2
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    Spider-Man 2

    Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2004

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    Spider-Man
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    Spider-Man

    Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe

    Released2002

    Directed bySam Raimi

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  • 6
    Up in the Air
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    Up in the Air

    George Clooney, Anna Kendrick

    Released2009

    Directed byJason Reitman

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  • 7
    Burn After Reading
    44
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    Burn After Reading

    Brad Pitt, George Clooney

    Released2008

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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  • 8
    True Grit
    29
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    True Grit

    Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon

    Released2010

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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  • 9
    The Ladykillers
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    The Ladykillers

    Tom Hanks, J.K. Simmons

    Released2004

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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  • 10
    MegaMind
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    MegaMind

    Brad Pitt, Tina Fey

    Released2010

    Directed byTom McGrath

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  • 11
    The Jackal
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    The Jackal

    Bruce Willis, Richard Gere

    Released1997

    Directed byMichael Caton-Jones

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  • 12
    Jennifer's Body
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    Jennifer's Body

    Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried

    Released2009

    Directed byKaryn Kusama

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  • 13
    The Gift
    20
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    The Gift

    Katie Holmes, Cate Blanchett

    Released2000

    Directed bySam Raimi

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  • 14
    The Ref
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    The Ref

    Kevin Spacey, J.K. Simmons

    Released1994

    Directed byTed Demme

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  • 15
    The Cider House Rules
    25
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    The Cider House Rules

    Charlize Theron, Michael Caine

    Released1999

    Directed byLasse Hallström

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  • 16
    New In Town
    17
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    New In Town

    Renée Zellweger, Rashida Jones

    Released2009

    Directed byJonas Elmer

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  • 17
    Invincible
    18
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    Invincible

    Elizabeth Banks, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2006

    Directed byEricson Core

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  • 18
    Extreme Measures
    10
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    Extreme Measures

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Hugh Grant

    Released1996

    Directed byMichael Apted

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  • 19
    Celebrity
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    Celebrity

    Charlize Theron, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released1998

    Directed byWoody Allen

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  • 20
    Blackstone
    14
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    Blackstone

    Sasha Grey, J.K. Simmons

    Released2011

    Directed byGeorge Tunis

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  • 21
    The First Wives Club
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    The First Wives Club

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Goldie Hawn

    Released1996

    Directed byHugh Wilson

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  • 22
    Hidalgo
    12
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    Hidalgo

    Viggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif

    Released2004

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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  • 23
    Anastasia
    14
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    Anastasia

    Kirsten Dunst, Meg Ryan

    Released1997

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

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  • 24
    The Astronaut Farmer
    10
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    The Astronaut Farmer

    Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton

    Released2006

    Directed byMichael Polish, Polish brothers

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  • 25
    3 Geezers!
    7
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    3 Geezers!

    Tim Allen, J.K. Simmons

    Released2012

    Directed byMichelle Schumacher

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