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The Best Jack Black Movies

Updated December 12, 2019 7.4k votes 1.8k voters 89.0k views61 items

List RulesVote for your favorite movies, regardless of critic reviews or how big the role was.

This list of the best Jack Black movies is ranked best to worst and includes movie trailers when available. The role of Barry in High Fidelity, which is considered one of Jack Black's breakout roles, was written specifically for the Tenacious D musician as John Cusack and his fellow screenwriters were a fan of Black's music and humor. Jack Black'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 Jack Black movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Jack Black movies will be at the top of the list. 

This list answers the questions, "What are the best Jack Black movies?" and "What are the greatest Jack Black roles of all time?" The greatest Jack Black performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand. Famous flicks like School of Rock and Tropic Thunder appear on this Jack Black filmography, as well as Black's old, new and forgotten movies (he even appeared in Waterworld!) If you think the best Jack Black role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become first in the rankings.

If you are a fan of actors who rock, you might also enjoy our list of best Michael Cera movies and best Ben Stiller movies. If you loved Black as R.L. Stine check out the best Goosebumps 2: The Haunted Halloween quotes to relive some of his best lines.

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  • 1
    School of Rock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
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    School of Rock

    Sarah Silverman, Jack Black

    Released2003

    Directed byRichard Linklater

    School of Rock is a 2003 American comedy film directed by Richard Linklater, written by Mike... more on Wikipedia

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    Nacho Libre is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
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    Nacho Libre

    Jack Black, Ana de la Reguera

    Released2006

    Directed byJared Hess

    Nacho Libre is a 2006 American comedy film directed by Jared Hess and written by Jared and... more on Wikipedia
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    Tropic Thunder is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
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    Tropic Thunder

    Ben Stiller, Jack Black

    Released2008

    Directed byBen Stiller

    Tropic Thunder is a 2008 American action satire comedy film directed by Ben Stiller. Through a... more on Wikipedia

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    Tenacious D in The Pick of Des is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
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    Released2006

    Directed byLiam Lynch

    Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny is a 2006 American musical comedy film about comedy rock... more on Wikipedia
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    Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
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    Kung Fu Panda

    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu

    Released2008

    Directed byJohn Stevenson, Mark Osborne

    Kung Fu Panda is a 2008 American computer-animated action comedy martial arts film produced by... more on Wikipedia
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    Shallow Hal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
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    Shallow Hal

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black

    Released2001

    Directed byPeter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

    Shallow Hal is a 2001 romantic comedy film starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black, and Jason... more on Wikipedia

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    King Kong is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
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    King Kong

    Naomi Watts, Jack Black

    Released2005

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    King Kong is a 2005 epic monster film and remake of the 1933 film of the same name. Directed,... more on Wikipedia

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    Bernie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
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    Bernie

    Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black

    Released2011

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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  • 9
    Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
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    Ice Age

    Jack Black, Ray Romano

    Released2002

    Directed byChris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

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    Kung Fu Panda 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
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    Kung Fu Panda 2

    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu

    Released2011

    Directed byJennifer Yuh Nelson

    Kung Fu Panda 2 is a 2011 3D American computer-animated action comedy-drama martial arts film,... more on Wikipedia
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    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron B is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
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    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

    Christina Applegate, Will Ferrell

    Released2004

    Directed byAdam McKay

    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, or simply Anchorman, is a 2004 comedy film directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    High Fidelity is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
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    High Fidelity

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Springsteen

    Released2000

    Directed byStephen Frears

    High Fidelity is a 2000 American comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears and starring... more on Wikipedia

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    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
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    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart

    Directed byScott Rosenberg

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    Goosebumps is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
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    Goosebumps

    R.L Stine, Jack Black

    Released2015

    Directed byRob Letterman

    Goosebumps is a 2015 American comedy horror fantasy film directed by Rob Letterman and written... more on Wikipedia

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    The Holiday is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
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    The Holiday

    Lindsay Lohan, Cameron Diaz

    Released2006

    Directed byNancy Meyers

    The Holiday is a 2006 American Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written, produced and... more on Wikipedia

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    Cradle Will Rock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
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    Cradle Will Rock

    Bill Murray, Susan Sarandon

    Released1999

    Directed byTim Robbins

    Cradle Will Rock is a 1999 drama film written, directed, and produced by Tim Robbins. The film... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Be Kind Rewind is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
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    Be Kind Rewind

    Sigourney Weaver, Jack Black

    Released2008

    Directed byMichel Gondry

    Be Kind Rewind is a 2008 comedy-drama film from New Line Cinema, written and directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Gulliver's Travels is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
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    Gulliver's Travels

    Emily Blunt, Jack Black

    Released2010

    Directed byRob Letterman

    Gulliver's Travels is a 2010 American fantasy comedy film directed by Rob Letterman, produced... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Shark Tale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
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    Shark Tale

    Angelina Jolie, Christina Aguilera

    Released2004

    Directed byVicky Jenson, Bibo Bergeron, Rob Letterman

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    Year One is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
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    Year One

    Olivia Wilde, Jack Black

    Released2009

    Directed byHarold Ramis

    Year One is a 2009 comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, and produced by Judd Apatow. The film... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Secrets of the Furious Five is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
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    Secrets of the Furious Five

    Dustin Hoffman, Jack Black

    Released2008

    Directed byRaman Hui

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  • 22
    The Muppets is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
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    The Muppets

    Katy Perry, Lady Gaga

    Released2011

    Directed byJames Bobin

    The Muppets is a 2011 comedy film directed by James Bobin.

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    Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the  is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
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    Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters

    Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman

    Released2011

    Directed byAnthony Leondis

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    Dead Man Walking is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
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    Dead Man Walking

    Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon

    Released1995

    Directed byTim Robbins

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    Enemy of the State is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
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    Enemy of the State

    Will Smith, Jack Black

    Released1998

    Directed byTony Scott

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