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List Rules Vote 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.

Tim Burton and Peter Jackson have both worked with Jack Black over the years, as have plenty of other well-known directors. Movie fans who love Jack Black have also been known to enjoy films starring Seth Rogen and Ben Stiller.

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School of Rock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
School of Rock Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Miranda Cosgrove School of Rock is a 2003 American comedy film directed by Richard Linklater, written by Mike White, and starring Jack Black. The main plot follows struggling rock singer and guitarist, Dewey ...more

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Tenacious D in The Pick of Des... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Amy Adams, Amy Poehler, Ben Stiller Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny is a 2006 American musical comedy film about comedy rock duo Tenacious D. Written, produced by and starring Tenacious D members Jack Black and Kyle Gass, it is ...more

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Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Kung Fu Panda Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman Kung Fu Panda is a 2008 American computer-animated action comedy martial arts film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by John Stevenson and ...more

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Nacho Libre is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Nacho Libre Jack Black, Ana de la Reguera, Peter Stormare Nacho Libre is a 2006 American comedy film directed by Jared Hess and written by Jared and Jerusha Hess and Mike White. It was loosely based on the story of Fray Tormenta, aka Rev. Sergio ...more

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Tropic Thunder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Tropic Thunder Tom Cruise, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Robert Downey Jr. Tropic Thunder is a 2008 American action satire comedy film written, produced and directed by Ben Stiller.

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Shallow Hal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Shallow Hal Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black, Dolph Ziggler Shallow Hal is a 2001 romantic comedy film starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black, and Jason Alexander. It was directed by the Farrelly brothers and filmed in and around Charlotte, North Carolina ...more

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Kung Fu Panda 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Kung Fu Panda 2 Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman Kung Fu Panda 2 is a 2011 3D American computer-animated action comedy-drama martial arts film, directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, produced by DreamWorks Animation, and distributed by Paramount ...more

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Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Ice Age Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski Ice Age is a 2002 American computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Carlos Saldanha and Chris Wedge from a story by Michael J. Wilson. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios and ...more

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Bernie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Bernie Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine Bernie is a 2011 black comedy film directed by Richard Linklater, and written by Linklater and Skip Hollandsworth. The film stars Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey. It is ...more

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King Kong is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
King Kong Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody King Kong is a 2005 epic monster film and remake of the 1933 film of the same name. Directed, co-written, and produced by Peter Jackson, it stars Naomi Watts as Ann Darrow, Jack Black as Carl ...more

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Goosebumps is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Goosebumps R.L Stine, Jack Black, Odeya Rush Goosebumps is an upcoming 2015 American comedy horror fantasy film directed by Rob Letterman and written by Mike White and Darren Lemke. It is based on the children's book series of the same ...more

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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron B... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Christina Applegate, Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, or simply Anchorman, is a 2004 comedy film directed by Adam McKay, produced by Judd Apatow, starring Will Ferrell, and written by McKay and Ferrell. The ...more

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High Fidelity is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
High Fidelity Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Jack Black High Fidelity is a 2000 American comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears and starring John Cusack and Iben Hjejle. The film is based on the 1995 British novel of the same name by Nick ...more

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The Holiday is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
The Holiday Lindsay Lohan, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet The Holiday is a 2006 American Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written, produced and directed by Nancy Meyers. Distributed by Columbia Pictures and Universal Pictures and filmed in both ...more

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Gulliver's Travels is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Gulliver's Travels Emily Blunt, Jack Black, Amanda Peet Gulliver's Travels is a 2010 American fantasy comedy film directed by Rob Letterman, produced by John Davis and Gregory Goodman, written by Joe Stillman and Nicholas Stoller and very loosely ...more

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Be Kind Rewind is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Be Kind Rewind Sigourney Weaver, Jack Black, Mos Def Be Kind Rewind is a 2008 comedy-drama film from New Line Cinema, written and directed by Michel Gondry and starring Jack Black, Mos Def, Melonie Diaz, Danny Glover and Mia Farrow. The film first ...more

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Year One is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Year One Olivia Wilde, Jack Black, Paul Rudd Year One is a 2009 comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, and produced by Judd Apatow. The film stars Jack Black and Michael Cera, and features Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Hank Azaria. The film ...more

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Shark Tale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Shark Tale Angelina Jolie, Christina Aguilera, Will Smith Shark Tale is a 2004 American computer-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation, directed by Vicky Jenson, Bibo Bergeron and Rob Letterman. The film features an ensemble cast Will ...more

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Saving Silverman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Saving Silverman Jack Black, Amanda Peet, Neil Diamond Saving Silverman is a 2001 comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and starring Jason Biggs, Steve Zahn, Jack Black and Amanda Peet. Neil Diamond has a cameo role playing himself. In the film, ...more

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Orange County is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Orange County Chevy Chase, Ben Stiller, Jack Black Orange County is a 2002 American comedy film starring Colin Hanks and Jack Black. It was released on January 11, 2002. The movie was distributed by Paramount Pictures and produced by MTV Films ...more

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The Muppets is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
The Muppets Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez The Muppets is a 2011 comedy film directed by James Bobin.

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The Cable Guy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
The Cable Guy Jim Carrey, Ben Stiller, Jack Black The Cable Guy is a 1996 American thriller dark comedy film directed by Ben Stiller, who also co-stars in the film, and starring Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick. The film was released in the ...more

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Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Black Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters is a 2011 animated short film from DreamWorks Animation. It was released on December 13, 2011 as a special feature attached to the Kung Fu Panda 2 DVD and ...more

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Enemy of the State is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Enemy of the State Will Smith, Jack Black, Gene Hackman Enemy of the State is a 1998 American spy-thriller about a group of rogue U.S. National Security Agency agents conspiring to kill a U.S. Congressman and try to cover up the murder. It was ...more

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Mars Attacks! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Mars Attacks! Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker Mars Attacks! is a 1996 American comic science fiction film directed by Tim Burton and written by Jonathan Gems. Based on the cult trading card series of the same name, the film features an ...more

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The Big Year is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
The Big Year Rashida Jones, Steve Martin, Jack Black The Big Year is an upcoming comedy film directed by David Frankel.

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Kung Fu Panda Holiday is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Kung Fu Panda Holiday Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman Kung Fu Panda Holiday is a 2010 American television special that premiered on NBC on November 24, 2010. Featured are the voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth ...more

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Envy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Envy Rachel Weisz, Amy Poehler, Ben Stiller Envy is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Barry Levinson. It stars Ben Stiller and Jack Black.

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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Tim Meadows Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is a 2007 American comedy film directed by Jake Kasdan. Singer Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly) overcomes adversity to become a musical legend.

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Bio-Dome is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Bio-Dome Rose McGowan, Kylie Minogue, Jack Black Bio-Dome is a 1996 American stoner comedy film directed by Jason Bloom. Bio-Dome was produced by Motion Picture Corporation of America on a budget of $10 million and was distributed theatrically ...more

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Demolition Man is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Demolition Man Sandra Bullock, Sylvester Stallone, Jack Black Demolition Man is a 1993 American science fiction action film directed by Marco Brambilla in his directorial debut. The film stars Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes. The film was released in ...more

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Cradle Will Rock is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Cradle Will Rock Bill Murray, Susan Sarandon, Jack Black Cradle Will Rock is a 1999 drama film written, directed, and produced by Tim Robbins. The film fictionalizes the true events that surrounded the production of the 1937 musical The Cradle Will ...more

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The NeverEnding Story III is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
The NeverEnding Story III Jack Black, Tony Robinson, Freddie Jones The NeverEnding Story III: Escape from Fantasia is a 1994 film and the second sequel to the fantasy film The NeverEnding Story. It starred Jason James Richter as the principal character Bastian ...more

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Waterworld is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Waterworld Kevin Costner, Jack Black, Dennis Hopper Waterworld is a 1995 American post-apocalyptic science fiction action film directed by Kevin Reynolds and co-written by Peter Rader and David Twohy. It was based on Rader's original 1986 ...more

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D Tour: A Tenacious Documentar... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
D Tour: A Tenacious Documentary Jack Black, Kyle Gass D Tour: A Tenacious Documentary is a 2008 documentary film directed by Jeremy Konner. It was premiered at the 2008 Santa Barbara film festival on January 31, 2008. The film focuses on the tour ...more

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a 2017 American 3D action dark fantasy adventure comedy film directed by Jake Kasdan. Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn ...more

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Secrets of the Furious Five is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Secrets of the Furious Five Dustin Hoffman, Jack Black, David Cross Secrets of the Furious Five is an American animated short produced by DreamWorks Animation, which serves as a semi-sequel or spin-off to the animated feature film Kung Fu Panda and appears on a ...more

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Dead Man Walking is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Dead Man Walking Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Jack Black Dead Man Walking is a 1995 American crime drama film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, and co-produced and directed by Tim Robbins, who adapted the screenplay from the non-fiction book of ...more

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The Love Letter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
The Love Letter Ellen DeGeneres, Jack Black, Tom Selleck The Love Letter is a 1999 American romantic comedy film directed by Peter Chan and starring Kate Capshaw. It is based on the novel by Cathleen Schine. The original music score was composed by ...more

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I Still Know What You Did Last... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jack Black, Brandy Norwood I Still Know What You Did Last Summer is a 1998 slasher film and a sequel to the 1997 film I Know What You Did Last Summer. Directed by Danny Cannon, the film was written by Trey Callaway, and ...more

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The Jackal is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
The Jackal Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Jack Black 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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The Polka King is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
The Polka King Jack Black, Jenny Slate, Jason Schwartzman The Polka King is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Maya Forbes. Local Pennsylvania polka legend Jan Lewan (Jack Black) develops a plan to get rich that shocks his fans and lands him in

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The Fan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
The Fan Robert De Niro, Jack Black, Ellen Barkin The Fan is a 1996 American thriller film directed by Tony Scott, and starring Robert De Niro and Wesley Snipes. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Peter Abrahams. The Fan is a ...more

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Airborne is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Airborne Jack Black, Seth Green, Alanna Ubach Airborne is a 1993 American comedy-drama film centered on inline skating, starring Shane McDermott, Seth Green, Brittney Powell, Chris Conrad, Jacob Vargas and a then-unknown Jack Black.

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Yo Gabba Gabba: Circus is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Yo Gabba Gabba: Circus Jack Black, Lance Robertson

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Kung Fu Panda 3 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Kung Fu Panda 3 Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman Kung Fu Panda 3 is a 2016 3D computer-animated action-comedy martial arts film directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni. Continuing his "legendary adventures of ...more

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Bongwater is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Bongwater Jack Black, Brittany Murphy, Andy Dick Bongwater is a 1997 comedy film, based on a book of the same name by Michael Hornburg. The film is set in Portland, Oregon, and stars Luke Wilson, Alicia Witt, Amy Locane, Brittany Murphy, Jack ...more

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Bailout is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Bailout Jack Black

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Run Ronnie Run is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Run Ronnie Run Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller, Rebecca Romijn Run Ronnie Run is an American comedy film & a spin-off inspired by the HBO sketch comedy show Mr. Show. The recurring character Ronnie Dobbs is the focal point of the movie. It was directed ...more

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Margot at the Wedding is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Jack Black Movies
Margot at the Wedding Nicole Kidman, Jack Black, Jennifer Jason Leigh Margot at the Wedding is a 2007 tragicomedy written and directed by Noah Baumbach. The film premiered August 31, 2007 at the 34th Telluride Film Festival.