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The Best James Earl Jones Movies

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List of the best James Earl Jones movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. James Earl Jones'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 James Earl Jones movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated James Earl Jones movies will be at the top of the list. James Earl Jones has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest James Earl Jones movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining James Earl Jones films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

This is a list that includes films like Best of the Best and Convicts.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best James Earl Jones movies?" and "What are the greatest James Earl Jones roles of all time?"

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    Star Wars
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    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
    67
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    Released1980

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

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    The Lion King
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    The Lion King

    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons

    Released1994

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
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    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1983

    Directed byRichard Marquand

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  • 5
    The Great White Hope
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    The Great White Hope

    James Earl Jones, Hal Holbrook

    Released1970

    Directed byMartin Ritt

    The Great White Hope is a 1970 biographical romantic drama film written and adapted from the... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Field of Dreams
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    Field of Dreams

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Released1989

    Directed byPhil Alden Robinson

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  • 7
    Coming to America
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    Coming to America

    Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Landis

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  • 8
    The Sandlot
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    The Sandlot

    James Earl Jones, Denis Leary

    Released1993

    Directed byDavid M. Evans

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  • 9
    The Hunt for Red October
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    The Hunt for Red October

    Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery

    Released1990

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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  • 10
    Fantasia 2000
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    Fantasia 2000

    Steve Martin, Bette Midler

    Released1999

    Directed byJames Algar, Don Hahn, Paul Brizzi, Francis Glebas, Eric Goldberg

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  • 11
    The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
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    The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

    Neve Campbell, Matthew Broderick

    Released1998

    Directed byRob LaDuca, Darrell Rooney

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  • 12
    Clear and Present Danger
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    Clear and Present Danger

    Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe

    Released1994

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

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  • 13
    The Meteor Man
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    The Meteor Man

    Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones

    Released1993

    Directed byRobert Townsend

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  • 14
    Scary Movie 4
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    Scary Movie 4

    Charlie Sheen, Shaquille O'Neal

    Released2006

    Directed byDavid Zucker

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  • 15
    Patriot Games
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    Patriot Games

    Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1992

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

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  • 16
    Conan the Barbarian
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    Conan the Barbarian

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Milius

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  • 17
    Jefferson in Paris
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    Jefferson in Paris

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Nick Nolte

    Released1995

    Directed byJames Ivory

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  • 18
    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Released1964

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • 19
    Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey
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    Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey

    Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Hamill

    Released2010

    Directed byHarry Kloor, Daniel St. Pierre

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  • 20
    The Last Remake of Beau Geste
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    The Last Remake of Beau Geste

    Ann-Margret, James Earl Jones

    Released1977

    Directed byMarty Feldman

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  • 21
    Highlander
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    Highlander

    James Earl Jones, Kevin McKidd

    Directed byJustin Lin

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  • 22
    Jesus of Nazareth
    18
    8

    Jesus of Nazareth

    John Duttine, Claudia Cardinale

    Released1977

    Directed byFranco Zeffirelli

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  • 23
    The Man
    14
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    The Man

    James Earl Jones, Burgess Meredith

    Released1972

    Directed byJoseph Sargent

    The Man is a 1972 political drama directed by Joseph Sargent and starring James Earl Jones.... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    A Family Thing
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    A Family Thing

    Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones

    Released1996

    Directed byRichard Pearce

    A Family Thing is a 1996 film starring Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones and Irma P. Hall. It... more on Wikipedia
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    Best of the Best
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    Best of the Best

    James Earl Jones, Eric Roberts

    Released1989

    Directed byRobert Radler, Bob Radler

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