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The Best James Earl Jones Movies 

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Updated September 21, 2019 2k votes 265 voters 22.7k views 101 items

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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?"

Notable directors that have worked with James Earl Jones include names like George Lucas, Stanley Kubrick and Dennis Dugan. Is James Earl Jones your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best Matthew Broderick and Laurence Fishburne films lists too.

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Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1977

Directed by: George Lucas

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Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

Released: 1994

Directed by: Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1980

Directed by: Irvin Kershner

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Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1983

Directed by: Richard Marquand

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Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

Released: 1989

Directed by: Phil Alden Robinson

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Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

Released: 1988

Directed by: John Landis

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James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen

Released: 1993

Directed by: David M. Evans

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Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Tim Curry

Released: 1990

Directed by: John McTiernan

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow

Released: 1982

Directed by: John Milius

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Neve Campbell, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones

Released: 1998

Directed by: Rob LaDuca, Darrell Rooney

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Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, James Earl Jones

Released: 1994

Directed by: Phillip Noyce

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Steve Martin, Bette Midler, James Earl Jones

Released: 1999

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Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

Released: 1992

Directed by: Phillip Noyce

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Released: 1964

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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John Duttine, Claudia Cardinale, Donald Pleasence

Released: 1977

Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli

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Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones, Paula Marshall

Released: 1996

Directed by: Richard Pearce

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James Earl Jones, Eric Roberts, Louise Fletcher

Released: 1989

Directed by: Robert Radler, Bob Radler

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James Earl Jones, Hal Holbrook, Jane Alexander

Released: 1970

Directed by: Martin Ritt

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James Earl Jones, David Spade, Rob Schneider

Released: 2006

Directed by: Dennis Dugan

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Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley

Released: 1992

Directed by: Phil Alden Robinson

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Released: 1990

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Louis C.K., James Earl Jones, Martin Lawrence

Released: 2008

Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee

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James Earl Jones, Randy Quaid, LeVar Burton

Released: 1980

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Released: 2006

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Released: 2005

Directed by: Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

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