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The Best Jane Fonda Movies

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

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

List is made up of many different films, including Searching for Debra Winger and 9 to 5.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Jane Fonda movies?" and "What are the greatest Jane Fonda roles of all time?"


  • 1


    Sylvester Stallone, Jane Fonda


    Directed byAlan J. Pakula

    Klute is a 1971 thriller film directed and produced by Alan J. Pakula, written by Andy and Dave Lewis, and starring Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi and Roy Scheider. It tells the story...  more
  • 2

    9 to 5

    Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton


    Directed byColin Higgins

    9 to 5 is a 1980 American comedy film written by Patricia Resnick and Colin Higgins, directed by Higgins, and starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, and Dabney Coleman. The film concerns...  more

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  • 3

    On Golden Pond

    Jane Fonda, Katharine Hepburn


    Directed byMark Rydell

    On Golden Pond is a 1981 American drama film directed by Mark Rydell. The screenplay by Ernest Thompson was adapted from his 1979 play of the same title. Henry Fonda won the Academy Award for Best...  more

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  • 4

    They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    Jane Fonda, Bruce Dern


    Directed bySydney Pollack

    They Shoot Horses, Don't They? is a 1969 American drama film directed by Sydney Pollack. The screenplay by James Poe and Robert E. Thompson is based on the 1935 novel of the same name by Horace...  more

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  • 5

    Barefoot in the Park

    Jane Fonda, Robert Redford


    Directed byGene Saks

    Barefoot in the Park is a 1967 American comedy film. The film stars Jane Fonda as Corie and Robert Redford as Paul. Based on Neil Simon's 1963 play of the same title, it focuses on newlyweds Corie...  more

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  • 6

    Coming Home

    Jane Fonda, Jon Voight


    Directed byHal Ashby

    Coming Home is a 1978 drama film directed by Hal Ashby and starring Jane Fonda, Jon Voight and Bruce Dern. The screenplay by Waldo Salt and Robert C. Jones was from a story by Nancy Dowd. The plot...  more

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  • 7

    The China Syndrome

    Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas


    Directed byJames Bridges

    The China Syndrome is a 1979 American thriller film that tells the story of a television reporter and her cameraman who discover safety coverups at a nuclear power plant. It stars Jane Fonda, Jack...  more

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  • 8


    Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda


    Directed byFred Zinnemann

    Julia is a 1977 drama film directed by Fred Zinnemann, from a screenplay by Alvin Sargent. It is based on Lillian Hellman's book Pentimento, a chapter of which purports to tell the story of her...  more

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  • 9

    Agnes of God

    Jane Fonda, Anne Bancroft


    Directed byNorman Jewison

    Agnes of God is a 1985 American film starring Jane Fonda, Anne Bancroft and Meg Tilly, about a novice nun who gives birth and insists that the dead child was the result of a virgin conception. A...  more

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  • 10

    Cat Ballou

    Jane Fonda, Nat King Cole


    Directed byElliot Silverstein

    Cat Ballou is a 1965 comedy Western film, the story of a woman who hires a notorious gunman to protect her father's ranch, but finds that the gunman is not what she expected. The movie stars Jane...  more

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  • 11

    Any Wednesday

    Jane Fonda, Jason Robards Jr.


    Directed byRobert Ellis Miller

    Any Wednesday is a 1966 romance/comedy film starring Jane Fonda, Jason Robards, and Dean Jones. It was directed by Robert Ellis Miller from a screenplay by producer Julius J. Epstein based on the hit...  more
  • 12


    Jennifer Lopez, Jane Fonda


    Directed byRobert Luketic

    Monster-in-Law is a 2005 romantic comedy film directed by Robert Luketic and starring Jennifer Lopez, Jane Fonda, Michael Vartan and Wanda Sykes. It marks a return to cinema for Fonda, being her...  more

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  • 13

    The Morning After

    Jane Fonda, Jeff Bridges


    Directed bySidney Lumet

    The Morning After is a 1986 mystery film directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Jane Fonda, Jeff Bridges and Raul Julia. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Kathy Bates has a very...  more
  • 14

    The Chase

    Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda


    Directed byArthur Penn

    The Chase is a 1966 Technicolor American drama film in Panavision directed by Arthur Penn and starring Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, and Robert Redford, about a series of events set into motion by a...  more
  • 15

    The Dollmaker

    Jane Fonda, Amanda Plummer


    Directed byDaniel Petrie

    The Dollmaker is an American made-for-TV movie, starring Jane Fonda, who was awarded the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or A Special for her performance. It was first...  more
  • 16

    California Suite

    Jane Fonda, Bill Cosby


    Directed byHerbert Ross

    California Suite is a 1978 American comedy film directed by Herbert Ross. The screenplay by Neil Simon is based on his play of the same title. Similar to his earlier Plaza Suite, the film focuses on...  more
  • 17

    Stanley & Iris

    Robert De Niro, Jane Fonda


    Directed byMartin Ritt

    Stanley & Iris is a romantic drama film directed by Martin Ritt and starring Jane Fonda and Robert De Niro. The screenplay by Harriet Frank, Jr. and Irving Ravetch is loosely based on the novel Union...  more

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  • 18

    Circle of Love

    Jane Fonda, Anna Karina


    Directed byRoger Vadim

    Circle of Love is a 1964 film directed by Roger Vadim and based on Arthur Schnitzler's 1897 play of the same name. The film generated minor controversy due Jane Fonda's involvement, as she was one of...  more
  • 19

    Book Club

    Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen


    Directed byBill Holderman

    Book Club is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Bill Holderman. Four lifelong friends (Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen and Diane Keaton) have their lives forever changed after...  more
  • 20

    Joy House

    Jane Fonda, Alain Delon


    Directed byRené Clément

    Joy House is a 1964 black-and-white mystery/thriller film starring Jane Fonda, Alain Delon, and Lola Albright. It is based on the 1954 novel by Day Keene. It was Clement's second film for MGM....  more
  • 21

    Comes a Horseman

    Jane Fonda, James Caan


    Directed byAlan J. Pakula

    Comes a Horseman is a 1978 film starring James Caan, Jane Fonda, Jason Robards, and Richard Farnsworth, directed by Alan J. Pakula. Set in the American West of the 1940s but not a typical Western, it...  more
  • 22

    The Electric Horseman

    Jane Fonda, Robert Redford


    Directed bySydney Pollack

    The Electric Horseman is a 1979 adventure-romance film starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda and directed by Sydney Pollack. The film is about a former rodeo champion who is hired by a cereal...  more

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  • 23

    Spirits of the Dead

    Jane Fonda, Brigitte Bardot


    Directed byLouis Malle, Federico Fellini, Roger Vadim

    Histoires extraordinaires, dubbed Spirits of the Dead for English and Tre Passi Nel Delirio for Italian, is an "omnibus" film comprising three segments. In the UK the film was released as Tales of...  more
  • 24

    Fun with Dick and Jane

    Jane Fonda, George Segal


    Directed byTed Kotcheff

    Fun with Dick and Jane is a 1977 American comedy film starring George Segal and Jane Fonda. Directed by Ted Kotcheff, the film is caustically critical of the 'anarchy' of the American way of...  more
  • 25

    Old Gringo

    Jane Fonda, Gregory Peck


    Directed byLuis Puenzo

    Old Gringo is a 1989 film directed by Luis Puenzo and co-written with Aída Bortnik, based on the novel Gringo Viejo by Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes. The film stars Jane Fonda, Gregory Peck, and...  more

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