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The Best Jane Fonda Movies 

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Updated September 21, 2019 3k votes 589 voters 61.8k views 53 items

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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?"

Jane Fonda has worked with many famous directors, including big names like Garry Marshall and Sidney Lumet. If you're a fan of Jane Fonda, then check out our lists of the best Whoopi Goldberg and Ellen Burstyn movies as well.

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Jane Fonda, Bruce Dern, Red Buttons

Released: 1969

Directed by: Sydney 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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Jane Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda

Released: 1981

Directed by: Mark 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 ...more

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Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave

Released: 1977

Directed by: Fred 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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Sylvester Stallone, Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland

Released: 1971

Directed by: Alan 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 ...more
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Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Jack Lemmon

Released: 1979

Directed by: James 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, ...more

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Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Doris Roberts

Released: 1967

Directed by: Gene 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 ...more

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Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern

Released: 1978

Directed by: Hal 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 ...more

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Jane Fonda, Nat King Cole, Lee Marvin

Released: 1965

Directed by: Elliot 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 ...more

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Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin

Released: 1980

Directed by: Colin 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 ...more

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Jane Fonda, Anne Bancroft, Meg Tilly

Released: 1985

Directed by: Norman 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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Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Willie Nelson

Released: 1979

Directed by: Sydney 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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Jennifer Lopez, Jane Fonda, Wanda Sykes

Released: 2005

Directed by: Robert 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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Jane Fonda, Jeff Bridges, Kathy Bates

Released: 1986

Directed by: Sidney 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 ...more
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Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford

Released: 1966

Directed by: Arthur 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 ...more
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The Dollmaker Jane Fonda, Amanda Plummer, Nikki Creswell

Released: 1984

Directed by: Daniel 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 ...more
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Jane Fonda, Bill Cosby, Michael Caine

Released: 1978

Directed by: Herbert 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 ...more
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Jane Fonda, George Segal, Ed McMahon

Released: 1977

Directed by: Ted 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
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Jane Fonda, James Caan, Mark Harmon

Released: 1978

Directed by: Alan 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 ...more
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Robert De Niro, Jane Fonda, Loretta Devine

Released: 1990

Directed by: Martin 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 ...more

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Jane Fonda, Barbara Stanwyck, Anne Baxter

Released: 1962

Directed by: Edward Dmytryk

Walk on the Wild Side is a1962 drama film directed by Edward Dmytryk.
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Jane Fonda, Brigitte Bardot, Vincent Price

Released: 1968

Directed by: Louis 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 ...more
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Jane Fonda, Gregory Peck, Jimmy Smits

Released: 1989

Directed by: Luis 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 ...more

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Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen

Released: 2018

Directed by: Bill 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
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Georgia Rule Lindsay Lohan, Jane Fonda, Felicity Huffman

Released: 2007

Directed by: Garry Marshall

Georgia Rule is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Garry Marshall and starring Jane Fonda, Lindsay Lohan, Felicity Huffman, Dermot Mulroney, Garrett Hedlund, and Cary Elwes. The ...more

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Jane Fonda, Trevor Howard, Edward Fox

Released: 1973

Directed by: Joseph Losey

A Doll's House is a 1973 Franco-British film directed by Joseph Losey, based on the same play by Henrik Ibsen. It went directly to television and premiered in the United States on the American ...more