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The Best Jennifer Jason Leigh Movies

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

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

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  • Rush1
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    Rush

    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sam Elliott

    Released1991

    Directed byLili Fini Zanuck

    Rush is a 1991 American crime/drama film directed by Lili Fini Zanuck and based on a novel... more on Wikipedia
  • Backdraft2
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    Backdraft

    Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell

    Released1991

    Directed byRon Howard

    Backdraft is a 1991 action thriller film directed by Ron Howard and written by Gregory Widen.... more on Wikipedia

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  • Bastard out of Carolina3
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    Bastard out of Carolina

    Christina Ricci, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released1996

    Directed byAnjelica Huston

    Bastard out of Carolina is a 1996 film made by Showtime Networks, directed by Anjelica Huston.... more on Wikipedia

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  • Miami Blues4
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    Miami Blues

    Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released1990

    Directed byGeorge Armitage

    Miami Blues is a 1990 action-crime-thriller-film based on the novel of the same name by... more on Wikipedia
  • The Machinist5
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    The Machinist

    Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released2004

    Directed byBrad Anderson

    The Machinist is a 2004 English-language Spanish psychological thriller film directed by Brad... more on Wikipedia

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  • Road to Perdition6
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    Road to Perdition

    Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig

    Released2002

    Directed bySam Mendes

    Road to Perdition is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Sam Mendes. The screenplay was... more on Wikipedia

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  • Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle7
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    Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Heather Graham

    Released1994

    Directed byAlan Rudolph

    Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle is a 1994 American film scripted by screenwriter/director... more on Wikipedia
  • The Anniversary Party8
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    The Anniversary Party

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Kline

    Released2001

    Directed byJennifer Jason Leigh, Alan Cumming

    The Anniversary Party is a 2001 American comedy-drama film written, directed, produced by, and... more on Wikipedia
  • The Love Letter9
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    The Love Letter

    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Estelle Parsons

    Released1998

    Directed byDan Curtis

    Adaptation of the science fiction short story by Jack Finney: Scotty Corrigan, an engaged... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Synecdoche, New York10
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    Synecdoche, New York

    Michelle Williams, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released2008

    Directed byCharlie Kaufman

    Synecdoche, New York is a 2008 American postmodern drama film directed by Charlie Kaufman. An... more on Wikipedia

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  • Last Exit to Brooklyn11
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    Last Exit to Brooklyn

    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sam Rockwell

    Released1989

    Directed byUli Edel

    Last Exit to Brooklyn is a 1989 German-British drama film directed by Uli Edel and adapted by... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Margot at the Wedding12
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    Margot at the Wedding

    Nicole Kidman, Jack Black

    Released2007

    Directed byNoah Baumbach

    Margot at the Wedding is a 2007 tragicomedy written and directed by Noah Baumbach. The film... more on Wikipedia

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  • Kansas City13
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    Kansas City

    Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released1996

    Directed byRobert Altman

    Kansas City is a 1996 crime film, directed by Robert Altman, and featuring numerous jazz... more on Wikipedia
  • The Jacket14
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    The Jacket

    Keira Knightley, Daniel Craig

    Released2005

    Directed byJohn Maybury

    The Jacket is a 2005 psychological thriller film directed by John Maybury that is partly based... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Man Who Wasn't There15
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    The Man Who Wasn't There

    Scarlett Johansson, Billy Bob Thornton

    Released2001

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    The Man Who Wasn't There is a 2001 British-American neo-noir film written, produced and... more on Wikipedia
  • Heart of Midnight16
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    Heart of Midnight

    Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released1988

    Directed byMatthew Chapman

    Heart of Midnight is a 1988 American thriller film written and directed by Matthew Chapman and... more on Wikipedia
  • The Hitcher17
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    The Hitcher

    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rutger Hauer

    Released1986

    Directed byRobert Harmon

    The Hitcher is a 1986 action horror film directed by Robert Harmon and written by Eric Red.... more on Wikipedia

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  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High18
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    Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn

    Released1982

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a 1982 American coming-of-age teen comedy film written by... more on Wikipedia

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  • Georgia19
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    Georgia

    Jennifer Jason Leigh, John C. Reilly

    Released1995

    Directed byUlu Grosbard

    Georgia is a 1995 American independent film starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Mare Winningham.... more on Wikipedia
  • Grandview, U.S.A.20
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    Grandview, U.S.A.

    Jamie Lee Curtis, John Cusack

    Released1984

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

    Grandview, U.S.A. is a 1984 American comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser. It stars... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • Single White Female21
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    Single White Female

    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bridget Fonda

    Released1992

    Directed byBarbet Schroeder

    Single White Female is a 1992 American thriller film based on John Lutz's novel SWF Seeks... more on Wikipedia

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  • Short Cuts22
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    Short Cuts

    Robert Downey Jr., Julianne Moore

    Released1993

    Directed byRobert Altman

    Short Cuts is a 1993 American drama film directed by Robert Altman. Filmed from a screenplay... more on Wikipedia

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  • Dolores Claiborne23
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    Dolores Claiborne

    Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released1995

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

    Dolores Claiborne is a 1995 drama thriller film based on the novel of the same name by Stephen... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • The Best Little Girl in the World24
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    The Best Little Girl in the World

    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Charles Dunning

    Released1981

    Directed bySam O'Steen

    The Best Little Girl in the World is a 1981 television film directed by Sam O'Steen and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • Washington Square25
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    Washington Square

    Jennifer Garner, Maggie Smith

    Released1997

    Directed byAgnieszka Holland

    Washington Square is a 1997 American drama film directed by Agnieszka Holland. The screenplay... more on Wikipedia