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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.

Skipped Parts and Rush are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

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Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 1982

Directed by: Amy Heckerling

Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a 1982 American coming-of-age teen comedy film written by Cameron Crowe, adapted from his 1981 book of the same name. As a freelance writer for Rolling Stone ...more

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Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bridget Fonda, Stephen Tobolowsky

Released: 1992

Directed by: Barbet Schroeder

Single White Female is a 1992 American thriller film based on John Lutz's novel SWF Seeks Same. The film stars Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh and is directed by Barbet Schroeder.

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Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell

Released: 1986

Directed by: Robert Harmon

The Hitcher is a 1986 action horror film directed by Robert Harmon and written by Eric Red. The film stars Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jeffrey DeMunn.

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Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer

Released: 1995

Directed by: Taylor Hackford

Dolores Claiborne is a 1995 drama thriller film based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, starring Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh. It was directed by Taylor Hackford.

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Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sam Elliott, Gregg Allman

Released: 1991

Directed by: Lili Fini Zanuck

Rush is a 1991 American crime/drama film directed by Lili Fini Zanuck and based on a novel written by Kim Wozencraft. It stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jason Patric as two cops in the 1970s who ...more

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Paul Newman, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

Released: 1994

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

The Hudsucker Proxy is a 1994 screwball comedy film co-written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Sam Raimi co-wrote the script and served as second unit director. The film stars ...more

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Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 1991

Directed by: Ron Howard

Backdraft is a 1991 action thriller film directed by Ron Howard and written by Gregory Widen. The film stars Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rebecca De Mornay, ...more

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Robert Downey Jr., Julianne Moore, Tim Robbins

Released: 1993

Directed by: Robert Altman

Short Cuts is a 1993 American drama film directed by Robert Altman. Filmed from a screenplay by Altman and Frank Barhydt, it is inspired by nine short stories and a poem by Raymond Carver. ...more

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Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 1999

Directed by: David Cronenberg

Existenz is a 1999 Canadian science fiction body horror film written, produced, and directed by Canadian director David Cronenberg. It stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jude Law. As in Videodrome, ...more

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Christina Ricci, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Laura Dern

Released: 1996

Directed by: Anjelica Huston

Bastard out of Carolina is a 1996 film made by Showtime Networks, directed by Anjelica Huston. It is based on a novel by Dorothy Allison and adapted for the screen by Anne Meredith. In 1997 the ...more

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Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Nora Dunn

Released: 1990

Directed by: George Armitage

Miami Blues is a 1990 action-crime-thriller-film based on the novel of the same name by Charles Willeford. It stars Alec Baldwin, Fred Ward, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. It was directed by George ...more
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Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside

Released: 2004

Directed by: Brad Anderson

The Machinist is a 2004 English-language Spanish psychological thriller film directed by Brad Anderson and written by Scott Kosar. The film stars Christian Bale with Jennifer Jason Leigh, John ...more

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Nicole Kidman, Jack Black, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 2007

Directed by: Noah Baumbach

Margot at the Wedding is a 2007 tragicomedy written and directed by Noah Baumbach. The film premiered August 31, 2007 at the 34th Telluride Film Festival.

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Heather Graham, Matthew Broderick

Released: 1994

Directed by: Alan Rudolph

Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle is a 1994 American film scripted by screenwriter/director Alan Rudolph and former Washington Star reporter Randy Sue Coburn. Directed by Rudolph, it starred ...more
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Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig, Paul Newman

Released: 2002

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Road to Perdition is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Sam Mendes. The screenplay was adapted by David Self, from the graphic novel of the same name by Max Allan Collins. The film stars ...more

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Michelle Williams, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Released: 2008

Directed by: Charlie Kaufman

Synecdoche, New York is a 2008 American postmodern drama film written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. It is Kaufman's directorial debut. The plot follows an ...more

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The Love Letter Jennifer Jason Leigh, Estelle Parsons, Campbell Scott

Released: 1998

Directed by: Dan Curtis

Adaptation of the science fiction short story by Jack Finney: Scotty Corrigan, an engaged thirty-something, purchases an antique desk and finds a letter written in 1863 by its original owner, ...more
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Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sam Rockwell, Stephen Baldwin

Released: 1989

Directed by: Uli Edel

Last Exit to Brooklyn is a 1989 German-British drama film directed by Uli Edel and adapted by Desmond Nakano from Hubert Selby Jr.'s novel of the same name.
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Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Kline, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 2001

Directed by: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Alan Cumming

The Anniversary Party is a 2001 American comedy-drama film written, directed, produced by, and starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming.
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Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Harry Belafonte

Released: 1996

Directed by: Robert Altman

Kansas City is a 1996 crime film, directed by Robert Altman, and featuring numerous jazz tracks. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Miranda Richardson, Harry Belafonte, Michael Murphy and Steve Buscemi ...more
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Scarlett Johansson, Billy Bob Thornton, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 2001

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

The Man Who Wasn't There is a 2001 British-American neo-noir film written, produced and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Billy Bob Thornton stars in the title role. Also featured are Tony ...more
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Keira Knightley, Daniel Craig, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 2005

Directed by: John Maybury

The Jacket is a 2005 psychological thriller film directed by John Maybury that is partly based on the Jack London novel The Star Rover. Massy Tadjedin wrote the screenplay based on a story by ...more

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Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brenda Vaccaro

Released: 1988

Directed by: Matthew Chapman

Heart of Midnight is a 1988 American thriller film written and directed by Matthew Chapman and starring Jennifer Jason Leigh. The story follows a young woman with a troubled past who has a hard ...more
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Jennifer Jason Leigh, John C. Reilly, Mare Winningham

Released: 1995

Directed by: Ulu Grosbard

Georgia is a 1995 American independent film starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Mare Winningham. In the film, Leigh played Sadie Flood, a punky barroom singer who has a complicated, jealous but ...more
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Jamie Lee Curtis, John Cusack, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 1984

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

Grandview, U.S.A. is a 1984 American comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser. It stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Carole Cook, Ramon Bieri, ...more

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