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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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  • 1

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn


    Directed byAmy 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 magazine,...  more

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  • 2

    The Hitcher

    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rutger Hauer


    Directed byRobert 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....  more

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  • 3

    The Hudsucker Proxy

    Paul Newman, John Goodman


    Directed byEthan 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 Tim...  more

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  • 4

    Dolores Claiborne

    Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh


    Directed byTaylor 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....  more
  • 5

    Single White Female

    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bridget Fonda


    Directed byBarbet 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....  more

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  • 6


    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sam Elliott


    Directed byLili 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 go in...  more
  • 7


    Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell


    Directed byRon 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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  • 8

    A Thousand Acres

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Michelle Williams


    Directed byJocelyn Moorhouse

    A Thousand Acres is an American motion picture drama directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse, and starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jason Robards. It is an adaptation of the...  more
  • 9

    Miami Blues

    Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Jason Leigh


    Directed byGeorge 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
  • 10

    Road to Perdition

    Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig


    Directed bySam 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 Tom...  more

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  • 11

    The Machinist

    Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh


    Directed byBrad 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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  • 12

    The Love Letter

    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Estelle Parsons


    Directed byDan 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
  • 13

    The Anniversary Party

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Kline


    Directed byJennifer 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....  more
  • 14

    Synecdoche, New York

    Michelle Williams, Jennifer Jason Leigh


    Directed byCharlie Kaufman

    Synecdoche, New York is a 2008 American postmodern drama film directed by Charlie Kaufman. An ailing theatre director works on an increasingly elaborate stage production whose extreme commitment to...  more

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  • 15

    Bastard out of Carolina

    Christina Ricci, Jennifer Jason Leigh


    Directed byAnjelica 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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  • 16

    Margot at the Wedding

    Nicole Kidman, Jack Black


    Directed byNoah 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....  more

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  • 17

    Last Exit to Brooklyn

    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sam Rockwell


    Directed byUli 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....  more
  • 18

    Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Heather Graham


    Directed byAlan 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
  • 19

    The Jacket

    Keira Knightley, Daniel Craig


    Directed byJohn 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 Tom...  more

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  • 20

    The Man Who Wasn't There

    Scarlett Johansson, Billy Bob Thornton


    Directed byEthan 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 Shalhoub,...  more
  • 21

    Kansas City

    Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Jason Leigh


    Directed byRobert 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 starred....  more
  • 22

    Short Cuts

    Robert Downey Jr., Julianne Moore


    Directed byRobert 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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  • 23

    Heart of Midnight

    Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Jason Leigh


    Directed byMatthew 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 time...  more
  • 24

    The Woman in the Window

    Amy Adams, Julianne Moore


    Directed byJoe Wright

    The Woman in the Window is a 2020 American mystery thriller drama film directed by Joe Wright, based on A.J. Finn's 2018 novel of the same name. An agoraphobic developmental psychologist (Amy Adams)...  more
  • 25

    Hey Arnold!: The Movie

    Christopher Lloyd, Jennifer Jason Leigh


    Directed byTuck Tucker

    Hey Arnold!: The Movie is a 2002 comedy animated film based on the 1996 Nickelodeon animated television series Hey Arnold!. The film follows Arnold, Gerald, and Helga on a quest to save their...  more