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The Best Jessica Tandy Movies 

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

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Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd, Jessica Tandy

Released: 1989

Directed by: Bruce Beresford

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Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker, Chris O'Donnell

Released: 1991

Directed by: Jon Avnet

Fried Green Tomatoes is a 1991 comedy-drama film based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. Directed by Jon Avnet. It tells the story of a Depression-era friendship ...more

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#60 of 804 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #277 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #29 of 366 The Best Movies Based On Books

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Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette

Released: 1963

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

The Birds is a 1963 suspense/horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on the 1952 story "The Birds" by Daphne du Maurier. It depicts Bodega Bay, California, which is, ...more

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Steve Guttenberg, Clint Howard, Brian Dennehy

Released: 1985

Directed by: Ron Howard

Cocoon is a 1985 science fiction film directed by Ron Howard about a group of elderly people rejuvenated by aliens. The movie stars Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Jack ...more

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Jessica Tandy, Luis Guzmán, Hume Cronyn

Released: 1987

Directed by: Matthew Robbins

Batteries Not Included is a 1987 family-comic science fiction film directed by Matthew Robbins about small extraterrestrial living machines that save an apartment block under threat from ...more

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Courteney Cox, Steve Guttenberg, Brian Dennehy

Released: 1988

Directed by: Daniel Petrie

Cocoon: The Return is a 1988 science fiction film that is the sequel to the 1985 film Cocoon. All of the starring actors from the first film reprised their roles in this film, although Brian ...more

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Bruce Willis, Paul Newman, Melanie Griffith

Released: 1994

Directed by: Robert Benton

Nobody's Fool is a 1994 American comedy-drama film based on the 1993 novel of the same name by Richard Russo. It stars Paul Newman, Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, Dylan Walsh, ...more

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Robin Williams, Glenn Close, John Lithgow

Released: 1982

Directed by: George Roy Hill

The World According to Garp is 1982 American comedy-drama film directed by George Roy Hill and starring Robin Williams in the title role. It is based on the novel of the same title by John ...more

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Jessica Tandy, Cedric Hardwicke, Leo G. Carroll

Released: 1951

Directed by: Henry Hathaway

The Desert Fox is a 1951 biographical film about Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in the later stages of World War II. It stars James Mason in the title role, was directed by Henry Hathaway, and was ...more

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#58 of 374 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #45 of 222 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time #158 of 305 The Best Military Movies Ever Made

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Gregory Peck, Greer Garson, Jessica Tandy

Released: 1945

Directed by: Tay Garnett

The Valley of Decision is a film set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA in the late 19th century. It tells the story of a young Irish house maid who falls in love with the son of her employer, a ...more
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Christine Baranski, Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn

Released: 1993

Directed by: Glenn Jordan

Adaptation of the book by Terry Kay. Robert Samuel (""Mr. Sam"") Peek, a sagacious and seasoned pecan tree grower from rural Georgia, has been married for the last 57 years ...more
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Teri Garr, Beverly DAngelo, Jessica Tandy

Released: 1981

Directed by: John Schlesinger

Honky Tonk Freeway is a 1981 comedy film directed by John Schlesinger. The film, conceived and co-produced by Don Boyd, was one of the most expensive box office flops in history, losing its ...more
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Jessica Tandy, Dean Stockwell, Hume Cronyn

Released: 1946

Directed by: Victor Saville

The Green Years is a 1946 American comedy-drama film featuring Charles Coburn, Tom Drake, Beverly Tyler and Hume Cronyn, based on A. J. Cronin's novel of the same name. It tells the story of the ...more
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Paul Newman, Sharon Tate, Jessica Tandy

Released: 1962

Directed by: Martin Ritt

Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man is a 1962 20th Century Fox film directed by Martin Ritt based on Ernest Hemingway's semi-autobiographical character Nick Adams, and featuring Richard Beymer ...more
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Meryl Streep, Roy Scheider, Jessica Tandy

Released: 1982

Directed by: Robert Benton

Still of the Night is a 1982 American psychological thriller film directed by Robert Benton and starring Roy Scheider, Meryl Streep, Joe Grifasi and Jessica Tandy. It was written by Benton and ...more
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Jeff Daniels, Mandy Patinkin, Jessica Tandy

Released: 1988

Directed by: Peter Yates

The House on Carroll Street is a 1988 film directed by Peter Yates.
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Joan Fontaine, Jessica Tandy, Joseph Cotten

Released: 1950

Directed by: William Dieterle

September Affair is a 1950 film, directed by William Dieterle, starring Joan Fontaine, Joseph Cotten and Jessica Tandy. It was produced by Hal B. Wallis.
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Jessica Tandy, Fess Parker, Joanne Dru

Released: 1958

Directed by: Herschel Daugherty

The Light in the Forest is a 1958 film based on a novel of the same name first published in 1953 by U.S. author Conrad Richter. The film was produced by Walt Disney Productions and starred Fess ...more
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Best Friends Goldie Hawn, Burt Reynolds, Jessica Tandy

Released: 1982

Directed by: Norman Jewison

Best Friends is a 1982 feature film starring Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn. It is loosely based on the true story of the relationship between its writers, Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin. The ...more

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George Sanders, Jessica Tandy, Linda Darnell

Released: 1947

Directed by: John M. Stahl, Otto Preminger

Forever Amber is a 1947 American romantic drama film starring Linda Darnell and Cornel Wilde. It was based on the book of the same name by Kathleen Winsor. It also starred Richard Greene, George ...more
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Kathy Bates, Shirley MacLaine, Marcia Gay Harden

Released: 1992

Directed by: Beeban Kidron

Used People is a 1992 American romantic comedy film directed by Beeban Kidron. The screenplay by Todd Graff, adapted from his 1988 off-Broadway play The Grandma Plays, takes a humorous look at a ...more
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Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Reeve, Linda Hunt

Released: 1984

Directed by: James Ivory

The Bostonians is a 1984 Merchant Ivory film based on Henry James's novel of the same name. The film stars Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Reeve, Madeleine Potter and Jessica Tandy. The movie ...more
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Murder in the Family Jessica Tandy

Released: 1938

Directed by: Albert Parker

Murder in the Family is a 1938 film directed by Albert Parker.
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Butley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jessica Tandy Movies
Butley Jessica Tandy, Alan Bates

Released: 1974

Directed by: Harold Pinter

Butley is a 1974 film directed by Harold Pinter, an adaptation from Simon Gray's 1971 play of same name. The film starred Alan Bates, Jessica Tandy, Richard O'Callaghan, Susan Engel, and Michael ...more
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Blonde Fever is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jessica Tandy Movies
Ava Gardner, Jessica Tandy, Mary Astor

Released: 1944

Directed by: Richard Whorf

Blonde Fever is a 1944 comedy film directed by Richard Whorf. It is also known as Autumn Fever.