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The Best Movies Directed by John Sayles 

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List of all movies directed by John Sayles ranked from best to worst with photos. Films directed by John Sayles are listed here and include movie posters and John Sayles movie trailers whenever possible. This is a collection of the best movies directed by John Sayles as voted on by film buffs. If you think the greatest John Sayles movie isn't as high as it should be on this list, then make sure to vote so that your opinion of what the top John Sayles film is can be factored into this list.

From John Sayles's studio films to John Sayles's independent films, this John Sayles filmography keeps tabs on all John Sayles movies, and lets the cream of the crop rise to the top.

A list made up of movies like Matewan and The Brother from Another Planet.

If you’re wondering “what movies did John Sayles direct?” or “who is John Sayles?” then this list will explain how most people know this director. This list also answers questions like “what are the all-time best movies directed by John Sayles?” and “what's a good selection of good John Sayles movies?”

If you're wanting to get into John Sayles films, then this list is a great starting point for at least starting with the most decent John Sayles works.

All John Sayles director credits are included. This list of every movie that John Sayles has directed can be sorted for specific information such as what genre the John Sayles movie is and which actors starred in the John Sayles film.

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Robert Downey Jr. and Denzel Washington are among the many great actors who have worked on a John Sayles movie.

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Matthew McConaughey, Kris Kristofferson, Frances McDormand

Released: 1996

Directed by: John Sayles

Lone Star is a 1996 drama, mystery, romance film written and directed by John Sayles.

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James Earl Jones, Chris Cooper, Mary McDonnell

Released: 1987

Directed by: John Sayles

Matewan is a 1987 American drama film written and directed by John Sayles, and starring Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell and Will Oldham, with David Strathairn, Kevin Tighe and ...more
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The Secret of Roan Inish Susan Lynch, John Lynch, Mick Lally

Released: 1994

Directed by: John Sayles

The Secret of Roan Inish is a 1994 American/Irish independent film written and directed by John Sayles. It is based on the novel Secret of the Ron Mor Skerry, by Rosalie K. Fry. It is centered ...more

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Charlie Sheen, Christopher Lloyd, John Cusack

Released: 1988

Directed by: John Sayles

Eight Men Out is a drama film based on Eliot Asinof's 1963 book 8 Men Out. It was written and directed by John Sayles. The film is a dramatization of Major League Baseball's Black Sox scandal, ...more

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Angela Bassett, Alfre Woodard, Mary McDonnell

Released: 1992

Directed by: John Sayles

Passion Fish is a 1992 American film written and directed by John Sayles. The film stars Mary McDonnell, Alfre Woodard, Vondie Curtis-Hall, David Strathairn, Leo Burmester, and Angela Bassett. ...more
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David Strathairn, Joe Morton, John Sayles

Released: 1984

Directed by: John Sayles

The Brother from Another Planet is a 1984 science fiction film written, directed and edited by John Sayles. It stars Joe Morton as "The Brother", an alien and escaped slave who, while ...more

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David Strathairn, John Sayles, Adam LeFevre

Released: 1980

Directed by: John Sayles

Return of the Secaucus 7 is a 1980 drama film written and directed by John Sayles. It features Bruce MacDonald, Maggie Renzi, Adam LeFevre, Maggie Cousineau, Gordon Clapp, Jean Passanante, and ...more
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Kris Kristofferson, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, David Strathairn

Released: 1999

Directed by: John Sayles

Limbo is a 1999 drama film written, produced, edited, and directed by American independent filmmaker John Sayles. The drama features Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, David Strathairn, Vanessa ...more

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Angela Bassett, Mary Steenburgen, Edie Falco

Released: 2002

Directed by: John Sayles

Sunshine State is a 2002 American comedy–drama film written and directed by John Sayles. The picture stars an ensemble cast that features Angela Bassett, Edie Falco, Jane Alexander, Alan King, ...more
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Angela Bassett, Gina Gershon, Chris Cooper

Released: 1991

Directed by: John Sayles

City of Hope is a 1991 American drama film written and directed by John Sayles. The film features Vincent Spano, Stephen Mendillo and Chris Cooper.
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Robert Downey Jr., Rosanna Arquette, Vincent Spano

Released: 1983

Directed by: John Sayles

Baby It's You is a 1983 American film written and directed by John Sayles. It stars Rosanna Arquette and Vincent Spano. This was Sayles' first film for a major Hollywood studio. He based the ...more
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Chris Elliott, John Sayles, Linda Griffiths

Released: 1983

Directed by: John Sayles

Lianna is a 1983 drama film written and directed by John Sayles. The movie features Linda Griffiths, Jane Hallaren, Jon DeVries, among others.

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Mandy Patinkin, Damián Alcázar, Kathryn Grody

Released: 1997

Directed by: John Sayles

Men with Guns is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by John Sayles and starring Federico Luppi, Damián Delgado and Mandy Patinkin. The executive producers were Lou Gonda and ...more
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Maria Bello, Daryl Hannah, Tim Roth

Released: 2004

Directed by: John Sayles

Silver City is a 2004 political satire and drama film. It was written and directed by John Sayles. Chris Cooper portrays an inept Republican gubernatorial candidate, a character that was noted ...more
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Danny Glover, Mary Steenburgen, Charles S. Dutton

Released: 2007

Directed by: John Sayles

Honeydripper is a 2007 American musical drama film written and directed by John Sayles.
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Maggie Gyllenhaal, Daryl Hannah, Mary Steenburgen

Released: 2003

Directed by: John Sayles

Casa de los Babys is a 2003 drama film written, directed, and edited by filmmaker John Sayles. It features an ensemble cast, including Marcia Gay Harden, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Daryl Hannah.
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Chris Cooper, Dane DeHaan, Garret Dillahunt

Released: 2010

Directed by: John Sayles

Amigo is a 2010 American-Filipino drama film written and directed by John Sayles. The film takes place in the Philippines in 1900 during the Philippine–American War. It is one of only a small ...more
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Courteney Cox, Mary Sampaio

Released: 2001

Directed by: Brian De Palma, Adam Bernstein, Julian Schlossberg, Jonathan Demme, Arnold Levine, + more

Bruce Springsteen: The Complete Video Anthology 1978-2000 is a 2001 documentary film directed by Meiert Avis, Adam Bernstein, Peter Care, Brian De Palma, Jonathan Demme, Ted Demme, Carol Dodds, ...more