The Best Movies Directed by John Sayles

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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  • Lone Star
    1
    Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Peña, Joe Morton
    52 votes
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: John Sayles
    In the Texas border town of Frontera, Sheriff Sam Deeds (Chris Cooper) digs up the past when he finds an old skull in the desert. As he traces the murder of Sheriff Charlie Wade (Kris Kristofferson) ...more

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  • Matewan
    2
    Chris Cooper, Will Oldham, James Earl Jones
    40 votes
    • Released: 1987
    • Directed by: John Sayles
    Filmed in the coal country of West Virginia, "Matewan" celebrates labor organizing in the context of a 1920s work stoppage. Union organizer, Joe Kenehan (Chris Cooper), a scab named "Few Clothes" ...more
  • The Secret of Roan Inish
    3

    The Secret of Roan Inish

    Mick Lally, Eileen Colgan, John Lynch
    30 votes
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: John Sayles
    Fiona (Jeni Courtney) is a young Irish girl with an unusual family history, including a long-missing baby brother. When she goes to live with her grandparents on the west coast of Ireland, Fiona ...more

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  • The Brother from Another Planet
    4
    Joe Morton, Daryl Edwards, Steve James
    30 votes
    • Released: 1984
    • Directed by: John Sayles
    "The Brother" (Joe Morton) is an alien and escaped slave on the run from his home planet. After he lands in New York City, he tries to adapt to life on the streets of Harlem. Although the Brother is ...more

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  • City of Hope
    5
    Vincent Spano, Joe Morton, Tony Lo Bianco
    14 votes
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: John Sayles
    This gritty inner-city film by John Sayles follows various people living in a troubled New Jersey setting, most notably Nick Rinaldi (Vincent Spano), a disillusioned contractor who has been helped ...more

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  • Eight Men Out
    6
    John Cusack, Clifton James, Michael Lerner
    24 votes
    • Released: 1988
    • Directed by: John Sayles
    The Chicago White Sox, who are set to play the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series of 1919, are at odds with their team's owner, Charles Comiskey (Clifton James), who pays his players unsatisfactory ...more

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