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The Best Movies Directed by John Sayles

Updated September 24, 2019 559 votes 127 voters 10.1k views18 items

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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    Passion Fish

    Angela Bassett, Alfre Woodard

    Released1992

    Directed byJohn 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. It...  more
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    Lone Star

    Matthew McConaughey, Kris Kristofferson

    Released1996

    Directed byJohn Sayles

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

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    Matewan

    James Earl Jones, Chris Cooper

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn 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 Gordon...  more
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    The Secret of Roan Inish

    Susan Lynch, John Lynch

    Released1994

    Directed byJohn 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 on the...  more

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    Baby It's You

    Robert Downey Jr., Rosanna Arquette

    Released1983

    Directed byJohn 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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    Men with Guns

    Mandy Patinkin, Damián Alcázar

    Released1997

    Directed byJohn 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 Jody...  more
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    Lianna

    Chris Elliott, John Sayles

    Released1983

    Directed byJohn Sayles

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

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    The Brother from Another Planet

    David Strathairn, Joe Morton

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn 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 fleeing...  more
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    Silver City

    Maria Bello, Daryl Hannah

    Released2004

    Directed byJohn 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 for...  more
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    Eight Men Out

    Charlie Sheen, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn 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, in...  more

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    Honeydripper

    Danny Glover, Mary Steenburgen

    Released2007

    Directed byJohn Sayles

    Honeydripper is a 2007 American musical drama film written and directed by John Sayles....  more
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    Return of the Secaucus 7

    David Strathairn, John Sayles

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn 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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    Casa de los Babys

    Maggie Gyllenhaal, Daryl Hannah

    Released2003

    Directed byJohn 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....  more
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    Limbo

    Kris Kristofferson, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

    Released1999

    Directed byJohn 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 Martinez...  more
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    Amigo

    Chris Cooper, Dane DeHaan

    Released2010

    Directed byJohn 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 handful...  more
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    City of Hope

    Angela Bassett, Gina Gershon

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn 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....  more
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    Released2001

    Directed byBrian De Palma, Adam Bernstein, Julian Schlossberg, Jonathan Demme, Arnold Levine

    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, Danny...  more
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    Sunshine State

    Angela Bassett, Mary Steenburgen

    Released2002

    Directed byJohn 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