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The Best Movies Directed by John Sayles

Updated September 24, 2019 533 votes 125 voters 10.0k 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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    Lone Star

    Matthew McConaughey, Kris Kristofferson
    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
    Matewan is a 1987 American drama film written and directed by John Sayles, and starring Chris...  more
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    The Secret of Roan Inish

    Susan Lynch, John Lynch
    The Secret of Roan Inish is a 1994 American/Irish independent film written and directed by...  more

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    Baby It's You

    Robert Downey Jr., Rosanna Arquette
    Baby It's You is a 1983 American film written and directed by John Sayles. It stars Rosanna...  more

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    Men with Guns

    Mandy Patinkin, Damián Alcázar
    Men with Guns is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by John Sayles and starring...  more
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    Lianna

    Chris Elliott, John Sayles
    Lianna is a 1983 drama film written and directed by John Sayles. The movie features Linda...  more
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    Silver City

    Maria Bello, Daryl Hannah
    Silver City is a 2004 political satire and drama film. It was written and directed by John...  more

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    The Brother from Another Planet

    David Strathairn, Joe Morton
    The Brother from Another Planet is a 1984 science fiction film written, directed and edited by...  more
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    Eight Men Out

    Charlie Sheen, Christopher Lloyd
    Eight Men Out is a drama film based on Eliot Asinof's 1963 book 8 Men Out. It was written and...  more

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    Passion Fish

    Angela Bassett, Alfre Woodard
    Passion Fish is a 1992 American film written and directed by John Sayles. The film stars Mary...  more
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    Honeydripper

    Danny Glover, Mary Steenburgen
    Honeydripper is a 2007 American musical drama film written and directed by John Sayles....  more
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    Casa de los Babys

    Maggie Gyllenhaal, Daryl Hannah
    Casa de los Babys is a 2003 drama film written, directed, and edited by filmmaker John Sayles....  more
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    Limbo

    Kris Kristofferson, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
    Limbo is a 1999 drama film written, produced, edited, and directed by American independent...  more
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    City of Hope

    Angela Bassett, Gina Gershon
    City of Hope is a 1991 American drama film written and directed by John Sayles. The film...  more
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    Amigo

    Chris Cooper, Dane DeHaan
    Amigo is a 2010 American-Filipino drama film written and directed by John Sayles. The film...  more
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    Return of the Secaucus 7

    David Strathairn, John Sayles
    Return of the Secaucus 7 is a 1980 drama film written and directed by John Sayles. It features...  more
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    Sunshine State

    Angela Bassett, Mary Steenburgen
    Sunshine State is a 2002 American comedy–drama film written and directed by John Sayles. The...  more