The Best Tom Skerritt Movies 

Updated February 12, 2020 1.3k votes 191 voters 17.1k views 72 items

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

If you think the best Tom Skerritt role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Tom Skerritt performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

The list you're viewing is made up of films like The Big Town and Wild Rovers.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Tom Skerritt movies?" and "What are the greatest Tom Skerritt roles of all time?"

Notable directors that have worked with Tom Skerritt include names like Robert Altman, Ridley Scott and Garry Marshall.

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Alien is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tom Skerritt Movies
Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

Released: 1979

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott. The crew of the commercial space tug Nostromo encounter the eponymous Alien, a deadly and aggressive extraterrestrial set ...more

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Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine

Released: 1989

Directed by: Herbert Ross

Steel Magnolias is a 1989 American comedy-drama film directed by Herbert Ross, based on the 1987 play by Robert Harling. A young beautician (Daryl Hannah), newly arrived in a small Louisiana ...more

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Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

Released: 1986

Directed by: Tony Scott

Top Gun is a 1986 American action drama film directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, in association with Paramount Pictures. The screenplay was written by Jim ...more

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Brad Pitt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Robert Redford

Released: 1992

Directed by: Robert Redford

A River Runs Through It is a 1992 American film directed by Robert Redford and starring Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt, Brenda Blethyn, and Emily Lloyd. It is a period drama based on the ...more

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Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould

Released: 1970

Directed by: Robert Altman

MASH is a 1970 American satirical black comedy film directed by Robert Altman and written by Ring Lardner, Jr., based on Richard Hooker's novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors. The ...more

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Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Jay Leno

Released: 1997

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Contact is a 1997 American science fiction drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is a film adaptation of Carl Sagan's 1985 novel of the same name; Sagan and his wife Ann Druyan wrote the ...more

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Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Tom Skerritt

Released: 1983

Directed by: David Cronenberg

This film is a 1983 American horror thriller film directed by David Cronenberg. The screenplay by Jeffrey Boam was based on the 1979 novel of the same name by Stephen King. The film stars ...more

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Robby Benson, Tom Skerritt, Michelle McLean

Released: 1978

Directed by: Donald Wrye

Ice Castles is a 1978 American romantic drama film directed by Donald Wrye and starring Lynn-Holly Johnson and Robby Benson. A paperback novelization of the screenplay, by Leonore Fleischer, was ...more

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Shirley MacLaine, Anne Bancroft, Tom Skerritt

Released: 1977

Directed by: Herbert Ross

The Turning Point is a 1977 drama film centered on the world of ballet in New York City, written by Arthur Laurents and directed by Herbert Ross. The film stars Shirley MacLaine and Anne ...more
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Ellen Barkin, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong

Released: 1978

Directed by: Lou Adler, Tommy Chong

Up in Smoke, directed by Lou Adler, is Cheech & Chong's first feature-length film, released in 1978 by Paramount Pictures. It stars Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Edie Adams, Strother Martin, ...more

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Sharon Stone, Alan Thicke, Tom Skerritt

Released: 1984

Directed by: William A. Graham

Calendar Girl Murders is a 1984 television movie directed by William A. Graham and starred Tom Skerritt and Sharon Stone, who played the part of photographer Cassie Bascomb.
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The Rookie Charlie Sheen, Clint Eastwood, Lara Flynn Boyle

Released: 1990

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

The Rookie is a 1990 buddy cop film directed by Clint Eastwood and produced by Howard G. Kazanjian, Steven Siebert and David Valdes. It was written from a screenplay conceived by Boaz Yakin and ...more

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Ruth Gordon, Tom Skerritt, Bud Cort

Released: 1971

Directed by: Hal Ashby

Harold and Maude is a 1971 American romantic dark comedy directed by Hal Ashby and released by Paramount Pictures. It incorporates elements of dark humor and existentialist drama, with a plot ...more

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Bruce Willis, Monica Bellucci, Eamonn Walker

Released: 2003

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

Tears of the Sun is a 2003 American action drama film depicting a U.S. Navy SEAL team rescue mission amidst the civil war in Nigeria. LT A.K. Waters commands the team sent to rescue U.S. citizen ...more

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Savage Harvest Michelle Phillips, Tom Skerritt, Anne-Marie Martin

Directed by: Robert L. Collins

Savage Harvest is a 1981 American/Brazilian/Kenyan action-adventure natural horror film directed by Robert Collins. It stars Tom Skerritt, Michelle Phillips, Shawn Stevens, Anne-Marie Martin, ...more
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Kate Beckinsale, Alex O'Loughlin, Gabriel Macht

Released: 2009

Directed by: Dominic Sena, Len Wiseman, Stuart Baird

Whiteout is a 2009 thriller film based on the 1998 comic book of the same name by Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber. Directed by Dominic Sena, with uncredited reshoots by Stuart Baird and Len Wiseman, ...more
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Lara Flynn Boyle, Heather O'Rourke, Nancy Allen

Released: 1988

Directed by: Gary Sherman

Poltergeist III is a 1988 American horror film. It is the third and final entry in the Poltergeist film series. Writers Michael Grais and Mark Victor, who wrote the screenplay for the first two ...more

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Hayley Mills, Brian Keith, Tom Skerritt

Released: 1986

Directed by: David Swift, Ronald F. Maxwell

The Parent Trap II is a 1986 television film. It is a continuation to the Walt Disney Pictures 1961 film, The Parent Trap. It aired on July 26, 1986 on The Disney Channel as a part of the ...more
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Alec Baldwin, Donald Sutherland, Gary Sinise

Released: 2002

Directed by: John Frankenheimer

Path to War is a 2002 American biographical television film, produced by HBO and directed by John Frankenheimer that deals directly with the Vietnam War as seen through the eyes of United States ...more
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Paul Giamatti, Eddie Vedder, Chris Cornell

Released: 1992

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

Singles is a 1992 American romantic comedy film written, co-produced, and directed by Cameron Crowe. The film stars Bridget Fonda, Campbell Scott, Kyra Sedgwick, and Matt Dillon.

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Diane Keaton, Poppy Montgomery, Juliette Lewis

Released: 1999

Directed by: Garry Marshall

The Other Sister is a 1999 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall and stars Juliette Lewis, Giovanni Ribisi, Diane Keaton, and Tom Skerritt. It was filmed in Long Beach, ...more
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William Holden, Ryan O'Neal, Karl Malden

Released: 1971

Directed by: Blake Edwards

Wild Rovers is a 1971 American Western film directed by Blake Edwards and starring William Holden and Ryan O'Neal. Originally intended as a three-hour epic, it was heavily edited and changed by ...more
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Ron Perlman, Charles Durning, Annabeth Gish

Released: 2006

Directed by: Mick Garris

Stephen King's Desperation is a 2006 television movie that Stephen King adapted from his novel of the same name. The film was directed by frequent King collaborator Mick Garris and stars Ron ...more
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Pierce Brosnan, Tom Skerritt, Robert Prosky

Released: 1989

Directed by: Stuart Orme

The Heist is a 1989 HBO made-for-TV movie, starring Pierce Brosnan.
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Lindsay Wagner, Joanna Cassidy, Tom Skerritt

Released: 1988

Directed by: Tim Burstall

Nightmare at Bittercreek is a 1988 film directed by Tim Burstall. Phoenix Entertainment Group and Swanton Films produced the film. The VHS version was distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment, ...more