10. Blue Sky (1994)
“Blue Sky” is a love story and period piece intertwined with controversy about atomic energy. Both Tommy Lee Jones and Jessica Lange turn in excellent performances, even if the plot does fall-off a bit in the second half.
9. The Missing (2003)
“The Missing” is an incredibly underrated western, featuring a superb performance from Tommy Lee Jones. This is a fairly complicated story, but told with such mastery, that viewers will be enthralled, even if they don’t get all the nuances.
8. The Client (1994)
Although it doesn’t age too well, “The Client” is still an extremely tight and well-made film. The plot is a little more implausible than it probably seemed at the time, but the acting is excellent. One of the more underrated John Grisham adaptations.
7. A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
“Prairie Home” is a multi-layered, Robert Altman epic, within the world of the popular radio show of the same name. This is an ensemble and all-star cast. The dialogue is top-notch, per usual, and the music is actually quite good.
6. Men in Black (1997)
As big as “Independence Day” was for Will Smith’s career, “Men in Black” was definitely his breakout role. The sci-fi phenomenon allowed Smith to work off straight man Tommy Lee Jones perfectly, making for some effective comedy. At the end of the day though, this one is all about the amazing action.
5. Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)
Sissy Spacek plays country superstar Loretta Lynn in easily the biggest role of her acting career. The film details the amazing life and turbulent times of one country music’s earliest megastars. Tommy Lee Jones is also excellent as Lynn’s mercurial husband.
4. Lincoln (2012)
Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” is an outstanding historical epic. Daniel Day-Lewis as the legendary title character is surprisingly on-point. The supporting cast and dialogue are quite amazing as well. This is pleasantly much better than it sounds on paper.
3. The Fugitive (1993)
Based on the TV show…that was based on actual events, “The Fugitive” is way better than it should’ve been. Of course, that was primarily a function of the amazing performances of Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. Some of the chase scenes are still quite remarkable.
2. JFK (1991)
Oliver Stone’s conspiracy-filled masterpiece is layered and beautifully-terrifying. The cast is absolutely phenomenal and the story holds up, even after a hefty runtime. Costner is excellent as Jim Garrison. This one has really held up well also…
- No Country for Old Men (2007)
The very embodiment of death, Anton Chigurh is an unstoppable killing machine. What makes him so interesting, and some might say evil, is that he has philosophical motive. When this man comes around, you want to be nowhere nearby.