Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones (born September 15, 1946) is an American actor and filmmaker. In a career spanning over five decades, he has received four Academy Award nominations (3 for Best Supporting Actor and 1 for Best Actor), winning in the Best Supporting Actor category for his performance as U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard in Andrew Davis’s thriller The Fugitive (1993), with Harrison Ford, Sela Ward, Joe Pantoliano, Andreas Katsulas, Jeroen Krabbé, and Julianne Moore. His other nominations include Oliver Stone‘s JFK (1991), with Kevin Costner, Kevin Bacon, Laurie Metcalf, Gary Oldman, Joe Pesci, Jack Lemmon, and John Candy; In the Valley of Elah (2007), with Charlize Theron, and Susan Sarandon; and Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln (2012), with Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, and Hal Holbrook.

Jones made his feature film debut in Arthur Hiller’s Love Story (1970), with Ali MacGraw, Ryan O’Neal, John Marley, and Ray Milland. Other films in the 1970s include Jackson County Jail (1976), with Yvette Mimieux, and Robert Carradine; Rolling Thunder (1977), with William Devane, Linda Haynes, James Best, Dabney Coleman, and Luke Askew; The Betsy (1978), with Laurence Olivier, Robert Duvall, Katharine Ross, Jane Alexander, Joseph Wiseman, Kathleen Beller, Edward Herrmann, Paul Ryan Rudd, and Lesley-Anne Down; and Irvin Kershner‘s Eyes of Laura Mars (1978), with Faye Dunaway, Brad Dourif, and Raul Julia.

Roles in the 1980s include Michael Apted’s Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980), with Sissy Spacek, Beverly D’Angelo, and Levon Helm; Martin Ritt‘s Back Roads (1981), with Field; TV movie The Executioner’s Song (1982), with Christine Lahti, Rosanna Arquette, and Eli Wallach; Nate and Hayes (1983), with Michael O’Keefe and Jenny Seagrove; The River Rat (1984), with Martha Plimpton and Brian Dennehy; Black Moon Rising (1986), with Linda Hamilton, Robert Vaughn, Keenan Wynn, and Richard Jaeckel; The Big Town (1987), with Matt Dillon, Diane Lane, Bruce Dern, Tom Skerritt, Lee Grant, and Suzy Amis; Mike Figgis’s Stormy Monday (1988), with Sean Bean, Sting and Melanie Griffith; TV movie Gotham (1988), with Virginia Madsen; and The Package with Gene Hackman, Joanna Cassidy, John Heard, and Dennis Franz.

Films in the early to mid 1990s include Fire Birds (1990), with Nicolas Cage and Sean Young; Under Siege (1992), with Steven Seagal and Gary Busey; House of Cards (1993), with Kathleen Turner; Heaven & Earth (1993), with Haing S. Ngor, Joan Chen, and Hiep Thi Le; Blown Away (1994), with Jeff Bridges, Forest Whitaker, and Lloyd Bridges; Joel Schumacher‘s The Client (1994), with Susan Sarandon, Brad Renfro, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony LaPaglia, Anthony Edwards, and Ossie Davis; Natural Born Killers (1994), with Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Sizemore, and Rodney Dangerfield; Blue Sky (1994), with Jessica Lange, Powers Boothe, Carrie Snodgress, Amy Locane, and Chris O’Donnell; Cobb (1994), with Robert Wuhl and Lolita Davidovich; and Batman Forever (1995), with Val Kilmer, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman, O’Donnell, Michael Gough, and Pat Hingle.

Films in the mid to late 1990s include TV movie The Good Old Boys (1995), with Terry Kinney, Frances McDormand, Sam Shepard, Wilfred Brimley, and Matt Damon; Volcano (1997), with Anne Heche, Don Cheadle, and Keith David; Barry Sonnenfeld‘s Men in Black (1997), with Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Rip Torn; U.S. Marshals (1998), with Downey Jr., Joe Pantoliano, Daniel Roebuck, Tom Wood, and LaTanya Richardson; and Double Jeopardy (1999), with Ashley Judd and Bruce Greenwood.

Films in the early to mid 2000s include William Friedkin’s Rules of Engagement (2000), with Samuel L. Jackson, Guy Pearce, Greenwood, Blair Underwood, Philip Baker Hall, Anne Archer, and Ben Kingsley; Space Cowboys (2000), with Clint Eastwood (who also directed), Donald Sutherland, James Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Devane, Loren Dean, Courtney B. Vance, and James Cromwell; Men in Black II (2002), with Smith, Lara Flynn Boyle, Johnny Knoxville, Rosario Dawson, Tony Shalhoub, and Torn; The Hunted (2003), with Benicio del Toro, and Connie Nielsen; Ron Howard‘s The Missing (2003), with Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood, Jenna Boyd, Eric Schweig, and Aaron Eckhart; and Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005), with Barry Pepper, Julio Cedillo, Dwight Yoakam, and January Jones.

Films in the mid to late 2000s include Robert Altman‘s A Prairie Home Companion (2006), with Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Harrelson, Lily Tomlin, Garrison Keillor, Virginia Madsen, John C. Reilly, and Lindsay Lohan; Joel & Ethan Coen‘s No Country for Old Men (2007), with Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, and Kelly Macdonald; and In the Electric Mist (2009), with John Goodman, Peter Sarsgaard, Macdonald, Mary Steenburgen, Levon Helm, Ned Beatty, and Buddy Guy.

Films in the 2010s include The Company Men (2010), with Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Craig T. Nelson; TV movie The Sunset Limited (2011), with Jackson; the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), with Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Dominic Cooper, Neal McDonough, Derek Luke, and Stanley Tucci; Men in Black 3 (2012), with Smith, Brolin, Jemaine Clement, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Emma Thompson; Hope Springs (2012), with Steep and Steve Carell; Emperor (2012), with Matthew Fox, Eriko Hatsune, Toshiyuki Nishida, Masatoshi Nakamura, Kaori Momoi; Luc Besson’s The Family (2013), with Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, and John D’Leo; and The Homesman (2014), with Hilary Swank, Streep, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Hailee Steinfeld, John Lithgow, Jesse Plemons and Spader.

Films in the mid to late 2010s include Criminal (2016), with Costner, Oldman, Alice Eve, Gal Gadot, Michael Pitt, Jordi Mollà, Antje Traue, Scott Adkins, Amaury Nolasco, and Ryan Reynolds; Jason Bourne (2016), with Damon, Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles, Vincent Cassel, Riz Ahmed, Ato Essandoh, and Scott Shepherd; Mechanic: Resurrection (2016), with Jason Statham, Jessica Alba and Michelle Yeoh; Shock and Awe (2017), with Harrelson, James Marsden, Rob Reiner (who also directed), Jessica Biel, and Milla Jovovich; Just Getting Started (2017), with Morgan Freeman, Rene Russo, Elizabeth Ashley, and Glenne Headly; Ad Astra (2019), with Brad Pitt, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, and Donald Sutherland.

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • Love Story (1970) – directed by Arthur Hiller
  • Life Study (1973) – directed by Michael Nebbia
  • Eliza’s Horoscope (1975) – directed by Gordon Sheppard
  • Jackson County Jail (1976) – directed by Michael Miller
  • Smash-Up on Interstate 5 (1976) – directed by John Llewellyn Moxey – TV movie
  • The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977) – directed by William A. Graham
  • Rolling Thunder (1977) – directed by John Flynn
  • The Betsy (1978) – directed by Daniel Petrie
  • Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) – directed by Irvin Kershner
  • Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980) – directed by Michael Apted
  • Barn Burning (1980) – directed by Peter Werner – TV short
  • Back Roads (1981) – directed by Martin Ritt
  • The Executioner’s Song (1982) – directed by Lawrence Schiller – TV movie
  • The Rainmaker (1982) – directed by John Frankenheimer – TV movie
  • Nate and Hayes (1983) – directed by Ferdinand Fairfax
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1984) – directed by Jack Hofsiss – TV movie
  • The River Rat (1984) – directed by Thomas Rickman
  • The Park Is Mine (1985) – directed by Steven Hilliard Stern – TV movie
  • Black Moon Rising (1986) – directed by Harley Cokliss
  • Yuri Nosenko: Double Agent (1986) – directed by Mick Jackson – TV movie
  • Broken Vows (1987) – directed by Jud Taylor
  • The Big Town (1987) – directed by Ben Bolt & Harold Becker
  • Stranger on My Land (1988) – directed by Larry Elikann
  • Stormy Monday (1988) – directed by Mike Figgis
  • April Morning (1988) – directed by Delbert Mann
  • Gotham (1988) – directed by Lloyd Fonvielle – TV movie
  • Lonesome Dove (1989) – directed by Simon Wincer – miniseries
  • The Package (1989) – directed by Andrew Davis
  • Fire Birds (1990) – directed by David Green
  • JFK (1991) – directed by Oliver Stone
  • Under Siege (1992) – directed by Andrew Davis
  • House of Cards (1993) – directed by Michael Lessac
  • The Fugitive (1993) – directed by Andrew Davis
  • Heaven & Earth (1993) – directed by Oliver Stone
  • Blown Away (1994) – directed by Stephen Hopkins
  • The Client (1994) – directed by Joel Schumacher
  • Natural Born Killers (1994) – directed by Oliver Stone
  • Blue Sky (1994) – directed by Tony Richardson
  • Cobb (1994) – directed by Ron Shelton
  • The Good Old Boys (1995) – also director – TV movie
  • Batman Forever (1995)* – directed by Joel Schumacher
  • Volcano (1997) – directed by Mick Jackson
  • Men in Black (1997)* – directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
  • U.S. Marshals (1998) – directed by Stuart Baird
  • Small Soldiers (1998)* – directed by Joe Dante
  • Double Jeopardy (1999) – directed by Bruce Beresford
  • Rules of Engagement (2000) – directed by William Friedkin
  • Space Cowboys (2000) – directed by Clint Eastwood
  • Men in Black II (2002)* – directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
  • The Hunted (2003) – directed by William Friedkin
  • The Missing (2003) – directed by Ron Howard
  • Man of the House (2005) – directed by Stephen Herek – also executive producer
  • The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005) – also director, producer
  • A Prairie Home Companion (2006) – directed by Robert Altman
  • No Country for Old Men (2007)* – directed by Joel & Ethan Coen
  • In the Valley of Elah (2007) – directed Paul Haggis
  • In the Electric Mist (2009) – directed by Bertrand Tavernier
  • The Company Men (2010) – directed by John Wells
  • The Sunset Limited (2011) – also director, executive producer – TV movie
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)* – directed by Joe Johnston
  • Men in Black 3 (2012) – directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
  • Hope Springs (2012) – directed by David Frankel
  • Lincoln (2012) – directed by Steven Spielberg
  • Emperor (2012) – directed by Peter Webber
  • The Family (2013) – directed by Luc Besson
  • The Homesman (2014) – also director, writer, executive producer
  • Criminal (2016) – directed by Ariel Vromen
  • Jason Bourne (2016) – directed by Paul Greengrass
  • Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) – directed by Dennis Gansel
  • Shock and Awe (2017) – directed by Rob Reiner
  • Just Getting Started (2017) – directed by Ron Shelton
  • Ad Astra (2019) – directed by James Gray
  • The Comeback Trail (2020) – directed by George Gallo
  • Wander (2020) – directed by April Mullen