My Top Ten Jennifer Jason Leigh Movies

Happy Birthday to Jennifer Jason Leigh, who turns 54 tomorrow!

Leigh is of course up for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in The Hateful Eight at the end of this month so it seemed like a good time to do a top ten. BUT! I have not yet seen The Hateful Eight… I will at some point as I do like Tarantino and then I suppose I can update this list as I’m hoping it’ll easily make the top ten??

At the moment, I’ve seen exactly ten of Leigh’s films (the other one that I really want to see besides The Hateful Eight is Rush). So, right now, these are My Top Ten Jennifer Jason Leigh MOVIES (not roles), counting down to my favorite:

**Updated March 2018 to add The Hateful Eight, Good Time & Annihilation**

13. Single White Female (Guilty pleasure, though)
12. Backdraft
11. The Hateful Eight (Didn’t love it but Leigh was great)


10. Dolores Claiborne

9. The Spectacular Now

8. Good Time

7. Annihilation

6. The Machinist

5. The Jacket

4. Road To Perdition

3. The Hitcher

2. eXistenZ

1. Fast Times At Ridgemont High

59 thoughts on “My Top Ten Jennifer Jason Leigh Movies

  1. The absolute best role JJ Leigh has ever played is that of Tralala in “The Last Exit To Brooklyn!” An absolutely stunning performance in a brutally stunning film!
    She is the daughter of Vic Morrow, who was tragically killed in the making of the film “Twilight Zone……The Movie!”

    • Yeah, I knew that about her being Vic Morrow’s daughter but not until years after that happened. How sad. (And that TV show is my favorite show ever!) I’ve never seen Last Exit To Brooklyn. I suppose I should – she’s really grown on me in the past few years. πŸ™‚

    • Yes, she has! She’s really grown on me in the past few years even though I’ve grown up on her movies ever since Fast Times. I’m really glad she’s been nominated too (even if I’ve not seen that movie yet… πŸ˜‰ lol)

      • Again?? So, you’ve spent over six hours watching The Hateful Eight??? πŸ˜‰ I really want to but I think I’ve missed out on it in the cinema. 😦

      • I saw the “road show” 70mm film presentation first, with its prologue and scheduled intermission. This time was the “digital” version most saw. The former offers better pacing, though longer than the latter. “H8teful” has its excesses*, but she’s not among them.

        * I get the feeling the late-Sally Menke would have curbed QT’s of late. But that’s just me. πŸ˜‰

      • Wow! You must have a lot of patience. πŸ˜‰ I (obviously) love my films but more & more I find myself looking at the running times & often choosing to watch whatever film is shortest. That’s why I kept putting off The Hateful Eight. But I shouldn’t have. 😦 I did see Grindhouse with all the fake trailers & everything, though! Of course, that was my pre-parent days… πŸ™‚

      • I hear you about “pre-parent days”. Now that my kids are older, it’s costing me a mint to go to the movies (with them in tow*). πŸ˜‰

        * ‘course I now do ‘senior’ pricing for me πŸ™‚

    • So…. I suppose I should actually watch these three & then revisit this top ten? πŸ˜‰ At least I had no ties! Unlike my top ten coming up this Thursday… Hehehe! πŸ™‚

      • All three of those movies are tied for first place and my second favorite would be Single White Female. SWF being my second favorite movie of hers even though there are three movies ahead of it. (you brought it up)

    • Thanks! πŸ™‚ Yeah, I knew that but then also forgot about it until more recently. It’s weird that it’s not actually mentioned that much – the younger generation don’t seem to know about that Twilight Zone incident.

  2. Oh man, I’ll never forget the day I was able to put 2-and-2 together. I always thought that blond girl from Fast Times was familiar looking. So I looked up the cast of that and found that it was Jennifer Jason Leigh. *mind. blown.* This was just right before I saw The Hateful Eight. Lol.

    • Thanks! πŸ™‚ Yet another one I’ve not seen! I’ve apparently missed out on a lot of her best films. But I suppose I can always update this post as I watch more. πŸ™‚

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