James Earl Jones Filmography

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1. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

PG | 95 min | Comedy

97 Metascore

An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 420,603 | Gross: $0.28M

2. The Comedians (1967)

Approved | 150 min | Drama

A cynical Welsh hotel owner secretly romances a diplomat's wife in Haiti, under the violent reign of the despot "Papa Doc" Duvalier.

Director: Peter Glenville | Stars: Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Alec Guinness, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 1,687 | Gross: $5.20M

3. End of the Road (1970)

X | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

After a catatonic episode on a railway station platform, Jacob Horner is taken to "The Farm", a bizarre insane asylum run by Doctor D. After being cured, Jacob takes a job as an English ... See full summary »

Director: Aram Avakian | Stars: Stacy Keach, Harris Yulin, Dorothy Tristan, James Earl Jones

Votes: 259

4. The Great White Hope (1970)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

53 Metascore

A black champion boxer and his white female companion struggle to survive while the white boxing establishment looks for ways to knock him down.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: James Earl Jones, Jane Alexander, Lou Gilbert, Joel Fluellen

Votes: 2,225

5. The Man (1972)

G | 93 min | Drama

An African-American senator becomes the designated survivor of a tragic accident that kills the President of the United States. Now the first black President, he attempts to end the bigotry and divide standing in his way.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: James Earl Jones, Martin Balsam, Burgess Meredith, Lew Ayres

Votes: 286

6. Claudine (1974)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

In the 1970s Harlem, garbage collector Roop feels intimidated by the idea of dating Claudine who is a single mother of six on welfare.

Director: John Berry | Stars: Diahann Carroll, James Earl Jones, Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs, Tamu Blackwell

Votes: 1,536

7. The Cay (1974 TV Movie)

60 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

When Young Phillip is separated from his mother and found by a black man named Timothy and his cat Stewcat, Phillip becomes blind and they all end up on an island. Will they survive or will they die?

Director: Patrick Garland | Stars: James Earl Jones, Alfred Lutter III, Gretchen Corbett

Votes: 134

8. Deadly Hero (1975)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

When disturbed New York City (NYPD) cop Lacy rescues Sally, a beautiful cellist, from deranged crook Rabbit by shooting Rabbit in cold blood, he sets off a spark of publicity that brands him the city's hero.

Director: Ivan Nagy | Stars: Don Murray, Diahn Williams, James Earl Jones, Lilia Skala

Votes: 188

9. The River Niger (1976)

R | 105 min | Drama

An intimate look at life in the ghetto: Johnny Williams is a house painter who moonlights as a poet, struggling to financially and emotionally support his cancer-ridden wife Mattie. But ... See full summary »

Director: Krishna Shah | Stars: Cicely Tyson, James Earl Jones, Louis Gossett Jr., Glynn Turman

Votes: 179

10. The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Sport

Tired of the slave-like treatment of his team's owner, charismatic star Negro League pitcher Bingo Long takes to the road with his band of barnstormers through the small towns of the Midwest in the 1930's.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, Richard Pryor, Rico Dawson

Votes: 1,489

11. Swashbuckler (1976)

PG | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A pirate and a hot-tempered noblewoman join forces to protect Jamaica from a tyrant.

Director: James Goldstone | Stars: Robert Shaw, James Earl Jones, Peter Boyle, Geneviève Bujold

Votes: 1,409

12. The Greatest (1977)

PG | 101 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Muhammad Ali stars as himself in this dramatized version of his life story up to the late 1970s. It includes his Olympic triumphs as Cassius Clay, his conversion to Islam, his refusal of ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Gries | Stars: Muhammad Ali, Ernest Borgnine, John Marley, Lloyd Haynes

Votes: 1,250

13. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

90 Metascore

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness

Votes: 1,137,626 | Gross: $322.74M

14. Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

R | 117 min | Horror

39 Metascore

A teenage girl once possessed by a demon finds that it still lurks within her. Meanwhile, a priest investigates the death of the girl's exorcist.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Richard Burton, Linda Blair, Louise Fletcher, Max von Sydow

Votes: 20,051 | Gross: $30.75M

15. The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977)

PG | 85 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

An aging Sir Hector Geste (Trevor Howard) takes a young greedy wife who's after his famed Blue Water sapphire, but his sons hide the gem and join the French Foreign Legion in North Africa.

Director: Marty Feldman | Stars: Marty Feldman, Ann-Margret, Michael York, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 2,024

16. A Piece of the Action (1977)

PG | 135 min | Crime, Comedy

Dave Anderson and Manny Durrell are two high-class sneak thieves who have never been caught. Joshua Burke is a retired detective who has enough evidence on the both of them to put them ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Poitier | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones, Denise Nicholas

Votes: 960

17. The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened (1977 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama, Sport

Just before a championship basketball tournament, a teenage athlete learns that he has leukemia.

Director: Gilbert Moses | Stars: Jimmie Walker, James Earl Jones, Debbie Allen, Tamu Blackwell

Votes: 39

18. Paul Robeson (1979 TV Movie)

118 min | Biography, Drama

Major events in the life of Robeson are recounted in this one-man performance.

Director: Lloyd Richards | Stars: James Earl Jones, Burt Wallace

Votes: 45

19. Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 192 min | Biography, Drama

The real-life story of the Peoples Temple cult led by Reverend Jim Jones and the events involving its move to Guyana and its eventual mass suicide.

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: Powers Boothe, Ned Beatty, Irene Cara, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 1,237

20. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

82 Metascore

After the Rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 1,068,708 | Gross: $290.48M

21. The Me Nobody Knows (1980 TV Movie)

102 min | Musical

Televised special of the award-winning musical The Me Nobody Knows.

Director: J. Edward Shaw | Stars: Terrah Bennett Smith, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Etta Cox, Alvin Fields

22. The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story (1980 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 199 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

An American athlete and a Russian gymnast meet just before the Moscow Olympics and fall in love.

Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: Stephanie Zimbalist, David Keith, Richard Lawson, Victor French

Votes: 89

23. The Bushido Blade (1981)

R | 104 min | Action, Drama, History

A steel samurai blade that was to be given to the American ambassador by the Emperor of Japan is stolen. American sailors and Japanese samurai are sent to find it.

Director: Tsugunobu Kotani | Stars: Richard Boone, Toshirô Mifune, Mike Starr, Timothy Patrick Murphy

Votes: 309

24. Conan the Barbarian (1982)

R | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

43 Metascore

A young boy, Conan, becomes a slave after his parents are killed and tribe destroyed by a savage warlord and sorcerer, Thulsa Doom. When he grows up he becomes a fearless, invincible fighter. Set free, he plots revenge against Thulsa Doom.

Director: John Milius | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow, Sandahl Bergman

Votes: 129,630 | Gross: $39.57M

25. The Flight of Dragons (1982 Video)

Passed | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A young Boston writer goes back in time into an era where wizards and dragon reign and science is just barely known.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Victor Buono, James Gregory, James Earl Jones, Harry Morgan

Votes: 5,023

26. Bloodtide (1982)

R | 82 min | Adventure, Horror

An adventurer hunting for treasure in Greece accidentally frees a monster that forces local villagers to sacrifice virgins.

Director: Richard Jefferies | Stars: James Earl Jones, José Ferrer, Lila Kedrova, Mary Louise Weller

Votes: 1,020

27. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

58 Metascore

After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the Rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy the second Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Darth Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.

Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 874,937 | Gross: $309.13M

28. City Limits (1984)

PG-13 | 86 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A series of teenage gangs struggle against each other in a not-so-distant future. Eventually they united against an evil corporation, as represented by evil CEO Robby Benson who wants to control everything.

Director: Aaron Lipstadt | Stars: John Stockwell, Darrell Larson, Rae Dawn Chong, James Earl Jones

Votes: 1,111

29. The Vegas Strip War (1984 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

Neil Chaine, a charming Las Vegas hotel/casino owner, tries to turn his decaying building into the Strip's top attraction to avenge his outing by his former partners who run a more fancy ... See full summary »

Director: George Englund | Stars: Rock Hudson, Sharon Stone, Madison Mason, Robert Costanzo

Votes: 123

30. The Lone Star Kid (1986 TV Movie)

55 min | Drama, Family

The Lone Star Kid is about a compassionate eleven year old boy who becomes mayor of a small town when he witnesses an accident and a death due to lack of ambulance services. He is ... See full summary »

Director: Anson Williams | Stars: Chad Sheets, Rodger Boyce, Tom Capps, Michael Costello

Votes: 42

31. My Little Girl (1986)

R | 118 min | Drama

A young girl agrees to work in a center for girls who can't stay with their parents. She gets wrapped up in the plights of several of the girls, and tries to help them, but only gets herself into trouble with her parents and supervisor.

Director: Connie Kaiserman | Stars: James Earl Jones, Geraldine Page, Mary Stuart Masterson, Anne Meara

Votes: 266

32. Soul Man (1986)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Romance

33 Metascore

To achieve his dream of attending Harvard, a pampered teen poses as a young black man to receive a full scholarship.

Director: Steve Miner | Stars: C. Thomas Howell, Rae Dawn Chong, Arye Gross, James Earl Jones

Votes: 7,112 | Gross: $27.82M

33. Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1986)

PG | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Allan Quatermain once again teams up with Jesse Huston where the discovery of a mysterious old gold piece sends Quatermain looking for his long-lost brother, missing in the wilds of Africa after seeking a lost white race.

Director: Gary Nelson | Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Sharon Stone, James Earl Jones, Henry Silva

Votes: 8,268 | Gross: $3.75M

34. Gardens of Stone (1987)

R | 111 min | Drama, Romance, War

A Sergeant must deal with his desires to save the lives of young soldiers being sent to Viet Nam. Continuously denied the chance to teach the soldiers about his experiences, he settles for trying to help the son of an old Army buddy.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: James Caan, Anjelica Huston, James Earl Jones, D.B. Sweeney

Votes: 4,741 | Gross: $5.26M

35. Matewan (1987)

PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, History

A labor union organizer comes to an embattled mining community brutally and violently dominated and harassed by the mining company.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, Will Oldham

Votes: 6,557 | Gross: $1.68M

36. Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night (1987)

G | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

Pinocchio and his friends, a glow worm and a marionette, search for a magic music box. However, so is the evil Scalawag and the Emperor of the Night.

Director: Hal Sutherland | Stars: Edward Asner, Tom Bosley, Lana Beeson, Linda Gary

Votes: 483 | Gross: $3.26M

37. Terrorgram (1990)

R | 88 min | Horror

Three horror stories linked by a sinister delivery boy. The stories are "Heroine Overdose", "Pandora" and "Veteran's Day".

Director: Stephen M. Kienzle | Stars: James Earl Jones, Steven Field, J.T. Wallace, Jerry Anderson

Votes: 111

38. Coming to America (1988)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Romance

47 Metascore

An extremely pampered African Prince travels to Queens, New York, and goes undercover to find a wife that he can respect for her intelligence and will.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Paul Bates, Garcelle Beauvais, Feather

Votes: 148,953 | Gross: $128.15M

39. Three Fugitives (1989)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Comedy

40 Metascore

A reformed bank robber is taken hostage by a desperate man during a bank hold up, but is forced to go on the run with his captor when they're both mistakenly thought to be in cahoots.

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Nick Nolte, Martin Short, Sarah Rowland Doroff, James Earl Jones

Votes: 10,014 | Gross: $40.59M

40. Field of Dreams (1989)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

57 Metascore

An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the 1919 Chicago White Sox come.

Director: Phil Alden Robinson | Stars: Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, Amy Madigan

Votes: 101,309 | Gross: $64.43M

41. Best of the Best (1989)

PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Drama, Sport

A team from the United States is going to compete against Korea in a Tae Kwon Do tournament. The team consists of fighters from all over the country--can they overcome their rivalry and work together to win?

Director: Robert Radler | Stars: Eric Roberts, James Earl Jones, Sally Kirkland, Phillip Rhee

Votes: 11,216 | Gross: $1.70M

42. The Hunt for Red October (1990)

PG | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

58 Metascore

In November 1984, the Soviet Union's best submarine Captain in their newest sub violates orders and heads for the U.S. Is he trying to defect or to start a war?

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill

Votes: 166,418 | Gross: $122.01M

43. The Ambulance (1990)

R | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

A comic-book artist meets a woman on the NY streets, but after a quick flirtation, she suddenly collapses, and is picked-up by an old ambulance. He checks all the hospitals in the area, but the woman seems to have disappeared.

Director: Larry Cohen | Stars: Eric Roberts, James Earl Jones, Megan Gallagher, Red Buttons

Votes: 2,833

44. By Dawn's Early Light (1990 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A non-NATO nuclear missile is fired from Turkey at USSR, where it detonates. Soviet response is automatic as it's seen as a NATO missile. Can continued escalation be avoided? We follow the US president and a bomber crew.

Director: Jack Sholder | Stars: Powers Boothe, Rebecca De Mornay, James Earl Jones, Martin Landau

Votes: 2,529

45. Last Flight Out (1990 TV Movie)

PG | 95 min | Drama

Fact-based story set in Saigon in April, 1975, shortly after U.S. combat troops have withdrawn, and immediately before the Communist forces overrun the city. American citizens try to help ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Elikann | Stars: Richard Crenna, James Earl Jones, Eric Bogosian, Rosalind Chao

Votes: 85

46. Heat Wave (1990 TV Movie)

R | 100 min | Drama, History

The events that led to the 1965's racial riots in Watts, Los Angeles, are covered by a black messenger-turned-reporter at the L.A. Times, as he was one of the first correspondents to arrive... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Hooks | Stars: Cicely Tyson, Blair Underwood, James Earl Jones, Margaret Avery

Votes: 158

47. Ivory Hunters (1990 TV Movie)

Unrated | 94 min | Adventure

An author discovers that his missing research assistant's disappearance may be related to illegal trade in ivory tusks. He's then asked by the local inspector to help him find the poachers.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: John Lithgow, Isabella Rossellini, James Earl Jones, Tony Todd

Votes: 126

48. Grim Prairie Tales (1990)

R | 86 min | Horror, Western

A cynical bounty hunter and a clerk traveling through the prairie rest by the campfire telling four stories of terror to each other.

Director: Wayne Coe | Stars: James Earl Jones, Brad Dourif, Will Hare, Marc McClure

Votes: 838

49. Scorchers (1991)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Drama