Jennifer Jason Leigh

Jennifer Jason Leigh began acting on television during the 1970s, guest-starring on several television shows, and her film breakthrough came in 1982 for her performance as Stacy Hamilton in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. In 2015, she received widespread critical acclaim for performance as Daisy Domergue in Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe, Critics' Choice, BAFTA and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Leigh is known for her emotionally raw and often sexually explicit portrayals of vulnerable and damaged women, and for her intensive method inspired research into her roles.

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Synecdoche, New York (2008)

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A theater director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he attempts to create a life-size replica of New York inside a warehouse as part of his new play.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charlie Kaufman
CAST:  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Samantha Morton  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Michelle Williams

A theater director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he attempts to create a life-size replica of New York inside a warehouse as part of his new play.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charlie Kaufman
CAST:  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Samantha Morton  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Michelle Williams

Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)

A poor, struggling South Carolinian mother and daughter face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as her last chance.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anjelica Huston
CAST:  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Lyle Lovett  •  Christina Ricci  •  Jena Malone

A poor, struggling South Carolinian mother and daughter face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as her last chance.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anjelica Huston
CAST:  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Lyle Lovett  •  Christina Ricci  •  Jena Malone

Easy Money (1983)

To inherit his mother-in-law's colossal fortune, a hard living gambling addict must change his unhealthy ways before it gets the best of him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Signorelli
CAST:  Rodney Dangerfield  •  Joe Pesci  •  Geraldine Fitzgerald  •  Candice Azzara

To inherit his mother-in-law's colossal fortune, a hard living gambling addict must change his unhealthy ways before it gets the best of him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Signorelli
CAST:  Rodney Dangerfield  •  Joe Pesci  •  Geraldine Fitzgerald  •  Candice Azzara

eXistenZ (1999)

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A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Jude Law  •  Ian Holm  •  Willem Dafoe

A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Jude Law  •  Ian Holm  •  Willem Dafoe

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

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Based on the real-life adventures chronicled by Cameron Crowe, Fast Times follows a group of high school students growing up in Southern California. Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner are looking for a love interest, and are helped along by their older classmates, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Amy Heckerling
CAST:  Sean Penn  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Judge Reinhold  •  Robert Romanus

Based on the real-life adventures chronicled by Cameron Crowe, Fast Times follows a group of high school students growing up in Southern California. Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner are looking for a love interest, and are helped along by their older classmates, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Amy Heckerling
CAST:  Sean Penn  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Judge Reinhold  •  Robert Romanus

Flesh + Blood (1985)

A band of medieval mercenaries take revenge on a noble lord who decides not to pay them by kidnapping the betrothed of the noble's son. As the plague and warfare cut a swathe of destruction throughout the land, the mercenaries hole up in a castle and await their fate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Rutger Hauer  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Tom Burlinson  •  Jack Thompson

A band of medieval mercenaries take revenge on a noble lord who decides not to pay them by kidnapping the betrothed of the noble's son. As the plague and warfare cut a swathe of destruction throughout the land, the mercenaries hole up in a castle and await their fate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Rutger Hauer  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Tom Burlinson  •  Jack Thompson

Grandview, U.S.A. (1984)

Life in the small town of Grandview, Illinois is one that is just like any other city or town. Tim Pearson, soon to be graduating high school wants to go to Florida to study oceanography. He meets Michelle "Mike" Cody and is attracted to her. She runs the local ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Randal Kleiser
CAST:  Jamie Lee Curtis  •  C. Thomas Howell  •  Patrick Swayze  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh

Life in the small town of Grandview, Illinois is one that is just like any other city or town. Tim Pearson, soon to be graduating high school wants to go to Florida to study oceanography. He meets Michelle "Mike" Cody and is attracted to her. She runs the local ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Randal Kleiser
CAST:  Jamie Lee Curtis  •  C. Thomas Howell  •  Patrick Swayze  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh

Miami Blues (1990)

When Fred gets out of prison, he decides to start over in Miami, where he starts a violent one-man crime wave. He soon meets up with amiable college student Susie. Opposing Fred is Sgt Hoke Moseley, a cop who is getting a bit old for the job.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Armitage
CAST:  Alec Baldwin  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Fred Ward  •  Cecilia Pérez-Cervera

When Fred gets out of prison, he decides to start over in Miami, where he starts a violent one-man crime wave. He soon meets up with amiable college student Susie. Opposing Fred is Sgt Hoke Moseley, a cop who is getting a bit old for the job.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Armitage
CAST:  Alec Baldwin  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Fred Ward  •  Cecilia Pérez-Cervera

Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)

Dorothy Parker remembers the heyday of the Algonquin Round Table, a circle of friends whose barbed wit, like hers, was fueled by alcohol and flirted with despair.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Rudolph
CAST:  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Campbell Scott  •  Matthew Broderick  •  Gwyneth Paltrow

Dorothy Parker remembers the heyday of the Algonquin Round Table, a circle of friends whose barbed wit, like hers, was fueled by alcohol and flirted with despair.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Rudolph
CAST:  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Campbell Scott  •  Matthew Broderick  •  Gwyneth Paltrow

Palindromes (2004)

Aviva is thirteen, awkward and sensitive. Her mother Joyce is warm and loving, as is her father, Steve, a regular guy who does have a fierce temper from time to time. The film revolves around her family, friends and neighbors.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Todd Solondz
CAST:  Matthew Faber  •  Angela Pietropinto  •  Bill Buell  •  Emani Sledge

Aviva is thirteen, awkward and sensitive. Her mother Joyce is warm and loving, as is her father, Steve, a regular guy who does have a fierce temper from time to time. The film revolves around her family, friends and neighbors.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Todd Solondz
CAST:  Matthew Faber  •  Angela Pietropinto  •  Bill Buell  •  Emani Sledge

Road to Perdition (2002)

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Mike Sullivan works as a hit man for crime boss John Rooney. Sullivan views Rooney as a father figure, however after his son is witness to a killing, Mike Sullivan finds himself on the run in attempt to save the life of his son and at the same time looking for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Liam Aiken  •  Paul Newman

Mike Sullivan works as a hit man for crime boss John Rooney. Sullivan views Rooney as a father figure, however after his son is witness to a killing, Mike Sullivan finds himself on the run in attempt to save the life of his son and at the same time looking for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Liam Aiken  •  Paul Newman

Rush (1991)

Undercover cop Jim Raynor (Jason Patric) is a seasoned veteran. His partner, Kristen Cates (Jennifer Jason Leigh), is lacking in experience, but he thinks she's tough enough to work his next case with him: a deep cover assignment to bring down the notoriously ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lili Fini Zanuck
CAST:  Jason Patric  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Sam Elliott  •  Max Perlich

Undercover cop Jim Raynor (Jason Patric) is a seasoned veteran. His partner, Kristen Cates (Jennifer Jason Leigh), is lacking in experience, but he thinks she's tough enough to work his next case with him: a deep cover assignment to bring down the notoriously ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lili Fini Zanuck
CAST:  Jason Patric  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Sam Elliott  •  Max Perlich

Short Cuts (1993)

Many loosely connected characters cross paths in this film, based on the stories of Raymond Carver. Waitress Doreen Piggot accidentally runs into a boy with her car. Soon after walking away, the child lapses into a coma. While at the hospital, the boy's grandfather ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Julianne Moore  •  Andie MacDowell  •  Tim Robbins  •  Jack Lemmon

Many loosely connected characters cross paths in this film, based on the stories of Raymond Carver. Waitress Doreen Piggot accidentally runs into a boy with her car. Soon after walking away, the child lapses into a coma. While at the hospital, the boy's grandfather ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Julianne Moore  •  Andie MacDowell  •  Tim Robbins  •  Jack Lemmon

Single White Female (1992)

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Attractive Manhattanite Allison Jones has it all: a handsome beau, a rent-controlled apartment, and a promising career as a fashion designer. When boyfriend Sam proves unfaithful, Allison strikes out on her own but must use the classifieds to seek out a roommate in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barbet Schroeder
CAST:  Bridget Fonda  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Steven Weber  •  Peter Friedman

Attractive Manhattanite Allison Jones has it all: a handsome beau, a rent-controlled apartment, and a promising career as a fashion designer. When boyfriend Sam proves unfaithful, Allison strikes out on her own but must use the classifieds to seek out a roommate in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barbet Schroeder
CAST:  Bridget Fonda  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Steven Weber  •  Peter Friedman

Skipped Parts (2000)

A woman and her son must leave a small South Carolina town because of her wild behavior.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tamra Davis
CAST:  Drew Barrymore  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Mischa Barton  •  Bug Hall

A woman and her son must leave a small South Carolina town because of her wild behavior.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tamra Davis
CAST:  Drew Barrymore  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Mischa Barton  •  Bug Hall

The Anniversary Party (2001)

While celebrating their reconciliation and six years of marriage, the American actress Sally Nash and the British novelist Joe Therrian receive their close friends, some colleagues and their next door neighbors in a party. Under the effect of Ecstasy, revelations ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Alan Cumming
CAST:  Alan Cumming  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  John Benjamin Hickey  •  Parker Posey

While celebrating their reconciliation and six years of marriage, the American actress Sally Nash and the British novelist Joe Therrian receive their close friends, some colleagues and their next door neighbors in a party. Under the effect of Ecstasy, revelations ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Alan Cumming
CAST:  Alan Cumming  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  John Benjamin Hickey  •  Parker Posey

The Hitcher (1986)

On a stormy night, young Jim, who transports a luxury car from Chicago to California to deliver it to its owner, feeling tired and sleepy, picks up a mysterious hitchhiker, who has appeared out of nowhere, thinking that a good conversation will help him not to fall ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Harmon
CAST:  C. Thomas Howell  •  Rutger Hauer  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Jeffrey DeMunn

On a stormy night, young Jim, who transports a luxury car from Chicago to California to deliver it to its owner, feeling tired and sleepy, picks up a mysterious hitchhiker, who has appeared out of nowhere, thinking that a good conversation will help him not to fall ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Harmon
CAST:  C. Thomas Howell  •  Rutger Hauer  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Jeffrey DeMunn

The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

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A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Coen
CAST:  Tim Robbins  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Paul Newman  •  Charles Durning

A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Coen
CAST:  Tim Robbins  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Paul Newman  •  Charles Durning

The Jacket (2005)

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A military veteran goes on a journey into the future, where he can foresee his death and is left with questions that could save his life and those he loves.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Maybury
CAST:  Adrien Brody  •  Keira Knightley  •  Kris Kristofferson  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh

A military veteran goes on a journey into the future, where he can foresee his death and is left with questions that could save his life and those he loves.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Maybury
CAST:  Adrien Brody  •  Keira Knightley  •  Kris Kristofferson  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh

The Machinist (2004)

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The Machinist is the story of Trevor Reznik, a lathe-operator who is suffering from insomnia. In a machine shop, occupational hazards are bad enough under normal circumstances; yet for Trevor the risks are compounded by fatigue. Trevor has lost the ability to sleep ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brad Anderson
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Aitana Sánchez-Gijón  •  John Sharian

The Machinist is the story of Trevor Reznik, a lathe-operator who is suffering from insomnia. In a machine shop, occupational hazards are bad enough under normal circumstances; yet for Trevor the risks are compounded by fatigue. Trevor has lost the ability to sleep ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brad Anderson
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Aitana Sánchez-Gijón  •  John Sharian
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