Jim Jarmusch filmography

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Jim Jarmusch, May 19, 2005. Credit: Alain Zirah.

Jim Jarmusch is an American independent filmmaker and screenwriter. His filmography includes twelve feature films, two documentaries, six music videos and four short films. In addition, Jarmusch has worked on several other films, and has appeared on screen on multiple occasions as an actor and as himself.

Films as director[edit]

Feature films[edit]

Year Name Director Screenwriter Editor Composer Producer
1980 Permanent Vacation Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
1984 Stranger Than Paradise Yes Yes Yes
1986 Down by Law Yes Yes
1989 Mystery Train Yes Yes
1991 Night on Earth Yes Yes Yes
1995 Dead Man Yes Yes
1999 Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai Yes Yes Yes
2003 Coffee and Cigarettes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2005 Broken Flowers Yes Yes
2009 The Limits of Control Yes Yes
2013 Only Lovers Left Alive Yes Yes
2016 Paterson Yes Yes
2019 The Dead Don't Die Yes Yes

Documentary films[edit]

Year Name Notes
1997 Year of the Horse Follows the 1996 tour of Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Jarmusch also functioned as the documentary's cinematographer
2016 Gimme Danger The Stooges documentary

Music videos[edit]

Year Name Artist Notes
1986 "The Lady Don't Mind" Talking Heads
1987 "Sightsee M.C!" Big Audio Dynamite
1990 "It's All Right with Me" Tom Waits Shown as a segment of the television series Red, Hot & Blue in 1990
1992 "I Don't Wanna Grow Up" Tom Waits
1995 "Dead Man Theme" Neil Young
2006 "Steady as She Goes" The Raconteurs

Short films[edit]

Year Name Notes
1986 Coffee and Cigarettes: Strange to Meet You Commissioned as a Saturday Night Live sketch; incorporated as one of the vignettes in Jarmusch's 2003 feature Coffee and Cigarettes[1]
1989 Coffee and Cigarettes: Memphis Version
1993 Coffee and Cigarettes: Somewhere in California
2002 Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet "Int. Trailer Night" segment

Screen appearances[edit]

Acting credits[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1980 Underground U.S.A. Sound recordist
1984 American Autobahn Movie producer
1987 Straight to Hell Amos Dade
1987 Helsinki Napoli All Night Long Barkeeper #2
1988 Candy Mountain
1989 Leningrad Cowboys Go America New York Car Dealer
1990 The Golden Boat Stranger
1992 In the Soup Monty
1995 Iron Horseman Silver Rider
1995 Blue in the Face Bob
1996 Cannes Man Cameo
1996 Sling Blade Frostee Cream guy

Appearances as himself[edit]

Year Name Medium Notes
1983 Fräulein Berlin Feature film
1991 Fishing with John TV series Jarmusch appears in "Episode 1: Montauk with Jim Jarmusch" in which he and star John Lurie hunt shark[2]
1994 Tigrero: A Film That Was Never Made Documentary
1995 American Cinema TV series
1996 The Typewriter, the Rifle & the Movie Camera Documentary
1997 R.I.P. – Rest in Pieces: A Portrait of Joe Coleman Documentary
1997 We're Outta Here! Video Alternate title: The Ramones
1997 Year of the Horse Documentary Follows the band Neil Young and Crazy Horse on tour
1998 Pop Odyssee 2 - House of the Rising Punk TV
1998 Divine Trash Documentary
1998 Space Ghost Coast to Coast TV
1998 Lee Marvin: A Personal Portrait by John Boorman TV special
1999 In Bad Taste: The John Waters Story TV special Jarmusch is an interviewee
2000 SpongeBob SquarePants TV series Archival footage from Fishing with John (above)
2001 Screamin' Jay Hawkins: I Put a Spell on Me Documentary
2001 V.I.P. TV series
2002 ¿Quién es Alejandro Chomski? Documentary
2002 Focus on Jim Jarmusch TV
2003 Chaplin Today: A King in New York TV documentary
2003 Hollywood High TV documentary
2003 Rockets Redglare! Documentary
2004 Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession TV documentary
2005 Cinema Mil TV
2005 Excavating Taylor Mead Documentary
2005 Punk: Attitude TV documentary
2005 Magacine 2005 TV
2008 Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten Documentary Chronicles the life of The Clash frontman Joe Strummer, who starred in Jarmusch's Mystery Train (1989)
2008 The Simpsons TV Episode "Any Given Sundance"
2008 40X15: Forty Years of the Directors' Fortnight Documentary Focuses on the Directors' Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival
2009 Blank City Documentary Covers the New York City underground film movement
2009 Bored to Death TV series "The Case of the Missing Screenplay" Episode 3. Jarmusch gives Jonathan, the protagonist, a screenplay.
2014 Song from the Forest Documentary Friend of Louis Sarno

Other production credits[edit]

Year Name Credit
1980 Lightning Over Water Observer
1981 You Are Not I Producer/cinematographer
1982 The State of Things Composer
1983 Burroughs: The Movie Sound recordist
1986 Sleepwalk Camera operator/cinematographer
1993 When Pigs Fly Executive producer
1994 Clerks Special thanks
2005 Wu-Tang Meets the Indie Culture Featured rapper
2005 Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room Special thanks
2008 Explicit Ills Executive producer
2015 Uncle Howard Executive producer
2016 Porto Executive producer


  1. ^ Schwartz, Missy (September 24, 2004). "Coffee And Cigarettes". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 2, 2009.
  2. ^ Aloi, Peg (April 24 – May 1, 1997). "Fish stories". Boston Phoenix. Phoenix Media/Communications Group. Archived from the original on June 3, 2012. Retrieved October 2, 2009.

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