Top 10 Best Jane Fonda Roles of All Time Hanoi Jane has a career that stretches across millennia

Looking for a good Jane Fonda movie or show to relax and watch? Check out this list of her most endearing, entertaining, and memorable roles. This Hollywood legend has a career spanning over 60 years, and there’s a lot of character in this woman.

10. Fun with Dick and Jane

Fun with Dick and Jane Fonda

Character: Jane Harper

Dick (George Segal) and Jane Harper (Fonda) are used to a lavish lifestyle, but when times get hard, they’re forced to rob convenience stores for money. This hilarious 1977 look at what drives good people to do bad things was remade to great effect by Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni in the midst of the 2005 financial crisis.

9. Monster-in-Law

Jane Fonda Monster in Law

Character: Viola Fields

Jennifer Lopez enlists Fonda and Michael Vartan to complete her 2005 romantic comedy about a mother of the groom who doesn’t like her newly acquired daughter-in-law. If you’re married, you’ll appreciate this funny take on the subject.

8. Tall Story

Jan Fonda Tall Story

Character: June Ryder

Anthony Perkins joins Fonda in her first on-screen role in 1960. It’s a satirical look at American college campus life back in the day, and it’s interesting to watch with today’s values. There are definitely scenes you’ll feel uncomfortable laughing at.

7. Book Club

Jane Fonda Book Club

Character: Vivian

This 2018 romantic comedy teams Fonda with Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen, to explore interpersonal relationships of four friends entering their golden years.

6. The Newsroom


Character: Leona Lansing

This short-lived Aaron Sorkin-written HBO series rode the back of one of the best television speeches by news anchor Jeff Daniels. By the time we’re introduced to Fonda’s boss bitch, we’re all prepared to overthrow both her and her sniveling child.

5. 9 to 5

Nine to Five (1980)
Directed by Colin Higgins
Shown from left: Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda

Character: Judy Bernly

This 1980 comedy ranks high on critics’ lists for its rare feminist turn, showing female secretaries revolting against their sexist, misogynistic boss. The film has a renewed relevance in a post-#MeToo society.

4. Barefoot in the Park


Character: Corie Bratter

This Neil Simon adaptation pairs Fonda with leading man Robert Redford as a couple trying to survive a small apartment and burgeoning career in New York’s Greenwich Village. White people problems, amirite?

3. Klute

Jane Fonda Klute

Character: Bree Daniels

This 1971 cinematic classic is a rare dramatic turn for Fonda in a crime thriller about a detective (Donald Sutherland) having an affair with a prostitute helping solve a missing person case. This is the movie she was filming when her infamous mugshot kicked off a beauty revolution.

2. Grace and Frankie

Grace and Frankie Jane Fonda

Character: Grace Hanson

Two best friends and business partners at a law firm specializing in divorce become…well…partners. This leaves their divorced wives (played by Fonda and Lily Tomlin) in an unlikely bond over their mutual confusion. It’s one of the most-watchable Netflix original series.

1. Barberella 

Jane Fonda Barberella

Character: Barberella

This 1968 Sci-Fi classic is basically a reason to watch a scantily clad Fonda writhing around half-naked. There’s a plot about space travel in the future, but it ultimately leads to her being so sexually charged that she outlasts an excessive-pleasure machine and saves a world in peril with her sexuality.


Dr. Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. You can find his work in Cracked, High Times, HuffPost, Lifewire, Forbes, Fast Company, and dozens of other places, although much of it is no longer under his name. Dr. Penny loves annoying fake media.

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