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The Best Viola Davis Movies  

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List of the best Viola Davis movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Viola Davis's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Viola Davis movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Viola Davis movies will be at the top of the list. Viola Davis has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Viola Davis movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Viola Davis films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Viola Davis role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Viola Davis performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Examples of films on this list: Disturbia, A Daughter of Israel and many more.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Viola Davis movies?" and "What are the greatest Viola Davis roles of all time?"

Viola Davis has worked with many famous directors, including big names like Tyler Perry and Steven Soderbergh. Movie fans who love Viola Davis have also been known to enjoy films starring Tom Wilkinson and Octavia Spencer.

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Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard
The Help is a 2011 American period drama film directed and written by Tate Taylor, and adapted from Kathryn Stockett's 2009 novel of the same name. Featuring an ensemble cast, the film is about ...more
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Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Doubt is a 2008 American drama film adaptation of John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize winning fictive stage play Doubt: A Parable. Written and directed by Shanley and produced by Scott Rudin, ...more
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Fences is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Viola Davis Movies
Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson
Fences is 2016 American drama film written by August Wilson and directed by Denzel Washington in his directorial debut, based on his play of the same name. Set in 1950s Pittsburgh, a former ...more
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Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, André Holland
Widows is a 2018 heist thriller film directed by Steve McQueen, based on the 1983 TV series. Four armed robbers are killed in a failed heist attempt, only to have their widows step up to finish ...more
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Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Salli Richardson
Antwone Fisher is a 2002 American biographical drama film directed by Denzel Washington, marking his directorial debut. He also stars in the film as the psychiatrist Jerome Davenport, alongside ...more
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Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Viola Davis
Far from Heaven is a 2002 American drama film written and directed by Todd Haynes and starring Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, and Patricia Clarkson. The film tells the story of ...more
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Ender's Game is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Viola Davis Movies
Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis
Ender's Game is a 2013 American science fiction action film based on the novel of the same name by Orson Scott Card. Written and directed by Gavin Hood, the film stars Asa Butterfield as Andrew ...more
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Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas
Traffic is a 2000 American drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Stephen Gaghan. It explores the trade from a number of perspectives: a user, an enforcer, a politician and a ...more
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Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks, John Goodman
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a 2011 American drama film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer, directed by Stephen Daldry and written by Eric Roth. It stars ...more
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Julia Roberts, James Franco, Javier Bardem
Eat Pray Love is a 2010 American romantic comedy-drama film starring Julia Roberts as Elizabeth Gilbert, based on Gilbert's best-selling memoir of the same name. Ryan Murphy co-wrote and ...more
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Sofía Vergara, Whoopi Goldberg, Tyler Perry
Madea Goes to Jail is a 2009 parodic comedy-drama film written and directed by Tyler Perry, which was based on his 2006 play. The play and the film deal with Perry's recurring character Madea ...more
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A Daughter of Israel Norma Talmadge, Viola Davis, Van Dyke Brooke
A Daughter of Israel is a 1915 short, drama film written by W.A. Tremayne and directed by Van Dyke Brooke.
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Jesse Stone: Night Passage is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Viola Davis Movies
Tom Selleck, Viola Davis, Britt Robertson
Jesse Stone: Night Passage is a 2006 tv film directed by Robert Harmon.
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Nicolas Cage, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello
World Trade Center is a 2006 disaster drama film directed by Oliver Stone and based on the September 11 attacks at the World Trade Center. It stars Nicolas Cage, Maria Bello, Michael ...more
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Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Viola Davis Movies
Tom Selleck, Viola Davis, Mae Whitman
Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise is a 2006 American television mystery film directed by Robert Harmon and starring Tom Selleck, Viola Davis, and Kohl Sudduth. Based on the 2001 novel Death in ...more
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Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Viola Davis
Law Abiding Citizen is a 2009 American thriller film directed by F. Gary Gray from a screenplay written by Kurt Wimmer and stars Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler. Law Abiding Citizen was released ...more
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Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe
State of Play is a 2009 political thriller film. It is an adaptation of the six-part British television serial of the same name which first aired on BBC One in 2003. The plot of the six-hour ...more
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Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holly Hunter, Viola Davis
Won't Back Down is a drama film directed by Daniel Barnz starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis and Holly Hunter. It was released on September 28, 2012.
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50 Cent, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard
This film​ is a 2005 American hip-hop biopic crime film starring 50 Cent. It is 50 Cent's first film as an actor. It was released on November 9, 2005, and was known as Locked and Loaded during ...more
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Tom Selleck, Viola Davis, Mimi Rogers
Stone Cold is a 2005 American television mystery film directed by Robert Harmon and starring Tom Selleck, Jane Adams, and Reg Rogers. Based on the 2003 novel Stone Cold by Robert B. Parker, the ...more
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Viola Davis, Christa Miller, Andre Braugher
The Andromeda Strain is a 2008 science fiction miniseries, based on the novel of the same name published in 1969 by Michael Crichton about a team of scientists who investigate a deadly disease ...more
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George Clooney, Viola Davis, Natascha McElhone
Solaris is a 2002 American science fiction drama film written and directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring George Clooney and Natascha McElhone. It is based on the 1961 science fiction novel ...more
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Tom Selleck, Viola Davis, Sean Young
Jesse Stone: Sea Change is a 2007 American television mystery film directed by Robert Harmon and starring Tom Selleck, Kathy Baker, and Kohl Sudduth. Based on the novel Sea Change by Robert B. ...more
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Emma Roberts, Lauren Graham, Zach Galifianakis
It's Kind of a Funny Story is a 2010 drama film directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.
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Beyond All Boundaries is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Viola Davis Movies
Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks, Neil Patrick Harris
Beyond All Boundaries is a 2009 short film directed David Briggs and written by Chris Ellis.