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The Best Cuba Gooding, Jr. Movies 

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This is a ist of the best Cuba Gooding, Jr. movies, ranked best to worst - with movie trailers when available. Cuba Gooding, Jr. has been acting since 1986, but he didn't become a star until he appeared in the 1991 film Boyz n the Hood.  The order of these top Cuba Gooding, Jr. movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Cuba Gooding, Jr. movies will be at the top of the list. 

This list answers the questions, "What are the best Cuba Gooding, Jr. movies?" and "What are the greatest Cuba Gooding, Jr. roles of all time?" The greatest Cuba Gooding, Jr. performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand. Famous flicks like Jerry Maguire and Men of Honor appear on this Cuba Gooding, Jr. filmography, but it's up to fans like you to decide upon the best.  If you think the most powerful Cuba Gooding, Jr. role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. 

If you are a fan of Gooding, Jr.'s dramatic work, you might also enjoy our list of the best Denzel Washington movies and best Tom Cruise movies.

Cuba Gooding, Jr. is no stranger to working with popular directors, including Michael Bay, Ridley Scott and Simon Wincer. Cuba Gooding, Jr. has been in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Danny Glover and Halle Berry in terms of fame and success.

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Men of Honor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cuba Gooding, Jr. Movies
Charlize Theron, Robert De Niro, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Released: 2000

Directed by: George Tillman, Jr.

Men of Honor is a 2000 drama film, starring Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr. The film was directed by George Tillman, Jr. It is inspired by the true story of Master chief petty officer Carl ...more

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Radio is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cuba Gooding, Jr. Movies
Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Debra Winger

Released: 2003

Directed by: Michael Tollin

Radio is a 2003 film inspired by the 1996 Sports Illustrated article "Someone to Lean On" by Gary Smith. The article and the movie are based on the true story of T. L. Hanna High ...more

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Jerry Maguire is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cuba Gooding, Jr. Movies
Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

Released: 1996

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

Jerry Maguire is a 1996 American romantic comedy-drama sports film written, produced and directed by Cameron Crowe, and stars Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Renée Zellweger. It was ...more

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Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cuba Gooding, Jr. Movies
Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Released: 1991

Directed by: John Singleton

Boyz n the Hood is a 1991 American hood drama film directed by John Singleton. Three young men weave in and out of violence, relationships, and racial issues in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los

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A Few Good Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cuba Gooding, Jr. Movies
Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson

Released: 1992

Directed by: Rob Reiner

A Few Good Men is a 1992 American legal drama film directed by Rob Reiner, based on the play by Aaron Sorkin. Military lawyer Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) defends Marines accused of ...more

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Gifted Hands: The Ben Ca... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cuba Gooding, Jr. Movies
Cuba Gooding Jr., Kimberly Elise, Aunjanue Ellis

Released: 2009

Directed by: Thomas Carter

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story is a 2009 movie directed by Thomas Carter, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Kimberly Elise. It is a movie based on the life story of world-renowned neurosurgeon ...more
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Snow Dogs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cuba Gooding, Jr. Movies
Cuba Gooding Jr., James Coburn, Michael Bolton

Released: 2002

Directed by: Brian Levant

Snow Dogs is a 2002 American comedy film directed by Brian Levant, and starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and James Coburn. The film was released in the United States on January 18, 2002 by Walt Disney ...more

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Pearl Harbor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cuba Gooding, Jr. Movies
Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck

Released: 2001

Directed by: Michael Bay

Pearl Harbor is a 2001 American war film with romance and action elements directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and written by Randall Wallace. It features an ensemble cast, ...more

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The Tuskegee Airmen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cuba Gooding, Jr. Movies
John Lithgow, Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne

Released: 1995

Directed by: Robert Markowitz

The Tuskegee Airmen is a 1995 HBO television movie based on the exploits of an actual groundbreaking unit, the first African American combat pilots in the United States Army Air Corps, that ...more

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Coming to America is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cuba Gooding, Jr. Movies
Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

Released: 1988

Directed by: John Landis

Coming to America is a 1988 American comedy film directed by John Landis, and based on a story originally created by Eddie Murphy, who also starred in the lead role. The film also co-stars ...more

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American Gangster is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cuba Gooding, Jr. Movies
Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba

Released: 2007

Directed by: Ridley Scott

American Gangster is a 2007 American biographical crime film directed by Ridley Scott, based on the criminal career of Frank Lucas. An outcast New York City cop (Russell Crowe) is charged with ...more

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As Good as It Gets is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cuba Gooding, Jr. Movies
Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Julie Benz

Released: 1997

Directed by: James L. Brooks

As Good as It Gets is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by James L. Brooks and produced by Laura Ziskin. It stars Jack Nicholson as a misanthropic, homophobic, racist, ...more

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The Fighting Temptations... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cuba Gooding, Jr. Movies
Beyoncé Knowles, Mickey Rooney, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Released: 2003

Directed by: Jonathan Lynn

The Fighting Temptations is a 2003 American musical comedy-drama film directed by Jonathan Lynn, written by Elizabeth Hunter and Saladin K. Patterson, and distributed by Paramount Pictures and ...more

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Outbreak is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cuba Gooding, Jr. Movies
Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman

Released: 1995

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

Outbreak is a 1995 American medical disaster film directed by Wolfgang Petersen and based on Richard Preston's non-fiction book The Hot Zone. The film stars Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, and ...more

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A Murder of Crows is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cuba Gooding, Jr. Movies
Cuba Gooding Jr., Tom Berenger, Mark Pellegrino

Released: 1999

Directed by: Rowdy Herrington

A Murder of Crows is a 1998 thriller film directed by Rowdy Herrington and starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Tom Berenger.
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Boat Trip is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cuba Gooding, Jr. Movies
Will Ferrell, Roselyn Sánchez, Roger Moore

Released: 2002

Directed by: Mort Nathan

Boat Trip is a 2002 American romantic comedy film directed by Mort Nathan in his directorial debut, and starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Horatio Sanz, Vivica A. Fox, Roselyn Sanchez, and Roger Moore.

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Daddy Day Camp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cuba Gooding, Jr. Movies
Cuba Gooding Jr., Tamala Jones, Brian Doyle-Murray

Released: 2007

Directed by: Fred Savage

Charlie Hinton (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and Phil Ryerson (Paul Rae) are in over their heads. Summer is coming and after running the very successful Daddy Day Care, they are losing half the group to ...more

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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cuba Gooding, Jr. Movies
Cuba Gooding Jr., Brian Dennehy, Ossie Davis

Released: 1992

Directed by: Rowdy Herrington

Gladiator is a 1992 American sports drama film directed by Rowdy Herrington, and starring Cuba Gooding Jr., James Marshall, Brian Dennehy, and Robert Loggia. One is fighting to pay off gambling ...more
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Shadowboxer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cuba Gooding, Jr. Movies
Helen Mirren, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Released: 2006

Directed by: Lee Daniels

Shadowboxer is a 2005 crime thriller film directed by Lee Daniels that stars Academy Award winners Cuba Gooding Jr., Helen Mirren, and Mo'Nique. It opened in limited release in six cities: New ...more
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Rat Race is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cuba Gooding, Jr. Movies
Whoopi Goldberg, Amy Smart, John Cleese

Released: 2001

Directed by: Jerry Zucker

Rat Race is a 2001 American ensemble comedy film directed by Jerry Zucker, written by Andy Breckman, and starring Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jon Lovitz, Kathy Najimy, ...more

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Norbit is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cuba Gooding, Jr. Movies
Eddie Murphy, Thandie Newton, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Released: 2007

Directed by: Brian Robbins

Norbit is a 2007 American romantic comedy film directed by Brian Robbins, and written and produced by Eddie Murphy, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Thandie Newton, Terry Crews, ...more

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What Dreams May Come is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cuba Gooding, Jr. Movies
Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Max von Sydow

Released: 1998

Directed by: Vincent Ward

What Dreams May Come is a 1998 American fantasy drama film, starring Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Annabella Sciorra and Max von Sydow. The film is based on the 1978 novel of the same name ...more

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The Hit List is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cuba Gooding, Jr. Movies
Cuba Gooding Jr., Cole Hauser, Michael Papajohn

Released: 2011

Directed by: William Kaufman

The Hit List is a 2011 American action film written by Chad and Evan Law, and directed by William Kaufman, and starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Cole Hauser. The film was released on direct-to-DVD ...more
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Losing Isaiah is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cuba Gooding, Jr. Movies
Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Lange

Released: 1995

Directed by: Stephen Gyllenhaal

Losing Isaiah is a 1995 American drama film starring Jessica Lange and Halle Berry, directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal. It is based on the novel of the same name by Seth Margolis. The screenplay is ...more

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Red Tails is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cuba Gooding, Jr. Movies
Daniela Ruah, Bryan Cranston, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Released: 2012

Directed by: Anthony Hemingway

Red Tails is a 2012 American film directed by Anthony Hemingway in his feature film directorial debut, and starring Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr. The film is about the Tuskegee Airmen, a ...more

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