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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.


  • 1

    The Fighting Temptations

    Beyoncé Knowles, Mickey Rooney


    Directed byJonathan Lynn

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  • 2

    Men of Honor

    Charlize Theron, Robert De Niro


    Directed byGeorge 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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  • 3

    As Good as It Gets

    Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt


    Directed byJames 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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  • 4


    Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris


    Directed byMichael 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 School football...  more

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  • 5

    Jerry Maguire

    Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu


    Directed byCameron 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 inspired by...  more

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  • 6

    A Few Good Men

    Tom Cruise, Demi Moore


    Directed byRob 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 murder,...  more

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  • 7

    Losing Isaiah

    Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson


    Directed byStephen Gyllenhaal

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  • 8

    Chill Factor

    Cuba Gooding Jr., Hudson Leick


    Directed byHugh Johnson

    Chill Factor is a 1999 American action comedy film directed by Hugh Johnson in his directorial debut, and starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Skeet Ulrich. The film centers on two unwitting civilians who...  more
  • 9

    Red Tails

    Daniela Ruah, Bryan Cranston


    Directed byAnthony 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 group...  more

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  • 10

    Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

    Cuba Gooding Jr., Kimberly Elise


    Directed byThomas Carter

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  • 11

    Snow Dogs

    Cuba Gooding Jr., James Coburn


    Directed byBrian 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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  • 12

    The Tuskegee Airmen

    John Lithgow, Cuba Gooding Jr.


    Directed byRobert Markowitz

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  • 13

    Pearl Harbor

    Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner


    Directed byMichael Bay

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  • 14

    Coming to America

    Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson


    Directed byJohn Landis

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  • 15

    Boyz n the Hood

    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett


    Directed byJohn 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 Angeles....  more

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  • 16

    American Gangster

    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe


    Directed byRidley 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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  • 17


    Cuba Gooding Jr., Brittany Daniel


    Directed byChris Fisher

    Dirty is a 2005 American crime drama film directed by Chris Fisher. The film stars Cuba Gooding Jr. and Clifton Collins, Jr. The film was released in the United States on November 9, 2005....  more

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  • 18

    Lightning Jack

    Cuba Gooding Jr., Beverly DAngelo


    Directed bySimon Wincer

    Lightning Jack is a 1994 Western comedy film written by and starring Paul Hogan, as well as Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beverly D'Angelo....  more

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  • 19

    End Game

    Angie Harmon, Burt Reynolds


    Directed byAndy Cheng

    End Game is a 2006 American action film written and directed by Andy Cheng, and starring Cuba Gooding Jr. as Secret Service agent Alex Thomas, who is shot in the hand while unsuccessfully trying to...  more
  • 20


    Anthony Hopkins, Kim Cattrall


    Directed byJon Turteltaub

    Instinct is a 1999 American psychological thriller film starring Anthony Hopkins, Cuba Gooding Jr., George Dzundza, Donald Sutherland, and Maura Tierney. It was very loosely inspired by Ishmael, a...  more
  • 21

    One in the Chamber

    Cuba Gooding Jr., Dolph Lundren


    Directed byWilliam Kaufman

    One in the Chamber is a 2012 American action film directed by William Kaufman, and starring Cuba Gooding Jr., and Dolph Lundgren. This is the second film between Cuba Gooding Jr. and William Kaufman,...  more
  • 22


    Cuba Gooding Jr., Dean Norris


    Directed byKevin Bray

    Linewatch is a 2008 American thriller film starring Cuba Gooding Jr., and directed by Kevin Bray. The film was released on direct-to-DVD in the United States on October 21, 2008....  more
  • 23

    What Dreams May Come

    Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr.


    Directed byVincent 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 by...  more

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  • 24


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  • 25

    Wrong Turn at Tahoe

    Cuba Gooding Jr., Harvey Keitel


    Directed byFranck Khalfoun

    Wrong Turn at Tahoe is a 2009 direct-to-DVD crime film directed by Franck Khalfoun and starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Miguel Ferrer, and Harvey Keitel....  more