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The Best Cuba Gooding, Jr. Movies

Updated June 14, 2019 5.6k votes 1.4k voters 164.8k views52 items

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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.

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  • The Fighting Temptations1
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    The Fighting Temptations

    Beyoncé Knowles, Mickey Rooney

    Released2003

    Directed byJonathan Lynn

    The Fighting Temptations is a 2003 American musical comedy-drama film directed by Jonathan...  more

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  • Men of Honor2
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    Men of Honor

    Charlize Theron, Robert De Niro

    Released2000

    Directed byGeorge Tillman, Jr.

    Men of Honor is a 2000 drama film, starring Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr. The film was...  more

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  • Radio3
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    Radio

    Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris

    Released2003

    Directed byMichael Tollin

    Radio is a 2003 film inspired by the 1996 Sports Illustrated article "Someone to Lean On" by...  more
  • Jerry Maguire4
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    Jerry Maguire

    Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu

    Released1996

    Directed byCameron Crowe

    Jerry Maguire is a 1996 American romantic comedy-drama sports film written, produced and...  more

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  • Shadowboxer5
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    Shadowboxer

    Helen Mirren, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Released2006

    Directed byLee Daniels

    Shadowboxer is a 2005 crime thriller film directed by Lee Daniels that stars Academy Award...  more
  • A Murder of Crows6
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    A Murder of Crows

    Cuba Gooding Jr., Tom Berenger

    Released1999

    Directed byRowdy Herrington

    A Murder of Crows is a 1998 thriller film directed by Rowdy Herrington and starring Cuba...  more
  • Gladiator7
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    Gladiator

    Cuba Gooding Jr., Brian Dennehy

    Released1992

    Directed byRowdy Herrington

    Gladiator is a 1992 American sports drama film directed by Rowdy Herrington, and starring Cuba...  more
  • Losing Isaiah8
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    Losing Isaiah

    Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1995

    Directed byStephen Gyllenhaal

    Losing Isaiah is a 1995 American drama film starring Jessica Lange and Halle Berry, directed...  more

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  • Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story9
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    Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

    Cuba Gooding Jr., Kimberly Elise

    Released2009

    Directed byThomas Carter

    Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story is a 2009 movie directed by Thomas Carter, starring Cuba...  more
  • Red Tails10
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    Red Tails

    Daniela Ruah, Bryan Cranston

    Released2012

    Directed byAnthony Hemingway

    Red Tails is a 2012 American film directed by Anthony Hemingway in his feature film...  more

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  • The Tuskegee Airmen11
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    The Tuskegee Airmen

    John Lithgow, Cuba Gooding Jr.

    Released1995

    Directed byRobert Markowitz

    The Tuskegee Airmen is a 1995 HBO television movie based on the exploits of an actual...  more

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  • Snow Dogs12
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    Snow Dogs

    Cuba Gooding Jr., James Coburn

    Released2002

    Directed byBrian Levant

    Snow Dogs is a 2002 American comedy film directed by Brian Levant, and starring Cuba Gooding...  more

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  • Pearl Harbor13
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    Pearl Harbor

    Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner

    Released2001

    Directed byMichael Bay

    Pearl Harbor is a 2001 American war film with romance and action elements directed by Michael...  more

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  • Coming to America14
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    Coming to America

    Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Landis

    Coming to America is a 1988 American comedy film directed by John Landis, and based on a story...  more

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  • Boyz n the Hood15
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    Boyz n the Hood

    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn Singleton

    Boyz n the Hood is a 1991 American hood drama film directed by John Singleton. Three young men...  more

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  • American Gangster16
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    American Gangster

    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe

    Released2007

    Directed byRidley Scott

    American Gangster is a 2007 American biographical crime film directed by Ridley Scott, based...  more

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  • A Few Good Men17
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    A Few Good Men

    Tom Cruise, Demi Moore

    Released1992

    Directed byRob Reiner

    A Few Good Men is a 1992 American legal drama film directed by Rob Reiner, based on the play...  more

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  • As Good as It Gets18
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    As Good as It Gets

    Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt

    Released1997

    Directed byJames L. Brooks

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  • One in the Chamber19
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    One in the Chamber

    Cuba Gooding Jr., Dolph Lundren

    Released2012

    Directed byWilliam Kaufman

    One in the Chamber is a 2012 American action film directed by William Kaufman, and starring...  more
  • Linewatch20
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    Linewatch

    Cuba Gooding Jr., Dean Norris

    Released2008

    Directed byKevin Bray

    Linewatch is a 2008 American thriller film starring Cuba Gooding Jr., and directed by Kevin...  more
  • Hardwired21
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    Hardwired

    Val Kilmer, Cuba Gooding Jr.

    Released2009

    Directed byErnie Barbarash

    Hardwired is a 2009 American science fiction film directed by Ernie Barbarash, written by Mike...  more
  • Ticking Clock22
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    Ticking Clock

    Cuba Gooding Jr., Neal McDonough

    Released2011

    Directed byErnie Barbarash

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  • Home on the Range23
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    Home on the Range

    Steve Buscemi, Roseanne Barr

    Released2004

    Directed byWill Finn, John Sanford

    Home on the Range is a 2004 American animated musical western comedy film produced by Walt...  more

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  • Daybreak24
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    Daybreak

    Cuba Gooding Jr., Omar Epps

    Released1993

    Directed byStephen Tolkin

    Daybreak is a film directed by Stephen Tolkin released on May 8, 1993....  more
  • The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends25

    Released2007

    The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends is a 2007 direct-to-video animated film and...  more