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List of the best Don Cheadle movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Don Cheadle'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 Don Cheadle movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Don Cheadle movies will be at the top of the list. Don Cheadle has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Don Cheadle movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Don Cheadle films to end the squabble once and for all.

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Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

Released: 2004

Directed by: Terry George

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Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Ludacris

Released: 2004

Directed by: Paul Haggis

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Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney

Released: 2001

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Ocean's Eleven is a 2001 American comedy heist film and the remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film of the same name. The 2001 film was directed by Steven Soderbergh and features an ensemble cast ...more

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Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Jeff Daniels

Released: 2008

Directed by: Jeffrey Nachmanoff

Traitor is a 2008 American spy thriller film, based on an idea by Steve Martin who is also an executive producer. It is written and directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff, the film stars Don Cheadle and ...more

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Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle

Released: 2010

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

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Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas

Released: 2000

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley

Released: 2013

Directed by: Shane Black

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Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Al Pacino

Released: 2007

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

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Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney

Released: 2004

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Ocean's Twelve is a 2004 American comedy film, which acts as the sequel to 2001's Ocean's Eleven. Like its predecessor, which was a remake of the 1960 film Ocean's 11, the film was directed by ...more

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Taraji P. Henson, Martin Sheen, Don Cheadle

Released: 2007

Directed by: Kasi Lemmons

Talk To Me is a 2007 biographical film about Washington, D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist, and Dewey ...more
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Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg, Heather Graham

Released: 1997

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson

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Maggie Q, Jackie Chan, Zhang Ziyi

Released: 2001

Directed by: Brett Ratner

Rush Hour 2 is a 2001 martial arts buddy action comedy film. This is the second installment in the Rush Hour series. A sequel to the 1998 film Rush Hour, the film stars Jackie Chan and Chris ...more

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Denzel Washington, Poppy Montgomery, Don Cheadle

Released: 1995

Directed by: Carl Franklin

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Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Don Cheadle

Released: 2000

Directed by: Brett Ratner

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Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle

Released: 1988

Directed by: Dennis Hopper

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Halle Berry, John Travolta, Hugh Jackman

Released: 2001

Directed by: Dominic Sena

Swordfish is a 2001 American action thriller film directed by Dominic Sena and starring John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle and Vinnie Jones. The film centers on Stanley ...more

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Brooklyn's Finest Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Don Cheadle

Released: 2009

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

Brooklyn's Finest is a 2009 American film directed by Antoine Fuqua, and written by Michael C. Martin. The film stars Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke and Wesley Snipes. The film was ...more

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Adam Sandler, Liv Tyler, Jada Pinkett Smith

Released: 2007

Directed by: Mike Binder

In Reign Over Me, two former college roommates Charlie Fineman (Adam Sandler) and Alan Johnson (Don Cheadle) run into each other years later and rekindle their friendship. Charlie, who recently ...more

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Don Cheadle, Dylan McDermott, Courtney B. Vance

Released: 1987

Directed by: John Irvin

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Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly

Released: 2012

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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Kevin Garnett, James Earl Jones, Don Cheadle

Released: 1996

Directed by: Eriq La Salle

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Jon Voight, Don Cheadle, Ving Rhames

Released: 1997

Directed by: John Singleton

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Don Cheadle, Mark Strong, Brendan Gleeson

Released: 2011

Directed by: John Michael McDonagh

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Tim Robbins, Don Cheadle, Gary Sinise

Released: 2000

Directed by: Brian De Palma

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Emma Roberts, Lisa Kudrow, Don Cheadle

Released: 2009

Directed by: Thor Freudenthal

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