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The Best Forest Whitaker Movies

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List of the best Forest Whitaker movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Over the years, Forest Whitaker has worked with many of the best directors in American cinema including Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese and Clint Eastwood. Forest Whitaker'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 Forest Whitaker movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Forest Whitaker movies will be at the top of the list. Forest Whitaker has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Forest Whitaker movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Forest Whitaker films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

List contains films like The Last King of Scotland and Platoon.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Forest Whitaker movies?" and "What are the greatest Forest Whitaker roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Whtaker's award-winning performances, you might also enjoy our list of best Oprah Winfrey movies and best Cuba Gooding, Jr. movies.

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  • 1
    Good Morning, Vietnam
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    13

    Good Morning, Vietnam

    Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker

    Released1987

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Good Morning, Vietnam is a 1987 American comedy film written by Mitch Markowitz and directed... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 2
    The Crying Game
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    19

    The Crying Game

    Forest Whitaker, Jim Broadbent

    Released1992

    Directed byNeil Jordan

    The Crying Game is a 1992 British psychological thriller drama film written and directed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 3
    Panic Room
    127
    12

    Panic Room

    Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman

    Released2002

    Directed byDavid Fincher

    Panic Room is a 2002 American thriller film directed by David Fincher and written by David... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 4
    The Great Debaters
    100
    13

    The Great Debaters

    Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker

    Released2007

    Directed byDenzel Washington

    The Great Debaters is a 2007 American biopic period drama film directed by and starring Denzel... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    Repo Men
    72
    11

    Repo Men

    Jude Law, Liev Schreiber

    Released2010

    Directed byMiguel Sapochnik

    Repo Men is a 2010 American-Canadian science fiction action-thriller film directed by Miguel... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
    106
    52

    Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

    Forest Whitaker, Henry Silva

    Released1999

    Directed byJim Jarmusch

    Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is a 1999 American action film written and directed by Jim... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 7
    Bird
    65
    17

    Bird

    Forest Whitaker, Keith David

    Released1988

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Bird is a 1988 American biographical film, produced and directed by Clint Eastwood of a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    The Last King of Scotland
    63
    16

    The Last King of Scotland

    Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson

    Released2006

    Directed byKevin Macdonald

    The Last King of Scotland is a 2006 British fiction drama film based on Giles Foden's novel of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 9
    Vantage Point
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    37

    Vantage Point

    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2008

    Directed byPete Travis

    Vantage Point is a 2008 thriller film. It is directed by Pete Travis and stars Dennis Quaid,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 10
    The Color of Money
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    26

    The Color of Money

    Tom Cruise, Paul Newman

    Released1986

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Color of Money is a 1986 drama film directed by Martin Scorsese from a screenplay by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    Street Kings
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    Street Kings

    Keanu Reeves, Hugh Laurie

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Ayer

    Street Kings is a 2008 American action thriller film directed by David Ayer, and starring... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    Where the Wild Things Are
    66
    25

    Where the Wild Things Are

    Mark Ruffalo, Forest Whitaker

    Released2009

    Directed bySpike Jonze

    Where the Wild Things Are is a 2009 fantasy drama film directed by Spike Jonze. Written by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 13
    Stakeout
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    8

    Stakeout

    Madeleine Stowe, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Badham

    Stakeout is a 1987 comedy film directed by John Badham and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 14
    The Air I Breathe
    43
    7

    The Air I Breathe

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kevin Bacon

    Released2007

    Directed byJieho Lee

    The Air I Breathe is the 2007 directorial film debut of Korean-American filmmaker Jieho Lee,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    Platoon
    49
    16

    Platoon

    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen

    Released1986

    Directed byOliver Stone

    Platoon is a 1986 American war film written and directed by Oliver Stone and starring Tom... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 16
    Jason's Lyric
    46
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    Jason's Lyric

    Jada Pinkett Smith, Forest Whitaker

    Released1994

    Directed byDoug McHenry

    Jason's Lyric is a 1994 romantic drama film, written by Bobby Smith, Jr, and directed by Doug... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 17
    Vision Quest
    43
    17

    Vision Quest

    Madonna, Forest Whitaker

    Released1985

    Directed byHarold Becker

    Vision Quest is a 1985 coming of age drama film starring Matthew Modine, Linda Fiorentino, and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 18
    The Butler
    49
    25

    The Butler

    Mariah Carey, Robin Williams

    Released2013

    Directed byLee Daniels

    The Butler is a 2013 American historical drama film directed and produced by Lee Daniels and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 19
    Out of the Furnace
    37
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    Out of the Furnace

    Zoe Saldana, Christian Bale

    Released2013

    Directed byScott Cooper

    Out of the Furnace is a 2013 American thriller film, directed by Scott Cooper, from a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    Smoke
    43
    19

    Smoke

    Ashley Judd, Forest Whitaker

    Released1995

    Directed byPaul Auster, Wayne Wang

    Smoke is a 1995 American independent film. It was produced by Hisami Kuroiwa, Harvey Weinstein... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 21
    A Rage in Harlem
    35
    12

    A Rage in Harlem

    Forest Whitaker, Danny Glover

    Released1991

    Directed byBill Duke

    A Rage in Harlem is a 1991 American film starring Forest Whitaker, Danny Glover, Badja Djola,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    Freelancers
    32
    11

    Freelancers

    Robert De Niro, 50 Cent

    Released2012

    Directed byJessy Terrero

    Freelancers is a crime-drama film directed by Jessy Terrero, and stars 50 Cent, Forest... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    Johnny Handsome
    35
    15

    Johnny Handsome

    Morgan Freeman, Mickey Rourke

    Released1989

    Directed byWalter Hill

    Johnny Handsome is an 1989 American crime-drama film directed by Walter Hill and starring... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    Blown Away
    31
    15

    Blown Away

    Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released1994

    Directed byStephen Hopkins

    Blown Away is a 1994 action thriller film starring Jeff Bridges and Tommy Lee Jones. It was... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    The Experiment
    33
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    The Experiment

    Maggie Grace, Forest Whitaker

    Released2010

    Directed byPaul Scheuring

    The Experiment is a 2010 direct-to-video thriller film directed by Paul T. Scheuring and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button