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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.

Forest Whitaker is no stranger to working with popular directors, including Joel Schumacher, Robert Altman and Martin Scorsese. Movie fans who love Forest Whitaker have also been known to enjoy films starring Don Cheadle and Laurence Fishburne.

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The Last King of Scotlan... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson, James McAvoy

Released: 2006

Directed by: Kevin Macdonald

The Last King of Scotland is a 2006 British fiction drama film based on Giles Foden's novel of the same name, adapted by screenwriters Peter Morgan and Jeremy Brock, and directed by Kevin ...more

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Good Morning, Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, J. T. Walsh

Released: 1987

Directed by: Barry Levinson

Good Morning, Vietnam is a 1987 American comedy film written by Mitch Markowitz and directed by Barry Levinson. Set in Saigon in 1965, during Vietnam, the film stars Robin Williams as a radio DJ ...more

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The Butler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Mariah Carey, Robin Williams, Oprah Winfrey

Released: 2013

Directed by: Lee Daniels

The Butler is a 2013 American historical drama film directed and produced by Lee Daniels and written by Danny Strong. Loosely based on the real life of Eugene Allen, the film stars Forest ...more

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The Crying Game is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Forest Whitaker, Jim Broadbent, Miranda Richardson

Released: 1992

Directed by: Neil Jordan

The Crying Game is a 1992 British psychological thriller drama film written and directed by Neil Jordan. The film explores themes of race, gender, nationality, and sexuality against the backdrop ...more

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#299 of 350 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #21 of 24 The Best Movies with Twist Endingslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Platoon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe

Released: 1986

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Platoon is a 1986 American war film written and directed by Oliver Stone and starring Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe and Charlie Sheen. It is the first film of a trilogy of Vietnam War films by ...more

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Panic Room is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Jodie Foster

Released: 2002

Directed by: David Fincher

Panic Room is a 2002 American thriller film directed by David Fincher and written by David Koepp. The film stars Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart as a mother and daughter whose new home is ...more

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#56 of 253 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #14 of 94 Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked #35 of 149 The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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Phone Booth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Katie Holmes, Colin Farrell, Jared Leto

Released: 2002

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

Phone Booth is a 2002 American psychological thriller film about a man who is held hostage in a telephone booth by a sniper. It stars Colin Farrell, Forest Whitaker, Katie Holmes, Radha Mitchell ...more

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Phenomenon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kyra Sedgwick

Released: 1996

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub

Phenomenon is a 1996 American romantic fantasy drama film directed by Jon Turteltaub, written by Gerald Di Pego, and starring John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker, Robert Duvall, and ...more

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The Great Debaters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Jurnee Smollett

Released: 2007

Directed by: Denzel Washington

The Great Debaters is a 2007 American biopic period drama film directed by and starring Denzel Washington and produced by Oprah Winfrey and her production company, Harpo Productions. It is based ...more

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Ghost Dog: The Way of th... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Forest Whitaker, Henry Silva, Victor Argo

Released: 1999

Directed by: Jim Jarmusch

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is a 1999 American action film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. Forest Whitaker stars as the title character, the mysterious "Ghost Dog" who ...more

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Fast Times at Ridgemont ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 1982

Directed by: Amy Heckerling

Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a 1982 American coming-of-age teen comedy film written by Cameron Crowe, adapted from his 1981 book of the same name. As a freelance writer for Rolling Stone ...more

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#90 of 350 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #48 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #251 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Vantage Point is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Dennis Quaid

Released: 2008

Directed by: Pete Travis

Vantage Point is a 2008 thriller film. It is directed by Pete Travis and stars Dennis Quaid, Forest Whitaker, Matthew Fox, William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver. The release date is set at February ...more
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Bloodsport is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Forest Whitaker, Bolo Yeung

Released: 1988

Directed by: Newt Arnold

Bloodsport is a 1988 American martial arts film directed by Newt Arnold, and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Roy Chiao, Donald Gibb and Leah Ayres. The film is partly based on unverified claims ...more

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The Color of Money is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Tom Cruise, Paul Newman, Martin Scorsese

Released: 1986

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

The Color of Money is a 1986 drama film directed by Martin Scorsese from a screenplay by Richard Price, based on the 1984 novel of the same name by Walter Tevis. The film stars Paul Newman and ...more

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Repo Men is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Jude Law, Liev Schreiber, Forest Whitaker

Released: 2010

Directed by: Miguel Sapochnik

Repo Men is a 2010 American-Canadian science fiction action-thriller film directed by Miguel Sapochnik, and starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker. It is based on the novel The Repossession Mambo ...more

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#109 of 161 The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies #475 of 566 The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time #26 of 49 The Best Jude Law Movies

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Bird is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Forest Whitaker, Keith David, Sam Robards

Released: 1988

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Bird is a 1988 American biographical film, produced and directed by Clint Eastwood of a screenplay written by Joel Oliansky. The film is a tribute to the life and music of jazz saxophonist ...more

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Where the Wild Things Ar... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Mark Ruffalo, Forest Whitaker, James Gandolfini

Released: 2009

Directed by: Spike Jonze

Where the Wild Things Are is a 2009 fantasy drama film directed by Spike Jonze. Written by Jonze and Dave Eggers, it is adapted from Maurice Sendak's 1963 children's book of the same name. It ...more

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Street Kings is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Keanu Reeves, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans

Released: 2008

Directed by: David Ayer

Street Kings is a 2008 American action thriller film directed by David Ayer, and starring Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans, Common and The Game. It was released in ...more
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Species is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley, Natasha Henstridge

Released: 1995

Directed by: Roger Donaldson

Species is a 1995 American science fiction horror film directed by Roger Donaldson, and starring Natasha Henstridge, Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker and Marg ...more

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Jason's Lyric is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Jada Pinkett Smith, Forest Whitaker, Eddie Griffin

Released: 1994

Directed by: Doug McHenry

Jason's Lyric is a 1994 romantic drama film, written by Bobby Smith, Jr, and directed by Doug McHenry, who co-produced the film with George Jackson and Marilla Lane Ross. Both Jackson and ...more

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Vision Quest is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Madonna, Forest Whitaker, Linda Fiorentino

Released: 1985

Directed by: Harold Becker

Vision Quest is a 1985 coming of age drama film starring Matthew Modine, Linda Fiorentino, and Ronny Cox. It is based on Terry Davis' novel of the same name. Modine plays a Spokane high school ...more

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Our Family Wedding is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
America Ferrera, Forest Whitaker, Shannyn Sossamon

Released: 2010

Directed by: Rick Famuyiwa

Our Family Wedding is a 2010 comedy film directed by Rick Famuyiwa and written by Wayne Conley, Rick Famuyiwa and Malcolm Spellman.
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Stakeout is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Madeleine Stowe, Richard Dreyfuss, Forest Whitaker

Released: 1987

Directed by: John Badham

Stakeout is a 1987 comedy film directed by John Badham and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio Estevez, Madeleine Stowe, Aidan Quinn, and Forest Whitaker. The screenplay was written by Jim Kouf, ...more

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Smoke is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Ashley Judd, Forest Whitaker, William Hurt

Released: 1995

Directed by: Paul Auster, Wayne Wang

Smoke is a 1995 American independent film. It was produced by Hisami Kuroiwa, Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein and directed by Wayne Wang and Paul Auster. Among others, it features Harvey ...more
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The Air I Breathe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kevin Bacon, Brendan Fraser

Released: 2007

Directed by: Jieho Lee

The Air I Breathe is the 2007 directorial film debut of Korean-American filmmaker Jieho Lee, who co-wrote the script with Bob DeRosa. It stars Kevin Bacon, Julie Delpy, Brendan Fraser, Andy ...more