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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.

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
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
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
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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Platoon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe
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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The Crying Game is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Forest Whitaker, Jim Broadbent, Miranda Richardson
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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Panic Room is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Jodie Foster
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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Phone Booth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Katie Holmes, Colin Farrell, Jared Leto
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
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
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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Bird is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Forest Whitaker, Keith David, Sam Robards
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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Fast Times at Ridgemont ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh
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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The Color of Money is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Tom Cruise, Paul Newman, 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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Ghost Dog: The Way of th... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Forest Whitaker, Henry Silva, Victor Argo
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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Street Kings is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Keanu Reeves, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans
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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Repo Men is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Jude Law, Liev Schreiber, Forest Whitaker
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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Bloodsport is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Forest Whitaker, Bolo Yeung
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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Where the Wild Things Ar... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Mark Ruffalo, Forest Whitaker, James Gandolfini
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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Vantage Point is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Dennis Quaid
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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Jason's Lyric is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Jada Pinkett Smith, Forest Whitaker, Eddie Griffin
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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Species is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley, Natasha Henstridge
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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Finding Steve McQueen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Travis Fimmel, Rachael Taylor, Forest Whitaker
Finding Steve McQueen is a 2019 American heist thriller film directed by Mark Steven Johnson. In 1972, a gang of close-knit thieves from Youngstown, Ohio attempt to steal $30 million in illegal ...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
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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Vision Quest is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Madonna, Forest Whitaker, Linda Fiorentino
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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The Air I Breathe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kevin Bacon, Brendan Fraser
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
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Smoke is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Ashley Judd, Forest Whitaker, William Hurt
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