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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 Scotland 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
Good Morning, Vietnam Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, J. T. Walsh Good Morning, Vietnam is a 1987 American war-comedy film written by Mitch Markowitz and directed by Barry Levinson. Set in Saigon in 1965, during the Vietnam War, the film stars Robin Williams ...more

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The Butler 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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The Crying Game 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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Platoon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Platoon 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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Panic Room 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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The Great Debaters 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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Phone Booth 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 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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Fast Times at Ridgemont High 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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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai Forest Whitaker, Henry Silva, Victor Argo Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is a 1999 American crime action film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. Forest Whitaker stars as the title character, the mysterious "Ghost Dog", a ...more

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Repo Men 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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Bird 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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Vantage Point 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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The Color of Money is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
The Color of Money 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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Bloodsport 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 Are 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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Street Kings 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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Jason's Lyric 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
Species 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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The Air I Breathe 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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Vision Quest 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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Our Family Wedding 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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Smoke 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

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Stakeout Madeleine Stowe, Richard Dreyfuss, Forest Whitaker Stakeout is a 1987 crime-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 ...more

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A Rage in Harlem Forest Whitaker, Danny Glover, Robin Givens A Rage in Harlem is a 1991 American film starring Forest Whitaker, Danny Glover, Badja Djola, Robin Givens and Gregory Hines and loosely based on Chester Himes' novel of the same name.

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Freelancers Robert De Niro, 50 Cent, Dana Delany Freelancers is a crime-drama film directed by Jessy Terrero, and stars 50 Cent, Forest Whitaker, and Robert De Niro. Filming took place in New Orleans, Louisiana. It had a limited release in ...more

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Out of the Furnace Zoe Saldana, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe Out of the Furnace is a 2013 American thriller film, directed by Scott Cooper, from a screenplay written by Cooper and Brad Ingelsby. Produced by Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio, the film ...more

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Johnny Handsome Morgan Freeman, Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin Johnny Handsome is an 1989 American crime-drama film directed by Walter Hill and starring Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin and Morgan Freeman. The film was written by Ken Friedman, and adapted from ...more

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The Experiment Maggie Grace, Forest Whitaker, Adrien Brody The Experiment is a 2010 direct-to-video thriller film directed by Paul T. Scheuring and starring Adrien Brody, Forest Whitaker, Cam Gigandet, Clifton Collins, Jr., and Maggie Grace, about an ...more

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Deacons for Defense Forest Whitaker, Ossie Davis, Jonathan Silverman Deacons for Defense is a 2003 American television drama film directed by Bill Duke. The television film stars; Forest Whitaker, Christopher Britton, Ossie Davis, Jonathan Silverman, Adam Weiner, ...more

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The Enemy Within Dana Delany, Forest Whitaker, Ray J The Enemy Within is a 1994 TV movie directed by Jonathan Darby.

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Body Snatchers Forest Whitaker, Gabrielle Anwar, R. Lee Ermey Body Snatchers is a 1993 American science fiction horror film loosely based on the 1955 novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney. The film was directed by Abel Ferrara, starring Gabrielle Anwar, ...more

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Blown Away Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones, Forest Whitaker Blown Away is a 1994 action thriller film starring Jeff Bridges and Tommy Lee Jones. It was directed by Stephen Hopkins.

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Witness Protection is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Forest Whitaker Movies
Witness Protection Forest Whitaker, Tom Sizemore, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Witness Protection is a 1999 American television movie directed by Richard Pearce. The teleplay by Daniel Therriault is based on a New York Times Magazine article entitled The Invisible Family ...more

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Prêt-à-Porter Julia Roberts, Sophia Loren, Kim Basinger Prêt-à-Porter, released in the US as Ready to Wear, is a 1994 American satirical comedy film co-written, directed, and produced by Robert Altman and shot during the Paris, France, ...more

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The Last Stand Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jaimie Alexander, Forest Whitaker The Last Stand is a 2013 American action comedy film directed by South Korean film director Kim Jee-woon in his American directorial debut. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, ...more

Things We Should Do, But Don't

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Light It Up Rosario Dawson, Usher, Judd Nelson Light It Up is a 1999 American hostage crime drama film starring an ensemble cast that consists of R&B singer/actor Usher Raymond, Rosario Dawson, Forest Whitaker, and Vanessa L. Williams. ...more

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Downtown Forest Whitaker, Penelope Ann Miller, Joe Pantoliano Downtown is a 1990 American police action comedy film directed by Richard Benjamin. This would be the second pairing of Anthony Edwards and Forest Whitaker both of whom played roles in Amy ...more

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Catch .44 Bruce Willis, Malin Åkerman, Deborah Ann Woll Catch .44 is a 2010 crime film directed by Aaron Harvey.

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Dragon Hunters Amanda Lear, Vincent Lindon, Philippe Nahon Dragon Hunters is a 2008 French-German-Luxembourgish 3D computer-animated adventure action fantasy family film, written by Frédéric Engel-Lenoir, directed by creator Arthur Qwak ...more

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Battlefield Earth John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Forest Whitaker Battlefield Earth is a 2000 American dystopian science fiction action film based upon the first half of L. Ron Hubbard's 1982 novel of the same name. Directed by Roger Christian and starring ...more

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Everyone's Hero Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Raven-Symoné Everyone's Hero is a 2006 Canadian-American computer animated sports comedy family film, directed by Colin Brady, Christopher Reeve, and Daniel St. Pierre, with music by John Debney. The ...more

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Winged Creatures Kate Beckinsale, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson Winged Creatures is a 2008 crime film directed by Rowan Woods. It is an adaptation of Roy Freirich's novel Winged Creatures. The film stars Kate Beckinsale, Dakota Fanning, Josh Hutcherson, Guy ...more

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Diary of a Hitman Sharon Stone, Forest Whitaker, Jim Belushi Diary of a Hitman is a 1991 drama/thriller directed by Roy London and written by Kenneth Pressman, based on his play Insider's Price. The film stars Forest Whitaker, Sherilyn Fenn, James ...more

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The Fourth Angel Jeremy Irons, Forest Whitaker, Charlotte Rampling The Fourth Angel is a 2001 British thriller directed by John Irvin and written by Allan Scott, from a novel by Robin Neillands writing under the name Robin Hunter. It stars Jeremy Irons as a man ...more

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The Marsh Forest Whitaker, Gabrielle Anwar, Louis Ferreira The Marsh is a 2006 Film directed by Jordan Barker and written by Michael Stokes. The horror film's tagline is: You can bury the past, but sometimes the past won't stay buried...

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Hurricane Season Lil Wayne, Taraji P. Henson, Forest Whitaker Hurricane Season is a sports drama film directed by Tim Story and starring Forest Whitaker, Taraji P. Henson, Isaiah Washington, and Bow Wow. The screenplay was written by Robert Eisele and the ...more

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Mary Victoria Justice, Heather Graham, Marion Cotillard Mary is a 2005 drama thriller film, written and directed by American director Abel Ferrara. The film stars Juliette Binoche, Forest Whitaker, Marion Cotillard, Matthew Modine and Heather Graham. ...more

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American Gun Amanda Seyfried, Donald Sutherland, Nikki Reed American Gun is a 2005 film produced by Participant Productions, IFC Films, IFC First Take, and Spirit Dance Entertainment. It was written in 2001 by Steven Bagatourian and Aric Avelino and ...more