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The Best Idris Elba Movies

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

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

This list features films like American Gangster, Thor, and Pacific Rim.

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    Daddy's Little Girls

    Gabrielle Union, Idris Elba
    Daddy's Little Girls is a 2007 romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Tyler Perry...  more

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    Thor: The Dark World

    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman
    Thor: The Dark World is a 2013 American superhero film directed by Alan Taylor, based on the...  more

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    Takers

    Zoe Saldana, Chris Brown
    Takers is a 2010 American crime action thriller film directed by John Luessenhop from a story...  more
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    Pacific Rim

    Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam
    Pacific Rim is a 2013 action sci-fi film directed by Guillermo del Toro. A ragtag band of...  more

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    28 Weeks Later

    Rose Byrne, Idris Elba
    28 Weeks Later is a 2007 British-Spanish post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film,...  more

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    This Christmas

    Chris Brown, Idris Elba
    This year, Christmas with the Whitfields promises to be one they will never forget. All the...  more

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    The Losers

    Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba
    The Losers is a 2010 action-adventure film written by Peter Berg, Andy Diggle and James...  more

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    Prom Night

    Idris Elba, Brittany Snow
    Prom Night is a 2008 American slasher film from Screen Gems directed by Nelson McCormick. The...  more

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    Thor

    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman
    Thor is a 2011 American superhero film directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on the Marvel Comics...  more

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    The Gospel

    Idris Elba, China Anne McClain
    The Gospel is a 2005 film directed and written by Rob Hardy. It was released in the United...  more
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    American Gangster

    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe
    American Gangster is a 2007 American biographical crime film directed by Ridley Scott, based...  more

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    Buffalo Soldiers

    Anna Paquin, Idris Elba
    Buffalo Soldiers is a 2001 satire film, based on the 1993 novel by Robert O'Connor, which...  more
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    Prometheus

    Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender
    Prometheus is a 2012 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, written by Jon Spaihts and...  more

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    RocknRolla

    Gemma Arterton, Gerard Butler
    RocknRolla is a 2008 British comedy film written and directed by Guy Ritchie, and starring...  more

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    One Love

    Idris Elba, Ky-Mani Marley
    One Love is a 2003 Jamaican film starring Ky-Mani Marley and Cherine Anderson. It was written...  more
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    Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

    Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba
    Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is a 2011 American superhero film directed by Mark Neveldine...  more

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    The Unborn

    Gary Oldman, Idris Elba
    The Unborn is a 2009 American horror film written and directed by David S. Goyer. The film...  more
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    Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

    Idris Elba, Naomie Harris
    Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is a 2013 British-South African biographical film directed by...  more
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    Sometimes in April

    Idris Elba, Debra Winger
    Sometimes in April is a 2005 historical drama television film about the Rwandan Genocide of...  more
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    Zootopia

    Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman
    Zootopia is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Byron Howard and Rich...  more

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    All in the Game

    Idris Elba, Ray Winstone
    All in the Game is a 2006 British one-off television drama, made by Tightrope Pictures for...  more
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    Obsessed

    Beyoncé Knowles, Ali Larter
    Obsessed is a 2009 American thriller film directed by Steve Shill. The Rainforest Films...  more

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    Zero Dark Thirty

    Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt
    Zero Dark Thirty is a 2012 American war thriller film directed by Kathryn Bigelow. A chronicle...  more

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    The Reaping

    Idris Elba, Hilary Swank
    The Reaping is an 2007 American horror film, starring Hilary Swank. The film was directed by...  more

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    100 Streets

    Idris Elba, Gemma Arterton
    100 Streets is a British drama film directed by Jim O'Hanlon and starring Idris Elba. Three...  more