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The Best Idris Elba Movies

Updated December 20, 2019 5.8k votes 470 voters 56.6k views42 items

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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.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Idris Elba movies?" and "What are the greatest Idris Elba roles of all time?"

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    Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
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    Prometheus

    Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender

    Released2012

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    28 Weeks Later is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
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    28 Weeks Later

    Rose Byrne, Idris Elba

    Released2007

    Directed byJuan Carlos Fresnadillo

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    Takers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
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    Takers

    Zoe Saldana, Chris Brown

    Released2010

    Directed byJohn Luessenhop

    Takers is a 2010 American crime action thriller film directed by John Luessenhop from a story... more on Wikipedia
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    Zero Dark Thirty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
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    Zero Dark Thirty

    Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt

    Released2012

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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    RocknRolla is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
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    RocknRolla

    Gemma Arterton, Gerard Butler

    Released2008

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

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    Thor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
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    Thor

    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman

    Released2011

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

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    The Gospel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
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    The Gospel

    Idris Elba, China Anne McClain

    Released2005

    Directed byRob Hardy

    The Gospel is a 2005 film directed and written by Rob Hardy. It was released in the United... more on Wikipedia
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    The Reaping is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
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    The Reaping

    Idris Elba, Hilary Swank

    Released2007

    Directed byStephen Hopkins

    The Reaping is an 2007 American horror film, starring Hilary Swank. The film was directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    Buffalo Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
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    Buffalo Soldiers

    Anna Paquin, Idris Elba

    Released2001

    Directed byGregor Jordan

    Buffalo Soldiers is a 2001 satire film, based on the 1993 novel by Robert O'Connor, which... more on Wikipedia
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    Sorted is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
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    Sorted

    Kelly Brook, Tim Curry

    Released2000

    Directed byAlexander Jovy

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    Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
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    Zootopia

    Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman

    Released2016

    Directed byByron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

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    Thor: The Dark World is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
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    Thor: The Dark World

    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman

    Released2013

    Directed byAlan Taylor

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    One Love is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
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    One Love

    Idris Elba, Ky-Mani Marley

    Released2003

    Directed byDon Letts, Rick Elgood

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    The Avengers: Age of Ultron is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
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    The Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth

    Released2015

    Directed byJoss Whedon

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    Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengean is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
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    Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

    Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba

    Released2011

    Directed byMark Neveldine, Brian Taylor

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    The Unborn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
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    The Unborn

    Gary Oldman, Idris Elba

    Released2009

    Directed byDavid S. Goyer

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    Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
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    Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

    Idris Elba, Naomie Harris

    Released2013

    Directed byJustin Chadwick

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    Sometimes in April is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
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    Sometimes in April

    Idris Elba, Debra Winger

    Released2005

    Directed byRaoul Peck

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    All in the Game is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
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    All in the Game

    Idris Elba, Ray Winstone

    Released2006

    Directed byJim O'Hanlon

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    The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
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    The Jungle Book

    Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley

    Directed byJon Favreau

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    Star Trek Beyond is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
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    Star Trek Beyond

    Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto

    Directed byJustin Lin

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    The Losers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
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    The Losers

    Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba

    Released2010

    Directed bySylvain White

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    Clubbed is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
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    Clubbed

    Idris Elba, Colin Salmon

    Released2009

    Directed byNeil Thompson

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    Finding Dory is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
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    Finding Dory

    Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks

    Released2016

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

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    100 Streets is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
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    100 Streets

    Idris Elba, Gemma Arterton

    Directed byJim O'Hanlon

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