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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.

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

Tyler Perry and Ridley Scott are among those who have directed Idris Elba at one point or another during their careers in the film industry. Movie fans who love Idris Elba have also been known to enjoy films starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tom Wilkinson.

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Clubbed is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Idris Elba, Colin Salmon, Neil Morrissey

Released: 2009

Directed by: Neil Thompson

Clubbed is a 2008 British drama film about a 1980s factory worker who takes up a job as a club doorman, written by Geoff Thompson and directed by Neil Thompson.
Hobbs & Shaw is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba

Released: 2019

Directed by: David Leitch

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is a 2019 action film directed by David Leitch and written by Chris Morgan, and a spin-off from The Fast and the Furious series. Two years after the ...more

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Legacy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Idris Elba, Lara Pulver, Eamonn Walker

Released: 2010

Directed by: Thomas Ikimi

Legacy is a 2010 psychological thriller film directed by Nigerian/British director Thomas Ikimi and produced by Black Camel Pictures. The film premièred at the Glasgow Film Festival on ...more
Star Trek Beyond is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana

Directed by: Justin Lin

Star Trek Beyond is a 2016 American science fiction adventure film directed by Justin Lin from a screenplay by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, based on the series Star Trek, created by Gene ...more

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Belle maman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Idris Elba, Catherine Deneuve, Stéphane Audran

Released: 1999

Directed by: Gabriel Aghion

Who is the worst person you could fall in love with, and what would be the worst moment to fall for them? One possible scenario is presented in the comedy of errors Belle Maman. Antoine (Vincent ...more
Cats is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Cats Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Ian McKellen

Released: 2019

Directed by: Tom Hooper

Cats is a 2019 comedy-drama musical film directed by Tom Hooper. A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new ...more

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No Good Deed is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson, Leslie Bibb

Released: 2014

Directed by: Sam Miller

No Good Deed is a 2014 American psychological thriller film directed by Sam Miller and written by Aimée Lagos. The film stars Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson, Kate del Castillo, Mark Smith, ...more
The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
The Jungle Book Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba

Directed by: Jon Favreau

The Jungle Book is a 2016 fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Jon Favreau. Based on Rudyard Kipling's eponymous collective works and inspired by Walt Disney's 1967 animated film ...more

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Obsessed is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Beyoncé Knowles, Ali Larter, Idris Elba

Released: 2009

Directed by: Steve Shill

Obsessed is a 2009 American thriller film directed by Steve Shill. The Rainforest Films production stars Idris Elba, Beyoncé, and Ali Larter. Obsessed tells the story of Lisa, a ...more

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Beasts of No Nation is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Idris Elba, Abraham Attah, Ama K. Abebrese

Released: 2015

Directed by: Cary Fukunaga

Beasts of No Nation is a 2015 American drama film directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Recruited by a malicious Commandant (Idris Elba), a child soldier (Abraham Attah) is trained to fight in a West ...more

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The Gunman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Javier Bardem

Released: 2015

Directed by: Pierre Morel

The Gunman is a 2015 American action thriller film directed by Pierre Morel and written by Don Macpherson, Pete Travis and Sean Penn, based on the novel The Prone Gunman, by Jean-Patrick ...more
The Avengers: Age of Ult... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2015

Directed by: Joss Whedon

Avengers: Age of Ultron is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) ...more

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The Mountain Between Us ... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, Dermot Mulroney

Directed by: Hany Abu-Assad

The Mountain Between Us is a 2017 American romance-disaster film directed by Hany Abu-Assad. After a plan crash, surgeon Dr. Ben Bass (Idris Elba) and photojournalist Alex Martin (Kate Winslet) ...more
The Dark Tower is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Idris Elba, Tom Taylor, Matthew McConaughey

Directed by: Nikolaj Arcel

The Dark Tower is a 2017 science fantasy western horror film directed by Nikolaj Arcel, based on the series of novels of the same name by Stephen King. Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) is a young ...more

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Finding Dory is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence

Released: 2016

Directed by: Andrew Stanton

Finding Dory is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Andrew Stanton, and a sequel to Finding Nemo. The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish, Dory (Ellen ...more

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Thor: Ragnarok is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett

Released: 2017

Directed by: Taika Waititi

Thor: Ragnarok is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Taika Waititi. Four years after the events of Thor: The Dark World, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must win a gladiatorial duel against an ...more

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Molly's Game is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Molly's Game Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner

Directed by: Aaron Sorkin

Molly's Game is a 2017 American drama film written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. Based on the memoir by Molly Bloom, the film tells the true story of an Olympic-class skier (Jessica Chastain) ...more