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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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American Gangster is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba
American Gangster is a 2007 American biographical crime film directed and produced by Ridley Scott and written by Steven Zaillian. The film is based on the criminal career of Frank Lucas, a ...more

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Daddy's Little Girls is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Gabrielle Union, Idris Elba, Louis Gossett
Daddy's Little Girls is a 2007 romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Tyler Perry and produced by Perry and Reuben Cannon. It stars Gabrielle Union and Idris Elba. The film was ...more

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Thor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston
Thor is a 2011 American superhero film directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on the Marvel Comics character. The powerful, but arrogant god Thor (Chris Hemsworth), is cast out of Asgard to live ...more

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Takers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Zoe Saldana, Chris Brown, Idris Elba
Takers is a 2010 American crime action thriller film directed by John Luessenhop from a story and screenplay written by Luessenhop, Gabriel Casseus, Peter Allen, John Rogers, and Avery Duff. It ...more

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Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman
Pacific Rim is a 2013 action sci-fi film directed by Guillermo del Toro.

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Thor: The Dark World is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston
Thor: The Dark World is a 2013 American superhero film directed by Alan Taylor, based on the Marvel Comics character. When Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) gets cursed with a powerful entity ...more

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Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba
Prometheus is a 2012 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof, and starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan ...more

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Star Trek Beyond is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana
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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This Christmas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Chris Brown, Idris Elba, Jessica Stroup
This year, Christmas with the Whitfields promises to be one they will never forget. All the siblings have come home for the first time in years and they've brought plenty of baggage with them. ...more

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RocknRolla is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Gemma Arterton, Gerard Butler, Tom Hardy
RocknRolla is a 2008 British comedy film written and directed by Guy Ritchie, and starring Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, Mark Strong, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Jimi Mistry and Toby ...more

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Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba
Zootopia is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore. A rabbit police officer (Ginnifer Goodwin) and a red fox con artist (Jason Bateman) form an ...more

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28 Weeks Later is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Rose Byrne, Idris Elba, Jeremy Renner
28 Weeks Later is a 2007 British-Spanish post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film, structured as a sequel to the 2002 critical and commercial success, 28 Days Later. 28 Weeks Later was ...more

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The Losers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba, Chris Evans
The Losers is a 2010 action-adventure film written by Peter Berg, Andy Diggle and James Vanderbilt and directed by Sylvain White.

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The Gospel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Idris Elba, China Anne McClain, Keshia Knight Pulliam
The Gospel is a 2005 film directed and written by Rob Hardy. It was released in the United States on October 7, 2005. The film retells the Parable of the Prodigal Son in a modern context.

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Prom Night is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Idris Elba, Brittany Snow, Jana Kramer
Prom Night is a 2008 American slasher film from Screen Gems directed by Nelson McCormick. The film is primarily a remake of the 1980 Canadian slasher film of the same name which starred scream ...more

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Obsessed is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Beyoncé Knowles, Ali Larter, Idris Elba
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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Buffalo Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Anna Paquin, Idris Elba, Joaquin Phoenix
Buffalo Soldiers is a 2001 satire film, based on the 1993 novel by Robert O'Connor, which follows the rogue activities of a group of US soldiers based in West Germany during 1989 when the fall ...more

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Zero Dark Thirty is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong
Untitled International Thriller is a 2012 thriller film written by Mark Boal and directed by Kathryn Bigelow.

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One Love is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Idris Elba, Ky-Mani Marley, Vas Blackwood
One Love is a 2003 Jamaican film starring Ky-Mani Marley and Cherine Anderson. It was written by Trevor D. Rhone and directed by Rick Elgood and Don Letts. The film is set in Jamaica and is a ...more

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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengean... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba, Ciarán Hinds
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is a 2011 American superhero film directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, based on the Marvel Comics character. As Ghost Rider (Nicolas Cage) hides out in ...more

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The Unborn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Gary Oldman, Idris Elba, Odette Annable
The Unborn is a 2009 American horror film written and directed by David S. Goyer. The film stars Odette Yustman as a young woman who is tormented by a dybbuk and seeks help from a rabbi. The ...more

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Sometimes in April is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Idris Elba, Debra Winger, Noah Emmerich
Sometimes in April is a 2005 historical drama television film about the Rwandan Genocide of 1994, written and directed by the Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck. The ensemble cast includes Idris Elba, ...more

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All in the Game is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Danny Dyer
All in the Game is a 2006 British one-off television drama, made by Tightrope Pictures for Channel 4. It is a behind-the-scenes drama based on the power-politics of British football, starring ...more

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The Reaping is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Idris Elba, Hilary Swank, AnnaSophia Robb
The Reaping is an 2007 American horror film, starring Hilary Swank. The film was directed by Stephen Hopkins for Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and Dark Castle Entertainment. ...more

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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba
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