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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
American Gangster 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
Daddy's Little Girls 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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Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Pacific Rim 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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Thor 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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Thor: The Dark World is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Thor: The Dark World 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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Takers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Takers 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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Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Prometheus 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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This Christmas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
This Christmas 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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Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Zootopia 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) 10 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
28 Weeks Later 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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RocknRolla is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
RocknRolla Gemma Arterton, Gerard Butler, Tom Hardy RocknRolla is a 2008 British comedy crime film written and directed by Guy Ritchie, and starring Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, Mark Strong, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Jimi Mistry and ...more

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The Losers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
The Losers 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) 13 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
The Gospel 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) 14 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Prom Night 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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Buffalo Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Buffalo Soldiers 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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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengean... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 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 Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) hides out in ...more

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Star Trek Beyond is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Star Trek Beyond 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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Zero Dark Thirty is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Zero Dark Thirty 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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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
The Jungle Book 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

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One Love is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
One Love 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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The Unborn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
The Unborn 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
Sometimes in April 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
All in the Game 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
The Reaping 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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Obsessed is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Obsessed 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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Sorted is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Sorted Kelly Brook, Tim Curry, Idris Elba Sorted is a 2000 British thriller film directed by Alexander Jovy.

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is a 2013 British-South African biographical film directed by Justin Chadwick from a script written by William Nicholson and starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris. ...more

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Clubbed is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Clubbed Idris Elba, Colin Salmon, Neil Morrissey 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.

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Legacy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Legacy Idris Elba, Lara Pulver, Eamonn Walker 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

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Thor: Ragnarok is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Thor: Ragnarok Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett 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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The Dark Tower is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
The Dark Tower Idris Elba, Tom Taylor, Matthew McConaughey 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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Belle maman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Belle maman Idris Elba, Catherine Deneuve, Stéphane Audran 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

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No Good Deed is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
No Good Deed Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson, Leslie Bibb 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

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The Mountain Between Us is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
The Mountain Between Us Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, Dermot Mulroney 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

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Beasts of No Nation is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Beasts of No Nation Idris Elba, Abraham Attah, Ama K. Abebrese Beasts of No Nation is a 2015 American war drama film directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Recruited by a malicious Commandant (Idris Elba), a child soldier (Abraham Attah) is trained to fight in the ...more

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100 Streets is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
100 Streets Idris Elba, Gemma Arterton, Charlie Creed-Miles 100 Streets is a British drama film directed by Jim O'Hanlon and starring Idris Elba. Three different stories covering infidelity, adoption and a drug dealer turned actor are intertwined as ...more

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Molly's Game is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Molly's Game Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner 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

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The Gunman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
The Gunman Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Javier Bardem 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

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
The Avengers: Age of Ultron Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo 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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Finding Dory is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Idris Elba Movies
Finding Dory Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence 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