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The Best Laurence Fishburne Movies

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

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

List features films like Boyz n the Hood and the Matrix movies.

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  • 1

    Mystic River

    Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn


    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Mystic River is a 2003 American mystery drama film directed and scored by Clint Eastwood. It stars Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, and Laura Linney. The...  more

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  • 2

    Boyz n the Hood

    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett


    Directed byJohn Singleton

    Boyz n the Hood is a 1991 American hood drama film directed by John Singleton. Three young men weave in and out of violence, relationships, and racial issues in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles....  more

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  • 3

    The Matrix

    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving


    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

    The Matrix is a 1999 American-Australian science fiction action film written and directed by The Wachowskis, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe...  more

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  • 4


    Directed byTim Story

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  • 5

    Searching for Bobby Fischer

    Ben Kingsley, William H. Macy


    Directed bySteven Zaillian

    Searching for Bobby Fischer, released in the United Kingdom as Innocent Moves, is a 1993 American drama film written and directed by Steven Zaillian. The film was his directorial debut, and stars Max...  more

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  • 6

    Man of Steel

    Henry Cavill, Amy Adams


    Directed byZack Snyder

    Man of Steel is a 2013 superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, based on the DC Comics character. Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable human,...  more

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  • 7

    Osmosis Jones

    Kirsten Dunst, Bill Murray


    Directed byPeter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

    Osmosis Jones is a 2001 live-action/animated buddy cop comedy film directed by Tom Sito and Piet Kroon for the animated segments and the Farrelly brothers for the live-action ones. Unusual in this...  more

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  • 8

    Deep Cover

    Jeff Goldblum, Laurence Fishburne


    Directed byBill Duke

    Deep Cover is a 1992 American neo-noir thriller film starring Laurence Fishburne and Jeff Goldblum and directed by veteran actor Bill Duke. It is also notable for its theme song of the same name,...  more


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  • 9

    Miss Evers' Boys

    Laurence Fishburne, Alfre Woodard


    Directed byJoseph Sargent

    Miss Evers' Boys is a 1997 HBO television film starring Alfre Woodard and Laurence Fishburne, based on the true story of the decades-long Tuskegee experiment. It was directed by Joseph Sargent and...  more

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  • 10

    What's Love Got to Do with It

    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne


    Directed byBrian Gibson

    What's Love Got to Do with It is a 1993 American biographical film directed by Brian Gibson, loosely based on the life of Tina Turner. It stars Angela Bassett as Tina Turner and Laurence Fishburne as...  more

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  • 11

    The Color Purple

    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    The Color Purple is a 1985 American period drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Alice Walker. It was Spielberg's eighth film as a...  more

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  • 12


    Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen


    Directed byMartin Sheen

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  • 13

    The Matrix Revolutions

    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves


    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

    The Matrix Revolutions is a 2003 American science fiction action film and the third installment of The Matrix trilogy. The film was released six months following The Matrix Reloaded. The film was...  more

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  • 14

    Higher Learning

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Connelly


    Directed byJohn Singleton

    Higher Learning is a 1995 American romantic drama film, directed by John Singleton, and starring an ensemble cast. The film follows the changing lives of three incoming freshmen at the fictional...  more

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  • 15

    The Matrix Reloaded

    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves


    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

    The Matrix Reloaded is a 2003 American science fiction action film, the first sequel to The Matrix, and the second installment in The Matrix trilogy, written and directed by The Wachowski Brothers....  more

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  • 16

    Just Cause

    Scarlett Johansson, Sean Connery


    Directed byArne Glimcher

    Just Cause is a 1995 suspense thriller film directed by Arne Glimcher and starring Sean Connery and Laurence Fishburne. It is based on John Katzenbach's novel of the same name....  more

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  • 17

    Apocalypse Now

    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford


    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic adventure war film set during the Vietnam War. Produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, and Robert Duvall. The...  more

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  • 18


    Laurence Fishburne, Matt Dillon


    Directed byNimród Antal

    Armored is a 2009 American crime thriller film directed by Nimród Antal, written by first-time screenwriter James V. Simpson, and starring Matt Dillon, Jean Reno, Laurence Fishburne, Amaury Nolasco,...  more
  • 19

    Akeelah and the Bee

    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne


    Directed byDoug Atchison

    Akeelah and the Bee is a 2006 American drama film written and directed by Doug Atchison. It tells the story of Akeelah Anderson, an 11-year-old girl who participates in the Scripps National Spelling...  more

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  • 20


    Salma Hayek, Laurence Fishburne


    Directed byKevin Hooks

    Fled is a 1996 action film directed by Kevin Hooks. It stars Laurence Fishburne and Stephen Baldwin as two prisoners chained together who flee during an escape attempt gone bad....  more
  • 21

    Rumble Fish

    Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke


    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Rumble Fish is an American 1983 drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It is based on the novel Rumble Fish by S. E. Hinton, who also co-wrote the screenplay. The film centers on the...  more

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  • 22


    Queen Latifah, Tim Roth


    Directed byBill Duke

    This film is a 1997 drama film written by Chris Brancato and directed by Bill Duke....  more

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  • 23

    King of New York

    Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi


    Directed byAbel Ferrara

    King of New York is a 1990 thriller film, starring Christopher Walken, Laurence Fishburne, David Caruso, Wesley Snipes, Victor Argo, Giancarlo Esposito, and Steve Buscemi. It was directed by...  more

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  • 24

    Red Heat

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Laurence Fishburne


    Directed byWalter Hill

    Red Heat is a 1988 American buddy cop action film directed by Walter Hill. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, as Moscow narc Ivan Danko, and James Belushi, as Chicago detective Art Ridzik. Finding...  more

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  • 25

    Cherry 2000

    Melanie Griffith, Laurence Fishburne


    Directed bySteve De Jarnatt

    Cherry 2000 is a 1987 science fiction cult film starring Melanie Griffith and David Andrews....  more