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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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    Mystic River
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    Mystic River

    Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn

    Released2003

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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    Boyz n the Hood
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    Boyz n the Hood

    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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    The Matrix
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    The Matrix

    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving

    Released1999

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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  • 4
    Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
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    Released2007

    Directed byTim Story

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    Searching for Bobby Fischer
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    Searching for Bobby Fischer

    Ben Kingsley, William H. Macy

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Zaillian

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    Man of Steel
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    Man of Steel

    Henry Cavill, Amy Adams

    Released2013

    Directed byZack Snyder

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    Osmosis Jones
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    Osmosis Jones

    Kirsten Dunst, Bill Murray

    Released2001

    Directed byPeter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

    Osmosis Jones is a 2001 live-action/animated buddy cop comedy film directed by Tom Sito and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Deep Cover
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    Deep Cover

    Jeff Goldblum, Laurence Fishburne

    Released1992

    Directed byBill Duke

    Deep Cover is a 1992 American neo-noir thriller film starring Laurence Fishburne and Jeff... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Miss Evers' Boys
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    Miss Evers' Boys

    Laurence Fishburne, Alfre Woodard

    Released1997

    Directed byJoseph Sargent

    Miss Evers' Boys is a 1997 HBO television film starring Alfre Woodard and Laurence Fishburne,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    What's Love Got to Do with It
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    What's Love Got to Do with It

    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne

    Released1993

    Directed byBrian Gibson

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    The Color Purple
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    The Color Purple

    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1985

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Cadence
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    Cadence

    Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen

    Released1990

    Directed byMartin Sheen

    Cadence is a 1990 film directed by Martin Sheen, in which Charlie Sheen plays an inmate in a... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    The Matrix Revolutions
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    The Matrix Revolutions

    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves

    Released2003

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

    The Matrix Revolutions is a 2003 American science fiction action film and the third... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Higher Learning
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    Higher Learning

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Connelly

    Released1995

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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  • 15
    The Matrix Reloaded
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    The Matrix Reloaded

    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves

    Released2003

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

    The Matrix Reloaded is a 2003 American science fiction action film, the first sequel to The... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Just Cause
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    Just Cause

    Scarlett Johansson, Sean Connery

    Released1995

    Directed byArne Glimcher

    Just Cause is a 1995 suspense thriller film directed by Arne Glimcher and starring Sean... more on Wikipedia

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    Apocalypse Now
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    Apocalypse Now

    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford

    Released1979

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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  • 18
    Armored
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    Armored

    Laurence Fishburne, Matt Dillon

    Released2009

    Directed byNimród Antal

    Armored is a 2009 American crime thriller film directed by Nimród Antal, written by first-time... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Akeelah and the Bee
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    Akeelah and the Bee

    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne

    Released2006

    Directed byDoug Atchison

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  • 20
    Fled
    23
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    Fled

    Salma Hayek, Laurence Fishburne

    Released1996

    Directed byKevin Hooks

    Fled is a 1996 action film directed by Kevin Hooks. It stars Laurence Fishburne and Stephen... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Rumble Fish
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    Rumble Fish

    Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke

    Released1983

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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    Hoodlum
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    Hoodlum

    Queen Latifah, Tim Roth

    Released1997

    Directed byBill Duke

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    King of New York
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    King of New York

    Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi

    Released1990

    Directed byAbel Ferrara

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    Red Heat
    23
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    Red Heat

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Laurence Fishburne

    Released1988

    Directed byWalter Hill

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    Cherry 2000
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    Cherry 2000

    Melanie Griffith, Laurence Fishburne

    Released1987

    Directed bySteve De Jarnatt

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