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The Best Laurence Fishburne Movies

Updated September 22, 2019 2.4k votes 392 voters 37.9k views76 items

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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 River1
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    Mystic River

    Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn

    Released2003

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Mystic River is a 2003 American mystery drama film directed and scored by Clint Eastwood. It...  more

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  • Boyz n the Hood2
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    Boyz n the Hood

    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn Singleton

    Boyz n the Hood is a 1991 American hood drama film directed by John Singleton. Three young men...  more

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  • The Matrix3
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    The Matrix

    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving

    Released1999

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

    The Matrix is a 1999 American-Australian science fiction action film written and directed by...  more

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  • Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer4
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    Released2007

    Directed byTim Story

    Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is a 2007 superhero film directed by Tim Story,...  more

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  • Searching for Bobby Fischer5
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    Searching for Bobby Fischer

    Ben Kingsley, William H. Macy

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Zaillian

    Searching for Bobby Fischer, released in the United Kingdom as Innocent Moves, is a 1993...  more
  • Man of Steel6
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    Man of Steel

    Henry Cavill, Amy Adams

    Released2013

    Directed byZack Snyder

    Man of Steel is a 2013 superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, based on the DC Comics...  more

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  • Osmosis Jones7
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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

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  • Deep Cover8
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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
  • Miss Evers' Boys9
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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

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  • What's Love Got to Do with It10
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    What's Love Got to Do with It

    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne

    Released1993

    Directed byBrian Gibson

    What's Love Got to Do with It is a 1993 American biographical film directed by Brian Gibson,...  more

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  • The Color Purple11
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    The Color Purple

    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1985

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    The Color Purple is a 1985 American period drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on...  more

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  • Cadence12
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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
  • The Matrix Revolutions13
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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

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  • Higher Learning14
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    Higher Learning

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Connelly

    Released1995

    Directed byJohn Singleton

    Higher Learning is a 1995 American romantic drama film, directed by John Singleton, and...  more

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  • The Matrix Reloaded15
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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

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  • Just Cause16
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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

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  • Apocalypse Now17
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    Apocalypse Now

    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford

    Released1979

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic adventure war film set during the Vietnam War. Produced...  more

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  • Armored18
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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
  • Akeelah and the Bee19
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    Akeelah and the Bee

    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne

    Released2006

    Directed byDoug Atchison

    Akeelah and the Bee is a 2006 American drama film written and directed by Doug Atchison. It...  more

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  • Fled20
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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
  • Rumble Fish21
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    Rumble Fish

    Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke

    Released1983

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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  • Hoodlum22
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    Hoodlum

    Queen Latifah, Tim Roth

    Released1997

    Directed byBill Duke

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

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  • King of New York23
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    King of New York

    Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi

    Released1990

    Directed byAbel Ferrara

    King of New York is a 1990 thriller film, starring Christopher Walken, Laurence Fishburne,...  more

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  • Red Heat24
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    Red Heat

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Laurence Fishburne

    Released1988

    Directed byWalter Hill

    Red Heat is a 1988 American buddy cop action film directed by Walter Hill. The film stars...  more

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  • Cherry 200025
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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....  more