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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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Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams have both worked with Laurence Fishburne over the years, as have plenty of other well-known directors. If Laurence Fishburne movies are your thing, then check out the greatest movies by Danny Glover and Angela Bassett too.

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Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Laurence Fishburne Movies
Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Released: 1991

Directed by: John Singleton

Boyz n the Hood is a 1991 American hood drama written and directed by John Singleton in his directorial debut, and starring Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, Laurence Fishburne, Nia ...more

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Laurence Fishburne Movies
Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

Released: 1999

Directed by: Andy 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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Hoodlum is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Laurence Fishburne Movies
Queen Latifah, Tim Roth, Laurence Fishburne

Released: 1997

Directed by: Bill Duke

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

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What's Love Got to Do wi... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Laurence Fishburne Movies
Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Khandi Alexander

Released: 1993

Directed by: Brian 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 ...more

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Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Laurence Fishburne Movies
Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

Released: 1979

Directed by: Francis 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. ...more

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The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Laurence Fishburne Movies
Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

Released: 1985

Directed by: Steven 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 ...more

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The Matrix Revolutions ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Laurence Fishburne Movies
Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith

Released: 2003

Directed by: Andy 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 ...more

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The Matrix Reloaded is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Laurence Fishburne Movies
Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith

Released: 2003

Directed by: Andy 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 ...more

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Higher Learning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Laurence Fishburne Movies
Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Connelly, Tyra Banks

Released: 1995

Directed by: John 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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Deep Cover is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Laurence Fishburne Movies
Deep Cover Jeff Goldblum, Laurence Fishburne, Clarence Williams III

Released: 1992

Directed by: Bill 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 ...more
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King of New York is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Laurence Fishburne Movies
Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne

Released: 1990

Directed by: Abel 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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Just Cause is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Laurence Fishburne Movies
Scarlett Johansson, Sean Connery, Ed Harris

Released: 1995

Directed by: Arne 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.

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Biker Boyz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Laurence Fishburne Movies
Kid Rock, Meagan Good, Laurence Fishburne

Released: 2003

Directed by: Reggie Rock Bythewood

Biker Boyz is a 2003 film about a group of underground motorcycle drag racers. It stars Laurence Fishburne, Djimon Hounsou, Derek Luke, Meagan Good, and Larenz Tate and is written and directed ...more
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Event Horizon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Laurence Fishburne Movies
Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs, Sam Neill

Released: 1997

Directed by: Paul W. S. Anderson

Event Horizon is a 1997 British-American science fiction horror film. The screenplay was written by Philip Eisner and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. The film stars Laurence Fishburne and Sam ...more

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Akeelah and the Bee is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Laurence Fishburne Movies
Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Keke Palmer

Released: 2006

Directed by: Doug 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 ...more

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Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Laurence Fishburne Movies
Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

Released: 2003

Directed by: Clint 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. ...more

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Contagion is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Laurence Fishburne Movies
Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Matt Damon

Released: 2011

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Contagion is a 2011 medical thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Marion Cotillard, Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, ...more

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The Cotton Club is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Laurence Fishburne Movies
Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane, Richard Gere

Released: 1984

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

The Cotton Club is a 1984 drama music film written by William Kennedy, Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo and Jim Haskins and directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
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Searching for Bobby Fisc... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Laurence Fishburne Movies
Ben Kingsley, William H. Macy, Laurence Fishburne

Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven 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 ...more

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Predators is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Laurence Fishburne Movies
Topher Grace, Laurence Fishburne, Adrien Brody

Released: 2010

Directed by: Nimród Antal

Predators is a 2010 American science fiction action film directed by Nimród Antal and starring Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Walton Goggins, Laurence Fishburne, Danny Trejo, ...more

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Fantastic Four: Rise of ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Laurence Fishburne Movies
Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans

Released: 2007

Directed by: Tim Story

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is a 2007 superhero film directed by Tim Story, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. The Fantastic Four learn that they aren't the only ...more

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Assault on Precinct 13 ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Laurence Fishburne Movies
Maria Bello, Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne

Released: 2005

Directed by: Jean-François Richet

Assault on Precinct 13 is a 2005 action thriller film directed by Jean-François Richet, starring Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne. The cast also includes John Leguizamo, Maria Bello, Ja ...more
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The Tuskegee Airmen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Laurence Fishburne Movies
John Lithgow, Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne

Released: 1995

Directed by: Robert Markowitz

The Tuskegee Airmen is a 1995 HBO television movie based on the exploits of an actual groundbreaking unit, the first African American combat pilots in the United States Army Air Corps, that ...more

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TMNT is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Laurence Fishburne Movies
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Patrick Stewart, Chris Evans

Released: 2007

Directed by: Kevin Munroe

TMNT is a 2007 American computer-animated fantasy action film and a part of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. Written and directed by Kevin Munroe, the film features the voice talents ...more

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Osmosis Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Laurence Fishburne Movies
Kirsten Dunst, Bill Murray, Chris Rock

Released: 2001

Directed by: Peter 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 ...more

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