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The Best Terrence Howard Movies 

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

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

This list has a variety of films in it, from Hustle & Flow to Crash.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Terrence Howard movies?" and "What are the greatest Terrence Howard roles of all time?"

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Taraji P. Henson, Ludacris, Terrence Howard

Released: 2005

Directed by: Craig Brewer

Hustle & Flow is a 2005 American independent drama film written and directed by Craig Brewer and produced by John Singleton and Stephanie Allain. It was released on July 22, 2005. Terrence ...more

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Nia Long, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan

Released: 1999

Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee

The Best Man is a 1999 American romantic comedy-drama film, written and directed by Malcolm D. Lee. It was produced by 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, with Lee's cousin, Spike Lee, serving as ...more

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Sofía Vergara, Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson

Released: 2005

Directed by: John Singleton

Four Brothers is a 2005 American action film directed by John Singleton. The movie stars Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, Andre Benjamin, and Garrett Hedlund. The film was shot in Detroit, Michigan ...more

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Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Ludacris

Released: 2004

Directed by: Paul Haggis

This movie is a 2004 ensemble drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Paul Haggis. The film is about racial and social tensions in Los Angeles, California. A self-described ...more

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Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard

Released: 2004

Directed by: Taylor Hackford

Ray is a biographical film focusing on 30 years in the life of rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles. The independently produced film was written, produced and directed by Taylor Hackford, and ...more

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Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges

Released: 2008

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics character. After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark (Robert ...more

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Jamie Foxx, Ice Cube, Terrence Howard

Released: 1998

Directed by: Ice Cube

The Players Club is a 1998 American comedy/drama film written and directed by Ice Cube, who made his directorial debut and also has a small role in the film. The film stars Bernie Mac, Jamie ...more

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Paul Giamatti, Martin Lawrence, Nia Long

Released: 2000

Directed by: Raja Gosnell

Big Momma's House is a 2000 American comedy film directed by Raja Gosnell, written by Darryl Quarles and Don Rhymer, and starring Martin Lawrence as FBI agent Malcolm Turner. The majority of the ...more

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Liev Schreiber, Julie Benz, Mos Def

Released: 2005

Directed by: George C. Wolfe

Lackawanna Blues is a 2005 TV movie directed by George C. Wolfe.
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50 Cent, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard

Released: 2005

Directed by: Jim Sheridan

This film​ is a 2005 American hip-hop biopic crime film starring 50 Cent. It is 50 Cent's first film as an actor. It was released on November 9, 2005, and was known as Locked and Loaded during ...more

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Queen Latifah, Gabrielle Union, Terrence Howard

Released: 2007

Directed by: Lance Rivera

The Perfect Holiday is a 2007 family comedy film starring Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut, and Terrence Howard and is produced by Academy Award-nominated actress Queen Latifah, who also ...more

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Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, Tom Arnold

Released: 2007

Directed by: Sunu Gonera

Pride is a 2007 biopic drama feature film released by Lionsgate Entertainment on March 23, 2007. Loosely based upon the true story of Philadelphia swim coach James "Jim" Ellis, Pride ...more

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Daniela Ruah, Bryan Cranston, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Released: 2012

Directed by: Anthony Hemingway

Red Tails is a 2012 American film directed by Anthony Hemingway in his feature film directorial debut, and starring Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr. The film is about the Tuskegee Airmen, a ...more

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Paula Patton, Terrence Howard, André 3000

Released: 2006

Directed by: Bryan Barber

Idlewild is an American musical film, released August 25, 2006, written and directed by Bryan Barber. The film stars André 3000 and Big Boi of the hip hop duo Outkast, and Idlewild ...more
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Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman, Terrence Howard

Released: 2009

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

The Princess and the Frog is a 2009 American animated musical romantic fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 49th film in the ...more

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Jodie Foster, Zoë Kravitz, Terrence Howard

Released: 2007

Directed by: Neil Jordan

The Brave One is a 2007 American psychological thriller film directed by Neil Jordan, produced by Joel Silver, and starring Jodie Foster. It was released in the United States on September 14, ...more
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Angela Bassett, Terrence Howard, Vanessa L. Williams

Released: 1992

Directed by: Karen Arthur

The Jacksons: An American Dream is a four-hour American miniseries broadcast in two halves on ABC and originally broadcast on November 15 through November 18, 1992. It is based upon the history ...more

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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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Jennifer Lopez, Jim Caviezel, Terrence Howard

Released: 2001

Directed by: Luis Mandoki

Angel Eyes is a 2001 American romantic drama film directed by Luis Mandoki and starring Jennifer Lopez, Jim Caviezel, and Jeremy Sisto. Written by Gerald Di Pego, the film is about a mysterious ...more
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Alicia Witt, William H. Macy, Terrence Howard

Released: 1995

Mr. Holland's Opus is a 1995 American drama film directed by Stephen Herek, produced by Ted Field, Robert W. Cort, and Michael Nolin, and written by Patrick Sheane Duncan. It stars Richard ...more

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Halle Berry, Terrence Howard, Michael Ealy

Released: 2005

Directed by: Darnell Martin

Their Eyes Were Watching God is an American Broadcasting Company television movie aired on March 6, 2005 at 9 p.m. EDT based upon Zora Neale Hurston's 1937 novel of the same name. The film was ...more

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Jessica Alba, Hayden Christensen, Terrence Howard

Released: 2007

Directed by: Joby Harold

Awake is a 2007 American conspiracy thriller film written and directed by Joby Harold. It stars Hayden Christensen, Jessica Alba, Terrence Howard and Lena Olin. The film was released in the ...more
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Robin Williams, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Released: 2007

Directed by: Kirsten Sheridan

August Rush is a 2007 drama film directed by Kirsten Sheridan and written by Nick Castle, James V. Hart, and Paul Castro, and produced by Richard Barton Lewis. Deciding to run away to New York ...more

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Mariah Carey, Padma Lakshmi, Terrence Howard

Released: 2001

Directed by: Vondie Curtis-Hall

Glitter is a 2001 American romantic musical drama film produced by 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures, starring Mariah Carey. The film was written by Kate Lanier and directed by Vondie ...more

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Liv Tyler, Charlie Hunnam, Terrence Howard

Released: 2011

Directed by: Matthew Chapman

The Ledge is a 2011 thriller film written and directed by Matthew Chapman.