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List of Chiwetel Ejiofor Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
12
2
12 Years a Slave
R
12
2

The movie is adapted from the memoirs of Solomon Northup, an Afro-American violinist who lived freely in New York in 1841 when two conmen kidnapped and sold him into slavery. For twelve years, he is forced to work in plantations and bear the abusive behaviour of his masters. His hope for release comes when he meets Canadian abolitionist Bass.

As:
Cast
Role:
Solomon Northup
Director:
Steve McQueen
Genres:
History, Biography, Drama
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Leading Actor
2. The Martian (2015)
12
2
The Martian
PG-13
12
2

Adapted from Andy Weir’s 2011 novel of the same name, the film portrays the struggle of an astronaut, Mark Watney, after he gets left behind by his crew who think he died in a powerful storm. He strives to survive on Mars and uses scientific wisdom to send signals to earth. Meanwhile a team of international scientists collaborate to bring him back to earth

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
3. Children of Men (2006)
12
2
Children of Men
R
12
2

Children of Men takes us to a dystopian future in the year 2027, where human beings are no longer able to procreate, as a result of infertility. The film revolves around Theo Faron, who helps a woman found mysteriously pregnant, in transporting her to safety. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller
4. Serenity (2005)
12
2
Serenity
PG-13
12
2

Over 500 years in the future, humanity has colonized a new solar system in which the alliance of inner planets is up against the independent outer planets. The crew of spaceship Serenity cross paths with a psychic passenger who reveals a dangerous secret to them.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Thriller, Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
6. Love Actually (2003)
11
2
Love Actually
R
11
2

Enjoy exploring the various aspects of love through the eyes of different individuals as this Christmas-themed rom-com takes you through ten separate but inter-linked love stories. A modern-day Christmas staple, this film is a must-watch during the festive season!

As:
Cast
Director:
Richard Curtis
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Comedy
7. Inside Man (2006)
11
2
Inside Man
R
11
2

The plot of the movie revolves around an elaborate bank robbery planned by a perfectionist robber Dalton Russell. He takes hostages and detective Keith Frazier is called upon to take charge of the negotiations. The bank president, concerned about something important, hires his own negotiator. However, Russell and his team are always ahead.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Crime, Mystery
8. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2018)
12
2
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
TV-PG
12
2

William Kamkwamba is a young schoolboy who comes from a family of farmers living in a nearby village. William has a talent for fixing radios for his friends and he spends his free time looking through the local junkyard hoping to find salvageable electronic parts. His life takes a turn when he is thrown out of school as his family can’t afford the fees anymore. He decides to sneak into a library to learn how to build a windmill so that he can save his village from a famine.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Trywell Kamkwamba
Director:
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Joseph Marcell, Aïssa Maïga, Noma Dumezweni, Lemogang Tsipa
9. Doctor Strange (2016)
11
2
Doctor Strange
PG-13
11
2

A wealthy and arrogant neurosurgeon becomes victim of a terrible car crash, which leaves him unable to operate. In his effort to heal himself, he realizes that he knows nothing about the universe, and soon he learns about a hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.

As:
Cast
Role:
Mordo
Director:
Scott Derrickson
Genres:
Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Adventure
10. Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
11
2
Dirty Pretty Things
R
11
2

Okwe is a kind hearted Nigerian doctor, who is living illegally in London. His life takes a turn when he finds a human heart one day, all of a sudden, in the hotel where he resides with other immigrants.

As:
Cast
Role:
Okwe
Director:
Stephen Frears
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Audrey Tautou, Benedict Wong, Sergi López, Sophie Okonedo
12. Amistad (1997)
11
2
Amistad
TV-MA
11
2

Based on true events of 1839, the film depicts the slave revolt led by Mende tribal chief, Cinque aboard, the Spanish slave-ship, La Amistad, traveling from Cuba to US. The chained African slaves take over the ship but reach US shore. A formerly-freed slave fights in the court for their freedom, while ex-president, John Quincy Adams, represents them in the Supreme Court.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama, History
Star Cast:
13. Kinky Boots (2005)
13
2
Kinky Boots
PG-13
13
2

A man inherits his father’s shoe factory, but is unsure of how to keep the business afloat. Soon, a woman comes to his rescue.

As:
Cast
Role:
Lola
Director:
Julian Jarrold
Genres:
Music, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Joel Edgerton, Linda Bassett, Joanna Scanlan, Nick Frost
14. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)
11
2
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
PG
11
2

Maleficent alienates herself from her goddaughter Aurora as she is opposed to her engagement with Prince Philip. But they are unaware of the fact that an enemy is lurking  nearby who wants to take advantage of their quarrel and destroy everything dear to them.

As:
Cast
Role:
Conall
Director:
Joachim Rønning
Genres:
Adventure, Family, Fantasy
15. Four Brothers (2005)
10
2
Four Brothers
R
10
2

Four adopted brothers Bobby, Angel, Jeremiah and Jack Mercer move back home to Detroit, after their adoptive mother Evelyn Mercer is killed in an apparent robbery. When they discover that the murder was premeditated, they go to war against the gang lord Victor Sweet and corrupt cops controlled by him. 

As:
Cast
Director:
John Singleton
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Action, Crime
16. Red Dust (2004)
10
2
Red Dust
R
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Alex Mpondo
Director:
Tom Hooper
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Hilary Swank, Ian Roberts, Jamie Bartlett, Hlomla Dandala
17. Redbelt (2008)
10
2
Redbelt
R
10
2

Mike Terry is a skilled martial arts instructor who refuses to participate in tournaments. However, due to his financial condition getting worse, he eventually decides to take part in such a competition.   

As:
Cast
Role:
Mike Terry
Director:
Genres:
Sport, Drama
Star Cast:
Jake Johnson, Jennifer Grey, Tim Allen, Alice Braga, Emily Mortimer, Jose Pablo Cantillo
18. The Old Guard (2020)
11
2
The Old Guard
R
11
2

A group of immortal mercenaries, who also have the ability to heal themselves, discovers that someone may have learnt about their identities. They fight to protect their freedom, while a new member is also discovered unexpectedly.   

As:
Cast
Role:
Copley
Genres:
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller
19. Melinda and Melinda (2004)
10
2
Melinda and Melinda
TV-MA
10
2

This comedy drama film revolves around four writers who discuss the nature of comedy and tragedy over dinner, by narrating two different versions of the same story about a woman named Melinda.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Josh Brolin, Wallace Shawn, Larry Pine, Radha Mitchell
20. Salt (2010)
11
2
Salt
PG-13
11
2

A Russian defector, Orlov, turns himself in to CIA and accuses Evelyn Salt of being a Russian sleeper agent who will kill Russian president Boris Matveyev at the funeral of American Vice president. Consequently Evelyn Salt, a CIA agent, is forced to escape and now has to prove her innocence, protect her husband and uncover the conspiracy.

As:
Cast
Role:
Peabody
Director:
Phillip Noyce
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Mystery, Crime
Star Cast:
21. Triple 9 (2016)
9
2
Triple 9
R
9
2

The story focuses on a bunch of criminals and two corrupt corps working for a convicted Jewish-Russian mafia boss.  They have just completed a successful bank robbery and as told by their boss’s wife have retrieved a safe deposit box containing information that can overturn the conviction of their boss. However, the wife is not happy. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Michael Atwood
Director:
John Hillcoat
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
22. Secret in Their Eyes (2015)
9
2
Secret in Their Eyes
PG-13
9
2

A former detective reinvestigates her daughter's death after her friend, a former FBI agent, finds some new clues thirteen years later. The American thriller-mystery is a remake of a 2009 Argentine film of the same name, both of which are based on a novel.

As:
Cast
Role:
Ray Kasten
Director:
Billy Ray
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
23. Endgame (2009)
9
2
Endgame
PG-13
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Thabo Mbeki
Director:
Pete Travis
Genres:
Drama, History
Star Cast:
Derek Jacobi, William Hurt, John Kani, Clarke Peters
24. Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)
9
2
Half of a Yellow Sun
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Odenigbo
Director:
Biyi Bandele
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Thandie Newton, John Boyega, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle
25. Savannah (2013)
9
2
Savannah
PG-13
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Christmas Moultrie
Director:
Annette Haywood-Carter
Genres:
History, Romance, Family, Drama
Star Cast:
26. Z for Zachariah (2015)
9
3
Z for Zachariah
PG-13
9
3

An apocalyptic event eliminates the human race, and Ann Burden, who has been living a secluded life on her family farm, may be the only survivor left. One day, she is visited by a man, John Loomis, in an anti-radiation suit, and soon he becomes a part of her life. Eventually a bond develops between the two.

As:
Cast
Role:
John Loomis
Director:
Craig Zobel
Genres:
Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama
27. 2012 (2009)
9
2
2012
PG-13
9
2

2012 tells the story of the destruction of Earth, due to a global cataclysmic event resulting from the heating of Earth’s core. A struggling writer Jackson Curtis tries to save his family as he tries to reach one of the nine secret arks designed by G8 nations to save at least a certain portion of humanity. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Adrian Helmsley
Director:
Roland Emmerich
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action
Star Cast:
28. Mary Magdalene (2018)
9
2
Mary Magdalene
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Peter
Director:
Garth Davis
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Ariane Labed, Tahar Rahim
32. 3 Blind Mice (2003)
6
1
3 Blind Mice
R
6
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Mark Hayward
Director:
Mathias Ledoux
Genres:
Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Edward Furlong, Emilia Fox, Sara Stewart, Gary Connery
33. National Theatre Live: Everyman (2015)
11
2
National Theatre Live: Everyman
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Rufus Norris
Star Cast:
Philip Martin Brown, Michelle Butterly, Paul Bullion, Adam Burton
34. Columbite Tantalite (2013)
11
2
Columbite Tantalite
11
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Genres:
Drama, Short
Star Cast:
Nicholas Gecks, Isaac Ssebandeke, John Kamau, Landry Adelard, Stephanie Beattie
35. G:MT Greenwich Mean Time (1999)
10
2
G:MT Greenwich Mean Time
TV-14
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Rix
Director:
John Strickland
Genres:
Drama, Music, Crime
Star Cast:
Alun Armstrong, Steve John Shepherd, Alec Newman, Ben Waters
36. Slapper (2008)
10
2
Slapper
10
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Genres:
Short, Drama
Star Cast:
Bill Nighy, Iain Glen, Nathaniel Gleed, Kieran Bew, Carl Churchill
37. It Was an Accident (2000)
9
2
It Was an Accident
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Nicky Burkett
Director:
Metin Hüseyin
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Thandie Newton, James Bolam, Nicola Stapleton, Neil Dudgeon
38. Come Sunday (2018)
9
2
Come Sunday
TV-14
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Carlton Pearson
Director:
Joshua Marston
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Martin Sheen, Danny Glover, Jason Segel, Lakeith Stanfield
40. My Friend Soweto (2001)
8
2
My Friend Soweto
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Soweto
Director:
Jann Turner
Star Cast:
Darvina Plante, Paulette P. Williams

TV Movie(s)

2. Phil Spector (2013)
9
2
Phil Spector
TV-MA
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mock Prosecutor
Director:
David Mamet
Genres:
Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
3. Mind Games (2001)
10
2
Mind Games
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Tyler Arnold
Director:
Richard Standeven
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Sara Kestelman, Fiona Shaw, Colin Salmon, Finbar Lynch
4. Twelfth Night, or What You Will (2003)
10
2
Twelfth Night, or What You Will
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Orsino
Director:
Tim Supple
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Parminder Nagra, Ronny Jhutti, Burt Caesar, Andrew Kazamia

Animation(s)

TV Shows and Videos

Murder in Mind (2001)
Murder in Mind
As:
Cast
Director:
Nick Jones, Coky Giedroyc, David Innes Edwards, Frank W. Smith, Ferdinand Fairfax
Genres:
Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Archie Panjabi, Nicholas Hoult, Rob Brydon, James McAvoy, Tim Healy, Jackie Fielding, Jeanie Gold
Trust (2003)
Trust
As:
Cast
Role:
Ashley Carter (6 episodes, 2003)
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Ian McShane, David Tennant, Robson Green, Eva Birthistle
Dancing on the Edge (2013)
Dancing on the Edge
As:
Cast
Role:
Louis (6 episodes, 2013)
Director:
Stephen Poliakoff
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jacqueline Bisset, Jenna Coleman, John Goodman, Matthew Goode, Janet Montgomery, Joanna Vanderham
Canterbury Tales (2003)
Canterbury Tales
As:
Cast
Role:
Paul (1 episode, 2003)
Director:
Andy De Emmony, John McKay
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Indira Varma, Andrew Lincoln, Archie Panjabi, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Rob Brown, James Nesbitt
Tsunami: The Aftermath (2006)
Tsunami: The Aftermath
TV-MA
As:
Cast
Director:
Bharat Nalluri
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Toni Collette, Tim Roth, Hugh Bonneville, Gina McKee, Samrit Machielsen

Chiwetel Ejiofor Awards

BAFTA Awards
12 Years a Slave Best Leading Actor 2014