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List of Courtney B. Vance Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Hunt for Red October (1990)
19
2
The Hunt for Red October
PG
19
2

At the height of the Cold War, Soviet submarine captain Marko Ramius, commanding the latest nearly undetectable nuclear missile submarine Red October, defies orders and sets course for America's east coast. After its presence is briefly detected, Jack Ryan, CIA analyst and former Marine, is given three days to confirm his theory that Ramius plans to defect.

As:
Cast
Director:
John McTiernan
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Adventure
2. Nothing But the Truth (2008)
14
2
Nothing But the Truth
R
14
2

Nothing But the Truth is a mystery drama film, which revolves around Rachel Armstrong, a journalist, who pens a story that divulges the identity of a secret CIA agent. She also refuses to reveal her source, and therefore she is eventually put in jail.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Rod Lurie
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller, Drama, Crime
3. Cookie's Fortune (1999)
15
2
Cookie's Fortune
PG-13
15
2

Cookie’s Fortune is a black comedy film which revolves around a dysfunctional family in a small town and their various responses to the suicide of their elderly wealthy aunt.  One of them, Camille, hatches a plan with her sister to hide evidence and make the death seem like suicide.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Glenn Close, Liv Tyler, Patricia Neal, Lyle Lovett, Julianne Moore, Chris O'Donnell, Charles S. Dutton
4. Hamburger Hill (1987)
17
2
Hamburger Hill
R
17
2

During the Vietnam War in May 1969, for 11 days an infantry squad of 14 soldiers under Lt. Frantz wedges a brutal war to conquer Hill937, making repeated attempts against the Vietnamese holding the fortified hill. Apart from the battle casualties, the soldier must deal with stress of racism between white and African-American soldiers, psychological traumas, including the desperation and the futility of war.

As:
Cast
Director:
John Irvin
Genres:
Drama, War, Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
Don Cheadle, Anthony Barrile, Michael Boatman, Michael Dolan
5. The Last Supper (1995)
13
2
The Last Supper
R
13
2

Pete is a student who gets a lift from Zack, and he invites the latter for dinner to repay the favor. When Zack praises Adolf Hitler at the dinner, Pete’s liberal roommates kill him. They argue that their action is a favor to humanity. Hoping that such actions would ‘make the world a better place’, they decide to invite other conservative guests for dinner, and if they are unwilling to change their beliefs, they would be killed.

As:
Cast
Role:
Luke
Director:
Stacy Title
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Comedy, Crime
6. Ben is Back (2018)
13
2
Ben is Back
R
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Neal Beeby
Director:
Peter Hedges
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, Kathryn Newton, Marquise Vilson
8. Beyond the Law (1993)
12
2
Beyond the Law
R
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Conroy Price
Director:
Larry Ferguson
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Charlie Sheen, Linda Fiorentino, Michael Madsen, Leon Rippy
9. Extraordinary Measures (2010)
13
2
Extraordinary Measures
PG
13
2

Extraordinary Measures is a drama film which tells the story of John and Aileen, whose two children suffer from a rare genetic condition. They try to find a researcher who might be able to find a cure, before the condition results in the death of their children.

As:
Cast
Director:
Tom Vaughan
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Brendan Fraser, Harrison Ford, Keri Russell, Alan Ruck, Jared Harris, Meredith Droeger, Diego Velazquez
10. Terminator Genisys (2015)
12
3
Terminator Genisys
PG-13
12
3

After Skynet sends a terminator from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate Sarah Connor, her son, Human Resistance leader John, sends his right-hand man Kyle Reese to protect her. However, Reese finds himself in an altered timeline where Sarah already has a guardian, a reprogrammed T-800 Terminator, and is planning to time-travel to stop Genisys, the predecessor to Skynet.

As:
Cast
Director:
Alan Taylor
Genres:
Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure
11. Space Cowboys (2000)
13
2
Space Cowboys
PG-13
13
2

Frank, Hawk, Tank, and Jerry were top Air force test pilots belonging to Team Daedalus. Trained to become America’s first space travelers, they were later replaced by chimpanzees. Years later, when a failing Soviet communications satellite is in danger of crashing down on earth, NASA approaches Frank for help. He agrees on the condition that the he has the full Daedalus team to help him. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Action, Thriller, Adventure
12. Dangerous Minds (1995)
13
2
Dangerous Minds
R
13
2

Marine LouAnne Johnson leaves the military life behind to become a teacher. However, she has to struggle to earn the respect of her pupils after she is assigned to a class. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Mr. George Grandey
Director:
John N. Smith
Genres:
Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Michelle Pfeiffer, George Dzundza, Robin Bartlett, Beatrice Winde
13. Panther (1995)
13
2
Panther
R
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Bobby Seale
Director:
Mario Van Peebles
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Chris Rock, Chris Tucker, Angela Bassett, Kadeem Hardison, Bokeem Woodbine, Joe Don Baker, Tyrin Turner
14. The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)
14
2
The Adventures of Huck Finn
PG
14
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jim
Director:
Stephen Sommers
Genres:
Family, Comedy, Adventure, Drama
Star Cast:
Elijah Wood, Jason Robards, Robbie Coltrane, Ron Perlman
15. Uncorked (2020)
12
2
Uncorked
TV-MA
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Louis
Director:
Prentice Penny
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Mamoudou Athie, Lashun Pollard , Michael Mobley , Robert Cox
16. The Photograph (2020)
11
2
The Photograph
PG-13
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Louis
Genres:
Drama, Romance
17. Project Power (2020)
10
2
Project Power
R
10
2

After learning about a new pill that gives its users unpredictable superpowers temporarily, a former soldier joins forces with a local cop and a young dealer, in order to find the people responsible for creating it.

As:
Cast
Role:
Captain Craine
Genres:
Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
18. Final Destination 5 (2011)
11
2
Final Destination 5
R
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Steven Quale
Genres:
Thriller, Horror, Fantasy, Mystery
Star Cast:
Nicholas D'Agosto, Emma Bell, Miles Fisher, Ellen Wroe
19. Office Christmas Party (2016)
10
2
Office Christmas Party
R
10
2

After his sister, who is also the CEO of his company, threatens to shut down his branch, Branch manager Clay throws an epic Christmas party in order to land a big client, to save the day. However, the party gets way out of control. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Josh Gordon, Will Speck
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Kate McKinnon, T.J. Miller, Olivia Munn
20. The Divide (2011)
10
2
The Divide
R
10
2

After a nuclear attack, few survivors are stuck in the basement of their apartment building for several days. As their supplies dwindle and they see no hope of rescue, they become quite hopeless of the situation. However, one of the survivors holds on to a thin chance to escape. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Delvin
Director:
Xavier Gens
Genres:
Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama, Horror
Star Cast:
Lauren German, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Biehn, Ashton Holmes
21. The Preacher's Wife (1996)
15
2
The Preacher's Wife
PG
15
2

Henry Biggs is a pastor at a struggling church, in a small poor neighborhood in New York City. He is in pressure from a real estate developer who wants to sell the property of the church to build luxury condos. Meanwhile, his relationship with his wife also seems to be failing. Things get interesting when a man enters his life claiming to be an angel sent by God.

As:
Cast
Role:
Reverend Henry Biggs
Director:
Penny Marshall
Genres:
Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, Jenifer Lewis, Gregory Hines
23. The Mummy (2017)
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3
The Mummy
PG-13
11
3

High priest Imhoptep is sentenced to suffer Hom Dai after murdering Pharaoh Seti I. When he is accidentally resurrected during an excavation in Hamunaputra, he unleashes evil and will not stop until he has resurrected his lover Anck-su-namun. Only Rick O’Connell, Evelyn, Ardeth Bay and a few others stand in his way. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Alex Kurtzman
Genres:
Adventure, Action, Fantasy, Thriller
Star Cast:
24. D-Tox (2002)
10
2
D-Tox
R
10
2

D-Tox is an American psychological thriller film which revolves around an FBI Agent Jake Malloy, whose girlfriend is killed by the serial killer whom he is pursuing. He becomes depressed and soon descends into alcoholism, and attempts suicide. He is admitted into a rehab but soon it appears that the killer has begun his killing spree again.

As:
Cast
Director:
Jim Gillespie
Genres:
Mystery, Horror, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Sylvester Stallone, Tom Berenger, Kris Kristofferson, Charles S. Dutton, Polly Walker, Mif
26. Blind Faith (1998)
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2
Blind Faith
R
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
John Williams
Director:
Ernest R. Dickerson
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Lonette McKee, Kadeem Hardison, Charles S. Dutton, Garland Whitt
27. Ambushed (1998)
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3
Ambushed
R
11
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Jerry Robinson
Director:
Ernest R. Dickerson
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Drama
Star Cast:
David Keith, Virginia Madsen, William Forsythe, Jeremy Lelliott
28. Love and Action in Chicago (1999)
13
2
Love and Action in Chicago
R
13
2
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Eddie Jones
Director:
Dwayne Johnson-Cochran
Genres:
Romance, Thriller, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Kathleen Turner, Ed Asner, Jason Alexander, Edward Asner, Regina King

TV Movie(s)

3. First Affair (1983)
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3
First Affair
13
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Gus Trikonis
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Melissa Sue Anderson, Joel Higgins, Loretta Swit, Kim Delaney
4. Let It Shine (2012)
13
2
Let It Shine
TV-G
13
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Paul Hoen
Genres:
Drama, Music, Family
Star Cast:
Tyler James Williams, Dawnn Lewis, Brandon Mychal Smith, Trevor Jackson
5. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017)
12
2
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
TV-MA
12
2
As:
Cast
Director:
George C. Wolfe
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Rose Byrne, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sylvia Grace Crim, Reed Birney, Karen Wheeling Reynolds
6. The Boys Next Door (1996)
13
2
The Boys Next Door
PG
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Lucien P. Singer
Director:
John Erman
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
7. The Piano Lesson (1995)
13
2
The Piano Lesson
PG
13
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Lloyd Richards
Genres:
Music, Drama
Star Cast:
Alfre Woodard, Charles S. Dutton, Carl Gordon, Tommy Hollis
8. Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story (2002)
13
2
Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story
R
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Clarence Brandley
Director:
Tony Bill
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Heath Lamberts, Chuck Shamata, Eamonn Walker, Gil Bellows
9. The Affair (1995)
17
2
The Affair
R
17
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Travis Holloway
Director:
Paul Seed
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Ned Beatty, Bill Nunn, Kerry Fox, Leland Gantt
10. Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad (1994)
13
2
Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad
13
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Don McBrearty
Genres:
Drama, History
Star Cast:
Nigel Bennett, Janet Bailey, Falconer Abraham, Dwight Bacquie
11. In the Line of Duty: Street War (1992)
11
2
In the Line of Duty: Street War
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Justice Butler
Director:
Dick Lowry
Genres:
Action, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Peter Boyle, Ray Sharkey, Michael Boatman, Morris Chestnut
12. Percy & Thunder (1993)
12
2
Percy & Thunder
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Thunder
Director:
Ivan Dixon
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
James Earl Jones, Mick E. Jones, Ron Shipp, Mike Finneran
13. Naked City: Justice with a Bullet (1998)
10
2
Naked City: Justice with a Bullet
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Officer James Halloran
Director:
Jeff Freilich
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Eli Wallach, Scott Glenn, Giancarlo Esposito, Kathryn Erbe
14. Naked City: A Killer Christmas (1998)
9
2
Naked City: A Killer Christmas
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Officer James Halloran
Director:
Peter Bogdanovich
Genres:
Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Scott Glenn, Barbara Williams, Nigel Bennett, Laura Leighton

Animation(s)

Isle of Dogs (2018)
Isle of Dogs
PG-13
Plot:

Isle of Dogs is an animated adventure comedy film, which takes us to Japan, and tells the story of a young boy, who is on a quest to find his lost dog. On his journey, he befriends several other dogs, who decide to help him. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Wes Anderson
Genres:
Comedy, Animation, Drama, Adventure, Fantasy

TV Shows and Videos

Nova (1974)
Nova
TV-PG
As:
Cast
Genres:
Biography, Documentary
Star Cast:
John Lithgow, Jay O. Sanders, Will Lyman, Neil Ross
Graceland (2013)
Graceland
As:
Cast
Director:
Lucy Liu, Sanford Bookstaver, Stephen Surjik, Duane Clark, Renny Harlin
Genres:
Action, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Peter Stormare, Vanessa Ferlito, Daniel Sunjata, Aaron Tveit, Serinda Swan, Brandon Jay McLaren
State of Mind (2007)
State of Mind
As:
Cast
Director:
Arvin Brown, Adam Arkin
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Cody Christian, Chris Diamantopoulos, Lili Taylor, Kevin Chamberlin, Theresa Randle, Devon Gummersall
Lovecraft Country (2020)
Lovecraft Country
TV-MA
As:
Cast
Role:
George Freeman
Genres:
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
State of Affairs (2014)
State of Affairs
TV-14
As:
Cast
Director:
Nelson McCormick, Joe Carnahan
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
David Harbour, Katherine Heigl, Alfre Woodard, Adam Arkin, Adam Kaufman, Sheila Vand

Courtney B. Vance Awards

Primetime Emmy Awards
American Crime Story Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie 2016