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List of David Oyelowo Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Interstellar (2014)
16
3
Interstellar
PG-13
16
3

In a post-apocalyptic Earth menaced by crop blights and dust storms, physicist Professor Brand sends a team of researchers led by former NASA pilot Cooper to carry frozen human embryos onboard spacecraft Endurance through a wormhole to a distant galaxy with three potentially habitable planets which can be the new home for the human race.

Directed By:
3. The Last King of Scotland (2006)
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2
The Last King of Scotland
R
16
2

The movie is based on Giles Foden's 1998 novel, The Last King of Scotland. Nicholas Garrigan, a young Scottish doctor is employed by the Ugandan President Idi Amin as his personal physician. Nicholas initial trusts Amin but soon realises that the latter is savage. He tries to flee from Uganda, but his life is endangered with Amin finding out the truth.

Starring:
Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson, Simon McBurney
Directed By:
Kevin Macdonald
4. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
16
2
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
PG-13
16
2

In this reboot version of the Planet of the Apes series, scientist Will Rodman’s experimental drug for the cure of Alzheimer's disease gives human-like intelligence and emotions to a chimpanzee, Caesar. When Caesar is separated from Will and imprisoned with other apes, he gives the same drug to the them and begins an uprising against humanity.

Starring:
James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Karin Konoval, Terry Notary, Richard Ridings
Directed By:
Rupert Wyatt
5. Selma (2014)
16
2
Selma
PG-13
16
2

In 1965, the African-American citizens of Alabama found it difficult to register to vote, though the Constitution allotted them same rights as the whites. When Martin Luther King Jr.’s meeting with President Lyndon Johnson did not bear fruit, King, accompanied by many African-American activists, led a march from Selma to Montgomery amidst intense opposition; finally achieving Voting Rights Acts of 1965.

Role:
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Starring:
Cuba Gooding Jr., Tim Roth, Martin Sheen, Giovanni Ribisi, Carmen Ejogo, Jim France, Trinity Simone
Directed By:
Ava DuVernay
6. Queen of Katwe (2016)
16
2
Queen of Katwe
PG
16
2
Role:
Robert Katende
Starring:
Lupita Nyong'o, Madina Nalwanga, Martin Kabanza, Taryn Kyaze
Directed By:
Mira Nair
8. The Butler (2013)
16
2
The Butler
PG-13
16
2

Loosely based on the life of Eugene Allen, the movie tells the story of African-American Cecil Gaines who went from being an enslaved plantation worker to a butler at the White House in 1957. He becomes a witness to some of America’s most iconic political moments, including the birth of the Civil Rights Act. 

Directed By:
Lee Daniels
9. A Most Violent Year (2014)
14
2
A Most Violent Year
R
14
2

During the 1980s, immigrant Abel Morales, who owns a heating-oil distribution company in New York, is trying to expand his business with honesty in face of rampant corruption and illegal practices. As he tries to secure loan for expansion, his trucks are hijacked, oil is stolen, and drivers are beaten up. Abel must protect his business and family, but time is running out.

Starring:
Oscar Isaac, Albert Brooks, Jessica Chastain, Elyes Gabel, Lorna Pruce
Directed By:
J.C. Chandor
10. Jack Reacher (2012)
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2
Jack Reacher
PG-13
13
2

Five unrelated people are shot dead in broad daylight and the accused is a former U.S. Army sniper, James Barr. However, he refuses to plead guilty and instead asks for Jack Reacher, an ex-military investigator. Reacher soon arrives and along with defense attorney Helen Rodin, sets out, to uncover the identity of the real perpetrators. 

Role:
Emerson
Directed By:
Christopher McQuarrie
11. A United Kingdom (2016)
13
2
A United Kingdom
PG-13
13
2

This historical romantic drama film tells the story of Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana, whose marriage to a British white woman causes a lot of controversy and political opposition in his kingdom, leading to turmoil.

Role:
Seretse Khama
Starring:
Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael
Directed By:
Amma Asante
12. Derailed (2005)
12
2
Derailed
R
12
2

A difficult married life thrusts Charles Schine into an affair with Lucinda Harris, a stranger he meets on a train. While consummating their affair in a seedy hotel, they are violently attacked by an armed man named Philippe LaRoche. Out of secrecy, they don’t report it to the police but LaRoche then starts blackmailing and threatening Charles. 

Starring:
Jennifer Aniston, Clive Owen, Addison Timlin, Tom Conti, Melissa George, Vincent Cassel
Directed By:
Mikael Håfström
13. Nightingale (2014)
13
2
Nightingale
13
2
Role:
Peter Snowden
Starring:
Barlow Jacobs, Heather Storm
Directed By:
Elliott Lester
14. Middle of Nowhere (2012)
14
3
Middle of Nowhere
R
14
3
Starring:
Lorraine Toussaint, Sharon Lawrence, Omari Hardwick, Emayatzy Corinealdi
Directed By:
Ava DuVernay
15. As You Like It (2006)
12
2
As You Like It
PG
12
2
Starring:
Alfred Molina, Brian Blessed, Kevin Kline, Bryce Dallas Howard, Takuya Shimada, Richard Clifford, Patrick Doyle
Directed By:
16. Don't Let Go (2019)
15
2
Don't Let Go
R
15
2
Starring:
Alfred Molina, Mykelti Williamson, Brian Tyree Henry, Storm Reid
Directed By:
Jacob Estes
17. The Best Man (2005)
11
2
The Best Man
R
11
2
Starring:
Seth Green, Peter Capaldi, Amy Smart, Stuart Townsend, Raphael Schwartz, Jacob Moriarty
Directed By:
Stefan Schwartz
18. Gringo (2018)
12
2
Gringo
R
12
2
Role:
Harold Soyinka
Starring:
Joel Edgerton, Sharlto Copley, Alan Ruck, Charlize Theron, Thandie Newton, Amanda Seyfried, Thandie Newton
Directed By:
Nash Edgerton
19. Come Away (2020)
12
2
Come Away
PG
12
2
Role:
Jack Littleton
Starring:
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Derek Jacobi, Michael Caine
20. Red Tails (2012)
13
2
Red Tails
PG-13
13
2

This war drama film tells the story of three African-American pilots who were mostly kept on the ground due to segregation. However, they eventually find a chance to be a part of the Tuskegee training program. 

Role:
Joe 'Lightning' Little
Starring:
Daniela Ruah, Michael B. Jordan, Bryan Cranston, Ne-Yo, Josh Dallas, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard
Directed By:
Anthony Hemingway
21. The Paperboy (2012)
11
2
The Paperboy
R
11
2

Based on Pete Dexter’s 1995 novel, which in turn was inspired by a true story, the film follows a Miami reporter, who returns to his hometown in Florida to exonerate a death row inmate on the request of his girlfriend. She has fallen in love with the convict after exchanging letter with him without ever meeting him face to face.              

Role:
Yardley Acheman
Starring:
Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack, Nicole Kidman
Directed By:
Lee Daniels
22. Chaos Walking (2021)
10
2
Chaos Walking
PG-13
10
2

Viola crash lands on a strange planet where all the women have disappeared, and meanwhile, the remaining men can hear each other’s thoughts. She soon finds her life in danger, but a young man named Todd vows to protect her.

Starring:
Mads Mikkelsen, Daisy Ridley
23. 96 Minutes (2011)
10
2
96 Minutes
R
10
2
Role:
Duane
Starring:
Christian Serratos, Brittany Snow, Evan Ross, Sope Aluko
Directed By:
Aimee Lagos
24. The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)
10
2
The Cloverfield Paradox
TV-MA
10
2

Scientists at the Cloverfield Station in space are testing an experimental technology, The Shepard particle accelerator, designed to solve the earth’s energy crisis issue; however, it could also culminate in creating alarming paradox.  But an unexplained malfunction results in damage to the space station and leads to shocking disappearance of the earth. How do the scientists manage to return to the earth?  

Role:
Kiel
Starring:
Donal Logue, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Simon Pegg, Ziyi Zhang
Directed By:
Julius Onah
25. The Midnight Sky (2020)
10
2
The Midnight Sky
PG-13
10
2

The Midnight Sky is a science fiction thriller film which tells the story of a scientist living alone in the Arctic, after a worldwide catastrophe. He tries to contact a group of astronauts and stop them from returning home. 

Role:
Adewole
Starring:
Kyle Chandler, Felicity Jones, George Clooney
26. Captive (2015)
13
2
Captive
PG-13
13
2
Role:
Brian Nichols
Starring:
Mimi Rogers, Michael K. Williams, Michael Kenneth Williams, Kate Mara, Elle Graham
Directed By:
Jerry Jameson
27. The Water Man (2020)
9
2
The Water Man
PG
9
2
Role:
Amos Boone
28. Nina (2016)
10
2
Nina
10
2
Role:
Clifton Henderson
Starring:
Zoe Saldana, Mike Epps, Keith David, Ronald Guttman
Directed By:
Cynthia Mort
29. A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
9
1
A Wrinkle in Time
PG
9
1

A Wrinkle in Time is a fantasy adventure film which tells the story of Meg, whose father disappears into another realm in space, while attempting a scientific discovery. Meg, along with her brother and her friend, are sent to find him by three peculiar creatures.

Starring:
Chris Pine, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, Rowan Blanchard, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Directed By:
Ava DuVernay
30. A Sound of Thunder (2005)
8
1
A Sound of Thunder
PG-13
8
1

This science fiction adventure thriller film takes us to 2055, where there is a ‘Time Safari’, run by Charles Hatton, which allows game hunters to travel back in time to hunt and kill dinosaurs. However, soon Charles realizes that this is leading to ‘time waves’, which may cause problems.

Role:
Payne
Starring:
Ben Kingsley, Heike Makatsch, Jemima Rooper, Armin Rohde
Directed By:
Peter Hyams
31. Tomorrow La Scala! (2002)
12
2
Tomorrow La Scala!
12
2
Starring:
Shaun Dingwall, Bruce Byron, Lucy Bates, Ian Burfield
Directed By:
Francesca Joseph
32. Shoot the Messenger (2006)
12
2
Shoot the Messenger
12
2
Starring:
Jotham Annan, Richard Blackwood, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Medina Aijikawo
Directed By:
Ngozi Onwurah
33. Rahab (2011)
11
2
Rahab
11
2
Role:
Cen
Starring:
Jessica Oyelowo, Nick Clark Windo, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Victoria Bailey
Directed By:
Rob McLellan
34. End of the Line (2004)
10
2
End of the Line
10
2
Role:
Commuter
Starring:
Miriam Margolyes
Directed By:
Max Pugh
35. American Blend (2006)
10
2
American Blend
10
2
Role:
Mercury
Starring:
Anupam Kher, Dee Wallace, Ranjit Chowdhry, Ruben Garfias
Directed By:
Varun Khanna
36. Big Guy (2009)
9
2
Big Guy
TV-PG
9
2
Starring:
Josh Gad, Alfred Molina, Kate Mara, Clint Howard, Charlie Cox, Ida Darvish
Directed By:
David Oyelowo
37. After the Storm (2016)
9
2
After the Storm
9
2
Starring:
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chiké Okonkwo, Caleb Oyelowo
Directed By:
Jessica Oyelowo
38. Who Do You Love (2008)
10
2
Who Do You Love
10
2
Starring:
Jon Abrahams, Rus Blackwell, Gralen Bryant Banks, Brett Beoubay
Directed By:
Jerry Zaks
39. Dog Eat Dog (2001)
9
2
Dog Eat Dog
9
2
Role:
CJ
Starring:
Ricky Gervais, Gary Kemp, Alan Davies, Melanie Blatt
Directed By:
Moody Shoaibi
40. Rage (2009)
9
2
Rage
9
2
Starring:
John Leguizamo, Judi Dench, Patrick J. Adams, Steve Buscemi, Eddie Izzard, Dianne Wiest, Jude Law
Directed By:
Sally Potter
41. Five Nights in Maine (2015)
8
1
Five Nights in Maine
8
1
Role:
Sherwin
Starring:
Rosie Perez, Dianne Wiest, Teyonah Parris, Hani Furstenberg, Neal Lerner
Directed By:
Maris Curran
42. Default (2014)
8
1
Default
8
1
Starring:
John Burke, Senyo Amoaku, Jeanine Mason, Jeanne Baron
Directed By:
Simon Brand

TV Movie(s)

1. Small Island (2009)
12
2
Small Island
12
2
Role:
Gilbert
Starring:
Naomie Harris, Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugh Quarshie, Terence Frisch, Ruth Wilson
Directed By:
John Alexander
2. A Raisin in the Sun (2008)
12
2
A Raisin in the Sun
PG-13
12
2
Starring:
Morgan Freeman, John Stamos, Phylicia Rashad, Sean Combs, Bill Nunn, Sanaa Lathan
Directed By:
Kenny Leon
3. Born Equal (2006)
11
2
Born Equal
11
2
Starring:
Colin Firth, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Robert Carlyle, Peter O'Connor, Nicholas Burns, Pearce Quigley
Directed By:
Dominic Savage
4. Blood and Oil (2010)
12
2
Blood and Oil
12
2
Role:
Keme Tobodo
Starring:
Naomie Harris, Jodhi May, Paterson Joseph, Chiké Okonkwo
Directed By:
David Attwood
5. Sweet Nothing in My Ear (2008)
11
2
Sweet Nothing in My Ear
11
2
Starring:
Marlee Matlin, Jeff Daniels, Sonya Walger, Ed Waterstreet, Phyllis Frelich
Directed By:
Joseph Sargent
6. Complicit (2013)
11
2
Complicit
TV-14
11
2
Role:
Edward Ekubo
Starring:
Rupert Procter, Arsher Ali, Wahab Sheikh, Asheq Akhtar
Directed By:
Niall MacCormick

Animation(s)

Star Wars: Rebels (2014)
Star Wars: Rebels
TV-Y7
Starring:
Frank Oz, Jim Cummings, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Katee Sackhoff, Matt Lanter, Corey Burton, Malcolm McDowell
Directed By:
Dave Filoni, Justin Ridge, Steward Lee, Bosco Ng, Saul Ruiz
Robot Chicken (2001)
Robot Chicken
TV-MA
Starring:
Rachael Leigh Cook, Andrew Lincoln, Josh Groban, Billy West, Wayne Brady, Sean Astin, Joss Whedon
Directed By:
Chris McKay, Zeb Wells, Kevin Shinick, Tom Sheppard, Matthew Senreich
The Lion Guard (2016)
The Lion Guard
TV-Y
Starring:
Rob Lowe, Christian Slater, Lacey Chabert, Madison Pettis, John Rhys-Davies, Maia Mitchell, Emma Bunton
Directed By:
Tom De Rosier, Howy Parkins
It's a Boy! (2005)
It's a Boy!
Starring:
Steven Berkoff, Graham Cole, Bobby Ball, Tommy Cannon
Directed By:
Julian Tewkesbury
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021)
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
7
Plot:

Peter Rabbit decides to run away from his human family upon learning that he is going to be portrayed negatively in their book. His life soon takes a turn when he meets an older rabbit.  

Role:
Nigel Basil-Jones
Glenn Martin DDS (2009)
Glenn Martin DDS
TV-14
Starring:
Mel Brooks, Fran Drescher, Jennette McCurdy, Brian Doyle-Murray, Patton Oswalt, Kevin Durand, George Takei
Directed By:
Ken Cunningham, Dave Barton Thomas, Aaron Woodley, Bob Crossman

TV Shows and Videos

The Good Wife (2009)
The Good Wife
TV-14
Starring:
Mamie Gummer, Gary Cole, Gillian Jacobs, Connie Nielsen, Amy Irving, Elizabeth Reaser, Alan Cumming
Directed By:
Rosemary Rodriguez, Michael Zinberg, Brooke Kennedy, James Whitmore Jr., Félix Enríquez Alcalá
Spooks (2002)
Spooks
Starring:
Ian McDiarmid, Hugh Laurie, Corin Redgrave, Phyllis Logan, Anupam Kher, Andy Serkis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Directed By:
Alrick Riley, Bharat Nalluri, Sam Miller, Omar Madha, Julian Holmes
As Time Goes By (1992)
As Time Goes By
TV-PG
Starring:
Judi Dench, Geoffrey Palmer, Jenny Funnell, Moira Brooker
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (2008)
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
TV-PG
Starring:
Jill Scott, Idris Elba, John Kani, Desmond Dube
Directed By:
Anthony Minghella
The Gil Mayo Mysteries (2006)
The Gil Mayo Mysteries
Starring:
Alistair McGowan, Kevin Eldon, Lucy Evans, Jessica Oyelowo
Brothers and Sisters (1998)
Brothers and Sisters
Starring:
Mark Arden, John Adewole, Sandra Bee, Dianne Bailey
Maisie Raine (1998)
Maisie Raine
Starring:
Richard Graham, Pauline Quirke, Rakie Ayola, Ian McElhinney
Star Wars: Rebels - Recon Missions (2015)
Star Wars: Rebels - Recon Missions
Role:
Agent Kallus (voice)
Starring:
Stephen Chang, Freddie Prinze Jr., Steve Blum, Vanessa Marshall
Black Knight Decoded (2015)
Black Knight Decoded
Role:
Father
Starring:
Freida Pinto, Sebastian Roché, Usher Raymond, Layla Crawford
Directed By:
Jabbar Raisani
Jay Z: Family Feud ft. Beyoncé (2018)
Jay Z: Family Feud ft. Beyoncé
Starring:
Rosario Dawson, Brie Larson, America Ferrera, Thandie Newton, Mindy Kaling, Jessica Chastain, Michael B. Jordan
Directed By:
Ava DuVernay