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List of Mahershala Ali Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Green Book (2018)
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Green Book
PG-13
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A globally illustrious African-American pianist, Dr. Don Shirley is in need of protection and a driver when he embarks on a concert tour in 1962 that is to take place in Deep South. An Italian-American tough-talking bouncer, Tony Lip, is recruited for the task. Both the men soon develop an unanticipated bond irrespective of their differences in an era of segregation of danger and racism.

As:
Cast
Genres:
Biography,Comedy,Drama,Music
Star Cast:
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor
2. Hidden Figures (2016)
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Hidden Figures
PG
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Inspired by Margot Lee Shetterly's 2016 non-fiction book, the movie is about three black female NASA mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan. They struggle with gender and race discrimination to emerge as crucial brains behind one of NASA’s most significant missions—the launch of astronaut John Glenn into earth's orbit and his subsequent safe passage back.

As:
Cast
Director:
Theodore Melfi
Genres:
Drama, Biography, History
Star Cast:
Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Costner, Jim Parsons, Kirsten Dunst, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe
3. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
PG-13
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3

The movie is an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald short story written in 1922. It narrates the story of Benjamin Button who is born old and wrinkled. His chances of survival is minimal but not only does he survive, but also, strangely, starts ageing backwards. Then there is Daisy, his love interest, who gets older as he gets younger.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Fantasy, Romance, Drama
4. Alita: Battle Angel (2018)
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Alita: Battle Angel
PG-13
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In a future world, a compassionate doctor discovers a disembodied female cyborg with an intact human brain and attaches a new cyborg body to it. Named Alita, after the doctor’s deceased daughter, she awakens with no memory about her past. The film focuses on how she learns to navigate not only her new life, but also the treacherous city streets.   

As:
Cast
Role:
Vector
Director:
Robert Rodriguez
Genres:
Adventure, Thriller, Action, Romance, Sci-Fi
5. Moonlight (2016)
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3
Moonlight
R
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3

9-year-old shy African-American boy Chiron living with his drug addicted mother is ironically cared for by his mother's drug dealer and his girlfriend. As a 16-year- old, he is still bullied and is struggling with his sexual identity. Finally, he grows up to become a drug dealer himself and comes to terms with his sexuality.

As:
Cast
Role:
Juan
Director:
Barry Jenkins
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Naomie Harris, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson, Alex R. Hibbert, Janelle Monáe
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
6. The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
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The Place Beyond the Pines
R
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Luke Glanton, a motorcycle-riding stuntman starts robbing banks to take care of his former lover Romina who has given birth to their son Jason. Unfortunately, he is killed by police officer Avery Cross in a failed robbery. Years later Avery’s son and Jason end up on a collision path when Jason discovers their shared legacy.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Derek Cianfrance
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Crime
7. Free State of Jones (2016)
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Free State of Jones
R
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3

Free State of Jones is a war drama film, which tells the story of a medic who took part in the American Civil War. However, after being disillusioned by the Confederate government, he returns to his hometown and leads a militia of fellow deserters and women in an uprising against the government.    

As:
Cast
Role:
Moses
Director:
Gary Ross
Genres:
Drama, War, History, Action, Biography
Star Cast:
8. Crossing Over (2009)
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2
Crossing Over
R
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2

Crossing Over is a crime drama film which revolves around the stories of several illegal immigrants in the Los Angeles area and how the authorities deal with the situation.

As:
Cast
Director:
Wayne Kramer
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)
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2
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
PG-13
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2

Based on Suzanne Collins’s final novel – Mockingjay – in the trilogy The Hunger Games, the movie follows Katniss Everdeen as she reaches District 13 and unwillingly agrees to become a symbol of rebellion under the command of President Coin to save Peeta and the nation.

As:
Cast
Director:
Francis Lawrence
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action, Thriller
10. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)
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2
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
PG-13
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2

In this final movie of The Hunger Games franchise, Katniss Everdeen escapes the clutches of President Coin to join the ‘Star Squad’. The squad infiltrates the Capitol and brings down President Snow and the Capitol. Unfortunately, Coin’s betrayal ends up killing Prim and Katniss executes Coin who plans to bring the Hunger Games back.

As:
Cast
Director:
Francis Lawrence
Genres:
Adventure, Sci-Fi, Action, Thriller
11. Predators (2010)
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Predators
R
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2

A group of lethal killers find themselves waking up in an alien planet where they are being hunted by a group of Super Predators nicknamed Tracker, Berserker, and Falconer. They also encounter Noland, who has survived on the planet for ten seasons. The group must survive the predators and find a way to escape the planet. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Nimród Antal
Genres:
Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Thriller
Star Cast:
Adrien Brody, Danny Trejo, Topher Grace, Laurence Fishburne, Alice Braga, Walton Goggins, Oleg Taktarov
12. Kicks (2016)
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Kicks
R
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Marlon
Director:
Justin Tipping
Genres:
Adventure, Drama
Star Cast:
Christopher Jordan Wallace, Jahking Guillory, Christopher Meyer, Kofi Siriboe
13. Roxanne Roxanne (2017)
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3
Roxanne Roxanne
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3
As:
Cast
Director:
Michael Larnell
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Nia Long, Curtiss Cook, Jermaine Crawford, Adam Horovitz
14. Supremacy (2014)
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Supremacy
R
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3
As:
Cast
Director:
Deon Taylor
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Danny Glover, Julie Benz, Evan Ross, Lela Rochon
15. Making Revolution (2003)
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Making Revolution
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3
As:
Cast
Role:
Mac Laslow (as Mahershala Karim-Ali)
Director:
Daniel Klein
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Alexander Bilu, Drew Cortese, Jeremy Dubin, Jen Nails
16. Gubagude Ko (2016)
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Gubagude Ko
TV-14
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3
As:
Cast
Role:
Ochoro
Director:
Philiane Phang
Genres:
Drama, Short
Star Cast:
Sadeeq Ali, Susan Basemera, Isaac Masanga, Anthony Ndawula
17. The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015)
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The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
10
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself - Opening Remarks
Director:
Alan Carter
Star Cast:
Jennifer Aniston, Robert Duvall, Zach Galifianakis, Uzo Aduba
18. The Realest Real (2016)
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The Realest Real
10
3
As:
Cast
Role:
The Minister
Director:
Carrie Brownstein
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Short
Star Cast:
Rowan Blanchard, Kim Gordon, Laura Harrier, Heidi Gaudet
19. Go for Sisters (2013)
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3
Go for Sisters
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3
As:
Cast
Role:
Dez
Director:
John Sayles
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Edward James Olmos, LisaGay Hamilton, Martha Higareda, Yolonda Ross
20. Umi's Heart (2008)
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Umi's Heart
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Ezra (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
Director:
Joslyn Rose Lyons
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Barmak Badaei, André Rishi

TV Movie(s)

1. The Wronged Man (2010)
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The Wronged Man
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As:
Cast
Role:
Calvin Willis (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
Director:
Tom McLoughlin
Genres:
Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Chandler Riggs, Julia Ormond, Omar J. Dorsey, Lisa Arrindell
2. All Signs of Death (2010)
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2
All Signs of Death
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Gabe (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
Director:
Alan Ball
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Ben Whishaw, Clayne Crawford, Max Martini, Mercedes Mason

Animation(s)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
PG
Plot:

Set in Spider-Verse, a group of multiple universes, the story focuses on Miles Morales, a New York teen. Bitten by a radioactive spider, he now gains spider-like abilities similar to Spider-Man. Shortly after that he discovers a "Super-Collider" built by supervillain Kingpin and must now join with other Spider men and women from other dimensions to save his city. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Uncle Aaron (voice)
Director:
Rodney Rothman, Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti
Genres:
Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

TV Shows and Videos

Lights Out (2011)
Lights Out
TV-MA
As:
Cast
Genres:
Drama, Sport, Crime
Star Cast:
Anna Chlumsky, Stacy Keach, Eamonn Walker, Elias Koteas
Madden NFL 18: Longshot (2017)
Madden NFL 18: Longshot
As:
Cast
Role:
Cutter Wade
Director:
Michael Young
Genres:
Drama, Sport
Star Cast:
Barry Corbin, Rus Blackwell, Susan Angelo, Bill Cowher
Haunted (2002)
Haunted
As:
Cast
Director:
Michael Rymer, Rick Wallace, Bill Norton
Genres:
Drama, Horror
Star Cast:
Pauley Perrette, Bianca Lawson, Matthew Fox, Russell Hornsby, Lynn Collins, Michael Irby
Luke Cage (2016)
Luke Cage
TV-MA
As:
Cast
Director:
Lucy Liu, Paul McGuigan
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Star Cast:
Rosario Dawson, Alfre Woodard, Mike Colter, Theo Rossi, Simone Missick
Alcatraz (2012)
Alcatraz
TV-14
As:
Cast
Director:
Jack Bender, Paul A. Edwards
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Crime, Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
Robbie Amell, Sam Neill, Rami Malek, Jorge Garcia, Leon Rippy, Sarah Jones
CSI: Fatal Conspiracy (2010)
CSI: Fatal Conspiracy
M
As:
Cast
Genres:
Crime, Adventure, Mystery
Star Cast:
Laurence Fishburne, George Eads, Paul Guilfoyle, Eric Szmanda, Robert David Hall
Predators Motion Comics: Moment of Extraction (2010)
Predators Motion Comics: Moment of Extraction
As:
Cast
Role:
Mombasa (uncredited) (voice)
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Laurence Fishburne, Danny Trejo, Alice Braga, Louis Ozawa Changchien
Threat Matrix (2003)
Threat Matrix
As:
Cast
Role:
Jelani Harper (15 episodes, 2003-2004)
Director:
Tim Matheson, Fred Gerber, Perry Lang, Guy Norman Bee, Larry Shaw
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Aaron Paul, Courtney Ford, Melora Walters, Kelly Rutherford, Will Lyman

Mahershala Ali Awards

Academy Awards
Moonlight Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2017
Green Book Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2019
Golden Globe Awards
Green Book Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2019
Primetime Emmy Awards
We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest Outstanding Children's Program 2020
BAFTA Awards
Green Book Best Supporting Actor 2019