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List of Michael K. Williams Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
22
2
12 Years a Slave
R
22
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
Director:
Steve McQueen
Genres:
History, Biography, Drama
2. The Bondage (2006)
14
2
The Bondage
R
14
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Eric Allen Bell
Genres:
Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Michael Kenneth Williams, Griffin Dunne, Illeana Douglas, Michael Angarano, Evan Ellingson
3. Gone Baby Gone (2007)
14
3
Gone Baby Gone
R
14
3

Ben Affleck’s directorial debut is about two Boston private investigators, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro, who are hired by the aunt of a kidnapped little girl. The trail takes the detectives on a perilous ride through hazardous neighborhoods teeming with gangs, drug dealers, and pedophiles, finally leading to a personal distress that threatens their relationship.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Mystery, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Morgan Freeman, Casey Affleck, Robert Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris, John Ashton
4. The Road (2009)
12
2
The Road
R
12
2

The Road is a thriller-drama revolving around a man and his son trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world by going on a journey along the coast to the south. Viggo Mortensen stars as the father, who scavenges for food and protects himself and his son, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee, from cannibals, with only two bullets left in his gun.

As:
Cast
Director:
John Hillcoat
Genres:
Adventure, Drama
Star Cast:
6. Kill the Messenger (2014)
13
2
Kill the Messenger
R
13
2

Kill the Messenger is a mystery thriller film, which tells the story of Gary Webb, a journalist who discovers that the CIA is actually involved in a drug racket. However, the high officials force him not to publish the story. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Michael Cuesta
Genres:
Biography, Crime, Thriller, Mystery, Drama
Star Cast:
Ray Liotta, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Michael Sheen, Robert Patrick, Jeremy Renner
7. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
10
2
The Incredible Hulk
PG-13
10
2

A superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character the Hulk, The Incredible Hulk follows the story of a man who unwittingly becomes the “Hulk” following a botched-up military program. Though praised for its visuals and action sequences, the film failed to impress at the box office. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Louis Leterrier
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action
Star Cast:
Robert Downey Jr., Lou Ferrigno, Tim Roth, Liv Tyler, Edward Norton, William Hurt, Tim Blake Nelson
8. Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
11
2
Bringing Out the Dead
R
11
2

Frank Pierce, a Manhattan paramedic working on two-man ambulance team, is exhausted and worn out after witnessing deaths and near-death patients. He starts losing his sanity, and hallucinates about the patients he couldn’t save. While working with three different eccentric colleagues, he even tries to get fired. Then, he clutches to a ray of hope as he befriends a heart-patient’s daughter, Mary.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Thriller
9. Inherent Vice (2014)
10
2
Inherent Vice
R
10
2

Larry ‘Doc’ Sportello is a good-hearted but inept stoner who works as a private investigator. His former lover, Shasta suddenly shows up and asks him to prevent her rich lover, Wolfmann, from being committed to insane asylum by Wolfmann’s wife. Doc soon finds himself tangled in the psychedelic world of drugs and corrupt LAPD. 

As:
Cast
Genres:
Romance, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Comedy
10. Brooklyn's Finest (2009)
11
2
Brooklyn's Finest
R
11
2

The movie revolves around the lives of three of Brooklyn’s law officers: cynical officer, Edward Duggan, is close to retirement, detective, Sal Procida, is stealing drug money from raids to support his big family, andnd undercover black cop, Clarence ‘Tango’ Butler, feels more loyal to his drug dealer friend than to the racist police superiors. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Antoine Fuqua
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Crime
11. Snow on Tha Bluff (2011)
11
2
Snow on Tha Bluff
R
11
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Damon Russell
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Curtis Snow, Young Blo, Curtis Lockett, Poncho Perez, Muhammad Abdullah
12. Bullet (1996)
11
2
Bullet
R
11
2

Bullet is a crime drama action film which tells the story of Butch Stein aka Bullet, who is released from prison on parole after spending eight years.  He finds himself back on the streets of Brooklyn, and soon he returns to his old life. Things get ugly when he assaults a drug dealer, along with two of his customers, after which one of the dealer's toughest men are sent after Butch.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Julien Temple
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Action
13. The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
10
2
The Purge: Anarchy
R
10
2

In this second movie in The Purge franchise, the authoritarian government of the US annually allows its citizen a twelve hour period to commit any crime without getting penalized. During one such Purge night, off duty LAPD sergeant Leo Barnes, decides to kill the man responsible for his son’s death. However, he ends up with a group of people who are struggling to survive the deadly night.

As:
Cast
Director:
James DeMonaco
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller, Action
Star Cast:
Frank Grillo, Zach Gilford, Zoë Soul, Michael Kenneth Williams, Carmen Ejogo, Kiele Sanchez
14. Snitch (2013)
11
2
Snitch
PG-13
11
2

Jason Collins is framed into accepting the delivery of a package containing drugs and arrested by the DEA. When his father, John Matthews, finds out about this, John makes a deal with government authorities to go undercover and bring down bigger players. Unfortunately, lives are put at risk when vicious cartel kingpin Pintera gets involved. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Malik (as Michael K. Williams)
Director:
Ric Roman Waugh
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Action
15. Life During Wartime (2009)
10
2
Life During Wartime
R
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Allen
Director:
Todd Solondz
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Ally Sheedy, Allison Janney, Michael Kenneth Williams, Charlotte Rampling, Michael Lerner
16. The Land (2016)
10
2
The Land
R
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Steven Caple Jr.
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Kim Coates, Erykah Badu, Michael Kenneth Williams, Moises Arias, Rafi Gavron
17. The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019)
10
4
The Red Sea Diving Resort
TV-MA
10
4

The Red Sea Diving Resort is a historical drama thriller film which revolves around a deserted retreat in Sudan, which was used to smuggle refugees to Israel, by several international agents.

As:
Cast
Role:
Kabede Bimro
Director:
Gideon Raff
Genres:
Drama, History, Thriller
Star Cast:
Greg Kinnear, Ben Kingsley, Michael Kenneth Williams, Setlhabi Jacob Taunyane , Mbulelo Grootboom
18. Triple 9 (2016)
11
2
Triple 9
R
11
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
Director:
John Hillcoat
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
19. RoboCop (2014)
11
2
RoboCop
PG-13
11
2

Set in the near future in crime-ridden Detroit, Michigan, the movie centers on police officer Alex Murphy who is murdered by a gang of criminals and subsequently revived as the superhuman cyborg law enforcer RoboCop. A critical and commercial hit, it spawned a franchise that included two sequels, a television series, and a remake.

As:
Cast
Director:
José Padilha
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Action, Sci-Fi
20. Wonderful World (2009)
9
2
Wonderful World
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Ibu
Director:
Joshua Goldin
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Matthew Broderick, Philip Baker Hall, Sanaa Lathan, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jesse Tyler Ferguson
22. Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
12
2
Miracle at St. Anna
R
12
2

Miracle at St Anna is a war drama film which takes us to the time of the Second World War, and revolves around four soldiers stationed in Tuscany. They find themselves trapped behind enemy lines and separated from their unit after one of them puts his life at risk to save an Italian boy.       

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
War, Crime, Action, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Laz Alonso, John Leguizamo, Kerry Washington, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Omar Benson Miller
23. LUV (2012)
11
2
LUV
R
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Sheldon Candis
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Danny Glover, Meagan Good, Michael Rainey Jr., Common, Charles S. Dutton
24. The Gambler (2014)
10
2
The Gambler
R
10
2

Jim Bennett, a literature professor, is addicted to high-stake gambling which has led him to borrow money from a gangster with his own life as collateral. As he slides down more into the underground gambling world, a loan-shark takes paternal interest in him. Jim is getting increasingly involved with one of his students. He has much at stake and can’t afford to lose.

As:
Cast
Director:
Rupert Wyatt
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Drama
26. Assassin's Creed (2016)
10
2
Assassin's Creed
PG-13
10
2

Callum Lynch learns that he is descendent of a 15th century Spanish Assassin, Aguilar de Nerha, who belonged to a secret Assassins Society. With the help of an innovative technology that unlocks genetic memories, he re-lives the life and exploits of Aguilar. As Lynch acquires tremendous knowledge and skills, he gets set to fight the tyrannical Templar organization of present day. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Justin Kurzel
Genres:
Fantasy, Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure
28. I Think I Love My Wife (2007)
8
2
I Think I Love My Wife
R
8
2

Richard is a married man, but thinks of spending time with other women. His morals are tested when he is visited by the former mistress of an old friend.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Chris Rock, Kerry Washington, Steve Buscemi, Gina Torres, Edward Herrmann
29. Tell Tale (2009)
8
2
Tell Tale
R
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Michael Cuesta
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Horror, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Lena Headey, Michael Kenneth Williams, Brian Cox, Josh Lucas, Jamie Harrold
30. Captive (2015)
8
2
Captive
PG-13
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Jerry Jameson
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Drama, Action
Star Cast:
David Oyelowo, Mimi Rogers, Michael Kenneth Williams, Kate Mara, Elle Graham
31. Ghostbusters (2016)
9
2
Ghostbusters
PG-13
9
2

The remake of the 1984 classic Ghostbusters, follows paranormal researchers Abigail Yates, Erin Gilbert, Jilian Holtzman, and Patty Tolan. They take up the mantle of the Ghostbusters to stop occultist Rowan North who is summoning an army of deadly ghosts to bring an end to the world. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Paul Feig
Genres:
Comedy, Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy
32. SuperFly (2018)
8
2
SuperFly
R
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Director X.
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Crime
Star Cast:
Jennifer Morrison, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jason Mitchell, Trevor Jackson, Lex Scott Davis
33. When the Bough Breaks (2016)
9
1
When the Bough Breaks
PG-13
9
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Roland White (as Michael K. Williams)
Director:
Jon Cassar
Genres:
Drama, Horror, Crime, Thriller, Romance, Mystery
Star Cast:
Regina Hall, Michael Kenneth Williams, Morris Chestnut, Glenn Morshower, Romany Malco
34. Bro (2014)
14
3
Bro
14
3
As:
Producer
Director:
Jared Crowelle
Genres:
Short, Drama
Star Cast:
Jared Crowelle, Tyrone Paul Jr., Assibey Blake, Nick Clark Tanner, Paul Hickert
35. The Devil Goes Down (2013)
13
3
The Devil Goes Down
13
3
As:
Cast
Role:
The Devil
Director:
Nicky Julius
Genres:
Sport, Action, Short, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Michael Kenneth Williams, Stefan Baird, Luis Da Silva Jr., Marion Greene, James McKnight
36. Broke Even (2000)
13
3
Broke Even
13
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Kenny
Director:
David Feldman
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Crime
Star Cast:
Michael Kenneth Williams, Austin Pendleton, Kevin Corrigan, Michael Lowry, Mick Cunningham
38. Addicts (2009)
12
3
Addicts
AO
12
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Lil J (as Michael K. Williams)
Director:
Ali Askari
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Michael Kenneth Williams, Sashah Askari, Ian Fisher, Ali Askari, Anya Benton
39. Shelter (2016)
12
2
Shelter
12
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Brent Renaud, Craig Renaud
Genres:
Documentary
40. The Wire: The Musical (2012)
12
2
The Wire: The Musical
12
2
As:
Cast, Producer
Director:
Matt Villines, Osmany Rodriguez, Pat Bishop
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Michael Kenneth Williams, Kathryn Burns, Dick Beck, Dave Birr, Stephanie Carrie
41. Marilyn Manson: The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles (2015)
11
2
Marilyn Manson: The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Francesco Carrozzini
Genres:
Short, Music
Star Cast:
Michael Kenneth Williams
42. MugShot (1996)
11
2
MugShot
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Rumor (as Michael K. Williams)
Director:
Matt Mahurin
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Michael Kenneth Williams, Robert Knepper, Robert Walker, Belinda Becker, Willie Lassic
43. 5up 2down (2006)
10
2
5up 2down
R
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Steven Kessler, Steven Kessler
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Michael Kenneth Williams, Isaach De Bankolé, Mike Doyle, Fred Norris, Kirk Acevedo
44. They Die by Dawn (2013)
10
2
They Die by Dawn
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Nat Love
Director:
Jeymes Samuel
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Rosario Dawson, Erykah Badu, Michael Kenneth Williams, Giancarlo Esposito, Bokeem Woodbine
45. The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll (2009)
9
2
The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Scott D. Rosenbaum
Genres:
Drama, Music
Star Cast:
Lauren Holly, Jason Ritter, Peter Fonda, Michael Kenneth Williams, Billy Dee Williams
46. A Day in the Life (2009)
9
2
A Day in the Life
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Sticky Fingaz
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Thriller, Musical, Action
Star Cast:
Page Kennedy, Troy Garity, Mekhi Phifer, Nadine Velazquez, Clarence Williams III, Bokeem Woodbine, Michael Kenneth Williams
47. A Kiss of Chaos (2009)
6
1
A Kiss of Chaos
6
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Ricardo Sean Thompson
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Michael Kenneth Williams, Paul Calderon, Manny Perez, Adam Rodriguez, Michael Rivera
48. Against the Wall (2016)
6
1
Against the Wall
6
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Man
Director:
Gerard Bush
Genres:
Short, Drama
Star Cast:
Michael B. Jordan, Danny Glover, Michael Kenneth Williams, Van Jones
49. You're Nobody 'til Somebody Kills You (2012)
5
1
You're Nobody 'til Somebody Kills You
R
5
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Michael A. Pinckney
Genres:
Horror, Thriller
Star Cast:
Michael Mosley, James McDaniel, Nashawn Kearse, Assiatou Lea, Kevin Carroll

TV Movie(s)

2. Bessie (2015)
11
2
Bessie
TV-MA
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jack Gee
Director:
Dee Rees
Genres:
Biography, Drama, Music
Star Cast:
Mike Epps, Queen Latifah, Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg, Tika Sumpter
3. Trapped in the Closet: Chapters 23-33 (2012)
11
2
Trapped in the Closet: Chapters 23-33
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Jim Swaffield, R. Kelly
Genres:
Drama, Musical, Music, Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Michael Kenneth Williams, R. Kelly, Rolando Boyce, Eric Lane, Tracey Bonner
4. The Cookout 2 (2011)
8
2
The Cookout 2
TV-14
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Lance Rivera
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Charlie Murphy, Vivica A. Fox, Big Boi, Michael Kenneth Williams, Ambre Anderson, Craig Bonaventura, Rich Boy

Animation(s)

F Is for Family (2015)
F Is for Family
TV-MA
As:
Cast
Director:
Mike Roberts, Romain Bounoure, Olivier Schramm, Laurent Nicolas, Benjamin Marsaud
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Animation
Star Cast:
Gary Cole, Laura Dern, Justin Long, Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney, Michael Kenneth Williams, Debi Derryberry
Lucas Bros Moving Co (2013)
Lucas Bros Moving Co
As:
Cast
Genres:
Animation, Comedy
Star Cast:
Michael Kenneth Williams, Matt Berry, Hannibal Buress, Eric André, Kenneth Lucas

TV Shows and Videos

Black Market with Michael K. Williams (2016)
Black Market with Michael K. Williams
TV-MA
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Himself - Host (6 episodes, 2016)
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Michael Kenneth Williams, DJ Hollygrove, O.G. Ron C.
Madonna: The Video Collection 93:99 (1999)
Madonna: The Video Collection 93:99
As:
Cast
Director:
Brett Ratner, David Fincher, Jonas Åkerlund, Chris Cunningham, Michael Haussman
Genres:
Music
Star Cast:
Matt Dillon, Anita Pallenberg, Mike Myers, Michael York, Madonna, Tomas Arana, Rob Campbell
MGMT: Cool Song No. 2 (2013)
MGMT: Cool Song No. 2
As:
Cast
Role:
(as Michael K. Williams)
Director:
Isaiah Seret
Genres:
Music, Short
Star Cast:
Michael Kenneth Williams, Henry Hopper
Battlefield 4 (2013)
Battlefield 4
M
As:
Cast
Role:
Sgt. Kimble 'Irish' Graves (voice)
Director:
Tom Keegan, Lars Gustavsson
Genres:
Action, War
Star Cast:
Michael Kenneth Williams, Stephanie Sheh, Pasha D. Lychnikoff, Jessika Van, Artur Abdyrazakov
Madonna: Secret (1994)
Madonna: Secret
As:
Cast
Role:
Extra (as Michael K. Williams)
Director:
Melodie McDaniel
Genres:
Short, Music
Star Cast:
Michael Kenneth Williams, Madonna, Jason Olive, Daniel Louis Rivas
Detroit 1-8-7 (2010)
Detroit 1-8-7
TV-14
As:
Cast
Genres:
Crime, Mystery, Action, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Della Reese, Helena Mattsson, Michael Kenneth Williams, Dee Wallace, James McDaniel, Michael Imperioli
Walk This Way (2013)
Walk This Way
As:
Cast
Role:
Rev. Daniels (7 episodes, 2013)
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Kenya Moore, Michael Kenneth Williams, Tamala Jones, Tony Rock, Malcolm Barrett
The Philanthropist (2009)
The Philanthropist
As:
Cast
Role:
Dax Vahagn (8 episodes, 2009)
Genres:
Adventure, Drama, Action
Star Cast:
Neve Campbell, Lambert Wilson, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jesse L. Martin, Sarita Choudhury
The Kill Point (2007)
The Kill Point
TV-MA
As:
Cast
Director:
Steve Shill, Josh Trank
Genres:
Action, Crime, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Frank Grillo, Donnie Wahlberg, John Leguizamo, Michael Kenneth Williams, Steve Cirbus, Michael Hyatt
Hap and Leonard (2016)
Hap and Leonard
TV-MA
As:
Cast
Role:
Leonard Pine (18 episodes, 2016-2018)
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Brian Dennehy, Michael Kenneth Williams, James Purefoy, Enrique Murciano, Douglas M. Griffin
Taking on Tyson (2011)
Taking on Tyson
As:
Cast
Genres:
Reality-TV
Star Cast:
Michael Kenneth Williams, Mike Tyson, Junie Roman, Rickie Roman, Mario Costa
Lovecraft Country (2020)
Lovecraft Country
TV-MA
As:
Cast
Role:
Montrose Freeman
Genres:
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Trapped in the Closet: Chapters 1-12 (2005)
Trapped in the Closet: Chapters 1-12
R
As:
Cast
Director:
Jim Swaffield, R. Kelly
Genres:
Music, Drama, Musical, Short
Star Cast:
Michael Kenneth Williams, R. Kelly, Cat Wilson, Rolando Boyce, LeShay N. Tomlinson
Trapped in the Closet: Chapters 13-22 (2007)
Trapped in the Closet: Chapters 13-22
R
As:
Cast
Director:
Jim Swaffield, R. Kelly, Victor Mignatti
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Music, Musical
Star Cast:
Michael Kenneth Williams, R. Kelly, LeShay N. Tomlinson, Eric Lane, LaDonna Tittle
Crispus Attucks: Today Was a Good Day (2012)
Crispus Attucks: Today Was a Good Day
As:
Cast
Director:
Joshua Martin, Ryan McNeely
Genres:
Music, Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Wayne Brady, Keith David, Michael Kenneth Williams, Greg Grunberg, Andrew Grissom
Vital Signs (2016)
Vital Signs
As:
Cast
Genres:
Music, Drama
Star Cast:
Ian McShane, Sam Rockwell, Michael Kenneth Williams, Dylan Kussman, Dr. Dre
Doing Hard Time (2004)
Doing Hard Time
R
As:
Cast
Role:
Curtis Craig aka: Durty Curt From Detroit (as Michael K. Williams)
Director:
Preston A. Whitmore II
Genres:
Action, Drama
Star Cast:
Boris Kodjoe, Michael Kenneth Williams, Reagan Gomez-Preston, Sticky Fingaz, Jazsmin Lewis
Mercenary for Justice (2006)
Mercenary for Justice
R
As:
Cast
Role:
Samuel Kay
Director:
Don E. FauntLeRoy
Genres:
Drama, Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
Steven Seagal, Michael Kenneth Williams, Roger Guenveur Smith, Luke Goss, Jacqueline Lord
Belly 2: Millionaire Boyz Club (2008)
Belly 2: Millionaire Boyz Club
R
As:
Cast
Role:
Tone (creditOnly) (as Michael K. Williams)
Director:
Ivan Frank
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Michael Kenneth Williams, Ski Carr, Adam Ambruso, Game, Taye Hansberry