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List of Terrence Howard Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Prisoners (2013)
17
5
Prisoners
R
17
5

Prisoners is a gripping thriller that focuses on the search of a father, Keller Dover, brilliantly portrayed by Hugh Jackman, for his little daughter and her friend who suddenly disappear after Thanksgiving dinner. Jake Gyllenhaal plays the part of a detective who uncovers gruesome hidden truths while trying to solve the case.

As:
Cast
Role:
Franklin Birch
Director:
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Crime, Thriller
2. Crash (2004)
19
2
Crash
R
19
2

Crash revolves around a few Los Angeles citizens as their lives get overturned by racial tensions and bigotry. Characters like a racist district attorney and his wife, racist cops, a victimized Middle Eastern store owner, two black carjackers, an African-American couple, a Hispanic locksmith, all serve as a thrilling commentary of the racial injustice running in the USA.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Paul Haggis
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Drama
3. Ray (2004)
18
2
Ray
PG-13
18
2

The film follows the life of the well-known rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles. At the age of seven, Ray looses his vision after witnessing his younger brother drown. With the help of his determined mother, he finds comfort in music and learns to play piano. He gains international recognition but, along the way, also has to deal with problems like racism, drug abuse and failed relationships. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Taylor Hackford
Genres:
Music, Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Harry Lennix, Regina King, Clifton Powell
4. Iron Man (2008)
15
4
Iron Man
PG-13
15
4

A superhero film based on the eponymous Marvel Comics character and the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Iron Man has Tony Stark, a genius billionaire, securing his release from an Afghan cave by creating high-tech suit of armor. He perfects the suit and uses it to fight evil forces to protect the world.

As:
Cast
Role:
Rhodey
Director:
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action
5. Hustle & Flow (2005)
27
6
Hustle & Flow
R
27
6

DJay, a pimp, is suffering from mid-life crisis. However, when he meets a friend of his, who is a musician, he gets inspired to make a career in rap music. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Djay
Director:
Craig Brewer
Genres:
Music, Drama, Crime
6. August Rush (2007)
14
2
August Rush
PG
14
2

A boy named Evan Taylor, a musical genius living in an orphanage, flees to New York City believing that he will be able to find his birth parents following his talents. He encounters and impresses the mysterious musician Wizard Wallace, who gives him the stage name 'August Rush' and attempts to make profits from his performances.

As:
Cast
Role:
Richard Jeffries
Director:
Kirsten Sheridan
Genres:
Music, Drama
7. 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. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Lee Daniels
Genres:
Drama, Biography
8. St. Vincent (2014)
10
2
St. Vincent
PG-13
10
2

After separating from her husband, hardworking single mother, Maggie, and her adoptive son, Oliver, move in next door to Vincent MacKenna, a grumpy and alcoholic Vietnam War veteran. When Maggie is forced to leave Oliver in Vincent's care due to work pressure, the naive boy and his flawed mentor develop an unlikely bond with each other.

As:
Cast
Role:
Zucko
Director:
Theodore Melfi
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
9. Four Brothers (2005)
19
3
Four Brothers
R
19
3

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
Role:
Lt. Green
Director:
John Singleton
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Action, Crime
10. Dead Presidents (1995)
17
2
Dead Presidents
R
17
2

Dead Presidents is an action crime drama film which tells the story of Anthony, a war veteran, who is trying to find a proper job, but is unable to give a proper direction to his life. Unable to support his family, he teams up with his friends and attempts to rob an armored truck carrying a huge amount of cash. However, their plan goes awfully wrong.

As:
Cast
Director:
Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Genres:
Crime, Drama, War, Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
Chris Tucker, Martin Sheen, Keith David, Larenz Tate, Freddy Rodríguez, Rose Jackson
11. Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
9
4
Mr. Holland's Opus
PG
9
4

Passionate musician and composer Glenn Holland’s only dream in life is to compose one spectacular symphony. But he takes up teaching music at a local Oregon high school to pay bills. Initially his inability to get through to his students disheartens him, but as he and his students achieve successes over the years, he realizes that his life’s goal has changed. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Stephen Herek
Genres:
Drama, Music
Star Cast:
Richard Dreyfuss, William H. Macy, Forest Whitaker, Glenne Headly, Jay Thomas, Olympia Dukakis
12. The Best Man (1999)
19
3
The Best Man
R
19
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Quentin
Director:
Malcolm D. Lee
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Harold Perrineau, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut
13. The Best Man Holiday (2013)
16
3
The Best Man Holiday
R
16
3

After fifteen years, several college friends reunite on the Christmas holidays. They discover how easy it is for old rivalries and romance to reignite.

As:
Cast
Director:
Malcolm D. Lee
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa, Morris Chestnut
14. The Brave One (2007)
13
3
The Brave One
R
13
3

The Brave One is a psychological thriller which tells the story of Erica, who is left traumatized after a brutal attack resulting in the death of her fiancé. She eventually decides to take the law in her own hands, and begins a quest of vengeance against the perpetrators.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Detective Mercer
Director:
Neil Jordan
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Jodie Foster, Mary Steenburgen, Zoë Kravitz, Nicky Katt, Naveen Andrews
15. The Hunting Party (2007)
9
2
The Hunting Party
R
9
2

Two journalists and a cameraman decide to go to Bosnia in order to track down a war criminal. However, things take a dangerous turn when they are mistaken to be CIA agents.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Duck
Director:
Richard Shepard
Genres:
Comedy, War, Thriller, Drama, Romance, Adventure
Star Cast:
16. The Ledge (2011)
12
1
The Ledge
R
12
1

Gavis Nichols, an atheistic neighbor falls for Shana, his neighbor Joe's wife. Joe does something more sinister and puts Nichols in a spot. He forces Nichols to either kill himself or someone else will have to lose their life for him. The choice has to be made before the clock strikes noon and there is no looking back.

As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Det. Hollis Lucetti
Director:
Matthew Chapman
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Charlie Hunnam, Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson, Jaqueline Fleming
17. Dead Man Down (2013)
9
2
Dead Man Down
R
9
2

Victor has infiltrated the criminal empire of kingpin Alphonse Hoyt to make Alphonse pay for the murder of his wife and daughter. Victor’s actions are noticed by his neighbor Beatrice who wants to blackmail Victor to take revenge on the man who disfigured her face. A final confrontation will decide all of their fates.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Alphonse
Director:
Niels Arden Oplev
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Thriller, Action
Star Cast:
Colin Farrell, F. Murray Abraham, Dominic Cooper, Noomi Rapace, Isabelle Huppert
18. Awake (2007)
8
2
Awake
R
8
2

Clay Beresford Jr. wakes up in the middle of his heart transplant surgery while suffering from anesthesia awareness. Paralyzed and unable to communicate, he realizes his new wife Sam has conspired with his doctor to kill Clay for the insurance money. Ultimately, Clay’s mother Lilith sacrifices her own life to save his. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Jack Harper
Director:
Joby Harold
Genres:
Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Star Cast:
Hayden Christensen, David Harbour, Jessica Alba, Christopher McDonald, Lena Olin
19. Cardboard Boxer (2016)
9
1
Cardboard Boxer
9
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Pope
Director:
Knate Lee
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Boyd Holbrook, Thomas Haden Church, Macy Gray, David Henrie
20. Hart's War (2002)
11
3
Hart's War
R
11
3

This war drama tells the story of a law student who joins the army, during the Second World War, and gets imprisoned by the Nazis shortly after. Later, he is asked to defend a Negro man who is accused of a murder. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Lt. Lincoln A. Scott
Director:
Gregory Hoblit
Genres:
Drama, War
Star Cast:
21. Idlewild (2006)
12
2
Idlewild
R
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Trumpy
Director:
Bryan Barber
Genres:
Crime, Musical, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Ving Rhames, Cicely Tyson, André Benjamin, Big Boi, Paula Patton
23. Pride (2007)
19
2
Pride
PG
19
2
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Jim Ellis
Director:
Sunu Gonera
Genres:
Sport, Family, Drama
Star Cast:
Bernie Mac, Tom Arnold, Scott Eastwood, Kimberly Elise, Brandon Fobbs
26. Best Laid Plans (1999)
8
2
Best Laid Plans
R
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Mike Barker
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Alessandro Nivola, Gene Wolande, Jonathan McMurtry
27. On the Road (2012)
8
1
On the Road
R
8
1

Based on the popular novel of the same name, On the Road is an American adventure drama film, which tells the story of a young writer, whose life changes after he meets Dean Moriarty and Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter several people who make an impact on the journey. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Walter Salles
Genres:
Adventure, Romance, Drama
28. 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. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Colonel A.J. Bullard
Director:
Anthony Hemingway
Genres:
Adventure, Action, Drama, War, History
30. Sunset Park (1996)
12
2
Sunset Park
R
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Spaceman (as Terrence DaShon Howard)
Director:
Steve Gomer
Genres:
Sport, Drama
Star Cast:
Gary Dourdan, Rhea Perlman, Carol Kane, Camille Saviola, Fredro Starr
31. Who's the Man? (1993)
14
1
Who's the Man?
R
14
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Ted Demme
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Thriller, Mystery
Star Cast:
Busta Rhymes, Denis Leary, Bernie Mac, Ed Lover, Doctor Dré, Badja Djola, Cheryl 'Salt' James
33. Fighting (2009)
13
1
Fighting
PG-13
13
1

Fighting is a 2009 action drama film, which tells the story of Shawn, who tries to earn his living by selling replicas on the streets of New York. His life takes an interesting turn, when a man introduces him to the world of underground street fighting.

As:
Cast
Role:
Harvey Boarden
Director:
Dito Montiel
Genres:
Action, Drama, Sport
Star Cast:
Channing Tatum, Zulay Henao, Michael Rivera, Flaco Navaja
34. Angel Eyes (2001)
9
2
Angel Eyes
R
9
2

A mysterious man finds himself drawn to a feisty female police officer named Sharon Pogue, after he saves her life from an assassin. Soon an unusual relationship begins between the two, but everything is not as it seems.   

As:
Cast
Role:
Robby
Director:
Luis Mandoki
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
35. Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)
16
2
Get Rich or Die Tryin'
R
16
2

It is based on the life of rapper 50 Cents. Bronx-boy Marcus, orphaned after his mother’s murder, takes to drug-dealing for Levar to earn money. Later, Marcus reunites with his childhood sweetheart Charlene, and after a prison stint, decides to pursue his dream of being a rapper. However, he finds that it is not so easy to leave the past life behind. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Jim Sheridan
Genres:
Music, Crime, Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Viola Davis, 50 Cent, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Joy Bryant, Omar Benson Miller
37. Big Momma's House (2000)
12
2
Big Momma's House
PG-13
12
2

Special agent Malcolm Turner, an expert at disguise, is assigned to nab an escaped bank-robber. The criminal is expected to meet his ex-girlfriend Sherry who may have a part of the loot. Sherry is about to visit her long-separated granny in Georgia. So, with disguise tricks, Malcolm turns into oversized, belligerent Southern Granny Big Momma, and carries his role to perfection.

As:
Cast
Role:
Lester Vesco (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
Director:
Raja Gosnell
Genres:
Crime, Comedy, Action
38. House of Bodies (2014)
7
1
House of Bodies
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Starks
Director:
Alex Merkin
Genres:
Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Peter Fonda, Queen Latifah, George Katt, Alexz Johnson
41. The Perfect Holiday (2007)
9
2
The Perfect Holiday
PG
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Lance Rivera
Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy, Family, Romance
Star Cast:
Katt Williams, Queen Latifah, Charlie Murphy, Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut, Faizon Love
43. Glitter (2001)
3
0
Glitter
PG-13
3
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Vondie Curtis-Hall
Genres:
Music, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Padma Lakshmi, Valarie Pettiford, Mariah Carey, Max Beesley
44. Lotto Land (1995)
9
2
Lotto Land
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
John Rubino
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Wendell Holmes, Barbara Gonzalez, Suzanne Costollos
45. Take Me to the River (2014)
9
1
Take Me to the River
PG
9
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself - Host
Director:
Martin Shore
Genres:
Music, Documentary
Star Cast:
James Alexander, Al Bell, William Bell, Bobby Bland
46. For All Mankind (2009)
8
5
For All Mankind
8
5
As:
Cast
Director:
Dan Clifton
Genres:
Adventure, Short
Star Cast:
Ralph Archbold, Nico Bell, Haley Bond, Evander Duck Jr.
47. Winnie Mandela (2011)
13
1
Winnie Mandela
R
13
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Nelson Mandela
Director:
Darrell Roodt
Genres:
History, Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Jennifer Hudson, Wendy Crewson, Elias Koteas, Leleti Khumalo
48. Valerie Flake (1999)
7
1
Valerie Flake
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
John Putch
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Christina Pickles, Talia Balsam, Rosemary Forsyth, Jay Underwood
49. Spark (1998)
10
1
Spark
10
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Byron (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
Director:
Garret Williams
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Brendan Sexton III, Nicole Ari Parker, Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Timothy McNeil
50. Double Tap (1997)
7
1
Double Tap
R
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Greg Yaitanes
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
Heather Locklear, Stephen Rea, Peter Greene, Mykelti Williamson, Kevin Gage
51. Ghost of New Orleans (2011)
8
1
Ghost of New Orleans
R
8
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Drag Hammerman
Director:
Predrag Antonijevic
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Cary Elwes, Josh Lucas, Bokeem Woodbine, Sharon Leal
52. Love Chronicles (2003)
6
1
Love Chronicles
R
6
1
As:
Cast
Role:
T-Roy (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
Director:
Tyler Maddox
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Robin Givens, Monica Calhoun, Paula Jai Parker, Al Clegg
53. The Salon (2005)
5
2
The Salon
PG-13
5
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Mark Brown
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Vivica A. Fox, Monica Calhoun, Taral Hicks, Kym Whitley
54. Love Beat the Hell Outta Me (2000)
8
1
Love Beat the Hell Outta Me
R
8
1
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Chris
Director:
Kennedy Goldsby
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Glenn Plummer, Clyde Jones, Charles R. Penland, Kristen Andreotti

TV Movie(s)

2. Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005)
15
1
Their Eyes Were Watching God
15
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Amos Hicks
Director:
Darnell Martin
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Halle Berry, Michael Ealy, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Mel Winkler
3. Boycott (2001)
8
2
Boycott
PG
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Ralph Abernathy
Director:
Clark Johnson
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
CCH Pounder, Reg E. Cathey, Jeffrey Wright, Carmen Ejogo
4. Taraji and Terrence's White Hot Holidays (2015)
9
1
Taraji and Terrence's White Hot Holidays
9
1
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Himself
Director:
Don Mischer, Joe DeMaio
Genres:
Music, Comedy
Star Cast:
Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray, Mary J. Blige, Patti LaBelle
5. Shadow-Ops (1995)
7
1
Shadow-Ops
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Rio (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
Director:
Craig R. Baxley
Genres:
Thriller, Action
Star Cast:
Adam Baldwin, John Ortiz, Tanya Pohlkotte, Will Stewart
6. King of the World (2000)
9
1
King of the World
9
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Cassius Clay
Director:
John Sacret Young
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Gary Dourdan, Vyto Ruginis, Chi McBride, Steve Harris
7. Wifey (2007)
7
1
Wifey
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Reginald Hudlin
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Cerina Vincent, Chad L. Coleman, Daya Vaidya, Tami Roman, Flo Ankah
8. The O.J. Simpson Story (1995)
5
1
The O.J. Simpson Story
5
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Alan Smithee, Jerrold Freedman
Genres:
Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
James Handy, Kimberly Russell, Jessica Tuck, Bobby Hosea

Animation(s)

The Princess and the Frog (2009)
The Princess and the Frog
G
Plot:

Prince Naveen, who is turned into a frog by a greedy voodoo witch doctor, mistakes Tiana, a waitress who wants to open a restaurant, to be a princess and convinces her to kiss him. When she also turns into a frog, they must run against time to find a way to reverse the curse while fending off various evils.

As:
Cast
Director:
Ron Clements, John Musker
Genres:
Musical, Comedy, Animation, Family, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Star Cast:
Jim Cummings, John Goodman, Keith David, Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Michael-Leon Wooley

TV Shows and Videos

Johnny Cash: God's Gonna Cut You Down (2006)
Johnny Cash: God's Gonna Cut You Down
As:
Cast
Director:
Tony Kaye
Genres:
Short, Music
Star Cast:
Dennis Hopper, Chris Rock, Johnny Depp, Woody Harrelson, Sharon Stone, Owen Wilson
Independent Lens (1999)
Independent Lens
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself - Host / ... (59 episodes, 2002-2009)
Director:
Connie Field, Yoni Brook, John Whitehead, Tracy Droz Tragos, Johnny Symons
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
America Ferrera, Stanley Tucci, America Ferrera
The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992)
The Jacksons: An American Dream
As:
Cast
Genres:
Drama, Music, Biography
Star Cast:
Vanessa Lynn Williams, Angela Bassett, Billy Dee Williams, Vanessa Williams, Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs
Sparks (1996)
Sparks
As:
Cast
Role:
Greg Sparks (40 episodes, 1996-1998)
Director:
Stan Daniels, Robert Moloney
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Pam Grier, Kenya Moore, Michael Clarke Duncan, James Avery, Robin Givens, Miguel A. Núñez Jr.
Madonna: Ghosttown (2015)
Madonna: Ghosttown
As:
Cast
Director:
Jonas Åkerlund
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Music, Short
Star Cast:
Madonna
Getting By (1993)
Getting By
As:
Cast
Director:
Rich Correll, Joel Zwick, Judy Pioli
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Cindy Williams, Tatyana Ali, Deon Richmond, Merlin Santana, Telma Hopkins, Ashleigh Sterling
Tall Hopes (1993)
Tall Hopes
As:
Cast
Role:
Chester Harris (6 episodes, 1993)
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Anna Maria Horsford, George Wallace, Kenn Michael, Karla Green
Iron Man (2008)
Iron Man
T
As:
Cast
Role:
Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes (voice)
Director:
Jeffrey Tseng
Genres:
Drama, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Action
Star Cast:
Robert Downey Jr., Shaun Toub, Dimitri Diatchenko, Gavin Hammon