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List of Viola Davis Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

2. Prisoners (2013)
55
11
Prisoners
R
55
11

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:
Nancy Birch
Director:
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Crime, Thriller
3. Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise (2006)
15
4
Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise
15
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Molly Crane
Director:
Robert Harmon
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Tom Selleck, William Devane, Kohl Sudduth, Orla Brady, Gary Basaraba
4. Antwone Fisher (2002)
19
5
Antwone Fisher
PG-13
19
5

Antwone Fisher, a young man working in the Navy, is forced to undergo psychiatric evaluation after a violent outburst against one of his fellow crewmen. During the course of his treatment, his painful past is revealed.

As:
Cast
Genres:
Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Denzel Washington, James Brolin, Derek Luke, Malcolm David Kelley, Cory Hodges, Joy Bryant
5. Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
21
7
Law Abiding Citizen
R
21
7

The thriller sees family man Clyde Alexander Shelton turn into a one-man vigilante army after his family is murdered in front of him in a home invasion. He not only takes revenge on the killers but exposes the broken justice system by going on a killing spree until he is stopped by attorney Nick Rice.  

As:
Cast
Director:
F. Gary Gray
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Regina Hall, Colm Meaney, Bruce McGill, Leslie Bibb
6. Traffic (2000)
21
8
Traffic
R
21
8

The movie explores America’s drug fight through four stories. The US drug czar discovers that his own daughter is an addict. The wife of a drug lord discovers her husband’s true profession and tries to protect it. A witness familiar with her husband’s activities is protected by two DEA agents. A committed cop begins to doubt his superior’s true motives in drug war.

As:
Cast
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Crime
7. Doubt (2008)
20
8
Doubt
PG-13
20
8

Doubt is set in a Roman Catholic school of 1960s. Sister James reports to the strict disciplinarian Principal Sister Aloysius that the charismatic Father Flynn has been paying more attention to, and spending time in rectory with school’s only black student, Donald. Sister Aloysius is determined to find the truth. However, without any actual proof the confrontation can tear apart the community.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Mrs. Miller
Director:
John Patrick Shanley
Genres:
Mystery, Drama
Star Cast:
9. The Pentagon Wars (1998)
7
3
The Pentagon Wars
R
7
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Sgt. Fanning
Director:
Richard Benjamin
Genres:
Comedy, War
Star Cast:
Kelsey Grammer, Cary Elwes, John C. McGinley, Tom Wright
11. Fences (2016)
12
5
Fences
PG-13
12
5

Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name, the film focuses on an African American sanitation worker, who wanted to be a professional baseball player, but missed his chance because of the color bar in place till then. The story then goes on to reveal how he faces reality, depicting his relationships with others around him. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Rose Maxson
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Denzel Washington, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress
12. Far from Heaven (2002)
11
4
Far from Heaven
TV-14
11
4

The life of a suburban housewife in 1950s America is turned upside down when the police detain her husband for visiting gay bars. She catches him in the embrace of another man soon enough. Her new friendship with a black man becomes town gossip as she questions her new realities.

As:
Cast
Role:
Sybil
Director:
Todd Haynes
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, Patricia Clarkson
13. Stone Cold (2005)
7
3
Stone Cold
R
7
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Molly Crane
Director:
Robert Harmon
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Crime
Star Cast:
Mimi Rogers, Tom Selleck, Jane Adams, Reg Rogers, Alexis Dziena
14. Jesse Stone: Sea Change (2007)
7
3
Jesse Stone: Sea Change
7
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Robert Harmon
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
William Devane, Sean Young, Tom Selleck, Kathy Baker, Kohl Sudduth
15. It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
13
5
It's Kind of a Funny Story
PG-13
13
5

Teenager Craig Gilner decides to check himself into a mental health clinic after contemplating suicide. Throughout his stay, Craig develops a better grip on life and learns to cope with his depression as he becomes close to another patient Bobby and forms a romantic relationship with Noelle.

As:
Cast
Director:
Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Emma Roberts, Zoë Kravitz, Lauren Graham, Keir Gilchrist, Dana DeVestern
16. State of Play (2009)
16
7
State of Play
PG-13
16
7

Congressman Stephen Collins is leading an investigation into PointCorp, a private defense contractor. But when his mistress Sonia Baker, also a researcher on his staff is murdered, he calls his old friend journalist Cal McAffrey for help. What follows is a trail of betrayals that hide a much deeper conspiracy. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Kevin Macdonald
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Thriller
17. Out of Sight (1998)
11
5
Out of Sight
R
11
5

Jack Foley, a bank robber, breaks out of jail along with a friend, and ends up kidnapping Federal Marshal Karen Sisco, who happens to witness their escape. But the mutual attraction, which develops as they both travel in the same car-trunk, doesn’t deter Sisco from hunting him as he plots his final big job. Can she bring herself up to arrest him? 

As:
Cast
Genres:
Romance, Thriller, Crime, Drama
18. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)
11
5
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
PG-13
11
5

One year after his father's death in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, 9-year-old Oskar Schell finds a mysterious key left behind by his father and embarks on a scavenger hunt through New York City to find the lock it fits. Oskar, who has Asperger syndrome, is forced to communicate with people around him and arrives at a greater understanding of life.

As:
Cast
Director:
Stephen Daldry
Genres:
Adventure, Drama, Mystery
19. Trust (2010)
8
4
Trust
R
8
4

Annie, a 14-years-old Chicago girl, gets fascinated by a teenager ‘Charlie’, she meets on the online chat-room. After months of chatting and talking on phone, when she meets him personally, he turns out to be a middle-aged man who then seduces her. When a friend discloses this, Annie’s stunned mother supports her while her father is determined to get the sexual predator. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Gail Friedman
Director:
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Jason Clarke, Clive Owen, Catherine Keener, Liana Liberato
21. Get on Up (2014)
8
3
Get on Up
PG-13
8
3

This biographical drama film chronicles the life of American singer and musician James Brown’s rise from poverty to one of the most recognized musicians in history.        

As:
Cast
Role:
Susie Brown
Director:
Tate Taylor
Genres:
Music, Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Jill Scott, Dan Aykroyd, Allison Janney, Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James
22. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her (2013)
7
3
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her
R
7
3

This film is the second part of two films which revolve around the lives of Conor Ludlow and Eleanor Rigby, a young married couple living in New York. This film looks at their lives, from the point of view of Eleanor.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Professor Lillian Friedman
Director:
Ned Benson
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
23. Disturbia (2007)
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8
Disturbia
R
16
8

An exciting thriller, Disturbia follows a teenager who is placed on house arrest for assault. When the boy starts spying on his neighbors, he comes to the startling realization that one of them is a possible serial killer.

As:
Cast
Director:
D.J. Caruso
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Shia LaBeouf, Carrie-Anne Moss, Aaron Yoo, Sarah Roemer, David Morse
24. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him (2013)
7
3
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him
R
7
3

This romantic drama film tells the story of a couple, Connor and Eleanor, trying to  reclaim the love and the happy life that they once had. The film is shown through the perspective of Connor.

As:
Cast
Role:
Professor Lillian Friedman
Director:
Ned Benson
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
25. Troop Zero (2020)
7
3
Troop Zero
PG
7
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Miss Rayleen
Director:
Bertie , Bert
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Family
Star Cast:
Mike Epps, Allison Janney, Jim Gaffigan, Mckenna Grace
26. Ender's Game (2013)
16
8
Ender's Game
PG-13
16
8

After being attacked by an alien race, humans have set up an advanced military academy in outer space where gifted children are trained to prepare for a future alien invasion. One extraordinary student's wits are challenged in particular.

As:
Cast
Director:
Gavin Hood
Genres:
Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
27. Kate & Leopold (2001)
9
5
Kate & Leopold
PG-13
9
5

While chasing a man called Stuart using a small camera that should not exist to take photographs, Duke of Albany, Leopold, is transported from 1876 to 2001 Manhattan, through a time portal. Leopold starts falling in love with Stuart’s ex-girlfriend Kate McKay. But time and space threaten to tear the couple apart. 

As:
Cast
Director:
James Mangold
Genres:
Fantasy, Comedy, Romance
28. Knight and Day (2010)
13
8
Knight and Day
PG-13
13
8

Chatty garage owner June Havens bumps into rogue government agent Roy at an airport, shortly after which her plane crash-lands when Roy kills the other people onboard. Now pursued by the FBI, she is forced into a dangerous adventure across the globe after Roy convinces her that he is a good guy and that she is safer with him.

As:
Cast
Role:
Director George
Director:
James Mangold
Genres:
Action, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
29. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)
6
3
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
R
6
3

Conor and Eleanor's relationship goes sour after an incident. Conor manages to move on from that, but Elenor stays affected by it for long. However, Conor gets distressed when Elenor decides to take a break from their marriage.

As:
Cast
Role:
Professor Friedman
Director:
Ned Benson
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
30. Solaris (2002)
9
5
Solaris
R
9
5

Based on Stanisław Lem’s sci-fi novel, the movie follows psychologist. Dr. Chris Kelvi,n who goes on a solo mission to bring back home the crew of a space station orbiting the planet Solaris. But once abroad, strange phenomenon and behavior of the crew start affecting Kelvin as well as he realizes nothing is what it seems. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Gordon
Genres:
Romance, Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Jeremy Davies, Ulrich Tukur
31. Beautiful Creatures (2013)
8
5
Beautiful Creatures
TV-14
8
5

Ethan Wate is eager to leave his small town in South Carolina. But when a mysterious new girl, Lena Duchannes joins his high school, Ethan falls in love with her. As they grow close, he discovers that she is a witch who possesses supernatural powers. Apparently, a curse would decide her fate on her 16th birthday. Do they have any future together?

As:
Cast
Role:
Amma
Director:
Richard LaGravenese
Genres:
Fantasy, Romance, Drama
32. Suicide Squad (2016)
34
22
Suicide Squad
PG-13
34
22

Set in the DC Comics universe, Suicide Squad follows a band of supervillians who get recruited to be an elite kill squad while in prison, by a secret government agency, in exchange for shorter jail time. They soon realise that they were not selected for their skills, but to give the government a convenient fall guy.

As:
Cast
Director:
David Ayer
Genres:
Action, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Adventure
33. World Trade Center (2006)
8
5
World Trade Center
PG-13
8
5

While patrolling the area, Port Authority Police Officers, John McLoughlin and Will Jimeno, witness a plane flying too low. Back in the police station, they learn about the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and immediately set out to help in evacuation. In the process, they themselves are trapped under the rubble, where they wait for hours before they are rescued by US Marines. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
History, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
34. Nights in Rodanthe (2008)
6
4
Nights in Rodanthe
PG-13
6
4

Nights in Rodanthe is a romantic drama film which revolves around two people who are both unhappy with their lives. Their lives change when they meet and fall in love with each other.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jean
Director:
George C. Wolfe
Genres:
Romance, Drama
36. Madea Goes to Jail (2009)
7
5
Madea Goes to Jail
PG-13
7
5

Her antics and her bad temper eventually lead Madea to jail. At prison, she soon meets another younger woman named Candace, who is a prostitute and a former drug addict.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Crime, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Tyler Perry, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Harvey, Joy Behar, Phil McGraw, Derek Luke, Keshia Knight Pulliam
37. Eat Pray Love (2010)
8
6
Eat Pray Love
R
8
6

Elizabeth Gilbert had everything figured out—a successful career, house, and a loving husband. But after an unexpected divorce and at crossroads in her life, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery through Italy, India, and Indonesia, to figure out the true meaning of life. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Delia Shiraz
Director:
Ryan Murphy
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, Billy Crudup, James Franco, I. Gusti Ayu Puspawati, Hadi Subiyanto, Billy Crudup
38. Lila & Eve (2015)
5
4
Lila & Eve
R
5
4
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Lila
Director:
Charles Stone III
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Action, Crime
Star Cast:
Jennifer Lopez, Shea Whigham, Andre Royo, Aml Ameen
39. Blackhat (2015)
6
5
Blackhat
R
6
5

Blackhat is an American action thriller film, which tells the story of a hacker Nick, who is released from prison, after a code he created, is linked to a terrorist attack. While trying to help the police, he is dragged into the conflicts between two countries. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Carol Barrett
Director:
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Star Cast:
Chris Hemsworth, Leehom Wang, Wei Tang, Holt McCallany
40. Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)
6
5
Get Rich or Die Tryin'
R
6
5

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:
Terrence Howard, 50 Cent, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Joy Bryant, Omar Benson Miller
42. The Shrink Is In (2001)
3
3
The Shrink Is In
R
3
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Robin
Director:
Richard Benjamin
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
David Arquette, Courteney Cox, David James Elliott, Carol Kane
43. Father Lefty (2002)
6
3
Father Lefty
6
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Kevin Rodney Sullivan
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Danny Nucci, Marina Benedict, Frank Gallegos, Mo Gallini
46. Fort Pit (2007)
6
3
Fort Pit
6
3
As:
Cast
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
James Badge Dale, David Call, Vince Cupone, Maryam Myika Day
47. Custody (2016)
6
3
Custody
TV-14
6
3
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Martha Schulman
Director:
James Lapine
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Hayden Panettiere, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Tony Shalhoub, Ellen Burstyn
48. Amy & Isabelle (2001)
5
3
Amy & Isabelle
5
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Dottie
Director:
Lloyd Kramer
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Elisabeth Shue, Hanna Hall, Martin Donovan, Conchata Ferrell
50. Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story (2006)
4
3
Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story
4
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Diane Barrino
Director:
Debbie Allen
Genres:
Biography, Music, Drama
Star Cast:
Fantasia Barrino, Loretta Devine, Kadeem Hardison, Chico Benymon

TV Shows

How to Get Away with Murder
41
10
How to Get Away with Murder
TV-14
41
10
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Annalise Keating
Director:
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Famke Janssen, Kerry Washington, Cicely Tyson, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Traveler
9
2
Traveler
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Agent Jan Marlow
Director:
Fred Gerber
Genres:
Action, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Matt Bomer, Aaron Stanford, Gillian Jacobs, Logan Marshall-Green, Anthony Ruivivar
United States of Tara
13
4
United States of Tara
TV-MA
13
4
As:
Cast
Director:
Craig Zisk, Craig Gillespie, Jamie Babbit, Tricia Brock, John Dahl
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Toni Collette, Patton Oswalt, Eddie Izzard, Brie Larson, John Corbett, Rosemarie DeWitt, Keir Gilchrist
American Koko
6
3
American Koko
6
3
As:
Producer
Director:
Pete Chatmon
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Tatyana Ali, Margaret Cho, Miles Orion Feldsott, Elaine Kao, Diarra Kilpatrick, Cedric Sanders, Brian Patrick Monahan
City of Angels
5
3
City of Angels
5
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Nurse Lynnette Peeler
Director:
Paris Barclay, Greg Beeman, Joe Ann Fogle, Dianne Houston, Rick Wallace
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Ossie Davis, Maya Rudolph, Vivica A. Fox, Blair Underwood, Michael Warren, Hill Harper
The Andromeda Strain
7
5
The Andromeda Strain
7
5
As:
Cast
Director:
Mikael Salomon
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Benjamin Bratt, Andre Braugher, Christa Miller, Louis Ferreira, Ricky Schroder, Michal Suchánek
Laws of Chance
0
0
Laws of Chance
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Michael Dinner
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Troy Baker, Lou Diamond Phillips, Babette Ami, Charles Assiff, Reginald L. Barnes

Narrator/Dubbing

The Unforgiving Minute (2010)
4
4
The Unforgiving Minute
4
4
As:
Cast, Narrator
Role:
Narrator
Director:
Octavia Spencer
Genres:
Short, Drama
Star Cast:
Devin Badgett, Britten Barry, Susanna Beeler, Peyton Boling

Animation Movies

Special appearance/Cameo

Syriana (2005)
10
5
Syriana
R
10
5

The geopolitical thriller revolves around petroleum politics and the influence of the oil industry worldwide. With interconnected storylines, the movie focuses on Bennett Holiday, an American lawyer, facilitating a deceitful merger, Bryan Woodman, an energy analyst and veteran CIA agent Bob Barnes, who uncovers an assassination plot. 

As:
Cast, uncredited
Role:
CIA Chairwoman (uncredited)
Director:
Stephen Gaghan
Genres:
Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Chris Cooper, Matt Damon, Christopher Plummer, George Clooney, Kayvan Novak, Amr Waked, Jeffrey Wright

Viola Davis Awards

Academy Awards
Fences Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role 2017
Golden Globe Awards
Fences Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2017
Primetime Emmy Awards
How to Get Away with Murder Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series 2015
People's Choice Awards
Winner Favorite Actress in a New TV Series 2015
BAFTA Awards
Fences Best Supporting Actress 2017