Idrissa Acuna Alba AKA Idris Elba OBE is an English actor who made a name for himself in America after starring in HBO’s the wire Like Stringer Bell. He then took part in a number of successful shows and films, including a BBC mini-series Luther, which earned him multiple Golden Globe Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Over the 20 years that he’s been active in the industry, Elba has taken on several roles that have proven him worthy of our attention.
after his time the wire, Elba has become a hot commodity. He has appeared on shows like the desk And The Big C. That only opened up more opportunities for him, greatly expanding his filmography and filling his schedule. However, not every movie he starred in would be a huge hit. Here are the best Idris Elba movies, ranked.
11 Suicide Squad
Not to be confused with the 2016 version of suicide squad Suicide Squad It follows the titular team as they are assigned a search-and-destroy mission in Corto Maltese. The team of supervillains struggle in their mission as they all yearn for freedom. Elba plays Bloodsport AKA Robert DuBois, a mercenary in a high-tech suit. After being found guilty of shooting Superman with a kryptonite bullet, he joins Task Force X to shorten his sentence.
10 Star Trek Beyond
Work as part of a reboot Star Trek franchise, Star Trek Beyond It follows the crew of the Enterprise after they crash-land on an unknown world after they are attacked in outer space by Krall, a reptilian creature who wants to recover a valuable artifact from the ship. The crew must find a way to survive deadly alien attacks without succumbing to the hostile planet they landed on. Elba plays Krall, a lizard-like villain who literally sucks the life out of his victims to maintain his life force. Because of the make-up of the sound effects, many may not realize that Elba is the person behind the mask, but he certainly proves to be a terrifying villain in this fantasy film.
9 Thor franchise
The first in a long line movies within the MCU, bull It all started. The film follows the son of the king of the Norse gods, Thor, who is set to inherit the throne of Asgard from his father, but problems arise on his coronation day when enemies arrive, and after Thor’s horrified reaction, Odin banishes him to Earth while Loki causes some mischief in Thor’s absence. Elba plays Heimdall, the Asgardian guardian of the bifrost bridge. While some protested Elba’s casting for the role, as a result of racist views, the actor’s appropriate response was to call those protests “ridiculous” (via THR). Elba has gone on to reprise the role in several other films within the MCU.
8 American gangster
based on a true story, American gangster It tells the story of Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington), a drug dealer from Harlem who begins smuggling drugs from abroad in the coffins of American soldiers who were from KIA in Vietnam. As Frank climbs the ladder of power, cop Richie Roberts becomes determined to bring him down. Elba plays Tango, a rival drug dealer who works on the streets alongside Frank. Even though Tango is suddenly killed off in the movie, Elba still gives it his all in the performance.
In the famous Disney movie, ZootopiaRabbit Judy Hopps has graduated from the Police Academy and is assigned to work in the big city. Although she struggles with people who don’t take her seriously as the law’s rabbit, Judy is determined to prove herself and does so with the help of a devious fox along the way. Elba uses his voice and accent to portray the iconic Chief Pogo, Thor who is Zootopia’s chief of police and Judy’s boss. Chief Bogo is initially hostile towards Judy, but warms to her as she proves to be an outstanding police officer.
6 Jungle Book
Elba’s iconic voice serves him well again in this remake of the Disney animated classic Jungle Book. The film tells the story of Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves and forced to return to his human village, facing a barrage of animals along the way alongside Bagheera the tiger. Elba voices the deadly tiger, Shere Khan, who hunts Mowgli for a delicious meal. Elba’s deep voice is reminiscent of the original character voiced by George Sanders, as he portrays the sinister character with only his voice.
5 Three thousand years of longing
The latest version on this list is Three thousand years of longing. While in Istanbul on business, Dr. Alethea discovers Benny the Djinn, who offers her three wishes in return for granting her his freedom. Alithea is skeptical, but as the Djinn pleads his case, she warms to him, eventually making a very surprising wish. Elba portrays a deceptive djinn that Alethea releases from a bottle. Despite the film’s poor performance at the box office, Three thousand years of longing Six Minutes received a standing ovation at its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
4 Molly game
Based on the true story of Molly Bloom, Molly game Follows the former Olympic skier as she prepares to play the most profitable poker game ever. Molly is then arrested by the FBI and turns to her lawyer, Charlie Jaffe, to help get her out of trouble. Elba plays Charlie, a performance that earned him a great deal of praise and should have earned him an Academy Award nomination. Thanks to tactful guidance from Aaron Sorkin, Elba’s talents are put to good use, particularly when Charlie is defending Molly in court, exposing the unfairness of the way Molly’s case is being handled.
3 The hardest they fell
A modern take on traditional western style with an all-black crew, The hardest they fell It follows Nat Love after he discovers his enemy Rufus Buck has been broken out of prison by his gang. He seeks revenge on Buck with the help of his Stagecoach crew Mary, Bill Pickett, and surprising ally Jim Beckwourth. Elba portrays Rufus Buck, a notorious cowboy who is not afraid of suicide. Starring alongside Regina King and Jonathan Majors, Elba puts ‘Bad’ in ‘Wicked’ The hardest they fell.
2 Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom
Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom It is a biopic that tells the story of Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa. The film follows Mandela’s entire life. From his early childhood to his 27 years in prison, everything is covered in the movie. Elba plays the adult Nelson Mandela, a role that earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama. Given Elba’s most popular films, films like this one often fly under the radar, however Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom It proves that Elba is a serious actor who does well outside of the MCU.
1 Beasts without a nation
Elba’s feature films wouldn’t be complete without her Beasts without a nation. revolves around the civil war in Africa, Beasts without a nation It follows the experiences of Agu, who is recruited as a child soldier by a group of guerrilla soldiers. The movie is hard to watch due to its subject matter, but watching Elba play the devious leader in charge of gangsters sure is. Beasts without a nation He deserves a lot more attention than he gets. Elba earned several nominations for his performance including a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor.