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All Don Cheadle Movies Ranked

After 20 years of steady character work, Don Cheadle become a near-household name with his dynamic portrayal of everyman-turned-hero Paul Rusesabagina in 2005’s Hotel Rwanda, which earned him a Best Actor Oscar nom, and shed new light on genocide the world over. Before that, Cheadle appeared in everything from Vietnam War drama Hamburger Hill to hard-boiled Devil in a Blue Dress to appearances in films by Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven, Out of Sight) and P.T. Anderson (Boogie Nights).

In 2010, starting with Iron Man 2, Cheadle joined the MCU, taking over the James Rhodes role (a.k.a. War Machine). Though he has the coolest superhero name, Rhodes is the least flashy among all the Avengers, perfectly in tune with Cheadle’s unassuming yet commanding acting style and presence. With Avengers: Endgame out, we rank all of Don Cheadle’s movies by Tomatometer!

#41

After the Sunset (2004)
18%

#41
Adjusted Score: 21.505%
Critics Consensus: A slick but bland thriller.
Synopsis: Max "The King of Alibis" Burdett and his beautiful accomplice Lola have come to Paradise Island in the Bahamas, fresh... [More]
Directed By: Brett Ratner

#40

Mission to Mars (2000)
25%

#40
Adjusted Score: 28.579%
Critics Consensus: Beauty only goes skin deep in this shallow but visually stunning film.
Synopsis: Brian De Palma directed this science-fiction suspense story. When the United States sends its first manned mission to Mars, hopes... [More]
Directed By: Brian DePalma

#39

Swordfish (2001)
26%

#39
Adjusted Score: 30.302%
Critics Consensus: Swordfish is big on explosions, but critics dislike how it skimps on plot and logic. Also, the sight of a person typing at a computer just isn't that interesting.
Synopsis: Director Dominic Sena follows up his stylish action film Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) with this high-tech thriller. John Travolta... [More]
Directed By: Dominic Sena

#38

The Meteor Man (1993)
29%

#38
Adjusted Score: 29.568%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A schoolteacher is struck by a meteor and develops superpowers in this humorous adventure. The newly created "Meteor Man" works... [More]
Directed By: Robert Townsend

#37
Adjusted Score: 34.114%
Critics Consensus: Just watch a Tarantino movie instead -- and buy a Warren Zevon record while you're at it.
Synopsis: Ex-gangsters attempting to go straight are confounded by their former boss in this offbeat thriller. The story centers on Jimmy... [More]
Directed By: Gary Fleder

#36
Adjusted Score: 35.96%
Critics Consensus: The United States of Leland has its moments, but they're undermined by a muddled plot, unsympathetic characters, and frustratingly uneven performances.
Synopsis: Produced by Kevin Spacey, The United States of Leland is a psychological drama concerning the aftereffects of a brutal murder.... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Ryan Hoge

#35
#35
Adjusted Score: 48.072%
Critics Consensus: It's appropriately gritty, and soaked in the kind of palpable tension Antoine Fuqua delivers so well, but Brooklyn's Finest suffers from the comparisons its cliched script provokes.
Synopsis: Burned out veteran Eddie Dugan is just one week away from his pension and a fishing cabin in Connecticut. Narcotics... [More]
Directed By: Antoine Fuqua

#34

Hotel for Dogs (2009)
46%

#34
Adjusted Score: 49.353%
Critics Consensus: Hotel for Dogs may appeal to children and dog lovers, but it's ultimately contrived, predictable, and simplistic.
Synopsis: When their new guardians forbid 16-year old Andi and her younger brother, Bruce to have a pet, Andi has to... [More]
Directed By: Thor Freudenthal

#33

Volcano (1997)
50%

#33
Adjusted Score: 52.343%
Critics Consensus: Volcano's prodigious pyrotechnics and Tommy Lee Jones' crotchety sneers at lava aren't quite enough to save this routine disaster film.
Synopsis: Disaster visits jaded L.A. in the form of an underground volcano, not the big earthquake all the citizens expect. Shot... [More]
Directed By: Mick Jackson

#32

The Family Man (2000)
53%

#32
Adjusted Score: 57.329%
Critics Consensus: Despite good performances by Cage and especially by Leoni, The Family Man is too predictable and derivative to add anything new to the Christmas genre. Also, it sinks under its sentimentality.
Synopsis: Wall Street playboy, Jack Campbell is at the top of his professional game with little time for anything else. Jack's... [More]
Directed By: Brett Ratner

#31

Ocean's Twelve (2004)
55%

#31
Adjusted Score: 59.888%
Critics Consensus: While some have found the latest star-studded heist flick to be a fun, glossy star vehicle, others declare it's lazy, self-satisfied and illogical.
Synopsis: After pulling off the heist of their lives, Danny Ocean and his pals unexpectedly find themselves back in harness in... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#30

Reign Over Me (2007)
64%

#30
Adjusted Score: 68.66%
Critics Consensus: Reign Over Me is a charming, affecting tale of friendship and loss, with solid performances from Adam Sandler as a broken, grief-stricken man and Don Cheadle as his old friend and savior.
Synopsis: A man, who lost his family in the Sept. 11th attacks and has never recovered from his grief, runs into... [More]
Directed By: Mike Binder

#29

Traitor (2008)
65%

#29
Adjusted Score: 71.017%
Critics Consensus: Despite another reliable performance from Don Cheadle, Traitor suffers from too many cliches and an unfocused narrative.
Synopsis: When straight arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton heads up the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy, all clues seem to... [More]
Directed By: Jeffrey Nachmanoff

#28
Adjusted Score: 70.215%
Critics Consensus: The Assassination of Richard Nixon struggles to convey deeper meaning, but a fascinating true story and compelling Sean Penn performance are worthy compensations.
Synopsis: The true story of a man who, on February 22, 1974, was thwarted from an ambitious plan for political assassination... [More]
Directed By: Niels Mueller

#27

Manic (2003)
67%

#27
Adjusted Score: 68.128%
Critics Consensus: A grim drama about emotionally damaged teens, Manic's solid cast helps to elevate the material above cliche.
Synopsis: This first feature for filmmaker Jordan Melamed uses the verite style of the Dogme 95 movement for a hard-hitting drama... [More]
Directed By: Jordan Melamed

#26

The Rat Pack (1998)
69%

#26
Adjusted Score: 58.261%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Shot in 33 days, this $9.6 million biographical drama of behind-the-scenes interactions within the Rat Pack group of Frank Sinatra... [More]
Directed By: Rob Cohen

#25

Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
70%

#25
Adjusted Score: 76.336%
Critics Consensus: Ocean's Thirteen reverts to the formula of the first installment, and the result is another slick and entertaining heist film.
Synopsis: Cinema icon Al Pacino joins a powerhouse cast headed by of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Don... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#24

Miles Ahead (2016)
73%

#24
Adjusted Score: 79.348%
Critics Consensus: Miles Ahead is worth watching for Don Cheadle's strong work on both sides of the camera, even if this unconventional biopic doesn't quite capture its subject's timeless appeal.
Synopsis: MILES AHEAD is not just about the music. It's about what we all face at one time or another in... [More]
Directed By: Don Cheadle

#23

Iron Man 2 (2010)
73%

#23
Adjusted Score: 81.741%
Critics Consensus: It isn't quite the breath of fresh air that Iron Man was, but this sequel comes close with solid performances and an action-packed plot.
Synopsis: In "Iron Man 2," the world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark is the armored Super Hero Iron Man.... [More]
Directed By:

#22

Crash (2004)
74%

#22
Adjusted Score: 80.626%
Critics Consensus: A raw and unsettling morality piece on modern angst and urban disconnect, Crash examines the dangers of bigotry and xenophobia in the lives of interconnected Angelenos.
Synopsis: Issues of race and gender cause a group of strangers in Los Angeles to physically and emotionally collide in this... [More]
Directed By: Paul Haggis

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 88.494%
Critics Consensus: Exuberant and eye-popping, Avengers: Age of Ultron serves as an overstuffed but mostly satisfying sequel, reuniting its predecessor's unwieldy cast with a few new additions and a worthy foe.
Synopsis: When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America,... [More]
Directed By: Joss Whedon

#20

Bulworth (1998)
76%

#20
Adjusted Score: 79.287%
Critics Consensus: Star and director Beatty's ambitious take on race and politics in 20th-century America isn't perfect, but manages to provide more than its share of thought-provoking laughs.
Synopsis: Warren Beatty directed, co-produced (with Pieter Jan Brugge), co-scripted (with Jeremy Pikser), and stars in this political satire, a comedy... [More]
Directed By: Warren Beatty

#19

Flight (2012)
78%

#19
Adjusted Score: 86.175%
Critics Consensus: Robert Zemeckis makes a triumphant return to live-action cinema with Flight, a thoughtful and provocative character study propelled by a compelling performance from Denzel Washington.
Synopsis: In this action-packed mystery thriller, Academy Award winner, Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, who miraculously... [More]
Directed By: Robert Zemeckis

#18

Iron Man 3 (2013)
79%

#18
Adjusted Score: 91.101%
Critics Consensus: With the help of its charismatic lead, some impressive action sequences, and even a few surprises, Iron Man 3 is a witty, entertaining adventure and a strong addition to the Marvel canon.
Synopsis: Marvel's "Iron Man 3" pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark... [More]
Directed By: Shane Black

#17
#17
Adjusted Score: 20.611%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Don Cheadle, Mekhi Phifer, and Cicely Tyson star in this drama set in the 1940s about a black man sentenced... [More]
Directed By: Joseph Sargent

#16

Colors (1988)
81%

#16
Adjusted Score: 82.858%
Critics Consensus: Colors takes a hard-hitting yet nuanced look at urban gang violence, further elevated by strong performances from a pair of well-matched leads.
Synopsis: Colors stars Robert Duvall and Sean Penn as partners on the LAPD's gang crime division. Duvall had hoped to spend... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Hopper

#15

Talk to Me (2007)
82%

#15
Adjusted Score: 85.841%
Critics Consensus: A riveting look at the life of legendary DJ "Petey" Greene, Talk to Me goes beyond the typical biopic with explosive performances from Don Cheadle and Chiwetal Ejiofor.
Synopsis: In the mid-to-late 1960s, in Washington, D.C., vibrant soul music and exploding social consciousness were combining to unique and powerful... [More]
Directed By: Kasi Lemmons

#14

Ocean's Eleven (2001)
82%

#14
Adjusted Score: 87.608%
Critics Consensus: As fast-paced, witty, and entertaining as it is star-studded and coolly stylish, Ocean's Eleven offers a well-seasoned serving of popcorn entertainment.
Synopsis: A rag-tag group of con artists and ex-cons team up for the heist to end all heists in this high-profile... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 104.476%
Critics Consensus: Avengers: Infinity War ably juggles a dizzying array of MCU heroes in the fight against their gravest threat yet, and the result is a thrilling, emotionally resonant blockbuster that (mostly) realizes its gargantuan ambitions.
Synopsis: An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Infinity... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

#12

Rosewood (1997)
85%

#12
Adjusted Score: 87.488%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In early January 1923, a tiny Florida town primarily inhabited by prosperous African American families was burned to the ground... [More]
Directed By: John Singleton

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 91.463%
Critics Consensus: Humor, interesting characters, and attention to details make the stylish Devil in a Blue Dress an above average noir.
Synopsis: Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins is a decorated war hero who returns home to the segregation of post-war America. Forced to accept... [More]
Directed By: Carl Franklin

#10
Adjusted Score: 106.597%
Critics Consensus: Captain America: Civil War begins the next wave of Marvel movies with an action-packed superhero blockbuster boasting a decidedly non-cartoonish plot and the courage to explore thought-provoking themes.
Synopsis: Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War" finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

#9

Hotel Rwanda (2004)
91%

#9
Adjusted Score: 96.21%
Critics Consensus: A sobering and heartfelt tale about massacre that took place in Rwanda while most of the world looked away.
Synopsis: Ten years ago some of the worst atrocities in the history of mankind took place in the country of Rwanda--and... [More]
Directed By: Terry George

#8

Traffic (2000)
92%

#8
Adjusted Score: 97.578%
Critics Consensus: Soderbergh successfully pulls off the highly ambitious Traffic, a movie with three different stories and a very large cast. The issues of ethics are gray rather than black-and-white, with no clear-cut good guys. Terrific acting all around.
Synopsis: A patchwork of stories that evokes the high-stakes, high-risk world of the drug trade, as seen through a series of... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#7

Out of Sight (1998)
93%

#7
Adjusted Score: 97.781%
Critics Consensus: Steven Soderbergh's intelligently crafted adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel is witty, sexy, suprisingly entertaining, and a star-making turn for George Clooney.
Synopsis: Steven Soderbergh directed this crime caper adapted from the novel by Elmore Leonard. When ex-con Jack Foley (George Clooney) robs... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#6

Boogie Nights (1997)
93%

#6
Adjusted Score: 97.087%
Critics Consensus: Grounded in strong characters, bold themes, and subtle storytelling, Boogie Nights is a groundbreaking film both for director P.T. Anderson and star Mark Wahlberg.
Synopsis: Set in 1977, back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, idealistic porn producer Jack... [More]
Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson

#5

The Guard (2011)
94%

#5
Adjusted Score: 97.586%
Critics Consensus: A violent, crackerjack comedy with a strong Irish flavor and an eminently likable Brendan Gleeson in the main role.
Synopsis: The Guard is a comedic fish-out-of-water tale of murder, blackmail, drug trafficking and rural police corruption. Two policemen must join... [More]
Directed By: John Michael McDonagh

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 120.318%
Critics Consensus: Exciting, entertaining, and emotionally impactful, Avengers: Endgame does whatever it takes to deliver a satisfying finale to Marvel's epic Infinity Saga.
Synopsis: The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 46.102%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Writer and director Allison Anders, who used the world of rock & roll as the backdrop for her films Border... [More]
Directed By: Allison Anders

#2

Fail Safe (2000)
100%

#2
Adjusted Score: 20.816%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A seemingly-minor electronic error sets the world on the verge of nuclear annihilation in this made-for-TV adaptation of the novel... [More]

#1

Hamburger Hill (1987)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 100.073%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Though the anti-war sentiments of Hamburger Hill come through loud and clear, the film is squarely on the side of... [More]
Directed By: John Irvin

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