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All Laurence Fishburne Movies Ranked

Laurence Fishburne made his movie debut in just about the best way possible: As part of the platoon that goes up the river in Apocalypse Now. He was 14 when filming started and production was so troubled that by the time the movie released, Fishburne had already celebrated his 17th birthday.

The ensuing ’80s saw the actor taking mostly smaller roles but working with big name directors (Steven Spielberg in The Color Purple, Spike Lee in School Daze) that kept him — still credited as Larry at the time — employed and just a performance away from stardom. The chance came in 1991 with John Singleton’s explosive dramatic debut, Boyz n the Hood, in which he played young father Furious Styles. And Fishburne famously closed out the decade with The Matrix, a movie still at the forefront of pop culture 20 years later. When Fishburne was cast as the Bowery King in John Wick: Chapter 2, there was immediate rejoicing that he was reuniting on-screen with Matrix alum Keanu Reeves.

Fishburne returns for the third John Wick film, Parabellum, marking this the perfect opportunity to rank all of his movies by Tomatometer.

#56

Quicksilver (1986)
13%

#56
Adjusted Score: 13.642%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this underscripted and not wholly convincing drama, Kevin Bacon plays Jack Casey, an up-and-coming broker who crashes on the... [More]

#55

Band of the Hand (1986)
13%

#55
Adjusted Score: 11.386%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Former Starsky and Hutch star Paul Michael Glaser warmed the director's chair for Band of the Hand. The film zeroes... [More]
Directed By: Paul Michael Glaser

#54

Fled (1996)
13%

#54
Adjusted Score: 14.093%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: While serving prison sentences, Dodge and Piper manage to escape during a prison riot. Chained together, the two get to... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Hooks

#53

The Colony (2013)
16%

#53
Adjusted Score: 16.337%
Critics Consensus: A formulaic sci-fi thriller, The Colony features cliched dialogue, cheesy special effects, and underdeveloped characters.
Synopsis: Forced underground by the next ice age, a struggling outpost of survivors fight to preserve humanity against a threat even... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Renfroe

#52

Ride Along (2014)
18%

#52
Adjusted Score: 22.667%
Critics Consensus: Kevin Hart's livewire presence gives Ride Along a shot of necessary energy, but it isn't enough to rescue this would-be comedy from the buddy-cop doldrums.
Synopsis: Kevin Hart and Ice Cube lead the lineup in Ride Along, the new film from the director and the producer... [More]
Directed By: Tim Story

#51

Biker Boyz (2003)
23%

#51
Adjusted Score: 25.089%
Critics Consensus: Waste of a good cast. For a movie about bike racing, it never gets up to speed.
Synopsis: Two generations of radical bikers face off in this rubber-burning action drama. Manuel "Smoke" Galloway (Laurence Fishburne) is the leader... [More]
Directed By: Reggie Rock Bythewood

#50

Just Cause (1995)
24%

#50
Adjusted Score: 25.271%
Critics Consensus: Just Cause you round up a phenomenal cast, that doesn't mean you have everything you need for a solid legal thriller -- and this film is forgettable proof.
Synopsis: The novel by John Katzenbach becomes this legal thriller starring Sean Connery as Harvard Law School professor Paul Armstrong. A... [More]
Directed By: Arne Glimcher

#49

Bad Company (1995)
27%

#49
Adjusted Score: 23.258%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The end of the Cold-War left many CIA agents out in the cold. This drama documents the exploits of two... [More]

#48

Event Horizon (1997)
27%

#48
Adjusted Score: 31.375%
Critics Consensus: Despite a strong opening that promises sci-fi thrills, Event Horizon quickly devolves into an exercise of style over substance whose flashy effects and gratuitous gore fail to mask its overreliance on horror clichés.
Synopsis: In this sci-fi/horror scarefest, Dr. William Weir (Sam Neill) is a scientist who has designed a spacecraft called Event Horizon... [More]
Directed By: Paul W.S. Anderson

#47
Adjusted Score: 43.235%
Critics Consensus: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice smothers a potentially powerful story -- and some of America's most iconic superheroes -- in a grim whirlwind of effects-driven action.
Synopsis: Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) share the screen in this Warner Bros./DC Entertainment co-production penned by David S.... [More]
Directed By: Zack Snyder

#46

Once in the Life (2001)
28%

#46
Adjusted Score: 26.89%
Critics Consensus: Once in a Life is a promising directorial effort by Laurence Fishburne. But the story is too conventional and similar to the many ghetto action/dramas that come before it.
Synopsis: Actor Laurence Fishburne makes his debut as a director in this urban drama adapted from his one-act stage play +Riff... [More]
Directed By: Laurence Fishburne

#45

Passengers (2016)
31%

#45
Adjusted Score: 41.194%
Critics Consensus: Passengers proves Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence work well together -- and that even their chemistry isn't enough to overcome a fatally flawed story.
Synopsis: Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt star in an exciting action-thriller about two passengers who are on a 120-year journey to... [More]
Directed By: Morten Tyldum

#44

Death Wish II (1982)
33%

#44
Adjusted Score: 33.999%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Paul Kersey's (Charles Bronson) self-appointed one-man vigilante squad goes bi-coastal in Michael Winner's sequel to his Death Wish. Kersey has... [More]
Directed By: Michael Winner

#43

21 (2008)
35%

#43
Adjusted Score: 41.01%
Critics Consensus: 21 could have been a fascinating study had it not supplanted the true story on which it is based with mundane melodrama.
Synopsis: Ben Campbell is a shy, brilliant M.I.T. student who--needing to pay school tuition--finds the answers in the cards. He is... [More]
Directed By: Robert Luketic

#42
#42
Adjusted Score: 42.108%
Critics Consensus: A disappointing conclusion to the Matrix trilogy as characters and ideas take a back seat to the special effects.
Synopsis: Shot back-to-back with The Matrix Reloaded, the third and final installment of Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski's sci-fi action saga... [More]

#41
Adjusted Score: 42.35%
Critics Consensus: While an improvement on its predecessor, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is nevertheless a juvenile, simplistic picture that has little benefit beyond its special effects.
Synopsis: The enigmatic, intergalactic herald, The Silver Surfer, comes to Earth to prepare it for destruction. As the Silver Surfer races... [More]
Directed By: Tim Story

#40

Cherry 2000 (1988)
40%

#40
Adjusted Score: 40.785%
Critics Consensus: While Cherry 2000 has a certain low-budget appeal, all but the most ardent genre enthusiasts are likely to find its silly story and uneven performances unintentionally amusing.
Synopsis: In this arch sci-fi sex comedy-cum-action extravaganza, a hard-nosed female mercenary helps a hapless yuppie find a new body for... [More]
Directed By: Steve De Jarnatt

#39

Armored (2009)
40%

#39
Adjusted Score: 40.979%
Critics Consensus: This B-grade thriller has a good cast and director but is undone by plot holes and messy conclusion.
Synopsis: Vacancy director Nimród Antal helms the crime thriller Armored, starring Columbus Short as Ty, an armored truck guard who gets... [More]
Directed By: Nimród Antal

#38

Cadence (1989)
42%

#38
Adjusted Score: 42.091%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When a young Caucasian military man is thrown into an all African-American barracks for punishment, he slowly earns the respect... [More]
Directed By: Martin Sheen

#37

Hoodlum (1997)
43%

#37
Adjusted Score: 43.525%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The numbers game was a major racket in 1930's Harlem, and African American crime boss Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson was its... [More]
Directed By: Bill Duke

#36

Khumba (2013)
44%

#36
Adjusted Score: 33.102%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Rejected by his superstitious herd, a half-striped zebra embarks on a daring quest to earn his stripes but finds the... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Silverston

#35

Bobby (2006)
46%

#35
Adjusted Score: 51.608%
Critics Consensus: Despite best intentions from director Emilio Estevez and his ensemble cast, they succumb to a script filled with pointless subplots and awkward moments working too hard to parallel contemporary times.
Synopsis: Twenty-two people become unwitting participants in a tragic and defining moment of the 1960s in this period drama from actor... [More]
Directed By: Emilio Estevez

#34

Gardens of Stone (1987)
47%

#34
Adjusted Score: 47.462%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Set during the Vietnam War, this film follows the life of the group of soldiers assigned to duty at the... [More]
Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola

#33

Higher Learning (1994)
47%

#33
Adjusted Score: 48.922%
Critics Consensus: It's hard to fault Higher Learning's goals; unfortunately, writer-director John Singleton too often struggles to fit his themes within a consistently engaging story.
Synopsis: This drama examines the personal, political, and racial dilemmas facing a group of college freshmen as they begin their first... [More]
Directed By: John Singleton

#32

Osmosis Jones (2001)
55%

#32
Adjusted Score: 58.149%
Critics Consensus: The animated portion of Osmosis is zippy and fun, but the live-action portion is lethargic.
Synopsis: Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly, the impish impresarios of gross-out comedy, take their body function-inspired humor to new extremes in... [More]

#31

Man of Steel (2013)
56%

#31
Adjusted Score: 68.625%
Critics Consensus: Man of Steel's exhilarating action and spectacle can't fully overcome its detours into generic blockbuster territory.
Synopsis: A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he... [More]
Directed By: Zack Snyder

#30

Standoff (2016)
56%

#30
Adjusted Score: 37.85%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Carter (Thomas Jane), a troubled veteran gets a chance at redemption by protecting a 12 year-old girl from a deadly... [More]
Directed By: Adam Alleca

#29

School Daze (1988)
59%

#29
Adjusted Score: 59.963%
Critics Consensus: School Daze is undeniably messy, but thought-provoking themes, strong performances, and Spike Lee's ingratiating energy help tie it all together.
Synopsis: Much of School Daze is based on director Spike Lee's experiences while a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Laurence... [More]
Directed By: Spike Lee

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 64.207%
Critics Consensus: This remake has been praised by some as an expertly made B-movie, and dismissed by others as formulaic.
Synopsis: This action-packed remake of the John Carpenter classic tells the tale of an under-manned Detroit police precinct on its last... [More]
Directed By: Jean-François Richet

#27

The Signal (2014)
59%

#27
Adjusted Score: 61.692%
Critics Consensus: Director William Eubank clearly has big ideas and an impressive level of technical expertise; unfortunately, The Signal fritters them away on a poorly constructed story.
Synopsis: Three college students on a road trip across the Southwest experience a detour: the tracking of a computer genius who... [More]
Directed By: William Eubank

#26

Rudderless (2014)
63%

#26
Adjusted Score: 63.975%
Critics Consensus: Rudderless asks its cast to carry an awful lot of weight for its occasionally manipulative story; fortunately, this talented bunch -- led by Billy Crudup -- is often more than up to the task.
Synopsis: Billy Crudup plays Sam, a former high-profile advertising executive whose life is torn apart by the sudden death of his... [More]
Directed By: William H. Macy

#25

Red Heat (1988)
64%

#25
Adjusted Score: 64.963%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a taciturn law-enforcement officer from Russia. James Belushi co-stars as a wise-lipped Chicago cop. Though they go... [More]
Directed By: Walter Hill

#24

Predators (2010)
65%

#24
Adjusted Score: 70.609%
Critics Consensus: After a string of subpar sequels, this bloody, action-packed reboot takes the Predator franchise back to its testosterone-fueled roots.
Synopsis: A group of hardened killers are hunted on an alien planet in producer Robert Rodriguez and director Nimród Antal's entry... [More]
Directed By: Nimród Antal

#23

Othello (1995)
67%

#23
Adjusted Score: 69.054%
Critics Consensus: Perhaps less than the sum of its parts, Othello is still highly entertaining, and features excellent performances from Laurence Fishburne and Kenneth Branagh.
Synopsis: Actor Oliver Parker made his directorial debut with this adaptation of the tragic play by William Shakespeare that abridges the... [More]
Directed By: Oliver Parker

#22

The Mule (2018)
70%

#22
Adjusted Score: 77.476%
Critics Consensus: A flawed yet enjoyable late-period Eastwood entry, The Mule stubbornly retains its footing despite a few missteps on its occasionally unpredictable path.
Synopsis: Earl Stone, a man in his 80s who is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is... [More]
Directed By: Clint Eastwood

#21

Rumble Fish (1983)
70%

#21
Adjusted Score: 72.258%
Critics Consensus: Rumble Fish frustrates even as it intrigues, but director Francis Ford Coppola's strong visual style helps compensate for a certain narrative stasis.
Synopsis: Adapted from a novel by S. E. Hinton, this film takes place during a summer vacation. Mickey Rourke plays a... [More]
Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 77.393%
Critics Consensus: Fast-paced, with eye-popping stunts and special effects, the latest Mission: Impossible installment delivers everything an action fan could ask for. A thrilling summer popcorn flick.
Synopsis: The third entry in Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible film series involves super Impossible Mission Forces (IMF) agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise)... [More]
Directed By: J.J. Abrams

#19

King of New York (1990)
71%

#19
Adjusted Score: 72.017%
Critics Consensus: King of New York covers familiar narrative ground with impressive style -- and leaves plenty of room for its talented cast to deliver gripping performances.
Synopsis: Upon his release from prison, ruthless drug kingpin Frank White moves to regains control of his criminal empire. This character-driven... [More]
Directed By: Abel Ferrara

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 80.138%
Critics Consensus: Though its heady themes are a departure from its predecessor, The Matrix Reloaded is a worthy sequel packed with popcorn-friendly thrills.
Synopsis: After creating an international sensation with the visually dazzling and intellectually challenging sci-fi blockbuster The Matrix, the Wachowski brothers returned... [More]

#17
Adjusted Score: 76.411%
Critics Consensus: A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors offers an imaginative and surprisingly satisfying rebound for a franchise already starting to succumb to sequelitis.
Synopsis: The best of the Elm Street sequels, this creepy, surreal fantasy features terrific effects, a fine young cast, and an... [More]
Directed By: Chuck Russell

#16

The Cotton Club (1984)
75%

#16
Adjusted Score: 76.683%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: There are those who insist that the backstage intrigues which occurred during the production of Cotton Club would make a... [More]
Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola

#15

Class Action (1991)
75%

#15
Adjusted Score: 76.132%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A veteran attorney and his ambitious young daughter, also an attorney, find themselves facing off in court in this melodrama.... [More]
Directed By: Michael Apted

#14

Last Flag Flying (2017)
78%

#14
Adjusted Score: 86.386%
Critics Consensus: Last Flag Flying balances raw drama against refreshing moments of humor in an impeccably cast film that wrestles with questions of patriotism, family, and grief.
Synopsis: In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Corps medic Richard "Doc" Shepherd (Steve... [More]
Directed By: Richard Linklater

#13

Contagion (2011)
84%

#13
Adjusted Score: 91.784%
Critics Consensus: Tense, tightly plotted, and bolstered by a stellar cast, Contagion is an exceptionally smart -- and scary -- disaster movie.
Synopsis: Contagion follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#12

The Color Purple (1985)
85%

#12
Adjusted Score: 86.464%
Critics Consensus: A sentimental tale that reveals great emotional truths in American history.
Synopsis: Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple spans the years 1909 to 1949, relating the... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 89.317%
Critics Consensus: A warm, family-friendly underdog story, featuring terrific supporting performances from Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne, and Angela Bassett.
Synopsis: Akeelah Anderson is a precocious 11-year-old girl from south Los Angeles with a gift for words. Despite the objections of... [More]
Directed By: Doug Atchison

#10

Deep Cover (1992)
86%

#10
Adjusted Score: 86.859%
Critics Consensus: Deep Cover rises above standard-issue crime thriller fare thanks to a smartly cynical script and powerhouse performances from its unorthodox but well-matched leads.
Synopsis: A dedicated cop is assigned to go undercover as a dealer to investigate a major drug lord in this intense... [More]
Directed By: Bill Duke

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 55.129%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Based on a true story, The Tuskegee Airmen chronicles the experiences of the first African-American fighter pilots in the U.S.... [More]
Directed By: Robert Markowitz

#8

The Matrix (1999)
88%

#8
Adjusted Score: 94.581%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to the Wachowskis' imaginative vision, The Matrix is a smartly crafted combination of spectacular action and groundbreaking special effects.
Synopsis: What if virtual reality wasn't just for fun, but was being used to imprison you? That's the dilemma that faces... [More]

#7

Mystic River (2003)
88%

#7
Adjusted Score: 93.776%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by the exceptional acting of its strong cast, Mystic River is a somber drama that unfolds in layers and conveys the tragedy of its story with visceral power.
Synopsis: Directed by Clint Eastwood, the mysterious drama Mystic River is based on the novel by Dennis Lehane and adapted by... [More]
Directed By: Clint Eastwood

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 105.61%
Critics Consensus: A lighter, brighter superhero movie powered by the effortless charisma of Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, Ant-Man and The Wasp offers a much-needed MCU palate cleanser.
Synopsis: From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: "Ant-Man and The... [More]
Directed By: Peyton Reed

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 99.813%
Critics Consensus: John Wick: Chapter 2 does what a sequel should -- which in this case means doubling down on the non-stop, thrillingly choreographed action that made its predecessor so much fun.
Synopsis: In this next chapter following the 2014 hit, legendary hitman John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is forced back out of retirement... [More]
Directed By: Chad Stahelski

#4

Boyz n the Hood (1991)
96%

#4
Adjusted Score: 101.13%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted and thematically rich, Boyz N the Hood observes urban America with far more depth and compassion than many of the like-minded films its success inspired.
Synopsis: Director John Singleton's debut chronicles the trials and tribulations of three young African-American males growing up in South Central Los... [More]
Directed By: John Singleton

#3
Adjusted Score: 99.939%
Critics Consensus: With a fascinating real-life story and powerhouse performances from Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne, What's Love Got to Do With It? is a can't miss biopic.
Synopsis: What's Love Got to Do With It? is the filmed biography of R&B/pop singer Tina Turner (Angela Bassett), documenting her... [More]
Directed By: Brian Gibson

#2

Apocalypse Now (1979)
97%

#2
Adjusted Score: 104.898%
Critics Consensus: Francis Ford Coppola's haunting, hallucinatory Vietnam War epic is cinema at its most audacious and visionary.
Synopsis: One of a cluster of late-1970s films about the Vietnam War, Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now adapts the Joseph Conrad... [More]
Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola

#1
Adjusted Score: 102.914%
Critics Consensus: As sensitive as the young man at its center, Searching for Bobby Fischer uses a prodigy's struggle to find personal balance as the background for a powerfully moving drama.
Synopsis: Searching for Bobby Fischer was inspired by the life of chess prodigy Josh Waitzkin, as written by his father Fred... [More]
Directed By: Steven Zaillian

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