LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 05: Idris Elba arrives at the 11th Annual LACMA Art + Film Gala at Los Angeles County Museum of Art on November 05, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/FilmMagic)
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The 14 Best Idris Elba Movies, Ranked
14. Pacific Rim
In the not-so-distant future, when kaiju monsters emerge to wreak havoc on humanity, a resistance group of humans begins piloting hulking robots called "Jaegers" to stand up to their oppressors. Idris Elba, as Marshal Stacker Pentecost, the commanding officer of the Pan Pacific Defense Corp, is easily the standout of the ensemble.
13. Prometheus
Elba plays Captain Janek, the leader of the outer space vessel in Ridley Scott's science fiction film "Prometheus," and does a great job representing the core themes of the "Alien" series. Janek also provides some moments of comic relief to the movie, and Elba spices up an ensemble that wouldn't have been as interesting without him.
12. Beast
Dr. Nate Samuels (Elba), who is struggling to connect with his daughters following the death of his wife, takes them on a tour of the African wilderness only to discover a rogue man-eating lion is on the loose. Elba does a great job of showing the plight of a struggling father, and the connection between Samuels and his children makes the film endearing.
11. The Losers
"The Losers" follows a highly-trained black-ops team dispatched to Bolivia to take out an elusive drug lord, but they soon find out they have been betrayed and decide to take revenge. Elba, who portrays Capt. William Roque, an explosives expert, is riveting in the scenes where he is asked to deactivate explosive devices.
10. The Suicide Squad
Elba plays Bloodsport, a complicated father who struggles to relate to his children, and is quite convincing in the role. He gets some particularly amusing one-liners, as Bloodsport argues with Peacemaker throughout their mission, and their bare-knuckled brawl in Jötunheim is easily the standout action sequence of the film.