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Platoon (Movie, 1986)

A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

IMDb: 8.1 (320,607 votes)
Metascore: 92

Genre: Drama, War

Starring: Tom Berenger, Keith David, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Arrival (Movie, 2016)

Stan

Arrival

When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors.

IMDb: 8.0 (414,802 votes)
Metascore: 81

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

Southpaw (Movie, 2015)

Stan

Southpaw

Boxer Billy Hope turns to trainer Tick Wills to help him get his life back on track after losing his wife in a tragic accident and his daughter to child protection services.

IMDb: 7.4 (180,574 votes)
Metascore: 57

Genre: Action, Drama, Sport

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Oona Laurence

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

The Butler (Movie, 2013)

Netflix

The Butler

As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.

IMDb: 7.2 (95,775 votes)
Metascore: 66

Genre: Biography, Drama

Starring: Forest Whitaker, David Banner, Michael Rainey Jr., LaJessie Smith

Directed by: Lee Daniels

Panic Room (Movie, 2002)

Amazon

Panic Room

A divorced woman and her diabetic daughter take refuge in their newly-purchased house's safe room, when three men break-in, searching for a missing fortune.

IMDb: 6.8 (211,822 votes)
Metascore: 65

Genre: Thriller

Starring: Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, Forest Whitaker, Dwight Yoakam

Directed by: David Fincher

Street Kings (Movie, 2008)

Netflix

Street Kings

An undercover cop, disillusioned by the recent murder of his wife, is implicated in the murder of an officer and must struggle to clear himself.

IMDb: 6.8 (99,006 votes)
Metascore: 55

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans

Directed by: David Ayer

Vantage Point (Movie, 2008)

Netflix

Vantage Point

The attempted assassination of the American President is told and re-told from several different perspectives.

IMDb: 6.6 (133,783 votes)
Metascore: 40

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, Forest Whitaker, Bruce McGill

Directed by: Pete Travis

Repo Men (Movie, 2010)

Amazon

Repo Men

Set in the near future when artificial organs can be bought on credit, it revolves around a man who struggles to make the payments on a heart he has purchased. He must therefore go on the run before said ticker is repossessed.

IMDb: 6.3 (92,041 votes)
Metascore: 32

Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

Starring: Jude Law, Forest Whitaker, Alice Braga, Liev Schreiber

Directed by: Miguel Sapochnik

Species (Movie, 1995)

Species

A group of scientists try to track down and trap a killer alien seductress before she successfully mates with a human.

IMDb: 5.8 (65,259 votes)
Metascore: 49

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi

Starring: Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker

Directed by: Roger Donaldson

First Daughter (Movie, 2004)

Netflix

First Daughter

The first daughter of the U.S. President heads off to college where she falls for a graduate student with a secret agenda.

IMDb: 5.0 (18,513 votes)
Metascore: 31

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Starring: Katie Holmes, Marc Blucas, Ameriie, Michael Keaton

Directed by: Forest Whitaker

Battlefield Earth (Movie, 2000)

Battlefield Earth

After enslavement & near extermination by an alien race in the year 3000, humanity begins to fight back.

IMDb: 2.4 (68,606 votes)
Metascore: 9

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Starring: John Travolta, Barry Pepper, Forest Whitaker, Kim Coates

Directed by: Roger Christian