Idris Elba Movies

Idris Elba in 2017’s The Gunslinger

Want to know the best Idris Elba movies?  How about the worst Idris Elba movies?  Curious about Idris Elba box office grosses or which Idris Elba movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Idris Elba movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences and which got the worst reviews? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.

Idris Elba (1972-) is an English actor, producer, musician, and DJ.   Idris Elba has achieved international stardom for playing Heimdall in the Thor trilogy as well as the television shows The Wire and Luther.  His IMDb page shows 86 acting credits since 1994. This page will rank 30 Idris Elba movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. His television appearances, shorts, video games and movies not released in North American theaters were not were not included in the rankings.

Idris Elba has played Heimdall in 4 MCU movies

Idris Movies Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In This Table

The really cool thing about this table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.

  • Sort Idris Elba movies by co-stars of his movies.
  • Sort Idris Elba movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort Idris Elba movies by adjusted worldwide box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort Idris Elba movies how they were received by critics and audiences.  60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
  • Sort by how many Oscar® nominations each Idris Elba movie received and how many Oscar® wins each Idris Elba movie won.
  • Sort Idris Elba movies by Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score.  UMR Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Idris Elba Table

  1. Eleven Idris Elba movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 36.67% of his movies listed. The Avengers (2012) was his biggest box office hit when looking at adjusted domestic box office gross.
  2. An average Idris Elba movie grosses $114.20 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  9 Idris Elba movies are rated as good movies…or 56.25% of his movies. The Avengers (2012) is his highest rated movie while Red Dawn (2012) was his lowest rated movie.
  4. Three Idris Elba movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 18.75% of his movies.
  5. One Idris Elba movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 6.25% of his movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00. 9 Idris Elba movies scored higher than that average….or 56.25% of his movies.  Star Trek (2009) got the the highest UMR Score while Blackhat (2015) got the lowest UMR Score.

Idris Elba in 2016’s Star Trek: Beyond

 Possibly Interesting Facts About Idris Elba

1. Idrissa Akuna “Idris” Elba was born in Hackney, London in 1972.

2.  Before Idris Elba’s movie career took off….he was working in nightclubs, under the DJ nickname “Big Driis”.

3. Idris Elba has been mentioned as a contender to take over the James Bond role.

4. Idris Elba is the only male that has ever appeared on the cover of Maxim magazine.

5. Idris Elba was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2016 Queen’s New Years Honours List for his services to drama. He is an actor in London, England.

6. Idris Elba has been married two times.  He has two children. 

7. Idris Elba has never been nominated for an Oscar®.  He is one of the leading contenders for a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role in Molly’s Game.

8. Check out Idris Elba’s career compared to current and classic actors.  Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time

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4 thoughts on “Idris Elba Movies

  1. Hey Steve
    1. Thanks for checking out our latest page. As I watched Thor 3 this weekend…it occurred that it was time to give Idris Elba some UMR attention.
    2. I agree with you about your mini-review of Thor: Ragnarok…..a fun movie with many scenes that I want to watch again.
    3. I just edge you with having seen 19 Elba movies.
    4. Of your favorites….I would put Thor 3, Star Trek Beyond, Zootopia and The Jungle Book in my list of favorites as well.
    5. I actually think he would make a good Bond…..I am sure on the next Bond lull….like during Dalton’s Bond days…..the producers will go for the diverse Bond…..but that is at least 5 to 10 years away….and then Idris will be too old for the part.
    6. Thanks for the feedback.

  2. In 2016 Idris was # 854 on the Oracle of Bacon Top 1000 Center of the Hollywood Universe list ( he has since moved up to #755). These are the actors on last years list who he has appeared with;

    4 SAMUEL L. JACKSON AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (2015)
    7 WILLEM DAFOE FINDING DORY (2016)
    14 JOSEPH OLIVEIRA THE GUNMAN (2015)
    28 CHRISTOPHER WALKEN THE JUNGLE BOOK (2016)
    30 BEN KINGSLEY THE JUNGLE BOOK (2016)
    32 ANTHONY HOPKINS Thor (2011)
    32 ANTHONY HOPKINS THOR: RAGNAROK (2017)
    32 ANTHONY HOPKINS Thor: The Dark World (2013)
    41 GARY OLDMAN The Unborn (2009)
    44 STELLAN SKARSGARD AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (2015)
    44 STELLAN SKARSGARD Thor (2011)
    48 NICOLAS CAGE Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
    61 TINY LISTER JR. ZOOTOPIA (2016)
    63 ED HARRIS Buffalo Soldiers (2001)
    64 JEFF GOLDBLUM THOR: RAGNAROK (2017)
    89 ROBERT DOWNEY JR. AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (2015)
    98 ARMAND ASSANTE American Gangster (2007)
    102 THOMAS KRETSCHMANN AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (2015)
    110 TOM WILKINSON ROCKNROLLA (2008)
    119 BRUCE MCGILL Obsessed (2009)
    123 BILL MURRAY THE JUNGLE BOOK (2016)
    152 JAMES REMAR The Unborn (2009)
    167 J. K. SIMMONS ZOOTOPIA (2016)
    168 STAN LEE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (2015)
    168 STAN LEE Thor (2011)
    168 STAN LEE Thor: The Dark World (2013)
    170 SCOTT GLENN Buffalo Soldiers (2001)
    173 JOSH BROLIN American Gangster (2007)
    173 JOSH BROLIN AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (2015)
    198 DEAN STOCKWELL Buffalo Soldiers (2001)
    203 SIGOURNEY WEAVER FINDING DORY (2016)
    204 KEVIN CORRIGAN American Gangster (2007)
    212 JON POLITO American Gangster (2007)
    228 SEAN PENN THE GUNMAN (2015)
    235 BENICIO DEL TORO Thor: The Dark World (2013)
    239 JEREMY PIVEN RocknRolla (2008)
    249 STEPHEN ROOT FINDING DORY (2016)
    266 DON CHEADLE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (2015)
    267 CIARAN HINDS Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
    280 NATALIE PORTMAN Thor (2011)
    280 NATALIE PORTMAN Thor: The Dark World (2013)
    288 DON ABERNATHY This Christmas (2007)
    293 SCARLETT JOHANSSON AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (2015)
    293 SCARLETT JOHANSSON THE JUNGLE BOOK (2016)
    294 ANTHONY MACKIE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (2015)
    311 MARK RUFFALO AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (2015)
    311 MARK RUFFALO THOR: RAGNAROK (2017)
    331 CATE BLANCHETT THOR: RAGNAROK (2017)
    344 RUSSELL CROWE American Gangster (2007)
    361 DENZEL WASHINGTON American Gangster (2007)
    366 GIANCARLO ESPOSITO THE JUNGLE BOOK (2016)
    367 CLIFTON COLLINS JR. PACIFIC RIM (2013)
    377 SAM NEILL THOR: RAGNAROK (2017)
    378 CUBA GOODING JR. American Gangster (2007)
    379 MICHAEL PENA BUFFALO SOLDIERS (2001)
    381 JOHN HAWKES American Gangster (2007)
    410 ALLISON JANNEY FINDING DORY (2016)
    411 JON FAVREAU THE JUNGLE BOOK (2016)
    438 JOHN RATZENBERGER FINDING DORY (2016)
    443 CARLA GUGINO American Gangster (2007)
    443 CARLA GUGINO The Unborn (2009)
    445 DERMOT MULRONEY THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US (2017)
    451 CHARLIZE THERON Prometheus (2012)
    470 OCTAVIA SPENCER ZOOTOPIA (2016)
    475 COLM FEORE THOR (2011)
    477 MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY THE DARK TOWER (2017)
    486 ANTHONY J. SACCO THOR (2011)
    487 YUL VAZQUEZ AMERICAN GANGSTER (2007)
    497 JEREMY RENNER 28 WEEKS LATER (2007)
    497 JEREMY RENNER AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (2015)
    497 JEREMY RENNER THOR (2011)
    507 TED LEVINE AMERICAN GANGSTER (2007)
    573 KATE WINSLET THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US (2017)
    589 HOLT MCCALLANY THE LOSERS (2010)
    591 RAY WINSTONE THE GUNMAN (2015)
    606 PAUL BETTANY AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (2015)
    614 SIMON PEGG STAR TREK: BEYOND (2016)
    616 DAVID JENSEN THE REAPING (2007)
    618 JOHN ORTIZ AMERICAN GANGSTER (2007)
    636 DAVID HILL TAKERS (2010)
    640 CLANCY BROWN THOR: RAGNAROK (2017)
    641 NORMAN REEDUS AMERICAN GANGSTER (2007)
    668 GERARD BUTLER RocknRolla (2008)
    677 BEAU BRIDGES THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US (2017)
    680 JOHN CENATIEMPO AMERICAN GANGSTER (2007)
    718 LOUIS GOSSETT JR. Daddy’s Little Girls (2007)
    719 JOE MORTON AMERICAN GANGSTER (2007)
    729 ALAN D. PURWIN NO GOOD DEED (2014/I)
    731 CLARK GREGG THOR (2011)
    732 HRVOJE KLECZ AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (2015)
    739 DIANE KEATON FINDING DORY (2016)
    747 MARK STRONG ROCKNROLLA (2008)
    763 CHRIS EVANS AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (2015)
    763 CHRIS EVANS THE LOSERS (2010)
    763 CHRIS EVANS THOR: THE DARK WORLD (2013)
    777 DELROY LINDO THIS CHRISTMAS (2007)
    795 AFEMO OMILAMI THE REAPING (2007)
    798 JULIE DELPY AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (2015)
    803 TIM CURRY Sorted (2000)
    806 ROSE BYRNE 28 WEEKS LATER (2007)
    816 JOANNA CASSIDY The Human Contract (2008)
    817 TONY CURRAN THOR: THE DARK WORLD (2013)
    822 GUY PEARCE Prometheus (2012)
    822 GUY PEARCE THE FURIOUS GODS: MAKING PROMETHEUS (2012)
    863 DEEP ROY THE UNBORN (2009)
    877 CHIWETEL EJIFOR AMERICAN GANGSTER (2007)
    878 ZOE SALDANA STAR TREK: BEYOND (2016)
    878 ZOE SALDANA TAKERS (2010)
    878 ZOE SALDANA THE LOSERS (2010)
    881 TOM HARDY ROCKNROLLA (2008)
    892 LAMBERT WILSON ENCHANTED KINGDOM 3D (2013)
    916 JOHN MCCONNELL THE REAPING (2007)
    931 FRED TATASCIORE Prometheus (2012)
    932 STEPHEN REA The Reaping (2007)
    945 THANDIE NEWTON RocknRolla (2008)
    955 RICHARD BRAKE LEGACY: BLACK OPS (2010/1)
    955 RICHARD BRAKE THOR: THE DARK WORLD (2013)
    971 BRAD WILLIAM HENKE PACIFIC RIM (2013)
    977 GABRIEL MANN BUFFALO SOLDIERS (2001)

    These are the only 2 people on the 2000 list that Idris has worked with and have fallen off;

    365 STEPHANIE AUDRAN Belle maman (1999)
    386 CATHERINE DENEUVE Belle maman (1999)

    ANTHONY HOPKINS Thor (2011)

    I come up with 19 Oscar winners Idris has worked with but I could be missing one.

    ANTHONY HOPKINS THOR: RAGNAROK (2017)
    ANTHONY HOPKINS Thor: The Dark World (2013)
    BEN KINGSLEY THE JUNGLE BOOK (2016)
    BENICIO DEL TORO Thor: The Dark World (2013)
    CATE BLANCHETT THOR: RAGNAROK (2017)
    CHARLIZE THERON Prometheus (2012)
    CHRISTOPHER WALKEN THE JUNGLE BOOK (2016)
    CUBA GOODING JR. American Gangster (2007)
    DENZEL WASHINGTON American Gangster (2007)
    DIANE KEATON FINDING DORY (2016)
    HILARY SWANK The Reaping (2007)
    J. K. SIMMONS ZOOTOPIA (2016)
    KATE WINSLET THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US (2017)
    LOUIS GOSSETT JR. Daddy’s Little Girls (2007)
    MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY THE DARK TOWER (2017)
    NATALIE PORTMAN Thor (2011)
    NATALIE PORTMAN Thor: The Dark World (2013)
    NICOLAS CAGE Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
    OCTAVIA SPENCER ZOOTOPIA (2016)
    RUSSELL CROWE American Gangster (2007)
    SEAN PENN THE GUNMAN (2015)

    1. Hey Dan…..as always….thanks for sharing this information. At the rate of movies that Idris is making….I think he will be moving up the ranks very very fast. Looking at the current co-star list….it looks like his Thor role is connecting him to about 1/3 of all the names on the list. 19 Oscar winners for a pretty recent career is pretty darn impressive. I strongly expect that he will be an Oscar nominated actor this time next year. His role in Molly’s Game is getting some very strong Oscar attention. Good information…as always….you are the man.

  3. Was watching Idris Elba as Heimdall in Thor Ragnarok a week ago. I thoroughly enjoyed the film btw, not only hugely entertaining but hilariously funny too. Highly recommended.

    I’ve seen 18 of the 30 films on the chart, favorites include – Thor 1-3, Avengers Age of Ultron, Prometheus, Star Trek Beyond, Zootopia and The Jungle Book.

    Looking at the charts, Zootopia (aka Zootropolis) is no.1 on the UMR and critics charts, fun animation but Thor 3 should have been up there instead it’s had some great reviews and it’s already grossed more than $400m in less than 2 weeks.

    Idris Elba as James Bond? Nah he’s a good actor but Bond should stay white and no female Bond either. They’ve already ruined Dr. Who for millions of fans. The diversity thing is getting out of hand, would African Americans accept Matt Damon as John Shaft? I think not. 🙂

    Good stuff Bruce. Vote Up!

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