Top 10 Best Chadwick Boseman Movie and TV Roles of All Time Chadwick Boseman made a name for himself playing real-life people like King T'Challa

Chadwick Boseman is the man in Hollywood, heading some of the most popular and highest-grossing movies in recent box office history (or, you know…ever). But long before he was a badass cinematic superhero, Boseman was still a badass. He played a lot of famous real-life people, and he even had quite a few television appearances before he became box office gold.

Check out these highlights from Chadwick Boseman’s filmography.

10. The Kill Hole


Character: Lt. Samuel Drake

Boseman updates the Rambo story as an Iraq War veteran suffering from PTSD and playing a deadly cat-and-mouse game in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. While the 2012 movie’s plot and writing leave a lot to be desired, Boseman’s strong performance showed his leading man chops.

9. Marshall

Thurgood Marshall Chadwick Boseman
M_09752 Josh Gad, Chadwick Boseman and Sterling K. Brown in MARSHALL.
Photo credit: Barry Wetcher / Distributor: Open Road Films

Character: Thurgood Marshall

This 2017 legal biopic has Boseman playing Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. Of course, this movie is set long before he accomplished all that, when he was an NAACP lawyer in the 1940s American East Coast.

8. Gods of Egypt

Chadwick Boseman Gods of Egypt

Character: Thoth

Boseman plays Thoth, the Egyptian God of Wisdom, in this overlooked 2016 action fantasy by Lionsgate. He carries the role well, showcasing his comfort zone in playing royalty and deities far above us on the evolutionary ladder.

7. Avengers: Endgame/Infinity Wars


Character: Black Panther

Black Panther is probably the most pivotal character to the survival of the Marvel universe. As soon as Wakanda is revealed, it becomes a constant battleground for the armies of Thanos against the heroes. And when everyone is resurrected in Endgame’s emotional climax (late spoiler alert), his Wakandan chants are enough to make you want to punch Thanos yourself.

6. Draft Day

Chadwick Boseman Vontae Mack Draft Day

Character: Vontae Mack

This 2014 Kevin Costner sports film has a lot of similarities to Jerry Maguire, making Boseman the Cuba Gooding Jr. he’s scouting. It’s one of the great football movies that focuses on the business behind the ball, and Boseman turns in a stellar performance as a college standout star player from Ohio State looking to be the year’s number one first round draft pick.

5. Message from the King

Chadwick Boseman Message from the King

Character: Jacob King


4. Persons Unknown

Chadwick Boseman Persons Unknown TV

Character: Graham McNair


3. 42

Jackie Robinson Chadwick Boseman 42

Character: Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson is remembered as the first African American athlete allowed to play in Major League Baseball instead of being relegated to far inferior Negro leagues, as was custom in the 1940s. Boseman turns in a powerful performance in 2013, showing the hurdles this trailblazer had to overcome to get there.

2. Get on Up

Get on Up James Brown Chadwick Boseman
GET ON UP, left: Craig Robinson, center: Chadwick Boseman (as James Brown), 2014. ph: D Stevens/©Universal Pictures

Character: James Brown

James Brown was a highly energetic and charismatic bandleader and front man. Boseman does an amazing job of reincarnating the man and showing the story behind the music and performances we all loved. James Brown was a legend long before his mugshot became an early Internet meme. We’ll always remember the godfather of soul well, thanks to this 2014 biopic.

1. Black Panther

Black Panther Movie

Character: T’Challa

Black Panther isn’t grouped with the rest of the Avengers movies simply because it proved Boseman could carry his own star vehicle and inspire a generation in the process. This 2018 Marvel blockbuster is the highest-grossing movie ever about a black superhero, and many consider it the first, despite Spawn, Meteor Man, and a handful of others predating it.


Dr. Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. You can find his work in Cracked, High Times, HuffPost, Lifewire, Forbes, Fast Company, and dozens of other places, although much of it is no longer under his name. Dr. Penny loves annoying fake media.

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