Top 10 Don Cheadle Movies of All Time

We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion. With that being said, here are the top 10 Don Cheadle movies of all time. Feel free to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.

10. The Meteor Man (1993) 29% at Rotten Tomatoes

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A high school teacher in a crime-infested city touches a meteorite that gives him superpowers he uses to fight the Golden Lords gang.

Rating: PG
Director: Robert Townsend
Starring: Don Cheadle, Robert Townsend, Marla Gibbs

9. Reign Over Me (2007) 64% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Charlie lost his family in 9/11 and bonds with his old college roommate, who’s also feeling isolated for different reasons.

Rating: R
Director: Mike Binder
Starring: Don Cheadle, Adam Sandler, Jada Pinkett Smith

8. Captain America: Civil War (2016) 91% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Captain America leads a rogue segment of the Avengers against a government-mandated superhero registration act, leading Iron Man and War Machine to rally heroes against him.

Rating: PG-13
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Starring: Don Cheadle, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr.

7. Traitor(2008) 64% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Samir Horn is a former soldier is radicalized and leads both the FBI and CIA on a hunt as he plans multiple terrorist attacks.

Rating: PG-13
Director: Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Starring: Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Archie Panjabi

6. Mission to Mars (2000) 25% at Rotten Tomatoes

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The first manned mission to Mars ends in tragedy, and a rescue mission is sent to learn what happened. The lone survivor has gone crazy and a mysterious force is at play.

Rating: PG
Director: Brian De Palma
Starring: Don Cheadle, Tim Robbins, Gary Sinise

5. Ocean’s Twelve (2004) 55% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Terry Benedict is blackmailing Danny Ocean and his crew, so they plan a European heist to pay him back. Unfortunately, a master thief known as The Night Fox beat them to the punch.

Rating: PG-13
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Brad Pitt

4. The Rat Pack (1998) 67% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford are an unstoppable group of friends heavily involved in both Hollywood and politics.

Rating: R
Director: Rob Cohen
Starring: Don Cheadle, Ray Liotta, Joe Mantegna

3. Crash (2004) 75% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Los Angeles citizens of different races and background struggle through a series of unfortunate events and intertwining stories.

Rating: R
Director: Paul Haggis
Starring: Don Cheadle, Ludacris, Sandra Bullock

2. Traffic (2000) 92% at Rotten Tomatoes

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The U.S. war on drugs is told through a series of intertwined stories, including a newly appointed drug czar with a drug-addict daughter, two DEA agents, a jailed drug kingpin’s wife, and a Mexican cop.

Rating: R
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Don Cheadle, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones

1. Hotel Rwanda (2004) 90% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Set during war in Rwanda, Cheadle plays a hotel manager who houses Tutsi refugees at his fancy hotel. Of course, things don’t always stay kosher, and he’s soon facing off against an army. This movie based on a true story will pull at your heart strings.

Rating: PG-13
Director: Terry George
Starring: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix



Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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