Cuba Gooding Jr movies, ranked and rated

by Seth_Rogue_One | created - 22 May 2014 | updated - 05 Mar 2016 | Public

I've seen more Cuba Gooding Jr movies than most and here are all I've seen ranked from favorite (top) to least favorite movie (bottom)

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1. Judgment Night (1993)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

46 Metascore

Four friends on their way to a boxing match get caught in heavy traffic, so they take a shortcut in order to get there faster, unfortunately it leads to them witnessing a murder which leaves them running for their lives.

Director: Stephen Hopkins | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Cuba Gooding Jr., Denis Leary, Stephen Dorff

Votes: 14,645 | Gross: $12.14M


a favorite from my childhood that I still love as an adult, it's just plain awesome, and the music which consists of rappers collaberating with rockacts is also very good

2. American Gangster (2007)

R | 157 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

An outcast New York City cop is charged with bringing down Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas, whose real life inspired this partly biographical film.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin

Votes: 376,478 | Gross: $130.16M


I forgot that Cuba was in this for a minute but yep he is even if he's not in it for all that long, a very good gangster movie 7.5/10

3. Hero Wanted (2008)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

After he awakens in a hospital, a man tracks down and murders the man that left him and a bank teller for dead during a robbery, only to end up having the slain thief's associates come after him in retaliation.

Director: Brian Smrz | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Ray Liotta, Tommy Flanagan, Norman Reedus

Votes: 6,873


A movie that goes above and beyond the b-action formula, Ray Liotta' character takes up a little too much space other than that it's very good

4. Dirty (2005)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

37 Metascore

Two gangbangers-turned-cops try and cover up a scandal within the LAPD.

Director: Chris Fisher | Stars: Frank Alvarez, Clifton Collins Jr., Brittany Daniel, Keith David

Votes: 5,114 | Gross: $0.27M


A movie that I initially just thought was okay but grows on me with every rewatch, heavily inspired by Training Day and very unlikable leads (they are corrupt cops after all) but still very good

5. Chill Factor (1999)

R | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

33 Metascore

A new biological chemical weapon that explodes up to temperatures over fifty degrees Fahrenheit, falls into the hands of two men who try to make sure that it doesn't get stolen by a terrorist.

Director: Hugh Johnson | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Skeet Ulrich, Peter Firth, David Paymer

Votes: 9,048 | Gross: $11.23M


Okay the plot is DUMB but this is definitly Cuba's funniest role (even though it's not a comedy) and him and Skeet Ulrich have cool chemistry together and it's just a really entertaining ride from start to finish

6. Boyz n the Hood (1991)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence and future prospects.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Hudhail Al-Amir, Lloyd Avery II

Votes: 117,048 | Gross: $57.50M


A little too preachy at times but it's a classic

7. Linewatch (2008)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Michael Dixon is a seasoned agent working linewatch on the US/Mexico Border. Well respected by his peers at US Border Patrol, and well loved by his family (wife Angela and 5 year old ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Bray | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Omari Hardwick, Evan Ross, Dean Norris

Votes: 2,547


A b-action version of A History Of Violence kinda but I like this one better tbh, flawed but good casting and entertains

8. The Tuskegee Airmen (1995 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, History, War

The true story of how a group of African American pilots overcame racist opposition to become one of the finest US fighter groups in World War II

Director: Robert Markowitz | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Allen Payne, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Courtney B. Vance

Votes: 5,341


One of the better Made For TV movies IMO about black airfighters in World War 2

The budget is small but the performances are big

9. The Hit List (2011)

R | 90 min | Action, Thriller

A disgruntled man creates a hit list with a stranger during a drunken night out and must then race to try to save those he marked for extermination as the bodies begin to pile up and all fingers point to him.

Director: William Kaufman | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Cole Hauser, Jonathan LaPaglia, Ginny Weirick

Votes: 11,188


Another direct to dvd b-action movie from Cuba Gooding Jr but it's still one of his better ones

10. Red Tails (2012)

PG-13 | 125 min | Action, Drama, History

46 Metascore

A crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard.

Director: Anthony Hemingway | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Gerald McRaney, David Oyelowo, Andre Royo

Votes: 32,437 | Gross: $49.88M


Feels like an update of Tuskegee Airmen, bigger budget but a bigger budget doesn't necessarily make a better movie, even if it is close to being as good as T.A.

11. Jerry Maguire (1996)

R | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former secretary.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger, Kelly Preston

Votes: 229,710 | Gross: $153.95M


TBH It's been more almost 20 years since I seen it and only seen it once so my memory fades on this one but I remember liking it just fine and would (and most likely will) rewatch it

12. Outbreak (1995)

R | 127 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

Army doctors struggle to find a cure for a deadly virus spreading throughout a California town that was brought to America by an African monkey.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey

Votes: 103,757 | Gross: $67.82M


Another movie I haven't seen in almost 20 years and only seen once, I do remember it being a solid watch though

13. Losing Isaiah (1995)

R | 111 min | Drama

The natural and adoptive mothers of a young boy are involved in a bitter, controversial custody battle.

Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal | Stars: Jessica Lange, Halle Berry, David Strathairn, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Votes: 5,264 | Gross: $7.60M

6.5/10 Read: Jerry Maguire and Outbreak... I can't say I remember Cuba being in the movie at all though

14. Sacrifice (I) (2011)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A tough undercover cop inadvertently gets involved in a dangerous heroin ring when a young defector of the drug trade leaves his five year-old sister in his care.

Director: Damian Lee | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Christian Slater, Kim Coates, Devon Bostick

Votes: 2,326 | Gross: $0.03M


A B-Movie with the B-Movie kings Gooding and Slater, I was entertained

15. Snow Dogs (2002)

PG | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

29 Metascore

When a Miami dentist inherits a team of sled dogs, he's got to learn the trade or lose his pack to a crusty mountain man.

Director: Brian Levant | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., James Coburn, Sisqó, Nichelle Nichols

Votes: 24,317 | Gross: $81.17M


Definitly Cuba Gooding Jr's best attempt at a family comedy although I'd like him to stay out of that genre completely

Perhaps it's the dogs that sway me over into enjoying it, I love dogs

16. Men of Honor (2000)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama

56 Metascore

The story of Carl Brashear, the first African-American U.S. Navy Diver, and the man who trained him.

Director: George Tillman Jr. | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Robert De Niro, Charlize Theron, Aunjanue Ellis

Votes: 103,337 | Gross: $48.82M


A long time since seeing it remember thinking it was fairly good

17. The Way of War (2009)

R | 90 min | Action, Thriller

A paramilitary operative goes on a rampage after discovering a conspiracy to commit war.

Director: John R. Carter | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Clarence Williams III, John Terry, Jaclyn DeSantis

Votes: 2,477


I don't really know why I like this movie, the movie is told in a non-linear way jumping back and forth in time and after seeing it 3 times I still haven't really quite figured out what it's all about, perhaps that's why I like it cause it keeps you guessing

I must warn you though chances are that you will just think it sucks and perhaps it does lol

18. Lies & Illusions (2009)

R | 93 min | Action, Thriller

A self help author is hunted by thugs who believe the writer holds millions of dollars in diamonds stolen by his dead fiancée.

Director: Tibor Takács | Stars: Christian Slater, Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Ann Schultz, Christa Campbell

Votes: 2,832


So bad it's good, that's all I have to say about this movie... But hey it entertains, and that's what a movie is supposed to do right?

19. Life of a King (2013)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama

52 Metascore

Ex-felon, Eugene Brown, establishes a Chess Club for inner city teenagers in Washington, D.C.

Director: Jake Goldberger | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Dennis Haysbert, George Dick, Thurston Hill III

Votes: 5,848 | Gross: $0.01M


Has a tv-movie feel to it, more so than THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN and that actually WAS a tv-movie... but it's a fairly harmless and decent watch with some pretty good performances all around

20. One in the Chamber (2012)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A seasoned assassin plays both sides in a Russian gang war and becomes the target of an unknown enemy.

Director: William Kaufman | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Dolph Lundgren, Claudia Bassols, Andrew Bicknell

Votes: 4,403


It's alright, nothing to write home about, liked it better on the rewatch

21. Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 86 min | Biography, Drama

Biography of Ben Carson who grew up to be Dr. Ben Carson, a world famous neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins.

Director: Thomas Carter | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Kimberly Elise, Aunjanue Ellis, Harron Atkins

Votes: 8,301


Fairly decent made for TV movie, good performance from Cuba

22. End Game (2006)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A secret Service agent and a news reporter investigate the conspiracy behind the assassination of the President.

Director: Andy Cheng | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Angie Harmon, James Woods, Patrick Fabian

Votes: 4,989


A conspiracy thriller straight to dvd, not too shabby, seen better, seen worse

23. Radio (2003)

PG | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

38 Metascore

The story of a high school coach and the developmentally challenged man who he took under his wing.

Director: Michael Tollin | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Debra Winger, S. Epatha Merkerson

Votes: 37,125 | Gross: $52.28M


It was alright, it just had enough cheese to make anyone lactosintollerant though

24. Machete Kills (2013)

R | 107 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

41 Metascore

The U.S. government recruits Machete to battle his way through Mexico in order to take down an arms dealer who looks to launch a weapon into space.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Danny Trejo, Alexa PenaVega, Mel Gibson, Jessica Alba

Votes: 72,007 | Gross: $8.01M


Cuba does his thing in his small role the movie though was dissappointing especially the attempt of turning it to a scifi in the end was just meh

25. A Murder of Crows (1998)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A disbarred lawyer takes credit for a late friend's book, which becomes a smash hit but the tables turn on him sooner than he suspected.

Director: Rowdy Herrington | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Tom Berenger, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Eric Stoltz

Votes: 7,248


Decent thriller from what I can recall

26. What Dreams May Come (1998)

PG-13 | 113 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

44 Metascore

Chris Nielsen dies in an accident, and enters Heaven. But when he discovers that his beloved wife Annie has killed herself out of grief over the loss, he embarks on an afterlife adventure to reunite with her.

Director: Vincent Ward | Stars: Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Annabella Sciorra, Max von Sydow

Votes: 98,425 | Gross: $55.49M


The first and the last 20 minutes or so were a little too sappy for my liking but the hour in between it was really good so yeah I can't strongly recommend it or anything

27. Pearl Harbor (2001)

PG-13 | 183 min | Action, Drama, History

44 Metascore

A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett, William Lee Scott

Votes: 300,751 | Gross: $198.54M


If I don't remember incorrectly Cuba was only in it for about 1 scene but I could be wrong, anyhoots I remember looking at the clock alot when I watched it

28. Gladiator (1992)

R | 101 min | Action, Drama, Sport

Tommy Riley has moved with his dad to Chicago from a 'nice place'. He keeps to himself, goes to school. However, after a street fight he is noticed and quickly falls into the world of illegal underground boxing - where punches can kill.

Director: Rowdy Herrington | Stars: James Marshall, Cuba Gooding Jr., Brian Dennehy, Richard Lexsee

Votes: 7,777 | Gross: $9.22M


20 years since I saw it but I remember thinking it was boring perhaps I'm nice with the rating perhaps I'm unfair who knows

29. Shadowboxer (2005)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

33 Metascore

When an assassin is diagnosed with terminal cancer, she decides to carry out one final killing, assisted by her lover and stepson, Mikey (Cuba Gooding, Jr.).

Director: Lee Daniels | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Helen Mirren, Vanessa Ferlito, Macy Gray

Votes: 6,399 | Gross: $0.37M


Some parts of it is good stuff, the performances are fine from most of the cast but some parts are just too icky... Without spoiling too much Helen Mirren and Cuba Gooding Jr's mother and son relationsship although not bloodrelated is uhh well you can probably read between the lines...

30. Wrong Turn at Tahoe (2009)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A small-time crime boss kills a drug dealer without realizing that the drug dealer works for the biggest crime boss in the country.

Director: Franck Khalfoun | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Miguel Ferrer, Harvey Keitel, Alex Meneses

Votes: 3,773


This movie tries too hard to be cool, it's alright at times other times it's just boring

31. In the Shadows (2001)

R | 105 min | Drama, Thriller

A hitman, sent to kill a veteran Hollywood stuntman, falls in love with the target's daughter, and decides to become a stuntman himself.

Director: Ric Roman Waugh | Stars: Matthew Modine, James Caan, Joey Lauren Adams, Lillo Brancato

Votes: 813


The starting carreer for Cuba Gooding Jr into the b-action movie scene I believe, his part wasn't that big I remember that and I remember the lead being not too good of an actor but the story being fairly good... So there are positives and negatives, I'll throw out a 5/10 rating cause I can't remember if it was better or worse than the couple of movies above

32. Rat Race (2001)

PG-13 | 112 min | Adventure, Comedy

52 Metascore

A Las Vegas casino magnate, determined to find a new avenue for wagering, sets up a race for money.

Director: Jerry Zucker | Stars: Breckin Meyer, Amy Smart, Whoopi Goldberg, Vince Vieluf

Votes: 105,184 | Gross: $56.62M


Jon Lovitz was kinda funny but other than that it was a pretty silly movie, note to Cuba: Comedy is not your strong suite

33. Instinct (1999)

R | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

43 Metascore

When noted anthropologist Dr. Ethan Powell, who left society to live in the jungle is imprisoned for murder, it's up to young psychiatrist Theo Caulder to get through to him.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Cuba Gooding Jr., Donald Sutherland, Maura Tierney

Votes: 30,803 | Gross: $34.10M


Watched it twice, but over 10 years ago, remember being fairly bored both times

34. The Fighting Temptations (2003)

PG-13 | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

53 Metascore

A New York advertising executive travels to a small Southern town to collect an inheritance but finds he must create a gospel choir and lead it to success before he can collect.

Director: Jonathan Lynn | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Beyoncé, Mike Epps, Nigel Washington

Votes: 6,560 | Gross: $30.24M


Had some moments but was at least 30 minutes too long, at least

35. Ticking Clock (2011 Video)

R | 101 min | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A reporter stumbles upon the journal of a murderer replete with plans to butcher specific people, and investigates on his own, finding that every trail leads to a 9-year-old orphan living in a group home.

Director: Ernie Barbarash | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Neal McDonough, Nicki Aycox, Austin Abrams

Votes: 3,132


Has some moments... Some moments doesn't save a otherwise pretty messy movie though which doesn't really seem what genre it's supposed to be

36. Hardwired (2009)

R | 94 min | Action, Sci-Fi

After a tragic accident nearly claims the life Luke Gibson (Gooding Jr.) the Hexx Corporation hardwire an implant into Luke's brain, it saves his life, but Luke soon finds out that this new technology comes at price, advertising.

Director: Ernie Barbarash | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Val Kilmer, Michael Ironside, Tatiana Maslany

Votes: 4,013


Sci-Fi with no budget, actually this is a pilot for a tv-series and not a movie as they wanted you to believe when they released it... Can't say I'm not surprised that it wasn't picked up by any tv-companies...

37. Absolute Deception (2013)

R | 92 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A widowed reporter recruits the help of a federal agent to investigate her late husband's secrets, but the two become the target of unknown attackers.

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Emmanuelle Vaugier, Evert McQueen, Ty Hungerford

Votes: 1,619


I didn't hate it, but there wasn't much I liked about it either

38. Boat Trip (2002)

R | 94 min | Comedy

18 Metascore

Two straight men mistakenly end up on a "gays only" cruise.

Director: Mort Nathan | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Horatio Sanz, Roselyn Sanchez, Vivica A. Fox

Votes: 29,533 | Gross: $8.59M


Yeaaaah Cuba and comedy hmm... To be fair though the script kinda sucks too so it's not his fault

39. The Devil's Tomb (2009)

R | 90 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

An elite group of soldiers on a covert mission to retrieve a scientist from an underground lab encounter an ancient evil in the facility.

Director: Jason Connery | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Ray Winstone, Ron Perlman, Taryn Manning

Votes: 6,255


Pretty awful attempt at horror

40. Summoned (2013 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Laura becomes concerned when fellow members of a former jury begin dying according to their seat numbers. As her number nears, she races to find out what is causing the unexplained killings before she becomes a victim.

Director: Peter Sullivan | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Ashley Scott, Bailey Chase, James Hong

Votes: 1,052


After watching The Devil's Tomb I didn't think that Cuba could make a worse movie than that... I was wrong, the whole movie is just one big mess of doodoo

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