Movies starring Viola Davis

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It's Kind of a Funny Story

It's rare that a story set within the confines of a mental ward/hospital/asylum cannot be said to owe a debt to Milos Forman's One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest. It's Kind of a Funny Story is a case in point. Even though the basic narrative bears l...

Run Time: 1:31
U.S. Release Date: 2010-10-08
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Sexual Content, Profanity)
Genre: DRAMA/COMEDY
Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Cast: Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts, ...
Knight and Day

The action/comedy genre has grown in popularity over the past couple of decades, but it remains difficult for filmmakers to find a workable balance between the seemingly disparate elements of the recipe. Too much action often results in marginaliz...

Run Time: 1:45
U.S. Release Date: 2010-06-23
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: ACTION/COMEDY
Director: James Mangold
Cast: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, ...
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

With a standout final performance by Chadwick Boseman and equally arresting work by Viola Davis in the title role, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom gets the year’s award for least-likely title to vie for a ton of Oscar attention. Adapted from the ...

Run Time: 1:34
U.S. Release Date: 2020-12-18
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Violence)
Genre: Drama
Director: George C. Wolfe
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Glynn Turman, ...
Nights in Rodanthe

I can kind-of, sort-of see how this story might work as a novel. Bad dialogue doesn't sound as howlingly awful when not spoken aloud. Idiotic plot contrivances don't seem as painful and obvious. A love affair depends only on the spell woven by t...

Run Time: 1:37
U.S. Release Date: 2008-09-26
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Sexual Situations)
Genre: DRAMA/ROMANCE
Director: George C. Wolfe
Cast: Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Christopher Merloni, ...
Prisoners

Whodunits are rarely a good playground for Hollywood films. The average mystery, whether a stripped-down Agatha Christie-esque tale or a more complex endeavor, is too demanding for the structural constraints of a motion picture. As a result, when o...

Run Time: 2:25
U.S. Release Date: 2013-09-20
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: THRILLER/DRAMA
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Jackman, Terrence Howard, ...
Solaris

Solaris may be the first big budget science fiction motion picture that belongs in an art house rather than a multiplex. The movie bears a stronger resemblance to 2001: A Space Odyssey than to Star Wars, with an emphasis on ideas over action. Tho...

Run Time: 1:38
U.S. Release Date: 2002-11-27
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Mature Themes, Sexual Situations, Nudity)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Jeremy Davies, ...
Suicide Squad

It has apparently become an old-fashioned notion to believe motion pictures should be grounded in concepts like narrative and character rather than in how loudly the soundtrack plays classic rock songs and how many cuts the director can use in an ove...

Run Time: 2:10
U.S. Release Date: 2016-08-05
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Adventure
Director: David Ayer
Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, ...
Suicide Squad, The

With The Suicide Squad, James Gunn becomes the second high-profile Marvel director to moonlight in the DCEU. Fortunately, Gunn’s effort is significantly better than Joss Whedon’s career-killing turn with Justice League. Gunn, temporarily fi...

Run Time: 2:12
U.S. Home Release Date: 2021-10-26
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Gore, Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Action/Adventure
Director: James Gunn
Cast: Margot Robbie, Juan Diego Botto, Peter Capaldi, ...
Widows

Harry Rawlings (Liam Neeson) is a career criminal – a thief so meticulous that he has operated for thirty years without being caught. He plans each job ahead, writing all the details in a notebook, and leaves nothing to chance. But fate catc...

Run Time: 2:09
U.S. Release Date: 2018-11-16
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Thriller
Director: Steve McQueen
Cast: Viola Davis, Daniel Kaluuya, Brian Tyree Henry, ...