Movies starring Viola Davis

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Doubt

It's one of life's bitter ironies that one of the first things lost to moral certainty is the capacity for compassion. Righteousness is a cold, hard position, and an unshakeable one. It allows no room for one of the most basic tenants of human exi...

Run Time: 1:45
U.S. Release Date: 2008-12-10
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Mature Themes)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: John Patrick Shanley
Cast: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, ...
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, ...
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, ...
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

For one reason or another, there have been few quality movies made about 9/11. Maybe it's because the event is too recent and the wound too fresh. Or perhaps it's because filmmakers are keenly aware that a misstep could lead to charges of exploitat...

Run Time: 2:09
U.S. Release Date: 2011-12-25
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Stephen Daldry
Cast: Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, ...
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, ...
Fences

On reason behind the so-called “whitewashing” of the 2016 Oscars was too few roles of substance in major productions for actors of color. This year’s roster of awards contenders has taken substantial steps to address this issue. Now...

Run Time: 2:18
U.S. Release Date: 2016-12-25
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Adult Themes)
Genre: Drama
Director: Denzel Washington
Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Jovan Adepo, ...
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, ...
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, ...
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, ...
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, ...