17 The Old Guard
Chiwetel Ejiofor plays the role of James Copley in the movie 'The Old Guard'. Copley is a former CIA agent who becomes entangled with a group of immortal mercenaries led by Charlize Theron's character, Andy. Tasked with capturing the group, Copley later realizes their noble cause and helps them confront a ruthless pharmaceutical executive seeking to exploit their immortality.
16 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Chiwetel Ejiofor plays the role of Conall in the movie 'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil'. Conall is an ally of Maleficent who helps her to protect Aurora from the Queen of the Moors. He is a dashing and brave soldier who is loyal to Maleficent and her cause.
In the movie 'Redbelt', Chiwetel Ejiofor portrays the character Mike Terry, a highly skilled and honorable Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor facing financial struggles in Los Angeles. Despite his expertise, Terry maintains a principled stance against competing professionally for money.
14 Four Brothers
In the movie 'Four Brothers', Chiwetel Ejiofor plays the role of Victor Sweet, the primary antagonist. Victor Sweet is a ruthless and powerful Detroit crime lord who is responsible for the murder of Evelyn Mercer, the mother of the four adopted brothers.
In the movie 'Amistad', Chiwetel Ejiofor plays the role of Ens. James Covey, a translator on the U.S. Navy ship that intercepts the slave ship Amistad in 1839. Covey is instrumental in communicating with the captive Africans, particularly with their leader, Cinque (Djimon Hounsou), helping to bridge the language barrier.
12 Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Chiwetel Ejiofor reprised his role as Karl Mordo in 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness'. Ejiofor has been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since his debut in the 2016 film 'Doctor Strange'.
11 Dirty Pretty Things
Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Okwe, a Nigerian immigrant living in London who works as a doctor by day and a cab driver by night. Okwe gets caught up in a dangerous criminal underworld when he discovers a shocking secret about the hotel he is working in. He must use all of his ingenuity and moral courage to protect the people he cares about and survive in this hostile environment.
10 Talk to Me
In the movie 'Talk to Me', Chiwetel Ejiofor portrays the character Dewey Hughes, a real-life figure. Dewey is a program director at a Washington, D.C. radio station in the 1960s. He takes a chance on hiring ex-con Ralph "Petey" Greene (Don Cheadle) as a radio host, recognizing his raw talent and unique voice. Throughout the film, Dewey becomes Petey's manager and close friend, guiding him through success, fame, and personal struggles.
9 Doctor Strange
Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Karl Mordo in 'Doctor Strange'. Mordo is a powerful sorcerer and a former ally of Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). He eventually turns against Strange and allies himself with the villainous Dormammu.
8 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
In the movie 'The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind', Chiwetel Ejiofor takes on the role of William Kamkwamba's father, Trywell Kamkwamba. The film is based on a true story set in Malawi, where the country faces a severe famine. Trywell, a hardworking farmer, struggles to provide for his family during this challenging time. William, their son, is determined to find a solution and uses his ingenuity to build a windmill to generate electricity and irrigate their fields.
7 Inside Man
In the movie 'Inside Man', Chiwetel Ejiofor plays the role of Detective Bill Mitchell, a skilled and determined NYPD officer. When a bank robbery unfolds, led by Dalton Russell (Clive Owen), Detective Mitchell is assigned to negotiate with the clever and elusive criminal.
6 Love Actually
Chiwetel Ejiofor played Peter, the husband of Juliet (Keira Knightley) in the 2003 romantic comedy 'Love Actually'. Peter, who is a musician, is the brother of Mark (Andrew Lincoln), who is in love with Juliet. Peter and Juliet are happily married, but their relationship is tested when Mark confesses his love for Juliet.
Chiwetel Ejiofor starred as The Operative in the 2005 sci-fi action thriller 'Serenity'. He played a mysterious agent whose mission was to hunt down the crew of the ship Serenity and capture its captain, Mal Reynolds (Nathan Fillion).
4 American Gangster
Chiwetel Ejiofor played the role of Huey Lucas in the crime thriller film 'American Gangster'. He starred alongside Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe and Jodie Foster, among others.
3 Children of Men
Chiwetel Ejiofor plays the role of Luke in the 2006 science fiction thriller 'Children of Men'. The character is a former activist who helps Clive Owen’s character, Theo, protect a pregnant woman from a government determined to prevent the birth of a new generation.
2 The Martian
Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Vincent Kapoor, the director of the Mars mission, in 'The Martian'. He is credited with getting the crew of astronauts to Mars and helping to rescue astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) when he is stranded.
1 12 Years a Slave
In the movie '12 Years a Slave', Chiwetel Ejiofor delivers a powerful performance as Solomon Northup, a free African-American man living in New York. In 1841, he is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. The film chronicles Northup's harrowing journey through years of brutal enslavement, depicting the horrors and inhumanity of the antebellum American slave system.