Angela Bassett is a renowned actress popular for her biographical films or biopics. She began her journey into the world of Hollywood in the mid-1950s and has been active ever since. Some of her biopics include The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992) as the matriarch of the Jackson family, Katherine Jackson, What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993), where she played Tina Turner, Malcom X (1992), Panther (1995), and so on. She is a multiple award-winning actress and director with a plethora of blockbuster movies to her credit. Some of her most recent works include Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity Wars and Mission Impossible: Fallout. They were all released in 2018 and were major box office hits. Considering how successful her career has been, it is pretty difficult to rank Angela Bassett’s movies from best to worst. However, the following movies and television shows have been selected and are ranked in that order based on their commercial and critical success as well as audience reception.
See Angela Bassett Movies Ranked From Best To Worst
Avengers: Infinity Wars (2018)
This Marvel Universe superhero movie is the second to the last installment in its franchise (the last hopefully being End Game released in 2019). As was expected, the movie was a blockbuster. as Marvel Studios didn’t fail to deliver good quality visuals, suspense filed plot and most importantly, entertainment to the screens of millions around the world. The movie was written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and directed by Anthony and Joe Russo based on a comic book The Avengers by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Starring alongside Angela Bassett were Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
In the film, the fate of humanity lies on the shoulders of the Avengers – as usual – and they face their deadliest enemy yet and must work together to ensure that half of the population of the world is not wiped out. Commercially, the movie made over $1 billion in profit with a budget of $400 million and box office sales of $2.1 billion. The critics loved it and gave excellent remarks about it. The audience also thought it was great with a rating of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes and 8.5/10 on IMDb.
Black Panther (2018)
Black Panther is another superhero movie from Marvel Studios. This film was more than a success, as it became the third-highest-grossing film of the MCU, the ninth-highest-grossing film of all time, and the highest-grossing film by a black director. It also shot the careers of many actors to the limelight. It was also regarded as culturally significant by Africans and African Americans.
Its script was created by Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole and was directed by the former. It starred star actors like Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, and Daniel Kaluuya. In the film, T’challa (Chadwick Boseman) is made King of Wakanda following his father’s death but is faced with an adversary who seeks to take the country as well as begin a global revolution. This enemy comes in the form of his half-brother (Michael B. Jordan).
The movie was a box office hit grossing $1.3 billion in sales from a $200 million budget. It was also praised by the critics who scored it 96% while the audience scored the movie 79% on Rotten Tomatoes. It also held a 7.3-star rating on IMDb.
Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018)
MI: Fallout was one of the successful movies of 2018. It was not only a commercial hit but was also loved by the audience. It brought back stars such as Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Sean Harris. It is the sixth film in the Mission: Impossible franchise. This installment was written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie.
Ethan Hunt is played by Tom Cruise in this film and he is saddled with the task of recovering a plutonium he and his colleague had misplaced on a mission.
The film hit $791 million at the box office and made a profit of over $600 million with a budget of $178 million. It was also cherished and applauded by the critics and audiences alike.
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Boyz n the Hood is a crime and hood drama movie that is didactic. It was written and directed by John Singleton and had in its ensemble other stars such as Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, Larry Fishburne, Nia Long, and Regina King.
Tre Styles (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is a teenager sent to live with his father (Larry Fishburne) in South Central, Los Angeles, who instills virtues of respect and discipline in him. At South Central, Los Angeles, he is surrounded by a booming drug and gang culture. And despite being taught the faith by his mother (Angela Bassett), Tre is faced with peer pressure from his friends: Doughboy (Ice Cube) and Ricky (Morris Chestnut).
Boyz n the Hood was a huge success on all fronts. Not only was it a box office hit, it was also critically acclaimed. It was largely applauded by the audience based on its ratings. On Rotten Tomatoes, the audience rated it 93%. It scored 7.7/10 on IMDb. It grossed $57.7 million on box office sales in North America alone against a budget of $6.5 million.
Malcolm X (1992)
Brilliance and deft were demonstrated in this film written by Arnold Perl and Spike Lee. It was a biopic created in honor of a Black hero Malcolm X. He was a controversial Black Muslim and leader who joined the fight for the liberation and emancipation of black colored people in America. The movie was directed by Spike Lee and featured stars such as Denzel Washington, Albert Hall, Al Freeman Jr., Delroy Lindo, and Spike Lee.
The movie follows the struggles of the Black leader Malcolm X as told in his autobiography by Alex Haley. He was assassinated in 1965 and his murder served as a symbol of self-determination and racial pride. The movie was a success commercially – it had a production budget of $33 million and grossed $48.2 million worldwide at the Box Office. It’s critic and audience rating was also very high as it was rated 93% by the audience on Rotten Tomatoes and 7.7 on IMDb.
Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
Akeelah and the Bee is a 2006 educational film written and directed by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship winner, Doug Atchison. The film starred Laurence Fishburne and Keke Palmer, alongside Angela Bassett.
Angela Bassett plays the role of Tanya Anderson, the mother of the main protagonist in the movie, Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer). Akeelah is a smart, incredibly talented but sassy 11-year-old who qualifies for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. She is coached by a mysterious teacher, Dr. Joshua Larabee (Laurence Fishburne) – another protagonist. The movie won various awards and is critically acclaimed. On IMDb, it was rated 7.3/10 while the audience approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes was 81%. It was regarded as being commercially successful as it grossed over $19 million in box office sales.
Meet the Robinsons (2007)
Meet the Robinsons is an animated sci-fi comedy based on a 1990 children’s picture book titled A Day with Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce. It was directed by Stephen Anderson. Alongside Angela Bassett, the movie also cast stars such as Jordan Fry, Wesley Singerman, Harland Williams, Tom Kenny, and Steve Anderson.
Lewis (Jordan Fry) is a boy genius whose invention is stolen by Bowler Hat Guy (Steve Anderson) and has failed in his several attempts to retrieve it. At this time of despair, William Robinson (Wesley Singerman), Lewis’ son from the future appears on the scene and whisks him to the future where they both uncover a big secret. This Angela Bassett movie was received with mixed reactions from critics. However, the audience approval rating was more than average. On Rotten Tomatoes, it hit 74% audience ratings and 6.8 on IMDb. It was not a commercial hit but it managed to recover and exceeded its budget by $19 million with its $169 million box office sales.
How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)
This film is adapted from a bestseller with the same title written by Terry McMillan. The movie was co-written by Terry McMillan (and Ron Bass) and directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan. Starring alongside Angela Bassett were Taye Diggs, Regina King, and Whoopi Goldberg.
Stella, a successful 40-year-old stockbroker (Angela Bassett) who has had ill luck with love is persuaded to take a vacation to Jamaica by her girlfriend (Whoopi Goldberg). She does and there finds love in the arms of a young man in his twenties. Will their love stand the test of time and distance? Angela takes the role of Stella, the lead character in this movie.
It was a commercial success with box office sales of $39 million against a budget of $20 million. Its audience approval rating was a bit above average with 68% on Rotten Tomatoes and 5.7 stars on IMDb. It was met with mixed reviews from critics on popular reviewing sites.
City of Hope (1991)
Despite having high audience approval ratings, many positive reviews from critics and high profile actors on set, City of Hope failed to live up to expectations. It was a commercial flop, losing over $1 million at the box office. It was written and directed by John Sayles and had stars such as Vincent Spano, Tony Lo Bianco, Joe Morton, Todd Graff, and David Strathairn, line up alongside Angela Bassett.
The movie revolves around the lives of people in the troubled city of New Jersey. 17 critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 94% rating – it was also rated highly by other reviewing sites. It received an audience approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes of 81% and 7.4 on IMDb. Sadly, it did poorly at the box office, grossing only $1.3 million against a budget of $3 million.
Once described as an insult to sci-fi, Supernova is arguably the worst movie Angela Bassett has featured in. This movie was written by David C. Wilson, William Malone, and Daniel Chuba and directed by Walter Hill. Its ensemble cast included Robert Forster, Lou Diamond Phillips, Peter Facinelli, Robin Tunney, and Wilson Cruz – who all starred alongside Angela Bassett
The movie is based on the adventures of Nightingale 229, a deep-space hospital ship who runs into danger when they rescue a young man who smuggles an alien artifact on board. It was a colossal failure at a critical level with 10% and 19% ratings from Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic respectively. The audience disapproved of it massively, with abysmal ratings of 17% and 4.9 on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb respectively. It was a box office bomb, grossing only $14 million against a budget of $60-90 million.