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Top 10 Chadwick Boseman Films to Watch Now

Chadwick Boseman played the unforgettable role of King T’Challa in the Marvel movie Black Panther. As many of us know, he died of colon cancer at the age of 43 on August 28. He was diagnosed with the disease back in 2016. Astonishingly, he made some of his most prominent movies while battling the illness, much like the Marvel blockbusters he starred on.

Boseman’s films are a testament to his legacy as an actor. From portraying fictional kings to historical figures, Boseman was well-known for playing individuals that audiences might admire.

Chadwick Boseman Films that You Should Watch

So as a tribute to him, we listed ten of Boseman’s finest films. These include themes about America’s criminal justice system, crime thrillers, and some biopics. Boseman’s final film will be Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which is an adaptation of an August Wilson play that will air on Netflix in the latter part of the year.

The Express (2008)

The Express is Boseman’s first-ever film. Like much of his filmography, this movie is about a real-life trendsetter: Syracuse University football player Ernie Davis, the very first Black individual to win the Heisman Prize. Boseman’s character, named Floyd Little, who went on to become a legendary football player

42 (2013)

42 was Boseman’s breakout film. He played the character of Jackie Robinson, the legendary Brooklyn Dodger that was the first Black individual to play in Major League Baseball. The movie established a pattern that would echo throughout Boseman’s career: Embodying real-life historical figures with grandeur.

Draft Day (2014)

This film follows a star college football player as he head for that NFL magnificence. Kevin Costner plays the general manager of the team Cleveland Browns, who is convinced Vontae Mack (played by Boseman) can turn the team around.

Get On Up (2014)

So thoroughly did Boseman capture the spirit, power and mannerisms of the soul singer that you couldn’t be faulted in believing the individual on-screen in Get On Up was the actual James Brown. The 2014 film narrates Brown’s life in a nonlinear way, highlighting the social impact he had.

The Gods of Egypt (2016)

When he wasn’t acting in socially significant biopics, Boseman had a propensity for epic tales that combines action and also mythology. Black Panther and The Gods of Egypt are examples of this. In this film, Boseman plays one of the prominent gods of Egypt– Thoth, the god of wisdom– who caught in the middle of two other gods seeking dominion over the world.

Message From the King (2016)

In this film, Boseman play the character of Jacob King, who is a person on a mission to find his missing sister.

Marshall (2017)

Boseman played Thurgood Marshall, who is the very first Black Supreme Court Justice in 1967. This emotional biopic tells the story of Marshall’s very early trials.

Black Panther (2018)

This list cannot be complete with Black Panther, which was the very first significant superhero motion picture to feature a Black protagonist and an almost all-Black cast. Boseman played King T’Challa, the leader of Wakanda, a deceptive African country far more technically advanced than every other nation.

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Chadwick Boseman played the role of King T’Challa in Avengers: Endgame
(Photo Courtesy of Marvel Studios)

Boseman turns up at the end of this three-hour-long Marvel saga, yet what a scene! We all know that there wouldn’t be a triumph without the character that Boseman played, King T’Challa.

21 Bridges (2019)

21 Bridges is a drama set in one of New York’s police division. Boseman played the character of Andre Young, who wants to be a policeman to for his father that was murdered while on his shift. Similar to Black Panther, the theme is a son carrying on their fathers’ legacies.

Da 5 Bloods (2020)

Spike Lee’s most recent movie, Da 5 Bloods, focuses on a group of Vietnam war veterans who went back to the frontlines to find their commander. According to Lee, the film required a challenging shoot, and again Boseman rose to the occasion.

Checkout this Da 5 Bloods Trailer:

Trailer by Netflix

That’s it! We hope you check out all of these films. Tell us which is your favorite character that Chadwick Boseman played!