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A Comprehensive Ranking of Anthony Mackie's Performances From Best to Worst

Discover the diverse characters acted by Anthony Mackie, ranked best to worst, spanning both movies and TV shows. Explore his range as an actor.


Jun. 21 2024, Published 10:06 a.m. ET

Originating from the beautiful city of New Orleans, Anthony Mackie entered the spotlight with his breakthrough role in Eminem's 8 Mile back in 2002.

Since then, he has crafted a dynamic and diverse career in acting, unapologetically exploring a wide array of characters and the issues they encounter.

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His versatility and dedication to his craft have earned him a special place in the hearts of his fans. While it's hard to label any of Mackie's performances as "bad," we've taken on the challenge of ranking five of his most memorable roles from best to worst.

1. Danny in ‘Black Mirror’

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Danny in Black Mirror Season 5: Episode 1.

In Black Mirror on Netflix, Season 5, Episode 1, Anthony portrays Danny, who reunites with his old friend Karl through an updated version of a video game they both adore. Their connection deepens in the virtual realm, verging on addiction as they withdraw from reality. Meanwhile,

Danny juggles his now troubled marriage with his wife, Theo, and their family plans. As their real lives unravel, Danny faces a dilemma: confronting Karl and telling his wife a painful truth.

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2. Sergeant J.T. in ‘The Hurt Locker’

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Sergeant J.T. in ‘The Hurt Locker’

Set during the Iraq War, this film revolves around the experiences of Sergeant JT and Specialist Owen Elridge. Following the death of a respected sergeant, they discover their Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit is under the leadership of a uniquely unconventional figure.

Sergeant William James lives on the edge, known for his daring and talent, yet his leadership style raises questions, hinting at underlying issues he deals with.

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This begins the East Coast-West Coast rivalry as they clash to represent their respective sides. The movie displays the ups and downs of dealing with money and fame as the the two young man navigate in hip-hop in the 90s.

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3. Sam Wilson in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

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Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson in 'The Winter Solider.'

Mackie's Marvel debut shines through his portrayal of Sam Wilson, a pivotal character known as The Winter Soldier within the Marvel universe. Sam, one of the few black characters in Marvel, inherits Captain America's legacy by the end of Avengers: Endgame. Teaming up with Bucky Barnes, they unite forces to thwart an anti-patriotism organization.

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4. Ed Fox in 'The Woman in the Window'

In The Woman in the Window, Anthony plays Ed Fox, the estranged wife of Anna Fox (Amy Adams), an agoraphobic woman who thinks she witnessed her neighbor get murdered.

Despite being based on a best-selling novel, the Netflix movie received a 25 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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5. Tupac Shakur in ‘Notorious’

Notorious shares the life of iconic rapper Christopher Wallace, depicting his journey from rise to tragic demise. Mackie portrays Tupac Shakur, a fellow rapper and former close friend of Biggie Smalls. Their relationship sours due to media, gossip, and drama, escalating tensions after Tupac's assault, which he blames on Biggie.

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