Aldis Hodge is an actor whose talent and versatility have earned him a place among Hollywood’s brightest stars. With a career spanning over two decades, Hodge has delivered remarkable performances in a variety of film and television projects. He started acting in TV shows and commercials when he was just a child. Hodge had his first role of note when he played a small part in Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995).
Now, Hodge is a SAG Award-winning actor who has made his way into the hearts of many with his good looks and even better talent. For those who are not familiar with Hodge or want to explore his work, here is a list of the most notable Aldis Hodge movies and TV shows ranked based on their Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb scores.
10. Black Adam (2022)
Rotten Tomatoes: 38%
Aldis Hodge played the role of Hawkman in the DC Comics film Black Adam. Hawkman, also known as Carter Hall, is a superhero with a rich history in the DC Universe and a member of the Justice Society of America with Black Adam, played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He possesses the ability to fly and has a mystical connection to the ancient Egyptian prince Khufu. The film had a mixed reaction amongst critics and audiences. However, Hodge was still an enjoyable addition to the movie and was pivotal in the success it had amongst DC fans.
9. What Men Want (2019)
Rotten Tomatoes: 42%
In the 2019 comedy film What Men Want, Hodge plays the character Will, who is the love interest of the film’s protagonist, Ali Davis, portrayed by Taraji P. Henson. Will is a single father and a caring, down-to-earth guy who becomes romantically involved with Ali as she navigates her newfound ability to hear men’s thoughts. Hodge’s character adds a touch of romance and genuine chemistry to the film’s humorous exploration of gender dynamics and communication.
8. Brian Banks (2018)
Rotten Tomatoes: 63%
Aldis Hodge played the titular character, Brian Banks, in the 2018 film Brian Banks. The movie is based on the true story of a high school football star who was wrongfully convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and spent years in prison. Hodge’s portrayal captures the emotional journey of Brian Banks, from his wrongful incarceration to his fight for exoneration with the help of the California Innocence Project. Hodge’s performance is both powerful and moving, showcasing the resilience and determination of a man seeking justice and a second chance at life. Hodge’s emotional performance stuck with viewers and was praised for its depth.
7. Leverage (2008-2012, 2020-2021)
Rotten Tomatoes (Season 1): 77%
Aldis Hodge had a prominent role as Alec Hardison in the TV series Leverage. The show follows a team of con artists and thieves who target corrupt individuals and organizations. Hodge’s character, Hardison, is the team’s tech genius. He is responsible for handling the team’s technological operations, hacking and providing critical support during heists and cons. Hodge’s character adds humor and technical expertise to the group’s dynamic as they target corrupt individuals and organizations to seek justice for their victims. The series initially ran from 2008 to 2012 and was later revived in 2020 and relaunched as Leverage: Redemption.
6. Straight Outta Compton (2015)
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Aldis Hodge’s breakout role came in the biographical drama Straight Outta Compton, directed by F. Gary Gray. The film chronicles the rise and fall of the iconic rap group N.W.A. Hodge portrayed MC Ren, one of the group’s founding members. The movie received widespread praise for its portrayal of hip-hop culture and the social issues of the time.
5. Clemency (2019)
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
In the film Clemency, Aldis Hodge portrays the character of Anthony Woods, a death row inmate facing execution. Hodge’s performance as Anthony Woods is a poignant and emotionally charged portrayal of a man grappling with the harsh realities of life on death row and his impending execution. The film explores the emotional and moral complexities surrounding the death penalty, and the emotional toll on a prison warden (played by Alfre Woodard) who oversees executions. Hodge’s performance in this powerful role garnered critical acclaim for its depth and authenticity.
4. The Invisible Man (2020)
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
In The Invisible Man, a modern adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic novel, Hodge played James Lanier, a detective and the friend of the film’s protagonist, Cecilia Kass, portrayed by Elisabeth Moss. Lanier is a source of support and assistance to Cecilia as she becomes increasingly convinced that she is being stalked by an unseen and malevolent force. The movie, directed by Leigh Whannell, received acclaim for its suspenseful storytelling and Hodge’s strong supporting role.
3. Hidden Figures (2016)
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Hidden Figures is another critically acclaimed film in Hodge’s filmography. Directed by Theodore Melfi, the movie tells the true story of African-American female mathematicians at NASA during the early 1960s. Hodge played Levi Jackson, the husband of Katherine Johnson, one of the film’s central characters, portrayed by Taraji P. Henson.
2. Underground (2016)
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
In the television series Underground (2016-2017), Hodge played the role of Noah, a skilled and resourceful enslaved man who becomes a key figure in a group of slaves’ daring escape attempts from a Georgia plantation. Noah’s character is a central figure in the show, and Hodge’s portrayal showcases his determination and resilience in the face of oppression as he leads the group through harrowing and dangerous journeys to freedom via the Underground Railroad. Hodge’s performance in “Underground” received critical acclaim for its depth and emotional impact, highlighting the strength and courage of those who sought freedom during this dark period in American history.
1. One Night in Miami (2020)
Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
One Night in Miami, directed by Regina King, is a fictionalized account of a meeting between Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke in 1964. Aldis Hodge played Jim Brown, the legendary NFL player. His portrayal of Jim Brown captures his charisma and the conflict he faces as he contemplates his future beyond football.The film was praised for its thought-provoking dialogue and outstanding performances, especially Hodge’s as it was regarded for its depth and authenticity.
Aldis Hodge’s filmography is marked by a series of impressive roles that have showcased his range as an actor. With consistently high ratings on both Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb, it’s clear that critics and audiences alike appreciate his contributions to film and television. As his career continues to evolve, Hodge is undoubtedly a rising star worth keeping an eye on.