Aunjanue Ellis

​Aunjanue L. Ellis is an American producer, stage and screen actress, best known for her film roles in "Ray", "Undercover Brother", and on the television series "The Mentalist". She has an BA in African-American Studies from Brown University, and an MFA in Acting from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

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Disappearing Acts (2000)

Zora Banks is a school teacher and aspiring singer hoping to become a successful star while taking a break from heartache. Franklin Swift is a down-on-his-luck construction worker and not-quite divorced father of two hoping to start his own business. The two meet ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gina Prince-Bythewood
CAST:  Sanaa Lathan  •  Wesley Snipes  •  CCH Pounder  •  Clark Johnson

Zora Banks is a school teacher and aspiring singer hoping to become a successful star while taking a break from heartache. Franklin Swift is a down-on-his-luck construction worker and not-quite divorced father of two hoping to start his own business. The two meet ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gina Prince-Bythewood
CAST:  Sanaa Lathan  •  Wesley Snipes  •  CCH Pounder  •  Clark Johnson

Freedomland (2006)

A black police detective must solve a strange case of a kidnapped boy and deal with a big racial protest.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Roth
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Julianne Moore  •  Edie Falco  •  Aunjanue Ellis

A black police detective must solve a strange case of a kidnapped boy and deal with a big racial protest.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Roth
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Julianne Moore  •  Edie Falco  •  Aunjanue Ellis

In Too Deep (1999)

Drug lord Dwayne Gittens rules Cincinnati with an iron fist. No wonder he's known as "God" on the streets. Determined to break Gittens' stranglehold on the city is undercover cop Jeffrey Cole. But as Cole takes on an assumed identity to penetrate Gittens' criminal ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Rymer
CAST:  Omar Epps  •  LL Cool J  •  Nia Long  •  Stanley Tucci

Drug lord Dwayne Gittens rules Cincinnati with an iron fist. No wonder he's known as "God" on the streets. Determined to break Gittens' stranglehold on the city is undercover cop Jeffrey Cole. But as Cole takes on an assumed identity to penetrate Gittens' criminal ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Rymer
CAST:  Omar Epps  •  LL Cool J  •  Nia Long  •  Stanley Tucci

Lovely & Amazing (2001)

An intimate family portrait of four hapless but resilient women and the bittersweet lessons they learn in keeping up with the hectic demands of their individual neuroses. Each of the women seeks redemption in her own haphazard way, but whatever salvation they find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicole Holofcener
CAST:  Catherine Keener  •  Brenda Blethyn  •  Emily Mortimer  •  Jake Gyllenhaal

An intimate family portrait of four hapless but resilient women and the bittersweet lessons they learn in keeping up with the hectic demands of their individual neuroses. Each of the women seeks redemption in her own haphazard way, but whatever salvation they find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicole Holofcener
CAST:  Catherine Keener  •  Brenda Blethyn  •  Emily Mortimer  •  Jake Gyllenhaal

Ray (2004)

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Born on a sharecropping plantation in Northern Florida, Ray Charles went blind at seven. Inspired by a fiercely independent mom who insisted he make his own way, He found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard. Touring across the Southern musical circuit, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taylor Hackford
CAST:  Jamie Foxx  •  Kerry Washington  •  Regina King  •  Harry Lennix

Born on a sharecropping plantation in Northern Florida, Ray Charles went blind at seven. Inspired by a fiercely independent mom who insisted he make his own way, He found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard. Touring across the Southern musical circuit, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taylor Hackford
CAST:  Jamie Foxx  •  Kerry Washington  •  Regina King  •  Harry Lennix

Undercover Brother (2002)

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An Afro-American organization, the B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D., is in permanent fight against a white organization "The Man" defending the values of the black people in North America. When the Afro-American candidate Gen. Warren Boutwell behaves strangely in his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Malcolm D. Lee
CAST:  Eddie Griffin  •  Chris Kattan  •  Denise Richards  •  Aunjanue Ellis

An Afro-American organization, the B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D., is in permanent fight against a white organization "The Man" defending the values of the black people in North America. When the Afro-American candidate Gen. Warren Boutwell behaves strangely in his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Malcolm D. Lee
CAST:  Eddie Griffin  •  Chris Kattan  •  Denise Richards  •  Aunjanue Ellis

Men of Honor (2000)

Against formidable odds -- and an old-school diving instructor embittered by the U.S. Navy's new, less prejudicial policies -- Carl Brashear sets his sights on becoming the Navy's first African-American master diver in this uplifting true story. Their relationship ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Tillman, Jr.
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Cuba Gooding Jr.  •  Charlize Theron  •  Aunjanue Ellis

Against formidable odds -- and an old-school diving instructor embittered by the U.S. Navy's new, less prejudicial policies -- Carl Brashear sets his sights on becoming the Navy's first African-American master diver in this uplifting true story. Their relationship ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Tillman, Jr.
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Cuba Gooding Jr.  •  Charlize Theron  •  Aunjanue Ellis

Game of Death (2011)

CIA agent Marcus is sent undercover to Detroit to take out an arms dealer and the head of the hedge fund that is financing him. His CIA backup has other plans and turns on him, and it's a fight to survive in a hospital and into the hedge fund vault.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Giorgio Serafini
CAST:  Wesley Snipes  •  Gary Daniels  •  Robert Davi  •  Zoë Bell

CIA agent Marcus is sent undercover to Detroit to take out an arms dealer and the head of the hedge fund that is financing him. His CIA backup has other plans and turns on him, and it's a fight to survive in a hospital and into the hedge fund vault.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Giorgio Serafini
CAST:  Wesley Snipes  •  Gary Daniels  •  Robert Davi  •  Zoë Bell

The Caveman's Valentine (2001)

Romulus, a misunderstood musician turned recluse hiding from personal demons in a New York City cave, finds the frozen body of a young drifter in a tree. The authorities, including his police officer daughter, claim the death is accidental. Romulus is convinced the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kasi Lemmons
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Colm Feore  •  Ann Magnuson  •  Aunjanue Ellis

Romulus, a misunderstood musician turned recluse hiding from personal demons in a New York City cave, finds the frozen body of a young drifter in a tree. The authorities, including his police officer daughter, claim the death is accidental. Romulus is convinced the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kasi Lemmons
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Colm Feore  •  Ann Magnuson  •  Aunjanue Ellis

Get on Up (2014)

A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tate Taylor
CAST:  Viola Davis  •  Dan Aykroyd  •  Octavia Spencer  •  Nick Eversman

A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tate Taylor
CAST:  Viola Davis  •  Dan Aykroyd  •  Octavia Spencer  •  Nick Eversman

Romeo and Juliet in Harlem (2017)

The first Shakespeare feature film adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet" with a complete cast of color that stays true to the language and storyline.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Aleta Chappelle
CAST:  Harry Lennix  •  Aunjanue Ellis  •  Jasmine Carmichael  •  Henry Caicedo

The first Shakespeare feature film adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet" with a complete cast of color that stays true to the language and storyline.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Aleta Chappelle
CAST:  Harry Lennix  •  Aunjanue Ellis  •  Jasmine Carmichael  •  Henry Caicedo

Abducted: The Carlina White Story (2012)

A baby abducted at birth and raised by the woman who took her, eventually discovers she is a missing child, reconnects with her birth parents, and struggles with choosing between her two identities.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vondie Curtis-Hall
CAST:  Keke Palmer  •  Aunjanue Ellis  •  Sherri Shepherd  •  Roger Cross

A baby abducted at birth and raised by the woman who took her, eventually discovers she is a missing child, reconnects with her birth parents, and struggles with choosing between her two identities.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vondie Curtis-Hall
CAST:  Keke Palmer  •  Aunjanue Ellis  •  Sherri Shepherd  •  Roger Cross

Motherhood (2009)

Motherhood is a comedy written and directed by Katherine Dieckmann, and stars Uma Thurman, Anthony Edwards and Minnie Driver. Shot on location in New York’s West Village, focuses on the dilemmas of motherhood, such as marriage, work, and self, shown in the trials ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Katherine Dieckmann
CAST:  Uma Thurman  •  Minnie Driver  •  Anthony Edwards  •  David Schallipp

Motherhood is a comedy written and directed by Katherine Dieckmann, and stars Uma Thurman, Anthony Edwards and Minnie Driver. Shot on location in New York’s West Village, focuses on the dilemmas of motherhood, such as marriage, work, and self, shown in the trials ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Katherine Dieckmann
CAST:  Uma Thurman  •  Minnie Driver  •  Anthony Edwards  •  David Schallipp

Money Matters (2011)

A moving and intimate film that follows Monique "Money" Matters (Terri Abney) caught at the brink of adolescence. Her relationship with her mother Pamela Matters (Aunjanue Ellis- RAY, MEN OF HONER), is far from stable and depicts the struggle between a young mother ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ryan Richmond
CAST:  Terri Abney  •  Aunjanue Ellis  •  James Whalen

A moving and intimate film that follows Monique "Money" Matters (Terri Abney) caught at the brink of adolescence. Her relationship with her mother Pamela Matters (Aunjanue Ellis- RAY, MEN OF HONER), is far from stable and depicts the struggle between a young mother ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ryan Richmond
CAST:  Terri Abney  •  Aunjanue Ellis  •  James Whalen

The Help (2011)

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Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's struggles with money and her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tate Taylor
CAST:  Emma Stone  •  Viola Davis  •  Octavia Spencer  •  Bryce Dallas Howard

Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's struggles with money and her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tate Taylor
CAST:  Emma Stone  •  Viola Davis  •  Octavia Spencer  •  Bryce Dallas Howard

The Resident (2011)

Juliet, a beautiful doctor, has found the perfect New York apartment to start a new life after separating from her husband. It's got spacious rooms, a spectacular view, and a handy, handsome landlord. But there are secrets behind every wall and terror in every room ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antti Jokinen
CAST:  Christopher Lee  •  Lee Pace  •  Hilary Swank  •  Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Juliet, a beautiful doctor, has found the perfect New York apartment to start a new life after separating from her husband. It's got spacious rooms, a spectacular view, and a handy, handsome landlord. But there are secrets behind every wall and terror in every room ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antti Jokinen
CAST:  Christopher Lee  •  Lee Pace  •  Hilary Swank  •  Jeffrey Dean Morgan

The Opponent (2001)

Patty Sullivan (Erica Eleniak) is a battered woman who decides to take charge of her life by taking boxing lessons to better protect herself when her boyfriend becomes violent. Patty soon learns she has some talent for boxing and sets her sights on competing in a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eugene Jarecki
CAST:  Erika Eleniak  •  James Colby  •  Aunjanue Ellis  •  Clark Middleton

Patty Sullivan (Erica Eleniak) is a battered woman who decides to take charge of her life by taking boxing lessons to better protect herself when her boyfriend becomes violent. Patty soon learns she has some talent for boxing and sets her sights on competing in a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eugene Jarecki
CAST:  Erika Eleniak  •  James Colby  •  Aunjanue Ellis  •  Clark Middleton

A Map of the World (1999)

School nurse Alice Goodwin lives with her husband and two daughters on a dairy farm in a small Wisconsin community. After an accident on her property involving a friend's child, the town turns against her and Alice finds herself fighting charges of child abuse.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Scott Elliott
CAST:  Sigourney Weaver  •  David Strathairn  •  Julianne Moore  •  Chloë Sevigny

School nurse Alice Goodwin lives with her husband and two daughters on a dairy farm in a small Wisconsin community. After an accident on her property involving a friend's child, the town turns against her and Alice finds herself fighting charges of child abuse.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Scott Elliott
CAST:  Sigourney Weaver  •  David Strathairn  •  Julianne Moore  •  Chloë Sevigny

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009)

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Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story is a movie based on the life story of world-renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson from 1961 to 1987.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thomas Carter
CAST:  Cuba Gooding Jr.  •  Kimberly Elise  •  Aunjanue Ellis  •  Ele Bardha

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story is a movie based on the life story of world-renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson from 1961 to 1987.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thomas Carter
CAST:  Cuba Gooding Jr.  •  Kimberly Elise  •  Aunjanue Ellis  •  Ele Bardha

The Tested (2011)

A life shattering tragedy sends three people on vastly different paths to a similar goal of redemption and understanding.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Russell Costanzo
CAST:  Aunjanue Ellis  •  Armando Riesco  •  Michael Morris Jr.  •  Frank Vincent

A life shattering tragedy sends three people on vastly different paths to a similar goal of redemption and understanding.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Russell Costanzo
CAST:  Aunjanue Ellis  •  Armando Riesco  •  Michael Morris Jr.  •  Frank Vincent
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