Kimberly Elise

Kimberly Elise was born on April 17, 1967 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Elise studied film and acting at the University of Minnesota and earned a BA in Mass Communications. She is best known for her role in the films Set It Off, John Q, and Diary of a Mad Black Woman. Her most recent film role was in Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls (2010), as the battered wife Crystal. Elise is a four-time NAACP Image Award winner.

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Bait (2000)

Landing in jail for a petty theft crime, Alvin finds himself sharing a cell with John Jaster, the incarcerated half of the pair of high-tech thieves responsible for the missing gold. His partner, Bristol, is still at large. Alvin wants only to get out of prison and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antoine Fuqua
CAST:  Jamie Foxx  •  David Morse  •  Robert Pastorelli  •  David Paymer

Landing in jail for a petty theft crime, Alvin finds himself sharing a cell with John Jaster, the incarcerated half of the pair of high-tech thieves responsible for the missing gold. His partner, Bristol, is still at large. Alvin wants only to get out of prison and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antoine Fuqua
CAST:  Jamie Foxx  •  David Morse  •  Robert Pastorelli  •  David Paymer

Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)

Charles McCarter and his wife Helen are about to celebrate their 18th-wedding anniversary when Helen comes home to find her clothes packed up in a U-Haul van parked in the driveway. Charles is divorcing Her. Helen moves in with her grandmother Madea, an old woman ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Grant
CAST:  Kimberly Elise  •  Steve Harris  •  Tyler Perry  •  Shemar Moore

Charles McCarter and his wife Helen are about to celebrate their 18th-wedding anniversary when Helen comes home to find her clothes packed up in a U-Haul van parked in the driveway. Charles is divorcing Her. Helen moves in with her grandmother Madea, an old woman ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Grant
CAST:  Kimberly Elise  •  Steve Harris  •  Tyler Perry  •  Shemar Moore

John Q (2002)

John Quincy Archibald is a father and husband whose son is diagnosed with an enlarged heart and then finds out he cannot receive a transplant because HMO insurance will not cover it. Therefore, he decides to take a hospital full of patients hostage until the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nick Cassavetes
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Robert Duvall  •  Anne Heche  •  Kimberly Elise

John Quincy Archibald is a father and husband whose son is diagnosed with an enlarged heart and then finds out he cannot receive a transplant because HMO insurance will not cover it. Therefore, he decides to take a hospital full of patients hostage until the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nick Cassavetes
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Robert Duvall  •  Anne Heche  •  Kimberly Elise

Set It Off (1996)

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Four black women, all of whom have suffered for lack of money and at the hands of the majority, undertake to rob banks. While initially successful, a policeman who was involved in shooting one of the women's brothers is on their trail. As the women add to the loot, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  F. Gary Gray
CAST:  Jada Pinkett Smith  •  Queen Latifah  •  Vivica A. Fox  •  Kimberly Elise

Four black women, all of whom have suffered for lack of money and at the hands of the majority, undertake to rob banks. While initially successful, a policeman who was involved in shooting one of the women's brothers is on their trail. As the women add to the loot, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  F. Gary Gray
CAST:  Jada Pinkett Smith  •  Queen Latifah  •  Vivica A. Fox  •  Kimberly Elise

The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

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Years after his squad was ambushed during the Gulf War, Major Ben Marco finds himself having terrible nightmares. He begins to doubt that his fellow squad-mate Sergeant Raymond Shaw, now a vice-presidential candidate, is the hero he remembers him being. As Marco's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Meryl Streep  •  Liev Schreiber  •  Kimberly Elise

Years after his squad was ambushed during the Gulf War, Major Ben Marco finds himself having terrible nightmares. He begins to doubt that his fellow squad-mate Sergeant Raymond Shaw, now a vice-presidential candidate, is the hero he remembers him being. As Marco's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Meryl Streep  •  Liev Schreiber  •  Kimberly Elise

Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004)

An adaptation of Bishop T.D. Jakes' self-help novel, chronciling a woman's struggle to come to terms with her legacy of abuse, addiction and poverty.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Kimberly Elise  •  Loretta Devine  •  Debbi Morgan  •  Michael Boatman

An adaptation of Bishop T.D. Jakes' self-help novel, chronciling a woman's struggle to come to terms with her legacy of abuse, addiction and poverty.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Kimberly Elise  •  Loretta Devine  •  Debbi Morgan  •  Michael Boatman

Beloved (1998)

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After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved". Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things start to happen...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Oprah Winfrey  •  Danny Glover  •  Thandiwe Newton  •  LisaGay Hamilton

After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved". Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things start to happen...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Oprah Winfrey  •  Danny Glover  •  Thandiwe Newton  •  LisaGay Hamilton

The Great Debaters (2007)

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The true story of a brilliant but politically radical debate team coach who uses the power of words to transform a group of underdog African-American college students into a historical powerhouse that took on the Harvard elite.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denzel Washington
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Jurnee Smollett  •  Nate Parker  •  Forest Whitaker

The true story of a brilliant but politically radical debate team coach who uses the power of words to transform a group of underdog African-American college students into a historical powerhouse that took on the Harvard elite.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denzel Washington
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Jurnee Smollett  •  Nate Parker  •  Forest Whitaker

The Ditchdigger's Daughters (1997)

Based on the memoirs of Yvonne S. Thornton, this heartwarming, inspirational family drama centers on a poor black laborer who wanted his six daughters to grow up to be doctors.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Johnny E. Jensen
CAST:  Carl Lumbly  •  Dulé Hill  •  Victoria Dillard  •  Kimberly Elise

Based on the memoirs of Yvonne S. Thornton, this heartwarming, inspirational family drama centers on a poor black laborer who wanted his six daughters to grow up to be doctors.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Johnny E. Jensen
CAST:  Carl Lumbly  •  Dulé Hill  •  Victoria Dillard  •  Kimberly Elise

Apple Mortgage Cake (2014)

The inspirational true story of a woman who decides to bake 100 apple cakes and sell them at $40 each in order to save her home – and how this idea completely changes her and her family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Scott
CAST:  Kimberly Elise  •  A.J. Saudin  •  Stephan James  •  Lamar Johnson

The inspirational true story of a woman who decides to bake 100 apple cakes and sell them at $40 each in order to save her home – and how this idea completely changes her and her family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Scott
CAST:  Kimberly Elise  •  A.J. Saudin  •  Stephan James  •  Lamar Johnson

Death Wish (2018)

A mild-mannered father is transformed into a killing machine after his family is torn apart by a violent act.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eli Roth
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Vincent D'Onofrio  •  Dean Norris  •  Elisabeth Shue

A mild-mannered father is transformed into a killing machine after his family is torn apart by a violent act.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eli Roth
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Vincent D'Onofrio  •  Dean Norris  •  Elisabeth Shue

Hannah's Law (2012)

Hannah keeps the law in "the wickedest city on earth:" Dodge City, Kansas. with the help of young Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and Stagecoach Mary.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rachel Talalay
CAST:  Sara Canning  •  John Pyper-Ferguson  •  Greyston Holt  •  Ryan Kennedy

Hannah keeps the law in "the wickedest city on earth:" Dodge City, Kansas. with the help of young Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and Stagecoach Mary.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rachel Talalay
CAST:  Sara Canning  •  John Pyper-Ferguson  •  Greyston Holt  •  Ryan Kennedy

Ties That Bind (2011)

Adobea, Buki and Theresa are three women from different walks of life bound together by a similar pain; the loss of a child. In a destined meeting in a small village in Kroboland, the women journey together to redemption, love, life and forgiveness as they renovate ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leila Djansi
CAST:  Kimberly Elise  •  Kofi Adjorlolo  •  Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde  •  Khareemar Aguiar

Adobea, Buki and Theresa are three women from different walks of life bound together by a similar pain; the loss of a child. In a destined meeting in a small village in Kroboland, the women journey together to redemption, love, life and forgiveness as they renovate ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leila Djansi
CAST:  Kimberly Elise  •  Kofi Adjorlolo  •  Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde  •  Khareemar Aguiar

Highland Park (2013)

A high school faculty lotto pool places its fate in the lucky numbers they've played for ten years after hearing budget cuts have eliminated all their jobs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Meieran
CAST:  Billy Burke  •  Parker Posey  •  Deborah Ann Woll  •  Michelle Forbes

A high school faculty lotto pool places its fate in the lucky numbers they've played for ten years after hearing budget cuts have eliminated all their jobs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Meieran
CAST:  Billy Burke  •  Parker Posey  •  Deborah Ann Woll  •  Michelle Forbes

For Colored Girls (2010)

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About existence from the perspective of 20 nameless black females. Each of the women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tyler Perry
CAST:  Kimberly Elise  •  Janet Jackson  •  Loretta Devine  •  Thandiwe Newton

About existence from the perspective of 20 nameless black females. Each of the women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tyler Perry
CAST:  Kimberly Elise  •  Janet Jackson  •  Loretta Devine  •  Thandiwe Newton

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

Bojangles (2001)

The life of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, African-American tap-dancing star of stage and screen. In 1916, Robinson was a successful vaudeville performer and considered the finest tap dancer of his generation. At the peak of his career, he was the highest paid Black ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Sargent
CAST:  Gregory Hines  •  Peter Riegert  •  Kimberly Elise  •  Maria Ricossa

The life of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, African-American tap-dancing star of stage and screen. In 1916, Robinson was a successful vaudeville performer and considered the finest tap dancer of his generation. At the peak of his career, he was the highest paid Black ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Sargent
CAST:  Gregory Hines  •  Peter Riegert  •  Kimberly Elise  •  Maria Ricossa

Pride (2007)

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In this uplifting film based on a true story, coach Jim Ellis (Terrence Howard) shocks the community and changes lives when, aided by a local janitor (Bernie Mac), he sets out to form Philadelphia's first black swim team. But the odds are against them as they ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sunu Gonera
CAST:  Terrence Howard  •  Bernie Mac  •  Kimberly Elise  •  Tom Arnold

In this uplifting film based on a true story, coach Jim Ellis (Terrence Howard) shocks the community and changes lives when, aided by a local janitor (Bernie Mac), he sets out to form Philadelphia's first black swim team. But the odds are against them as they ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sunu Gonera
CAST:  Terrence Howard  •  Bernie Mac  •  Kimberly Elise  •  Tom Arnold

Event 15 (2013)

Three soldiers get trapped in an elevator when terrorists set off a dirty bomb. But when White escapes, her world turns upside down as she realizes nothing is what it seems.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matthew Thompson
CAST:  Jennifer Morrison  •  James Frain  •  Josh Stewart  •  Kimberly Elise

Three soldiers get trapped in an elevator when terrorists set off a dirty bomb. But when White escapes, her world turns upside down as she realizes nothing is what it seems.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matthew Thompson
CAST:  Jennifer Morrison  •  James Frain  •  Josh Stewart  •  Kimberly Elise

A Day Late and a Dollar Short (2014)

When irascible matriarch Viola Price learns that her next asthma attack will likely kill her, she is determined to fix her fractured family before she leaves this world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Tolkin
CAST:  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Ving Rhames  •  Mekhi Phifer  •  John Bourgeois

When irascible matriarch Viola Price learns that her next asthma attack will likely kill her, she is determined to fix her fractured family before she leaves this world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Tolkin
CAST:  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Ving Rhames  •  Mekhi Phifer  •  John Bourgeois
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