One of the best ways to honor and remember Chadwick Boseman, who died Friday at the age of 43, is to watch his movies. Boseman did some TV work — a week’s worth of All My Children episodes, an ABC Family series, and lots of one-episode appearances on procedurals — but he will be remembered as a movie star despite having just 15 film credits.
That’s because his relatively brief career was chock full of great performances in everything from period dramas to biopics to, of course, superhero movies. Here are some of our favorites along with information on how you can stream them.
Taking on the role of Jackie Robinson in one of your first film roles would be like pitching to Jackie Robinson in one of your first major league games: a huge challenge. Boseman rose to the occasion, however, and his performance captures Robinson’s struggles as well as his triumphs as he became the first African American major leaguer of the modern era.
42 is available to rent or purchase on iTunes, Amazon Prime, Google Play, and other major digital video services.
Get on Up (2014)
Boseman portrayed another legendary figure, James Brown, in this movie, which Mick Jagger of all people served as a producer on. Boseman worked for months to develop the singing and dancing skills needed to do the role justice.
Get on Up is available to stream on HBO Max and to rent or purchase on major digital video services.
In Boseman’s final biopic, he plays future Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall as a young NAACP lawyer in a courtroom drama that also features appearances by Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston.
Marshallis available to rent or purchase on iTunes, Amazon Prime, Google Play, and other major digital video services.
Black Panther (2018)
Boseman became famous for playing T’Challa in this film, arguably the MCU movie that had the greatest cultural impact. It also happens to be one of the most entertaining, and Boseman’s portrayal of T’Challa as a calm, conflicted leader is a big reason why.
Da 5 Bloods (2020)
Spike Lee’s latest joint tells the story of a squad of black US Army soldiers who stumble upon a cache of gold bars during the Vietnam War, bury it, and return to dig it up decades later. Boseman plays “Stormin’ Norm” Holloway, the leader of the squad, who is killed in a Viet Cong attack shortly after they find the gold. It’s a classic Spike Lee movie and Boseman, who appears in flashback and as a vision to one of his former compatriots, stands out even in a stacked cast.
Da 5 Bloods is available to stream on Netflix.