A calm demeanor and an authoritative voice, this popular actor has been one of the most influential and well respected personalities in modern cinema. Morgan Freeman attracted the world’s attention and gain prominence through his roles in Another World, a soap opera and The Electric Company, a show for children. Since then, Freeman went on to create one of the most prolific acting careers in Hollywood.
His accomplishments include more than 119 acting credits since the beginning of his career in 1964. He has not only starred in a diverse range of movies but has also lent his hypnotic voice for documentaries and animations. Here are the 15 best Morgan Freeman movies of all time:
15. Now You See Me (2013)
Best known for its breathtaking cinematic sequences where the magicians use real life magic tricks to dup and befuddle both the FBI and victims. This is also loaded with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Even though, somewhat predictable, this movie is a great source of entertainment. The acting is splendid. Freeman and Harrelson clearly steal the show with their superb performances. It’s also refreshing to see Morgan in a negative role.
This movie grossed $351.7 million worldwide and its sequel, Now You See Me 2 was released in 2016 and performed well at the box office.
14. Outbreak (1995)
This movie is set in 1967 when there is a deadly outbreak of a Motaba virus, and as a result, the River Valley has to be destroyed in order to stop the virus from spreading. However, this virus resurfaces 27 years later in America abroad a monkey. The virus has evolved and became airborne.
Amazing storyline and superb acting by the cast, especially Morgan Freeman. It topped the US box office on its opening weekend and grossed $67,659,560 domestically and $122,200,000 internationally.
13. Oblivion (2013)
This action and mystery movie revolves around a veteran who has been assigned to extract the remaining resources at Earth but begins questioning his role and the mission he is a part of.
Even though, Freeman doesn’t have much screen time in this movie, his short yet powerful role leaves a major mark on the audience. This movie grossed $89,107,235 domestically, and $197,061,337 worldwide closing at a total of $286,168,572.
12. Lucy (2014)
A woman unknowingly gets caught up in a dark deal but manages to turn the tables on the captors by transforming into a warrior when a nootropic drug gets absorbed in her bloodstream. Scarlet Johnson gave an incredible performance while Freeman clearly shines with his persuasive voice, serene presence and usual conviction.
This movie received mixed reviews due to the storyline but the performances of both Johnson and Freeman were highly appreciated. It was still a box office success and grossed more than $463 million on a mere $40 million budget.
11. Unleashed (2005)
A touching story of a kidnapped boy raised as a kill dog who manages runs away to lead a normal life. With the music intervention and love from a blind piano tuner and his step daughter, the boy starts discovering a complete new way of living.
Freeman gives a mesmerizing performance as a blind piano tuner and exhibited an authoritative figure who is kind with a gentle and firm resolve. It earned $24.5 million domestically and $26.3 million internationally.
10. Wanted (2008)
This story centers on a frustrated account manager who finds out that his father was a professional assassin and makes the decision of joining the secret society his father was working for. Freeman plays the role of the leader of the society and this is the role completely different from the roles he has played before.
This movie was a commercial and critical success and earned $341 million worldwide. A sequel was planned but was later stalled.
9. Amistad (1997)
This historical drama is based on real-life events on a slave ship La Amistad in 1839 when Mende tribesmen who were abducted to be traded as slaves gained control on the ship of their captives. This followed an international legal battle which was eventually resolved in 1841 by US Supreme Court.
Freeman plays the role of a man who, along with a partner, is fighting to abolish slavery and free all the men who were responsible for causing an uprising on the ship. A truly amazing and excellent performance by Freeman yet again. He received a number of award nominations and won the Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture.
8. Nurse Betty (2000)
A terrific screen plan, great casting and outstanding acting, this movie is a mix of chilling moments as well as some funny ones. The story is of a woman who witnesses the brutal murder of her husband, after which she develops amnesia and runs away in his car, unaware of the large amount of drugs stashed in the trunk and two hitmen following her.
Freeman truly shines in his performance by bringing grace to the role of a hitman. He has this amazing quality that makes him sound like the gentlest and wisest man even when playing a professional criminal.
He received several award nominations, including Black Reel Award for Theatrical – Best Actor, Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture and Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical.