Former rapper, promising television actor and now one of the biggest box office draws in Hollywood, Will Smith is no stranger to moviegoers. Called the “most powerful actor in Hollywood” by Newsweek and ranked as the most bankable star worldwide by Forbes, take a look at the 15 best Will Smith movies of all time:
15. Hancock (2004)
Though Hancock terrorizes the thugs in Los Angeles, he is perceived as the bad guy since his frequent drinking habits leads to his intoxication which constantly results in property damage worth of thousands of dollars.
14. Hitch (2005)
As Alex “Hitch” Hitchens, Will Smith stars as a professional “date doctor” who specializes in the art of impressing women in terms of a long-term relationships. His skills are put to a test once he fells for gossip columnist and workaholic Sara Melas.
Hitch was Smith’s 20th movie and the actor was just merely getting warmed up for a bright career. The movie was a moderate success and its plot inspired popular Bollywood movie Partner starring megastars Salman Khan, Govinda and Katrina Kaif.
13. Focus (2015)
A year before the dreadful Suicide Squad, Will Smith and Margot Robbie got the chance to showcase their onscreen chemistry in romantic crime-drama movie Focus. Veteran con artist Nicky Spurgeon takes Jess Barrett under his wing to introduce the life of crime but soon fall for each other.
Fearing to lose his A-game, Spurgeon cuts his ties with her but things take a different turn when three years later, he is in Buenos Aires working a very treacherous scheme when Jess unexpectedly shows up.
12. Seven Pounds (2008)
It is no secret that Will Smith has makes a few bad choices every now and then and ends up starring in a terrible movie. With Wild Wild West and After Earth among the movies he regrets, the actor still manages to rule the box office.
That is exactly where Seven Pounds comes in. Surely the “best” movie among Smith’s worst movies, Seven Pounds was completely destroyed by the critics yet surprisingly, it earned $168,168,201. That is Will Smith for you!
11. Collateral Beauty (2016)
After the heartbreaking loss of his young daughter, successful advertising executive Howard Inlet loses his grip as he is unable to cope with the tragedy. Once his friends fail to cheer him up, Howard decides to question the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. To his surprise, he gets replies.
Premiered at the Dubai International Film Festival and starring an ensemble cast of amazing actors such as Will Smith, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Michael Peña, Naomie Harris, Jacob Latimore, Kate Winslet and Helen Mirren, Collateral Beauty is a thought-provoking movie.
10. The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
Based on the 1995 book The Legend of Bagger Vance: A Novel of Golf and the Game of Life by historic fiction author Steven Pressfield, the movie stars none other than Will Smith and Academy Award winners Matt Damon and Charlize Theron.
Just when the down-on-his-luck golfer Rannulph Junuh feels he has hit rock bottom, he is approached by a mysterious traveler named Bagger Vance who offers his services as a caddy. With nothing to lose, he accepts and cannot seem to help himself noticing that his skills have dramatically increased a great deal.
9. Bad Boys (1995)
Action comedy movies have a charm of their own and with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as the leading men, the movie can go no wrong. Directed by Michael Bay, Bad Boys chronicles the duo as two hip detectives protecting a murder witness while investigating a case of stolen heroin.
On an interesting note, the success of Bad Boys generated a sequel in 2003 and announced two more sequels set to release in 2018 and 2019 with Smith and Laurence set to reprise their roles.
8. Ali (2001)
There was a legitimate doubt over Will Smith having the necessary qualities that would require to portray professional boxing legend Muhammad Ali. The actor almost declined the part but had the backing from the boxer himself as Ali told Smith:
“Man, you’re almost pretty enough to play me.”
From his shocking Heavyweight Championship victory over Sonny Liston to regaining the title from George Foreman, the movie showcases Ali’s transition into a Muslim and the hot waters he fell in for criticizing the Vietnam War. Ali garnered Smith his very first nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor but lost to Denzel Washington.