The career of Morgan Freeman is determined by his persistence to succeed. He wasn’t given anything on a silver platter and he is living proof that hard work and determination can make you succeed.
His story is very similar to that other iconic old-school actor, Clint Eastwood, who got a bit of a rough start in the movie business as well but still managed to put out some of the best movies of all time.
Obviously, this is combined with a bucket load of talent and an incredibly captivating voice. Because we’re huge fans, here are our picks of top 10 movies with Morgan Freeman.
10. The Bucket List
The Bucket List (2007) is one of those tragic feel-good movies that will put a smile on your face. Better yet, it will most probably inspire you to start doing the things you always wanted to do already. It really explains the meaning of the term “The Bucket List” and you can see that Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman don’t have to put in much effort to have some fun together!
9. Gone Baby Gone
Gone Baby Gone (2007) is the director’s debut of famous actor Ben Affleck and stars his brother Casey Affleck in a story revolving around the kidnapping of a 4-year old girl. Morgan Freeman takes on the role of the police inspector who is in charge of the investigation as they come across some of the most dubious characters imaginable in Boston.
Amistad (1997) tells the epic tale of a group of slaves who take over a ship that transports them from Cuba to the United States in 1839. The movie was directed by Steven Spielberg and Morgan Freeman has a supporting role in the movie as the assistant of the lawyer defending the slaves in the movie. It’s one of the most gripping stories ever turned into a movie.
7. Street Smart
Street Smart (1987) is basically the movie that put Morgan Freeman on the map as an actor. He not only did an incredible job portraying Fast Black but he was also awarded an Oscar nomination for best-supporting actor. After this amazing achievement, Morgan Freeman’s career only went uphill, and finding roles suddenly became much easier!
6. Million Dollar Baby
Million Dollar Baby (2004) tells the story of an ambitious female boxer, played by Hilary Swank, who seeks the help of a veteran boxing trainer, played by Clint Eastwood, and his sidekick Morgan Freeman. This movie, which was directed by Clint Eastwood as well, is another gripping story and was the second movie to win Clint Eastwood some Oscars, this time for Best Picture and Best Director.
5. The Dark Knight Trilogy
The Dark Knight (2005, 2008, 2012) is the Batman trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan. Morgan Freeman plays a minor role in all 3 movies as Lucius Fox, an executive in the Wayne Enterprises company who helps Batman with his suit and technical weapons. All movies in the trilogy are some of the best-rated movies of all time, but we only put them at number 5 because Morgan Freeman doesn’t play a lead role in any of these.
Se7en (1995) is one of the most fascinating psychological thrillers about serial killers in history. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end and the plot twists are unexpected. It’s one of those movies that keeps on lingering for a long time after you’ve watched it, that’s for sure! Morgan Freeman plays the detective who is after the serial killer who kills people based on the 7 sins of the Bible.
Invictus (2009) is a sports drama in which Morgan Freeman takes on the role of South African President Nelson Mandela. It’s an epic tale of rugby success that brings together an entire nation and which in return tries to find closure for the horrible past of apartheid. The movie as directed by Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman received his 5th Oscar nomination.
He did such a good job that people on Twitter posted his picture along with condolences when Nelson Mandela died, saying “He was such a great actor.” Morgan Freeman showed a sign of life by replying “I’m not dead, please stop confusing me with Nelson Mandela!”
Unforgiven (1992) is an epic Western directed by Clint Eastwood. Morgan Freeman plays the best friend of the retired gunslinger who is out to find the people who cut up a prostitute in the town of Big Whiskey. He doesn’t drink a sip of whiskey until he arrives there and the criminals better beware!
This was the first movie to win Clint Eastwood an Oscar and he can thank Morgan Freeman for doing such a great job in his supporting role, even though it was Gene Hackman who won the Oscar for Best Supporting actor.
1. The Shawshank Redemption
The Shawshank Redemption (1994) remains the best-rated movie of all time on IMDB with an incredible score of 9.3/10. If you have seen this epic movie, then you would surely think this score is too low and nothing but a 10/10 suffices! It’s the amazing story of a wrongfully convicted man who finds redemption while going through this horrible ordeal.
Morgan Freeman plays the role of Red, the murderer, and the hardened inmate who eventually becomes the best friend of Andy Dufresne, played by Tim Robbins. The story comes from Stephen King’s short story “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” and the movie was directed by Frank Darabont.
The Shawshank Redemption is without a doubt the best of all movies with Morgan Freeman!