Thirty years into his career, Willard Carroll Smith Jr., or Will Smith as everyone knows him, is still one of the most successful actors in his generation. Will started his career as a rapper under the name ‘the Fresh Prince‘. After the fame he gained as a rapper, he starred in his tv show which ran for 6 seasons. After the show ended, Smith turned towards the movie industry, where he starred in multiple blockbusters.
The actor, producer, and rapper have set his mark in Hollywood. He is the only actor to have starred in eight films that grossed more than $100 million in the United States and eleven films that grossed more than $150 million worldwide in a row.
Out of all the movies that he has worked in, here are 5 Will Smith movies that you should watch:
1.Suicide Squad (2016)
Director: David Ayer
Box office collection: $746 million
Cast: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, and Cara Delevingne
IMDb Rating: 5.9/10
The 2016 American superhero film Suicide Squad is based on the same-named DC Comics antihero team.
Following Superman’s death, a covert government agency commanded by intelligence officer Amanda Waller manages to convince the US Government to approve Task Force X, a response team of criminals and supervillains. The crew will be deployed to confront metahuman dangers under Waller’s command, with nanite bombs implanted in each criminal’s neck and detonated remotely. If they succeed, their sentences will be shortened. When an ancient witch threatens to ruin humanity, the squad is dispatched to stop her.
The movie had a spin-off in 2020, Birds of Prey, starring Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), followed by the standalone sequel The Suicide Squad in 2021.
2.The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Director: Gabriele Muccino
Box office collection: $307.1 million
Cast: Will Smith, Thandiwe Newton, and Jaden Smith
IMDb Rating: 8/10
Gabriele Muccino directed the 2006 American biographical drama film The Pursuit of Happyness. The movie is based on a 2006 best seller biography of the same name.
The film depicted a period in Chris Gardner‘s life when he was homeless for about a year. Chris’s wife, fed up with his professional failures, decides to divorce, leaving him penniless with an unpaid internship at a brokerage firm and custody of their son to contend with.
Gardner saw a mural on the wall outside the daycare center where his son attends, which inspired the unique spelling of the film’s title.
Columbia Pictures released the picture on December 15, 2006, to mostly positive reviews, with Smith’s performance receiving widespread acclaim. Smith was nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Actor.
Director: Guy Ritchie
Box office collection: $1.051 billion
Cast: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, and Billy Magnussen
IMDb Rating: 6.9/10
Aladdin is a 2019 American musical film directed by Guy Ritchie and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is a live-action/CGI adaptation of Disney‘s 1992 animated picture of the same name, which is based on the titular tale from One Thousand and One Nights.
The plot involves Aladdin, a good-hearted thief, as he falls in love with Jasmine, the princess of Agrabah and a wish-granting Genie (Will Smith). When the villainous Jafar, the grand vizier, attempts to usurp the throne, Jasmine, Aladdin, and Genie must stop him.
Talks are going on for the development of a sequel to the movie.
4.Men in Black (1997)
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Box office collection: $589.4 million
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Rip Torn
IMDb Rating: 7.3/10
Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action-comedy film. It was written by Ed Solomon and produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald.
After a government organization made the first contact with aliens in 1961, alien refugees disguise themselves as humans and live in secrecy on Earth. MIB (Men in Black) is a covert agency that polices aliens, protects Earth from extraterrestrial threats, and utilizes memory-erasing neutralizers to keep alien activity hidden. MIB agents’ true identities are deleted from public systems, and retired agents are neutralized to live normal lives.
As part of their most recent mission, agents K (Tommy Lee Jones) and J (Will Smith) must save the world from an intergalactic disaster.
After receiving positive feedback and reviews, two movie sequels were released in 2002 and 2012, respectively. A spin-off to the series was also released in 2019.
5.Bad Boys (1995)
Director: Michael Bay
Box office collection: $141.4 million
Cast: Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, Téa Leoni, Tchéky Karyo, Theresa Randle, and Joe Pantoliano
IMDb Rating: 6.9/10
Michael Bay directed the 1995 American buddy-cop action comedy film Bad Boys was produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer.
The movie follows Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence), a family man, and Mike Lowrey (Will Smith), a ladies’ man, who are long-time friends and partners in the Miami police department. When they take each other’s identities while investigating a narcotics trade, things become problematic.
Critics gave the film mixed reviews, but it was economically successful and garnered a cult following. It inspired the Bad Boys trilogy, which included two sequels, Bad Boys II (2003) and Bad Boys for Life (2020).
Will once said, ”In my mind, I’ve always been an A-list Hollywood superstar. Y’all just didn’t know yet.” Well, he made it happen what was in his mind.
Here are some other Will Smith movies that you can watch, Gemini Man (2019), I am Legend (2007), Independence Day (1996), Hancock (2008), Ali (2001), Bright (2017).
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Edited by Anupama Roy