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The 20 Best Will Smith Movies – Ranked! | Will Smith


Will Smith has done many more than 20 movies, but the critical pain economy means this should always be at the bottom of any list of any length. A horribly cheesy and toxic drama with Smith as the tech entrepreneur, who loses his son to cancer and then begins writing passionate letters about abstract concepts like Death, Love, and Time.

This romantic and mysterious crybaby is guaranteed to make you break out in hives. Smith is a decent man, haunted and anguished; a government employee who has embarked on an enigmatic mission: to seek out good people, wherever they are, and to reward them. Why are you engaged in this highly condescending quest? Who cares?

A strong career for Smith is science fiction (which we’ll talk about later), but M Night Shyamalan was still in his continuous horror phase when he directed this downright terrible and heavy sci-fi drama. Smith plays an astronaut from the future with the unfortunate name of Cypher, who crashes on the ruined and deserted planet Earth with his son, Kitai, played by Smith’s son, Jaden. A reminder of what once Sam Goldwyn said to Albert Einstein: “I also have a theory about relatives: don’t hire them.”

The Legend of Bagger Vance
With Matt Damon in The Legend of Bagger Vance. Photograph: 20th Century Fox / Allstar

Robert Redford directed Smith in this sentimental piece of naively quaint Americana set in the southern Jazz Age. Matt Damon is a wealthy young golfer whose traumatized experiences in World War I make him gasp. – Lose your love of golf. But the wise Bagger Vance, played by Smith, appears as his caddy and guardian angel, the black character whose role is to facilitate the white hero’s redemption.

Smith took a critical and commercial bath in the late 1990s with this steampunky western comedy and thriller. It’s extremely annoying, but sometimes hilariously silly, and Smith plays the catchy theme tune (Stevie Wonder sample) over the end credits. In post-Civil War America, he’s sexy government agent James “Wild Wild” West taking on Kenneth Branagh’s evil genius, Dr. Loveless, who has access to 21st century technology.

15. Hitch (2005)

In addition to troubled emotional travel entrepreneurs, Smith has taken his share of romantic comedy heroes with a twist. Here is a good example. She is dating coach Alex “Hitch” Hitchens, who teaches lonely men how to be successful with women; He later falls in love with gossip columnist Eva Mendes, who despises him. Your nickname adorably fuses the concept of “marry” with “problem”, geddit?

Hancock
Will Smith at Hancock. Photograph: Sony Pictures / Allstar

Let’s go back to Smith’s science fiction again, and here’s a wacky and wacky comedy variant of the genre. He is Hancock, the unshaven smelly superhero that nobody likes, who flies irresponsibly, accidentally wrecks cars and buildings and annoys everyone. Public relations agent Jason Bateman takes it upon himself to clean up the Hancock act and reposition it in the crime-fighting market.

Here’s a state-of-the-art youth tech sci-fi thriller from director Ang Lee that perhaps nods to Smith’s sense of his own mortality as an action hero. He’s Brogan, a super cool special forces assassin who discovers that his corrupt heads of government have hired a gunman to beat him up, and he’s a creepy cloned version of his twentysomething self.

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Will Smith in I, Robot. Photograph: Digital Domain / 20th Century Fox / Allstar

Smith went strong and tough for this hit sci-fi movie taken from Isaac Asimov’s collection of short stories. It’s the year 2035 and Smith plays the Chicago technophobic cop Del Spooner, who can’t stand the robots increasingly used by law enforcement. And who can blame him, when one of these robots gets terribly rogue? Sadly, there is something robotically bland about the entire movie.

Suicide Squad was the DC Extended Universe movie that was never as bad as everyone was saying, and Smith made a gracious contribution as someone with both comedy and action skills. He is Floyd Lawton, or Deadshot, part of the Suicide Squad of supervillains gathered to fight other bad guys. Deadshot is the deadly hitman with the infrared viewfinder over his eye. But he’s a big softie when it comes to his little daughter.

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Will Smith in Bright (orc not pictured). Photograph: Scott Garfield / Netflix / Allstar

It’s so ridiculous you can’t help but smile – a wacky action-fantasy thriller in which Smith plays a tough LAPD officer whose partner is … an orc, played by Joel Edgerton in heavy makeup. Yes. In this alternate universe, these Tolkienian creatures walk among us, subject to racism (there’s an “Orc Lives Matter” theme), and Smith and the orc have a lot of “weird cop couple friends” energy. There are also evil elves, nice elves, and centaur traffic cops.

9. Bad Boys franchise

In 1995, producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer gave us what is arguably the latest of the great goofy, guilty action-comedy and thriller franchises, pairing Smith with that long-lost tacky comedy superstar Martin Lawrence as two Miami cops fighting. the great bachelor and Lawrence, the harried husband and father. In the micro-ranking, the overly long and rude sequel Bad Boys II (2003) takes last place, while the three school, Bad Boys for Life (2020) acknowledges the passing of the years. But the original Bad Boys (1995) is the best, with outrageous gun action, car chases, and clever catchphrases.

Smith had a very nice edge in this decent and visible conspiracy thriller, a bit like The Firm directed by Tony Scott and pairing Smith with Gene Hackman. Smith is the ambitious young lawyer who accidentally takes possession of a video showing an outspoken congressman being assassinated, and is later framed by dark forces, losing his job and his marriage. Then the nonconformist intelligence officer played by Hackman intervenes, a man who detests government corruption and who in a “strange” way helps the decent Smith.

This dystopian sci-fi, based on Richard Matheson’s novel (and already filmed as The Omega Man in 1971 with Charlton Heston) received a remake in 2007, starring Smith as the last man left alive in an eerily dilapidated Manhattan. empty. urban jungle with zoo-raised animals roaming around. The film taps into Smith’s strengths as the good-natured hero of all men under unimaginable pressure.

The pursuit of happiness
With Jaden Smith in The Pursuit of Happiness. Photograph: Sony Pictures / Allstar

For once, Smith stars in a heartwarming movie that isn’t absolutely disgusting, which makes this old-fashioned movie genre look pretty decent. This is the Horatio Alger-style true story of American businessman Chris Gardner who experienced hardship and homelessness on his way to the top. Smith interprets him as a normal guy with idealism and high standards, a single father who finds himself mired in poverty and struggles to get out.

The 2016 sequel to this film is primarily known because Boris Johnson used it as a pro-Brexit rallying cry, but the original is a very fun and cheeky piece of entertainment – an alien invasion disaster movie that featured the (almost shocking) spectacle of the White House being attacked. Jeff Goldblum was the genius of computers, Bill Pullman played one of the many quasi-Bill-Clinton American presidents of that time. But Smith stole the show as the swaggering fighter pilot who takes on the creepy invaders.

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Will Smith as Muhammad Ali. Photograph: Allstar Picture Library Ltd./Alamy

4. Ali (2001)

With care, seriousness and charm, Smith made a very good personification of Muhammad Ali in the manly biopic of Michael Mann, which takes us from the boxer’s defeat of Sonny Liston in 1964, to his conscientious stance against the Vietnam draft and the “Rumble in the Jungle”. Against George Foreman in the next decade. It’s a strong and heartfelt performance, a rare and perhaps unique example of Smith really technically challenged as an actor.

Many were nervous at the idea of ​​Smith replacing Robin Williams as the genius of Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin in 2019; others were disturbed by the possibility of committing all sorts of tone-deaf Orientalist offenses. But in reality, Smith’s trademark goofy charm is allowed to flourish in this sympathetically quirky, high-energy comedy in which Smith can steal every scene he’s in. A reminder that comedy was his original calling.

2. Men in Black Franchise

Smith and (initially) Tommy Lee Jones are the two black-clad government agents, the sci-fi version of the Blues Brothers, and their job is to fight the aliens while covering up the evidence of their existence, erasing the memories of the witnesses. with a special wand. . The place of shame is occupied by the gloomy fourquel Men in Black: International (2019) in which the emotion was gone; the following is the immediate follow-up of low morale Men in Black II (2002); Interestingly, Men in Black 3 (2012) did quite a bit better with Josh Brolin animating things. But the original and the best is Men in Black (1997) in which Smith was in his golden age at the box office as the funny, crazy and charismatic leading man of Hollywood.

Six degrees of separation
With Donald Sutherland and Stockard Channing on Six Degrees of Separation. Photograph: Mgm / Allstar

Smith had barely emerged from the stage of his career as Prince Prince when he achieved his most substantial and satisfying success in director Fred Schepisi’s filmed version of John Guare’s play. Smith plays the charming figure of Mr. Ripley, a young man who makes his way into the lives of two rich socialites, played by Stockard Channing and Donald Sutherland, who claims to be the son of Sidney Poitier, playing so cunningly and unspokenly. in your role. Liberal white blame on race. Smith is charismatic and haunting; it is still his masterpiece.


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