When you see a movie with Morgan Freeman in a major role, you know instantly it is worth watching. His acting is flawless. Add to that a regal voice and towering stature, and you have one of the most iconic actors of all time.
Here are 7 of the best Morgan Freeman movies.
7. Unforgiven (1992)
Genre: Drama, Western | Running Time: 130 min | IMDB Rating: 8.2
There is nothing special about the town of Big Whisky. People work, play, and fight just like in any other. Sheriff ‘Little Bill’ is the stern law of the land but when a prostitute is murdered and cut up by cowboys, her fellow prostitutes feel the justice meted out is not justice at all.
Seeking their own payback, the prostitutes put out a bounty on the offending cowboys. It is large enough to rouse the interest of ‘The Schofield Kid’, a young town gun, and William Munny (Morgan Freeman) an aging killer.
6. Red (2010)
PG-13 | 1h 51min | Action, Comedy, Crime | 15 October 2010 (USA) | IMDB Rating
Frank Moses lives a peaceful life, a stark contrast from his thrilling days as a black ops operative. He is retired and bored, and the only punctuations in his routine life come when he visits the government pension processing center.
Frank, however, soon gets a little too much action than he had hoped for. His past comes haunting, with a hi-tech assassin hunting.
To survive, he rounds up his old pals from the black ops days, among them Morgan Freeman. Together, they are RED, Retired Extremely Dangerous.
5. The Bucket List (2007)
PG-13 | 1h 37min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 11 January 2008 (USA)
Although friends Edward Cole and Carter Chambers are worlds apart financially, they have two things in common – they are both dying from terminal illnesses, and both feel they have wasted their lives chasing shadows and not living out their deepest dreams.
Edward is a corporate billionaire and Carter is a mechanic. While sharing a hospital room, they decide to tick up their bucket lists. The two go on a trip that adds a new dimension to their friendship, healing their past wounds in the process. The two finally get to enjoy their now spent lives for once, but not without facing a few harsh realities.
4. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
PG | 1h 39min | Drama | 26 January 1990 (USA)
An elderly Jewish widow who can no longer drive reluctantly employs Hoke, a black man, as her chauffeur. It is the 1950s and over 20 years, the pair learns to build their relationship across the chasms that separate black and white, rich and poor.
3. Invictus (2009)
PG-13 | 2h 14min | Biography, Drama, History | 11 December 2009 (USA)
Invictus depicts the true story of how Nelson Mandela used rugby to help patch up the cracks that marred the new rainbow nation of South Africa.
The president-elect works with the captain of the nation’s rugby team to bridge the racial and economic gaps that remained after apartheid.
Mandela stands by the team as it climbs its way to the 1995 Rugby World Championship match, making Invictus one of the most inspiring Morgan Freeman movies.
2. Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
R | 1h 50min | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 7 April 2006 (USA) IMDB Rating: 7.8
The Lucky Number Slevin brings together Morgan Freeman as The Boss, Bruce Willis as feared assassin Goodkat, and Josh Hartnett as Slevin.
In a case of mistaken identity, Slevin finds himself having to fight The Boss, the Rabbi, and Goodkat in order to survive the treacherous city. This is a crime, drama, and mystery flick in which Morgan Freeman plays a ruthless crime boss.
1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
R | 2h 22min | Drama | 14 October 1994 (USA) | IMDB Rating: 9.3
The Shawshank Redemption is arguably the best Morgan Freeman movie. It follows a group of convicts, particularly two men, who face the woes of the notorious Shawshank Prison to find freedom and friendship.
The movie portrays a young banker, Andy, who is falsely accused of killing his wife and her lover. The banker meets Red (Morgan Freeman) whose wisdom and no-big-deal approach to the pains of prison help the man survive and ultimately escape from Shawshank.