While Will Smith’s 2022 Oscars slap was all anyone could talk about for months, he is one of the most successful actors of the past 30 years. With years of performances under his belt, he’s done comedies, dramas, action films, and everything in between.
Just as Smith’s acting career was taking off when he landed his breakout role in the television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. But he simultaneously was building himself up as a rapper. He was a part of a hip-hop duo with DJ Jazzy Jeff. Fans of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air might recognize him as Jazz, Will’s best friend in the series. As a duo, they released five studio albums. They also had several popular singles that landed placements in the Billboard Hot 100, including “Summertime,” “Parents Just Don’t Understand,” “Boom Shake The Room,” “Ring My Bell,” and more. They won two Grammys as a duo and had four nominations. They were the first rappers to ever win a Grammy, for Best Rap Performance for their record “Parents Just Don’t Understand” in 1989.
He became a legit movie star with the Bad Boys franchise in 1995. He returned to the franchise with Bad Boys II (2003) and Bad Boys for Life (2020). A fourth Bad Boys film that has yet to be titled is supposed to be out sometime next year. While he was making his name with the Bad Boys series, he also got to be in another franchise: Men in Black. The first Men in Black sci-fi comedy was released in 1997, which was later followed up by Men in Black II (2002), and Men in Black 3 (2012). Besides being in franchise films, he also worked on Hancock, Seven Pounds, Independence Day, Ali, and more. He earned first Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of Richard Williams (tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams’ father) in King Richard in 2022.
Here are ten great Will Smith films. Check below if your favorite made the cut.