Top Ten Will Smith Movies

will-smith-fresh-prince-of-bel-airFrom the moment I first saw him perform in the nineties sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, I have been a huge fan of Will Smith’s acting.

Since that time, he has achieved great success in film, television and music, and has won numerous awards, including several Grammys and Teen Choice awards. In addition, he has been nominated for several Golden Globes and Academy Awards.

With performances ranging from comedic to heartbreakingly serious, and everything in between, there is seemingly no role that Smith cannot play, and play well. No matter the role, Smith brings an incredible level of talent to the table, and I have yet to see a performance I didn’t enjoy.

For today’s list, I will be setting TV and music aside and concentrating on some of my favourite Will Smith films. This is not a list of best Academy award level performances, nor is it a list of movies that would tick all the right boxes in film school. Rather, I shall be focusing on the movies which I enjoyed watching; virtues, flaws, and all.

So, without further ado, here is my list of the top ten Will Smith movies I enjoyed the most, listed from ten to one:

Number 10

Hancock (2008)

Director: Peter Berg
Writers: Vincent Ngo (as Vy Vincent Ngo), Vince Gilligan
Stars: Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman 

Number 9

Shark Tale (2004)

Directors:  Bibo Bergeron, Vicky Jenson, Rob Letterman
Writers: Michael J. Wilson (screenplay), Rob Letterman (screenplay), Scott Aukerman (additional dialogue), Alec Berg (additional dialogue), Sean Bishop (additional dialogue), BJ Porter (additional dialogue), Jeff Schaffer (additional dialogue), Lona Williams (additional dialogue), David P. Smith (additional dialogue), David Soren (additional dialogue)
Stars: Will Smith, Robert De Niro, Renée Zellweger

Number 8

Men In Black II (2002)

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Writers: Lowell Cunningham (comic book “Malibu Comics”), Robert Gordon (story & screenplay), Barry Fanaro (screenplay)
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Rip Torn

Number 7

Seven Pounds (2008)

Director: Gabriele Muccino
Writer: Grant Nieporte
Stars: Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson

Number 6

Bright (2017)

Director: David Ayer
Writer: Max Landis
Stars: Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace

Number 5

Men in Black (1997)

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Writers: Lowell Cunningham (comic), Ed Solomon (screen story & screenplay)
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino 

Number 4

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Director: Gabriele Muccino
Writer: Steve Conrad (as Steven Conrad)
Stars: Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

Number 3

I Am Legend (2007)

Director: Francis Lawrence
Writers: Mark Protosevich (screenplay), Akiva Goldsman (screenplay), Richard Matheson (novel), John William Corrington (1971 screenplay), Joyce Hooper Corrington (as Joyce Corrington) (1971 screenplay)
Stars: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan

Number 2

Independence Day (1996)

Director: Roland Emmerich
Writers: Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich
Stars: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum

Number 1

After Earth (2013)

Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Writers: Gary Whitta (screenplay), M. Night Shyamalan (screenplay), Will Smith (story)
Stars: Jaden Smith, David Denman, Will Smith

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