Morgan Freeman passed beyond being one of the most prestigious actors of this generation decades ago. Now, still churning out several films a year, Freeman is capping a resume of over 50 years of work on television and in film that stacks up against the greatest actors of all-time. Most of Freeman’s early work was in television including being part of one of the most innovative children’s educational programs of all-time, The Electric Company, from 1971-1977. Transitioning to film, his resume grew and grew, but he really didn’t become a huge star until 1989 when Lean on Me, Glory, and Driving Miss Daisy were all released. Freeman was already 52-years-old. Now an octogenarian, Freeman continues to be one of the most welcome presences on the screen, graced with a dignity most actors could only dream of, and a voice that can only be described as divine.
Morgan Freeman’s Best 10
1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding
2. The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005-2012) Lucius Fox
3. Unforgiven (1992) Ned Logan
4. Glory (1989) Sgt. Major Joe Rawlins
5. The LEGO Movie (2014) Vitruvius
6. The Electric Company (1971-1977-PBS) Mark
7. Se7en (1995) Somerset
8. Driving Miss Daisy (1989) Hoke Colburn
9. Clean and Sober (1985) Craig
10. Gone Baby Gone (2007) Jack Doyle
Honorable Mention: Invictus (2009) Nelson Mandela
Oscars, Golden Globes & Emmys
Oscar Wins (1): Million Dollar Baby (2005)
Oscar Nominations (5): Street Smart (1988), Driving Miss Daisy (1990), The Shawshank Redemption (1995), Million Dollar Baby (2005), Invictus (2010)
Golden Globe Wins (2): Driving Miss Daisy (1990), Cecil B. DeMille Award (2012)
Golden Globe Nominations (6): Street Smart (1988), Driving Miss Daisy (1990), The Shawshank Redemption (1995), Million Dollar Baby (2005), Invictus (2010), Cecil B. DeMille Award (2012)
Emmy Wins (0): None
Emmy Nominations (1): The Story of God With Morgan Freeman (2016)
My Favorite Freeman Scene:
“Rehabilitated?” from The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Next Film: In 2018, he is slated to appear in Disney’s Nutcracker and the Four Realms as well as Angel Has Fallen, the third film in the….Stuff Has Fallen series with Gerard Butler (Olympus and London previously having fallen). He is also attached to a Colin Powell biopic that does not currently have a script or director.
6 thoughts on “Morgan Freeman’s 10 Best Movies”
He’s such a class act. He embodies dignity and great respect on the screen.
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The man IS gravitas
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Couldn’t have said it better myself.
Amazing man, but did really lots of movies just for cash. Including 2 awful movies about old guys getting old.
His role in Oblivion was unexpectedly cool, by the way.