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What Are The Best Morgan Freeman Movies Of All Time?

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From his early days as a film, television, and stage actor to his flourishing career as a narrator and voice actor – Morgan Freeman has always excelled at whatever he puts his mind to. 

It’s no secret that Morgan is very talented, so it must be no surprise that many of the films he appears in are either based on real-life events – or characters with whom he shares some connection. He’s also appeared in several films alongside fellow Hollywood stars like Michael Cain (who plays Carlisle in several Harry Potter films) and even Clint Eastwood. 

With over 170 acting credits to his name, it’s no wonder that people often list Mr. Freeman among their favorite actors. If you, too, are a fan of this esteemed actor, you’ll want to go through this list of the best Morgan Freeman movies ever.

So get ready for our list of the top 10 best Morgan Freeman movies!

Shawshank Redemption

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The Shawshank Redemption 

Director: Frank Darabont

Writer: Stephen King, Frank Darabont

Genre: Drama

IMDB Rating: 9.3

Runtime: 2 hrs.22 mins

It is a 1994 drama film premised on Stephen King’s 1982 short novel Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. When The Shawshank Redemption was released, it earned critical praise, especially for its narrative and the performances of Robbins and Freeman.

Over several years, two jailed men, Andy and Red(Freeman), form a bond — taking comfort and eventually repentance through acts of basic courtesy.

The Unforgiven

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Unforgiven 

Director: Clint Eastwood

Writer: David Webb Peoples

Genre: Drama, Western

IMDB Rating: 8.2

Runtime: 2 hrs.10 mins

It is an American Western film that premiered on August 7, 1992. Unforgiven wigged over $159 million on a $14.4 million budget and received widespread criticism for its acting, direction, editing, themes, and cinematography.

William Munny, a former Old West sharpshooter, unwillingly accepts one last task with his old mate Ned Logan’s(Freeman) assistance – and a young man known as The “Schofield Kid.”

Se7en (1995)

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Se7en 

Director: David Fincher

Writer: Andrew Kevin Walker

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

IMDB Rating: 8.6

Runtime: 2 hrs.7 mins

It is a 1995 American neo-noir film launched on September 22. Seven was the seventh-highest-earning movie of its time, raking in more than $327 million globally. It received positive reviews from critics and a nomination for Best Film Editing at the 68th Academy Awards.

Its story follows two detectives (Pitt and Freeman) searching for a serial killer boosted by seven deadly crimes.

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

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Million Dollar Baby 

Director: Clint Eastwood

Writer: Paul Haggis, F.X. Toole

Genre: Drama, Sports

IMDB Rating: 8.1

Runtime: 2 hrs.12 mins

It’s a 2004 American film premised on F.X. Toole’s 2000 collection Rope Burns: Stories from the Corner. It got positive reviews and earned $216.8 million globally. At the 77th Academy Awards, the movie received seven nominations and won four – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress for Swank, and Best Supporting Actor for Freeman.

It’s a story of a stubborn woman who operates with a tough boxing instructor to become a pro boxer. Whereas Freeman will be seen in a supporting role as the trainer’s friend.

Amistad (1997)

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Amistad 

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writer: David Franzoni

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

IMDB Rating: 7.3

Runtime: 2 hrs.35 mins

It is a 1997 American historical drama centered on Howard Jones’ 1987 novel Mutiny on the Amistad: The Saga of a Slave Revolt and Its Impact on American Abolition, Law, and Diplomacy. The movie earned mostly favorable reviews from critics and wigged more than $58 million globally.

It is set in 1839 when the slave ship Amistad took a trip from Cuba to America. Unfortunately, Cinque (Hounsou) drives the slaves into an extraordinary revolt during the long journey. As a result, they are imprisoned in Connecticut, and their discharge is a contentious issue. Theodore (Freeman), a liberated slave, intends for Cinque and the others to be freed and hires real estate lawyer Roger (McConaughey) to assist him.

Invictus

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Invictus

Director: Clint Eastwood

Writer: Anthony Peckham, John Carlin

Genre: Action, Biography, Drama

IMDB Rating: 7.3

Runtime: 2 hrs.14 mins

It is a biographical movie, launched on December 11, 2009, in the US. The movie received favorable reviews from critics and achieved Freeman(Best Actor) and Damon(Best Supporting Actor) Academy Award nominations. On a spending plan of $50-60 million, the movie made $122.2 million.

Nelson Mandela, during his initial period as President of South Africa, embarks on a one-of-a-kind quest to connect the Apartheid-torn country – by enlisting the national rugby squad in a quest to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Glory

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Glory 

Director: Edward Zwick

Writer: Kevin Jarre, Lincoln Kirstein, Peter Burchard

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

IMDB Rating: 7.8

Runtime: 2 hrs.2 mins

It is a 1989 American historical war movie, released on December 14, 1989, in the US. The film earned favorable reviews and grossed $27 million globally on an $18 million spending plan.

After the Battle of Antietam, Col. Robert Gould Shaw was in charge of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the United States’ first all-African-American regiment. Shaw assembles a powerful and prideful unit led by junior officer Cabot Forbes. It involves the fled slave Trip and the savvy mortician John Rawlins (Freeman).

Gone Baby Gone

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Gone Baby Gone 

Director: Ben Affleck

Writer: Ben Affleck, Aaron Stockard, Dennis Lehane

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

IMDB Rating: 7.6

Runtime: 1 hr.54 mins

It is a 2007 American movie premiered on Dennis Lehane’s 1998 novel with the same title. Gone Baby Gone received positive audience reviews and earned $34 million globally on a $19 million spending plan.

A secret detective (Casey Affleck) and his girlfriend (Michelle) carry the tough challenge of finding an abducted girl in Boston. Throughout his inquiry, he should contend with the girl’s aunt, an impolite police officer(Freeman), and a drug retailer.

Driving Miss Daisy

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Driving Miss Daisy 

Director: Bruce Beresford

Writer: Alfred Uhry

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

IMDB Rating: 7.3

Runtime: 1 hr.39 mins

It’s an American drama from 1989 premised on Alfred Uhry’s 1987 play with the same title. Driving Miss Daisy was a major commercial and critical achievement upon its launch. It earned nine nominations for the 62nd Academy Awards, winning four – Best Picture, Best Actress (for Tandy), Best Makeup, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

In the American South, an elderly Jewish woman and her African-American driver start a friendship that develops and evolves over time.

Street Smart

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Street Smart 

Director: Jerry Schatzberg

Writer: David Freeman

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

IMDB Rating: 6.3

Runtime: 1 hr.37 mins

It is a 1987 American movie, launched on March 20, 1987. Even after garnering favorable reviews from critics (particularly because it was Morgan Freeman’s first Oscar nomination), the film was not great at the box office.

It’s a story about a New York reporter who lies when his fabricated tale about a pimp defines a true pimp accused of murder.

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