Would you believe it that Morgan Freeman, now with scores of blockbuster movies to his credit was in his 50s before getting the first major film role in Hollywood. Morgan Freeman is widely considered to be 1 of the greatest actors of our times.
To honour a great actor who celebrated his 77th birthday in June this year, we have compiled a list of the 6 best Morgan Freeman movies to date. Let’s have a look at them.
Best Morgan Freeman Movies:
1. The Shawshank Redemption
Once again reprising his role as the movie’s narrator, Freeman depicts the character of a hardened convict “Red” Redding, who develops friendship with a new convict Andy Dufresne in a jail in Maine in 1947. The two characters make a real unlikely combination, but some how the chemistry between them works.
The most impressive part of the film is when the character “Red” is released from jail after serving a 40-year sentence. He enters a world which is difficult to understand and when offered the opportunity to meet his old friend risking his newly found freedom, he takes it gladly. At the end of the movie, the two characters develop a strong bond between them and live happily ever after.
2. Million Dollar Baby
Morgan Freeman’s character, Eddie “Scrap Iron” Dupris, does the narration for the film that is later on revealed to be a letter written by him to the estranged daughter of the character portrayed by Clint Eastwood. Like some of his other films, Morgan Freeman does not portray the pivotal character in this film, which is totally irrelevant as he delivers a sterling performance in this film.
The real appeal in the movie stems from his matter-of-fact narration complemented well by his smooth velvety voice. He narrates a story about 3 people with more than just the sport of boxing in common who are unapologetic about their lifestyle. Freeman’s narration captures and retains the attention of the viewer till the very end of the movie.
Morgan Freeman in this film plays the role of “John Rawlins,” member of the very first all Afro-American unit in the Civil War, the Massachusetts 54th Volunteer Infantry. Without a shadow of doubt, the most unforgettable scene in the movie is the camp fire prayer scene.
This scene gives the viewer a glimpse into 1 man’s motivation which made him to leave family and place his own life at stake to fight for his country. Definitely a must see Morgan Freeman film.
4. Driving Miss Daisy
This movie focuses around a widow living in Georgia in the 1940s, one Mrs. Daisy Werthan, who after a small traffic accident is persuaded by her son to hire a chauffeur. Morgan Freeman plays the character of “Hoke Colburn,” some one who lives in a very different world than Mrs. Daisy.
In an era where any one under the age of 25 or the younger Hollywood generation dominate the screen with their flamboyant presence, it is interesting to see a bond develop between these 2 senior characters. If your eyes do not fill up with tears during the climax when a fragile Mrs. Daisy is spoon fed by her loyal friend Colburn, Freeman’s character, you must watch the movie again.
5. Kiss the Girls
James Patterson wrote a successful series of novels featuring psychologist and FBI agent, Alex Cross. The 2nd novel in his series, “Kiss the Girls,” was adapted for big screen and portrays Morgan Freeman as a young Alex Cross, who is a homicide detective in Washington DC.
He is on the hunt for 2 killers with the aliases, “Gentleman Caller” and “Casanova,” who have a gruesome hobby of collecting women, his niece being one of the unfortunate victims. Morgan depicts Cross as a homicide detective torn between fascination of the criminal pathology and an anxious uncle searching desperately for his niece.
6. Lean on Me
This film is an adaptation of the real life story of Joe Clark, the man who takes on a crime infested high school in New Jersey in the 1980s. Armed with nothing but a baseball bat, Joe makes few really effective though unpopular decisions to provide a bunch of teenagers the chance to successfully graduate from the high school. Morgan is at his prime in the film as the part is a near perfect fit for his low-key style of acting.
Here we have the six best Morgan Freeman movies, one of the living legends in Hollywood. We welcome your valuable comments on the listed Morgan Freeman movies and would appreciate it if you can spread the buzz around.