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The 12 Best Jamie Foxx movies you should watch now

Foxx has starred in an array of roles, and here are his top performances

Jamie Foxx in Collateral (2004)
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For Hollywood entertainers, versatility is key to maintaining a successful career. Actor, singer, and comedian Jamie Foxx is pretty much the personification of the term “triple threat.” Foxx has constantly evolved throughout his career and seems driven to push the limits of what fans expect from him.

Born Eric Marlon Bishop, he started taking piano lessons at 5 and later earned a scholarship to a music school in San Diego to advance his musical prowess. While in school, Foxx cut his teeth at local comedy clubs and open mikes. He would earn his rise to fame as a hilarious comic known for his impersonations on the 90s sketch-comedy show In Living Color.

Since then, Foxx has starred in a variety of movies and projects, ranging from biopics to superhero blockbusters. You might be familiar with his music or comedy specials, but here are 12 of the best Jamie Foxx movies and film projects.

12. Horrible Bosses (2011)

12. Horrible Bosses
57%
6.9/10
98m
Genre
Comedy, Crime
Stars
Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis
Directed by
Seth Gordon
Watch on Amazon
In a mildly funny, dark comedy, a trio of friends come together to conspire the murder of their terribly awful and horrendous bosses that have made the lives of the band of friends unbearable. In search of a hitman to “do the job,” the friends (played by Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis) come across Dean “MF” Jones (Foxx), whom they contract to be their murder consultant. From there, an entire slew of hijinks befall the group of friends before they are finally able to get rid of their bosses. Foxx’s character helps drive the story, and his over-the-top personality acts as a good counterbalance to the film’s dry humor.

11. The Player’s Club (1998)

11. The Player’s Club
r
104m
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Stars
Stars Lisa, Raye McCoy, Dick Anthony Williams, Judyann Elder
Directed by
Ice Cube
Watch on Amazon
In rapper Ice Cube’s directorial debut, a college student (LisaRaye McCoy) moves in with her cousin, who is a dancer at a club, in hopes of making a better life for herself. After struggling to make ends meet, she gets intrigued by the life of women working at The Player’s Club. Shortly after deciding to strip at the nightclub, the college student who now goes by Diamond, starts dating the establishment’s DJ (Jamie Foxx). Blue, an often undervalued talent at The Player’s Club, helps Diamond find comfort in her new surroundings and encourages her to finally stand up for herself.

10. Booty Call (1997)

10. Booty Call
54%
5.4/10
79m
Genre
Comedy
Stars
Jamie Foxx, Tommy Davidson, Vivica A. Fox
Directed by
Jeff Pollack
Watch on Amazon
In one of Foxx’s more raunchy comedies, he plays the virile best friend of an educated but dubious Black man named Rushon. Trying to change his luck with the ladies, Rushon convinces his best bud Bunz to join him on a double date with his new lady friend. As the two pals try to take the women back to their apartments for “nightcaps,” they fall into a series of wacky and hilarious predicaments.

9. Sleepless (2017)

9. Sleepless
5.6/10
r
95m
Genre
Action, Crime, Thriller
Stars
Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan, Dermot Mulroney
Directed by
Baran bo Odar
Watch on Amazon
Based on the French thriller Sleepless Night, director Bara bo Odar’s film features Foxx as a seasoned Las Vegas police officer who has to go up against the mob in order to rescue his kidnapped son. The veteran cop ends up uncovering corruption within the department, tying it to illegal dealings with mobsters.
Sleepless Official Trailer 1 (2017) - Jamie Foxx Movie

8. Project Power (2020)

8. Project Power
51%
6/10
r
113m
Genre
Action, Crime, Science Fiction
Stars
Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dominique Fishback
Directed by
Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Watch on Netflix
It took nearly 25 years, but the singer, actor, and comedian finally scored a role as a superhero (or super-powered person, rather). In this Netflix original, Foxx plays a cop in New Orleans who must team up with a teenage drug dealer and a former soldier to stop the spread of a drug that gives users varying powers for five minutes. However, the drug also has a potentially deadly effect on most people.
Project Power starring Jamie Foxx | Official Trailer | Netflix

7. Baby Driver (2017)

7. Baby Driver
86%
7.6/10
r
113m
Genre
Action, Crime
Stars
Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James
Directed by
Edgar Wright
Watch on Amazon
After a successful premiere at South by Southwest in spring 2017, Baby Driver hit theaters in America later that summer to relatively high reviews. The premise of the film involves a young but immensely talented getaway driver who is trying to get out of a life of crime and pursue a new life with his girlfriend. The driver, aptly named Baby for his youthful appearance, is blackmailed into joining a robbery crew. Foxx plays Bats, one of the more trigger-happy members of the crew, who antagonizes Baby throughout much of the film. It is a fun ride of a movie, shot in a slick and artistic way that lends itself to the excellent acting of the cast.
BABY DRIVER - Official International Trailer (HD)

6. Any Given Sunday (1999)

6. Any Given Sunday
52%
6.9/10
162m
Genre
Drama
Stars
Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx
Directed by
Oliver Stone
Watch on Apple TV+
In what’s considered one of the greatest sports movies of all time, a remarkable ensemble cast that includes Al Pacino, Dennis Quaid, James Woods, and LL Cool J work together to rebuild the once-great football team the Miami Sharks. After the star quarterback (Quaid) and the second-string QB go down with injuries in the first game of the season, the head coach (Pacino) resorts to the upstart Willie Beamen (Foxx), who surprises with his aptitude in the role. In next to no time, Beamen goes from zero to city hero and changes the fortunes of the team. Foxx’s performance among big-name actors showcased the potential star power he accomplished later in his career.

5. Collateral (2004)

5. Collateral
120m
Genre
Drama, Crime, Thriller
Stars
Jamie Foxx, Tom Cruise, Jada Pinkett Smith
Directed by
Michael Mann
Watch on Amazon
This highly acclaimed modern-noir thriller follows a taxi driver named Max (played by Foxx) as he meets and becomes intertwined with a customer (played by Tom Cruise) who is secretly a hitman. After the assassin pays Max to take him to several locations, the taxi driver discovers Vincent’s true intention is to kill marked individuals throughout the city. Foxx really shines opposite a star like Cruise in one of the year’s highest-rated features.

4. Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

4. Law Abiding Citizen
109m
Genre
Drama, Crime, Thriller
Stars
Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, Colm Meaney
Directed by
F. Gary Gray
Watch on Amazon
The Italian Job director F. Gary Gray’s action thriller tells the story of a man who is driven to vigilante-like justice against the killers of his family and a corruptly negligent criminal justice system. A 300 star, Gerald Butler plays Clyde Shelton, who tries to take the justice he felt he was robbed of into his own hands. Attorney Nick Rice (Foxx) tries to thwart Shelton’s elaborate scheme but finds himself relating to Shelton’s pain.

3. Ali (2001)

3. Ali
157m
Genre
Drama
Stars
Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight
Directed by
Michael Mann
Watch on Amazon
Ali is a biographical sports drama film that chronicles a 10-year period in the life of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali (played by Will Smith). The film focuses on some of Ali’s most iconic moments, both in and out of the ring, between 1964 and 1974. In this movie, you’ll witness Ali’s ascent to boxing glory, including his championship win against Sonny Liston. The film explores Ali’s conversion to Islam and how it shaped his identity, and it showcases his controversial decision to refuse the Vietnam War draft and the consequences he faced. Ali depicts his ban from boxing for his stance on the war and his determined return to the ring. Jamie Foxx portrays Drew Bundini Brown, Ali’s assistant trainer and confidante, who played a significant role in Ali’s life.

2. Django Unchained (2012)

2. Django Unchained
81%
8.4/10
165m
Genre
Drama, Western
Stars
Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio
Directed by
Quentin Tarantino
Watch on Hulu
This is one the best Jamie Foxx films and he stars in a career-defining role. Foxx plays Django, a runaway slave on a mission to slay plantation slave owners and rescue his German-speaking wife. Django is freed from captivity by a German dentist-turned-bounty hunter, who encourages the formerly enslaved man upon his perilous quest. Together, the German bounty hunter and Django claim bounty after bounty, slaughtering numerous Confederate supporters in their wake. After some time, they draw the attention of the nefarious Calvin J. Candie, who owns the plantation where Django’s wife is being kept.

1. Ray (2004)

1. Ray
73%
7.7/10
152m
Genre
Drama, Music
Stars
Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Regina King
Directed by
Taylor Hackford
Watch on Amazon
Some actors are born to play certain iconic roles. Foxx’s casting as the titular character Ray Charles in Taylor Hackford’s independently produced biography is a great example of this. In one of the top performances of Foxx’s career, Ray covers the life and story of the legendary musician from his humble beginnings to his rise to stardom, as well as the impact he left on the country. Foxx was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actor and became the second actor to win all five major lead actor awards for the same film.
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