Morgan Freeman is an iconic actor known for his deep, resonant voice and commanding presence on screen. With a career spanning several decades, Freeman has delivered unforgettable performances in a wide range of films. Here are the top 25 best movies featuring Morgan Freeman that showcase his incredible talent and versatility.

  1. The Shawshank Redemption
The Shawshank Redemption

Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton

Plot:

“Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.”

Imprisoned in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be admired by the other inmates — including an older prisoner named Red — for his integrity and unquenchable sense of hope.

2. Now You See Me

Now You See Me

Stars: Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg

Plot:

“The closer you look, the less you’ll see.”

An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.

3. Now You See Me 2

Now You See Me 2

Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson

“You haven’t seen anything yet.”

One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their mind-bending spectacles, the Four Horsemen resurface only to find themselves face to face with a new enemy who enlists them to pull off their most dangerous heist yet.

4. Batman Begins

Batman Begins

Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson

“Evil fears the knight.”

Driven by tragedy, billionaire Bruce Wayne dedicates his life to uncovering and defeating the corruption that plagues his home, Gotham City. Unable to work within the system, he instead creates a new identity, a symbol of fear for the criminal underworld – The Batman.

5. The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight

Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Michael Caine

Plot:

“Welcome to a world without rules.”

Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as the Joker.

6. The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises

Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman

Plot:

“A fire will rise.”

Following the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman assumes responsibility for Dent’s crimes to protect the late attorney’s reputation and is subsequently hunted by the Gotham City Police Department. Eight years later, Batman encounters the mysterious Selina Kyle and the villainous Bane, a new terrorist leader who overwhelms Gotham’s finest. The Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.

7. Se7en

Se7en

Stars: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow

Plot:

“Seven deadly sins. Seven ways to die.”

Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the “seven deadly sins” in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. Sommerset researches each sin in an effort to get inside the killer’s mind, while his novice partner, Mills, scoffs at his efforts to unravel the case.

8. Wanted

Wanted

Stars: James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman

Plot:

“Choose your destiny.”

Doormat Wesley Gibson discovers that his recently murdered father – who Wesley never knew – belonged to a secret guild of assassins. After a leather-clad sexpot drafts Wesley into the society, he hones his innate killing skills and turns avenger.

9. RED

RED

Stars: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman

Plot:

“Still armed. Still dangerous. Still got it.”

After surviving an assault from a squad of hit men, retired CIA black ops agent Frank Moses reassembles his old team for an all-out war. Frank reunites with old Joe, crazy Marvin and wily Victoria to uncover a massive conspiracy that threatens their lives. Only their expert training will allow them to survive a near-impossible mission — breaking into CIA headquarters.

10. Lucy

Lucy

Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Choi Min-sik

Plot:

“The average person uses 10% of their brain capacity. Imagine what she could do with 100%.”

A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

11. Olympus Has Fallen

Olympus Has Fallen

Stars: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Finley Jacobsen

Plot:

“When our flag falls our nation will rise.”

When the White House (Secret Service Code: “Olympus”) is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As the national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning’s inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President and avert an even bigger disaster.

12. Angel Has Fallen

Angel Has Fallen

Stars: Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett Smith

Plot:

“Loyalty is under fire”

After a treacherous attack, Secret Service agent Mike Banning is charged with attempting to assassinate President Trumbull. Chased by his own colleagues and the FBI, Banning begins a race against the clock to clear his name.

13. London Has Fallen

London Has Fallen

Stars: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett

Plot:

“The world’s leaders have assembled. So have their enemies.”

In London for the Prime Minister’s funeral, Mike Banning discovers a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders.

14.Invictus

Invictus

Stars: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge

Plot:

“His people needed a leader. He gave them a champion.”

Newly elected President Nelson Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa’s rugby union team as they make their historic run to the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championship match.

15.The Contract

The Contract

Stars: Morgan Freeman, John Cusack, Alice Krige

“Every killer meets his equal.”

Attempting to recover from a recent family trauma by escaping into the woods for a peaceful hiking trip, an ex-lawman and his young son stumble across a dangerous contract killer.

16. The Poison Rose

The Poison Rose

Stars: John Travolta, Morgan Freeman, Peter Stormare

“A Private Eye. A Public Murder. A Perfect Crime.”

A down-on-his-luck PI is hired by his old flame to investigate a murder. But while the case at first appears routine, it slowly reveals itself to be a complex interwoven web of crimes, suspects and dead bodies.

17. Vanquish

Vanquish

Stars: Ruby Rose, Morgan Freeman, Patrick Muldoon

Plot:

“She’s got one night to save her life.”

Victoria is a young mother trying to put her dark past as a Russian drug courier behind her, but retired cop Damon forces Victoria to do his bidding by holding her daughter hostage. Now, Victoria must use guns, guts and a motorcycle to take out a series of violent gangsters—or she may never see her child again.

18. The Bucket List

The Bucket List

Stars: Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes

Plot:

“Find the joy.”

Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers are worlds apart. At a crossroads in their lives, they share a hospital room and discover they have two things in common: a desire to spend the time they have left doing everything they ever wanted to do and an unrealized need to come to terms with who they are. Together they embark on the road trip of a lifetime, becoming friends along the way and learning to live life to the fullest, with insight and humor.

19. Unleashed

Unleashed

Stars: Jet Li, Morgan Freeman, Bob Hoskins

Plot:

“Serve no master”

Raised as a slave, Danny is used to fighting for his survival. In fact, his “master,” Bart, thinks of him as a pet and goes as far as leashing him with a collar so they can make money in fight clubs, where Danny is the main contender. When Bart’s crew is in a car accident, Danny escapes and meets a blind, kindhearted piano tuner who takes him in and uses music to free the fighter’s long-buried heart.

20. Evan Almighty

Evan Almighty

Stars: Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, Lauren Graham

Plot:

“A comedy of biblical proportions”

Junior congressman Evan Baxter, whose wish is to “change the world” is heard by none other than God. When God appears with the perplexing request to build an ark, Evan is sure he is losing it.

21. Bruce Almighty

Bruce Almighty

Stars: Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Aniston

Plot:

“If you could be God for one week, what would you do?”

Bruce Nolan toils as a “human interest” television reporter in Buffalo, NY, but despite his high ratings and the love of his beautiful girlfriend, Bruce remains unfulfilled. At the end of the worst day in his life, he angrily ridicules God – and the Almighty responds, endowing Bruce with all of His divine powers.

22. Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman

Plot:

“Beyond his silence, there is a past. Beyond her dreams, there is a feeling. Beyond hope, there is a memory. Beyond their journey, there is a love.”

Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn’t prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie’s determined to go pro and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.

23. Unforgiven

Unforgiven

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman

Plot:

“Some legends will never be forgotten. Some wrongs can never be forgiven.”

William Munny is a retired, once-ruthless killer turned gentle widower and hog farmer. To help support his two motherless children, he accepts one last bounty-hunter mission to find the men who brutalized a prostitute. Joined by his former partner and a cocky greenhorn, he takes on a corrupt sheriff.

24. Driving Miss Daisy

Driving Miss Daisy

Stars: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd

Plot:

“The funny, touching and totally irresistible story of a working relationship that became a 25-year friendship.”

The story of an old Jewish widow named Daisy Werthan and her relationship with her black chauffeur, Hoke. From an initial mere work relationship grew in 25 years a strong friendship between the two very different characters, in a time when those types of relationships were shunned.

25. Amistad

Amistad

Stars: Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Hopkins

Plot:

“Freedom is not given. It is our right at birth. But there are some moments when it must be taken.”

In 1839, the slave ship Amistad set sail from Cuba to America. During the long trip, Cinque leads the slaves in an unprecedented uprising. They are then held prisoner in Connecticut, and their release becomes the subject of heated debate. Freed slave Theodore Joadson wants Cinque and the others exonerated and recruits property lawyer Roger Baldwin to help his case. Eventually, John Quincy Adams also becomes an ally.