Best 10 Morgan Freeman Movies of All Time

With one of the most instantly recognisable voices in movies and a back catalogue of some of the finest films of the last 40 years, Morgan Freeman is one of the true greats of modern-day Hollywood. From slow-burn psychological thrillers to the seminal prison drama of all time, fantasy adventure and post-apocalyptic fiction, a list of the best Morgan Freeman movies takes you on a fantastic voyage through modern cinema.

It's no surprise that he’s an Oscar winner, as any list of the top Morgan Freeman movies of all time includes some of the legendary films from the last four decades. We could listen to that honeyed voice all day long, and no matter what the story, Morgan Freeman brings gravitas and sophistication to any film. Sit back, relax, and let us take you through just a small selection of his incredible catalogue of work, with our list of Morgan Freeman movies with IMDb scores. Which one is your favourite?

1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 9.3/10

Not just one of the top Morgan Freeman movies of all time, but possibly one of the top films of all time. This incredible story charts a seven-year friendship between two convicts in the tough Shawshank prison. After being found guilty of a crime he didn’t commit, a former banker forms a strong friendship with the wise ‘Red’, played by Freeman. This iconic film is a multi-award winner, including a Best Actor nomination at the Oscars for Freeman. Also starring Tim Robbins, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, and Clancy Brown.

2. Now You See Me (2013) 7.2/10

When you mix up a team of magicians who carry out bank heists during their performances, you get an explosive and very unusual thriller that adds a whole new level of wonder to the common crime caper. The ‘Four Horsemen’ are being hounded by the FBI, ably assisted by Freeman as Thaddeus Bradley, who is determined to expose their tricks. But is everything as it seems? Also starring Jessie Eisenberg, Common, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Michael Caine, and Isla Fisher.

3. Batman Begins (2005) 8.2/10

When you’re putting together a list of the top Morgan Freeman movies, you can’t leave out his seminal performances in DC’s Batman franchise. After several reboots, the Caped Crusader’s 2005 outing marked the beginning of a new generation of Batman films that were much darker than the originals. Freeman’s character of Lucius Fox is the brains behind Wayne Enterprises and is Wayne’s business manager. He’s also one of the very few who knows Bruce Wayne's alter-ego. Batman Begins restarts the franchise for a new generation. Starring Christian Bale as Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred, and Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon.

4. The Dark Knight (2008) 9/10

Widely regarded as the finest of the Batman films, The Dark Knight sees Batman take on the Joker, played by the late Heath Ledger, who gave one of the truly great cinematic performances of cinematic history as the deranged killer. Morgan revives his role as Lucius Fox once again, and the regulars are joined by a glittering cast that takes the Batman story to the next level. Also starring Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Cillian Murphy.

5. The Dark Knight Rises (2012) 8.4/10

The saga continues in the third of our Batman films in this list of movies by Morgan Freeman. It’s been eight years since the Joker’s chaotic attack on Gotham City. But there’s always another villain waiting in the wings, and this time it’s Bane, a psychopathic killer intent on wreaking unimaginable destruction on the city. With the help of Alfred, Commissioner Gordon, and Morgan Freeman’s Lucius Fox, Batman has to defeat Bane before time runs out. Also starring the brilliant Tom Hardy as Bane, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Blake, and Anne Hathaway as Selina.

6. Seven (1995) 8.6/10

There's nothing quite as disturbing as looking into the mind of a serial killer. In this chilling film, Morgan Freeman plays an experienced cop who teams up with rookie Brad Pitt to hunt down a killer using the original Seven Deadly Sins as their inspiration. Twists and turns lead them down dead ends until they finally close in on the killer – but has he already closed in on them? Also starring Kevin Spacey, Gwyneth Paltrow, and John Cassini.

7. Driving Miss Daisy (1989) 7.3/10

In the 1950s, an elderly lady in Atlanta can no longer drive, and her son hires a driver to ‘drive Miss Daisy’. Fighting against change in her life, as well as showing her own prejudice against Hoke, played by Freeman, Daisy is bitterly opposed to the situation at first. But slowly, Hoke wins her over and the two develop a lasting friendship. Also starring Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti LuPone and Esther Rolle.

8. Unforgiven (1992) 8.2/10

The Wild West is still home to gunslingers, but times are changing. In this powerful film directed by and starring legendary actor Clint Eastwood, Freeman plays Ned Logan, an old hand at the trials and tribulations of the West. Together with his old friend William Munny, played by Eastwood, and greenhorn the ‘Schofield Kid’, they track down a brutal gang. But are they the good guys, or are they just as bad as the men they’re hunting? Also starring Gene Hackman, Richard Harris, Jaimz Woolvett and Anna Thomson. Freeman gives one of his finest performances, earning this western a spot on this top 10 Morgan Freeman movies list.

9. Million Dollar Baby (2004) 8.1/10

It was a long time coming, but this extraordinary film, also directed and starring Clint Eastwood, finally earned Morgan Freeman that elusive Oscar. Aspiring boxer Maggie Fitzgerald wants legendary trainer Frankie Dunn (Eastwood) to help her achieve her ambition of becoming the best female boxer of all time. This incredible film charts their rocky relationship, with Freeman adding that beautiful sense of balance to the proceedings that takes the film to another level. Also staring Hilary Swank, Jay Baruchel, and Mike Colter.

10. Deep Impact (1998) 6.2/10

And finally, to round off our list of the best Morgan Freeman movies of all time, we have a wonderfully over-the-top Armageddon movie. An asteroid is on a collision course with Earth, but nobody’s told the people yet. After digging into the affairs of a high-ranking official, journalist Jenny Lerner uncovers the truth about ‘Ellie’. It’s not a person, it’s a huge asteroid set to obliterate the planet. Freeman plays the President of the United States, and while this may be a bit of a fun disaster movie, he adds real gravitas to the proceedings and elevates it into a true Hollywood blockbuster. Also starring Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Elijah Wood and Vanessa Redgrave.

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