The Best Jimmy Smits Movies

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List of the best Jimmy Smits movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Jimmy Smits's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Jimmy Smits movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Jimmy Smits movies will be at the top of the list. Jimmy Smits has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Jimmy Smits movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Jimmy Smits films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Jimmy Smits role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Jimmy Smits performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Items on this list include Murder in Mind and Vital Signs.

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  • My Family
    Jimmy Smits, Esai Morales, Eduardo López Rojas
    18 votes
    • Released: 1995
    • Directed by: Gregory Nava
    A second-generation Mexican immigrant narrates his family history, beginning with the journey of his father, Jose (Jacob Vargas), across Mexico to Los Angeles where he meets Maria (Jennifer Lopez) and starts a family. Each subsequent generation contends with political and social hardships, ranging from illegal deportations in the 1940s to racial tensions and gang fights in the '60s and '70s. Yet through it all, or perhaps because of it, the family remains strong.

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    Ellen Barkin, Jimmy Smits, JoBeth Williams
    17 votes
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: Blake Edwards
    Steve Brooks (Perry King), a sexist womanizer, is killed by a group of his angry former lovers. In heaven, he makes a bargain with God for redemption and agrees to return to Earth. Once there, he must have a sincere relationship with a female and make her fall in love with him. If not, Steve's soul will become the property of the devil (Bruce Martyn Payne). But the devil hedges his bet, and Steve is reincarnated as a woman named Amanda Brooks (Ellen Barkin).

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  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
    Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen
    15 votes
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: George Lucas
    In the epic space opera Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, a decade has passed since the events of The Phantom Menace. The galaxy is on the brink of civil war, with thousands of planetary systems threatening to secede from the Galactic Republic. Amidst this turmoil, Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), now a Jedi apprentice to Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), struggles with his emotions when he reunites with Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman). Meanwhile, a conspiracy unfolds, leading to the creation of a massive clone army. Directed by George Lucas, this sequel deepens the saga's mythology and sets the stage for an inevitable, large-scale conflict.
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
    Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen
    16 votes
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: George Lucas
    In Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, an epic space opera, a dark transformation unfolds. Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) is caught in a web of treachery and manipulation, pulling him away from his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor). The Galactic Republic crumbles under Chancellor Palpatine's (Ian McDiarmid) sinister designs. A tragic tale of friendship and loyalty, it marks the birth of Darth Vader and the rise of the Empire. This third installment in George Lucas's prequel trilogy won the People's Choice Award for Favorite Movie Drama in 2006.
  • Running Scared
    Gregory Hines, Billy Crystal, Jimmy Smits
    7 votes
    • Released: 1986
    • Directed by: Peter Hyams
    Ray and Danny (Gregory Hines, Billy Crystal) are two Chicago police detectives hot on the trail of drug kingpin Julio Gonzales (Jimmy Smits). They manage to nab the drug lord, but the bust is messy, and the two are suspended. While vacationing in Key West, Fla., they decide to retire from the police force and open up a bar. But when they return to Chicago and find out that Gonzales has been released on bail, they vow not to quit the force until the dangerous dealer is behind bars for good.

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  • Price of Glory
    Jimmy Smits, Jon Seda, Clifton Collins
    11 votes
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: Carlos Avila
    Long ago, boxer Arturo Ortega (Jimmy Smits) could have been a contender but was cheated by a duplicitous manager. So Arturo channeled his ambition into training his sons: Sonny (Jon Seda), Jimmy (Clifton Collins Jr.) and Johnny (Ernesto Hernandez). Determined to do right by them, Arturo oversees every aspect of their careers. But, after he hastily rejects an offer from a major fight promoter (Ron Perlman), Arturo's sons begin to question his leadership and struggle against their family ties.