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The Best Morgan Freeman Movies

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Here is a list of the best Morgan Freeman movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Morgan Freeman's voice has become as recognizable as his face to many movie fans, as he has provided narration in such classic films as The Shawshank Redemption and March of the Penguins. Morgan Freeman's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of this Morgan Freeman movies list is decided by how many votes they receive, so only his most highly rated movies will be at the top of the list. Morgan Freeman has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what his greatest movie of all time is... so if you and a friend are arguing about this, then use this list to end the squabble once and for all.

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

This list contains films like Unforgiven and Seven and answers the questions, "What are the best Morgan Freeman movies?" and "What are the greatest Morgan Freeman roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Freeman's award-winning performances, you might also enjoy our list of best Clint Eastwood movies and best Tim Robbins movies.


  • 1

    The Shawshank Redemption

    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth


    Directed byFrank Darabont

    The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Adapted from the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and...  more

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  • 2


    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow


    Directed byDavid Fincher

    Seven is a 1995 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. The film stars Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, with Gwyneth Paltrow, R. Lee Ermey, John C. McGinley, and Kevin Spacey in...  more

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  • 3

    The Dark Knight

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine


    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character, Batman. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), Police Lieutenant James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and...  more

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  • 4

    Driving Miss Daisy

    Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd


    Directed byBruce Beresford

    Driving Miss Daisy is a 1989 American comedy-drama film directed by Bruce Beresford and written by Alfred Uhry, based on Uhry's play of the same name. The film stars Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman,...  more

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  • 5


    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman


    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Unforgiven is a 1992 American Western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood with a screenplay written by David Webb Peoples. The film portrays William Munny, an aging outlaw who takes on one...  more

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  • 6


    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington


    Directed byEdward Zwick

    Glory is a 1989 American drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. The screenplay was written by Kevin Jarre, based on the...  more

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  • 7

    Million Dollar Baby

    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman


    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Million Dollar Baby is a 2004 American sports drama film directed, co-produced and scored by Clint Eastwood, and starring Eastwood, Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman. This film is about an...  more

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  • 8

    Lean on Me

    Morgan Freeman, Tony Todd


    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

    Lean on Me is a 1989 dramatized biographical film written by Michael Schiffer, directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Morgan Freeman. Lean on Me is loosely based on the story of Joe Louis Clark, a...  more

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  • 9

    The Bucket List

    Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman


    Directed byRob Reiner

    The Bucket List is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Rob Reiner, produced by Reiner, Alan Greisman, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, written by Justin Zackham, and starring Jack Nicholson and...  more

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  • 10

    Bruce Almighty

    Jennifer Aniston, Jim Carrey


    Directed byTom Shadyac

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  • 11

    Batman Begins

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine


    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Batman Begins is a 2005 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. After training with his mentor (Liam Neeson), Batman (Christian Bale) begins his fight to free ...  more

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  • 12

    Along Came a Spider

    Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter


    Directed byLee Tamahori

    Along Came a Spider is a 2001 American psychological thriller film directed by Lee Tamahori. It is a sequel to the 1997 film Kiss the Girls. The screenplay by Marc Moss was adapted from the 1993...  more

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  • 13

    The Dark Knight Rises

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine


    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    The Dark Knight Rises is a 2012 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman (Christian Bale), with the help...  more

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  • 14

    Lucky Number Slevin

    Bruce Willis, Lucy Liu


    Directed byPaul McGuigan

    Lucky Number Slevin, is a 2006 thriller film written by Jason Smilovic, directed by Paul McGuigan and starring Josh Hartnett, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley, Lucy Liu and Stanley Tucci....  more

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  • 15


    Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman


    Directed byRobert Schwentke

    Red is a 2010 American action comedy film directed by Robert Schwentke, inspired by the comic book series by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner. When his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech men,...  more

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  • 16

    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

    Morgan Freeman, Sean Connery


    Directed byKevin Reynolds

    This film is a 1991 American-British adventure film directed by Kevin Reynolds. The film stars Kevin Costner as Robin Hood, Morgan Freeman as Azeem, Christian Slater as Will Scarlet, Mary Elizabeth...  more

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  • 17

    Now You See Me

    Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher


    Directed byLouis Leterrier

    Now You See Me is a 2013 American thriller film directed by Louis Leterrier. An F.B.I. Agent and an Interpol Detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances,...  more

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  • 18

    Deep Impact

    Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall


    Directed byMimi Leder

    Deep Impact is a 1998 American science fiction disaster film directed by Mimi Leder, written by Bruce Joel Rubin and Michael Tolkin, and starring Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Elijah Wood, Vanessa...  more

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  • 19


    Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon


    Directed byClint Eastwood

    "From director Clint Eastwood, “Invictus” tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team, Francois Pienaar (Matt...  more

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  • 20


    Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey


    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

    Outbreak is a 1995 American medical disaster film directed by Wolfgang Petersen and based on Richard Preston's non-fiction book The Hot Zone. The film stars Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, and Morgan...  more

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  • 21

    The Sum of All Fears

    Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman


    Directed byPhil Alden Robinson

    The Sum of All Fears is a 2002 American action political thriller film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, based on Tom Clancy's novel of the same name. The motion picture, which is set in the Jack Ryan...  more

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  • 22

    Evan Almighty

    Morgan Freeman, Steve Carell


    Directed byTom Shadyac

    Evan Almighty is a 2007 American comedy film and the stand-alone sequel/spin-off to Bruce Almighty. The film was directed by Tom Shadyac, based on the characters created by Steve Koren and Mark...  more

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  • 23

    Gone Baby Gone

    Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan


    Directed byBen Affleck

    Gone Baby Gone is a 2007 American neo-noir mystery thriller film directed by Ben Affleck, based on the 1998 novel by Dennis Lehane. After a young girl goes missing, Boston detectives Patrick Kenzie...  more

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  • 24


    Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman


    Directed byTimur Bekmambetov

    Wanted is a 2008 action film which is very loosely based on the comic book miniseries of the same name by Mark Millar. The film is directed by Timur Bekmambetov and stars James McAvoy, Morgan...  more

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  • 25


    Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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