For Hollywood artists, versatility is the key to a successful career. Actor, singer and comedian Jamie Foxx is pretty much the personification of the term ‘triple threat’. The 53-year-old has constantly evolved throughout his career and seems determined to push the boundaries of what fans expect of him.
Born Eric Marlon Bishop, he began taking piano lessons at age five and later earned a scholarship to a San Diego music school to further his musical prowess. While in college, Foxx cut his teeth at local comedy clubs and opened up microphones. He would earn his fame as a hilarious comedian known for his impersonations in the ’90s sketch series. In living color.
Since then, Foxx has starred in a variety of films and projects, ranging from biopics to blockbuster superheroes.
You may be familiar with his music or his special comedies, but here are 11 of the best Renaissance man film projects:
11. Horrible Bosses (2011)
In a dark and slightly funny comedy, a trio of friends come together to conspire to murder their terrible, horrific bosses who have made the life of the group of friends unbearable. On the hunt for a hitman to “get the job done”, the friends (played by Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis) meet Dean “MF” Jones (Foxx) whom they hire to be their murder consultant. From there, a whole 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 exaggerated personality acts as a good counterbalance to the film’s dry humor.
Director: Seth Gordon
The main cast: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis
Duration: 98 minutes
IMDb Ranking: 6.9
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10. The Player’s Club (1998)
During rapper Ice Cube’s directorial debut, a college student (LisaRaye McCoy) moves in with her cousin, who is a club dancer, in hopes of making a better life. After struggling to make ends meet, she is intrigued by the lives of the women who work at Player’s Club. Shortly after deciding to strip down at the nightclub, the student who is now passing by Diamond, begins dating the establishment’s DJ (Jamie Foxx). Blue, an often undervalued talent at Player’s Club, helps Diamond find solace in his new surroundings and encourages him to finally stand up for himself.
Director: Ice Cube
The main cast: LisaRaye McCoy, Dick Anthony Williams, Bernie Mac
Duration: 104 minutes
IMDb Ranking: 5.9
9. Booty Call (1997)
In one of Foxx’s hottest comedies, he plays the manly best friend of an educated but questionable black man named Rushon. Trying to change his luck with the ladies, Rushon convinces his best friend Bunz to join him on a double date with his new friend. As the two pals try to get the women back to their apartments for “nightcaps”, they fall into a series of difficult and hilarious situations.
Director: Jeff Pollack
The main cast: Jamie Foxx, Tommy Davidson, Vivica A. Fox
Duration: 79 minutes
IMDb Ranking: 5.4
8. Insomnia (2017)
Based on the French thriller Sleepless night, director Bara bo Odar’s film presents Foxx as a seasoned Las Vegas police officer who must face the crowds to save his kidnapped son. The veteran cop eventually uncovers corruption within the department, linking it to illegal dealings with thugs.
Director: Baran bo Odar
The main cast: Michelle Monaghan, Dermot Mulroney, Clifford âTIâ Harris
Duration: 95 minutes
IMdb Rating: 5.6
7. Project Power (2020)
It took almost 25 years, but the singer, actor, and comedian eventually took on a superhero (or rather, superpowered) role. 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 fatal effect on most people.
Director: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
The main cast: Rodrigo Santoro, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dominique Fishback
Duration: 113 minutes
IMDb Ranking: 6.0
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6. Baby Driver (2017)
After a successful premiere at South by Southwest in spring 2017, Baby driver hit theaters in the United States later this summer with relatively high reviews. The premise of the film involves a young, but extremely talented, getaway driver trying to emerge from 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 team of thieves. Foxx plays Bats, one of the happiest members of the crew, who upsets Baby throughout the film. It’s a fun spin on a movie, shot in a sleek and artistic way that lends itself to the excellent acting of the cast.
Director: Edgar Wright
The main cast: Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm
Duration: 113 minutes
IMDb Ranking: 7.6
5. Any given Sunday (1999)
In what is 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 working together to rebuild the once football team. formidable, the Miami Sharks. After star quarterback (Quaid) and second-string quarterback injured themselves in Game 1 of the season, head coach (Pacino) turns to upstart Willie Beamen (Foxx), who surprises by his suitability for the role. In no time at all, Beamen goes from zero to city hero and changes the team’s fortunes. Foxx’s performance among renowned actors showed the potential star power he achieved later in his career.
Director: Oliver Stone
The main cast: Al Pacino, Dennis Quaid, Cameron Diaz
Duration: 162 minutes
IMDb Ranking: 6.9
4. Collateral (2004)
This highly acclaimed modern noir thriller follows a cab driver named Max (played by Foxx) as he meets and intertwines with a client (Tom Cruise) who is secretly a hit man. After the assassin pays Max to take him to several locations, the taxi driver discovers that Vincent’s real intention is to kill marked individuals all over town. Foxx really shines against a star like Cruise in one of the top-rated features of the year.
Director: Michael Mann
The main cast: Tom Cruise, Mark Ruffalo, Jada Pinkett Smith
Duration: 120 minutes
IMDb Ranking: 7.5
3. Law-abiding Citizen (2009)
Italian work Director F. Gary Gray’s action thriller tells the story of a man who is led to vigilante justice against his family’s murderers and a corrupt and neglectful criminal justice system. 300 Star Gerald Butler stars as Clyde Shelton who tries to ensure that the justice he felt deprived of himself was stolen. Lawyer Nick Rice (Foxx) attempts to thwart Shelton’s elaborate plan but finds himself tied to Shelton’s pain.
Director: F. Gary Gray
The main cast: Gerard Butler, Colm Meaney, Leslie Bibb
Duration: 118 minutes
IMDb Ranking: 7.4
2. Django Unchained (2012)
In a career-defining role, Foxx plays Django, a runaway slave on a mission to kill plantation slave owners and save his German-speaking wife. Django is freed from captivity by a German dentist turned bounty hunter, who encourages the once enslaved man on his perilous quest. Together, the German bounty hunter and Django clamor for bounty after bounty, slaughtering many Confederate supporters in their wake. After a while, they attract the attention of the infamous Calvin J. Candie, owner of the plantation where Django’s wife is kept.
Director: Quentin Tarantino
The main cast: Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington
Duration: 165 minutes
IMDb Ranking: 8.4
1. Ray (2004)
Some actors are born to play certain iconic roles. Foxx’s casting as the titular character Ray Charles in the independently produced Taylor Hackford biography is a prime example. In one of the best performances of Foxx’s career, Ray covers the life and history of the legendary musician from his humble beginnings, to his rise to stardom and the impact he left on the country. . Foxx received the Oscar for Best Actor and became the second actor to win the top five main actor awards for the same film.
Director: Taylor Hackford
The main cast: Regina King, Kerry Washington, Clifton Powell
Duration: 152 minutes
IMDb Ranking: 7.7