Top 12 All-Time Martin Lawrence Movies You Must See
Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence is an American comedian, actor, producer, writer, and former Golden Gloves boxer who was born on April 16, 1965. Lawrence rose to prominence in the 1990s, having a successful Hollywood acting career. He made his debut in the television series What's Happening Now!! (1987–1988), where he played Maurice Warfield.
Martin, the Bad Boys series, House Party, Boomerang, Wild Hogs, Nothing to Lose, Blue Streak, Life, Big Momma's House, and A Thin Line Between Love and Hate were among his many roles.
Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence, the fourth of six children, was born in Frankfurt, Germany, on April 16, 1965. At the time of his birth, his father, John Lawrence, was a member of the United States military.
Lawrence was named after Martin Luther King Jr., a civil rights activist, and US President John F. Kennedy. Lawrence's father left the military when he was seven, and the family returned to the United States, living in Landover, Maryland, near Washington, D.C.
Lawrence seldom saw his father, a police officer, after his parents divorced when he was eight years old. Chlora (née Bailey) supported her family by working a variety of jobs, including as a sales representative and cashier at different department shops.
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Lawrence was a standout boxer in his adolescence. Lawrence attended Eleanor Roosevelt High School and Friendly High School in Maryland, and he resided in Apple Grove, where he became a Mid-Atlantic Golden Gloves boxing competitor.
Will Smith, Charlize Theron, and Jason Bateman appear in Hancock, a 2008 American superhero film directed by Peter Berg and starring Will Smith, Charlize Theron, and Jason Bateman.
It recounts the tale of John Hancock (Smith), a vigilante superhero from Los Angeles whose irresponsible activities cost the city millions of dollars on a regular basis. Ray Embrey (Bateman), one of the people he rescues, eventually makes it his goal to improve Hancock's public image.
Vy Vincent Ngo first penned the tale in 1996. It spent years in "development hell" with a number of filmmakers attached, including Tony Scott, Michael Mann, Jonathan Mostow, and Gabriele Muccino, before being shot in Los Angeles in 2007 on a $150 million budget.
The Motion Picture Association of America certified the picture PG-13 in the United States after modifications were made at their request to avoid an R rating, which it had previously earned twice.
Columbia Pictures distributed the film in the United States on July 2, 2008. Critics gave Hancock mixed reviews, praising its performances and concept but criticizing its execution and inability to deliver on its promise, particularly in the second half. It was the fourth highest-earning picture of 2008, collecting $629 million worldwide.
Hancock (2008) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers
Will Smith appeared with Gene Hackman in Enemy of the State in 1998, continuing his late-90s pattern of joining up with an older white man to resolve a dire issue. Smith portrays an honest lawyer and family guy who inadvertently intercepts proof of a government plot, making him the target of a crooked politician (Jon Voight).
Enemy of the State, directed by late Top Gun director Tony Scott, is a dramatic "what would you do?" story from the heyday of producer Jerry Bruckheimer's career that never fails to entertain.
Of course, Will Smith deserves credit for adding his trademark humor to an otherwise complex thriller.
Enemy of the State (1998) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers
We knew he was versatile because of the films he selected in the early 1990s, but it was his part in filmmaker Michael Bay's feature-length debut that proved he could do action.
Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) and Mike Lowery (Will Smith) of the Miami Police Department are compelled to swap lives in order to enlist the assistance of a witness (Tea Leoni) in recovering a cocaine shipment stolen from their station.
Bad Boys is a famous buddy cop film that inspired a 2003 sequel and a third picture scheduled for release in January 2020. It's a joyous flashback to see Martin Lawrence and Will Smith at a pivotal moment in their careers as lawmen with their own brand of justice.
Bad Boys (1995) Official Trailer 1 - Will Smith Movie
Aladdin is a story about a boy named Al (2019). Even though it is Will Smith's highest-grossing film, Disney's live-action adaptation of its 1992 animated hit about magic lights and lavish castles is certainly not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of him.
Consider what the Guy Ritchie Aladdin would have been like if the guy who played the Genie had not been cast. He not only has excellent chemistry with Mena Massoud as the main character, but he also reinvents the role originally played by Robin Williams, replete with competent hip-hop versions of Alan Menken's famous tunes.
Without Will Smith, 2019's Aladdin may not have been as entertaining as it turned out to be.
Disney's Aladdin Official Trailer - In Theaters May 24!
Detective Del Spooner is someone we can count on not to be a victim of a Black Mirror episode. The policeman from 2035 is so resistant to technological advancement that he is the only one who predicts the third-act robotic uprising from the start.
Spooner (Will Smith) suspects foul play when a revolutionary tech genius is discovered dead in an apparent suicide. His primary suspect is a robot called Sonny (voiced by Alan Tudyk).
I, Robot is a rare example of a summer popcorn movie that does credit to the thought-provoking short tale (by Issac Asimov) it is based on, with outstanding acting, razor-sharp language, and some of Smith's finest action.
I, Robot (2004) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers
Will Smith was a hip-hop musician with a sitcom contract in the early 1990s. Six Degrees of Separation, an adaptation of John Guare's stageplay, gained him recognition as a professional performer.
After a young guy (Would Smith) claims to be actor Sidney Poitier's son and pays a surprise visit to a New York couple (Stockard Channing and Donald Sutherland), they quickly find there is more to him than he will admit.
Six Degrees of Separation is a satire with distinct beauty and flair, and Smith gives a performance unlike any other.
Six Degrees of Separation (1993) | Official Trailer | MGM Studios
Will Smith and Margot Robbie initially teamed up in this dramedy as... two crooks who flirted with each other, a year before their cooperation as criminals who flirted with each other in Suicide Squad. It's strange, isn't it?
Focus is a humorous, sensual thriller starring Will Smith as a seasoned con artist who finds his equal (professionally and emotionally) in Margot Robbie, written and directed by Gleen Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy Stupid Love). It's suitable for a romantic night or just to satisfy your appetite for an excellent crime film.
Focus Official Trailer #1 (2015) - Will Smith, Margot Robbie Movie HD
In the 2016 film Collateral Beauty, Will Smith portrayed a sad, shattered man who is visited by strange spiritual advisors.
Perhaps he selected the part because he wanted to experience what it was like on the other side after portraying a mysterious spiritual guide in The Legend of Bagger Vance.
Will Smith plays the titular character in this Robert Redford-directed fantasy about a golfer on the verge of a comeback (Matt Damon) who, with the aid of a magical caddy, puts his game and his life back together. The Legend of Bagger Vance is an inspirational feel-good film in which Smith plays a role that is completely out of character, at least for the moment.
The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers
Will Smith is the kind of actor who can seamlessly shift from leading blockbusters to playing real people. His Golden Globe-nominated performance in the 2015 movie Concussion is only one of many instances.
Dr. Bennet Omalu, played by Will Smith, is an excellent pathologist who made the first discovery of a kind of football-related brain damage that the NFL would like to keep hidden.
Omalu's commitment to the truth is shown in Concussion as a gripping David and Goliath tale.
CONCUSSION - Official Trailer (HD)
We witnessed both the demolition of the White House and the creation of a cinematic star in Roland Emmerich's spectacular sci-fi spectacle. Many people attribute the film's long-lasting popularity to Will Smith's undeniable charm.
After portraying a fierce air force pilot charged with protecting the Earth against evil extraterrestrials flying 15-mile wide battleships in this movie, Will Smith soared to leading man stardom.
Independence Day is an appropriate title for this picture since Smith was named King of the Fourth of July Weekend shortly after its debut.
Independence Day | Official Trailer #1 |1996
Will Smith had already faced aliens (many times), robots, and even homelessness at this stage in his career (more on that later).
In this rough adaptation of Richard Matheson's book I Am Legend, he was confronted with a new kind of threat: nighttime "zombies."
I AM LEGEND Trailer (2007)
Will Smith has done comedic work previously. Of course, they typically included deadly cockroaches or gigantic mechanical spiders, with the exception of his time on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
It seems strange to put him in a comedy with genuine circumstances and real characters, where the greatest explosion is his funny allergic response during a cookery lesson.
Despite this, Hitch, in which Will Smith portrays a matchmaker who struggles to keep his own relationship with Eva Mendes in check, is a charming, smart rom-com. Not to mention Kevin James' performance as Albert Brennaman, Hitch's down-on-his-luck yet a charming customer has never been better.
Hitch (2005) Official Trailer 1 - Will Smith Movie