Carmen: A Hip-Hopera (2001)
In her first major acting role Beyoncé headlines an all-star cast (including Mos Def, Mekhi Phifer and Wyclef Jean) in a remake of the classic Bizet opera Carmen, with a hip-hop twist.
The Fighting Temptations (2003)
Beyoncé stayed well within in her comfort zone in this musical drama. She plays a beautiful lounge singer who teams up with a beleaguered choir director (played by Cuba Gooding, Jr.) for a gospel competition and winds up falling for him.
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2003)
Beyoncé showed off her body as well as her comedic chops as Foxxy Cleopatra, the funky 70s-era sidekick and love interest, of the one and only Austin Powers.
The Pink Panther (2006)
Beyoncé tried her hand at comedy again in Steve Martin’s reboot of the Pink Panther franchise. She plays Xania a femme fatale embroiled in a international murder mystery.
Beyoncé may have been overshadowing by award winning performances by Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson — but this film still provides a great showcase for her singing and beauty.
Cadillac Records (2008)
Beyoncé earned the best reviews of her film career to date in this homage to the history of Chess Records. She brings both the dark and brights sides of the legendary Etta James to life.
In this campy thriller, Beyoncé plays the wife of a successful executive (played by Idris Elba) who must fend off a crazed co-worker of her husband’s (former Heroes star Ali Larter), bent on destroying her marriage.
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In the last decade Beyoncé has lit up the big screen in roles both big and small, that show of her beauty and grace. Inspired by her rumored lead role in a Clint Eastwood-directed remake of the classic A Star Is Born, theGrio looks back and the R&B star’s short yet very successful film career.