10) ‘The Kingdom’ (2007): This underrated action film about FBI agents who investigate the bombing of a foreign-workers facility in Saudi Arabia under-perfomed at the box office. Still, Foxx gave a sturdy and stalwart performance as team leader Ronald Fleury.
9) ‘Booty Call’ (1997): Foxx transitioned into films in his comfort zone — comedy. And in this unabashedly silly sex comedy his goofball performance as ‘Bunz’ is a standout.
8) ‘Law Abiding Citizen’ (2009): Foxx faces off with Gerald Butler in this sleeper hit with a twisty plot. Foxx plays a prosecutor tormented by the husband of a victim he once failed.
7) ‘Dreamgirls’ (2006): Although Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson had the showier roles, Foxx more than held his own as the Berry Gordy-inspired figure in this blockbuster musical, which allowed him to show off his vocal chops.
6) ‘Ali’ (2001): Foxx played a small but pivotal role alongside Will Smith in this acclaimed biopic of Muhammad Ali. Foxx plays Ali’s beloved hype man ‘Bundini’ Brown in an uncanny impersonation.
5) ‘The Sololist’ (2009): Fox won rave reviews for his performance alongside Robert Downey Jr. about a real life, gifted musician, named Nathaniel Ayers, who winds up becoming homeless and suffering from schizophrenia. It’s a challenging, out-of-character part that Foxx nails.
4) ‘Any Given Sunday’ (1999): Foxx’s breakout film was Oliver Stone’s testosterone-heavy epic about professional football starring Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz and a bevy of other stars. Foxx shined as the prima donna turned team player Willie Beamen. It’s hard to believe that Diddy was actually originally cast in this part, since Foxx seems so perfect in the role.
3) ‘Collateral’ (2004): Foxx earned a best supporting actor nomination for his performance as a cab driver held captive by a demented killer played by Tom Cruise. Foxx is quietly compelling and earns audience sympathy as a believable everyman.
2) ‘Django Unchained’ (2012): Will Smith’s loss was Jamie Foxx’s gain. He was dynamic in Quentin Tarantino’s wildly popular slavery-era revenge thriller. The D was silent, but the buzz around Foxx’s career has been deafening since its release.
1) ‘Ray’ (2004): Foxx won a richly deserved best actor Oscar for his remarkable performance as Ray Charles in this warts-and-all biopic. Not only did this film help introduce Charles’ music to a new generation of fans, it cemented Foxx’s status a serious actor to be reckoned with.
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Jamie Foxx is on a real hot streak.
After starring in last year’s Oscar winning blockbuster Django Unchained he’ll be starring as the president in this weekend’s new summer action film White House Down.
Foxx has come a long way since his goofball performances on the 90s sketch comedy show In Living Color.
Now, the 45-year-old actor/singer has a best actor Academy Award and an impressive filmography to his credit.
As his new movie hits theaters, theGrio is looking back at his career so far and counting down his 10 best roles.
Let us know if your favorite flick made the cut.