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Will Smith’s Movies, Ranked Worst to Best

From ‘Bad Boys’ to ‘Men in Black,’ breaking down the big-screen highlights and low points of the Willennium

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For about a decade — really, up until just a couple of years ago — Will Smith was the biggest movie star in the world. Other actors might have made films that grossed more, had blockbusters with bigger opening weekends, won more awards, or grabbed more headlines. But this young rapper-turned-young TV star-turned-hunky-action hero could take the lamest blockbuster and turn it into a major hit on pure starpower alone.

Even in some of his earliest film appearances, such as his supporting turns in Made in America and Six Degrees of Separation, it was clear he had A-list potential. In the mid-Ninties, he began to make the move to massive sci-fi and action hits, then consolidated his success by taking on more demanding (and Oscar-friendly, roles: It takes a real actor to follow up a performance as Mohammad Ali with a Men in Black sequel. (To be fair, it was the Willennium.)

Smith's latest film, Concussion, about a doctor investigating debilitating head injuries in the NFL, returns him to the realm of serious, challenging dramas, and the actor is once again earning acclaim for his performance. So what better time then now to look over his diverse career and reassess the films. Here are all of Will Smith’s movies, ranked from worst to best. To paraphrase his Agent Jay: You know what difference is between him and most movie stars? He made a lot of these movies look good.

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