By Jacob Osborn
Similar to his early TV counterpart, Willard Carroll Smith Jr.—better known as Will Smith—was West Philadelphia born and raised. While attending Overbrook Catholic High School, Smith had a reputation for being charming and quick-witted, sometimes to the point of distracting his peers. Despite his strong chance of getting into MIT, Smith pursued a career in music instead, forming hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince with childhood friend Jeffrey Townes. By 1986, the duo had released their first album on Jive Records, and by 1989, they were a Grammy-nominated act. After being saddled with a hefty IRS tax bill, Smith took a lead role in a TV show called “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” which soon paved the way for an A-list movie career.
To this day, Will Smith remains a movie star of the highest order, even if he’s not the cultural phenomenon he once was. The man knows how to keep busy, with no fewer than seven films currently in development or production—not to mention the slew of iconic movies already under his belt. But what are Smith’s best and worst films to-date? Stacker is here with the answer. Using IMDb data as the source, Stacker ranked the 29 movies in which Will Smith has a major acting role. In case of a rating tie, the movie with more votes ranked higher on the list. However, movies in which Smith has a cameo appearance, producer role, or soundtrack credit (exclusively) were not considered for the list. Without further ado, here are Will Smith’s movies from worst to first.
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