What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name Jada Pinkett Smith? Some people will say: wife of Will Smith, mother to Willow and Jaden, or even ENTANGLEMENT, but there is so much more to this powerhouse woman. Jada Pinkett Smith is one of Hollywood’s most successful and acclaimed actresses. No matter the genre, she always puts on a great performance. So, in honor of Jada’s work and achievements in film, we’ve compiled a list of her best movies and we’ve ranked them. This was no easy task as she has starred in many incredible films over the years. But after careful consideration, we have come up with what we believe are the movies that truly showcase Jada’s acting range and talent. So without further ado, let’s get started!
10. Kingdom Come (2001)
Starring: Jada Pinkett Smith, LL Cool J, Loretta Devine, Vivica A. Fox, Anthony Anderson, Darius McCrary, Toni Braxton, and Whoopi Goldberg
The story revolves around the funeral of an elderly family patriarch and how it brings his extended family together in an attempt to heal old wounds and rekindle lost relationships. Through laughter, tears, and drama, the family is forced to come together and recognize that although life can be unpredictable, family bonds are forever.
9. Ali (2001)
Starring: Jada Pinkett Smit, Will Smith, Jon Voight, Mario Van Peebles, Ron Silver and Jamie Foxx
This biopic based on the life of Muhammad Ali follows the legendary boxer from his early boxing career to his conversion to Islam. It also captures Ali’s triumphs and struggles both in and out of the ring and shows how he became one of the most influential people in recent history.
8. The Nutty Professor (1996)
Starring: Jada Pinkett Smith, Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappelle, John Ales and James Coburn
This classic remake of the original 1962 film follows Sherman Klump, a kindhearted yet overweight professor who is desperate to lose weight. He creates an experimental formula in his lab that will magically transform him into the suave Buddy Love. But when he takes it, it results in unpredictable consequences.
7. A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)
Starring: Jada Pinkett Smith, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Charles S. Dutton, Andrew Divoff, Sali Richardson and Dave Chappelle.
This action comedy follows the story of a private investigator named Shame, who is determined to bring down drug lord Ernesto Mendoza. With the help of his loyal assistant Peaches and a ragtag team, he embarks on a wild and outrageous adventure.
6. Bad Moms (2016)
Starring: Jada Pinkett Smith, Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn and Christina Applegate
This hilarious comedy follows the story of three moms who are fed up with the demands of modern motherhood. They decide to break free from the expectations and let loose by partying hard and rebelling against all of the rules of so-called perfect motherhood. It’s an empowering tale of friendship and female solidarity that will make you laugh out loud.
5. Jason’s Lyric (1994)
Starring: Jada Pinkett Smith, Allen Payne, Bokeem Woodbine, Forest Whitaker, and Lisa Nicole Carson
Jason (Allen Payne) lives in a tough, drug-ridden neighborhood in Houston and longs for something better. He works at a TV store and helps support his mother, trying to also get his criminal brother Joshua (Bokeem Woodbine) back on track. But things start looking up when Jason meets Lyric (Jada Pinkett), the girl of his dreams. As their relationship grows stronger, Jason starts seeing hope for the future–even as he’s forced to deal with some pain from his past.
4. Girls Trip (2017)
Starring: Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish and Larenz Tate
This raunchy comedy follows four best friends who take a wild trip to New Orleans in order to reconnect with each other. Along the way they party hard, get into all sorts of outrageous situations, and ultimately learn more about themselves and each other.
3. The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
Starring: Jada Pinkett Smith, Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Hugo Weaving
This sci-fi action sequel follows Neo (Keanu Reeves) as he discovers the truth about the Matrix. He learns that it is not just a computer program but an entire civilization living in a simulated reality created by intelligent machines. Meanwhile, Neo is being pursued by Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) who is determined to stop him from fulfilling his destiny. Jada Pinkett Smith stars as Niobe, a rebel leader and pilot of the Logos ship.
2. Set It Off (1996)
Starring: Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, Kimberly Elise and Blair Underwood
This classic crime drama follows four friends who are fed up with their mundane lives. Desperate for a change, they come up with a plan to rob banks and finally get the life they’ve always dreamed of. But things quickly spiral out of control and they must now face the consequences of their actions.
1. Menace II Society (1993)
Starring: Jada Pinkett Smith, Tyrin Turner, Larenz Tate, Samuel Jackson, and Vonte Sweet
This gritty crime drama follows Caine (Tyrin Turner) as he navigates the rough streets of Watts. With the support of his girlfriend Ronnie (Jada Pinkett Smith) and his teacher, Mr. Butler, Caine is determined to stay out of trouble and build a better life for himself. But in a series of unfortunate events, he finds himself drawn back into the violence, and now he must decide whether to take the path of destruction or choose redemption.
These are just a few of the movies with Jada Pinkett Smith that have made an impact in Hollywood over the years. There is no denying her formidable talent, which shines through each and every one of her roles. Whether you are looking for a comedy or a crime drama, Jada Pinkett Smith brings something special to the table—and these movies prove it!