Jennifer Hudson is one of Hollywood’s most outstanding dual-threat actresses of the last two decades. Hudson rapidly transitioned into a career as both a music artist and a popular Hollywood actor after becoming a household name as a finalist on the third season of American Idol in 2004.
Hudson received an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 2007 for her role in the popular musical Dreamgirls, which was her first acting role.
Since then, Hudson has racked up over 30 credits on the big and small screens, with critical acclaim spanning the board. Jennifer Hudson’s 10 Best Movies will give you a better idea.
10) Sex And The City (2008)
Hudson joined the ensemble of Sex and the City via the big-screen adaptation of the HBO blockbuster series after her breakout Oscar-winning performance in Dreamgirls.
The film follows sex columnist Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) as she prepares to marry Mr. Big in the continuation of the series’ primary arc (Chris Noth).
Carrie’s closest friends Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda must help her pick up the pieces of her shattered heart after she is rejected at the last minute. Hudson plays Louise, Carrie’s office helper, in the film.
9) Fragments (2008)
Fragments, originally named Winged Creatures, is a film about a group of survivors dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder after a mass shooting at a Los Angeles restaurant. Forest Whitaker, Kate Beckinsale, Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, and Josh Hutcherson.
The film follows a cashier (Beckinsale), a driving teacher (Whitaker), an ER physician (Pearce), a young woman (Fanning), and her father as they battle to cope with the awful aftermath of the massacre.
Hudson portrays Kathy Archenault, Whitaker’s character’s daughter who assists him in coping with the catastrophe.
8) Chi-Raq (2015)
Hudson leads a vast ensemble in Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq, a modern-day rendition of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, alongside Angela Bassett, Samuel L. Jackson, and John Cusack.
The film is set in Chicago, Illinois, and depicts a massive community outcry following the death of an innocent child in a drive-by shooting.
The film compares the city’s gang violence to a war zone in Iraq, sparking a grassroots movement among Chicago’s black residents to bring about significant change among police and gang members.
7) Winnie Mandela (2011)
Hudson plays Winnie Mandela, the larger-than-life humanitarian figure and wife of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s renowned revolutionary leader, in the eponymous biopic.
Winnie’s life before and after meeting her husband is depicted in the film, including her turbulent childhood and difficult time adjusting to Nelson Mandela’s (Terrence Howard) long-term imprisonment.
Winnie is harassed, bullied, and threatened as a result of her husband’s imprisonment. Winnie continues to carry on her husband’s anti-apartheid message and struggle after being released from a year of solitary incarceration.
6) Lullaby (2014)
When estranged patriarch Robert (Richard Jenkins) is diagnosed with terminal cancer and given 36 hours to live, euthanasia and the right to die are examined in Lullaby. Nurse Carrie, Robert’s principal orderly, is played by Hudson.
Robert’s family gathers in the hospital after hearing the awful news to show their love and support. When Jonathan (Garret Hedlund) contacts the rest of his family, however, old family cars are unwittingly reopened.
5) Dreamgirls (2006)
Dreamgirls was a dream project of a cinematic debut for Hudson, according to IMDB, even if it ranks in the middle of her ten finest films so far. Hudson received an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Effie White.
Bill Condon wrote and directed the picture, which follows the improbable rise of a trio of black female singers in the early 1960s during a period of civil upheaval.
The singers have to deal with cultural stereotypes as well as their own personal hardships on their way to fame. When Effie is demoted to make room for Deena Jones (Beyonce), she reaches rock bottom before finally finding forgiveness.
4) Confirmation (2016)
The HBO original film Confirmation is based on the true story of Supreme Court Justice nominee Clarence Thomas and his political colleague Anita Hill’s sexual abuse case in the 1990s.
Anita Hill accuses Thomas (Wendell Pierce) of sexual misbehavior as he prepares for his Supreme Court confirmation hearing (Kerry Washington).
Thomas responds by describing the televised occurrence as a “high-tech lynching.” Hudson portrays Angela Wright, a witness who was never given the opportunity to testify in court.
3) Sing (2016)
Hudson gets to show off her world-class voice in Garth Jennings’ animated crooning competition film Sing. In the film, she plays Young Nana, an anthropomorphized sheep who was formerly a great singer.
The bigger plot revolves around Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey), a struggling theatre owner. Moon arranges a singing competition in the theatre to drum up revenue as part of a plan to salvage his business.
2) The Secret Life Of Bees (2008)
The Secret Life of Bees is a coming-of-age period play based on the Sue Monk Kidd novel in which a troubled young girl flees her harsh circumstances and finds sanctuary in an unlikely location.
In 1964 South Carolina, Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning) is a 14-year-old girl who is grieving the death of her mother and fearful of her abusive father.
When she and her black caretaker Rosaleen (Hudson) manage to flee, they head to the Boatwright property, which is owned by a family of strong black women who has built a flourishing beekeeping enterprise.
1) The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)
When their mothers are taken away one summer in George Tillman Jr.’s The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, two destitute youths are forced to grow up quickly.
Mister (Skylan Brooks), 13, observes his irresponsible mother Gloria (Hudson) being hauled away by the authorities on a sweltering summer day in NYC.
In order to escape their inner-city upheaval, he and his best friend Pete (Ethan Dizon) fend for themselves, scavenging for food, and waiting for a kid casting call.