Despite the obvious occasional downfalls in her career, the actress, as Catwoman, one of the most popular characters in the Halle Berry movies, always seems to be on her feet.
Before her television debut in 1989, Halle Berry had already proven the limelight with her time as a model. She is a one time winner of the Miss Teen All-American pageant. A success that saw her enter and finish as the first runner-up in the Miss USA pageant and sixth in the 1986 Miss World pageant.
She made her acting debut in 1989 on Living Dolls as Emily Franklyn and appeared on the series on a recurring basis. She then got her groundbreaking movie role in 1992 when she played Angela, the love interest of Eddie Murphy’s character on Boomerang. The success of this role continued to open up more opportunities for him. In the years that followed, Halle Berry’s portfolio of films continued to grow. She was in The Flintstones (1994), Bulworth (1998) and Dorothy Dandridge Presentation (1999).
The 2000s were the sweet spot of her career, as the actress added high-profile projects to her list. She was Storm in X-Men (2000), Ginger in Swordfish (2001), Miranda Gray in Gothika (2003), Catwoman in Catwoman (2004), and a litany of other X-Men movies. More recently, she is known for films such as Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019).
Halle Berry is also the first African-American woman to play the role of the liaison girl and the first and only African-American actress in 2019 to win the Academy Award for Best Actress.
We’ve compiled a list of some of her best projects and some of her not-so-great projects based on critics’ reviews, audience approval, commercial performance, and Halle Berry’s own portrayal of the character. These projects are ranked in descending order from best to worst.
List of Halle Berry Movies and TV Shows Ranked Best to Worst
1. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Halle Berry as Storm
This is the seventh film in the X-Men franchise set in a dystopian universe in 2023. In this world, mutants and their human friends are being hunted down and shut down by specially programmed creatures known as Sentinels. As a result, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is dispatched in time to correct an important historical event that could save mutants and humanity in general. In the film, Halle, who plays Storm, joins forces with the famous team from the original series of the X-Men trilogy.
The film was a critical success both commercially and for critics and audiences. It made more than $ 747 million in global gross with a budget of approximately $ 200 million. It was rated 91 percent completely satisfactory by critics on Rotten Tomatoes and also earned a 90 percent audience approval rating.
2. John Wick: Chapter 3: Parabellum (2019)
Halle Berry as Sofia
The third installment of the John Wick films continues the trend of John Wick (Keanu Reeves) killing everyone and everything in his path with almost admirable delicacy. In this movie, John is hunted by ‘The High Table’, a ruthless assassin guild that works in the shadows. Upon being excommunicated, the former killer has a generous $ 14 million bounty on his head and every killer in the business is trying to get that money.
Over the course of his career, Wick reaches out to Sofia (Halle Berry) to help him. Sofia is the manager of the Hotel Continental in Casablanca, a front for John’s former employers.
John Wick – Chapter 3 received, as well as the previous two installments. It received a 90 percent critic score and an 87 percent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. The film also earned an “A-” rating on CinemaScore and a meta score of 73 on Metacritic. It was done with a budget of $ 75 million and yielded a worldwide gross income of $ 318.3 million.
3. Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1998)
Halle Berry Films – ‘Introducing Dorothy Dandridge’
Filmed in a few weeks in early 1998, this television movie is a hardline retelling of the true story of Dorothy Dandridge, perhaps the most famous black artist ever. Halle Berry plays the role of Dorothy Dandridge, a sexy black goddess who was a nightclub entertainer, actress, and singer in the 1950s. She was also the first black woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. .
Dorothy was a huge question mark for the entertainment industry at the time because, although her talent was unique and notoriously obvious, her success was seriously limited by the fact that she was an African-American diva at a time when the image of One Pin Hollywood The Queen was always white and blonde. Dandridge suffered several injustices, such as not being able to stay in the places where he performed. He eventually died of a drug overdose in 1965 at the age of 41.
Dorothy Dandridge’s presentation was greeted with rancorous applause. It was a huge success and garnered an 83 percent critical approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes. He was also nominated for a host of awards, many of which he won. These include Screen Actors Guild Awards, Emmy Awards, Black Reel Awards, Image Awards, Golden Globe Awards, etc.
4. Monster’s Ball (2001)
Halle as Leticia in ‘Monster’s Ball’
In Monster’s Ball, Halle Berry plays the role of Leticia Musgrove, a woman who lost her husband (Sean Combs) by execution and her son by accident. The events that followed led to her meeting and falling in love with Hank Grotowski (Billy Bob Thornton), a widowed corrections officer who also lost his son Sonny (Heath Ledger) to suicide. Eventually, Hank discovers that Leticia’s late husband is a man whose execution he and his son Sonny had facilitated.
The film was hailed as grim and thought-provoking by critics at Rotten Tomatoes who gave it an 85 percent rating. The film also earned Halle Berry an Academy Award for Best Actress, making her the first black woman in history to win the award and the only one as of 2019. Monster’s Ball received a Metacritic target score of 69 and it grossed more than ten times its budget at the box office. The $ 4 million budget movie yielded a gross income of $ 44.9 million.
5. Bulworth (1998)
Halle Berry as Nina in ‘Bulworth’
This political satire comedy sees Warren Beatty play the lead role of Jay Bulworth, a liberal senator turned conservative who will stop at nothing to get reelected to office. He runs his re-election campaign while trying to evade a hit man. Bulworth was acclaimed for his broad satire, comedy, and his take on race and politics.
The film that won an award for Best Original Screenplay saw Halle Berry play a supporting role of the character Nina, a young black woman with whom the senator becomes romantically involved.
The film received a 76 percent critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a 68 percent audience approval rating, and a meta-score of 75 on Metacritic. Despite the fact that Bulworth garnered generally positive comments and reviews, his box office performance only saw him simply in his $ 29 million budget.
6. Executive Decision (1996)
Halle Berry Movies – ‘Executive Decision’
While this film was not considered to have reached the heights of other Halle Berry films, it certainly deserves a mention on this list. In this action thriller, Berry plays the role of Jean, a stewardess on an Oceanic Airlines flight who is kidnapped by Islamic terrorists who want the United States government to release their leader. The film had a respectable cast that included the likes of Oliver Platt, Steven Seagal, and Kurt Russell.
The executive decision was made on a budget of $ 55 million and posted a gross return of $ 122.1 million. It received a 64 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a 53 percent audience approval, and a Metacritic score of 62.
7. Die Another Day (2002)
Berry as Jinx in ‘Die Another Day’
A sure addition to Halle Berry’s list of record-breaking films, Die Another Day is the 20th film in the long line of James Bond films. She is also the first to feature an African American actress, namely Halle Berry, as the Bond girl. The spy action movie sees Halle Berry as NSA agent Jinx Johnson, teaming up with Pierce Brosnan as MI6’s James Bond to track down the evil megalomaniac Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens).
The iconic British film was especially appreciated because it didn’t try to stray too far from classic Bond themes. Critics gave it a bad review as well, receiving only an average rating of 57 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and one less on Metacritic. However, it was a box office success, tripling its budget of $ 145 million, resulting in a worldwide total of $ 435 million.
8. Kidnap (2017)
Halle as Karla Dyson in ‘Kidnapping’
In this 2017 kidnapping thriller, Halle Berry as Karla Dyson is a single mother and waitress who is in a custody battle with her ex-husband over their six-year-old son Frankie. During this custody battle, her son is kidnapped. This plunges her into an unexpected mission where Karla discovers how far she is willing to go to rescue her son.
The movie was a failure in every way. In fact, the only good thing critics had to say about the movie was that even amid a terrible script and messy plot, Halle Berry’s performance was still a shining star. The kidnapping raised $ 34.8 million against a budget of $ 21 million. It was given an abysmal 37 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 44 on Metacritic.
9. Gothika (2003)
Halle Berry (Miranda Gray) and Robert Downey Jr. (Pete Graham) in ‘Gothika’
Gothika tells the story of Dr. Miranda Gray (Halle Berry), a brilliant criminal psychologist who works in the psychiatric ward of Woodward Penitentiary for Women . As the story unfolds, Gray, who is used to trusting her rational mind, wakes up from a horrible nightmare to find that she is blamed for her husband’s murder. Eventually he ends up on the same side of the bar as his patients. And since you don’t remember the event except for some fractured and unreliable mental images, you are in a position where you have to decide whether to go with your instincts or to believe the facts before you.
Once again, much like Kidnap, Halle’s portrayal of Dr. Gray is hailed as the only bright light in a movie that was criticized for its incredible plot and terrible dialogue and scripts. The film received a negatively memorable 14 percent from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 38 on Metacritic.
Still, Gothika was a relative box office success with a return of $ 141.6 million at a cost of production of $ 40 million.
10. Catwoman (2004)
Halle Berry on ‘Catwoman’
A surprising ending to our Halle Berry movie list sees this superhero mega slot in last place. Berry as Patience Philips is a designer on a cosmetics suite who uncovers a conspiracy within the company that could lead to health problems of genocidal proportions. This leads to his discovery and subsequent murder. However, she is given a new lease of life when the Egyptian cats revive her, only this time her new life comes with some neat superpowers. This experience sees her transform into the crime-fighting superhero known as the Cat Woman.
Even with a production company as large as Warner Bros, behind this film and the brilliant talents of Halle herself, Catwoman could not be saved. It was considered a massive flop both by critics and its box office numbers. The film received an incredibly negative rating of 9 percent and achieved a goal score of 27 on Metacritic. Catwoman had a production cost of $ 100 million, but could only deposit $ 82.1 million at the box office, falling far short of its budget.