Halle Berry: Your Guide To 25 Years Of Her Amazing Films

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Having a career that’s still going strong 25 years after it began is not that common in Hollywood these days, but for actress Halle Berry that is definitely the case — with no sign that things are slowing down for the still-stunning 50-year-old. And as far as she’s concerned, there are benefits that come with getting older.

 

“You don’t have to constantly prove yourself when you become a woman of maturity,” Halle pointed out to JetSetMag. “I am not so ambitious any longer where I spend every waking moment trying to be something I’m not. I did that when I was younger. At this point in life, I feel more of a freedom to do and say what I want without making excuses — and it feels good.”

Getting from there to here, it wasn’t always such a clear path. Born August 14, 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio, Halle got her start as a model and by competing in several beauty contests. She did manage to score first runner up in the Miss USA pageant and sixth place in the Miss World Pageant, both in 1986. Neither of which really helped when she decided to move on to acting. As she told W magazine, “I came from the world of beauty pageants and modeling and right away when people heard that, I got discounted as an actor.”

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Interestingly, acting was not even a gleam in Halle’s eyes until after high school. Describing herself as trying to be “Ms. Everything,” she served as the head of her class, newspaper editor, was a part of the marching band and was even school mascot. Following graduation, she felt exhausted and needed a change, so she moved to Chicago, where she knew someone who owned a modeling agency. As a result, she began modeling, while at the same time studying at Second City, the famed Chicago comedy troupe. It was there that one of the teachers suggested she give acting a serious go, which seemed like a crazy idea to her.

“I thought, ‘Well, I don't really want to be an actor. I want to be a journalist. I'm gonna go to college and I'm gonna be a journalist. I like to write,’” she told W. “He said, ‘Okay, but I think you should be an actor.’ So, one thing led to another and I took that path. Sometimes I look back and I think now, ‘How could my life have been different? What if I were that journalist? What if I didn't choose this life? How would it be different?’ I'm not complaining. I love what I've ended up doing. I love what I do, but I do look back and wonder what if I had done something different.”

Thankfully we never had to find out.

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Jungle Fever (1991)

A married black lawyer named Flipper (Wesley Snipes) begins an affair with Angie (Annabella Sciorra), his white secretary. When the news is leaked through an acquaintance, Flipper's wife (Lonette McKee) kicks him out of the house. Flipper decides to begin courting his mistress, only to be greeted by disapproval from friends, family and even strangers. The relationship continues to be strained in a society not ready to accept it, and people are hurt during its inception. (Google) This was Halle’s first film role as Vivian. (Google)

Strictly Business (1991)

Waymon (Joseph C. Phillips) has a great job in real estate and a promising future, but he's also trapped in a loveless longterm relationship. He meets Natalie (Halle Berry), a beautiful club-hopping hipster, and quickly falls in love. Realizing he's just not cool enough to attract her on his own, he seeks the help of his friend Bobby (Tommy Davidson), a free-spirited smooth talker who works in the mail room at Waymon's firm and utilizes the predicament as leverage to advance in the company. (Google)

The Last Boy Scout (1991)

Once a first-rate Secret Service agent, Joe Hallenbeck (Bruce Willis) is now a gruff private investigator whose latest gig is protecting a pole dancer (Halle Berry). When she's murdered, he grudgingly teams up with her boyfriend, Jimmy Dix (Damon Wayans), an ex-quarterback with a gambling problem, and the two go after her killers. Before long, they stumble onto a plot by a well-known football magnate (Noble Willingham) to bribe federal legislators into legalizing sports gambling. (Google).

Boomerang (1992)

A cocky ad executive, Marcus (Eddie Murphy) has a reputation as a ladies' man. However, Marcus gets a taste of his own medicine when a merger finds him working under the beautiful Jacqueline (Robin Givens), who has a similarly cavalier attitude about romance. Marcus and Jacqueline become involved, but he is put off by her noncommittal approach to their relationship. Meanwhile, Marcus also begins to develop feelings for the pretty Angela (Halle Berry), who is more thoughtful than Jacqueline. (Google)

Father Hood (1993)

The cross-country escapades of a small-time crook (Patrick Swayze) and his children are followed by a newswoman (Halle Berry) who's onto a story. (Google)

The Program (1993)

Several players from different backgrounds try to cope with the pressures of playing football at a major university. Each deals with the pressure differently, some turn to drinking, others to drugs, and some to studying. (IMDB)

The Flintstones (1994)

Big-hearted, dim-witted factory worker Fred Flintstone (John Goodman) lends money to his friend Barney Rubble (Rick Moranis) so that he can adopt a baby. As thanks, Barney swaps his IQ test for Fred's during an executive search program. After getting promoted, however, Fred becomes embroiled in the dastardly scheming of his boss Cliff Vandercave (Kyle MacLachlan), who enlists his secretary, Sharon Stone (Halle Berry), to seduce Fred, angering Fred's wife, Wilma (Elizabeth Perkins). (Google)

Losing Isaiah (1995)

Khaila Richards (Halle Berry), a crack-addicted single mother, accidentally leaves her baby in a dumpster while high and returns the next day in a panic to find he is missing. In reality, the baby has been adopted by a warm-hearted social worker, Margaret Lewin (Jessica Lange), and her husband, Charles (David Strathairn). Years later, Khaila has gone through rehab and holds a steady job. After learning that her child is still alive, she challenges Margaret for the custody. (Google)

Executive Decision (1996)

When terrorists hijack a plane traveling from Greece to Washington, D.C., U.S. Army specialist David Grant (Kurt Russell) and Lt. Colonel Austin Travis (Steven Seagal) join forces to bring the plane to safety. While terrorists on board the plane claim they hijacked the plane to force the U.S. government to release their leader, who was captured by military forces, David and Austin discover that the plane is carrying a bomb full of nerve gas to be released on Washington, D.C. (Google)

Race The Sun (1996)

Sandra (Halle Berry), the new science teacher at a poor Hawaiian high school, finds the students surly and unmotivated. So she handpicks eight of them, including artistic Daniel (Casey Affleck) and his hedonistic stepsister, Cindy (Eliza Dushku), and guides them in the design and construction of a solar-powered car. After their unorthodox vehicle wins the Hawaiian championship, they travel to Australia to compete in a dangerous 2000-mile trek across the outback. (Google)

The Rich Man’s Wife (1996)

Josie (Halle Berry) is unhappy in her marriage to wealthy film producer Tony Potenza (Christopher McDonald), who tends to be preoccupied with work, drinking or other women. Though Josie also cheats on Tony, she holds out hope that they can reconcile. When she meets the rugged but dangerous Cole Wilson (Peter Greene), he sets in motion a tense series of events, leading to murder and deception. Also roped into the intrigue is Josie's lover, Jake Golden (Clive Owen), who is far from innocent. (Google)

BAP*S (1997)

Waitresses at a Georgia restaurant, Nisi (Halle Berry) and Mickey (Natalie Desselle), decide to fly to Los Angeles for a music-video audition in order to raise money for their dream project -- a business that combines soul-food dining with a hair salon. Circumstances eventually find the Southern ladies on the estate of Mr. Blakemore (Martin Landau), an elderly millionaire. Despite their vast cultural differences, Nisi and Mickey form close bonds with Blakemore and his butler (Ian Richardson). (Google)

Bulworth (1998)

Jay Bulworth (Warren Beatty), a financially ruined senator, is now disillusioned with politics. The forlorn statesman orders a contract killing -- the target himself -- so his family will be able to collect a fortune from his insurance policy. Facing imminent death, a devil-may-care Bulworth speaks his mind in public, forsaking platitudes for honest but controversial observations. But when he falls in love with a hip young woman (Halle Berry), Bulworth urgently rethinks his impending murder. (Google)

Why Do Falls Fall In Love (1998)

In 1956, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers landed a doo-wop hit with "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" Fame turned to tragedy as lead singer Lymon (Larenz Tate) descended into substance abuse that eventually claimed his life at age 25. But Lymon didn't just leave his fans bereft -- he also left behind three women, and each believes she's owed his song royalties: Platters singer Zola Taylor (Halle Berry), prostitute Elizabeth Waters (Vivica A. Fox) and schoolteacher Emira Eagle (Lela Rochon). (Google)

X-Men (2000)

They are children of the atom, homo superior, the next link in the chain of evolution. Each was born with a unique genetic mutation, which at puberty manifested itself in extraordinary powers. In a world filled with hate and prejudice, they are feared by those who cannot accept their differences. Led by Xavier the X-Men fight to protect a world that fears them. They are locked in a battle with former colleague and friend, Magneto who believes humans and mutants should never co-exist. (Google)

Swordfish (2001)

There exists a world within our world. A world beneath what we call cyberspace. A world protected by firewalls, passwords and the most advanced security systems. In this world we hide our deepest secrets, our most incriminating information, and of course, a whole lot of money. This is the world of "Swordfish." The world's most dangerous spy is hired by the CIA to coerce a computer hacker recently released from prison to help steal $6 billion in unused government funds. (Google)

Monster’s Ball (2001)

"Monster's Ball" is a hard-hitting Southern drama tempered by a story of powerful, life-changing love. It is the story of Hank (Billy Bob Thornton), an embittered prison guard working on Death Row who begins an unlikely, but emotionally charged affair with Leticia (Halle Berry), the wife of a man he has just executed. (Google)

Die Another Day (2002)

James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) is captured by North Korean agents and must serve a grueling prison sentence. He's finally released, and is convinced that someone in his own agency betrayed him. He escapes from custody and travels to Cuba, hot on the heels of Zao (Rick Yune), the agent who put Bond behind bars. Meanwhile, Bond begins romancing NSA agent Jinx (Halle Berry) as he uncovers a scheme concocted by Zao and British millionaire Graves (Toby Stephens), involving a highly destructive laser. (Google)

X2 (2003)

Stryker (Brian Cox), a villianous former Army commander, holds the key to Wolverine's (Hugh Jackman) past and the future of the X-Men. This threat re-ignites the call for a mutant registration act. Stryker starts a full-out assault on Professor Xavier's (Patrick Stewart) mansion and school. After escaping his plastic cell, Magneto (Ian McKellen) proposes a partnership with Xavier and the X-Men to combat this new formidable enemy they both have in common. (Google)

Gothika (2003)

The life of psychiatrist Miranda Grey (Halle Berry) is derailed after she nearly hits a girl with her car one night. Later, Miranda wakes up in her own mental hospital under the care of her peer, Pete Graham (Robert Downey Jr.). Completely disoriented, Miranda is accused of killing her own husband, but she has no memory of anything after she encountered the girl. Slowly Miranda begins to uncover what happened, but she has to escape the asylum to solve the mystery. (Google)

Catwoman (2004)

"Catwoman" is the story of shy, sensitive artist Patience Philips (Halle Berry), a woman who can't seem to stop apologizing for her own existence. She works as a graphic designer for Hedare Beauty, a mammoth cosmetics company on the verge of releasing a revolutionary anti-aging product. When Patience inadvertently happens upon a dark secret her employer is hiding, she finds herself in the middle of a corporate conspiracy. What happens next changes Patience forever. (Google)

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

The discovery of a cure for mutations leads to a turning point for Mutants (Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, Rebecca Romijn, Kelsey Grammer). They may now choose to give up their powers and become fully human or retain their uniqueness and remain isolated. War looms between the followers of Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), who preaches tolerance, and those of Magneto (Ian McKellen), who advocates survival of the fittest. (Google)

Perfect Stranger (2007)

Rowena Price (Halle Berry), a reporter, uses her investigative skills to solve the murder of a friend. Her search leads her to Harrison Hill (Bruce Willis), a high-powered advertising executive. She assumes new identities in the real world and online, utilizing cyberspace in a bid to bring her quarry to justice. (Google)

Things We Lost In The Fire (2007)

After her husband dies in an act of senseless violence, Audrey Burke (Halle Berry) is left alone with two young children and no idea how to cope. Nearly paralyzed by grief, Audrey tracks down her husband's childhood friend, Jerry (Benicio Del Toro). Jerry is a drug addict, but Audrey invites him to move into her home nevertheless, and a mutually dependent relationship develops between the two damaged souls. (Google)

Frankie & Alice (2010)

A therapist (Stellan Skarsgård) treats a black stripper (Halle Berry) who has multiple personality disorder, including that of an imperious white racist. (Google)

New Year’s Eve (2011)

Intertwining stories promise love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and more for a number of New Yorkers on the celebrated night. A rock star (Jon Bon Jovi) and his ex-lover (Katherine Heigl) clash at an exclusive party; a singer (Lea Michele) becomes stranded with a killjoy (Ashton Kutcher) on the way to a New Year's gig; a nurse (Halle Berry) stays with a dying patient (Robert De Niro) as he tries to hang on long enough to see the ball drop in Times Square one last time. (Google)

Dark Tide (2012)

A traumatized shark expert (Halle Berry) must battle her own fears to lead a thrill-seeking businessman on a dive into a dangerous section of water known as "Shark Alley." (Google)

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Actors (Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent) take on multiple roles in an epic that spans five centuries. An attorney harbors a fleeing slave on a voyage from the Pacific Islands in 1849; a poor composer in pre-World War II Britain struggles to finish his magnum opus before a past act catches up with him; a genetically engineered worker in 2144 feels the forbidden stirring of human consciousness -- and so on. As souls are born and reborn, they renew their bonds to one another throughout time. (Google)

Movie 43 (2013)

Twelve directors, including Peter Farrelly, Griffin Dunne and Brett Ratner, contributed to this collection of outrageous spoofs and stories. A seemingly perfect man has an unusual blemish on his neck in "The Catch." Superheroes attend a speed-dating event in "Robin's Big Speed Date." Two people on a blind date try to break the ice by playing "Truth or Dare." Other stories include "iBabe," "The Proposition," "Beezel" and "Victory's Glory." (Google)

The Call (2013)

A veteran operator for an emergency call-center, Jordan (Halle Berry) saves lives daily as part of her job, but when a young woman's frantic report of a prowler ends tragically, Jordan is devastated. She decides to pack it in on the front lines and -- instead -- teach others the ropes of the high-pressure job. But when a call from a kidnapped teen (Abigail Breslin) comes in, Jordan takes charge as never before and turns the girl into a partner in helping to save her life. (Google)

X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014)

Convinced that mutants pose a threat to humanity, Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) develops the Sentinels, enormous robotic weapons that can detect a mutant gene and zero in on that person. In the 21st century, the Sentinels have evolved into highly efficient killing machines. With mutants now facing extinction, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) volunteers to go back in time and rally the X-Men of the past to help change a pivotal moment in history and thereby save their future. (Google)

Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016)

Comedic rock star Kevin Hart takes center stage in this groundbreaking, record-setting, sold-out performance of What Now?-filmed outdoors in front of more than 50,000 people at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field -- marking the first time a comedian has ever performed to an at-capacity football stadium. The film takes Hart back to his hometown for the culmination of the biggest comedy tour in history. (Google)

Kings (2017)

A foster family in South Central a few weeks before the city erupts in violence following the verdict of the Rodney King trial in 1992. (IMDB)

Kidnap (2017)

A typical afternoon in the park turns into a nightmare for single mother Karla Dyson when kidnappers snatch her young son Frankie. With no cellphone and no time to wait for police, Dyson jumps into her car to follow the vehicle that holds Frankie. As the pursuit turns into a frantic, high-speed chase, Karla must risk everything and push herself to the limit to save her beloved child. (Google)

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