Queen Latifah, real name Dana Owens, is the queen of hip-hop and very may well claim the title queen of hip-hop acting as well.
She’s put ladies first on stage and in real life and many of her roles reflect that fact including Brown Sugar with Mos Def (Yasiin Bey) and others like HBO’s Bessie.
Queen Latifah has voice acted in movies including the Ice Age franchise This woman’s acted on the small screen as well- giving us 5 seasons of Living Single in the ’90s. Here is a top 5 ranking of her movie roles.
5. Just Wright
This romantic comedy with Common showed she has range as an actress. Paula Patton supports this NBA-themed drama that delivers happy for a date night.
4. Bringing Down the House
This comedy had Owens starring opposite Steve Martin. She’s been giving A-list performances and this one showed she’s got jokes.
3. Girls Trip
This movie changed Essence Fest forever. Owens starred alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish, and Regina Hall.
Her role as Matron “Mama” Morton earned her an Oscar nod for best supporting actress.
1. Set It Off
Her role as Cleo changed the game and became so iconic in her final scene in this crime thriller starring Vivica Fox, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Kimberly Elise.