At the onset of his career, Terry Crews was renowned for his illustrious athletic feats and talented football abilities. Yet, his dabbling in art and drama unveiled a newfound ambition to pursue creative expression. He initially instigated a football career but eventually abandoned the sport to try out acting. His role as T-Money in the Battle Dome movie also paved the way for heightened stardom. Over time, he achieved recognition for numerous comedic parts both on cinema and television screens. Here are the best Terry Crews movies and TV shows.

8. Sorry To Bother You (2018)

Sorry to Bother You is a brilliant Black comedy directed by Lakeith Stanfield. Featuring the sterling performance of Terry Crews as Sergio, Cash’s uncle, this unique film centers around a Black telemarketer who must adopt a white accent to succeed at his job. Shocking conspiracies come to light along the way, forcing Cash to grapple with an agonizing moral decision—keep working or stand up for what’s right. Though its ending may be unexpected, this critically acclaimed hidden gem will surely delight.

7. Friday After Next (2002)

Terry Crews shined in his debut role as Damon Pearly in Friday After Next. He and co-star Ice Cube portray Craig and Day-Day, two friends whose Christmas money is stolen on the eve of the holiday. The perpetrator’s landlord, Ms. Pearly, threatens eviction and unleashes her son—a newly released convict who attempts to sexually assault the pimp Money Mike. A cross between satire and hilarity, Terry Crews’ comedic abilities also successfully elevate the movie with a distinctively over-the-top style that showcases his commitment to challenging, intelligent situations.

6.  The Expendables 2 (2012)

Invoking his formidable presence, Terry Crews reprised his role in the widely acclaimed sequel of The Expendables. Recruited by Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) and alongside iconic figures Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Chuck Norris, Dolph Lundgren, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Crews portrayed Hale Cesar as a heavily armed specialist on a mission to defeat Jean-Claude Van Damme’s malevolent international arms dealer. According to an interview with GQ, Stallone humbly admits that although Crews was his fourth choice for the movie, he undoubtedly contributed to its success, with his performance explosively establishing Crews’ celebrity status across the globe.  Imbued with endless quotable quotes, it is also no surprise that the unrivaled action spectacle of The Expendables 2 affirmed its legendary status.

5. Bridesmaids (2011)

Terry Crews shines in a scene-stealing comedic cameo in the blockbuster hit comedy Bridesmaids. Before the chaos of being maid of honor for Kristin Wiig’s Annie, she and her bride-to-be best friend Maya Rudolph spend the day together trying to save money by secretly watching a park exercise class instructed by Terry Crews. When he spots them, hilarity ensues. Further, to GQ, Crews states that he prefers a smaller part in an amazing movie over a starring role in a mediocre film. The success of Bridesmaids certainly made waves in the entertainment industry, introducing the need for more big-budget female-led comedies.

4. Deadpool 2 (2018)

Terry Crews memorably appeared in Deadpool 2 as the electrifying superhero Bedlam. Blessed with the power to manipulate electromagnetic fields, he joined forces with Ryan Reynold’s foul-mouthed anti-hero to take on the menacing Cable. Yet, before their mission could be completed, a sudden gust of wind thwarted their heroic entrance by parachute. As a result, Crews was hilariously hit by a bus. A scene now regarded as one of the most memorable parts of the movie, it was also instrumental in securing Deadpool 2‘s box office success. Consequently, the film went on to gross an incredible $785 million.

3. White Chicks (2004)

Two FBI agents, Marcus and Kevin, portrayed by Shawn and Marlon Wayans, go undercover as “white chicks.” Terry Crews’ performance as a desperate basketball player pursuing Marcus as Tiffany is widely lauded as an uproariously humorous scene. Despite being met with mixed reviews, the movie continues to ignite debates about its value as a satire on race. It is clear that the creative risk taken by the Wayans brothers elicited strong reactions from viewers.

2. Everybody Hates Chris (2005 – 2009)

Terry Crews embodies the thrifty Julius in the award-nominated show Everybody Hates Chris, based on Chris Rock’s childhood. His comedic performance highlights his ability to pivot between larger-than-life roles and more subtle characters. Behind the scenes, Crews attributes his casting to Rock being impressed with his interactions with his own family on set during The Longest Yard. Evidently, with his multifaceted talent, Crews admirably portrays the practical father figure as he cleverly suggests inventive ways to cut costs. As an illustration, like using a photo of the refrigerator instead of lighting it up from the inside.

1. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013 – 2021)

Terry Crews shines as Sergeant Terry Jeffords in the critically acclaimed sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Embarking on hilariously quirky adventures, Detective Jake Peralta and his team investigate cases, combat crime, and share laugh-out-loud moments. Of all the talented casts, Crews stands out, delivering some of the most memorable performances. Jeffords’ unique personality powers the show’s best episodes, cultivating a deep appreciation for his character.