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Before he achieved mainstream fame with the cult film and cult classic Bring it on in 2000, Gabrielle Union spent the 1990s working his way up appearing on several popular television shows, including Moesha, 7th heaven, sister, sister, smart guyand many more.
Now a household name, she has acted in numerous films and established herself as one of the top actresses, writers and producers in the world. Her filmography spans a variety of genres, from action thrillers to romantic comedies, and her performances always garner plaudits.
From her acclaimed lead role in to be Mary Jane on her latest stirring role in A24’s drama, The inspectionhere are the best Union TV shows and movies, ranked from worst to best.
10 Daddy’s little girls
With Union, Idris Elba and the McClain sisters, Daddy’s little girls is a love drama with a heartfelt story. When a troubled mechanic is on the verge of losing custody of his three daughters to his drug-dealing ex-wife, he enlists the help of a successful attorney. As their professional relationship eventually ventures into romantic territory, they must decide what is best not only for them but also for the children involved. While the film wasn’t well loved by critics, audiences disagreed, and it has become a staple of Tyler Perry in the black community.
9. Cheaper in dozens
The third film based on the novel of the same name, 2022 Cheaper in dozens Stars Union and Zach Braff in a modern day retelling of history. Paul and Zoey both have children from their previous marriages. When they tie the knot, they suddenly have a family of 12. They must balance at home while tending to the family’s restaurants and taking care of Zoey and Paul’s exes.
8th. LA’s finest
In 2003, Union starred as special agent Sydney Burnett on the series Bad Boys To be continued with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. in the LA’s finest, a television spin-off of the film, she reprises her role as a narcotics officer in the LAPD and is paired with Detective Nancy McKenna, played by Jessica Alba. Both law enforcement officers are different in nature, but make a formidable duo when it comes to bringing down criminals.
7. Deliver us from Eve
This 2003 romantic comedy is still considered one of Union’s best acting performances. A few years after her breakthrough Deliver us from Eve was her first leading role in a film. In it, the actress plays the meddling Eva Dandridge, who can’t seem to stop meddling in her sisters’ relationships with their partners. Determined to get rid of her, they pay local playboy Ray to distract them, but as he begins to fall for her, secrets are revealed. Deliver us from Eve is a funny, charming film supported by an all-star cast.
6. The brothers
Another romantic comedy set in several black households around the world, The brothers was Union’s first film after that Bring it on. Released in 2001, it features an ensemble cast that includes Morris Chestnut, DL Hughley, Bill Bellamy, Shemar Moore, Jenifer Lewis and more. The plot focuses on the lives of four male friends as they navigate life, love and their lifelong friendships. Union stars as Denise Johnson, a free-spirited freelance photographer who falls in love with a man before realizing his father is one of her ex-boyfriends.
5. think like a man
Union joined many of her friends and contemporaries in one of her most iconic roles in this star-studded romantic comedy, based on Steve Harvey’s book. Act like a lady, think like a man. Union starred as Kristen, aka “The Girl Who Wants the Ring,” a woman who believes her seemingly immature boyfriend Jeremy won’t commit because he’s something of a manchild. The film was praised for its humor and was a commercial success.
4. The inspection
The continuation of A24’s stellar decade so far is The inspection, a heartfelt drama about trying to fit in where you’re not wanted. When Ellis, a gay black man, is down and has nowhere to go, he joins the Marines. He tries to hide his sexual orientation from his superiors and other recruits at the boot camp, but his secret is eventually revealed, putting him at a distance with several homophobic men. His mother Ines, played by Union, is no different as she despises and mocks his orientation at every turn. The film has received many positive responses from critics and is inspired by director Elegance Bratton’s real-life experiences.
3. top five
Heralded as one of the best comedies of 2014 and an obvious nod to an Oscar at the time. top five is one of the most critically acclaimed movies in Union filmography. The story follows Chris Rock’s character Andre Allen as he opens his world, past and present, to Chelsea Brown, a journalist working on an exclusive article for The New York Times. Union plays Erica Long, Andre’s shallow fiancé and reality TV star who wants to broadcast her wedding on her show.
2. Bring it on
A legendary teen classic and one of Union’s most popular films of all time, Bring it on was released in 2000 and fans are still clamoring for a sequel two decades later. Union played the no-nonsense Isis, cheerleading captain of The Clovers who confronts championship winners, The Toros, for stealing all their routines. Now with a chance to become champions, the two rival cheerleading teams must go head-to-head with original routines. Also starring Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku and Jesse Bradford, Bring it on is widely considered one of the best high school movies of all time.
1. to be Mary Jane
Union’s most celebrated leading role in a television series came when she took on the title role in BET’s hit drama. to be Mary Jane. Her character is a successful and beautiful news anchor who must navigate life, love, and family in Atlanta (and New York last season). The show has been called one of the most compelling television shows on the network, and Union has received rave reviews for its performances each season and won the Outstanding Mini-Series Award at the 45th NAACP Image Awards.