HAPPY 45th CUBA!
1. Boyz n the Hood
This 1991 drama directed by John Singleton about life in South Central Los Angeles also featured Ice Cube, Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett.
2. Judgment Night
I don’t hear a lot of people ever mention this 1993 Stephen Hopkins-directed action film. I liked it though and the soundtrack to it was really cool. Besides Cuba it also starred Emilio Estevez, Stephen Dorff, Jeremy Piven and Denis Leary.
3. Lightning Jack
This goofy 1994 vehicle for Paul Hogan was produced by Simon Wincer and also starred Beverly D’Angelo and even had a couple of cool cameos including Who vocalist Roger Daltrey and baseball pitcher Roger Clemens.
4. Jerry Maguire
Cameron Crowe directed this 1996 comedy/drama. It was a decent film despite the title role being portrayed by Tom Cruise. Cuba Gooding Jr’s portrayal as a football player however, made the movie worth watching. The cast also included Renee Zellweger, Kelly Preston, Jerry O’Connell, and Jay Mohr.
5. Men of Honor
Cuba stars as Navy diver in this 2000 drama directed by George Tilman Jr. It was based on a true story about the first black diver in the U.S. Navy. Also in this film were Robert De Niro and Charlize Theron.
Another film based on a true story, this 2003 drama was directed by Mike Tollin and also starred Ed Harris and Debra Winger.