Jay Ellis' Shortlist

Jay Ellis' Shortlist

Movie recommendations from actor Jay Ellis, known for HBO's ‘Insecure’

Jay Ellis currently stars as Lawrence in the hit HBO comedy series ‘Insecure,’ created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore. His previous credits include ‘Masters of Sex,’ ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and the sci-fi thriller ‘Shortwave.’ In 2016, Ellis served as the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Spokesman, and is an active volunteer at Inside Out Writers, an organization that teaches creative writing classes in Los Angeles County Juvenile Detention Centers.

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Jay Ellis' Shortlist
  • Jay Ellis Recommends 'Glengarry Glen Ross'

    "It’s an assembly of five of my favorite actors of all time."

  • Glengarry Glen Ross

    1992 • R • Drama, Crimes & Thrillers, Mystery & Suspense

    Every banker you’ve ever met loves Alec Baldwin in this one.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: Wheeling and dealing real estate salesmen are elevated to poetic extremes in this superbly acted, monologue-laden classic.

    Four real estate brokers rev...

  • Jay Ellis Recommends 'In the Heat of the Night'

    ""They call me Mr. Tibbs!" …a line that I will never, ever forget."

  • In the Heat of the Night

    1967 • NR • Crimes & Thrillers, Mystery & Suspense, Award Winning

    A thought-provoking murder mystery starring Sidney Poitier.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: Norman Jewison’s now-classic look at murder and racism in small-town America remains strikingly relevant in the political climate of today.


  • Jay Ellis Recommends 'More Than a Game'

    "You will look at LeBron in a completely different way."

  • More Than a Game

    2008 • PG • Documentary, Sports

    NBA superstar LeBron James, long before he was famous.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: This inspiring doc uses archival footage, never-before-seen home videos, and interviews to reveal a new side of a hardworking sports star.

    Five talented young basketball players fro...

  • Jay Ellis Recommends 'They Came Together'

    "I don’t know if there has ever been a cast of so many great comedic actors."

  • They Came Together

    2014 • R • Comedy, Romance

    Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd skewer classic rom-coms.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: David Wain’s winking parody of romantic comedy cliches is half takedown, half tribute, 100 percent clever and laugh out loud funny.

    Romantic comedy tropes are lovingly turned on their head in ...