Beyoncé films to watch before the release of 'Renaissance' 

As the countdown to the premiere of "Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé" begins, here's a look back at previous Yoncé films and the superstar's on-screen evolution.  

Beyoncé is no stranger to showcasing her acting abilities. She has a long list of on-screen credits and has produced successful films of her own. 

One of her most groundbreaking roles to date was as Deena Jones, based on legendary singer Diana Ross, in "Dreamgirls." The film came out in 2006, the same year Beyoncé released her live DVD "Beyoncé: 

The Ultimate Performer," which includes exclusive footage from concerts in France, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.  "Dreamgirls" is a remake of the 1981 Broadway musical,

which was inspired by the history of the Motown record label and the famed 1960s girl group The Supremes. The film is one of the most expensive films with a predominantly Black cast. 

It received a number of Oscar nominations in 2007 and three awards at the 64th Golden Globe Awards. Beyoncé's performance won her even more fans. 

In 2013, Beyoncé's HBO documentary "Life Is But a Dream" was released. The documentary gives fans an inside look at Beyoncé's career up to that point and includes archival footage of a younger Beyoncé. 

It includes professional footage, private video from her laptop, and behind-the-scenes footage from her four-night residency at Revel Atlantic City in May 2012.In the film's trailer, Bey says, "I always struggle with how much do I reveal about myself?"

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