The Ten Most Memorable Dwayne Johnson Movies
Dwayne Johnson is arguably the biggest action hero in Hollywood today, and is one of the few wrestling superstars to have made the successful transition from the wrestling ring to the big screen. In 2014, Forbes ranked Johnson as one of the 100 highest earning celebrities in the world. Much of that can be credited to the success of Dwayne Johnson movies that have established the former wrestling star into a certified box-office draw.
Here is a listing of the top 10 Dwayne Johnson flicks:
Below are Dwayne Johnson movie ratings:
|The Other Guys||6.6|
|Pain and Gain||6.5|
1. Furious Seven (2015)
Furious Seven is the fifth-highest grossing film of all-time having taken in more than $1.5 billion worldwide. Aside from being the highest grossing film in the franchise, it is the second highest grossing film in 2015 next only to Jurassic World.
2. Fast Five (2011)
This was Johnson’s first appearance in the Fast & Furious series and he is largely credited for bringing back fan interest in the said franchise. Many critics point out that Johnson complemented the other actors well, particularly lead star Vin Diesel. The film was a smashing success too, grossing more than $600 million worldwide.
3. Gridiron Gang (2006)
Johnson was a former college football player, so the role of a former football player named Sean Porter in this movie was close to his heart. In this movie, he prepares a football team composed of teenage interns that will compete in a league. It wasn’t a big box-office success like the Furious movies, grossing around $38 million worldwide.
4. The Rundown (2003)
In this movie, Johnson was a bounty hunter who was tasked by his boss to retrieve his renegade son played by Seann William Scott. While it was met by mixed reviews from the critics, the movie was a huge disappointment at the tills as it took in $81 million despite having a $85 million budget. Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger makes a cameo in this film.
5. The Other Guys (2010)
Johnson played a supporting role in this movie headlined by Mark Wahlberg and Will Farrell. He plays the role of Detective Christopher Danson who is partnered with Detective P.K. Highsmith played by another Hollywood star, Samuel Jackson. This movie was a box office success turning in around $170 million.
6. San Andreas (2015)
This disaster movie has grossed more than $460 million worldwide. Johnson plays the role of a LA Fire Department Air Rescue pilot named Raymond Gaines who is at the forefront of a rescue operation after a massive 9.1 magnitude earthquake.
The movie was a smashing success, proof that audiences still love watching disaster movies. On its opening weekend, San Andreas earned $54 million which surpassed the $36 million earned by The Scorpion King in 2002. It was the biggest weekend opening for a movie in which Johnson stars as the lead actor.
The film is based on the name of the tectonic fault line running through most parts of California. It has been predicted by seismologists that California is ripe for a massive earthquake to be caused by the San Andreas fault line.
7. Pain and Gain (2013)
Pain and Gain reunited Johnson with Wahlberg, whom he worked with in the movie The Other Guys. It is a comedy crime film directed by Michael Bay and which also stars Anthony McKie. It is loosely based on a story about the exploits of a group of criminals including several bodybuilders who are involved in crimes like extortion, torture, kidnapping, and murder.
The movie was a moderate success at the box office as it earned $96 million, having only a budget of $26 million.
8. Get Smart (2008)
Johnson again plays a supporting role in this 2008 action comedy flick that stars Steve Carrell as an analyst who dreams of becoming a real field agent. It also stars Anne Hathaway, Alan Arkin, Terry Crews, and David Koechner. It earned around $230 million worldwide. Interestingly, Johnson wasn’t the only wrestling star to be on this movie as it also featured Dalin Singh or “The Great Khali”, a WWE wrestler.
9. Faster (2010)
In this movie, Johnson plays an ex-convict who sets out to avenge the death of his brother after they were double crossed years ago. However, he is tracked by a veteran cop played by Billy Bob Thornton. The movie was a mild success at the box office, earning around $35 million worldwide.
10. Snitch (2013)
Johnson shows off his acting chops in this movie which also stars Susan Sarandon and Benjamin Bratt. In this movie, he goes undercover in order to free his son who was imprisoned and set up in drug bust. It earned $57 million worldwide.
While Johnson has other notable flicks like The Scorpion King, Hercules, and G.I. Joe, it cannot be denied that these are the ten best Dwayne Johnson movies of all time.