Jake Gyllenhaal Movies

Top Ten Jake Gyllenhaal Movies

Jake Gyllenhaal is one of the best actors of the new millennium. He has starred in more than 30 movies after making his film debut in 1991. This article lists down the 10 most popular Jake Gyllenhaal movies.

Below are Jake Gyllenhaal movie ratings:

MovieRating
Prisoners 8.1
Donnie Darko8.1
Southpaw7.8
Nightcrawler7.9
October Sky7.8
Brokeback Mountain 7.7
Zodiac7.7
End of Watch7.7
Source Code7.5
Jarhead7.1

1. Prisoners (2013)

The film stars Gyllenhaal with Hugh Jackman, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, and Maria Bello. It revolves around the story of two young girls who were abducted in Pennsylvania. It was nominated for Best Cinematography during the 86th Academy Awards.

Gylenhaal earned rave reviews for his portrayal of Detective Loki, the man who was tasked to investigate the abduction. The movie also made a splash at the box office as it grossed $122 million.

2. Donnie Darko (2001)

This sci-fi film is not exactly a box-office hit as it only grossed $7.7 million worldwide with a production budget of $4.5 million. But it received favorable reviews from critics and has also developed a huge cult following.

Gyllenhaal plays the title character who seeks the meaning and importance of his Doomsday-related visions. The movie was filmed in only 28 days and was originally intended for home video release.

3. Southpaw (2015)

In this movie, Gyllenhaal plays the role of a boxer named Billy Hope who loses his wife played by Rachel McAdams in a tragic accident. Making matters worse, Hope loses his daughter to child protection services. Desperate to get his life back on track, he turns to his trainer Tick Willis played by Forrest Whitaker.

Filmed on a budget of $25 million, the movie went on to gross $57.6 million. The movie has received mixed reviews, although a lot of critics still praise Gyllenhaal for his solid performance.

4. Nightcrawler (2014)

This neo-noir crime thriller also stars Bill Paxton and Renee Russo. It made its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, and was nominated for best original screenplay at the 87th Academy Awards.

Gyllenhaal plays a former thief who begins to shoot footage of crimes and accidents in Los Angeles, and selling them to local news channels. For his performance, Gyllenhaal was nominated for Best Actor at the Golden Globes.

Filmed on an $8 million budget, this movie went on to take in nearly $40 million in gate receipts.

5. October Sky (1999)

This biographical film is about the true story of Homer Hickam, Jr., a son of a coal miner who was inspired to take up rocketry and eventually became a NASA engineer much to the chagrin of his father. This inspirational drama also features Chris Cooper, Chris Owen, and Laura Dern. It didn’t fare too well at the box office though as it only grossed $35 million.

6. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Arguably the most controversial film of Gyllenhaal’s career is this movie about two cowboys who were in a secret sexual relationship. Gyllenhaal starred with the late Heath Ledger in this film, as well as Anne Hathaway and Michelle Williams.

The movie was not only a critical success but also fared well at the box office, taking in more than $178 million worldwide. It was directed by Ang Lee, who won an Oscar award for best director for his efforts in this flick. But it lost the highly coveted Best Picture plum in controversial fashion.

According to reports, Gyllenhaal’s nose was nearly broken by Ledger when they were shooting a kissing scene.

7. Zodiac (2007)

Zodiac tells of the story of the manhunt for the notorious killer called Zodiac who left a trail of blood around the San Francisco area. It had an ensemble cast led by Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Edwards. It was directed by David Finchner with a production budget of $65 million. It grossed more than $85 million worldwide.

8. End of Watch (2012)

This movie was shot in a documentary style and followed the exploits of two young police officers in Los Angeles. Gyllenhaal is one of the police officers, with Michael Pena being the other. It grossed more than $48 million at the box office.

9. Source Code (2011)

This mystery/sci-fi flick stars Gyllenhaal as a soldier who wakes up in someone else’s body. He realizes that he is part of an experimental government project to discover the bomber of a commuter train, which he has to complete in only eight minutes.

This movie was a co-production of France and the United States, and went on to take in more than $147 million worldwide.

10. Jarhead (2005)

This movie is based on a 2003 book by a U.S. Marine who shared his experience in Saudi Arabia and fighting in Kuwait. Jamie Foxx also stars in this movie which grossed $97 million at the box-office.

These are the ten most memorable Jake Gyllenhaal movies. Gyllenhaal has certainly established a checkered movie career despite being only 34 years old.

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