Jake Gyllenhaal began his acting career as a child in the early 1990s. Over the years that have followed, he has grown into one of the most consistent people in the business, handling everything from films to shows with the expertise he has become known for. He has grossed almost a billion dollars at the box office to date, earning many awards along the way. Have you ever wondered about the best Jake Gyllenhaal movies? Let’s take a look at all of them.
Jake Gyllenhaal Movies and Series
1. Nightcrawler (2014)
The film shows the connection between violent news content and consumption. Jake plays Lou Bloom, a petty thief who discovers there is money to be made by making amateur crime scene videos and selling them to local film stations.
He soon discovers that it’s big business, people are even willing to kill each other. The film shows violence being eulogized by the news media and the general public, and Jake Gyllenhaal took over the role like it was nothing. It’s safe to say that the character was created especially for him.
2. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
There are times when a film changes the way we see the world and our perception of some specific groups, and Brokeback Mountain is certainly one of those films. The film has been dealing with gay love between two men for over 20 years between 1963 and 1983.
Jake Gyllenhaal plays the role of Jack Twist, who falls in love with Ennis Del Mar during the summer of raising sheep in the Wyoming mountains. Over the next few years, he and his partner reunited and took it upon themselves to conform to societal norms by marrying and having children. Ultimately, however, they would realize that love is one of the greatest things on earth. Jake pulled off the role in such a way that the character would linger in our minds even after the film’s long ending.
Boxing movies have been making the rounds of the sports movie genre for a while, but making a boxing movie with a character like Jake Gyllenhaal means it’s going to be something better than the usual, and Southpaw delivers on that.
Jake Gyllenhaal plays the role of Billy Hope, a boxer whose fighting style leaves him badly beaten and injured which has worked perfectly for him as he has gone unbeaten in his professional career. At one of his promotional events, his wife is mistakenly killed by a rival’s younger brother, and it is from there that Billy’s world falls apart. He starts abusing drugs and going into debt. His daughter is taken away from him and he hits the ground as he transitions from superstar to gym cleaner.
However, his life changes when he becomes a former great boxer who helps him overcome his addiction, gets him into his boxing game and finally finds forgiveness in his daughter for failing after her mother’s death.
Jake in one of his best films shows raw emotions when a superstar hits rock bottom and tries to find his way up. With exceptional boxing matches and heart-melting emotion, Southpaw is undoubtedly one of Jake Gyllenhaal’s finest performances.
4. Okay (2017)
The action-adventure film shows the length where industrialists and capitalists would go to get their plans through. It also shows the human ability to love other beings that are not human as it tells the story of how a young South Korean girl would travel to the United States from some of the most remote parts of her country to save her super pig from the hands the corporate world.
Jake Gyllenhaal plays the role of Johnny Wilcox, a TV personality and a very troubled zoologist who will later sell his soul to the organization that tried to experiment on Okja the Super Pig. While it’s not the most usual role Jake has played, we’re glad to see him stepping out of his comfort zone.
5. Source Code (2011)
In a sci-fi film that goes beyond the new, Jake Gyllenhaal plays the role of Colten Stevens, a US Army captain who is repeatedly sent back in time to find a bomber in a school teacher’s last eight minutes. Each time travel lasts 8 minutes and he must find clues that will allow the authorities to find the culprit in the present time and stop him from making other bombs explode.
Jake in the film plays the role of the army captain who knows what’s going on and there isn’t a minute in the 90 minute film that you don’t have your eyes fixed on your screen.
6 October Heaven (1999)
This is based on the biography of Homer Hickam, the son of a miner who gets involved in amateur rocketry against his father’s wishes before eventually becoming a NASA engineer. In this film, Jake, then 19, uses the innocence in his baby face to convey the message of his dream to the audience. Playing the homer was indeed the role of the rising star.
In a feel-good movie, we expect highs and lows, before the main character’s ultimate triumph, Jake prevails with a wonderful performance that leaves the heart cheerful and the spirit inspired that we can all pursue our dreams.
The film is a remake of the 2004 Danish film Bodre is not as intense as the original but a very good film by any standards. The film examines the relationship between a woman and her brother-in-law while her husband is away in a war and is presumed dead. Jake Gyllenhaal plays the role of Tommy Cahill, a recently released inmate who tries to care for and be responsible for the family in Afghanistan in the absence and alleged death of his brother.
Showcasing the connections between brothers and also between couples, the film shows Jake Gyllenhaal transforming himself from a nonchalant person into a caring person looking out for his brother’s family and eventually his brother when he arrives.
7th Prince of Persia (2010)
Prince of Persia is a game that resonates with all gamers around the world. With over 20 different releases of the game across all gaming platforms, there was no doubt that the movie Prince of Persia; The Sands of Time would turn heads and make some important takes on the film adaptation genre in the game. Although it broke some records, it fell short of expectations in terms of plot and behavior, as the film received mixed reviews.
Jake Gyllenhaal plays the title character of Dastan, a street urchin adopted by the king for his bravery. A decade and a half later, he must save his adopted family as Sheik Almar, who is synonymous with Prime Minister, wants to break the family and make Dastan perish as an adopted son.
Gyllenhaal and the other main character, GemmaArterton didn’t show enough chemistry to make the movie anything worthwhile, the CGI didn’t live up to standards and the movie didn’t live up to the hype of the video game it was based on. However, it was the highest-grossing video game adapted film at the time of its release.
8th Surrender (2007)
After directing Oscar-winning Totsi, I think director Gavin Hood’s next film is at least above average in terms of plot, acting and other aspects, but 2007’s political thriller Rendition is what you considered boring designate movie.
Although with good intentions, the film sheds light on the CIA’s case of how, through a mistaken identity, an innocent and average person is brutally tortured on the street. The film in its multi-layered plots fails to deliver as Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays Douglass Freeman, a CIA analyst with all his talent, couldn’t save the film. The film was a box office disaster.
9. Love and Other Drugs (2010)
In a film that’s a mix of several ideas and, borrowing from several previous works, to create 112 minutes of screen time, the highly predictable film plays with several ideas, some of which were funny and some that didn’t work at all, and all of which are in a safe position ended up not really impressed you know where to divide the movie. Be it a romantic erotic comedy or just a complex drama.
Jake Gyllenhaal plays Jamie, a philander salesman who deals in pharmaceuticals and how he enters into a noncommittal sexual relationship with a woman who has Parkinson’s disease (Anne Hathaway). The “friends with benefits” relationship soon turns into an experiment for Viagra pills, and in the end both of them decided to have a real relationship with each other.
Despite grossing $103 million, the film played too safe and failed to capitalize on Gyllenhaal and Hathaway’s immense talent.