Jake Gyllenhaal’s 5 greatest movies!

The A-list actor, 39, has earned his place in Hollywood stardom thanks to his starring roles in numerous highly acclaimed movies. Scroll down as we reveal the highlights of his amazing career on the big screen!

  • Jake Gyllenhaal comes from a family of legendary filmmakers. He is the son of scriptwriter Naomi Achs and director Stephen Gyllenhaal. His younger sister is the talented actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. Hollywood icon Jamie Lee Curtis is his godmother.
  • Gyllenhaal’s parents encouraged his artistic career. He started out as a child actor who debuted at 11 years old in Billy Crystal’s blockbuster comedy “City Slickers” in 1991.
  • Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner, the incredibly gifted actor has a net worth of $65 million.

1) “Donnie Darko”

Gyllenhaal’s breakthrough performance was as a psychologically tormented teenager in the movie “Donnie Darko” in 2001.

Donnie is a black sheep in a crazy world ruled by adults and teachers who want to burn books. His only friend is a giant rabbit who give him the odd premonition that he has to save the world.

The movie became a cult-film classic despite its initial flop at the box office. Jake’s extraordinary performance received rave reviews. The role portrays beautifully the complex experience of moving from adolescence into adulthood.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger amazing roles in Brokeback Mountain.

2) Brokeback Mountain

Gyllenhaal began to move away from his teenage roles and into more adult characters with “Brokeback Mountain” in 2005. Set in the 1960s, it follows the story of two cowboys, played by Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, who work together on a remote mountain and begin a romantic affair.

They form a strong bond throughout the decades while they hide their relationship from their families.  Both Gyllenhaal and Ledger received Oscar nominations for their remarkable performances in the movie.

3) Zodiac

David Fincher’s “Zodiac” released in 2007 is the movie masterpiece of the director’s career. The film explores through several years the investigation into the serial killer Zodiac.

Gyllenhaal plays Robert Graysmith, a cartoonist who becomes obsessed with the gruesome murders. His performance is excellent and captivating in a story full of twists and turns that grips the audience from start to finish. 

"Prisoners" movie poster with Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal.

4) Prisoners

Jake Gyllenhaal landed the role of detective Loki in “Prisoners” in 2013 without even doing an audition, because “Dune” director Denis Villeneuve had such a good time filming “Enemy” a previous movie together that he cast him directly for the leading role.

Hugh Jackman plays a father whose little daughter has been kidnapped. Gyllenhaal is the cop assigned to solve the case. An exciting thriller mystery with intense performances that captivated audiences.

5) Nightcrawler

Jake is such a versatile actor who can play typical movie star roles in Hollywood with ease, while also choosing much more interesting challenging and complex roles in independent movies.

In 2014, he portrayed Lou Bloom in “Nightcrawler”, a determined but disturbed man desperate for work who discovers the seedy and profitable business world of L.A. crime journalism. The actor lost 30 pounds for his finest performance to date. His character is creepy and perverse and probably takes the American dream a little too far.

What’s your favorite Jake Gyllenhaal movie? Leave a comment below!

Corey Robertson

Corey Robertson is an American journalist and writer. She has over 20 years experience in the movie industry. A pretzels fan who loves Hollywood romantic comedies and a walk in the park. + info

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