While many child actors often find it hard transitioning into adult roles, this was never a problem for Jake Gyllenhaal. The scion of an accomplished Hollywood family, Gyllenhaal forwent the easy route of teen flicks and choose to focus on serious unconventional work. This decision paid off as he is now one of the biggest stars in contemporary Hollywood. He has thus far appeared in several critically-acclaimed features as well as box office blockbusters. Here are some of his best and worst films and TV shows listed below.
List Of Jake Gyllenhaal Movies And TV Shows Rated From Best to Worst
Donnie Darko (2001)
Donnie Darko is a 2001 psychological thriller that revolves around a troubled teen named Donnie. Things take an interesting turn when Donnie encounters a gigantic rabbit who convinces him that the world is coming to an end. Donnie Darko featured the likes of Drew Barrymore and James Duval while Gyllenhaal portrayed the lead role of Donnie. The film was an overwhelming success, and has been named among ‘the 50 Films To See Before You Die’.
Nightcrawler is a 2014 drama/thriller in which Gyllenhaal plays the lead role of Louis, a petty thief who stumbles into a career as a stringer. Louis thereafter spends his nights filming grisly crime scenes and selling them to a local TV station. Nightcrawler was a critical and commercial success with Gyllenhaal receiving praise for his star performance. He also scored a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor In A Leading Role.
October Sky (1999)
October Sky is the Jake Gyllenhaal movie marked as his breakthrough role. The 1999 docudrama tells the real life story of Homer, a coal miner’s son who is inspired to take up rocket science after witnessing the launch of Sputnik 1. Homer’s father strongly disapproves of this path but he persists and eventually becomes a NASA engineer. October Sky featured the likes of Chris Owen and Laura Dern while Gyllenhaal portrayed Homer. The movie received glowing reviews, and has a score of 91% on rotten tomatoes.
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
This is one Jake Gyllenhaal movie that is a must-watch. The iconic 2005 film revolves around Jack and Ennis, two ranch hands who fall in love with each other. Both men end up marrying different women but endure a two-decade-long tortured romance. Brokeback Mountain featured Gyllenhaal as Jack while Heath Ledger portrayed Ennis. Gyllenhaal’s excellent performance fetched him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Source Code (2011)
Source Code is a 2011 thriller/drama in which Jake Gyllenhaal portrays the lead role of Colter, an army pilot who is sent to relive the life of a bomb victim so that the insight gained can be used to prevent a future occurrence. The movie was a critical and commercial success, grossing $147.3 million on a budget of $31.9 million. Gyllenhaal also received praise for his performance with CNN describing it as ‘compelling’.
Love and Other Drugs (2010)
Love and Other Drugs is a 2010 romance drama in which Gyllenhaal portrays Jamie, a handsome pharmaceutical sales rep who is a bit of a playboy. Jamie later falls in love with a free-spirited Parkinson’s patient named Maggie (played by Anne Hathaway). Love and Other Drugs was a box office hit, grossing $103 million on a budget of $30 million. Gyllenhaal also scored a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor In A Motion Picture Musical Or Comedy.
The Day after Tomorrow (2004)
If sci-fi thrillers are your cup of tea, then you will definitely love this particular Jake Gyllenhaal movie. The Day After Tomorrow chronicles a serious climatic disaster that sweeps through the earth. Gyllenhaal portrays Sam, a man who braves the elements to rescue his son. The Day after Tomorrow was a blockbuster, grossing $544.3 million on a budget of $125 million. It, however, received some bad reviews as a result of scientific inaccuracies.
Homicide: Life on the Street (1994)
Homicide: Life on the Street is an NBC police procedural drama which ran from 1993 to 1999. The series follows the brutal detective work of a Baltimore homicide department. Homicide: Life on the Street featured the likes of Daniel Baldwin and Richard Belzer while Gyllenhaal appeared in a guest episode. The series is regarded as one of the most authentic police dramas ever made. It also has a high rating of 91% on rotten tomatoes.
Bubble Boy (2001)
Bubble Boy is a coming-of-age film in which Gyllenhaal portrays the lead role of Jimmy, a boy who is born without immunities. Jimmy’s overprotective mom secures him in a sterilized bubble dome, but he later travels with it in order to stop the wedding of the girl that he loves. Bubble Boy was a commercial and critical failure, grossing $5 million on a budget of $13 million. It also has score of 30% on rotten tomatoes.
Accidental Love (2015)
Accidental Love is another Jake Gyllenhaal movie which you may want to pass on. The 2015 rom-com revolves around Howard, a congressman who falls in love with a small-town waitress named Alice, who has an erratic behavior due to the fact that a nail is embedded in her head. Accidental Love featured Jessica Biel as Alice while Gyllenhaal portrayed the role of Howard. The movie was a box office bomb, grossing $139,936 on a budget of $26 million. It was also panned by the critics with one calling it ‘unfunny’. Accidental Love also has a disappointing score of 5 % on rotten tomatoes.