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List of Jake Gyllenhaal Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. End of Watch (2012)
60
5
End of Watch
R
60
5

Two LAPD officers, Brian Taylor and Mike Zavala, are partners as well as close friends. After killing a gangster for self-protection, they are assigned to the dangerous parts of the city. While dealing with the clashes between black and Mexican gangs, they uncover drug and human-trafficking rackets. As a result, the two are hunted down by a powerful Mexican Cartel. 

As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Brian Taylor
Director:
David Ayer
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Anna Kendrick, Frank Grillo, America Ferrera, David Harbour, Michael Peña, Natalie Martinez
2. Nightcrawler (2014)
99
10
Nightcrawler
R
99
10

Nightcrawler is an adrenaline-charged thriller that revolves around a small-time robber who turns into a photographer of grisly crimes. Armed with a camcorder and a police scanner, a petty thief scours the streets of Los Angeles at night in search of increasingly gruesome crimes that he sells to a desperate morning news director of a television channel.

As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Louis Bloom
Director:
Dan Gilroy
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Rene Russo, Ann Cusack, Bill Paxton, Michael Papajohn, Marco Rodríguez, James Huang
3. Source Code (2011)
79
9
Source Code
PG-13
79
9

Source Code is a sci-fi mystery action thriller, revolving around Captain Colter Stevens of the US Army, who finds himself in a computed reality, and is given a mission to find a train bomber.

As:
Cast
Role:
Colter Stevens
Director:
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Romance
Star Cast:
Vera Farmiga, Scott Bakula, Michelle Monaghan, Jeffrey Wright, Michael Arden
4. Prisoners (2013)
146
16
Prisoners
R
146
16

Prisoners is a gripping thriller that focuses on the search of a father, Keller Dover, brilliantly portrayed by Hugh Jackman, for his little daughter and her friend who suddenly disappear after Thanksgiving dinner. Jake Gyllenhaal plays the part of a detective who uncovers gruesome hidden truths while trying to solve the case.

As:
Cast
Role:
Detective Loki
Director:
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Crime, Thriller
5. Zodiac (2007)
78
9
Zodiac
R
78
9

Based on the manhunt for the Zodiac Killer, an elusive serial killer who once terrorized the San Francisco Bay Area, the movie gives an account of the detectives’ desperate attempts to solve what remains one of the most infamous unsolved cases in the United States. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Robert Graysmith
Director:
Genres:
Drama, History, Thriller, Crime, Mystery
6. Brothers (2009)
43
6
Brothers
R
43
6

Captain Sam Cahill’s helicopter is shot down while he is on duty in Afghanistan. His brother Tommy takes over the responsibilities of his brother’s family comprising his wife and two daughters. When Sam returns from captivity, he is emotionally scarred and finds it difficult to accept the changes that have taken place in his absence.

As:
Cast
Role:
Tommy Cahill
Director:
Jim Sheridan
Genres:
Thriller, War, Drama
7. Southpaw (2015)
55
7
Southpaw
R
55
7

Billy "The Great" Hope, an undefeated professional boxer with a perfect family life, succumbs to depression and alcohol and drug abuse after his loving wife is killed. Despite deciding to retire, he gets back into the ring with the help of former boxer Tick Wills to gain back custody of his daughter from Child Protective Services.

As:
Cast
Role:
Billy Hope
Director:
Antoine Fuqua
Genres:
Drama, Sport
Star Cast:
Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Naomie Harris, Oona Laurence, 50 Cent
8. The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
57
9
The Day After Tomorrow
PG-13
57
9

Soon after US officials ignore warnings of a huge climate shift by paleoclimatologist Jack Hall, a massive storm system develops causing natural disasters around the world. Jack's son Sam and his friends get trapped in New York City while attending an event and must survive freezing-cold temperature until his father reaches there by foot in a daring rescue attempt.

As:
Cast
Role:
Sam Hall
Director:
Roland Emmerich
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Action, Thriller, Adventure
Star Cast:
Emmy Rossum, Dennis Quaid, Ian Holm, Dash Mihok, Jay O. Sanders
9. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
80
15
Brokeback Mountain
R
80
15

Rodeo cowboy Jack and ranch hand Ennis meet after they are hired as sheep herders in Wyoming and gradually develop a deep bond which culminates in a passionate romantic encounter on a drunken night on Brokeback Mountain. They soon settle separately, but continue a complicated affair for nearly two decades, leading to a tragedy.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jack Twist
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Performance, MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Kiss
10. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
46
9
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
PG-13
46
9

An adaptation of the video game of the same name, the movie sees an adopted Persian prince Dastan and Alamut princess Tamina fight to protect a sacred dagger from falling into villainous hands. The dagger gives its possessor the power to travel back in time as well as destroy the world.

As:
Cast
Role:
Dastan
Director:
Mike Newell
Genres:
Action, Romance, Adventure, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Alfred Molina, Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, Steve Toussaint
11. Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
35
8
Spider-Man: Far from Home
PG-13
35
8

Peter Parker has to step up and handle an unexpected mission when Nick Fury interrupts his European vacation. The world is threatened by massive monstrous creatures, each symbolising the four elements—fire, Earth, water and air—and Spider-Man has to don his suit, far from home, team up with Mysterio, and stop the evil forces from destroying everything.

As:
Cast
Role:
Quentin Beck
Director:
Jon Watts
Genres:
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
12. Donnie Darko (2001)
88
23
Donnie Darko
R
88
23

This Richard Kelly’s science fiction psychological thriller film is about a troubled high-school student who is frequently visited by Frank, a huge six-foot rabbit, visible only to him. Frank pushes him to carry out a series of dangerous pranks and also tells him that the world will be over in 28 days.

As:
Cast
Role:
Donnie Darko
Director:
Richard Kelly
Genres:
Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama
13. October Sky (1999)
10
3
October Sky
PG
10
3

The movie tells the story of Homer H. Hickam Jr., a coal miner’s son who beats all odds stacked against him to build rockets after being inspired by the launch of Sputnik 1. Despite having a disapproving father and hostile townspeople, Homer eventually earns his father’s support and goes on to become a NASA engineer. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Homer Hickam
Director:
Joe Johnston
Genres:
Family, Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Chris Cooper, Laura Dern, Chris Owen, William Lee Scott
14. Nocturnal Animals (2016)
38
11
Nocturnal Animals
R
38
11

The neo-noir thriller follows art gallery owner Susan Morrow who receives and starts reading a manuscript written by her ex-husband Edward Sheffield. Susan who is troubled by her current husband’s unfaithfulness finds parallels between her first marriage, her life, and that of the tragic story of the protagonist of the novel, Tony Hastings.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Tony Hastings / Edward Sheffield
Director:
Tom Ford
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Thriller, Crime
15. Okja (2017)
20
6
Okja
TV-MA
20
6

Mija, a South Korean mountain-girl, raises a fascinating but loving beast and her friend of 10-years, Okja. But Miranda Corporation, a multinational firm, claims Okja as its own and takes her to New York. With only one aim of rescuing Okja, Mija follows them but encounters many incongruent groups having their own agenda regarding Okja’s future. Can Mija get her friend back?

As:
Cast
Director:
Joon-ho Bong
Genres:
Action, Drama, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Devon Bostick, Lily Collins, Steven Yeun, Tilda Swinton, Sheena Kamal, Michael Mitton, Colm Hill
16. Rendition (2007)
14
4
Rendition
R
14
4

When Anwar El-Ibrahimi, a Chicago based American-Egyptian chemical engineer, goes missing, his wife, Isabella, starts a search for him, unaware that he is being interrogated for his supposed involvement in terrorist activities and tortured in a secret facility. Luckily, CIA analyst Douglas Freeman is not convinced of Anwar’s guilt. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Douglas Freeman
Director:
Gavin Hood
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
17. Love & Other Drugs (2010)
32
10
Love & Other Drugs
R
32
10

Jamie Randall, a pharmaceutical sales representative who has a way with women, meets unconventional Maggie Murdock, diagnosed with early-stage Parkinsonism. As their relationship evolves, Jamie’s career soars high with onset of Viagra. He searches for cure for her condition while she wonders whether he would love her even if there is no hope for cure. So where does love takes the two?

As:
Cast
Role:
Jamie Randall
Director:
Edward Zwick
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Romance
18. Everest (2015)
24
8
Everest
PG-13
24
8

Everest is inspired by the true-life events of a mountaineering disaster. Two separate commercial expeditions, led by Rob Hall and Scott Fischer, set out to conquer the world’s highest summit, Mt. Everest. Unexpectedly, they are engulfed by a fierce blizzard where they struggle for survival against freezing temperatures and winds, as their mettle is tested by the harshest possible elements. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Baltasar Kormákur
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Adventure, Action
19. Enemy (2013)
29
11
Enemy
R
29
11

History professor Adam Bell suddenly discovers a person on television who looks exactly like him, and following an obsessive search, finds out that his doppelganger is small-time actor Anthony Claire. The two agree to meet, but Adam soon regrets the decision after Anthony attempts to manipulate him in order to sleep with his beautiful girlfriend Mary.

As:
Cast
Role:
Adam + Anthony
Director:
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery
Star Cast:
Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rossellini, Mélanie Laurent, Joshua Peace
20. Proof (2005)
11
4
Proof
PG-13
11
4

Based on an award winning play of the same name, Proof tells the story of Catherine, daughter a genius mathematician Robert Llewellyn, who struggles to cope with the death of her father. She is also worried that she may have inherited his mental illness. Her life gets even more complicated when one of her father’s ex-students wants to search through his papers. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Harold Dobbs - Hal
Director:
John Madden
Genres:
Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Anthony Hopkins, Gwyneth Paltrow, Danny McCarthy, Hope Davis
21. Jarhead (2005)
10
4
Jarhead
R
10
4

This biographical war drama tracks Anthony Swofford as he enlists as a Marine, struggles through a grueling training to become a sniper, and is deployed to the Arabian Peninsula during the Gulf War. Amidst severe heat in a foreign desert, he tries to maintain his composure and readiness for months while learning about the reality of modern warfare.

As:
Cast
Role:
Anthony Swofford
Director:
Genres:
Action, War, Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Jamie Foxx, Lucas Black, Laz Alonso, John Krasinski, Chris Cooper, Scott MacDonald, Peter Sarsgaard
22. Demolition (2015)
10
4
Demolition
R
10
4

Successful investment banker Davis Mitchell’s life is turned upside down when a car accident ends up killing his wife and with him at the hospital. When he drafts a complaint about a vending machine including some of his personal tragedies, he forms a bond with customer service representative Karen Moreno who might just help him rebuild his life. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Davis
Director:
Jean-Marc Vallée
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, Judah Lewis, C.J. Wilson
23. Stronger (2017)
7
3
Stronger
R
7
3

Jeff Bauman loses both his legs in the Boston marathon bombing of 2013, after which he tries to adjust to his new life with prosthetic limbs. He soon inspires many others and becomes a symbol of hope.

As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Jeff Bauman
Director:
David Gordon Green
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Miranda Richardson, Tatiana Maslany, Richard Lane Jr., Nate Richman
24. Life (2017)
27
12
Life
R
27
12

The six-member crew aboard the International Space Station finds the first evidence of extraterrestrial life, a dormant single-celled organism, in a sample collected from Mars. When the organism devours a lab rat following an accident, it is revealed that it can grow rapidly and has multipurpose cells, and is now threatening the survival of the whole crew.

As:
Cast
Role:
David Jordan
Director:
Daniel Espinosa
Genres:
Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
25. City Slickers (1991)
7
3
City Slickers
PG-13
7
3

Going through a midlife crisis, three city friends decide to take a supervised cattle drive from New Mexico to Colorado. They meet trail-boss, brusque cowboy Curly, who teaches them how to operate like cowboy and also, a thing or two about life. As they face risky ups and downs through the drive, they overcome their crisis to return home as happy men. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Ron Underwood
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Jack Palance, Jeffrey Tambor, Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby, Patricia Wettig
26. Wildlife (2018)
7
3
Wildlife
PG-13
7
3
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Jerry Brinson
Director:
Paul Dano
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Carey Mulligan, Zoe Margaret Colletti, Ed Oxenbould, Bill Camp
27. Lovely & Amazing (2001)
6
3
Lovely & Amazing
R
6
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Nicole Holofcener
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Dermot Mulroney, Troy Ruptash, Emily Mortimer, Brenda Blethyn, Raven Goodwin
28. Moonlight Mile (2002)
6
3
Moonlight Mile
PG-13
6
3

Moonlight Mile is a romantic drama film which tells the story of a young man Joe who is trying to cope with the death of his fiancée Diana. He befriends her parents, and tries to become a better person to please those around him. However, things take a turn when another woman enters his life unexpectedly.

As:
Cast
Role:
Joe Nast
Director:
Brad Silberling
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
29. Bubble Boy (2001)
11
6
Bubble Boy
PG-13
11
6

Bubble Boy is a romantic comedy film, which tells the story of a young man who has been living in a bubble all his life, as he was born without the immune system. He falls for a cute blonde girl, but when her fiancé proposes to her, he decides to stop the wedding at any cost.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jimmy Livingston
Director:
Blair Hayes
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
30. The Good Girl (2002)
6
4
The Good Girl
R
6
4

Justine is a 30 year old girl working in a Texas discount store, who is quite dissatisfied with her routine life and her lazy, pot-smoking husband. Her life takes a turn when she meets a young man who considers himself as the incarnation of Holden Caulfield. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Holden Worther
Director:
Miguel Arteta
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Jennifer Aniston, Zooey Deschanel, Deborah Rush, Mike White
33. Velvet Buzzsaw (2018)
5
4
Velvet Buzzsaw
R
5
4

Velvett Buzzsaw is a mystery horror drama film, which tells the story of a supernatural force which gets released, after a recently deceased artist’s paintings are discovered. The supernatural force starts enacting revenge on those who allowed their greed to get in the way of art.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Dan Gilroy
Genres:
Horror, Thriller
35. Josh and S.A.M. (1993)
4
3
Josh and S.A.M.
PG-13
4
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Billy Weber
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Adventure
Star Cast:
Udo Kier, Jacob Tierney, Noah Fleiss, Martha Plimpton, Stephen Tobolowsky

TV Shows

The Shoes: Time to Dance (2012)
9
3
The Shoes: Time to Dance
9
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Daniel Wolfe
Genres:
Drama, Horror, Short, Thriller, Music
Star Cast:
Tahliah Barnett

Animation Movies

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (2005)
10
5
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
10
5
As:
Cast, Narrator
Role:
Narrator (voice)
Director:
Michael Sporn
Genres:
Short, Animation

Jake Gyllenhaal Awards

BAFTA Awards
Brokeback Mountain Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2006
MTV Movie & TV Awards
Brokeback Mountain Best Performance 2006
Brokeback Mountain Best Kiss 2006