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List of Maggie Gyllenhaal Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Dark Knight (2008)
142
18
The Dark Knight
PG-13
142
18

Considered to be one of the best superhero films ever made, The Dark Knight is the saga of the Batman’s quest to rid the city of Gotham of organized crime. Heath Ledger won a posthumous Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of deadly antagonist Joker in the highest grosser of 2008.

As:
Cast
Role:
Rachel
Genres:
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Awards:
People's Choice Award for Favorite Cast
2. Secretary (2002)
33
5
Secretary
R
33
5

An emotionally unstable girl from a dysfunctional family is institutionalized for her propensity to harm herself. After her release from the hospital, she secures the job of a typist with a grim and ruthless attorney. Although he is irritated with her in the beginning they soon embark on a BDSM relationship, which results in a personal awakening in her. Very soon, she falls in love with her boss. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Lee Holloway
Director:
Steven Shainberg
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
James Spader, Lesley Ann Warren, Patrick Bauchau, Jeremy Davies, Stephen McHattie
3. Donnie Darko (2001)
50
13
Donnie Darko
R
50
13

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:
Elizabeth Darko
Director:
Richard Kelly
Genres:
Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama
4. Adaptation. (2002)
16
5
Adaptation.
R
16
5

Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman is having difficulty adapting Susan Orlean's book The Orchid Thief into a screenplay. His agonies enhance with the arrival of his confident twin brother, Donald who is essentially cheerful. Charlie enlists Donald’s help in writing the screenplay and interviewing Orlean. Finding her answers unconvincing, they decide to follow her.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
5. Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
17
5
Stranger Than Fiction
PG-13
17
5

The life of Harold Crick, an IRS worker, turns upside down after he begins hearing a disembodied voice narrating his life as it happens. When the voice implies that he will die soon, Harold panics and tries to avert his impending death. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Marc Forster
Genres:
Fantasy, Romance, Drama, Comedy
6. Crazy Heart (2009)
18
6
Crazy Heart
R
18
6

A former country music star is now a traveling singer and songwriter, earning his living by singing in small town bars. He is alcoholic and alone in the world, with four or five marriages behind him. Then he meets a young reporter with a four year old son and romance begins to blossom. Although they enter into relationship his last chance of happiness is quickly threatened by his old habits. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Scott Cooper
Genres:
Music, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
7. The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)
11
4
The Kindergarten Teacher
R
11
4
As:
Cast, Producer
Director:
Sara Colangelo
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Rosa Salazar, Ajay Naidu, Gael García Bernal, Michael Chernus
8. Paris, je t'aime (2006)
12
5
Paris, je t'aime
R
12
5

Also known as Paris, I love You, it is an anthology film comprising of eighteen short films which are set in the different arrondissements of Paris. Directed by visionary directors from all around the world, these eighteen short films are incredibly humane depictions of life in Paris, which resonate universal themes of love, life, and loss. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Romance
9. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
10
4
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
R
10
4

Based on an unauthorized autobiography by the famous television personality, Chuck Barris, the story begins with Barris dreaming of becoming a successful showbiz personality and also of winning the hearts of beautiful women. While struggling to make his dreams come true, he is recruited as a CIA assassin and travels on duty across the world. But what happens to his original dreams? 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Comedy, Crime, Thriller, Biography
10. Frank (2014)
9
4
Frank
R
9
4

A young aspiring songwriter joins an experimental band called the Soronprfbs as the keyboardist. But no one in the band likes him, except the band’s leader who constantly wears a papier-mâché mask. As the band works together on their debut album and prepares to perform in Texas, their personal problems result in a complete breakdown of the band. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Lenny Abrahamson
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Music
Star Cast:
Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Moira Brooker, Paul Butterworth, Phil Kingston
11. Away We Go (2009)
14
7
Away We Go
R
14
7

Away we Go is a comedy-drama film which tells the story of a couple expecting their first child, who travel around the entire US, to find a perfect place to start a family. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
12. Hysteria (2011)
7
4
Hysteria
R
7
4

This biographical romantic comedy drama film tells the story of Dr Mortimer Granville, the man behind the invention of the vibrator.

As:
Cast
Role:
Charlotte Dalrymple
Director:
Tanya Wexler
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
13. Sherrybaby (2006)
7
3
Sherrybaby
7
3

Sherrybaby is a drama film which revolves around Sherry Swanson, who spends three years in prison on drug charges. After her release, she plans to integrate into society, and lead a better life, for the sake of her daughter. However, her life becomes difficult due to her relationship with her brother and his wife.

As:
Cast
Role:
Sherry Swanson
Director:
Laurie Collyer
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Danny Trejo, Michelle Hurst, Sandra Rodríguez, Anna Simpson, Giancarlo Esposito
14. Waterland (1992)
6
3
Waterland
R
6
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Stephen Gyllenhaal
Genres:
Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Lena Headey, Jeremy Irons, Ethan Hawke, Sinéad Cusack, Grant Warnock
15. Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
9
5
Mona Lisa Smile
PG-13
9
5

30 years old arts graduate, Katherine Ann Watson, starts teaching History of Art at Wellesley College, in Massachusetts, in 1953. Realizing many of her students and colleagues are still guided by conservative attitudes, she decides to inspire the young girls, particularly her conservative students like Joan and Betty to change their lives for the better. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Giselle Levy
Director:
Mike Newell
Genres:
Drama
17. Criminal (2004)
6
3
Criminal
R
6
3

Criminal is a comedy crime drama film which revolves around Rodrigo and Richard, two con-artists, who try to swindle a currency collector by selling him a counterfeit copy of a very rare currency bill.

As:
Cast
Role:
Valerie
Director:
Gregory Jacobs
Genres:
Thriller, Comedy, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Diego Luna, Michael Shannon, John C. Reilly, Peter Mullan, Zitto Kazann
19. Casa de los babys (2003)
6
3
Casa de los babys
R
6
3
As:
Cast
Director:
John Sayles
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Rita Moreno, Daryl Hannah, Mary Steenburgen, Angelina Peláez, Lizzie Curry Martinez, Vanessa Martinez, Amanda Álvarez
20. White House Down (2013)
14
7
White House Down
PG-13
14
7

Divorced Capitol Police officer John Cale aspires to be a secret service agent and visits the White House for his interview. After getting rejected, he accompanies his daughter Emily on a White House tour. Soon, there is an attack by a heavily armed paramilitary group. John now has to protect not just his daughter, but also the President and the country.

As:
Cast
Role:
Finnerty
Director:
Roland Emmerich
Genres:
Action, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
21. Happy Endings (2005)
6
3
Happy Endings
R
6
3

Mamie had given up her only son for adoption as the father was Maime’s stepbrother. Ironically, she is now working as a counselor at an abortion clinic. However, her life takes a turn when one day, an aspiring filmmaker, tells her that he has information as well as proof of her son’s identity.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jude
Director:
Don Roos
Genres:
Romance, Thriller, Music, Drama, Comedy
22. Strip Search (2004)
5
3
Strip Search
5
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Linda Sykes
Director:
Sidney Lumet
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Glenn Close, Kerry Washington, Austin Pendleton, Tom Guiry, Fred Koheler
24. Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang (2010)
6
4
Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang
PG
6
4

In this period fantasy, Isabel Green is having difficult time managing the family farm and children, while her husband is away at WWII. With two additional guest children, Isabel needs help, which she receives in the form of enigmatic Nanny McPhee. Initially the children ignore the mystical nanny, but McPhee uses her magic to inculcate five valuable lessons in the children.

As:
Cast
Role:
Isabel Green
Director:
Susanna White
Genres:
Comedy, Family, Fantasy
25. World Trade Center (2006)
8
5
World Trade Center
PG-13
8
5

While patrolling the area, Port Authority Police Officers, John McLoughlin and Will Jimeno, witness a plane flying too low. Back in the police station, they learn about the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and immediately set out to help in evacuation. In the process, they themselves are trapped under the rubble, where they wait for hours before they are rescued by US Marines. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
History, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Jon Bernthal, Maria Bello, Nicolas Cage, Viola Davis, Michael Shannon, Connor Paolo, Anthony Piccininni
27. Trust the Man (2005)
5
4
Trust the Man
R
5
4

Rebecca is an actress living in New York who is shattered to learn that her marriage with Tom is falling apart. Meanwhile, Tom is upset because he was forced to give up his lucrative job to care for their young daughter. Eventually, this leads him to having an affair with a divorced mother.

As:
Cast
Director:
Bart Freundlich
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
29. 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)
6
5
40 Days and 40 Nights
R
6
5

After his break up with Nicole, Matt has trouble moving on. In desperation, he vows to abstain from all kinds of sex during the entire period of Lent. Although his colleagues try their best to make him break his vow, which will allow them to win a bet, he is steady in his resolve. At this juncture Erica enters into his life. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Michael Lehmann
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Josh Hartnett, Shannyn Sossamon, Paulo Costanzo, Adam Trese
33. River of Fundament (2014)
6
3
River of Fundament
6
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Hathfertiti
Director:
Matthew Barney
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Debbie Harry, Paul Giamatti, Elaine Stritch, Dave Bald Eagle, Milford Graves, John Buffalo Mailer
34. Beauty Mark (2016)
6
3
Beauty Mark
6
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Valerie
Director:
Cameron Thrower
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Short
Star Cast:
Conor O'Farrell, Rebekah Tripp
35. High Falls (2007)
6
3
High Falls
6
3
As:
Cast
Role:
April
Director:
Andrew Zuckerman
Genres:
Short, Drama
Star Cast:
Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Peter Sarsgaard, Waris Ahluwalia, Charlie Tahan
36. Home (2016)
5
3
Home
5
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Ruth
Director:
Kat Wood
Genres:
Drama, Short
Star Cast:
Danielle Baker, James Mahoney, Cheyenne Phillips, Glenn Plummer
37. The New Empress (2016)
5
3
The New Empress
5
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Olive
Director:
Jason Perini
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Bonnie He, Roberta Bassin
38. Resurrection (1999)
5
3
Resurrection
5
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Stephen Gyllenhaal
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Rita Moreno, Dana Delany, Brenda Fricker, Nick Chinlund, Matthew Glave
39. Shattered Mind (1996)
5
3
Shattered Mind
5
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Stephen Gyllenhaal
Genres:
Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Heather Locklear, Alexa Vega, Alexa PenaVega, François Chau, John Walter Davis
40. The Patron Saint of Liars (1998)
4
4
The Patron Saint of Liars
4
4
As:
Cast
Director:
Stephen Gyllenhaal
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Dana Delany, Sada Thompson, Clancy Brown, Jill Gascoine
41. The Photographer (2000)
4
4
The Photographer
R
4
4
As:
Cast
Director:
Jeremy Stein
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Anthony Michael Hall, Michael Shannon, Reg Rogers, Tina Holmes, Marisa Berenson
42. The Pornographer: A Love Story (2004)
4
5
The Pornographer: A Love Story
4
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Sidney
Director:
Alan Wade
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Laura Prepon, Irène Jacob, Martin Donovan, Ezra Barnes, Orlagh Cassidy

Director

The Lost Daughter (2021)
0
0
The Lost Daughter
18
0
0
As:
Director, Writer
Genres:
Drama

Animation Movies

Monster House (2006)
10
5
Monster House
TV-PG
10
5

A teenage, DJ Walters, along with his friends Chowder and Jenny try to tell others that the neighbourhood house of Mr. Nebbercracker is suspicious and everything that lands on the property is either confiscated by its elderly owner or consumed by the house. When they fail in their endeavour, they decide to destroy the heart of the house so as to kill it.

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
Zee (voice)
Director:
Gil Kenan
Genres:
Adventure, Mystery, Fantasy, Animation, Comedy, Family
Star Cast:
Kevin James, Fred Willard, Kathleen Turner, Steve Buscemi, Ryan Newman, Mitchel Musso, Catherine O'Hara

TV Shows

The Honourable Woman
10
2
The Honourable Woman
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Nessa Stein
Director:
Hugo Blick
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Stephen Rea, Lubna Azabal, Katherine Parkinson, Andrew Buchan
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

Maggie Gyllenhaal Awards

Golden Globe Awards
The Honourable Woman Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television 2015
People's Choice Awards
The Dark Knight Favorite Cast 2009