Jake Gyllenhaal: 10 Greatest movies of all time

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Jake Gyllenhaal attends the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 9th Annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 11, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Jake Gyllenhaal attends the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 9th Annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 11, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) /
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HOLLYWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 11: Jake Gyllenhaal attends the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 9th Annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 11, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) /

Jake Gyllenhaal is by far one of the best and most versatile actors in Hollywood today. What have been the greatest movies of his career? Here are the top 10!

Born in Los Angeles, Jake Gyllenhaal was exposed to the inner workings of the film industry from a young age. His father Stephen Gyllenhaal was a director and his mother Naomi Foner was a producer and screenwriter. His sister Maggie is also an accomplished actor who has starred alongside Gyllenhaal in a few films.

At ten years of age, Gyllenhaal landed his first acting job as Billy Crystals son Danny in City Slickers. He appeared in a few smaller roles before landing his break-out role in October Sky, which undoubtedly launched his career.

Though it was a box office failure, Donnie Darko quickly became a cult hit and left a lasting impression on audiences. Gyllenhaal went on to star in numerous features, had his theater debut, and narrowly missed out on the role of Spider-Man in the next few years.

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Around 2005, Gyllenhaal received universal praise for his performance in Jarhead and an Oscar nomination for Brokeback Mountain. The role propelled him from young heart-throb to A-list actor, and he hasn’t looked back since. He’s delivered thrilling performances in films like ZodiacPrisoners, and Nightcrawler. Most recently, he starred in the heart wrenching Stronger as Jeff Bauman and narrowly missed out on an Oscar nomination.

In the next few slides, we’ll count down Jake Gyllenhaal’s 10 greatest movies of his career. The rank of each film will take into account critical acclaim, awards and reception, box office results, and more.