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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#7 Donnie Darko

Release Date: The film premiered on October 26, 2001.

Box Office: Donnie Darko didn’t even put a dent in its budget of almost $6 million. It only managed to accumulate about $1.5 million at the box office but would go on to be a cult hit.

Reception: The movie did very well with both critics and fans alike, and earns an 86 percent Fresh score and an 80 percent audience score. Critics praised Gyllenhaal’s remarkable performance and troubled character. He was even nominated for Best Male Lead at the Independent Spirit Awards.

The Role: Without giving too much away about the plot that makes this movie so special, this movie is about a strange teenage boy named Donnie who is troubled with visions of a six-foot rabbit named Frank. His psychiatrist attempts to discover what plagues Donnie but things quickly turn downhill. There’s time-travel, violence, and (again) there is a six-foot rabbit. There’s a lot going on in this movie and there is a good reason why it quickly became a cult classic.

The Verdict: If you’re not interested in seeing Jake Gyllenhaal time-travel and talk to a six-foot rabbit named Frank then you might want to avoid this one. Donnie Darko is by far the most unusual movie in Gyllenhaal’s career.