Dwayne Johnson: 10 Greatest movies of all time

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: Actor Dwayne Johnson attends the European Premiere of 'Rampage' at Cineworld Leicester Square on April 11, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: Actor Dwayne Johnson attends the European Premiere of 'Rampage' at Cineworld Leicester Square on April 11, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images) /
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3. Pain & Gain

Original Release Date: April 26, 2013

Box Office Earnings: $20,244,505 (opening weekend), $49,875,291 (USA gross)

Critical Acclaim: Pain & Gain was nominated for four awards, but none of them major. It didn’t win any of those awards. Dwayne Johnson was nominated for Artist of the Year at the Acapulco Film Festival that year but for other works that same year, including Fast & the Furious 6, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and Snitch.

About the Role: In Pain & Gain, Dwayne Johnson plays Paul Doyle, one of three bodybuilders who starts a journey of extortion and crime just to get the wealth he craves. Based on a true story, he plays the role as the one who can break under pressure, especially if it means he’ll get off lightly.

Johnson’s character was based on three from the real events: Carl Weekes, Stevenson Pierre, and Jorge Delgado.

Simply the Best: In 2013, nobody really expected this from Michael Bay and that’s why it kickstarts the top three. Pain & Gain told the events of the real Daniel Lugo, and Adrian Doorbal.

If you want to see The Rock in a villainous role, this is the closest you’ll get for a full feature movie. The Scorpion King doesn’t count as it was his character’s backstory that led him to becoming The Mummy’s villain and then he was only in The Mummy Returns for five minutes or so. This movie really showed his abilities, even if the critic reviews are mixed—what else is new with a Michael Bay movie?