The 10 greatest Hugh Jackman movies of all time (so far)

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 26: Hugh Jackman speaks during a media announcement at the Museum of Contemporary Art on February 26, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 26: Hugh Jackman speaks during a media announcement at the Museum of Contemporary Art on February 26, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) /
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2. Les Miserables

Original Release Date: Dec. 25, 2012

Box Office Earnings: Les Miserables made back its $61m budget and more in the United States. It would walk away with $441m worldwide.

Critical Acclaim: Audiences love Les Miserables more than critics, but that was never really going to be a surprise with musicals. Critics were still mostly favorable with a 69% approval score on Rotten Tomatoes.

The movie ended up walking away with three Oscar wins, with Anne Hathaway taking one for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting role. Hugh Jackman was nominated for an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, and his song, “Suddenly,” was nominated for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song.

Jackman did win a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical. The movie also won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical.

About the Role: In this theatrical version of the stage production, Hugh Jackman is Jean Valjean, the lead role in the production. The movie opens to him just released from prison, where he spent 19 years due to stealing a loaf of bread and then attempted escapes. Now he needs to figure out a life on parole, but of course, nobody wants to give an ex-con a chance.

After stealing silver from a priest and the priest showing mercy, Valjean decides to change his life and make the world a better place. We watch as he unofficially adopts a child and helps raise her to become a kind and loving woman at the start of the French Revolution.

Simply the Best: Jean Valjean is one of those characters that leaves you hoping for a better world. We get to learn his story throughout various songs, and it’s soon clear that his imprisonment was due to the stark realities of the world in 18th century France.

Hugh Jackman manages to bring heart to this role. We feel everything he’s feeling, even without the songs and the speaking roles. On top of that, we get a beautiful song written purely for the movie that Jackman performs perfectly.