The 10 Best Dwayne Johnson Movies, Ranked

by Jeremy Spirogis
Dwayne Johnson in sunglasses and a denim jacket.

Dwayne Johnson has come a good distance from being The Rock, to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, to only Dwayne Johnson. Starting out as “the most electrifying man in sports entertainment” to now probably the most extremely sought-after actors in Hollywood, Dwayne Johnson principally constructed his profession from the bottom up after his movie debut as that hideous half-man/half-scorpion monster in The Mummy Returns. And whereas he is probably not this era’s Arnold Schwarzenegger, he nonetheless has a large assortment of films that has solidified him as probably the most bankable and likable film stars in Hollywood today.

But what are Dwayne Johnson’s perfect films? One would assume it wouldn’t be that troublesome to slim them down to 10, however you’d be stunned. From motion comedies, to children’ movies, to sports activities footage, Dwayne Johnson is all the time discovering new methods to shock and entertain viewers. And together with his most up-to-date film, Jumanji: The Next Level, he does simply that with a spot on impersonation of Danny DeVito, which simply proves that the person can act. So whereas Dwayne Johnson seemingly received’t be going as much as the Oscar podium anytime quickly to just accept a greatest actor award, it nonetheless says quite a bit {that a} man so huge will also be this proficient. Here are the Rock’s ten greatest films. Can you scent what Dwayne Johnson is cooking?

Hobbs staring down Shaw in the other room.

10. Fast and the Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw (2019)

Honestly, if I wished to, I may in all probability fill most of this listing with The Fast and the Furious films, however within the curiosity of exhibiting how versatile Dwayne Johnson is, I’ll reserve it to only this film and one different within the franchise. What makes Hobbs and Shaw so particular is simply how a lot of Dwayne Johnson’s character shines via on this image. From the action-packed climax in Samoa to the final humor of it not taking itself too critically, Hobbs and Shaw is probably not the very best film in The Fast and the Furious sequence, nevertheless it’s undoubtedly among the best Dwayne Johnson films.

What makes Hobbs and Shaw work is simply how ludicrous all of it is. I can’t consider one other film the place Dwayne Johnson quotes Nietzsche with a straight face after which flexes his bicep, however you higher consider it’s in Hobbs and Shaw. And the motion is second to none. Chain linking automobiles collectively to take down a helicopter shouldn’t work, nevertheless it does. The chemistry with Jason Statham additionally works significantly better than it ought to. Their machismo bantering doesn’t actually get tiresome in any respect all through its whole runtime. Plus, I simply love how Dwayne Johnson used the success of this film as a platform so as to add gasoline to fireplace of his feud with Tyrese Gibson. That’s in all probability probably the most WWE factor Dwayne Johnson has ever carried out since he’s damaged via in Hollywood. And I count on nothing much less from a person who made his identify in professional wrestling.

Dwayne Johnson with Seann William Scott and Rosario Dawson

9. The Rundown (2003)

I typically marvel if The Rundown (paradoxically titled “Welcome to the Jungle”, internationally) could be simply pretty much as good if Dwayne Johnson wasn’t in it. But then I notice, no. No, it wouldn’t. Because solely The Rock may stability this sort of motion and humor. Playing a bounty hunter who kicks lots of ass but additionally will get his ass kicked, this early work from Johnson actually performed to his comedic chops. It didn’t damage that the setting of Brazil was additionally distinctive on the time, as Dwayne Johnson undoubtedly appeared out of his consolation zone within the jungle.

But it’s the explosive, twin shotgun wielding climax of The Rundown that basically makes this a Dwayne Johnson film for the ages. Slow movement strolling whereas being shot at, kicking down boards, sending folks to their doom. Yep. Watching the finale of The Rundown actually offers you a way of what Dwayne Johnson’s profession may have been like if he simply remained a one-note motion hero. But the Rock had different ambitions, and we’re all the higher for it. I can’t say that I blame him for not eager to be typecasted.

Dwayne Johnson has a bad day ahead of him

8. San Andreas (2015)

Dwayne Johnson is like Super Mario in his assortment of professions in the case of his roles. He could be a sports activities agent, a bounty hunter, heck, he may even be the tooth fairy. In this catastrophe epic, he performs a primary responder throughout a seismic earthquake that rocks California. He additionally performs a divorcée who spends half the film making an attempt to rescue his ex-wife and his estranged daughter, leaving numerous folks to die beneath. Some may name Dwayne Johnson’s character egocentric. But I simply assume he’s enjoying a small cog within the even larger wheel that within the catastrophe image.

Either approach, Dwayne Johnson isn’t overshadowed by the catastrophe itself since he has charisma for days. Delivering one-liners within the midst of an earthquake isn’t any small feat. Neither is parachuting right into a catastrophe, however Johnson in some way manages to drag each off and make all of it plausible. Hell, he even makes it look enjoyable. This is one more movie the place I wonder if it will be simply pretty much as good if The Rock wasn’t in it. But then I keep in mind John Cusack in 2012 and I rely my fortunate stars that Dwayne Johnson determined to turn into a film star.

Dwayne Johnson taking Kevin Hart for a ride

7. Central Intelligence (2016)

“Saving the world takes a little Hart and a big Johnson.” That was the tagline to 2016’s Central Intelligence. And, nicely, that’s simply what we received. Bringing the unlikely duo of Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson collectively for the primary time was this buddy comedy which may not have made all people snort, nevertheless it definitely made sufficient folks snort that it scored financial institution on the field workplace.

Starting off as an chubby loser who turns into a CIA agent later in life, Central Intelligence is additional proof that Dwayne Johnson doesn’t take himself too critically. In reality, Kevin Hart performs the straight man on this film, and Dwayne Johnson really performs the goof. It’s not probably the most unique film on this planet, nevertheless it’s enjoyable sufficient that it may be watched over and over. Plus, you possibly can inform that the Rock is absolutely having an excellent time on this one, and when Dwayne Johnson has an excellent time, it’s infectious.

Dwayne Johnson sharing a moment with Xzibit

6. Gridiron Gang (2006)

Is Gridiron Gang a terrific film? Eh…not likely, if I’m being fully sincere. It’s like a cross between Dangerous Minds and Remember the Titans. Dwayne Johnson performs a correctional officer who thinks it’s a greater concept to get juvenile delinquents on the soccer area slightly than behind bars. It’s somewhat sappy and it’s form of dumb, however you understand what? I prefer it. And there is a purpose I’ve it amongst Dwayne Johnson’s greatest films.

Gridiron Gang is without doubt one of the few situations the place Dwayne Johnson is genuinely appearing and never counting on his attraction. I imply, he’s charming in it, in fact, since Dwayne Johnson can’t assist however being charming. But it’s a uncommon glimpse of what Johnson may do if he simply sticks to drama. Going again to the Arnold Schwarzenegger comparability, the Austrian actor didn’t come near making an attempt straight up drama till a lot later in his profession with Maggie. This simply reveals that Dwayne Johnson has all the time been keen to take dangers, even when he would not all the time stick the touchdown. I can not fault Dwayne Johnson, although. He’s the one spotlight on this slightly lackluster sports activities drama.

The Rock looking swole with Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Mackie

5. Pain and Gain (2013)

Honestly, Pain and Gain may be Dwayne Johnson’s funniest film, which is saying one thing provided that it is a Michael Bay movie. In it, Dwayne Johnson performs an ex-convict who has discovered Jesus and doesn’t wish to use his huge muscle tissues to harm anyone. But issues shortly go awry when Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Mackie’s characters hatch a scheme to kidnap a wealthy man (performed by Monk’s Tony Shalhoub) and rob him of his loot. The second half of the movie is The Rock’s downward spiral again into his previous prison methods, nevertheless it’s humorous all through. Who knew watching restraint might be so hilarious?

What works so nicely for The Rock right here is that he’s being so gee-gosh earnest within the position. You really feel that the dude clearly doesn’t wish to go astray, nevertheless it’s arduous to remain straight. Especially when you’ve medicine and strippers so simply at your disposal. It’s a dramatic flip that would have been a one-note joke, however Dwayne Johnson is aware of when to downplay his attraction sufficient to return off as sympathetic and even somewhat unhappy. Seriously, watch this film once more. It’s a few of Dwayne Johnson’s greatest appearing work up to now.

Dwayne Johnson staring down doom beside a giant gorilla

4. Rampage (2018)

Best online game film ever! And whereas I do know that’s not saying a lot given what we’ve needed to undergo via prior to now, Rampage is genuinely enjoyable, and it largely has Dwayne Johnson to thank for it. Playing a primatologist (sure) this time round, Dwayne Johnson simply desires to like and look after his albino silverback gorilla. But when the gorilla, named George, will get gassed within the face one night time from some bizarre house canister, he grows to an enormous dimension and simply retains on rising over the passage of time. And whereas the gorilla grows, The Rock is all like, “he’s still my friend,” and it’s actually ridiculous. But get this. Dwayne Johnson really sells it.

Rampage is completely fulfilling all through, and possibly one among my favourite huge monster films. Growing up, I used to like Rampage, and I actually had no concept how they may adapt the plot of three huge monsters principally going from stage to stage punching down buildings, however this film pulls it off, and Dwayne Johnson is its middle. Who is aware of how he does it, however Dwayne Johnson may even make a online game film not solely watchable however really enjoyable. God bless this man.

Dwayne Johnson is in for a doozy

3. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

Okay, critically, what can’t Dwayne Johnson do? Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle actually shouldn’t work, nevertheless it does. The unique Jumanji, whereas nice when it got here out, doesn’t actually maintain up today. It’s a board sport that goes haywire, so to talk, and dangerous stuff happens. It additionally stars Robin Williams. But not solely does Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle work; it’s really superior to the unique. And this time, it’s undoubtedly a crew effort as you might argue that Jack Black is the true star of this sequel/gentle reboot. But Dwayne Johnson, who performs a nerd that get became a stud as an avatar in a online game, manages to play second fiddle whereas nonetheless being the hero on the similar time. That takes huge, huge talent.

Dwayne Johnson may be very foolish on this film, however he is additionally very a lot a badass. That mentioned, it’s his capacity to make us consider that he’s actually some geek within the exterior world that basically sells it. His efficiency as Danny DeVito within the sequel, Jumanji: The Next Level, may be the even higher efficiency, however Welcome to the Jungle holds up as the higher Jumanji film. It stunned me with how good it was, and that is not simple to do.

Moana wants to be the perfect daughter, but she keeps going back to the water

2. Moana (2016)

Moana is only a nice story general. It’s a couple of younger lady who feels drawn to the ocean and goes on an journey after a egocentric demigod named Maui steals the guts of Te Fiti. That demigod simply so occurs to be voiced by Dwayne Johnson himself. Personally, Moana holds a particular place in my coronary heart since my daughter and I’ve watched it so many instances collectively. We’ve really seen lots of films collectively, however Moana is the one which I by no means tire of, and it’s all due to the Rock, who really has a terrific singing voice.

As an animated Disney musical, Moana is probably not your typical Dwayne Johnson film, however The Rock is throughout this film. From the Polynesian backstory, to the enjoyable vibe, to Dwayne Johnson’s character, which shines via—Maui even offers the People’s eyebrow in his huge musical quantity, “You’re Welcome”—Moana could be the quintessential Dwayne Johnson film if not for the primary choose.

Hobbs getting the job done

1. Furious 7 (2015)

Yep. No doubt about it. Furious 7 is the easiest Dwayne Johnson film ever, bar none. What’s the plot? Who cares? Cars go quick, stuff explodes, and the Rock breaks out of his forged by flexing! Everything you like about Dwayne Johnson is laced on this image’s very DNA.

Why Furious 7 exemplifies every little thing there may be to like about Dwayne Johnson is as a result of Johnson is bigger than life, and in The Fast and Furious sequence, and Furious 7 particularly, The Rock is allowed to be as huge and as bodacious as he desires to be. The Rock’s wrestling roots actually shine via on this film. He mouths off to Jason Statham’s character, Shaw, as if he’s about to problem him to the title belt, and he even offers him a Rock Bottom! Hell yeah. If you like The Rock, then it doesn’t get significantly better than this.

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