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The Best Of Jake Gyllenhaal

As Paul Dano’s drama Wildlife arrives in cinemas, Close-up Culture have tried to pick out our favourite Jake Gyllenhaal films from his already storied career.


10) End Of Watch (2012)

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Director David Ayer places emphasis on the partnership and friendship of two cops (played by Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena) in this action-packed thriller.

9) The Good Girl (2002)

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Miguel Arteta’s sensitive drama sees Gyllenhaal play a young cashier who starts an affair with a discontented co-worker (Jennifer Aniston).

8) October Sky (1999)

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A young Gyllenhaal shines alongside Chris Cooper and Laura Dern in this tale of a coal miner’s son who follows his dreams to become a NASA engineer.

7) Source Code (2011)

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Gyllenhaal teams up with director Duncan Jones to form an intriguing, twisty and satisfying sci-fi thriller.

6) Stronger (2017)

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Based on the memoir of Jeff Bauman, Gyllenhaal portrays a man tries to rebuild and readjust after losing his leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

5) Prisoners (2013)

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Gyllenhaal collides with a fierce and desperate Hugh Jackman in Denis Villeneuve’s under-rated thriller about the tense search for a young girl.

4) Donnie Darko (2001)

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A breakout performance from Gyllenhaal as a teenager who is mysteriously followed by a frightening bunny rabbit.

3) Brokeback Mountain (2005)

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Ang Lee’s romantic drama tells the complex love story of two men (Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger) over a twenty year period.

2) Nocturnal Animals (2016)

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Gyllenhaal delivers a devastating performance in Tom Ford’s stylish story of heart-break and revenge.

1) Nightcrawler (2014)

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A creepy and memorable Oscar-nominated performance from Gyllenhaal as a disturbed man who is willing to go to any lengths to be a success.

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