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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)


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)


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)


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)


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

6) Stronger (2017)


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)


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)


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

3) Brokeback Mountain (2005)


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)


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

1) Nightcrawler (2014)


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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