Best Dwayne Johnson Movies

Carole Stephens
• Monday, 04 January, 2021
• 8 min read

A tough aspiring chef is hired to bring home a mobster's son from the Amazon but becomes involved in the fight against an oppressive town operator and the search for a legendary treasure. Hobbs has Dominic and Brian reassemble their crew to take down a team of mercenaries: Dominic unexpectedly gets sidetracked with facing his presumed deceased girlfriend, Betty.

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Dominic Loretto and his crew of street racers plan a massive heist to buy their freedom while in the sights of a powerful Brazilian drug lord and a dangerous federal agent. A former U.S. soldier returns to his hometown to find it overrun by crime and corruption, which prompts him to clean house.

An ex-con gets on a series of apparently unrelated killings. He gets tracked by a veteran cop with secrets of his own and an egocentric hit man.

An NFL quarterback living the bachelor lifestyle discovers that he has an 8-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. A desert warrior rises up against the evil army that is destroying his homeland.

He captures the enemy's key sorcerer, takes her deep into the desert and prepares for a final showdown. In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Mona's island, she answers the Ocean's call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.

Declared Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Loretto and his family for his comatose brother. Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.

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The mummified body of Imhotep is shipped to a museum in London, where he once again wakes and begins his campaign of rage and terror. Joe's are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence.

A trio of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong. Teenagers at a juvenile detention center, under the leadership of their counselor, gain self-esteem by playing football together.

Yes, we would have sniffed up those early stinkers Doom and Be Cool, because at least nestled somewhere in there was The Rundown, which featured peak Seeing William Scott and a cameo from Arnold Schwarzenegger passing the action torch to this upstart, the man who would be Dwayne Johnson. And like his action forebears, he made a curve into family comedy, releasing The Game Plan, The Tooth Fairy, and Race to Witch Mountain to the delight, we assume, of some people.

Central Intelligence was the first collaboration Johnson had with Kevin Hart, which was merely the opening for the main course: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the unlikely reboot-sequel that connected with audiences and critics worldwide. Critics Consensus: Dwayne Johnson brings the full force of his charm (and his appropriately pale chompers) to the title role, but flat direction and a committee-written script render The Tooth Fairy unacceptably dull.

Critics Consensus: Planet 51 squanders an interesting premise with an overly familiar storyline, stock characters, and humor that alternates between curious and potentially offensive. Synopsis: Planet 51 is a galactic-sized animated alien adventure comedy revolving around American astronaut Captain Charles “Chuck” Baker, who lands on...

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Critics Consensus: The role of probation officer Sean Porter fits Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson like a glove; however, the execution is so clichéd, the youths' stories (based on real events), fail to inspire. Critics Consensus: Aggressively unambitious, Journey 2 might thrill tween viewers, but most others will find it too intense for young audiences and too cartoonishly dull for adults.

Critics Consensus: Well-cast yet derivative, Skyscraper isn't exactly a towering action thriller feat, but it's solidly constructed enough to stand among the genre's more mildly diverting features. Synopsis: Global icon Dwayne Johnson leads the cast of Legendary's SKYSCRAPER as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war...

Critics Consensus: San Andreas has a great cast and outstanding special effects, but amidst all the senses-shattering destruction, the movie's characters and plot prove less than structurally sound. Critics Consensus: It may be his most thought-provoking film to date, but Michael Bay's Pain & Gain ultimately loses its satirical edge in a stylized flurry of violent spectacle.

Synopsis: From acclaimed director Michael Bay comes “Pain and Gain,” a new action comedy starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony... Critics Consensus: Get Smart rides Steve Carell's considerable charm for a few laughs, but ultimately proves to be a rather ordinary action comedy.

Critics Consensus: Rampage isn't as fun as its source material, but the movie's sheer button-mashing abandon might satisfy audiences in the mood for a brainless blockbuster. Critics Consensus: Hercules has Brett Rather behind the cameras and Dwayne Johnson rocking the loincloth -- and delivers exactly what any reasonable person reading that description might expect.

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Critics Consensus: Though it features one of DwayneJohnson's more thoughtful performances, the presentation of Snitch's underlying message is muddled by lackluster storytelling and some tonal inconsistencies. Critics Consensus: The Fate of the Furious opens a new chapter in the franchise, fueled by the same infectious cast chemistry and over-the-top action fans have come to expect.

Synopsis: Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), a loyal agent of America's Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Jason... Critics Consensus: The Rundown doesn't break any new ground, but it's a smart, funny buddy action picture with terrific comic chemistry between Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Seeing William Scott.

Critics Consensus: Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson make for well-matched comic foils, helping Central Intelligence overcome a script that coasts on their considerable chemistry. Critics Consensus: Like many classic games, Jumanji: The Next Level retains core components of what came before while adding enough fresh bits to keep things playable.

Critics Consensus: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle uses a charming cast and a humorous twist to offer an undemanding yet solidly entertaining update on its source material. Critics Consensus: Sleek, loud, and over the top, Fast Five proudly embraces its brainless action thrills and injects new life into the franchise.

Critics Consensus: A clever parody of cop-buddy action-comedies, The Other Guys delivers several impressive action set pieces and lots of big laughs, thanks to the assured comic chemistry between Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. Critics Consensus: Serving up a fresh round of over-the-top thrills while adding unexpected dramatic heft, Furious 7 keeps the franchise moving in more ways than one.

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Synopsis: Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the... Critics Consensus: Much like the sport it celebrates, Fighting with My Family muscles past clichés with a potent blend of energy and committed acting that should leave audiences cheering.

Starting out as “the most electrifying man in sports entertainment” to now one of the most highly sought-after actors in Hollywood, Dwayne Johnson basically built his career from the ground up after his film debut as that hideous half-man/half-scorpion monster in The Mummy Returns. From action comedies, to kids' films, to sports pictures, Dwayne Johnson is always finding new ways to surprise and entertain viewers.

And with his most recent movie, Jumanji: The Next Level, he does just that with a spot on impersonation of Danny DeVito, which just proves that the man can act. So while Dwayne Johnson likely won’t be going up to the Oscar podium anytime soon to accept the best actor award, it still says a lot that a man so massive can also be this talented.

What makes Hobbs and Shaw, so special is just how much of DwayneJohnson’s personality shines through in this picture. From the action-packed climax in Samoa to the general humor of it not taking itself too seriously, Hobbs and Shaw may not be the best movie in The Fast and the Furious series, but it’s definitely one of the bestDwayneJohnsonmovies.

I can’t think of another movie where Dwayne Johnson quotes Nietzsche with a straight face and then flexes his bicep, but you better believe it’s in Hobbs and Shaw. Chain linking cars together to take down a helicopter shouldn’t work, but it does.

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Plus, I just love how Dwayne Johnson used the success of this movie as a platform to add fuel to fire of his feud with Tyree Gibson. I sometimes wonder if The Rundown (ironically titled “Welcome to the Jungle”, internationally) would be just as good if Dwayne Johnson wasn't in it.

It didn’t hurt that the setting of Brazil was also unique at the time, as Dwayne Johnson definitely seemed out of his comfort zone in the jungle. But it’s the explosive, dual shotgun wielding climax of The Rundown that really makes this a Dwayne Johnson movie for the ages.

Slow motion walking while being shot at, kicking down boards, sending people to their doom. Watching the finale of The Rundown really gives you a sense of what DwayneJohnson's career could have been like if he just remained a one-note action hero.

He can be a sports agent, a bounty hunter, heck, he can even be the tooth fairy. In this disaster epic, he plays a first responder during a seismic earthquake that rocks California.

He also plays a divorcee who spends half the movie trying to rescue his ex-wife and his estranged daughter, leaving countless people to die below. But I just think he’s playing a small cog in the even bigger wheel that in the disaster picture.

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Neither is parachuting into a disaster, but Johnson somehow manages to pull both off and make it all believable. “Saving the world takes a little Hart and a big Johnson.” That was the tagline to 2016’s Central Intelligence.

Bringing the unlikely duo of Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson together for the first time was this buddy comedy that might not have made everybody laugh, but it certainly made enough people laugh that it scored bank at the box office. Starting off as an overweight loser who becomes a CIA agent later in life, Central Intelligence is further proof that Dwayne Johnson doesn’t take himself too seriously.

Dwayne Johnson plays a correctional officer who thinks it’s a better idea to get juvenile delinquents on the football field rather than behind bars. Gridiron Gang is one of the few instances where Dwayne Johnson is genuinely acting and not relying on his charm.

Going back to the Arnold Schwarzenegger comparison, the Austrian actor didn’t come close to trying straight up drama until much later in his career with Maggie. Honestly, Pain and Gain might be DwayneJohnson’s funniest movie, which is saying something given that this is a Michael Bay film.

In it, Dwayne Johnson plays an ex-convict who has found Jesus and doesn’t want to use his massive muscles to hurt anybody. But things quickly go awry when Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Mackie’s characters hatch a scheme to kidnap a rich guy (played by Monk’s Tony Shallow) and rob him of his loot.

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The second half of the film is The Rock’s downward spiral back into his old criminal ways, but it’s funny throughout. You feel that the dude obviously doesn’t want to go astray, but it’s hard to stay straight.

It’s a dramatic turn that could have been a one-note joke, but Dwayne Johnson knows when to downplay his charm enough to come off as sympathetic and even a little sad. And while I know that’s not saying much given what we’ve had to suffer through in the past, Rampage is genuinely fun, and it mostly has Dwayne Johnson to thank for it.

Playing a climatologist (yes) this time around, Dwayne Johnson just wants to love and care for his albino silver back gorilla. Who knows how he does it, but Dwayne Johnson can even make a video game movie not only watchable but actually fun.

It’s a board game that goes haywire, so to speak, and bad stuff occurs. And this time, it’s definitely a team effort as you could argue that Jack Black is the real star of this sequel/soft reboot.

It’s about a young woman who feels drawn to the ocean and goes on an adventure after a selfish demigod named Maui steals the heart of Te Fit. Personally, Mona holds a special place in my heart since my daughter and I have watched it so many times together.

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