Rockin’ Through “The Rock’s” Career: Here’s Dwayne Johnson’s Best Movies

If you were to walk into a room and ask everyone what movie comes into their head when they think of Dwayne Johnson, each person would probably have a different answer. From professional wrestling to starring in multiple blockbuster films to encouraging people to vote in the 2020 Presidential election, “The Rock” has had such a notable career. Since his filmography spans decades, let’s travel through time and take a look at Dwayne Johnson’s most memorable movies.

The Game Plan” (2007)

This light-hearted family film is probably one of Johnson’s sweetest roles. His character, Joe Kingman, is an egotistical football star, days away from winning the big championship game when his daughter, Peyton (Madison Pettis), shows up at his door. The only thing is, he didn’t know he was a father! “The Game Plan” tells the story that the love for family is more rewarding than any trophy.

Race to Witch Mountain” (2009)

Action movies are anything but a stranger to Dwayne Johnson since he’s been the star in so many. This movie is Disney’s third live action adaptation of the novel “Escape to Witch Mountain” written by Alexander Key, the first being released in 1975 and the second in 1995.  In this movie his character, Jack Bruno, is helping a pair of extraterrestrial kids get to their spaceship which is stuck in witch mountain before the people of their planet invade Earth. As crazy as it sounds, partnering with youth aliens is probably not the weirdest thing he has done in his career.

“Race to Witch Mountain,” Disney

The Other Guys” (2010)

Even though Johnson wasn’t the star of this movie, his appearance was enough to be remembered, even over a decade later. Himself along with Samuel L. Jackson’s characters were overly confident policemen who constantly wreaked havoc on NYC in an attempt to stop crime. Both characters’ self-assured ways ended up getting them killed after they recklessly jumped off a building in hopes of “aiming for the bushes” despite there being no bushes at the bottom. It’s such a stark contrast compared to Johnson’s other movies because typically he always saves the day in a heroic fashion, but in this case he did the opposite.

Moana” (2016)

Johnson voiced Maui in the highly successful animated Disney musical. He even got to show off his singing skills with the song “You’re Welcome.” Maui is a demigod who serves as the “guardian of mankind.”  His character joins forces with Moana to stop the darkness from poisoning their island. Moana made history as the first Polynesian Disney princess, and with Dwayne Johnson also being Samoan, it was amazing for him to be part of something that celebrates his culture.

“Moana,” Disney

Central Intelligence” (2016)

Central Intelligence was the movie that made the world realize that Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart was the friendship we all needed to see on the big screen. In fact, they even won a Kids’ Choice Award for “Favorite BFFs.” Their personalities mesh so well together, and they’re always cracking jokes. Between Johnson being a tall, muscular man with an intimidating demeanor at times and Hart who is 5’2” and never takes anything he does too seriously, the two of them simply sitting in a room talking can be a comedy segment. These two had to join forces and become espionage experts to save the world from a terrorist planning to sell US satellite codes. 

Fast and Furious” Franchise

Dwayne Johnson quickly became one of the stars of the “Fast and Furious” movie franchise after appearing in “Fast Five,” the film series’ fifth installment. He also appeared in the 6th, 7th, and 8th franchise films before his character got a spin-off film  called “Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.” His character, Luke Hobbs, is a bounty hunter and DSS agent. Just like Johnson in real life, Hobbs is also Samoan which allows for more Polynesian representation in film. 

“Fast and Furious,” Warner Bros.

Jumanji” Franchise

As if we couldn’t get enough of the Johnson/Hart duo, the both of them reunited to be part of the legendary Jumanji franchise. Johnson stars in the third and fourth installments “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and “Jumanji: The Next Level”. “Welcome to the Jungle” is a sequel to the original Jumanji movie from 1995, except now it’s a video game instead of a board game and the players become trapped in the level leaving them no choice but to complete the game. 

“Jungle Cruise” (2021)

Johnson’s next project is the Disney movie “Jungle Cruise” in which he stars alongside Emily Blunt. His character is a riverboat captain who goes on a journey through the jungle with Blunt’s character to find the “Tree of Life”.

“Jungle Cruise” releases on July 30 in theaters and on Disney+ Premier Access.

By Shaylen Stancil

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