In the world of entertainment, there are few more recognizable faces than that of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The actor, producer and Action Movie Star has been acting since he was a child and has gone on to become one of the highest-paid actors in the industry. With films like The Scorpion King, Hobbs & Shaw, Operation: MRS. Lanny, San Andreas and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle under his belt, the former WWE star is making a serious name for himself in the industry. But before he was Dwayne Johnson, he was Dwayne “The Rock” Douglas Johnson. And, if you’re looking for the best Dwayne Douglas Johnson movies, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to find out what we consider to be the top 5 best Dwayne Douglas Johnson movies.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Set in the year 1977, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle tells the story of a boy who falls into a large jar and is transported to a tropical island where he discovers he has superpowers. While the plot may seem familiar, the basis for the story is what led to the creation of the popular film: the true-life story of a boy who, like the character Crichton, was “jumped” in 1993. That year, 15-year-old Tyler James Christian was abducted and later found playing Jumanji. While not the first movie to feature the popular Red Abandoned character, it was the first to star him. Christian would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song for his work on the film, which also featured a song penned by Robin Williams. You can watch Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle in theaters now!
When a natural disaster strikes and destroys most of the homes in your neighborhood, you call your congressman, right? Well, not if you’re Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, that is.
In San Andreas, The Rock plays a geologist who is working on a map that includes a red zone that includes his homebased in L.A. But when the map is accidentally printed in red, it’s up to The Rock to warn the residents of his neighborhood about the impending danger.
From the opening monologue by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, you know this movie is going to be fun. From the scene where he learns to drive on a motorbike, to the ultimate fight scene, this is one of the most entertaining movies of all time.
Directed by Neill Blomkamp and written by David Hayter and Blomkamp, Southpaw follows a boxer who must fight his way back to the top from a life of depression and drugs. With a cast led by Oscar-nominee Joaquin “Chucky” Villalobos and featuring a brilliant supporting performance from Michelle Rodriguez, the film tells the story of a man whose boxing career is threatened by the competition. Like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the plot of Southpaw borrows from real-life events: In 2006, former professional boxer Russel Luster was convicted of assaulting and robbing several people after a competition in Nevada. The film also features a memorable song, “On My Way”, written and performed by Jack Johnson.
Hobbs & Shaw
Directed by McG, Hobbs & Shaw is a Western that follows the exploits of two bounty hunters who are hired by the town’s sheriff to track down a bank robbery. Along the way, they are joined by a Mexican bandit who doesn’t play by the rules. While it’s a common practice to show the villains in Westerns as heartless, they are usually depicted as being kind of stupid. But in Hobbs & Shaw, not only is the villain kind of a tool, but so is the audience. The film features a memorable song, “The Bounty Hunter’s Ball”, about the dangers of drinking too much.
Directed by Brad Peyton and produced by Legendary, San Andreas follows a group of friends who get stranded in the northern part of a destroyed San Francisco when a giant water main breaks and floods the city. The movie also stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the town’s sheriff, and it’s filled with gunfights, car chases and pretty much every other escapist fantasy you can think of. It’s also the first film in which The Rock plays a drug dealer.
Rock the Kasbah
Directed by John Micklethwait and written by Micklethwait and Philip Noyce, Rock the Kasbah tells the story of a group of friends who travel to Morocco to participate in a music festival. While there, they meet a man who claims to be a descendant of the famous sultan, and the group follows his lead to a remote village where they hope to find a future as musicians. While much of the film is filled with music and dancing, there is one moment that has become iconic: The moment a girl pins a rose to her chest and gives it to the character played by Janet McTeer (who is an actual sultan’s concubine), we get our first look at the Rihanna song “Arabia”.
The Rock (2018)
The Rock may have been one of the most recognizable actors of all time, but his movies were never prioritized by the modern film industry. That is, until director Peter Berg decided to give the former wrestler a crack at directing. The Rock’s first movie as a director, The Fortress, was a big hit and set the precedent for his Oscar-worthy work in subsequent movies. In fact, The Rock’s acting in The Rock may be a factor in why his movies have been so overlooked. Nevertheless, The Rock’s first movie is a charming biopic of wrestler/actor Rocky Johnson, and it’s filled with heart and great acting. Along with, perhaps, Johnson’s best work as an actor.
What Ever Happened to Dwayne Johnson?
Directed by Jay R. Ferguson and written by Bill Dubuque and Jason Fogarty, What Ever Happened to Dwayne Johnson? follows the life of the WWE Superstar, who is now a washed-up movie star. After a car accident kills his friend, he is given the opportunity to take their places in the hereafter. Along the way, we meet a variety of familiar characters from the company like his BFF from the backseat, “Training Wheels”, and his very own personal trainer, “The Swiss Army Knife”. It’s an interesting look into the world of religion, with Johnson performing an exorcism on-screen.
Thoughts on Dwayne Douglas Johnson’s acting career
Before we get into the best Dwayne Douglas Johnson movies, it’s important to remember that the actor has a very successful acting career in his own right. Just last year, he won an Emmy for his work on The Happy time Murders, and he’s been in several successful films already. So, while the list of best Dwayne Douglas Johnson movies may surprise you, he’s definitely got experience that can help him in his future endeavors.
But that said, when it comes to his acting career, we have to remember that he’s first and foremost an entertainer. Whether he’s hosting a talk show or taking on a villainous role in a film, he’ll play the part to the best of his abilities, but he won’t let anything get in the way of his comedic presence. With that in mind, here are 5 Dwayne Douglas Johnson movies we recommend you check out!