12 Dwayne Johnson movies that you should add to your watchlist

Planning to watch movies of The Rock at home? Check out this list of Dwayne Johnson movies you must watch.

Updated on Apr 08, 2022 02:48 AM IST  |  1M
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Dwayne Johnson has evolved from The Rock to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to just Dwayne Johnson. Dwayne Johnson developed his career from the ground up following his cinematic debut as half-man/half-scorpion monster in The Mummy Returns, starting off as "the most exciting guy in sports entertainment" to now being one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood.

Dwayne has evolved into so much more than he was after 20 years in television and film. Dwayne has developed his own premium Tequila (Teremana), co-formed a production firm (Seven Bucks Productions), launched his own fitness gear line, and collaborated with Under Armour to produce "The Rock" earphones. This guy is not just a superstar on film, but also a business and pleasure pioneer. What's more astonishing is that the guy's popularity appears to grow with each passing year. Perhaps it's his adaptability. Do you like action? The majority of his work is just up your alley. Do you like laughing? He could write comedy for days. Do you want to see a nice old-fashioned inspiring sports film? The Rock will comply. Do you want to see Johnson cook body parts on a Weber? That's...precise, but what do you know, he's got one of them in his back pocket as well!

Not only is The Rock a superb actor because he can morph himself into any part, but he's also recognised for his spectacular unique characters. His flexibility is widely known, ranging from the Fast & Furious series to portraying a renowned Disney animated character. If you've been a fan of the actor, we bet there are certain flicks that never lose their appeal, so if you're planning a movie marathon anytime soon, we recommend you have a look at our list of what we believe are the finest Dwayne Johnson movies ever.

Here's a compilation of Dwayne Johnson movies that you should add to your watchlist:

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

When reboots are revealed, it's a toss-up between fans of the original embracing or loathing the notion. But when it comes to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, it seems that the majority of spectators enjoyed it. In this film, Dwayne Johnson is really goofy, yet he's also a badass. That said, it's his ability to convince us that he's a true nerd in the outside world that truly sells it. Starring Johnson alongside Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, and Bobby Cannavale, this film takes up from twenty-one years after the events of the 1995 film from the franchise, a group of youngsters discover Jumanji, which has now been turned into a video game. They've been locked in the game as a group of adult avatars trying to finish a quest with yet another player whose been stranded since 1996. The follow-up sequel of the franchise, Jumanji The Next Level, was released in 2019 with much of the same cast besides the added spice of some new faces too.

 

Fast & Furious 8

The Rock returns to the Fast & Furious franchise for his third–but far from final–appearance in the series of films, this time joining up with Jason Statham's previous film's villain to begin building their buddy action sequences. The Rock's more heroic qualities really assist to sell the core squad of the fast-paced action flicks as a type of superpowered 'Carvengers,' with the matching sequel and spin-off film following soon after. The film has a star-studded cast besides Johnson, including Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Scott Eastwood, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Kurt Russell, and Charlize Theron. The plot follows Dominic Toretto who had settled down with his wife Letty Ortiz in the film until cyberterrorist Cipher forces him into working for her and turns him against his squad, prompting them to track down Dom and bring Cipher down. Critics lauded the film for its performances and thrilling action sequences.

 

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The Rundown

The Rock played Beck, an ambitious chef who is striving to save enough money to start his own restaurant, in this action-adventure film. With financial concerns on his mind, he is persuaded to bring home a mobster's kid, portrayed by American Pie's Seann William Scott, who proves to be an excellent scene partner for the then-unknown buddy action actor. Beck is without a doubt one of Dwayne Johnson's most badass movie characters to date, providing The Rock with a memorable 'cool dudes don't look at explosions' moment as he walks away from a fireball in slow motion. They soon discover themselves in jeopardy as local thugs plot to steal the rare relic they have in their possession. In addition to Johnson and Seann William Scott, the film cast includes Christopher Walken, Rosario Dawson, Ewen Bremner, Ernie Reyes Jr and William Lucking. The project was initially titled Helldorado but was later changed to The Rundown. Director Peter berg in an interview described the movie as a tribute to The Rock and his charming, charismatic personality.

 

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Fighting With My Family

Fighting with My Family, another true-story sports drama, centres on the rise to prominence of another well-known WWE wrestler, Paige, making this a fairly personal endeavour for The Rock, who also served as producer and appeared in the film as himself. It's a little cameo in the larger drama, but his presence makes perfect sense and adds a touch of star power to the rather small-scale film. Written and directed by Stephen Merchant, the film stars Florence Pugh and Jack Lowden as Paige and Zodiac respectively, with Lena Headey, Nick Frost, and Vince Vaughn. It was an all-and-all success for Johnson as a producer as the film was loved by critics and movie-goers alike. The movie was praised for its exceptional performances, especially Pugh and Vaughn. Though the film has been advertised as a biography, the script has taken its liberties with Paige's journey on WWE like every other project in the market.

 

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Moana

Even after the Disney Renaissance ended, the business continued to produce classic after classic, and Moana is unquestionably among its animated elite. Moana begins on the Pacific island of Motunui, where a horrible curse has been placed upon her household. She musters the fortitude to risk all and follow the call of the Ocean to seek out the Demigod, Maui, to put things right. Maui is a figure that was tailor-made for Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson. He performs his role flawlessly with only his voice and contributed majorly to the film's success. The animation introduces Auliʻi Cravalho as Moana and also casts the voices of Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, and Alan Tudyk. The story is all about Moana, the strong-willed daughter of a Polynesian village chief, who is selected by the ocean to reconcile a mysterious relic with the goddess Te Fiti. Yet Johnson takes up the significant role of Maui and stirs things up with his appealing voice. The film even received honourable nominations by the Academy in Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song categories.

 

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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Journey 2 is included because it seems significant in the progression of Johnson's career as a leading man. Stepping in for Brendan Fraser, this is one of many occasions a sequel to a film pushes ahead only on the basis of Johnson's fame. Unfortunately, the picture itself is dull, but kudos to Johnson's absolutely amazing pecs. Besides Dwayne on the job, the movie stars Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson, Vanessa Hudgens, Luis Guzmán, and Kristin Davis. Based on Jules Verne's 1875 novel The Mysterious Island, the film is a sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth. Sean receives a cryptic message from an unknown island that he believes was sent by his long-lost grandfather. He sets out with his stepfather Hanks, in search of his grandpa and the island. Most believe the film did better than its 2008 predecessor because of Johnson's popularity, earning up to nearly USD 335 Million.

 

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The Mummy Returns

It's difficult to classify "The Mummy Returns" as a "Dwayne Johnson movie" since the wrestler-turned-actor only appears in the film for a brief prologue and then reappears at the conclusion as a CGI scorpion monster. But since it's Johnson's first important appearance in a film, it gets a special mention. The film is an overall hit and Dwayne's portrayal of Mathayus will forever remain iconic in every book. This adventure horror film brings together an exceptional cast with Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Oded Fehr, Patricia Velásquez, Freddie Boath, and Alun Armstrong alongside Dwayne in his acting debut. The Bracelet of Anubis latches onto the wrist of an archaeologist couple's son when he encounters it. Imhotep, an evil Egyptian high priest who seeks the bracelet to kill the Scorpion King, is resurrected by a cult.

 

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The Other Guys

Johnson has been in other police comedies and his presence in Adam McKay's clever and subversive "The Other Guys" is a real treat. Johnson appears with Samuel L. Jackson as the heroic action movie ideal of law enforcement, only to die abruptly, causing "the other guys" – Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg – to take centre stage instead. It's a short bit, but Johnson owns it, and the rest of the film is hilarious as well. Directed by Adam McKay, the film star Michael Keaton, Eva Mendes, Steve Coogan, Ray Stevenson, Lindsay Sloane, Rob Riggle and more alongside the other four guys at the forefront of the project. The film follows Terry and Allen, two discredited cops, who are tasked with investigating a case involving a dubious businessman. They must put their differences aside and become the officers they aspire to be. The film did quite well at the box office and even won a Best Comedy Film award at the Comedy Awards.

 

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Race to Witch Mountain

Race to Witch Mountain is a fun recreation of the 1975 fantasy film of the same name (and more or less in name only). It's about an ex-mob getaway driver who finds himself in the middle of an alien invasion plot, with two alien teens on one side, an alien assassin on the other, and a government snitch on the third; it's up to Johnson to help the teens prevent their race from attacking Earth and taking over the world. Starring AnnaSophia Robb, Alexander Ludwig, Ciarán Hinds, Carla Gugino, Ciaran Hinds, Eva Huang and more with The Rock, the movie though not much of a hotpot with the critics, killed it at the box office and became a huge success. Directed by Andy Fickman, Race to Witch Mountain is the second collaboration between Johnson and Fickman after the 2007 family comedy The Game Plan which was also a Disney live-action movie like this one.

 

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Red Notice

In this heist film/buddy comedy, Johnson must not only play the hero but also compete for humorous wits with Ryan Reynolds and play a romantic lead opposite Gal Gadot. Johnson, on the other hand, gives an outstanding performance. The film is also an outstanding indicator of where his star power is right now. Even before its release, the movie was all the rage on the internet with fans rejoicing that such a combination of talented and suave, not to forget extremely hilarious, was to set afoot on a Netflix original. Written, directed and produced by Rawson Marshall Thurber, the plot of the film revolves around an FBI agent who unwillingly joins forces with a known art thief in order to apprehend a criminal even more notorious criminal. The rock also serves as a producer on the movie which marks the third collaboration between Johnson and Thurber. Fans were delighted to know that the movie was renewed for two sequels which will be shot back-to-back, a clear testament to the success of the film.

 

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Get Smart

Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway take centre stage in this uninspired film reincarnation of one of the funniest TV programmes of all time, Alan Arkin gets most of the finest lines, and Johnson is imprisoned as the fourth star, sitting out much of the second act. Everyone in "Get Smart" is quite likeable, but the film only features a few laugh-out-loud jokes. Besides the industry giants mentioned from the cast, the film also stars Alan Arkin, with Terence Stamp, Terry Crews, David Koechner, and James Caan in supporting roles. Bernie Kopell who portrayed Siegfried in the original series also makes an appearance in the movie. This action spy comedy directed by Peter Segal follows behind Agent 99, an experienced operator, who is paired with Maxwell Smart, an intelligent but inept spy, to stop KAOS, a terrorist organisation, from carrying out their deadly plot.

 

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The Game Plan

In this lighthearted, middle-of-the-road family comedy, Johnson portrays a selfish football player who discovers he has a daughter and must care for her on his own. Johnson finally learns a good lesson about parenting, and of course, he ends up wearing a tutu since filmmakers thought putting him in a tutu was the funniest thing ever for a few years. Fortunately, Johnson and his teenage co-star Madison Pettis are incredibly likeable together, and they make this very familiar formula work as well as anybody could wish. Though Johnson and Pettis take centre stage in the movie, it also casts Roselyn Sanchez, Kyra Sedgwick, Morris Chestnut, Brian J. White and more.

 

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