Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has become one of the biggest actors in Hollywood and, in the process, has produced some stand-out movies. Johnson began his film career in 2001 and left the wrestling industry to pursue full-time acting in 2004. While his earliest films didn’t always find the same success as his in-ring career, The Rock soon became a household name in the acting industry. While his career has been full of highs and lows, there is no doubt he has carved a memorable career as Dwayne Johnson became the highest-paid actor in Hollywood. This proves how far the former wrestler has come and is still going strong two decades later.

Although he may be a recognizable star, Johnson has struggled to find consistent success at the box office. Some of his films have failed to hit the desired heights and bombed financially. There have also been critiques over his acting range, with the actor finding himself playing similar roles frequently, creating the Dwayne Johnson character in the jungle trope. Despite the criticism, Johnson has also had some strong movies and performances. Appearing in huge franchises alongside underrated gems, Johnson has a catalog of great movies in which he played a significant role and that’s why he’s still so sought after by big studios.

Starring alongside Jason Statham, the Fast & Furious spinoff, Hobbs & Shaw, proved to be one of Dwayne Johnson’s best movies. Following The Rock and Vin Diesel’s feud, Johnson wound up moving away from the main series and instead getting his own spinoff. Playing agent Luke Hobbs, Johnson was suited to being more in the spotlight, as the chaotic, action-packed nature of the Fast & Furious franchise was perfect for him. It may not have been a series that needed a spinoff given how many movies the franchise already has, yet it allowed The Rock and Statham to share the spotlight and deliver one of the more fun movies in the Fast & Furious universe.

Central Intelligence proved to be the beginning of one of the best modern duos in Hollywood. The comedy film pitted two physically contrasting people together and was the first time Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson shared a screen. The two worked perfectly together, showing their amazing chemistry, which started a trend of Kevin Hart and The Rock movies. The over-the-top action scenes are complimented with some hilarious comedy that helped craft a compelling story. Central Intelligence may not go down as an all-time classic, but it is certainly a strong comedy and among Johnson’s best films.

As one of The Rock’s earliest films, The Rundown took a bit of a chance casting the novice actor, yet it proved a gamble worth taking. Johnson had only featured in a few movies before being cast in The Rundown, but the film proved to be one of his best. It helped show Johnson’s potential as an action star, as he played a bounty hunter in the jungle. While it may not have mixed in the same comedic chops that The Rock has grown accustomed to, the movie’s action-orientated plot made for a strong narrative. Despite a poor box office return, The Rundown performed well critically and helped put Johnson on the map.

The Fast & Furious franchise is best known for being full of action and a little on the silly side. While Furious 7 still lives up to the brand’s action-heavy nature, the movie is easily the series’ most emotional. Due to real-life circumstances, the movie was forced to adapt after Paul Walker’s death significantly changed Furious 7. This tragic event massively impacted the movie, but it did make the more emotional moments mean that much more. The Rock played a big role in Furious 7, but naturally, the movie became about Walker’s character exiting the franchise and could have easily been a fitting end to the series.

Rebooting popular franchises has always had mixed results, but 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ended up being a hit. Once again, The Rock and Kevin Hart appeared on-screen, but with Jack Black and Karen Gillan also starring, it helped elevate the movie and add another dynamic. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle made just under $1 billion at the box office, highlighting that with the right cast and ideas, the franchise could be a hit. The 2019 follow-up also performed well and has paved the way for another installment, with Dwayne Johnson set to return to the cast of Jumanji 4.

While this role is much smaller than the rest of Johnson’s best movies, his opening scene does help set the tone of the movie. Having two big names like Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson attached to the project made it seem like they would play a major role. Instead, they have a hilarious death early in the movie. While Johnson has had cameos in other great movies, his role in The Other Guys was more than a cameo and he played a key role in setting up the movie’s plot. The Other Guys is one of The Rock’s funniest performances and the whole movie thrives through its ridiculous humor.

Although Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam DC plans backfired, he did manage to find success in the DC universe in less conventional circumstances. DC League of Super-Pets was an unexpected hit that The Rock was at the forefront of. Once again, he starred alongside Kevin Hart to deliver a charming, animated film that received a strong critical response. The movie proved that Johnson didn’t need to throw on a costume to make a compelling superhero film, all he needed was a voice-acting booth. It might not have been how he had planned it, but Dwayne Johnson did find his successful DC film in the end.

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