Image Galleries

Every Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Movie, Ranked

29. Doom

Few actors in Hollywood are harder working — or more marketable — than the iconic Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. His last two films, The Fate of the Furious and Moana, have already brought in nearly 2 billion at the box office. With even more of his blockbusters around the corner, we thought there was no better time than to rate the action hero’s entire filmography.

To start, let’s consider the truly terrible video game movie Doom. In theory, a sci-fi movie featuring The Rock fighting alien demons sounds like a winner. Unfortunately, though, it just didn’t translate to the big screen.

This film received a 34 on Metacritic.

(Image credit: Universal Pictures)

28. Tooth Fairy

When it comes to Johnson’s time starring in family movies, this is the bottom of the barrel. The Rock plays a hockey player that that becomes the Tooth Fairy as a form of punishment. Even with all the charisma the actor can muster, this movie turned out boring and predictable.

This film received a 36 on Metacritic.

(Image credit: 20th Century Fox)

27. Be Cool

While most of this sequel to Get Shorty is forgettable, its one shining spot is Johnson’s turn as bodyguard Elliot. The role led to some very funny comedic moments, proving the wrestler is more than just a tough guy.

This film received a 37 on Metacritic.

(Image credit: MGM)

26. Baywatch

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, Johnson has adapted the classic-yet-very-silly TV series Baywatch for the big screen. The movie is a whole other kind of silly, thanks to many R-rated antics that miss out on the campiness that made the original so special.

This film received a 38 on Metacritic.

(Image credit: Paramount Pictures)

25. Planet 51

Moana isn’t Johnson’s first time voicing a cartoon. In Planet 51, he plays an astronaut on a mission to save alien life on another planet. The problem is it didn’t aim to be more than a kid’s movie, leaving the end result not all that interesting.

This film received a 39 on Metacritic.

(Image credit: TriStar Pictures)

24. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (tie)

Johnson has made quite a career of joining franchises in progress, with this movie being one of the earliest examples. Replacing Brendan Fraser, who starred in the first Journey film, Johnson is paired with a much younger cast and gets to play action hero for one of the first times.

This film received a 41 on Metacritic.

23. G.I. Joe: Retaliation (tie)

Stepping into the spotlight as the film’s lead allowed Johnson the chance to lead a very fun blockbuster movie, even if it was nothing like the cartoon fans grew up watching. Then again, after the first G.I. Joe film failed to deliver on fan expectations, there wasn’t much hope for that anyway.

This film received a 41 on Metacritic.

(Image credit: Paramount Pictures)

22. San Andreas

Who better to battle a monstrous earthquake than The Rock? San Andreas put the actor against Mother Nature herself in a disaster movie that sees the destruction of California. It’s a big, mindless, wild affair that somehow makes you forget he plays a firefighter who abandons the people he’s supposed to be saving to steal a helicopter and save his own child.

This film received a 43 on Metacritic.

(Image credit: Warner Bros.)

21. Southland Tales (tie)

Director Richard Kelly’s sci-fi epic is remembered fondly… by practically nobody. It should be, though. Johnson’s Boxer Santaros, an action movie star with amnesia, helps set the stage for one of the most unique post-apocalypse worlds one could imagine. Unfortunately, it totally bombed at the box office.

This film received a 44 on Metacritic.

(Image credit: Samuel Goldwyn Films)

20. Faster (tie)

This is Johnson’s final movie before appearing in Fast Five, turning him into a bonafide box office success. It showed a distinct move away from family movies–a step in the right direction to redefining his career.

This film received a 44 on Metacritic.

(Image credit: CBS Films)

19. The Game Plan

Given that his co-star was an eight-year-old, you can guess how good this movie was–or wasn’t. Johnson plays a cocky professional quarterback who finds out he has a daughter nobody ever told him about. From there’s, it’s pretty formulaic: He hates it and he doesn’t want to ruin his image, but he ends up falling in love with being a dad. Go figure.

This film received a 44 on Metacritic.

(Image credit: Walt Disney Pictures)

18. Walking Tall (tie)

If you’re waiting for a buddy cop comedy starring Johnson and Jackass alum Johnny Knoxville, you’re in luck: It already exists! Walking Tall was never going to win Oscars, but it’s exactly what it should be: Lots of fun, very funny, and loaded with Johnson kicking butt.

This film received a 44 on Metacritic.

(Image credit: MGM)

16. Pain and Gain (tie)

This definitely isn’t the movie you’d expect from a collaboration between Johnson and Transformers director Michael Bay. The action-comedy teams him with Mark Wahlberg, and the chemistry between them is instant and hilarious. There are plenty of gratuitous shots of them pumping iron, too.

This film received a 45 on Metacritic.

(Image credit: Paramount Pictures)

16. The Scorpion King (tie)

Johnson’s first leading role spun his character from The Mummy Returns off onto his own adventure. While it may not have been as memorable as The Mummy, it did spawn some direct-to-DVD sequels, letting Hollywood know that Johnson was taking his movie career seriously.

This film received a 45 on Metacritic.

(Image credit: Universal Pictures)

15. Hercules

With two Hercules movies released in 2014, Johnson’s turn as the mythical son of Zeus was clearly the better one. While the wig he wore throughout was laughable at times, it’s not hard to believe that the very muscular actor has the character’s power and might.

This film received a 47 on Metacritic.

(Image credit: Paramount Pictures)

14. The Mummy Returns

This was Johnson’s first substantial film role and the one that ignited his aspirations to become the biggest movie star on Earth. Of course, his Scorpion King is a very dated CGI creation that looks downright silly now.

This film received a 48 on Metacritic.

(Image credit: Universal Pictures)

13. Snitch

You can’t blame Snitch for being an underappreciated and little-remembered Johnson movie–after all, it was just one of five movies he released in 2013. That said, it casts the former wrestler as a dad going undercover with the DEA, a simple enough action plot for Johnson to elevate.

This film received a 51 on Metacritic.

(Image credit: Summit Entertainment)

10. Gridiron Gang (tie)

Gridiron Gang is a movie people have seen a million times: A nice guy helps mentor at-risk youth to help them achieve more from life. In this case, it’s through football. This movie was the beginning of Johnson’s descent into family-friendly movies that ultimately led him to play the Tooth Fairy.

This film received a 52 on Metacritic.

(Image credit: Columbia Pictures)

10. Race to Witch Mountain (tie)

Remaking a Disney classic like Race to Witch Mountain is tough going. That said, this version turned out as good as one could hope–possibly even better. Johnson comes across like the leading man he is and while the movie is aimed at kids, it’s also entertaining for adults.

This film received a 52 on Metacritic.

(Image credit: Walt Disney Pictures)

10. Central Intelligence (tie)

Putting one of action’s biggest stars together with one of comedy’s biggest stars for an action-comedy worked perfectly with Central Intelligence. It allowed both actors to stretch outside of their comfort zones, delivering a very successful film. It also left the door open for sequels. So get on it, Hollywood.

This film received a 52 on Metacritic.

(Image credit: Warner Bros.)

9. Get Smart

It’s not often you see Johnson in a supporting role but, go figure–he knocked it out of the park in Get Smart. He also got the opportunity to play a bit of a villain in this classic TV remake, to very funny results.

This film received a 54 on Metacritic.

(Image credit: Warner Bros.)

8. The Fate of the Furious

The latest edition in the Fast & Furious franchise pits Johnson and the team against Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto, which is appropriate given their reported feud on the movie’s set. Though it may be the least cohesive entry in the franchise, Johnson and co-star Jason Statham have plenty of great scenes together.

This film received a 56 on Metacritic.

(Image credit: Universal Pictures)

7. The Rundown

Otherwise a fairly by-the-numbers action movie, the chemistry between Johnson and co-star Seann William Scott makes it standout. Little known fact: The film’s original title was Helldorado, which sounds a lot more badass.

This film received a 59 on Metacritic.

(Image credit: Universal Pictures)

6. Fast & Furious 6

After being adversaries in Fast Five, Johnson and Diesel become allies in the sixth installment of the franchise. It also introduced the Shaw family, who would go on to become central figures in future movies. Above all that, however, this movie will be best remembered as the one where they crash a car through an airplane.

This film received a 61 on Metacritic.

(Image credit: Universal Pictures)

5. The Other Guys

While he may not have survived the first half of the movie, Johnson and co-star Samuel L. Jackson certainly made their marks as the rock star cops most desk jockeys only dream of being.

This film received a 64 on Metacritic.

(Image credit: Columbia Pictures)

4. Fast Five

Johnson’s arrival to this epic franchise signaled a big change from street racing-centric stories to general action plots that take the crew all around the world. Strangely enough, Johnson’s Luke Hobbs is a bit of a villain in this, but he still goes on to become one of the family.

This film received a 66 on Metacritic.

(Image credit: Universal Pictures)

3. Furious 7

The best movie in the Fast & Furious franchise is also the most heartbreaking. Actor Paul Walker died during the movie’s production, leaving the creative team with the task of finding a way to write his character out. In the end, the movie is an emotional affair that delivers in every single way. It’s also the movie that fully integrates Johnson’s character into the family.

This film received a 67 on Metacritic.

(Image credit: Universal Pictures)

2. Beyond the Mat

Before he was a movie star, Johnson was one of the subjects of this excellent wrestling documentary. Released during WWE’s famed Attitude Era, the film showed the behind-the-scenes realities of professional wrestling and put the spotlight on the I Quit match between The Rock and Mankind, which resulted in severe injuries for the latter.

This film received a 73 on Metacritic.

(Image credit: Universal Pictures)

1. Moana

While Planet 51 may not have set the world on fire, Moana sure did. Johnson, in the role of demigod Maui, joins Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) on her adventures through the ocean. He also has his own song called You’re Welcome, which is positively perfect.

This film received a 81 on Metacritic.

(Image credit: Walt Disney Pictures)

GameSpot Image Galleries

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.