Top Performances is a recurring feature in which we definitively handpick the very best performances from an iconic actor or actress.
With this week’s Nightcrawler, Jake Gyllenhaal may just solidify himself as one of America’s most exciting and dangerous young actors. Delivering a lean, feral performance as an accident-chasing cameraman bent on becoming a full-fledged journalist, the actor’s come a long way from his boyish beginnings. He’s a grown man now, and a feisty talent to boot, fearless in his role selection. Gyllenhaal can be a suave, dapper leading man or a down-in-the-dirt dude trying to find his way in the world.
Whatever happened to the doe-eyed, optimistic, and eager young Homer Hickam of October Sky? A lifetime of fascinating role choices and attitude adjustments, that’s what happened. To celebrate the rollicking Nightcrawler and Gyllenhaal’s wild performance, the Consequence of Sound staff have taken a look back at Gyllenhaal’s greatest hits. Here are his top 10 performances from the last 15 years.