Hugh Jackman is one of Hollywood’s most talented actors. Despite being widely recognized as Wolverine from the X-Men series, Jackman has also performed many serious roles such as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and some light-hearted ones in romantic comedies like Kate and Leopold. He is, however, most popularly known as a major Broadway star with his songs and dance moves. Here, we have ranked all of Jackman’s films in order of his best performances:
Hugh Jackman bids adieu to his iconic character of Wolverine with this final installment of the X-Men series. In this film, Logan takes care of Professor X, who is prone to deadly seizures, when he comes across a young mutant, not unlike himself, being chased by some dark forces. The best of all his performances, Jackman really nailed the role of a man struggling with his inner demons. The critics called it ‘the greatest superhero movie’ of all times. The film is action-packed and exciting, putting you a little on the emotional weight.
This movie materializes any parent’s worst nightmare. Jackman skillfully plays the frantic father, Keller Dover, restless when his daughter, Anna, and her friend, Joy, go missing. When the police release the only suspect due to lack of evidence, Dover abducts him and tries all means to get to the truth. Jackman teamed up with Jake Gyllenhaal and the film went on to be among top ten movies of 2013.
Les Miserables (2012)
In this musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s acclaimed novel, Jackman plays the convict-turned-mayor, Jean Valjean, who takes in a young girl, Cosette, after her mother tragically passes away. Widely praised for his role, Jackman received his first Best Actor nomination at the Academy Awards and a win at the Golden Globes. The film was praised for every actor’s performance and Jackman’s stand-out portrayal as Jean Valjean.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
We see Jackman as Wolverine here tasked with traveling through time to change a critical moment in history to save both humans and mutants of the present. Unlike most prequel films, this one does not disappoint. It was the first X-Men movie to be nominated for an Oscar, taking a place in the category of Best Visual Effects. The amazing visual effects, thematic elements, and exemplary action sequences were highly appraised publicly.
The Prestige (2006)
Starring alongside Christian Bale in this Christopher Nolan film about two rival stage magicians having the face-off of a lifetime, Jackman plays a man set to destroy his opponent when he tries to pull off the illusion of the century. The film was a box-office success and the twisted ending was the prominent talk of all the reviewers.
X2: X-Men United (2003)
A bigger hit than its predecessor, this second X-Men film introduces William Stryker, who has the answers to Wolverine’s past but does not come as a friend. The X-Men team unite to tackle the night-crawler, who is out to kill the US President and Stryker’s evil plans.
Eddie the Eagle (2016)
Based on the Winter Olympics of 1988, the movie shows ski-jumper Eddie being trained by an alcoholic coach, later becoming the only entrant from Great Britain. A biographical sports flick, this is one of Jackman’s more serious roles where he plays the character of a former ski-jumper and Eddie’s coach. The movie was loved in England and went on to receive many nominations in British awards.
Hugh Jackman began his career as Wolverine with those adamantium claws in this film. The first ever adaptation of the comic book series, this movie was a huge hit with critics and the audience, even those who weren’t fans of the comic series already. Introduction to the World where there is a small group of mutants, untrusted by humans, have their own conflict between 2 mutants carrying different approaches.
The Wolverine (2013)
A much better follow-up of the X-Men Origins movie, The Wolverine traces the clawed hero rediscovering himself in Japan, where he has to undergo extensive samurai training after an old friend tries to steal his regenerative abilities. An action loaded with a tinge of romance, which does not hamper the stimulating story, it was considered best of the X-Men movies.
Happy Feet (2006)
Jackman voices Memphis, a singing penguin in Antarctica, whose son, Mumble, can’t sing, like all the other penguins. But what Mumble excels at is dancing. This Academy Award-winning feel-good movie is all about accepting each other’s differences. The film was the first Academy Award as well as BAFTA-winning for Warner Bros. for Best Animated film.
Real Steel (2011)
In the year 2020, gigantic robots have taken over the boxing ring. Jackman plays former boxer Charlie Kenton, who lost heavily after betting on his robot which lost the match. Charlie now reunites with his son to build and train a boxing champion. The film was adapted from a short story titled ‘Steel’. It received mixed reviews but was loved for the blend of human and robot.
The Fountain (2006)
This movie explores a romance between two characters, over many centuries. Hugh Jackman plays a conquistador of the past seeking the Fountain of Youth, the troubled scientist of the present desperate to cure his ailing wife, and a future space astronaut on a quest for eternal life. The amazing blend of fantasy, history, and sci-fi was hugely praised and the technique of ‘match cuts’, wherein 2 scenes are matched and recurred one after the other was beautifully expressed.
The Greatest Showman (2017)
Jackman brilliantly portrays the real-life P. T. Barnum, whose sensational idea gave show business its head start. With colorful costumes and gymnastics, this musical drama with an in-depth storyline was a sure success. This vibrant musical drama theming around the circus received many nominations at the Academy Awards and receiving a Golden Globe for ‘Original score’.
Rise of the Guardians (2012)
Hugh Jackman voices Easter Bunny in this underrated holiday movie. In this animated film, the Easter Bunny isn’t a cutesy fluffy white rabbit but is a tall strong part blue hare with an Australian accent. The movie shows all the Guardians joining forces in order to protect the imagination of children when an evil Pitch, voiced by Jude Law, threatened to reveal the truth. The film was nominated for Golden Globe Awards for best animated film.
Kate and Leopold (2001)
Hugh Jackman plays a young and dashing 19th century Duke, Leopold Mountbatten, who is accidentally thrust into 21st century New York, where he falls for Kate McKay, a career-driven advertising executive, played by Meg Ryan. The character of a well-behaved Englishman portrayed dashingly by Jackman and the graceful 19th-century dialogue delivery was much praised for.
The Front Runner (2018)
In this political biography, Hugh Jackman stars as Senator Gary Hart who was the front runner of the 1980s presidential nomination. Having made the mistake of challenging the media to follow him on weekends, his affair with journalist Donna Rice comes to light. The disgraced and berated senator is now forced to step down from campaigning for president of the United States. Jackman was loved for his breakthrough performance and the deep wits of the character were captivating. The film as a whole was criticized for the menial ensemble cast except for Jackman.
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
A cure has been discovered for the mutants and they may now choose o give up their abilities and become normal humans. War is about to break out between the tolerant followers of Professor X and the aggressive ones of Magneto. The film was the most expensive one till the time of release and also the highest grossing film in the series.
Flushed Away (2006)
Hugh Jackman voices a pampered pet rat from London, Roddy, who tries to “flush away” a sewer rat, Sid. When Roddy’s plan lands him in the Ratropolis sewers, he seeks the help of Rita, a scavenger rat, voiced by Kate Winslet. The two must escape from the rat-hating Toad and his cousin, Le Frog in this animated family adventure movie. The imaginative story and humor of the characters stand out.
An epic tale of romance in Australia before the Second World War, this movie is about an English woman, played by Nicole Kidman, who travels to Australia to sell off her newly inherited ranch. Hugh Jackman plays a local named Drover who helps her save her land. As they travel over an unforgiving 2000 miles, they are faced with Japanese bombings at Darwin. The beautiful locales gave an outstanding backdrop to the movie and were the 3rd highest grossing Australian film.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
The movie tells the origin of the wolverine. Logan and his brother, Victor, join a secret government task force. When innocent lives become targets, disillusioned Logan moves away and enjoys a peaceful life with a schoolteacher, Kayla, in the hills. After Victor tracks him down and kills Kayla, Logan swears revenge, to the point of coating his bones with a metal alloy called adamantium in order to become indestructible. Jackman’s character was praised all along and so did the background music and humor of the film. The film received a setback a month before it released when an unfinished work was released on the internet.
Van Helsing (2004)
Hugh Jackman plays Gabriel Van Helsing a reputed monster hunter who has been summoned to Transylvania to defeat Count Dracula. Together with Anna Valerious, who comes from a family battling monsters for generations, he has to face more than just an immortal vampire. The character is inspired by a character in the novel Dracula, by Irish Novelist Bram Stoker.
A deceased British reporter communicates with an American student of journalism, Sondra, played by Scarlett Johansson, the “scoop” of a lifetime about a Tarot Card Killer. Jackman plays Peter Lyman, the British aristocrat, whom Sondra dangerously falls for while on the chase. Directed and even acted by Woody Allen, the film was considered to be one of the disaster films.
Someone Like You (2001)
When Jane Goodale’s relationship with her colleague, Greg, comes to an abrupt end, she begins to conduct research of the patterns of male behavior and contrasts them with that of animals. Jackman plays her womanizer roommate, Eddie, who falls into all the categories of Jane’s thesis, which makes her a pseudonymous sensation. The film was appraised for being an easy romantic comedy and the amazing chemistry of the lead characters.
We see Hugh Jackman as a computer hacker, Stanley, in this film. On parole after being released from prison having served a long sentence, he is scouted by a criminal spy to get access to the government’s illegal funds. Stanley soon realizes that there’s more to his mission than he first thought. Jackman starred together with the legend John Travolta and more exciting fact; Halle Berry showcased her first ever topless scene in the movie.
When a police droid, Chappie, is kidnapped and given the power to think for himself, the authorities consider him a threat and take measures to prevent this from happening again. Jackman plays Vincent Moore, the engineer who developed MOOSE, a robot programmed to destroy Chappie. The film was well received among the critics and audiences, who expected a sequel which didn’t work out.
After Laura Pickle’s husband decides to sit out the year’s butter-carving contest, Laura trains to participate. When her win is threatened by 15-year-old Destiny, she goes to extreme heights. Jackman plays Boyd Bolton, Laura’s high school boyfriend, whom she seduces to have him help her sabotage Destiny’s sculpture. Although, Jackman was not on the lead role his character received recognition.
Hugh Jackman plays the role of Blackbeard, an undying pirate who sends men to capture an orphan, Peter and bring him to Neverland. Peter, laboring to gather fairy dust for Blackbeard, later realizes that he is destined to become Peter Pan. The film was unsuccessful on the finances as well as critically, which was a major setback for Warner Bros studio.
After New York auditor, Jonathan, meets corporate lawyer Wyatt, played by Hugh Jackman, the former is introduced to The List, a sex club for the upper crust of Manhattan. When Jonathan begins having an affair with the mysterious woman, known as “S,” he steps into a world of murder, treachery, and deception.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011)
The movie follows two generations of Chinese women, centuries apart, who communicate with the help of a white silk fan. The present-day descendants, Sophia and Nina, of the 19th-century laotong, Lily and Snow Flower, must understand their ancient ancestral bond in order to protect it. Jackman plays Sophie’s boyfriend whom she follows to Australia. The film was inspired by the novel by Lisa See under the same name.
Movie 43 (2013)
In this web of parallel stories, we see Hugh Jackman in the role of a young bachelor, Davis, having a blind date with Beth, played by Kate Winslet. Things take a surprising turn when Davis attempts to kiss Beth on the forehead. The film had 14 different stories by 14 directors, Hugh Jackman, being part of one. Thanks to the small role, coz the film hit hard on the Box-office, even receiving 34th Golden Raspberry award for Worst Picture.
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Wolverine does a cameo in this film where he appears as Weapon X who kills a guard when the latter tries to escape.
Paperback Hero (1999)
Hugh Jackman plays Jack Willis, authors a romance novel but uses the name of his friend, Ruby Vale. Ruby is touched to discover that the male and the female leads in the book are Jack and herself. Complications arise when Hamish, Jack’s friend whom Ruby is to marry, arrives at the book promotion in Sydney.
X-Men: First Class (2011)
Jackman has a brief cameo as Logan where he is at a bar when two men approach him. Anticipating that they want him to join them, he dismisses their advance.
Erskinville Kings (1999)
Jackman plays an older brother, Wace, in search for his younger sibling, Barky, who had left home to escape their father’s violent outbursts. The film was Jackman’s debut, which also won him Film Critics Circle of Australia award for Best actor, male.
Stories of Lost Souls (2005)
We see Hugh Jackman in the role of Roger, a man waiting in line with a couple of others to watch a performance.
Night at a Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)
Hugh Jackman has a short scene where he plays King Arthur in a musical performance of Camelot, which is crashed by Sir Lancelot who is being chased after stealing a table which he believes to be the Holy Grail.
The Burning Season (2008)
Jackman voices the narrator in this documentary of an entrepreneur journeying across the world to preserve rainforests in order to save orangutans from facing extinction.
Profile of a Serial Killer (2004)
Jackman plays senior detective, Eric Ringer, who teams up with a forensic psychologist to hunt down a killer responsible for a small-town diner massacre.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)
Hugh Jackman gives voice to Wolverine in a poster on the wall of a high school girl about to die from leukemia, when her new friend, Greg, offers her some really bad advice; Wolverine steps up to put an end to it.
Deadpool 2 (2018)
We see some archived scenes from X-Men Origins: Wolverine of Hugh Jackman as the iconic Wolverine.
Missing Link (2019)
In this animated adventure film slated for this spring, Hugh Jackman voices Sir Lionel Frost, who sets off to find a mythical creature called Mr. Link, along with fellow adventurer, Adelina Fortnight. The film is set to release in the month of April 2019.