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The 45+ Best Joseph Gordon-Levitt Movies: Ranked Filmography

Updated August 14, 2020 3.5k votes 501 voters 16.4k views51 items

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The best Joseph Gordon-Levitt movies of all time prove that he’s one of the top actors of his generation. Since his days as a child actor, he has appeared in plenty of blockbusters and critically-acclaimed movies, earning awards and accolades along the way. His highest grossing movies have been well-received at the box office as well, as his lifetime box office gross exceeds $1.5 billion.

It’s not surprising that Gordon-Levitt, a Los Angeles native, started appearing in television and commercials at a very early age. By the time he was seven, he had already starred in made-for-TV movies. Early in his career though, he was best known for playing Tommy Solomon in the sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun.

After his successful TV career, Gordon-Levitt switched his focus to movies and starred in several critically acclaimed movies such as 10 Things I Hate About You and 500 Days of Summer. He eventually became a leading man and is now a main box office draw. Some of the best Joseph Gordon-Levitt movies star him as the titular character, like in Snowden.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, or Jogolev as many of his fans refer to him, has worked with many famous directors, including big names like Steven Spielberg and Christopher Nolan. If Joseph Gordon-Levitt movies are your thing, then check out the greatest movies by Paul Rudd and Ben Stiller too.

So what are the best Joseph Gordon-Levitt movies of all time? Is it Looper or 50/50? See what fans have ranked as their favorite Joseph Gordon-Levitt movies below. Movie trailers have been included below if you want a preview of the film. If you think the best Joseph Gordon-Levitt role isn't at the top, then vote it up. Don’t see it listed? Add it so that others may vote for it. After all, this list of the best Joseph Gordon-Levitt movies should be as comprehensive as possible.


  • 1

    10 Things I Hate About You

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union
    10 Things I Hate About You is a 1999 American romantic comedy film directed by Gil Junger, and...  more

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    #376 of 923 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films#1 of 201 The Best Teen Romance Movies

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy
    Inception is a 2010 science fiction thriller film written, produced, and directed by...  more

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    Anna Kendrick, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
    50/50 is a 2011 American biographical dramedy film directed by Jonathan Levine. Inspired by a...  more

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    #735 of 1,139 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time#102 of 277 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

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    Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
    Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, is a 1998 American slasher film and is the seventh installment...  more

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    ‘Halloween H20’ Is An Underappreciated Horror Gem#20 of 105 The Best Horror Movie Sequels

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    The Dark Knight Rises

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine
    The Dark Knight Rises is a 2012 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC...  more

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    Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt
    Looper is a 2012 American science fiction action thriller film directed by Rian Johnson. In...  more

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    #44 of 180 The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies#361 of 549 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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    Miracle at St. Anna

    Kerry Washington, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
    Miracle at St. Anna is a 2008 American–Italian epic film set primarily in Italy during...  more
  • 8

    (500) Days of Summer

    Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly
    (500) Days of Summer is a 2009 American romantic comedy-drama film by first time director Marc...  more

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    #157 of 782 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made#60 of 126 The Greatest Date Movies Of All Time

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    Holy Matrimony

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Patricia Arquette
    Holy Matrimony is a 1994 comedy film directed by Leonard Nimoy and starring Patricia Arquette....  more
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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Meagan Good
    Brick is a 2005 American neo-noir thriller film written and directed by Rian Johnson, starring...  more

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    #222 of 230 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time#65 of 247 The Best Whodunit Movies

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    The Juror

    Demi Moore, Alec Baldwin
    The Juror is a 1996 American romantic thriller film based on the 1995 novel by George Dawes...  more
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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny
    Beethoven is a 1992 family comedy film, directed by Brian Levant and starring Charles Grodin...  more

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    Don Jon

    Scarlett Johansson, Anne Hathaway
    Don Jon is a 2013 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Joseph...  more

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    #99 of 126 The Greatest Directorial Debuts Of All Time#35 of 92 The Best Movies Directed by the Star

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    #70 of 144 The Best 3D Films#9 of 15 15 Movies That Made Audiences Puke, Pass Out, Leave the Theater, or Pass Away

  • 15

    The Brothers Bloom

    Rachel Weisz, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
    The Brothers Bloom is a 2008 American caper comedy film written and directed by Rian Johnson....  more
  • 16

    Angels in the Outfield

    Matthew McConaughey, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
    Angels in the Outfield is a 1994 remake of the 1951 film of the same name. The film stars...  more

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    #147 of 375 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime#69 of 204 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made

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    Premium Rush

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jamie Chung
    Premium Rush is a 2012 American action-thriller film directed by David Koepp and written by...  more
  • 18

    The Big Bang Theory: The Making of 'G.I. Joe'

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt
    The Big Bang Theory: The Making of 'G.I. Joe' is a 2009 short action film....
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    Mysterious Skin

    Michelle Trachtenberg, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
    Mysterious Skin is a 2004 Dutch-American drama film directed by American filmmaker Gregg...  more

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    #483 of 541 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies#62 of 125 The Best Period Movies Set in the '80s

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    Elektra Luxx

    Julianne Moore, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
    Elektra Luxx is a 2010 comedy film directed and written by Sebastian Gutierrez featuring Carla...  more
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    Anne Hathaway, Channing Tatum
    Havoc is a 2005 crime drama film starring Anne Hathaway and Bijou Phillips, with Shiri...  more

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    Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
    Manic is a 2001 American drama film directed by Jordan Melamed and written by Michael Bacall...  more
  • 23

    Breathers: A Zombie's Lament

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt
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    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

    Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba
    This film is a 2014 American neo-noir action film directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank...  more
  • 25

    Women in Trouble

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emmanuelle Chriqui