10 Best Maggie Gyllenhaal Movies To Watch This Weekend

From The Kindergarten Teacher to Donnie Darko, here are some of the best Maggie Gyllenhaal movies to watch.

Best Maggie Gyllenhaal Movies: Margalit Ruth Gyllenhaal is an American actress and filmmaker. Part of the Gyllenhaal family, she is the daughter of filmmakers Stephen Gyllenhaal and Naomi Achs, and the older sister of actor Jake Gyllenhaal.

She has starred in several television series, including the BBC political-thriller miniseries The Honourable Woman. For her performance, she won a Golden Globe award for Best Actress and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.

She also produced and starred in the HBO period drama series The Deuce (2017–19). Gyllenhaal has been married to actor Peter Sarsgaard since 2009 and they have two children together.

Maggie Gyllenhaal Facts

Birth Name: Margalit Ruth Gyllenhaal
Birth Date: 16 November 1977
Profession: Actress and Filmmaker
Birth Place: Lower East Side, New York, United States
Birth Sign: Scorpio
First Movie: Waterland (1992)
Best Movie: The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)
Worst Movie: Won’t Back Down (2012)

Best Maggie Gyllenhaal Movies

1. The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)

IMDb: 6.7/10
Director: Sara Colangelo
Starring: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gael García Bernal, Ato Blankson-Wood

The Kindergarten Teacher is based on the 2014 Israeli film of the same name. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2018. It was released on October 12, 2018, by Netflix in the United States and Canada.

In New York a teacher sees such great promise in her 5-year-old student that she goes to unreasonable lengths to protect his poetry talents which the teacher believes is prodigious.

2. The Dark Knight (2008)

IMDb: 9.0/10
Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine

The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan from a screenplay he co-wrote with his brother Jonathan. Based on the DC Comics superhero, Batman, it is the sequel to Batman Begins (2005) and the second installment in The Dark Knight Trilogy.

After Gordon, Dent and Batman begin an assault on Gotham’s organised crime, the mobs hire the Joker, a psychopathic criminal mastermind who offers to kill Batman and bring the city to its knees.

3. Donnie Darko (2001)

IMDb: 8.0/10
Director: Richard Kelly
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne

Donnie Darko is a 2001 American science fiction psychological thriller film written and directed by Richard Kelly and produced by Flower Films.

Set in October 1988, the film follows Donnie Darko, an emotionally troubled teenager who inadvertently escapes a bizarre accident by sleepwalking. He has visions of Frank, a mysterious figure in a rabbit costume who informs him that the world will end in just over 28 days.

4. Secretary (2002)

IMDb: 6.9/10
Director: Steven Shainberg
Starring: James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jeremy Davies, Lesley Ann Warren

Secretary is a 2002 American erotic romantic comedy-drama film directed by Steven Shainberg and written by Erin Cressida Wilson, based on the short story Secretary by Mary Gaitskill.

A young woman discovers hidden facets of her personality as she engages in a sexual relationship with her boss, whose dominating personality asserts itself in both the office and the bedroom.

5. Nanny McPhee Returns (2010)

IMDb: 6.1/10
Director: Susanna White
Starring: Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ralph Fiennes, Oscar Steer

Nanny McPhee Returns is a 2010 period fantasy comedy film directed by Susanna White, produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Lindsay Doran with music by James Newton Howard and co-produced by StudioCanal, Relativity Media, Working Title Films and Three Strange Angels. It is a sequel to the 2005 film Nanny McPhee.

Caught between a hectic life of tending to the family farm and raising a group of spirited children, Isabel Green is in desperate need of a helping hand. Nanny McPhee appears at her doorstep.

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6. Adaptation. (2002)

IMDb: 7.7/10
Director: Spike Jonze
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton

Adaptation is a 2002 American meta comedy-drama film directed by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman. Kaufman, a screen writer, struggles to adapt Orlean’s book about Laroche, who clones rare orchids and sells them to collectors. Their lives get intertwined with unpredictable results.

7. White House Down (2013)

IMDb: 6.3/10
Director: Roland Emmerich
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke

White House Down is a 2013 American political action thriller film directed by Roland Emmerich and written by James Vanderbilt. A Capitol policeman leaps into action to save his daughter and protect the American president from a group of terrorists who have seized the White House.

8. Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

IMDb: 6.5/10
Director: Mike Newell
Starring: Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Mona Lisa Smile is a 2003 American drama film produced by Revolution Studios and Columbia Pictures in association with Red Om Films Productions, directed by Mike Newell, written by Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal.

At an all-women’s private school in the 1950s, a non-conformist teacher encourages students to pursue their dreams and question the roles women are expected to play in society.

9. Crazy Heart (2009)

IMDb: 7.2/10
Director: Scott Cooper
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell, James Keane

Crazy Heart is a 2009 American drama film, written and directed by Scott Cooper, in his feature directorial debut. Former country music star Blake sets out to rebuild his life after several broken marriages and a falling career. In his journey to redemption, he is helped by a journalist.

10. Away We Go (2009)

IMDb: 7.0/10
Director: Sam Mendes
Starring: John Krasinski,Maya Rudolph, Allison Janney

Away We Go is a 2009 American comedy-drama directed by Sam Mendes and written by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida. The film’s two leads are John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph. It is Mendes’s first film without Thomas Newman’s collaboration.

A couple, who is expecting their first child, travel around in order to find a perfect place to start their family. An assortment of relatives and friends help them discover their perfect home.

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