She is very hot property right now, so what better time to look at the the back catalogue of Maggie Gyllenhaal movies and TV shows. With awards season upon us – see our other articles on the matter here & here her directorial debut is making waves. I have an admission to make: I have been a Maggie Gyllenhaal fangirl since the early 2000s and have watched pretty much everything she has done. Obsessive, maybe a little, but to me her name signifies quality and bold choices. Here are some of my favourite Maggie Moments – what are yours?
Donnie Darko (2001)
Who can forget this dark tale of time travel and teenage angst, which make Maggie’s brother Jake a household name? However, Maggie stole the limelight in the scenes she appeared in, as his outspoken and sparkly sister. One could say it was not too much of a stretch, but she had a luminous quality which marked her out as one to watch.
Director: Richard Kelly
This sexy, offbeat film shocked and delighted audiences when it came out. Maggie played an under confident and quirky young woman who finds a job which ticks all the boxes. She engages in a kinky relationship with her boss and the power-play keeps you glued to the screen throughout. A cult classic already, this was the film which really put Maggie on the map.
Director: Steven Shainberg
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
One of my all time favourite romantic films, this tells the story of a man who finds himself in the centre of a novel and thinks he is going mad – well, wouldn’t you? The blow of potential insanity is softened when he meets a fiery, enigmatic baker played by Maggie (of course), and he falls desperately in love with her. Will Ferrell, Emma Thomson, Dustin Hoffman and Queen Latifah also star. What are you waiting for? Watch it now!
Director: Mark Forster
Crazy Heart (2009)
If you thought Secretary was sexy, you Ian’t seen nothing yet. Because here we have Jeff Bridges as an ageing country and western star who is try gin to get his life back together and meets a hot young music journalist in the form of Ms Gyllenhaal. Spoiler: love happens.
Director Scott Cooper
The Honourable Woman (2014)
This TV thriller made waves upon it’s release, as it tells the story of Lady Nessa Stein (great name, right?!) who has inherited the family business and is trying to make the world a better place with it. But a political storm breaks out and life has other plans. Notable mention: her wardrobe.
Director: Hugo Blick
The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)
A festival darling, this film may not have reached the huge audiences of some of Maggie’s others, but it is an absolute gem. She plays the titular teacher who sees such incredible promise in one of her 5 year old students that she goes to unreasonable lengths to protect his talent. A thought provoking and stunning piece of work.
Director: Sara Colangelo
The Deuce (2017-2019)
No rundown of Maggie Gyllenhaal movies and TV shows would be complete without The Deuce. HBO brought us this semi-fictional drama about the sex-trade industry which broke boundaries and proved, lest we needed it, that Maggie G is a fearless actor. Prostitution, porn and the changing face of 70’s America are all under the spotlight. Classy, smart TV.
Created by: David Simon and George Pelicanos
The Lost Daughter (2021)
If you haven’t treated yourself to Maggie’s directorial debut yet, you have no excuse as it is streaming on Netflix. A powerful and ground-breaking portrayal of an “unnatural” Mother, Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley steal scenes as two faces of the same woman, many years apart. This is immersive and bold storytelling and I for one can’t wait to see what Ms Gyllenhaal directs next.
Director: Maggie Gyllenhaal
8 Marvellous Maggie Gyllenhaal Movies And TV Shows
So there you have it, talent to burn, undeniable sex appeal and just an all round cool cat. Can I be friends with her yet?? As a follow up to all of these films, may I suggest you check out the fashion shoot she recently directed and starred in, inspired by film noir. Whew!
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