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5 Most Underrated Joseph Gordon-Levitt Movies (Ranked)

Underrated Joseph Gordon-Levitt Movies
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of that actors who can just about do anything, by which I mean he can easily fit into a big-budget blockbuster film like Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises and just as easily he can do an offbeat film like Brick. The actor possesses a great acting ability and he has shown the world time and time again that what he can bring to a character nobody else can. But because he makes the decision to do these offbeat films, there are many great movies that you probably haven’t watched by now. So, we are here to make sure that you give attention to these 5 most underrated Joseph Gordon-Levitt films.

5. Brick

Underrated Joseph Gordon-Levitt Movies
Credit – Focus Features

Synopsis: Brick, while taking its cues and its verbal style from the novels of Dashiell Hammett, also honors the rich cinematic tradition of the hard-boiled noir mystery, here wittily and bracingly immersed in fresh territory – a modern-day Southern California neighborhood and high school. There, student Brendan Frye’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) piercing intelligence spares no one. Brendan is not afraid to back up his words with actions, and knows all the angles; yet he prefers to stay an outsider, and does – until the day that his ex-girlfriend, Emily (Emilie de Ravin of Lost), reaches out to him unexpectedly and then vanishes. Brendan’s feelings for her still run deep; so much so, that he becomes consumed with finding his troubled inamorata. To find her, Brendan enlists the aid of his only true peer, The Brain (Matt O’Leary), while keeping the assistant vice principal (Richard Roundtree) only occasionally informed of what quickly becomes a dangerous investigation. Brendan’s single-minded unearthing of students’ secrets thrusts him headlong into the colliding social orbits of rich-girl sophisticate Laura (Nora Zehetner), intimidating Tugger (Noah Fleiss), substance-abusing Dode (Noah Segan), seductive Kara (Meagan Good), jock Brad (Brian White), and – most ominously – non-student The Pin (Lukas Haas). It is only by gaining acceptance into The Pin’s closely guarded inner circle of crime and punishment that Brendan will be able to uncover hard truths about himself, Emily, and the suspects that he is getting closer to.

4. The Walk

Underrated Joseph Gordon-Levitt Movies
Credit – Sony Pictures

Synopsis: Twelve people have walked on the moon, but only one man – Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) – has ever walked in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. Guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), and aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, Petit and his gang overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan. Academy Award winning director Robert Zemeckis uses advanced technology in the service of an emotional, character-driven story. THE WALK is a love letter to Paris and New York City in the 1970s, but most of all, to the Towers of the World Trade Center.

3. 500 Days of Summer

Underrated Joseph Gordon-Levitt Movies
Credit – Searchlight Pictures

Synopsis: Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love. Girl doesn’t. This post modern love story is never what we expect it to be — it’s thorny yet exhilarating, funny and sad, a twisted journey of highs and lows that doesn’t quite go where we think it will. When Tom, a hapless greeting card copywriter and hopeless romantic, is blindsided after his girlfriend Summer dumps him, he shifts back and forth through various periods of their 500 days “together” to try to figure out where things went wrong. His reflections ultimately lead him to finally rediscover his true passions in life.

2. 50/50

Underrated Joseph Gordon-Levitt Movies
Credit – Summit Entertainment

Synopsis: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen team up to beat the odds in a film that Peter Travers ofRolling Stone calls “achingly hilarious and heartfelt.” Diagnosed with spinal cancer, 27-year-old Adam (Gordon-Levitt) navigates the road to recovery with the sometimes overbearing support of his crude best friend (Rogen), his smothering mother (Anjelica Huston) and an inexperienced therapist (Anna Kendrick). Inspired by the true story, 50/50 is an honest yet hysterically funny account of a young man’s journey toward healing.

1. Looper

Underrated Joseph Gordon-Levitt Movies
Credit – Sony Pictures

Synopsis: In the year 2044, time travel has not yet been invented. But in 30 years it will have been… In director Rian Johnson’s sensational action thriller, Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) works as a looper, a futuristic assassin who eliminates targets sent back in time by a criminal organization. The only rule is that you do not let your target escape – even if that target is you. The rules are put to the test when Joe is called upon to “close his loop” and assassinate his future self (Bruce Willis). In failing to pull the trigger, so begins a desperate race against the clock as Joe begins to unravel his own future and older Joe’s past. LOOPER stars Bruce Willis (Die Hard), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises), Emily Blunt (The Adjustment Bureau), Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood), Piper Perabo (The Prestige) and Jeff Daniels (State of Play).

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