Best Jesse Eisenberg Movies Ranked

Jesse Eisenberg has been in some of the greatest films of the past decade. He’s also been alongside some of the greatest actors of all time and survived to tell this story. This is a man who has been very fortunate to land such promising and rewarding roles as can be seen in zombie land, The social network, The village, 30 minutes or less and so many more. It must be exhausting to keep up with the big stars of Hollywood and at the same time become one yourself.

In this article, we’ll examine, discuss, and rank some of Eisenberg’s greatest film roles. Which films deserve the gold medal and which do not? Some of these are close to each other in terms of success and general popularity, while others might be excellent films but aren’t necessarily Eisenberg’s greatest leading role. One thing is for sure: Eisenberg is a goofy, distant guy who often plays the nerd and misfit in most of his Hollywood roles. It suits him and he seems to settle into the roles, which makes for an even better acting performance.


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6 30 Minutes or Less (2011)

30 minutes or less - Nick with friends in gorilla masks
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This incredibly stupid movie 30 minutes or lesshas loads of laugh out loud moments involving highly inappropriate funny guy Danny McBride (East and down), Nick Swardson, Aziz Ansari and Eisenberg. In this film, Eisenberg is a pizza delivery boy who is now the proud owner of a bombshell strapped to his chest by two bad guys who want to open their own massage parlor. Dwayne (McBride) forces Nick (Eisenberg) to rob a bank for $100,000 with the promise that once the mission is complete he will give Nick the code to stop the bomb. Obviously nothing goes the way Dwayne wants it to, but it makes a decent movie.

5 Adventure Land (2009)

adventure land
Miramax films

adventure land is a silly film about Eisenberg working at an amusement park for his summer job. It’s a terrible job, but he gets to hang out with Kristin Stewart, Ryan Reynolds and Martin Starr. We watch as Eisenberg’s character grows up, gains confidence, stands up to bullies and catches the girl in this sweet comedy.

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It shows that some actors play a role, themselves, because they’re hilarious, quirky, and entertaining without actually “acting”. Eisenberg has certainly starred in more serious roles, but he owes his fame mostly to his silliness, nerdiness, and the underdog characters he plays. His role in adventure land is exactly the kind of role he takes on by being himself.

4 The Art of Self Defense (2019)

The Art of Self Defense – Casey Davies (Jesse Eisenberg)
Bleecker Street

this strange movie The art of self defensefollows a man, Casey Davies (Eisenberg), who is literally scared of everything after being hit and robbed by a motorcycle gang on his way home from the store one night. He decides to enroll in the local karate dojo and learn how to protect himself. Little does he know that he is about to take a step towards crime, toxic masculinity and strange night classes that end in extreme violence and danger. Despite the insane Sensei, he makes some friends and eventually confronts him about the strange attacks the man has been perpetrating on the city.

3 Zombie Land: Double Tap (2019)

Zombieland: Double Tap - Madison and Columbus
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This sequel to zombie land is good but not great. Eisenberg did a great job in his role and in the film, Zombieland 2: Double tap was generally entertaining, even with Madison (Zoey Deutch) joining her cast of witty, cynical zombie hunter characters. Madison took the film down a few notches for portraying the stereotypical “dumb blonde,” which ended up really getting on everyone’s nerves. She got through in the end, but not before blasting our eardrums with that sickening laugh.

The film would have been excellent without her character, adding the likes of Rosario Dawson, Bill Murray, and Luke Wilson to the mix. Bill Murray’s cameo made the film fantastic in a way no other could. We hope we can see one zombie land 3 in the near future.

2 The Social Network (2010)

The social network
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The social network is basically a powerful film about the beginning of the end. Life was whimsical and simple compared to social media life today. Social networks have given many businesses meaning and pushed news much faster, but they have also affected the private lives of all users.

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This is a film about Mark Zuckerberg (Eisenberg), the beginnings of Facebook and the stupidity behind it that somehow helped make Facebook a billion dollar company. There is a fantastic cast of actors including Justin Timberlake, Dakota Johnson, Jesse Eisenberg and Aaron Sorkin. We follow Zuckerberg, who graduated from Harvard University in 2003, as one of the youngest billionaires of all time.

1 Zombie Land (2009)

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Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Bill Murray all starred in this post-apocalyptic comedy road trip. zombie land. It’s a tough decision, but this has to be Eisenberg’s greatest film to date. It has everything: hilarity, inappropriate humor, a man obsessed with finding Twinkies and zombies, an interesting rule set, and love.

We ride along as Eisenberg’s character Columbus is transformed into a creepy, morbid, and downright hilarious Tallahassee (Harrelson) and the adventure of an apocalypse is to break things, kick zombies ass and make friends in this fantastic horror comedy. Emma Stone also plays Eisenberg’s lover Wichita in the film. He just wants to tuck her hair behind her ear.

Lindsay Lowe

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