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The best Brendan Fraser movies

With the Brenaissance in full swing, it's time to dive into the best Brendan Fraser movies from The Mummy to the Whale and everything in between.

The Whale stands among the best Brendan Fraser movies

What are the best Brendan Fraser movies? What a time to be alive! We are honoured to say we are here to witness the Brenaissance hitting full tilt, and with this in mind, we’re here to celebrate the work of Brendan Fraser.

The beloved actor is back in a big way and was even recognised as part of the Oscars 2023 nominations for his performance in the new movie The Whale. We reckon he’s going to win the award for Best Actor, too, according to our Oscars predictions 2023.

So, before he writes his name in the history books, or loses to the guy dressed as Elvis, let’s take a look at his career to date and pick out the five best Brendan Fraser movies.

The best Brendan Fraser movies:

  • George of the Jungle
  • The Mummy
  • The Whale
  • Bedazzled
  • No Sudden Move

The best Brendan Fraser movies: Brendan Fraser and Leslie Mann as George and Ursula in George of the Jungle

George of the Jungle (1997)

We all know the story of Tarzan thanks to the Disney movie, but a couple of years before the animated movie came George of the Jungle. Same story, more comedy, more muscles.

Fraser plays the titular monkey man here, bringing a great deal of charm to the family movie and offering wonderful chemistry with co-star Leslie Mann.

The best Brendan Fraser movies: Brendan Fraser as Rick O'Connell in The Mummy

The Mummy (1999)

When it comes to ‘90s movies, they don’t get more ’90s than The Mummy. A good old-fashioned adventure movie blockbuster which utilises the innovations in technology around that time to go full-on with CGI and bring this monster movie to life.

Fraser is at the height of his powers here and shows he was more than capable of being a bona fide action movie star who could lead a huge franchise.

The best Brendan Fraser movies: Brendan Fraser as Charlie in The Whale

The Whale (2023)

Here it is, the film that has really proven to be the crowning achievement of Fraser’s return to Hollywood. This A24 movie is one hell of a challenge for any actor, with Fraser taking on the role of Charlie, a morbidly obese recluse who tries desperately to connect with his teenage daughter.

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On an emotional level, this film demands the utmost sincerity and heart from Fraser. Meanwhile, on a physical level, the use of a fatsuit and total transformation of Fraser will surely have been a great exertion, but the actor manages to fully immerse himself in the role for this touching drama movie.

The best Brendan Fraser movies: Brendan Fraser and Elizabeth Hurley as Elliot Richards and The Devil in Bedazzled

Bedazzled (2000)

Okay, this 2000s movie is not exactly a masterpiece, but it sure is a lot of fun. Fraser stars as Elliot and somehow convinces us that one of the coolest men of the millennium could be a bit of a loser who can’t get the girl of his dreams. Luckily, the Devil (Elizabeth Hurley) is on hand to offer him a deal – seven wishes in exchange for his soul.

The comedy movie is pretty kooky and dated now, but it’s a great example of Fraser’s range and a testament to just how much of a brilliant screen presence he is.

The best Brendan Fraser movies: Brendan Fraser as Doug Jones in No Sudden Move

No Sudden Move (2021)

While many will cite The Whale as Fraser’s big comeback on the silver screen, he actually appeared in this Steven Soderbergh crime flick that went under the radar in 2021. No Sudden Move is a typically stylish and slick effort from Soderbergh, and while Fraser isn’t the star, he does have a substantial role which is worth watching for.

That’s the best of the best Brendan Fraser movies. For more from the man himself, here’s how to watch The Whale and our The Whale review. If you like actor lists like this, check out our lists of the best Oscar Isaac moviesbest Emily Blunt movies, or best Pedro Pascal movies and TV series.

Don’t forget to check out all the new movies coming out this year, too. It’s not all about Fraser, after all.