• July 24, 2024

10 Memorable Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Movie Moments, Thoughtfully Ranked

Embarking on a journey from wrestler to actor, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has become one of the most beloved and highly compensated performers in Hollywood.

Starting out in the world of professional wrestling and contributing significantly to the growth of the World Wrestling Federation (WWE), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has achieved remarkable success. His films have grossed over $3.5 billion in North America and a staggering $10.5 billion worldwide, making him one of the highest-grossing and highest-paid actors in Hollywood. Throughout the years, he has delivered awe-inspiring performances that have left an indelible mark. Here, we celebrate some of the most unforgettable moments from Dwayne Johnson’s movies:

10 The Epic Confrontation – G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

 

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The exhilarating encounter between The Rock’s character, Roadblock, and Ray Stevenson’s Firefly in G.I. Joe: Retaliation leaves a lasting impression for several reasons. Firstly, it is a rare sight to witness Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson experience such a forceful impact as he is slammed to the ground. Secondly, the appearance of the mesmerizing fireflies at the outset, designed to divert Roadblock from accomplishing his mission, remains etched in one’s memory. Lastly, this scene serves as a valuable reminder not to become complacent or boastful about triumphs. Despite Roadblock being momentarily grounded, Firefly’s gloating inadvertently gives Roadblock an opportunity to counter-attack. Moreover, it distracts him from noticing a car approaching from behind, nearly running him over.

9 Impressive Leaρ – Skyscraper (2018)

 

In Skyscraper, Dwayne Johnson portrays the character of Will Sawyer, a former FBI agent, who endeavors to rescue his family from a recently erected tall building in Hong Kong that has been set ablaze by a group of criminals. One of the most thrilling moments in the film undoubtedly involves Dwayne Johnson’s daring leap from a crane to the skyscraper. Pursued by authorities, Sawyer attempts to secure the crane onto the building, aiming to create a pathway for himself. Unfortunately, the hook unexpectedly detaches at the last moment, leaving Sawyer with no choice but to leap the remaining distance. It’s impossible not to feel a rush of anticipation as we witness Sawyer soaring through the air, narrowly avoiding a fall. Miraculously, he manages to latch onto the edge, swaying precariously for a few suspenseful seconds before successfully making his way inside the building.

8 The Rock Takes a Stand Against Bullies – Central Intelligence (2016)

 

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The memorable bar altercation from the delightful buddy action-comedy Central Intelligence is truly unforgettable. While Kevin Hart’s character, Calvin Joyner, patiently awaits the return of Dwayne Johnson’s Bob Stone to their table, he becomes the target of a larger individual’s unwarranted attention. Upon Stone’s arrival, he attempts to defuse the situation in a composed manner. However, they now find themselves confronted not by one, but four individuals who appear to be armed as well. With a firm declaration that he stands against bullies, Stone proceeds to disarm and subdue all four men with remarkable poise and skill. It’s both impressive and amusing to witness.

7 Striding Towards Triumph – Gridiron Gang (2006)

 

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It’s uncommon to come across iconic scenes featuring The Rock that aren’t action-packed, but if one were to explore The Rundown, they would discover several noteworthy moments. One of the most memorable scenes from the film occurs when Dwayne Johnson’s character, Beck, attempts to motivate a young man named Willie Weathers (portrayed by Jade Yorker), who hails from a detention center, by highlighting his potential as a football player. Beck points out to Willie that he gives up on himself far too easily and takes it upon himself to help the young athlete realize his true capabilities. Putting on football gear, Beck asks Willie to try knocking him over. Despite failing repeatedly in his attempts, Willie persists while Beck continues to provide encouragement. Eventually, Willie successfully manages to bring Beck down, prompting the audience to join in the cheer alongside the other players. Beck’s heartfelt speech also strikes a chord with many individuals as he reminds Willie that he alone holds the power to fulfill his full potential.

6 Dynamic Excitement – The Rundown (2003)

 

The anticipation leading up to this particular scene is truly captivating. Seann William Scott’s character, Travis, finds himself trapped inside a bus amidst rebels unleashing chaos all around. Dwayne Johnson’s character, Beck, is compelled to think swiftly in this dire situation. The scenes are skillfully crafted with numerous close-up shots, intensifying the tension as Beck desperately searches for a way to rescue Travis. The tension gradually subsides as Beck’s gaze becomes resolute, emboldening him to confront his adversaries head-on. Accompanied by uplifting music playing in the background, Beck single-handedly takes down an entire group of rebels using only two guns, ultimately rescuing Travis just in the nick of time. As the bus explodes in the background, Beck makes a stylish exit, leaving a lasting impression.

5 Memorable Encounter with The Rock – Fighting With My Family (2019)

 

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The moment when Florence Pugh’s Paige and Jack Lowden’s Zak first encounter The Rock in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is truly delightful. The two enthusiastically express how much they have been inspired by the wrestler and their aspirations to pursue a career in wrestling as well. It’s amusing to witness The Rock’s attempts to leave the conversation, only to be pulled back in by Zak. His advice to the young wrestlers is both inspiring and lighthearted, as he practically presents it in a rhythmic manner.

4 Discover Your Avatar – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

 

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The opening scene where the players realize they have been transported into the game and find themselves in different bodies is truly comedic. It’s quite amusing to witness The Rock stumbling onto the ground, while the camera playfully showcases his muscles. It’s also entertaining to observe Spencer poking his muscles and peering inside his shirt. When he attempts to convince his friends that he is indeed Spencer, they remain skeptical. However, their doubts are dispelled when he jumps in fright upon hearing a bird screech. It’s rather humorous to witness The Rock, typically portrayed as a brave and seasoned fighter, shriek and leap at the sound.

3 The Rock Connects with George – Rampage (2018)

 

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The interaction between Davis Okoye (Johnson), a primatologist, and George, an albino western lowland gorilla during the initial scenes of Rampage is quite unforgettable. The scene begins with a tense moment as Davis tries to calm another gorilla. When George enters, the other gorilla becomes panicked and nearly attacks Connor, only to be stopped at the last moment by George. For a brief moment, it seems like George might also turn against Connor, but instead, the gorilla starts joking around with Davis using sign language. The gorilla even playfully teases Davis by refusing to give him a fist bump and proclaiming that he saved Davis. The interaction between the man and gorilla is truly captivating to witness.

2 The Rock vs Helicopter – The Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)

 

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If someone were to have a friendly conversation about the memorable scenes from The Fast and Furious franchise, they would probably need a whole separate list. Perhaps one of the most unforgettable moments from Hobbs & Shaw is when the team has to face off against a helicopter, of all things. Not only does the scene provide the audience with an exhilarating chase, but it does so with a unique twist. Instead of the usual car chase, Hobbs and Shaw find themselves up against a helicopter. There’s even a moment when The Rock single-handedly holds onto the helicopter, keeping it attached to a truck. Talk about extraordinary strength!

1 You’re Welcome! – Moana (2016)

Johnson’s portrayal of Maui, the legendary demigod, in Moana, is definitely quite different from his usual roles that are more centered around action sequences and challenges. One of the most memorable moments in the film is when Moana first encounters Maui. While visually one can liken Maui to The Rock, with his size and muscular build, what’s the most delightful thing about the scene is when Maui bursts into song. It’s pleasantly surprising and entertaining to hear The Rock’s voice singing “You’re Welcome” as Maui joyfully dances around. Prior to Moana, who would have thought we’d be able to hear Johnson sing a Disney song, of all things?

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