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Maggie Gyllenhaal

Lowest Rated:   27% Trust the Man (2006)
Birthplace:   Lower East Side, New York, New York, USA
The daughter of director Stephen Gyllenhaal (Waterland [1992]) and screenwriter Naomi Foner (Running on Empty [1988]), and the sister of hot young Hollywood heartthrob Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko [2001], The Good Girl [2002], Moonlight Mile [2002]), Maggie Gyllenhaal seems to have all the makings of a successful young starlet with her Tinseltown background and curiously unique beauty. Born in November 16th, 1977, Gyllenhaal got some early screen breaks thanks to roles in such Stephen Gyllenhaal films as Waterland (1992) and Homegrown (1998). Soon graduating from Columbia University with an English degree, pretty Gyllenhaal continued to refine her acting skills on the stages of New York and London theaters in such productions as The Tempest and The Butterfly Project. Her ascent into the collective film conscience continued with a humorous turn in director John Waters' anarchic Cecil B. Demented and alongside younger brother Jake in the surreal teen fantasy Donnie Darko (2001). Soon gaining more prominent roles alongside such hot Hollywood actors as Drew Barrymore (Riding in Cars With Boys [2001]) and Josh Hartnett (40 Days and 40 Nights [2002]), Gyllenhaal would turn up later in 2002 in eccentric director Spike Jonze's sophomore effort, Adaptation. Her supporting roles offering but a glimpse into her engagingly offbeat talent, Gyllenhaal truly came into her own with her breakthrough performance as a mentally unstable secretary in director Steven Shainberg's 2002 dark comedy Secretary. Cast opposite former '80s wonder boy James Spader, Gyllenhaal displayed a careful balance of unshielded vulnerability and mild sadomasochism as the film's troubled lead. Nominated for numerous awards including a Golden Globe and Independent Spirit for Best Actress, Secretary found the disarming actress branded the "it" girl to watch for in the coming years. While subsequent supporting performances in such films as Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Casa de Los Babys, and Mona Lisa Smile may not have offered fans the large dose of Gyllenhall that they sought after Secretary, audiences could see her in a starring role opposite John C. Reilly in the 2004 George Clooney/Steven Soderbergh-produced remake Criminal. Gyllenhaal kept up her status as an independent film icon in 2005 with major parts in The Great New Wonderful and earning praise for her work in Don Roos' Happy Endings where she got to show off her vocal talents performing a selection of Billy Joel songs. 2006 would be a very busy year for the actress. She co-starred in Oliver Stone's 9/11 film World Trade Center, gave an award winning performance as a drug addict in SherryBaby, played opposite Will Ferrell in the comedy Stranger Than Fiction, and lent her voice to the Steven Spielberg produced animated film Monster House. That same year she announced that she was expecting her first child with her longtime boyfriend actor Peter Sarsgaard. In 2008, Gyllenhaal appeared in the record-breaking box-office smash sequel The Dark Knight, taking over the role played by Katie Holmes in Batman Begins. She followed that up in 2009 with a hilarious supporting turn in Away We Go as an overly-involved mother. But it was her appearance that same year in the low-key drama Crazy Heart opposite Jeff Bridges that earned her some of the best reviews of her career as well as a Best Supporting Actress nominations from the Academy.


Highest Rated Movies



100% Donnie Darko: 15th Anniversary
  • Elizabeth
$0.2M 2017
No Score Yet River Of Fundament
  • Hathfertiti
$43.6k 2015
92% Frank
  • Clara
50% White House Down
  • Finnerty
$73.2M 2013
33% Won't Back Down
  • Jamie Fitzpatrick
$5.4M 2012
57% Hysteria
  • Charlotte Dalrymple
$1.8M 2012
75% Nanny McPhee Returns
  • Isabel Green
$29M 2010
No Score Yet Rosemary Wells Collection
  • Actor
91% Crazy Heart
  • Jean Craddock
$38.4M 2009
68% Away We Go
  • LN
$9.4M 2009
No Score Yet Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness
  • Actor
No Score Yet P-Star Rising
  • Actor
No Score Yet Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas)
  • Actor
94% The Dark Knight
  • Rachel Dawes
$533.4M 2008
87% Paris Je T'aime
  • Liz
$4.9M 2007
72% Stranger Than Fiction
  • Ana Pascal
$40.2M 2006
75% Sherrybaby
  • Sherry Swanson
27% Trust the Man
  • Elaine
$1.5M 2006
68% World Trade Center
  • Allison Jimeno
$70.3M 2006
74% Monster House
  • Zee
$73.7M 2006
73% The Great New Wonderful
  • Emme
$40.2k 2006
54% Happy Endings
  • Jude
$1.2M 2005
91% Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut
  • Actor
$0.6M 2004
69% Criminal
  • Valerie Gaddis
$0.8M 2004
No Score Yet Strip Search
  • Linda Sykes
No Score Yet The Pornographer: A Love Story
  • Actor
No Score Yet In the Company of Women
  • Actor
35% Mona Lisa Smile
  • Giselle Levy
$63.7M 2003
58% Casa de los Babys
  • Jennifer
$0.4M 2003
79% Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
  • Debbie
91% Adaptation
  • Caroline
$22.2M 2002
76% Secretary
  • Lee
$3.9M 2002
38% 40 Days and 40 Nights
  • Sam
49% Riding in Cars With Boys
  • Amelia (age 20)
$29.7M 2001
86% Donnie Darko
  • Elizabeth
53% Cecil B. Demented
  • Raven
No Score Yet The Photographer
  • Mira
No Score Yet Miracle of the Spring
  • Actor
No Score Yet The Patron Saint of Liars
  • Actor
47% Homegrown
  • Christina
67% A Dangerous Woman
  • Patsy
58% Waterland
  • Maggie Ruth


No Score Yet The Deuce
  • Candy
  • Producer
  • 2017
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
  • Guest
  • 2014
90% The Honorable Woman
  • Nessa Stein
  • 2014
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
  • Appearing
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet The View
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2008
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2003
No Score Yet Independent Lens
  • Host
  • Appearing
  • Host (Season 10)
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • Guest
  • 2006
  • 2002

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