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Brendan Fraser: Hollywood’s Comeback King

After Darron Afronsky’s, The Whale premiered at the Venice Film Festival it seemed like the whole entire world was rooting for lead star Brendan Fraser. With Oscar season upon us, fans have shown support for Fraser, who received his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor in The Whale. Fraser has dominated this award season, already winning a Best Actor in a Motion Picture at the 2023 Sag Awards. Before his comeback this year, Fraser has had a long and lucrative career in Hollywood, spanning over 30 years. When Brendan Fraser began trending on Twitter earlier this year, it was clear that fans have unwavering love for the actor, and that it’s time to give him the credit he deserves. If there’s one thing we know about Brendan Fraser, it’s that he has absolute range and brings a uniqueness to every character he plays. He’s played a highschool quarterback, a loveable Tarzan like character, an explorer and everything in between so in honor of his comeback, here are some of the best Brendan Fraser movies according to fans. 

Before we do that, here are some highlights at the start of his comeback: The 2022 Venice Film Festival. 

Venice Film Festival Highlights

The 79th Venice Film Festival began on Wednesday August 31 and will end Saturday September 10. Filmmakers, actors, and artists everywhere arrived to share their love and passion for movies. So far, we’ve seen stars like Timothée Chalamet, Florence Pugh, Ana De Armas, Harry Styles, Olivia Wilde, Sadie Sink, and Brendan Fraser walk the red carpet. 

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Several films debuted at this festival, including, Don’t Worry Darling, The Whale, Bones & All, Blonde, Pearl, and White Noise. The most notable moments include a 14-minute standing ovation for Ana De Armas in Blonde, an 8-minute standing ovation for the Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell film Bones & All, and a 6 minute standing ovation for Brendan Fraser for his role in The Whale

The Whale synopsis

The Whale is Brendan Fraser’s newest film and welcome back into the film industry. The psychological drama movie follows Fraser as Charlie, a 600-pound middle aged man who attempts to reconnect with his daughter Ellie (Sadie Sink) after abandoning his family for his lover who has died. Due to his guilt about the situation, Charlie resorts to binge-eating. The Whale follows the aftermath of his actions and his hopes of repairing the broken relationship with Ellie. 

Brendan Fraser Best Movies: George of the Jungle

When George of the Jungle was released in 1997, it was one of Brendan Fraser’s first Box Office successes. Today, the film is remembered by millennials as a childhood classic. 

Every millennial woman remembers how much they loved the.. plot. 

Ladies, let your freak flag fly. 

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George of the Jungle fans are a different breed. 

“George George George of the Jungle, watch out for that tree,” is going to be stuck in our heads for the next week. 

Brendan Fraser Best Movies: Airheads

Airheads graced the big screen in the beginning of Fraser’s career, giving him a chaotic (and hilarious) start to his movie career. The movie is like one long SNL skit about a hopeless trio of musicians trying to make it big. It’s so bad, it’s good — and it will either make you laugh or cringe. The acting is silly, the plot is absurd, but it’s a great crowd pleaser nonetheless. Airheads is also STACKED with an A-list cast including Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi and Chris Farley and countless others starring alongside Fraser. 

Brendan Fraser has had a chokehold on all of us since Airheads was released. 

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Fans think Eddie Munson would’ve loved the movie too. 

Chazz Darby was a a metal head’s dream.

Brendan Fraser Best Movies: Encino Man      

In the early 90s Brendan Fraser scored his first leading role in the comedy, Encino Man. This teen comedy quickly turned into a caveman themed cult classic. Fraser plays a caveman who was dug up by two teenagers, Dave (Sean Astin) and Stoney (Pauly Shore) after they discover him while digging in their own backyard. 

The plot is just ridiculous enough that it works, and it’s just about the most 90’s movie you’ll ever see. It set the precedent of Fraser’s career of playing a handful of wide-eyed, naive characters, somehow ending up in Southern California. 


Us at work thinking about watching Encino Man the minute we get home. 

We stan a super quotable 90s movie.

Has anyone else memorized the entire movie?

Brendan Fraser Best Movies: Gods and Monsters    

A film of this caliber should have gotten more credit than it did. God and Monsters stars Fraser as Clayton Boone,  the gardener for famous director James Whale, played by Ian McClellan.  The director takes a liking to Clayton, and they develop a relationship deeper than expected. The performances in the film are absolutely brilliant, and  Brendan Fraser truly shows the depth of his character. 

It’s a super underappreciated classic. 

It’s also one of many great films brought to us by Brendan Fraser. 

It’s even available to stream. 👀

Brendan Fraser Best Movies: The Mummy and The Mummy Returns

When you think of the best movies of the 1990s, The Mummy is likely to be on your list. The movie starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz was an immediate hit when it came out in 1999, and to this day still holds the place as one of the best summer movies to rewatch. The Mummy was so big that it led to a successful sequel The Mummy Returns, quickly following suit in 2001.

The series is scary, action packed, but also has a TON of heart and doesn’t take itself too seriously. </