Mark Sinclair a.k.a. Vin Diesel turns 54 on Sunday, July 18. The legendary action hero has blessed our screens with iconic performances for nearly 30 years and has also been an equally as impressive voice actor. If you want to celebrate Vin Diesel’s big day alongside him, here are 5 hand-picked movies of his that you must watch.
Vin Diesel Movies: Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Vin Diesel stars as Private First Class Adrian Caparzo in Steven Spielberg’s 1998 World War II epic Saving Private Ryan. Vin Diesel’s role was written specifically for him after the director saw his 2 self-produced films Multi-Facial and Strays. The career shifting role for the actor began with a 10 day boot camp so he could accurately portray a Private in the military. Saving Private Ryan was Vin Diesel’s first major film role and propelled his career to new heights.
Where to rent Saving Private Ryan: Amazon Prime
Vin Diesel Movies: Fast & Furious Series (2001-Present)
If Vin Diesel is known for 1 thing and 1 thing only, it would have to be the Fast & Furious film series. Starting with the thrilling The Fast and the Furious in 2001, Vin has starred as Dom Toretto, a street racer and carjacker who serves as the main protagonist of the franchise. The initial film proved Vin is a guaranteed bankable star, and it has subsequently produced 9 sequels and spin-offs. Check out our review of the latest Fast & Furious film, F9 co-starring John Cena, and afterwards head to your local theater to see the film for yourself!
Where to watch F9: in MOVIE THEATERS now!
Vin Diesel Movies: XXX (2002)
After dominating the box office the year prior, Vin Diesel was tapped to lead another action film series. The actor stars as Xander Cage a.k.a. “Triple X” in the appropriately titled XXX. Cage is a stuntman turned spy for the National Security Agency who must infiltrate and take down an evil terrorist organization that seeks to create total anarchy. The XXX franchise has been wildly successful, producing 2 sequels with a 4th XXX film currently in development.
Where to rent XXX: Amazon Prime
Vin Diesel Movies: The Pacifier (2005)
Fear not, if you’re in search of a Vin Diesel movie to watch with the kids, the Fast & Furious star also led the family action comedy film The Pacifier in 2005. Vin stars as a US Navy SEAL who has been assigned the very dangerous mission of babysitting 5 children. Co-starring Brittany Snow, Max Thieriot, Morgan York, Lauren Graham, Faith Ford, Denis Akiyama, Brad Garrett, and Tate Donovan, this Disney film is fun for the whole family.
Where to watch The Pacifier: Disney+
Vin Diesel Movies: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Although his face never appears on screen, a Vin Diesel movie you must watch in honor of his big day is Guardians of the Galaxy. Vin voices Groot, a tree-like humanoid that is reminiscent of a Sour Patch Kid: 1st he’s sour, then he’s sweet. In addition to voicing Groot, Vin Diesel also provided motion capture for the iconic Marvel character. Guardians of the Galaxy is the 2nd time Vin has received critical acclaim for his voice acting, the first coming in 1999 for The Iron Giant (which is a bonus Vin Diesel movie to watch).
Where to watch Guardians of the Galaxy: Disney+
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