Brendan Fraser films: 15 best movies ranked, including ‘The Whale,’ ‘The Mummy,’ ‘Gods and Monsters’ [PHOTOS]

Brendan Fraser has grown accustomed to being underestimated. Until this year, he was never looked at as that kind of actor – the kind that’s considered a major contender during awards season. That’s all changing thanks to his frontrunner status for his seminal performance in “The Whale” (from A24, Protozoa Pictures and director Darren Aronofsky, opening on December 9). But the truth is that he’s been a quality actor for a long time, and if his Big Moment wasn’t necessarily inevitable, it’s perhaps overdue.

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The actor who was born on December 3, 1968 in Indianapolis, Indiana has been best known until now for starring in the “The Mummy” franchise. But Fraser has been a consistent presence on screens big and small for three decades, going back to his days headlining agreeably lowbrow comedies like “Encino Man” from 1992 and “Airheads” in ’94. He also had a role in a Best Picture Oscar winner (2004’s “Crash”) and a pair of dramas that drew universal critical praise (“Gods and Monsters” from 1998 and “The Quiet American” from 2002). If Fraser ran into a bit of a slump over the past 15 years or so, that only helps make his story in 2022-23 all the more consequential. He’s certainly earned the moniker The Comeback Kid.

Tour our photo gallery above of Fraser’s 15 best films and see if you agree.

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