8 Must-See Paul Walker Movies

We celebrate the on-screen life of the actor who passed away over the weekend. From ‘Fast & Furious’ to ‘Running Scared’, take a look at our favorite performances.
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8 Must-See Paul Walker Movies

Yesterday, we reported the tragic news that beloved actor Paul Walker passed away at the age of 40, after a horrific car crash in Valencia, California. While Hollywood morns the loss of this talented man, his work will be remembered and loved for ages. Although he was best known for his work in The Fast and the Furious franchise, he shined in a number of other films before, during and after that popular series. Here are our eight favorite roles that Paul Walker gave to the world.

1Pleasantville

Pleasantville

Before becoming fast and furious as Brian O'Conner, Paul Walker shined as high school hero Skip Martin in this 1998 Gary Ross classic. The story centers on two siblings (Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon) who are mysteriously transported inside a classic television series that is set in an idyllic small town, where everything is sunny side up. This role showed Paul Walker's true potential as a leading man, portraying the perpetually cheery Skip with charm and grace, and gave us a glimpse of the talented actor he would turn into in the years to come.

We hope you enjoyed these eight memorable performances from the late Paul Walker as much as we did. While the actor most certainly will be missed by millions of fans around the globe, these great performances prove that his talent will always be with us.

Sources: Brian Gallagher

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  • profile-41326485 • 5 months ago

    I enjoyed them all, sads hes gon

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    • Vincent-Sugiono • 5 months ago

      I'll be honest, I didn't like running scared, other than maybe the last part in the hockey rink.

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      • 2movieguys • 2 years ago

        I just rewatched 'Pleasantville" ..I forgot he was in this..WOW!

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        • Celestialforthcoming • 2 years ago

          @CoreyB couldn't agree more, that film was so much fun to watch.

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          • CoreyB • 2 years ago

            @kingbrady Im glad people are finally realizing this! Running Scared is really good I own it on dvd. I highly reccomend it to any1 else too! Walker is a beast in it!

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            • jonspidey07 • 2 years ago

              it's interesting, I just pulled out my 'Fast and Furious' movies with Paul in them this weekend and I am also going to re-watch all of them before 'Fast and Furious 6' comes out next week

              I am getting that for X-Mas

              I've seen Paul in several other flicks: 'Running Scared' which I watched with some friends 3 years ago

              'Pleasantville' which I watched in class during community college

              'Varsity Blues' which I forgot was in my collection

              'She's All That' which we still had on VHS, sorry but that pubic hair scene ruined it for me

              I saw 'Eight Below' with my sisters but barely remember it, those poor dogs dying

              and I recently watched 'Joy Ride' in October

              no disrespect to him btw, but half of his career he hasn't really catapulted other than the 'Fast and Furious' films

              like Vin, Michelle, and Jordana their careers have been in limbo for a while

              true though Vin can pull off 'Riddick' when it works

              here's how his films fared according to critics and here are my takes on them:

              Rotten Tomatoes:

              'Running Scared' 40% 'This film runs with frenetic energy punctuated by gratuitous violence but sorely lacks in plot, character development and stylistic flair.'

              it moved very fast for me which I liked, one scene could have been cut entirely and it is very, very violent but Paul can do drama

              'Pleasantville' 86% 'Filled with lighthearted humor, timely social commentary, and dazzling visuals, Pleasantville is an artful blend of subversive satire and well-executed Hollywood formula.'

              true Paul isn't the main focus and he is a supporting player to Reese Witherspoon but he's very goofy and still a genuine nice guy learning about hormonal change, but I felt bad that's all he could think about after they both fooled around

              the movie: I still liked it with my man Tobey and the 1950's vibe

              'Varsity Blues' 40% 'This is a predictable football movie that lacks intensity.'

              I don't think so, it was hip, slick, the music rocks and Jon Voight's performance is a marvel to watch

              Paul as the new coach near the end was a great calling and truly inspiring

              'She's All That' 38% 'Despite its charming young leads, She's All That can't overcome its predictable, inconsistently funny script.'

              I can see why 'Not Another Teen Movie' spoofed this premise and it became a part of the pop culture

              that damn pubic hair scene brought the rest of the film down and I was willing to let go the predictability of the plot

              I didn't really buy Paul as a deuchebag but it's nice to see him in a high school role for once

              'Eight Below' 72% 'Featuring a stellar cast of marooned mutts, who deftly display emotion, tenderness, loyalty and resolve, Eight Below is a heartwarming and exhilarating adventure film.'

              again I barely remember this movie but maybe it's for the better since those dogs dying really affected me

              I could barely get through the rest of the film

              still Paul is a great leading guy in that flick

              'Joy Ride' 73% 'A well-constructed B-movie thriller, Joy Ride keeps up the necessary level of tension and chills. Critics also liked Zahn's performance as the goofball older brother.'

              honestly, this is one of Paul's better films involving horror/thriller and Steve Zahn is so much fun despite acting like an idiot

              pulling pranks on people on the road is never safe but the film was very intense and uneasy

              now for the big ones:

              'The Fast and The Furious' 56% 'Sleek and shiny on the surface, The Fast and the Furious recalls those cheesy teenage exploitation flicks of the 1950s.'

              this was the start of Paul's rise to fame for me, I was instantly a fan and hooked to the franchise seeing this at 11 years-old, he, Vin, Michelle, and Jordana became the ultimate team for these movies, they made racing cars sexy, brought in hot girls, and played badass music

              '2 Fast, 2 Furious' 36% 'Beautiful people and beautiful cars in a movie that won't tax the brain cells.'

              this was one of my least favorites next to the 3rd one, even without Vin Diesel this one felt empty and less exciting, then when it reached the end my sister and I were like, really that's it? Paul still owns it though

              'Fast and Furious' 29% 'While Fast and Furious features the requisite action and stunts, the filmmakers have failed to provide a competent story or compelling characters.'

              now this was more like it, it's like the filmmakers sat down and re-watched the 1st movie, this should have been made right after, I am so glad they got back on track to the main plot, at the time supposedly killing Letty was such a crap idea because I was looking forward to seeing everyone again on-screen after so long, the action scenes still made it for me, the music was cool as always, the girls kept getting hotter and they did thicken the plot despite what many critics thought

              'Fast Five' 77% 'Sleek, loud, and over the top, Fast Five proudly embraces its brainless action thrills and injects new life into the franchise.'

              I was amazed they made an actual good movie for once in this series! the critics were warming up to the actors thank goodness, and they continued more of the story while building on it and keeping it consistent, I was entertained they brought all the cast members from the previous films together and the action scenes kept getting better and better, it's still on my top 2011 list

              Fast and Furious 6' 70% 'With high-octane humor and terrific action scenes, Fast & Furious 6 builds upon the winning blockbuster formula that made Fast 5 a critical and commercial success.'

              a 6th film was inevitable but thankfully they made it just as worth as the others, the best part: I rejoiced hearing that Michelle Rodriguez was coming back, it's not 'Fast and Furious' without her

              aside from the 1-dimensional villain and the tank scene being too short the film still worked for me and bringing all the nostalgia back from 2001

              and that cliffhanger oh boy...I am still wondering how they're gonna tackled that

              and now with Paul being gone what lies ahead? who knows?

              now the ones I didn't see with him:

              'Flags of Our Fathers' 73% 'Flags of Our Fathers is both a fascinating look at heroism, both earned and manufactured, and a well-filmed salute to the men who fought at the battle of Iwo Jima.'

              'Brokedown Palace' 31% 'Lacks credibility and tension.'

              'Takers' 28% 'Takers boasts some gripping set pieces and keeps things moving quickly, but its two-dimensional characters, clichéd script, and brazenly derivative plot make it hard to recommend.'

              'Noel' 26%

              'Vehicle 19' 24% 'It starts with an interesting premise and Paul Walker is as handsomely brooding as ever, but Vehicle 19's incoherently shot action sequences make it a poor substitute for his work in the Fast & Furious movies.'

              'Into The Blue' 21% 'Even the endless shots of bronzed beach babes and buffed dudes can't keep this soggy scuba flick's plot from drowning.'

              'Hours' 20%, this isn't doing so well so far and it's not opening until later this month

              not sure if it's a proper ending for Paul's career

              I saw the same thing with Brittany Murphy and her last film

              'Timeline' 12% 'This incoherently plotted addition to the time-travel genre looks and sounds cheesy.'

              my sister watched this and didn't mind it

              'Pawn Shop Chronicles' 12%

              'The Skulls' 9% 'The Skulls is full of nonsense and empty of good script and plot.'

              kept hearing about it since it opened but never watched it

              'Meet The Deedles' 4%

              so regardless of his films good or bad, I still like the guy so much

              he will be sorely missed

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              • jmp • 2 years ago

                the movie Eight Below made me cry and now it might make me cry more cause Paul Walker gone. R.I.P

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                • upsmann44 • 2 years ago

                  @ What the hell is wrong with you people! F*ck off!

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                  • thedude1 • 2 years ago

                    No Timeline? That is just not right.

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                    • upsmann44 • 2 years ago

                      @2movieguys Timeline, Yes!

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                      • 2movieguys • 2 years ago

                        I would add "Timeline" to the list.

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                        • 2movieguys • 2 years ago

                          I forgot he was in "Pleasantville"......I didn't care for "Joy Ride"...loooved "Running Scared"...!

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                          • instead8909 • 2 years ago

                            seen all of these films, some are better than others but still I enjoyed them.

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                            • kingbrady • 2 years ago

                              Running Scared was a great film

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                              • narrator • 2 years ago

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                                • thedude-abides • 2 years ago

                                  Good list, but every Paul Walker list should start and end with the original Fast and Furious. When people think of Paul Walker, that's what they think of.

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                                  • upsmann44 • 2 years ago

                                    Where is Meet the Deedles?

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                                    • superman81 • 2 years ago

                                      Pleasantville is an amazing movie and it did launch his career in my opinion. Joy Ride is one of my favorite thriller films as well. Nice list and this is still hard to imagine he is not going to be around.

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