Jason Momoa, born on August 1st, 1979, as Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa, is a Hawaiian native. He rose to popularity in Hollywood with his roles as Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones and DC’s underwater superhero, Aquaman. A few months ago, his name may have sent shockwaves through Hollywood and the mainstream media after he divorced his wife of seventeen years, Lisa Bonet. She is best known for her long-running role on The Cosby Show. However, it is his acting skill and masculine looks that brought him under the limelight for the audience and Hollywood players.
He debuted as an actor at the age of 19, appearing in episodes including Baywatch Miami, North Shore, and The Johnson’s Family Vacation, a comedy starring Cedric the Entertainer and Solange Knowles. His comeback in Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom is currently scheduled for release in March 2023. But we list Jason Momoa’s top ten movies to tide you over till then.
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Watch on: HBO Max
As of 2021, Momoa’s Dune was a science fiction picture where he played Duncan Idaho, a significant warrior in House Atreides. The movie is based on the Frank Herbert novel of the same name, published in 1965, and David Lynch’s critically panned 1984 film adaptation.
The existence of Timothee Chalamet’s Paul Atreides in the far future serves as the backdrop for the film. Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), Jane’s mother, is expected to have a daughter in accordance with cultural norms but gives birth to a son, Paul. He has been plagued with terrifying premonitions throughout his life. Duke Leto (Oscar Isaac), upon learning this, sends his son to be trained by Duncan Idaho (Jason Momoa) and Gurney Halleck (Josh Brolin) in martial warfare. It would also enable him to eventually marry the girl he desires, Chani (Zendaya).
The picture, which was packed with suspense and action, made $399.8 million at the box office.
Director: Lin Oeding
Genre: Action Thriller
Watch on: Prime Video
Jason Momoa plays the protagonist Joe Braven, a logging firm owner in the movie. He lives with his wife, Stephanie (Jill Wagner), and their daughter, Charlotte (Sasha Rosoff). Stephanie advises that Joe and his father Linden (Stephen Lang) spend time at the family’s secluded wooden cabin after Linden sustains brain trauma in a bar fight. However, Charlotte has secretly joined them. Joe’s coworker Weston (Brendan Fletcher) is approached by Hallett (Zahn McClarnon), a cocaine trafficker who wants to enlist more truck drivers to help him and his employer, Kassan (Garret Dillahunt), distribute drugs. The cocaine is then hidden at Joe’s family cabin after Weston loses control of the log truck carrying it. To protect his daughter, Joe gets into a showdown with the drug traffickers alongside Linden (Stephen Lang).
Even though it had an exciting premise, the film only made $826,472 at the box office.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League- 2017
Director: Zack Snyder
Watch on: HBO Max
Momoa’s Aquaman character grew a little more pronounced in 2018 with the release of Justice League, another DC Comics superhero movie. In the wake of Superman’s death, the heroes of DC’s Justice League (Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, and Jason Momoa as a hesitant Aquaman) band together to prevent the evil Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds). The supervillain and his legion of Parademons aim to combine all the Mother Boxes scattered across the earth. Once assembled, they will transform Earth into Steppenwolf’s realm, complete with its poisonous atmosphere. As luck would have it, the superhero team eventually defeats Steppenwolf. It unites the Mother Boxes, which Batman uses to bring Superman back to life. The happy ending immensely satisfied the fans.
The final global total for the picture was $655,9 million.
Director: James Wan
Watch on: HBO Max
The 2018 debut of DC Comics’ Aquaman catapulted Jason Momoa to sudden fame more than any of his previous supporting or major performances. Momoa portrayed the major role of Arthur Curry, a future king conceived by the union of Thomas Curry (Temuera Morrison) and Atlanna (Nicole Kidman). Atlanna is a submerged Atlantean queen who escaped an arranged marriage. Her advisor, Nudios Vulko (William Dafoe), takes care of her half-breed son Arthur while she is away, raising him to be a formidable warrior. But disaster is on the horizon, as the current monarch, Arthur’s younger half-brother Orma Marius (Patrick Wilson), plots to destroy the surface world by polluting the oceans. Over the course of the story, Arthur must defeat several opponents if he is to become the undisputed ruler of Atlantis.
With $1.143 billion earned around the world, the picture was an instant hit.
The Bad Batch- 2016
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
Watch on: Netflix
The Bad Batch is a dystopian thriller about Arlen (Suki Waterhouse), a young lady exiled from the contemporary world to the borders of the Texas desert. The reason is that she is considered a part of the “bad batch,” hence the film’s title. Her American citizenship and regulations no longer apply once she enters the desert wastelands. Shortly after that, two cannibal women kidnap her and later eat her limbs after dismembering them. Later she escapes and meets a silent hermit (Jim Carrey) who brings her to a community called Comfort, which is ruled by a man named The Dream (Keanu Reeves). The hermit tends to her wounds and gives her a prosthetic leg. She spots a mother and daughter digging through the trash for food and shoots the mother dies while taking the girl hostage. Miami Man (Jason Momoa) gives her instructions to locate his daughter. After she does, they are reunited, and Arlen abandons Comfort to be with Miami Man in the desert.
Only $182,226 was made from the film.
Conan the Barbarian
Director: Marcus Nispel
Watch on: Disney Plus
Momoa, still in the early stages of his career, played the title role in the 2011 sword-and-sorcery picture Conan the Barbarian. It is a remake of the 1982 film of the same name starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Earl Jones. However, the new version of the picture did not perform as well at the box office as the original 1982 version.
Conan (Jason Momoa) is a skilled and ferocious warrior who is the only survivor of an attack on his village by the warlord Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang) and his daughter Marique (Rose McGowan). They steal the piece of a sorcery-crafted mask from Conan’s father, Corin (Ron Perlman), before killing him. Conan vows vengeance for his father’s death. On the other hand, Zym searches for the missing mask pieces and for Tamara (Rachel Nichols), a virgin of the Acheronian family he plans to sacrifice.
It had an intricate plot but failed miserably at the box office, grossing only $63.3 million on a budget of $90 million.
Road to Paloma- 2014
Director: Jason Momoa
Watch on: Prime Video
To Momoa, Road to Paloma is one of his most personal works. The 2014 drama marked Momoa’s directorial debut. In an interview with Red Carpet Crash, he said of the project, “I always knew I wanted to direct it.” Like other performers who occasionally develop their own films, Momoa co-wrote the screenplay for this one with Robert Homer Mollohan and Jonathan Hirschbein. Momoa plays Wolf, a Native American seeking vengeance for the death of his mother, in the film Road to Paloma. Momoa’s wife, Lisa Bonet, plays his love interest in the movie.
The movie made a box office of $93.7 million.
Bullet to the Head- 2012
Director: Walter Hill
Watch on: Netflix
Momoa’s acting journey to Hollywood stardom hasn’t exactly been a bed of daisies and rose petals. Like every movie star, Momoa has had his fair share of successes and failures throughout his career.
Bullet To The Head was an action film where he co-starred with Sylvester Stallone. Detective Taylor Kwon (Sung Kang), a police officer in Washington, DC, and hitman Jimmy Bobo (Sylvester Stallone) are compelled to work together to take down unscrupulous tycoon Robert Nkomo Morel (who has several crooked cops on his payroll, making it more difficult for Kwon to bust him). On top of everything else, Morel’s hitman Keegan (Jason Momoa) has it in for both Kwon and Bobo.
The film barely made $22.59 million at the box office while having a budget of $55 million.
Once Upon a Time in Venice- 2017
Director: Mark Cullen
Watch on: Prime Video
With a muscular, stocky build, Momoa quickly rose to fame as an action actor. Automatically, the action being the theme in most of his movies, he works with other action stars, the most prominent being the Die Hard star Bruce Willis. In 2017, the duo co-starred in the action comedy Once Upon a Time in Venice, which follows the day-to-day adventures of a laid-back private eye named Steve Ford (Bruce Willis). After doing a favor for his friend Dave Phillips, he incurs the wrath of a narcotics gang (John Goodman). Spyder (Jason Momoa), the gang’s leader, takes Steve’s dog as an act of retaliation. So Spyder sends him on a series of perilous and sometimes fatal missions in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles to retrieve his puppy.
Despite having a fairly solid ensemble cast, the film only made $399,166 at the box office.
Director: David Hewlett
Watch on: Showtime
In this movie, six young computer hackers are assigned to a derelict spaceship. Soon, they find themselves pitted against a vengeful artificial intelligence that will stop at nothing to achieve human status. The ship’s psychopathic AI, Iam, is played by none other than Momoa, who turns the group of hackers against each other.
A movie this good is rarely made on such a small budget. Decent action, acting, and computer graphics make this movie impactful for the viewers.