27 Movies Starring Oscar Winner Jared Leto
Jared Leto may have gotten his start on television with the cult classic "My So-Called Life," but the actor quickly made a name for himself as a star of the silver screen. Leto — who won an Oscar in 2014 for his role in "Dallas Buyers Club" — has a huge filmography under his belt, ranging from indie films to box-office hits. Those movies include his turns in superhero films — the actor has played iconic comic book characters like DC's the Joker and Marvel's Morbius — and his portrayals of real-life people, like Paolo Gucci in 2021's "House of Gucci."
Throughout his career, Leto has worked with some of the most talented actors in Hollywood, from Christian Bale in "American Psycho" to Denzel Washington in "The Little Things" and Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford in "Blade Runner 2049." In addition to his Academy Award win for "Dallas Buyers Club" (which also starred Matthew McConaughey), Leto has been nominated twice for a Golden Globe and five times for a Screen Actors Guild Award. Ahead, check out 27 movies starring Leto.
"Suicide Squad" (2016)
Leto debuted his performance as the Joker in 2016's "Suicide Squad," directed by David Ayer. The film's ensemble cast includes Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, and Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang. Though much of the cast returned for 2021's "The Suicide Squad," directed by James Gunn, Leto did not.
"Zack Snyder's Justice League" (2021)
However, Leto did reprise his role as the Joker for "Zack Snyder's Justice League," Snyder's director's cut of the 2017 film. Leto and the Joker didn't appear in the original version, but Snyder filmed a new epilogue for the movie featuring Leto's Joker facing off with Ben Affleck's Batman. It's the only time the hero and his iconic foe have met in the DCEU.
"Dallas Buyers Club" (2013)
Leto and his costar Matthew McConaughey both won Oscars for their roles in this film. "Dallas Buyers Club" tells the true story of Ron Woodroof, an AIDS patient in the 1980s who smuggled unapproved drugs into Texas in hopes of helping himself and other people suffering from HIV/AIDS. Leto's character is Rayon, a fictional trans woman who helps Woodroof. Though Leto won the best supporting actor Oscar for his role, his casting has been criticized by many trans actors and activists who believe that trans people should be the ones portraying trans characters.
As Sony continues its Spider-Man universe that began with the "Venom" films, Leto is stepping into the title role of Dr. Michael Morbius, a doctor with a rare blood disease who accidentally turns himself into a vampire. The film also stars Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Al Madrigal, and Tyrese Gibson. Michael Keaton also returns as Vulture, having previously appeared in "Spider-Man: Homecoming."
"House of Gucci" (2021)
In "House of Gucci," Leto rounds out an ensemble cast that also features Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, and Salma Hayek. Leto plays Paolo Gucci, a fashion designer who is ultimately pushed out of his family's namesake company. Leto went with a larger-than-life accent for the role.
"American Psycho" (2000)
"American Psycho" stars Christian Bale as the title serial killer, Patrick Bateman. Leto appears as Paul Allen, Bateman's coworker and one of his earliest victims.
"Panic Room" (2002)
In this David Fincher thriller, Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart star as a mother and daughter who hide from burglars in the panic room of their new home. Forrest Whittaker, Dwight Yoakam, and Leto play the three burglars.
"The Outsider" (2018)
This Netflix film stars Leto as a former Marine who becomes a yakuza after he spends 10 years in a Japanese prison. It also features Kippei Shiina, Shiori Kutsuna, Tadanobu Asano, and Emile Hirsch.
"The Little Things" (2021)
This crime thriller stars Denzel Washington and Rami Malek as two detectives investigating a string of murders. Leto is the man they suspect of committing the crimes. He was nominated for a Golden Globe and a SAG Award for his performance.
"Requiem For a Dream" (2000)
"Requiem For a Dream" is directed by Darren Aronofsky and stars Ellen Burstyn, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans, and Leto as four people in New York City dealing with drug addiction.
"Fight Club" (1999)
Leto appears in "Fight Club" as Angel Face, a young recruit of the eponymous club. The film, directed by Fincher, stars Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, and Helena Bonham Carter.
"Girl, Interrupted" (1999)
"Girl, Interrupted" stars Winona Ryder as Susanna, an 18-year-old woman who's been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder who spends 18 months under psychiatric care from 1967 to 1968. The movie features Clea DuVall, Brittany Murphy, Elisabeth Moss, and Angelina Jolie, who won an Oscar for her performance. Leto plays Susanna's ex-boyfriend who wants to run away to Canada to escape the draft.
"Mr. Nobody" (2009)
Leto stars alongside Sarah Polley and Diane Kruger in this sci-fi drama. In the movie, Leto plays Nemo Nobody, the last person on Earth who will die, since all other humans are immortal.
"Chapter 27" (2007)
For this biopic, Leto steps into the shoes of Mark David Chapman, who shot and killed John Lennon on Dec. 8, 1980. The movie also features Judah Friedlander and Lindsay Lohan.
"Lonely Hearts" (2006)
Leto and Salma Hayek play the infamous Lonely Hearts Killers, Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck, in 2006's "Lonely Hearts." John Travolta and James Gandolfini costar as the homicide detectives trying to track them down.
"Lord of War" (2005)
In "Lord of War," Nicolas Cage stars as an international arms dealer, and Leto plays his younger brother. Ethan Hawke also appears as an Interpol agent, and Bridget Moynahan plays Cage's wife.
Colin Farrell leads "Alexander," all about the life of Alexander the Great. In addition to Leto, the cast includes heavy hitters like Jolie, Val Kilmer, Anthony Hopkins, Rosario Dawson, and Christopher Plummer.
Leto stars with Jake Gyllenhaal and Selma Blair in "Highway," a road-trip film about three people fleeing Las Vegas for Seattle.
"Sunset Strip" (2000)
Leto appears as a country rocker in this 1972 period piece about Los Angeles's Sunset Strip.
"The Thin Red Line" (1998)
"The Thin Red Line" is a war film directed by Terrence Malick. In addition to Leto, the cast features Sean Penn, George Clooney, John Cusack, Adrien Brody, Jim Caviezel, Nick Nolte, Travolta, and John C. Reilly.
"Urban Legend" (1998)
The '90s slasher film "Urban Legend" stars Leto alongside Alicia Witt, Rebecca Gayheart, and Tara Reid.
The British historical film stars Leto as the title character, a noble British man. Christian Slater also stars as a London merchant.
Leto stars in this biopic about American long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine, who died when he was just 24 years old.
"Switchback" features Leto as a hitchhiking man who's unwittingly picked up by a murderer, played by Danny Glover. Dennis Quaid appears as the special agent who's trying to solve the murders.
"The Last of the High Kings" (1996)
"The Last of the High Kings" was Leto's first starring role in a feature film. In the film, set in the 1970s, Leto plays an Irish teen. Christina Ricci plays an American family friend visiting for the summer.
"How to Make an American Quilt" (1995)
The star-studded cast of "How to Make an American Quilt" features Ryder, Burstyn, Claire Danes, Anne Bancroft, Alfre Woodard, Maya Angelou, Dermot Mulroney, Rip Torn, and Richard Jenkins. The cast was nominated for the SAG Award. This was Leto's film debut.