Jake Gyllenhaal has already popped up in one film this year, Denis Villeneuve's "Enemy." But he has another one on the way — Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler" — that is a fierce reminder of his upward trajectory as of late: he's building to something major. You can just feel it.

With all of that in mind, it seemed an obvious opportunity to dive into the 33-year-old actor's filmography and cherry pick the cream of the crop. No surprise it seemed to get better as you go along, though it's not to say Gyllenhaal didn't have a tangible spark the moment he hit the scene. He's simply done a great job of maneuvering, improving and, above all, finding what works for him. Refreshingly for a movie star like him, it has made for a unique career to date.

And he's continuing to work with interesting filmmakers. He just finished "Southpaw" with Antoine Fuqua and he's working with "Dallas Buyers Club" director Jean-Marc Vallée right now on "Demolition."

So click on through the gallery story below to see what the awards team here at HitFix thinks about all of this. Are we on the money? Wildly off the mark? What would your list look like? Tell us in the comments section below, and of course, vote for your favorite Jake Gyllenhaal performance in the poll.

"Enemy" is now available on DVD/Blu-ray and VOD.

"Nightcrawler" hits theaters Oct. 31.

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Kristopher Tapley has covered the film awards landscape for over a decade. He founded In Contention in 2005. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Times of London and Variety. He begs you not to take any of this too seriously.