John Krasinski's 10 Best Performances, Ranked

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The comedy-actor-turned-action-hero known as John Krasinski has starred in many films and TV shows during his career. Though Krasinski first got into acting in the early 2000s, his breakthrough didn't begin until around 2005, soon after he was cast in what would become one of NBC's biggest sitcoms, The Office.

As Krasinski's biggest TV role began to wrap up, he shifted deeper into the world of film, even breaking into directing. Today, he remains a beloved actor and is continuing to pursue a variety of projects.

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However, rather than looking at what's to come for Krasinski, we're here to reflect on the roles he's already taken on. With that said, here are 10 of John Krasinski's best performances to date.

10 Jack Ryan

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Presently, John Krasinski stars in the Amazon Prime seriesJack Ryan. This action political thriller follows the titular character (Krasinski) as he is torn from his CIA analyst office job and thrown into the field where he is tasked with tracking down terrorists.

Jack Ryan received high praise after a strong first season and was soon given a second, which is set to premiere on Nov. 1. It has also been revealed that Amazon is making a third season as well.

9 License To Wed

Though License To Wed suffered from cheesy writing, it’s unforgettable thanks to its strong cast.

The story follows an engaged couple (Mandy Moore and Krasinski) that must pass through a strict course created by Reverend Frank (Robin Williams) in order to be wed by him. The tests prove to be a challenge for the couple, which leads them to taking a closer look at the strength and genuineness of their relationship.

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Though the movie’s critical reception ultimately failed, this can be blamed on directing much more than  Krasinski’s acting skills.

8 Something Borrowed

A few years later in 2011, Krasinski starred in another romcom. This time it was about Rachel, a New York City attorney (Ginnifer Goodwin) who accidentally sleeps with her crush (Colin Egglesfield). The problem is, said crush is unfortunately engaged to her closest friend (Kate Hudson), and her confidant Ethan (John Krasinski) is keeping a few matters of his own on the down-low.

Though the film was well-received by audiences, critics weren’t as excited about it. Nevertheless, the performances of Kate Hudson and the fabulous Krasinski were praised.

7 Big Miracle

This 2012 drama film, based on the Freeing the Whales book, starred John Krasinski and Drew Barrymore. It follows the international effort to rescue the whales trapped under ice in Alaska during 1988. Krasinski plays Adam, a new reporter from a small town who, with his ex-girlfriend (Barrymore), team up together to complete an animal rescue adventure.

The film received positive ratings with many considering it to be enjoyable despite poor performance at the box office. Though it’s been proven that Krasinski can play an action star or a love interest with ease, this proved that he could be just as compelling inside the limitations of a family film.

6 13 Hours: The Secret Soldier of Benghazi

This 2016 action thriller had Krasinski taking on the role of a U.S. Navy SEAL who teams together with other members on the GRS team to protect the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

The film, which was based on real events, received mixed reviews from critics and positive ones from general audiences. Though the script was lacking, the overall captivation of the film was applauded. Additionally, Krasinski and his co-stars skillfully faded into their roles.

5 Monsters University

Being that Krasinski has been a supporting character in multiple animated films, we had to give at least one of them a nod on this list. Pixar’s prequel to Monsters, Inc. took Mike and Sully (Billy Crystal and John Goodman) back to college where they attempt to become the top scarers.

In this film, Krasinski plays a monster known as Frank McCay, a Monsters University alumni who inspires Mike to go into scaring.

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On the topic of animated films, here’s a shout-out to Krasinski’s other related roles, including those in Monsters vs. Aliens and Shrek the Third.

4 Leatherheads

This 2008 film tells the story of a 1920s football captain (George Clooney) who wants to promote the sport. His first move? To recruit Krasinski’s Carter Rutherford, who is an attractive, fast war hero who might just get people to attend the games.

The sports comedy didn’t do well at the box office and received mixed reviews. That being said, the two most admired aspects of the film were the creative premise and the strong cast. Of course, Krasinski falls into the latter.

3 Away We Go

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Often called one of Krasinski’s most underrated projects is this 2009 comedy-drama about a couple that searches the United States for a place to raise their soon-to-be-born child. Krasinski played the husband and comedy legend Maya Rudolph played his wife.

Away We Go received reviews that leaned positive upon its release even though the film didn’t make up its budget at the box office. Critics found the road trip story to be charming and quirky, and the unique leading couple came off well.

2 A Quiet Place

Krasinski made his horror movie directorial debut in 2018 with the post-apocalyptic thriller known as A Quiet Place. Starring as one of the leads alongside his real-life wife Emily Blunt, the pair and their fictional children attempt to survive in a world in which an extraterrestrial creature attacks everything that makes sound.

The film received resounding praise from critics who couldn’t get enough of the brilliant acting, genre-bending story, and truly tense moments. A sequel is presently in the works.

1 The Office

Of course, Krasinski played his most iconic role on a little comedy mockumentary known as The Office. This cult-followed TV show had Krasinski playing a paper salesman named Jim who worked for the fictional Dunder Mifflin in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Though Jim’s character went through a lot of development over the series’ 9 seasons, his primary plot points involved his developing relationship and romance with the secretary, Pam. Jim was also known for constantly pranking his co-worker Dwight and staring at the camera when his boss Michael made an uncomfortable move.

The Office is great for many reasons, but one of them is definitely its ability to push John Krasinski into the spotlight.

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