10 Best Dave Franco Movies You Must See

January 28, 2018
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Dave Franco was mostly known as actor-director James Franco’s younger brother, until he appeared in a supporting role in a comedy movie, which starred Channing Tatum in the lead. Dave slowly worked his way up in the industry, while he was still studying and doing theatre. James’ manager propelled him to make the gradual shift from TV to the big screen and Dave finally received the recognition he deserved.

Dave started to appear in inconsequential roles in films like ‘After Sex’, ‘Superbad’, ‘Milk’ etc and also starred in some blink-and-you-miss roles in films until ‘The Shortcut’ got him noticed in the main stream. Post a list of duds again, Dave acted in elder brother James-directed biographical film ‘The Broken Tower’, where he played Franco’s younger self and got his big break with ‘21 Jump Street’. Here’s a list of top 10 Dave Franco movies that brought him out of his brother’s shadow.


10. Unfinished Business (2015)

An out-an-out comedy movie starring Vince Vaughn in the lead, the film talks about a small-time businessman, who quits his former job to start his own venture, for which he travels all the way to Europe with two of his associates and ends up in situations he had never dreamt of. The film was a box office bomb and was panned by the critics, yet Dave Franco, who played Vaughn’s intellectually challenged subordinate with a positive outlook towards life, without going overboard with it, was widely lauded for his portrayal.


9. Warm Bodies (2013)

This romantic zom-com was based on Isaac Marion’s titular novel and the movie with a paranormal theme starred Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer and John Malkovich in lead roles. The film set in a post-apocalyptic world, where zombies come out looking for human flesh, narrated the story of a brain-dead and “heart-dead” zombie named R, who starts developing feelings for a girl, he sets his eyes upon. The movie garnered positives reviews and Dave Franco, who played Palmer’s boyfriend, was praised for his skills in his quick role.


8. The Little Hours (2017)

The comedy movie, which starred Franco’s wife Alison Brie alongside him in the lead, was the story of three nuns, all different from each other, residing in a convent, with Father Superior. The three misfits accidentally keep getting into a mess each time, landing others in trouble in turn too, until a handyman, posing as a deaf-mute, enters the convent. The film, which was well-received at the box office, starred Dave Franco as the young man, undertaking odd jobs to make ends meet, who was appreciated for his sincere portrayal.


7. Nerve (2016)

The taut thriller featuring Dave Franco and Emma Roberts was the story about the deep, dark web, where an online reality game puts players in a situation from which they can never escape. Although the film is centered on a group of teens, who get trapped in the game, it had a universal appeal and was a great success too. Dave Franco portrayed one of the main players, who goes all out to escape the overpowering game.


6. Fright Night (2011)

Remade from Tom Holland’s 1985 horror film of the same name, Dave Franco’s ‘Fright Night’ had Collin Farrell playing a vampire and Anton Yelchin as the teenager who uncovers his secrets. The movie narrated the story of a teenager who discovers that his next-door neighbour is a vampire and is responsible for several disappearances in the neighbourhood. He then vows to unravel the mystery, ending up losing a lot. Dave Franco played one of Farrell – the vampire’s – victims.

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