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The best Jeremy Renner movies to watch that aren’t superhero related

Take out the Marvel ones, and these are the best Jeremy Renner movies to watch right now

Everyone knows and loves him as Hawkeye, but Jeremy Renner has been acting for decades in roles that didn’t require him to shoot a bow and arrow. This total package has been acting since the 90s, so there’s no shortage of flicks to pick from. Taking out his Marvel movies, these are a few of the best moments Jeremy has had on screen for when you’re in the mood for a Renner marathon starring this real-life superhero.

Dahmer (2002)

Dahmer
101m
Genre
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Stars
Jeremy Renner, Bruce Davison, Artel Great
Directed by
David Jacobson
Watch on Tubi
While there’s currently a resurgence of shows and movies about the serial killer, Jeremy Renner portrayed him decades ago in the 2002 film titled Dahmer. While Jeremy had been acting for almost a decade by the time he landed the role of Jeffrey Dahmer, the part would ultimately lead to him being cast in The Hurt Locker. His first lead role earned him a Best Male Lead Spirit Award nomination.

28 Weeks Later (2007)

28 Weeks Later
100m
Genre
Horror, Thriller, Science Fiction
Stars
Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner
Directed by
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Watch on Amazon
If you haven’t seen 28 Days Later, please stop disrespecting Cillian Murphy and watch it. The sequel, 28 Weeks Later, continues the journey in a post-apocalyptic London, with Renner playing a Delta Force sniper named Doyle. If you want to know if Renner will be able to appear in the next installment, 28 Months Later, you’ll have to watch to find out.

S.W.A.T. (2003)

S.W.A.T.
117m
Genre
Action, Thriller, Crime
Stars
Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez
Directed by
Clark Johnson
Watch on Apple TV+
If you haven’t watched Renner as Officer Brian Gamble in the crime thriller S.W.A.T., then you have your next movie night sorted. The cast is amazing, with performances from Samuel L. Jackson, Michelle Rodriguez, and Colin Farrell. The action is nonstop, and there are quite a few plot twists to keep you guessing who is on what side.

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

The Bourne Legacy
135m
Genre
Action, Thriller
Stars
Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton
Directed by
Tony Gilroy
Watch on Tubi
While Matt Damon is the only Jason Bourne, Jeremy Renner took a swing as Aaron Cross in one installment of the franchise, The Bourne Legacy. With Rachael Weisz as his leading lady, Renner leads us on an action-packed journey that left things open for another film. Though talk of a sequel fizzled around 2016, Renner might be up to the task in the future.

The Town (2010)

The Town
125m
Genre
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Stars
Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall
Directed by
Ben Affleck
Watch on Amazon

While The Town focused more on Ben Affleck for his roles as director, actor, and writer on the film, Jeremy himself definitely stole the show, grabbing nominations for Best Supporting Actor at pretty much every award show for that year. About a group of bank robbers and the fallout when they take the bank manager hostage, Renner’s portrayal as James “Jem” Coughlin in this crime drama is one you don’t want to miss.

The Hurt Locker (2008)

The Hurt Locker
131m
Genre
Drama, Thriller, War
Stars
Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty
Directed by
Kathryn Bigelow
Watch on Apple TV+

As the first film ever to win a female director a Best Picture Academy Award, The Hurt Locker was phenomenal because of everyone involved, and Jeremy received much-deserved recognition for his part. Renner got to work with his future Avengers buddy Anthony Mackie in the film while portraying Sergeant First Class William James in the war thriller. Renner learned how to wear a bomb suit and to diffuse bombs for the part, so you could say he truly puts in the work for the characters he portrays, part of what makes him so captivating on screen.

Wind River (2017)

Wind River
107m
Genre
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Stars
Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Gil Birmingham
Directed by
Taylor Sheridan
Watch on Apple TV+
Starring alongside another Marvel friend, Elizabeth Olsen, the neo-Western thriller crime movie Wind River saw Renner play Cory Lambert, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent who works with Olsen as Jane Banner, a rookie FBI agent investigating a murder. Renner’s performance is moving, and you’ll want a pick-me-up after watching. The film earned Jeremy a Satellite Awards Best Actor nomination, and the sequel is currently filming, though neither Renner nor Olsen returns to their roles.

American Hustle (2013)

American Hustle
138m
Genre
Drama, Crime
Stars
Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams
Directed by
David O. Russell
Watch on Netflix
American Hustle generated big buzz when it came out, and was nominated for many awards. We couldn’t get enough of the black comedy crime period piece. American Hustle has a star-studded cast of Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams, so Jeremy Renner’s role gets pushed to the side a bit. But his portrayal of Mayor Carmine Polito shouldn’t be overlooked, and he grabbed a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for his contribution.

Tag (2018)

Tag
100m
Genre
Comedy, Action
Stars
Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner
Directed by
Jeff Tomsic
Watch on Amazon

We always see Jeremey Renner in serious roles, fighting crime, being the bad guy, or other type of action role. So, it was a bit of fresh air to see him as Jerry Pierce in the comedy Tag, alongside an outstanding cast of Jon Hamm, Jake Johnson, Ed Helms, Hannibal Buress, Annabelle Wallis, Leslie Bibb, Isla Fisher, and Rashida Jones, in a comedy about a group of friends who played tag for 28 years. 

Of all the movies to get hurt on, Renner injured himself performing a stunt two different times, and had to finish filming wearing a cast. We’ll have to wait and see if he’ll want to join in on the sequel.

Arrival (2016)

Arrival
116m
Genre
Drama, Science Fiction, Mystery
Stars
Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
Directed by
Denis Villeneuve
Watch on Apple TV+
The film Arrival was nominated for 127 awards for a reason, and not all of them were because of Amy Adams. Well, okay, a lot of them were for Amy Adams and the visual effects. But Renner’s Ian Donnelly gave us a good show. The sci-fi drama about humans communicating with extraterrestrials was stunningly done, as was the chemistry build-up between Adams and Renner.

While the younger population may only know him as an Avenger, the rest of us know that Jeremy Renner’s extensive resume consists of much more than being a master archer. From a makeup artist in his early days to a musician more recently, Renner is a man of multiple talents. The next time you want to watch some of those skills on screen, pick a few of these movies and make a weekend out of it.

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Dannielle Beardsley
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