After the brand new trailer for Shazam! Fury of the Gods dazzled the San Diego Comic-Con, fans everywhere turned to see how the beloved crime fighter will fare against the Daughters of Atlas when the film comes out in December. Longtime TV and movie star Zachary Levi reprises the titular role as Shazam, the superheroic alter ego of teenager Billy Batson who combines the wisdom and strength of several mythological characters.
With a healthy balance of live-action and voice-over film work, Zachary Levi continues to add to his impressive movie resume, with IMDb users largely favoring Levi’s most recent big-screen outings over his earlier ones.
10 Remember Sunday (2013) – 6.9
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Levi stars opposite Alexis Bledel in the ABC/Hallmark rom-com Remember Sunday, an enchanting TV movie that IMDb users are quick to note sidesteps genre cliches and maudlin conventions. The plot tracks waitress Molly (Bledel), who meets and falls for Gus (Levi), a whimsical jeweler whose short-term memory loss causes a slight hiccup in their kinship.
Despite the broad appeal of a network romance, many IMDb fans of the film note how it manages to avoid the sappy nature of typical Hallmark movies and tackle serious issues while delivering a surprisingly thoughtful story that avoids pat happy endings. Others highlight Levi’s magnetic charms and electric chemistry with Bledel in a sweet riff on such amnesiac rom-coms as 50 First Dates.
9 Shades Of Ray (2008) – 6.9
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In one of his first starring movie roles, Levi soars as a Ray Rehman in Shades of Ray, a coming-of-age rom-com that IMDb fans laud for its affirming and uplifting charms. The story follows aspiring actor and bartender Ray as his parents separate, leaving him to question the institution of marriage and the notion of soulmates while navigating his bifurcated American and Pakistani heritage.
Written and directed by Jaffar Mahmood with vulnerable honesty and accurate authenticity, IMDb fans wisely note how brilliantly and convincingly Levi deviates from his iconic role as Chuck on TV, delivering a truly impressive performance that not only evolves over the course of the story but also runs the full gamut of human emotion in the process in ways that induce joyous and melancholic tears in equal measure.
8 Shazam! (2019) – 7.0
Stream On HBO Max
Levi may have landed a role of a lifetime as Shazam!, the delightful superheroic wizard and alter ego who helps young Billy Batson (Asher Angel) find his missing biological mother. In an age where most superhero movies are dark, grim, and hyper-violent, Shazam! reintroduced the silly, zany, lighthearted tableau of big-screen comic book fare fans were painfully missing. As such, Shazam! is considered one of the best DECU movies on record.
The overwhelming praise for Shazam! on IMDb reveals how fun, absurd, lighthearted, and easy the movie is to watch, calling to mind the halcyon superhero days of the ’80s and ’90s when comic book movies were still largely aimed at children rather than adults. A pleasant feel-good diversion, Levi’s performance has also been praised on IMDb for nailing the right tone and tenor of the character.
7 American Underdog (2021) – 7.1
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American Underdog tells the true story of Kurt Warner (Levi), a one-time grocery bagger who got to live his dream to play quarterback for the St. Louis Rams, a team he led to a Super Bowl victory in 2000. Driven by his faith and loving wife Brenda (Anna Paquin), Kurt overcame all odds to become an eventual Hall of Fame player after a terrific pro career.
Despite the saccharine clichés of most sports dramas, American Underdog has been lavished with praise on IMDb for being a rousingly uplifting and genuinely feel-good, inspirational true story that gives everyone who sees it a ray of lasting hope. Most saliently, many IMDb voters note how the movie comes after a dark period following the global pandemic and registers as a much-needed, reinvigorated shot to the arm.
6 Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood (2022) – 7.3
Stream On Netflix
Levi voices the role of NASA employee Kranz in Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood, master movie director Richard Linklater’s heartfelt ode to growing up in Houston, Texas in the late ’60s during the space race. The amusing animated film combines nostalgia for the past with the exciting promise of the unknown future to create a wholly unique experience of wide-eyed childhood wonderment.
While Levi’s role is quite minor, most IMDb users remark about how well the film recaptures a specific place and time, with the universal themes of Linklater’s Boyhood combined with the distinct animation style of Waking Life to create something fresh and familiar at once in a touching coming-of-age story nearly every child can recognize and identify with.
5 Psych: The Movie (2017) – 7.3
Stream On Peacock
Levi makes a hilarious turn in Psych: The Movie as William McGoldrick, aka Thin White Duke, a David Bowie lookalike performer in the made-for-TV spinoff movie. The story reunites Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dule Hill) during the holidays when one of their colleagues is suddenly targeted by a mysterious enemy, with Thin White Duke involved in a kidnapping scheme.
While some IMDb users feel the movie was not as amusing as some of the TV shows best episodes, others highlight how much fun and over-the-top the action is and how seamlessly Roday and Hill rekindled their volcanic chemistry after years off the air, giving fans the exact kind of nostalgic service they expected in a movie adaptation.
4 The Mauritanian (2021) – 7.4
Stream On Showtime
Based on a true story, The Mauritanian chronicles the military imprisonment of North African citizen Mahemdou Ould Slahi, who was wrongfully accused of being involved in the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. and held at Guantanamo Bay for 14 years. Levi plays against type as Neil Buckland, a bureaucratic U.S. intelligence agent who makes it difficult for Mohamdeou to be released.
Despite the harrowing subject matter, many on IMDb label the film as a powerfully sobering and eye-opening account of U.S. corruption and malfeasance and a story of international importance that needed to be told and needed to be seen. A morally dubious affair that begs the question of who the real good guys are, The Mauritanian proves Levi isn’t immune to polarizing material.
3 Tangled (2010) – 7.7
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The magically enchanting fairytale of Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) delighted the masses to no end in Tangled, in which Levi voices the romantic role of Flynn Rider. The story concerns Rapunzel embracing her identity and finding her voice after the dashing Flynn whisks her away from her tower and opens up her worldview.
Released following a relative down period for Disney, most IMDb fans of the film note what a glorious and triumphant return to form Tangled is for the Mouse House as the preeminent purveyor of princess love, with the playful rapport between Moore and Levi carrying the movie’s charms a long way. A feel-good affair for the whole family to enjoy, Tangled has a big broad appeal like very few movies that Levi has been in.
2 Thor: Ragnarok – 7.9
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Reprising his role as the Asgardian warrior Fandral from Thor: The Dark World, Levi ended the character arc in Thor: Ragnarok after being stabbed to death by Hela. The larger story concerns Thor’s escape from planet Sakaar and his attempt to prevent the apocalypse from destroying his home planet.
By far the highest-rated Thor movie on IMDb, the general consensus about the film includes what an absolute blast Taiki Waititi has in one of his best movies subverting the dour, overly-serious tone, and tenor of the previous installments and injecting a hilariously playful sensibility into the story and characters. IMDb fans adore how the film plays as a comedy first and foremost and a superhero movie secondarily, making for a uniquely enthralling MCU experience.
1 VGHS: The Movie (2012) – 8.1
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According to IMDb, the highest-rated movie in Zachary Levi’s filmography is Video Game High School: The Movie. The story follows teenagers at an elite academy where they train as the world’s most skilled competitive video game players. Levi plays Ace, one of the teens’ sardonic instructors who help them develop their gaming skills.
Hailed on IMDb for its kinetic camerawork, excellent sound design, and engaging plot that combines to create a fully satisfying movie experience, VGHS: The Movie may not be Levi’s most well-known project, but it remains one of the most adored by those who’ve seen it. Give it a chance before Shazam! Fury of The Gods drops this Christmas to see Levi’s full range of acting talents.
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