6 iconic Brendan Fraser films you need to watch

I mean, he was in The Mummy.

words by: Alee Kwong
Oct 9, 2022

Brendan Fraser is Hollywood treasure and I will not hear otherwise. Him unjustly being blackballed from the industry for years only made fans more supportive of him, and more joyous when he finally returned in Doom Patrol. Fraser was everywhere in the late ’90s and early 2000s, making his mark in pop culture by being in projects that have defined a lot of our childhoods.


Since his work on Doom Patrol, he’s secured a main role in the A24 feature film, The Whale, alongside Sadie Sink (Stranger Things), directed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream) — a film that received a 6-minute long standing ovation at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Fraser’s future looks blindingly bright, and it’s nice to have him back where he belongs.


So here’s 6 of his most iconic films.


1. The Mummy (1999)


Where to watch: Peacock


The Mummy is a suspenseful and horrifying epic about an expedition of treasure-seeking explorers in the Sahara Desert in 1925. Stumbling upon an ancient tomb, the hunters unwittingly set loose a 3,000-year-old legacy of terror, which is embodied in the vengeful reincarnation of an Egyptian priest who had been sentenced to an eternity as one of the living dead.


2. George of the Jungle (1997)


Where to watch: Disney+


George (Brendan Fraser) has raised himself since since he was a baby and a plane crash stranded him in an African jungle. Now an adult, George has his first human contact in years when he rescues explorer Ursula Stanhope (Leslie Mann) from a lion. George and Ursula connect, and she leaves her fiancé, Lyle (Thomas Haden Church), and takes George back to San Francisco. But when George learns that his gorilla buddy has been captured, he and Ursula return on a rescue mission.


3. Monkey Bone (2001)


Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video ($3.99), Apple TV ($3.99), YouTube ($3.99)


Life could not be better for cartoonist Stu Miley (Brendan Fraser). He has created a hit comic strip featuring Monkeybone (John Turturro), a petulant rascal with a penchant for wise cracks and racy antics. Stu, happy and in love with his beautiful girlfriend Julie (Bridget Fonda), is on the verge of big success, as his comic strip is about to become a national television show. On the night that Stu is to propose to Julie, he gets struck down in a freak accident.


4. Encino Man (1992)


Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video ($3.99), Apple TV ($3.99), YouTube ($3.99)


California teen Dave Morgan (Sean Astin) is digging a pit for a pool in his backyard when he happens upon a caveman frozen in a block of ice. Aided by his goofy friend Stoney (Pauly Shore), Dave transports their discovery to his garage, where the Neanderthal thaws and is revived. When Dave and Stoney find the living and thoroughly bewildered caveman, they attempt to pass him off as a foreign exchange student named Link (Brendan Fraser), resulting in many misadventures.


5. Crash (2004)


Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video ($3.99), Apple TV ($3.99)


Writer-director Paul Haggis interweaves several connected stories about race, class, family and gender in Los Angeles in the aftermath of 9/11. Characters include a district attorney (Brendan Fraser) and his casually prejudiced wife (Sandra Bullock), dating police detectives Graham (Don Cheadle) and Ria (Jennifer Esposito), a victimized Middle Eastern store owner and a wealthy African-American couple (Terrence Dashon Howard, Thandie Newton) humiliated by a racist traffic cop (Matt Dillon).


6. Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)


Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video ($2.99), Apple TV ($2.99), Youtube ($2.99)


Sick of ceding the spotlight to Bugs Bunny (Joe Alaskey), Daffy Duck is unceremoniously fired by studio boss Kate Houghton (Jenna Elfman) when he demands equal pay and billing. Daffy goes on a studio lot rampage, taking down security guard D.J. Drake (Brendan Fraser) in the process, who is also sacked. But when D.J.’s A-list actor dad (Timothy Dalton) is kidnapped by the evil Mr. Chairman (Steve Martin), D.J. and Daffy try to rescue him, while also being pursued by Kate and Bugs.


If only DC didn’t cancel Batgirl, we’re sure Brendan Fraser would’ve killed it in the DCEU.


Photo via John Phillips