From 3rd Rock from the Sun to some of the biggest blockbusters over the past few years, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is returning to the big screen today in the unbelievable true story, The Walk.

Based on the story that influenced the documentary Man On Wire, The Walk, written and directed by Robert Zemeckis, centers on the life of Philippe Petit (portrayed by Levitt), a French high-wire artist who walked between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974.

To celebrate the film’s release today, here’s my top five Joseph Gordon-Levitt performances.

5. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight trilogy lacked a Robin until the very end, when it was revealed in the final few moments of The Dark Knight Rises that Levitt was just the man.

Nolan’s films are an epic superhero trilogy, filled to the brim with a star-studded cast. Levitt joined the cast in the third installment alongside Marion Cotillard and Tom Hardy, giving an outstanding close to the best DC franchise to date.

4. Looper (2012)

Rian Johnson created a brilliant dystopian future and futuristic setting with Looper, making it one of 2012’s best films.

Powerful from start to finish, Looper has fantastic performances from Levitt alongside Bruce Willis as his future self, Emily Blunt, and an exceptional performance from child star Pierce Gagnon.

3. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

One of the few high school comedies that we are all more than willing to watch over and over again, 10 Things I Hate About You is a brilliant, funny, and a hugely entertaining teen drama with a fantastic soundtrack. This is one of my personal favourite films, mostly because of the young Levitt-Ledger combination.

2. Brick (2005)

Levitt’s first film with director Rian Johnson, Brick is a modern-day film noir and is intelligent, original, and brilliantly handled.

1. Mysterious Skin (2004)

Exploring a number of tough subjects, Mysterious Skin is a disturbing but deeply engaging story about the intertwining lives of two young boys. The sadness of the situations really do leave you feeling overwhelmed as the direction is handled brilliantly, but despite the intensity of the subject matters, there’s a lot for the audience to relate to. Whether as serious as this or a minor experience, everybody has had something fucked up happen to them. With the film exploring how your past can still effect you, there’s something for everybody to hold on to. It’s a theme I’ve always been interested in and it is explored excellently here, seeing two very contrasting reactions to the corruption of naive minds. Levitt leads the film incredibly. His character is completely captivating, and he certainly makes this film what it is.

More about The Walk:

The Walk is the true story of a young dreamer, Philippe Petit, and a band of unlikely recruits who together achieve the impossible: an illegal wire walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. With little more than nerve and blind ambition, Petit and his ragtag crew overcome daunting physical obstacles, betrayals, countless close calls and overwhelming odds to beat the system and execute their mad plan.