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Top 12 Zac Efron Movies You Should Have Seen By 2021

Top 12 Zac Efron Movies You Should Have Seen By 2021

Efron was born in San Luis Obispo, California, and subsequently relocated to Arroyo Grande. His father, David Efron, works at Diablo Canyon Power Plant as an electrical engineer, and his mother, Starla Baskett, works as an administrative assistant there as well.

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Last updated: Oct 07, 2021 | Oct 01, 2021

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Efron was born in San Luis Obispo, California, and subsequently relocated to Arroyo Grande. His father, David Efron, works at Diablo Canyon Power Plant as an electrical engineer, and his mother, Starla Baskett, works as an administrative assistant there as well.

Efron has a brother, Dylan, and grew up in a middle-class household, as he has put it. His surname is Hebrew in origin. Although Efron was reared agnostically and did not follow religion as a kid, his paternal grandfather is Jewish, and he has identified himself as Jewish.

Efron has previously said that if he received a "B" instead of an "A" in school, he would "freak out," as well as that he was a class clown. Following that, Efron worked in The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville theaters and started taking singing training.

Gypsy, Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Music Man were among the productions in which he appeared. Robyn Metchik, his acting instructor, introduced him to an agency in Los Angeles (the mother of actors Aaron Michael Metchik and Asher Metchik).

The Creative Artists Agency subsequently signed Efron. In 2006, Efron graduated from Arroyo Grande High School and was accepted to the University of Southern California, but he chose not to go.

He also appeared in 2000 and 2001 at Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, a theatrical group based at Allan Hancock Institution, a community college in Santa Maria, California.


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I had high expectations coming into this, and that is all my fault. However, as a child, I loved the program, and I appreciate The Rock's character, as well as seeing shirtless men play on the beach.

However, I believe it is more regressive than the original program since it seems as though it should know better but doesn't. Zac's role, rookie lifeguard Matt Brody, is a major element of the toxic masculinity in the film.  Baywatch is a 2017 American action comedy film based on the Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz, and Gregory J. Bonann television series.

Seth Gordon directed the film, which stars Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron and was written by Mark Swift and Damian Shannon (from a story by Jay Scherick, David Ronn, Thomas Lennon, and Robert Ben Garant). It also features Jon Bass, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Priyanka Chopra, and David Hasselhoff in supporting roles.

The tale follows lifeguard Mitch Buchannon and his crew as they attempt to rescue their beach by taking down a drug kingpin. On February 22, 2016, principal photography started in Florida and Savannah, Georgia.

The film was released in the United States on May 25, 2017, by Paramount Pictures and earned $177 million worldwide. It got mixed reviews from reviewers, with some praising Johnson's performance despite the film's coarse comedy, plot, and character development.

At the 38th Golden Raspberry Awards, Baywatch earned five nominations, including Worst Picture and Worst Actor for Efron.


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Who wouldn't want Zac to live next door to them? In Neighbors, Dad Mac (Seth Rogen) gets a taste of what it's like when the home next door turns into a frat house, with Teddy (Zac Efron) and the rest of the fraternity moving in.

When things become too loud, they agree that Mac would phone Teddy instead of the police, but when Mac breaks his promise, he and his wife, Kelly, find themselves on the receiving end of some pranks and hazing.

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising picks up two years later with the couple and Teddy as he attempts to assist a sorority seeking to move into his former fraternity's home.

Dirty Grandpa 

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Jason Kelly works for his father as a lawyer. Jason's grandma passes away, and his Army veteran grandpa, Lt. Colonel Dick Kelly, requests that Jason drive him to Boca Raton, Florida, since his driver's license has been revoked.

Jason's domineering fiancée, Meredith, is being married in a week, but he chooses to take his grandpa regardless.

On their way there, they run across Shadia, Jason's former photography student, and her pals Lenore and Bradley. Dick and Lenore are drawn to one other right away.

Dick introduces himself to the girls as a professor and Jason as a photographer. They all go their own ways, but Dick persuades Jason to meet the females at Daytona Beach, Florida since Dick is interested in having sex with Lenore.

Dick flirts with two ladies at a golf course where the two meet. They meet up with the ladies and their pals, Cody and Brah, at Daytona Beach, where they compete in beer chugging.

That night, a drunk Jason party and is duped into consuming crack cocaine by a drug dealer called Pam while wearing nothing but a Hornet fanny pack. He borrows a motorbike and wakes up on the beach the following day.

During an uncomfortable FaceTime conversation with Meredith, a toddler grabs Jason's fanny pack and pulls it off; the boy's father accuses Jason of child molesting and contacts the cops, who quickly arrest Jason. Dick bails him out, and the two go to a nursing home to see Dick's old Army buddy Stinky.

They meet up with the ladies again and compete in a flexing contest with Cody and Brah; when they lose, Dick modifies a T-shirt cannon to shoot a beer can at the winners, putting them in the hospital.

Jason and Dick steal their hotel room while Cody and Brah are in the hospital. Jason and Dick head to a nightclub with the girls after Dick confesses that he was a Green Beret.

After several guys harass Bradley because of his homosexuality, Dick gets into a fight with them. The following day, Jason and Shadia attend a demonstration, where she informs him that she will be departing shortly to live on a ship for a year.

The Greatest Showman

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The Greatest Showman, starring Efron and Hugh Jackman as PT Barnum, brings PT Barnum's legendary circus to life on the big screen. Barnum's business associate, Phillip Carlyle, is played by Zac, who contributes to the man's circus idea while falling in love with a pink-haired trapeze performer.

He performed two musical duets with each of the aforementioned characters, named "The Other Side" and "Rewrite the Stars," which brought him back to his adolescent singing origins. Not only did he sing well, but he also looked dashing in a top hat.

17 Again 

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Do you think Matthew Perry is getting younger? In this 2009 film, Zac Efron portrays the younger version of their common character, Mike. Mike, 37, feels as if he's losing everything: his marriage is gone, he's growing apart from his children, and he just left his work.

Mike inadvertently becomes 17 again, as the title implies, and now he must attempt to restore the damage in his life as his 17-year-old self. When your estranged wife is dating someone else and your daughter believes you're into her, it's not easy.

Extremely Wicked, Disgracefully Evil, And Vile 

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While Zac Efron may be a bit of a heartbreaker in real life, his character Ted Bundy did exactly that in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, a 2019 Netflix thriller.

Bundy was an American serial murderer in the 1970s who abducted, tortured, raped, and killed over 30 women before being apprehended and sentenced to death. Zac not only had Bundy's dreamy and beautiful appearance down, but he also delivered a flawless performance.

The Beach Bum

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Moondog, a lethargic stoner and writer portrayed by Matthew McConaughey, discovers that his part of his late wife's inheritance has been frozen and is under his daughter's hands in this 2019 R-rated film.

Growing up, taking life more seriously, and completing his present work-in-progress novel are all requirements. Flicker, played by Zac Efron, is a guy who, together with Moondog, escapes out of a rehabilitation facility.

High School Musical 2

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Tweens got their heads in the game with Zac on Disney Channel in the mid-2000s, thanks to High School Musical. The adolescent idol portrayed a great basketball player who fell in love with theater and a girl, and the films depict his struggle to balance his three loves.

The series was a big hit with Disney fans and served as a solid foundation for Efron's successful career.

Liberal Arts

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When 35-year-old Jesse (Josh Radnor) returns to the town where he attended college and meets his former teacher's daughter, Zibby, he is homesick about that (Elizabeth Olsen).

Zac Efron portrays Nat, a college student who is well-intentioned yet a touch strange. After they run into her at a dorm party, he arranges a coffee date for Jesse and Zibby. Zac appears on film for less than 10 minutes, yet the movie would not exist if it weren't for his matchmaking role!

Me And Orson Welles

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Zac portrayed yet another character who was a rising sensation on stage shortly after the previous High School Musical picture was released. After meeting Orson Welles, 17-year-old Richard is unexpectedly given a part on Broadway in the production of Caesar. Richard quickly discovers that theater is not simple, particularly when Welles is in charge of the production.

Zac's character, like HSM, falls in love with a girl who is also in the play, and he must learn to control his desire and jealousy.

The Disaster Artist 

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Zac Efron also had a minor role in The Disaster Artist. This real tale begins with Tommy Wiseau (James Franco) and Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) becoming friends in this cinematic version of the same-named book.

They go to Los Angeles in order to pursue a career as actors, but instead get engaged in the production of their own project, which leads to the real-life film The Room. Dan Janjigian, who portrays Chris-R in The Room, is Efron's character.


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Zac appeared in Hairspray, a film set in 1962 Baltimore, in the midst of the High School Musical movies. The 2007 picture was a remake of a 1988 film that was also staged on Broadway.

Link Larkin, a regular on the fictitious TV show The Corny Collins Show, is played by Zac Efron.

Tracy, Efron's on-screen love interest, is played by Nikki Blonsky, a young girl who joins the show and catches the globe by storm with her plus-size figure and anti-racism stance. 

What Is Zac Efron's Best Movie?

  • Hairspray (2007)
  • Neighbors (2014)
  • High School Musical 2 (2007)
  • The Greatest Showman (2017)
  • High School Musical 3
  • High School Musical (2006)
  • 17 Again (2009)
  • Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)

How Old Was Zac Efron In 17 Again?

The film follows 37-year-old Mike (Matthew Perry) who becomes his 17-year-old self (Zac Efron) after a chance accident.

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