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20 best Brad Pitt movies: from handsome vampire to aging stuntman
20 best Brad Pitt movies: from handsome vampire to aging stuntman

Filming with David Fincher and Quentin Tarantino, comedic characters, as well as the shortest role of an actor.

20 best Brad Pitt movies: from handsome vampire to aging stuntman
20 best Brad Pitt movies: from handsome vampire to aging stuntman

1. Interview with a vampire

  • USA, 1994.
  • Drama, fantasy.
  • Duration: 123 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7, 6.

Aspiring reporter Daniel interviews vampire Louis de Pont du Lac. He talks about his long and difficult life. Once upon a time, the bloodsucker lost all his loved ones, and then he became close to the eternally young Claudia.

It was the image of the vampire Louis that made Brad Pitt famous. Previously, the actor has appeared in supporting roles in many projects. But the adaptation of Anne Rice's novel made him a real sex symbol.

2. Seven

  • Thriller, drama, detective.
  • USA, 1995.
  • Duration: 127 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8, 6.
Brad Pitt, Best Films: Seven
Brad Pitt, Best Films: Seven

Elderly Detective William Somerset is about to retire. But before that, he, along with his young partner David Mills, will have to solve one more case: a mysterious maniac kills people, accusing them of biblical mortal sins.

Thriller by David Fincher allowed viewers to understand that Pitt is strong not only in romantic images, but also in tough drama. The actor managed not to get lost against the background of such eminent partners as Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey. And in the finale, he appears in a stunningly emotional scene that will make any viewer believe the hero.

3.12 monkeys

  • USA, 1995.
  • Science fiction, thriller, drama.
  • Duration: 129 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8, 0.

By the middle of the 21st century, the virus wiped out most of the world's population. Survivors hide underground, sometimes sending convicted criminals to the surface to explore the area. Criminal James Cole is offered amnesty in exchange for participating in an important mission: he must travel back in time and understand the causes of the disease.

The main role in the film of the famous Terry Gilliam went to the public's favorite Bruce Willis. But the image of Brad Pitt, who played the madman Jeffrey Goins, came out much brighter. For this role, the actor received a Golden Globe and his first Oscar nomination.

4. Meet Joe Black

  • USA, 1998.
  • Mysticism, melodrama.
  • Duration: 178 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7, 2.

One day the angel of death decided to take a day off. Having settled in the body of a deceased young man under the name Joe Black, he comes to the elderly William Parrish and offers a deal. He must show the angel the world of people, receiving in return a delay of death. Only Joe chose an unfortunate body for the visit.

Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt have already starred together in the film "Legends of the Fall" - then they played father and son. Yet the real chemistry between their characters is much better seen in Meet Joe Black: a young handsome man who knows nothing about life and an aging strong man on the verge of death are completely opposite to each other.

5. Fight club

  • USA, Germany, 1999.
  • Drama, thriller.
  • Duration: 139 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8, 8.

The hero of the film spends most of his life at an unloved job and does not rest even in his sleep. Everything changes when he meets the soap merchant Tyler Durden. Together, the heroes open a secret "Fight Club", where everyone can just fight to forget about their problems. After all, according to Tyler, self-destruction is the only goal of life.

Another picture by David Fincher, in which Brad Pitt played. During the filming, Edward Norton, who played the main role, went on a strict diet to make his character lose weight. And Pitt, on the contrary, was gaining muscle mass. The actor also removed the crowns so that viewers could see his broken front tooth.

6. Big jackpot

  • UK, USA, 2000.
  • Comedy, crime.
  • Duration: 104 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8, 3.
Films with Brad Pitt: Big Jackpot
Films with Brad Pitt: Big Jackpot

Frankie the bandit, nicknamed Four Fingers, is transporting a stolen diamond from England to the United States for the jeweler Avi. But he contacts the mafioso Boris Razor, which leads to serious problems. Meanwhile, London businessmen Turetsky and Tommy go to the gypsy camp for a new van.

In one of the best films of Guy Ritchie, Brad Pitt got a very ironic role. The actor, whom everyone is accustomed to seeing in the role of a fatal handsome man, appeared in the form of Payy (Irish gypsy) Mickey. His hero constantly deceives everyone and speaks very indistinctly.

7. Ocean's Eleven

  • USA, 2001.
  • Crime, adventure, comedy.
  • Duration: 116 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7, 7.

Experienced thief Danny Ocean is released from prison and immediately begins to think about robbing a large casino in Las Vegas. The hero wants not only to get rich, but also to take revenge on the owner of the establishment, with whom he has his own accounts. Danny assembles a team of 11 people, develops a complex plan and starts to execute it.

In the famous film series by Steven Soderbergh, Brad Pitt got the role of Rusty Ryan - Ocean's closest friend and constant partner. His character is the most stylish and business-like. But he is constantly eating something in the frame: from hamburgers to lollipops. By the way, on the set of this picture, George Clooney and Brad Pitt became really close friends.

8. Troy

  • USA, Malta, UK, 2004.
  • Action, adventure, drama.
  • Duration: 163 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7, 2.

Based on Homer's poem The Iliad, the film tells the story of the legendary Trojan War. Paris steals Menelaus' beautiful wife Helen. In response, King Agamemnon gathers an army and sieges the enemy city.

In this very free-form film adaptation, the greatest emphasis was placed on Achilles, who was played by Brad Pitt. Many critics scolded both the plot, which greatly distorted the original source, and too polished actors in the lead roles. And the audience just liked the vivid battle scenes with the participation of Pitt and Orlando Bloom.

9. Mr. and Mrs. Smith

  • USA, 2005.
  • Action, comedy.
  • Duration: 120 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6, 5.
Brad Pitt, Best Films: "Mr. and Mrs. Smith"
Brad Pitt, Best Films: "Mr. and Mrs. Smith"

John and Jane Smith's marriage seems even too calm. The couple got bored, believing that they knew everything about each other. But each of them does not even suspect that a loved one is working as a hitman. Until one day they are given the task to eliminate each other.

This comedy action movie may not have turned out to be the most original in terms of the plot. But it was on the set of "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" that Brad Pitt began a relationship with Angelina Jolie.

10. How the cowardly Robert Ford killed Jesse James

  • USA, Canada, UK, 2007.
  • Western drama.
  • Duration: 160 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7, 5.

The notorious criminal Jesse James is considered almost the Robin Hood of the Wild West. But Robert Ford, who came to his gang, quickly becomes disillusioned with his former idol. It turns out that he is a brutal murderer suffering from a persecution mania.

Although critics more appreciated the image of Casey Affleck, who played Ford, Brad Pitt in the role of James also looks very bright. His character seems to be doing everything on purpose to be killed.

11. The mysterious story of Benjamin Button

  • USA, 2008.
  • Drama, fantasy.
  • Duration: 166 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7, 8.

On the last day of the First World War, Benjamin Button is born, who looks like a deep old man. But the hero seems to live life the other way around: every day he is getting younger.

And again Brad Pitt in the film by David Fincher. The authors of the picture had to try a lot on special effects in order to show the main character as an old man and a child. But in all incarnations, he retains the face of Pitt. For this image, the actor received nominations for almost all major film awards, but, alas, did not win a single award.

12. Burn after reading

  • USA, UK, France, 2008.
  • Comedy, crime, drama.
  • Duration: 92 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7, 0.
Films with Brad Pitt: "Burn After Reading"
Films with Brad Pitt: "Burn After Reading"

Former CIA agent Osborne Cox decides to write a memoir. But the disk with his sketches is stolen by his wife, who believes that secret accounts are recorded there. And then the information falls into the hands of Linda, a gym instructor, who dreams of breast enlargement.

In this film of the Coen brothers, Brad Pitt again plays with his friend George Clooney. And both actors are clearly just having fun in the images of outright nonsense. Well, the plot twist associated with Pitt's character will surprise literally every viewer.

13. Inglourious Basterds

  • Germany, USA, 2009.
  • Adventure, drama, military.
  • Duration: 153 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8, 3.

During World War II, Lieutenant Apache Aldo Rein assembles a guerrilla force of Jewish American soldiers. They are sent to occupied France to destroy as many fascists as possible. In parallel, a young Jewish woman, Shoshanna Dreyfus, comes up with a way to kill Hitler.

Director Quentin Tarantino saw only Brad Pitt in the role of Rhine while working on the script. The actor has also long dreamed of collaborating with a famous author. The result was one of Pitt's most striking roles.

14. Tree of life

  • USA, 2010.
  • Drama, fantasy, parable.
  • Duration: 139 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6, 8.
Shot from the movie "The Tree of Life" with Brad Pitt
Shot from the movie "The Tree of Life" with Brad Pitt

From childhood, his mother taught Jack kindness and selflessness, and his father, on the contrary, argued that personal interests are most important. Growing up, the boy faces many challenges. And even having started his own family, he is still trying to understand the world around him.

In Terrence Malick's films, there is little action - everything here is built on the atmosphere and acting. And so the choice of Brad Pitt for the lead role is a very courageous move. His character looks alive and empathic.

15. The Man Who Changed Everything

  • USA, 2011.
  • Biography, drama, sports.
  • Duration: 126 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7, 6.

Manager Billy Bean is trying to keep a mediocre baseball team afloat. Competitors lure the best players away from him, and there are no prospects for development in sight. But with the support of a smart economics graduate who came up with a selection based on mathematical statistics, the manager finds new athletes.

Billy Bean's role in the film by legendary screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) is one of the most emotional in Pitt's career. He played a dreamer who is sincerely dedicated to his work and loves his family very much. For this image, he received another nominations for "Oscar" and "Golden Globe".

16. War of the Worlds Z

  • USA, 2013.
  • Horror, action, drama.
  • Duration: 116 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7, 0.

Former UN worker Jerry Lane is stuck in a traffic jam with his family and witnesses a zombie virus outbreak. Having got out of mortal danger, the hero joins a group that is trying to find a cure for the disease.

An apocalyptic thriller that studies zombies from a scientific point of view, perfectly reveals all facets of Pitt's talent. There is enough action and battles with the walking dead, but no less excellent dialogue.

17. Rage

  • USA, China, UK, 2014.
  • Drama, military, action.
  • Duration: 134 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7, 6.
Shot from the movie "Rage" with Brad Pitt
Shot from the movie "Rage" with Brad Pitt

The action takes place in the spring of 1945. Allied troops are advancing towards Berlin, but German soldiers are still desperately resisting. The crew of the American tank, led by Don Collier, is joined by a very young Norman Ellison, who previously served at headquarters. A beginner will have to learn to be cruel, because otherwise not only himself will die, but also his comrades.

The picture of David Ayer is often criticized for the protracted plot and unrealistically shown battles. But the audience has no questions about the acting ensemble. First of all, Brad Pitt distinguished himself, playing a tough, but very sensible commander.

18. Deadpool 2

  • USA, 2018.
  • Action, comedy, fantasy.
  • Duration: 119 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7, 7.

Chatty mercenary Wade Wilson has lost his beloved. But he cannot be depressed for a long time, because the super-soldier from the future Cable wants to kill a teenager with super powers. Deadpool urgently needs a team to save the world.

Perhaps even those who watched this film will be surprised because they did not notice Brad Pitt in it. But the wit with which the authors approached the choice of actor and character deserves to be mentioned in the list of the best roles. In Deadpool 2, Pitt played the Invisible Man. He himself appears in the frame for about 2-3 seconds. By the way, for the role he demanded a fee in the form of a cup of coffee, which Ryan Reynolds himself was supposed to bring.

19. Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood

  • USA, UK, China, 2019.
  • Drama, comedy.
  • Duration: 161 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7, 7.

The action takes place in Hollywood in the late 60s. The once famous actor Rick Dalton has slipped into guest roles as villains in television series. But along with his permanent stunt double and assistant Cliff Booth, he is trying to return to big cinema.

Again, Quentin Tarantino invited Pitt to play in his film, now alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. And it was Cliff Booth who turned out to be the favorite of many viewers - always positive, smiling and very cool. The result is a well-deserved Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

20. To the stars

  • USA, China, Brazil, 2019.
  • Drama, fantasy, thriller.
  • Duration: 123 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6, 6.

In the near future, mysterious energy outbreaks begin to occur on Earth. Their source is somewhere near the planet Neptune. To understand the origin of the anomalies, NASA sends Roy McBride, known for his ability to control emotions, into space.

The picture of James Gray was received ambiguously: not everyone appreciated the philosophical plot and unhurried narration. But it was this role that once again emphasized Pitt's talent. There are a lot of close-ups in the picture, and the actor often talks about the experiences of his character without words.