The 13 Best Brad Pitt Movies of All Time

The 13 Best Brad Pitt Movies Of All Time

From Oklahoma heartthrob to Hollywood legend, Brad Pitt has captivated audiences for decades with his dazzling good looks and undeniable acting talent in some of the best films of all time. Since breaking onto the scene in 1991's Thelma & Louise, the superstar has demonstrated incredible versatility in every genre imaginable, cementing his status as one of the most profitable and versatile leading actors in the business. He’s a far cry from his humble roots in Shawnee.

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Whether he's philosophizing about life and love in Meet Joe Black, embarking on a mind-blowing science fiction odyssey in Ad Astra, kicking Nazi butt in Inglourious Basterds, or even makes questionable decisions like in The Devil's Own, Brad Pitt always manages to fully inhabit his role and keep moviegoers in suspense.

Now, with his legendary career spanning nearly 90 films and no signs of slowing down, it seems an ideal time to take stock of Pitt's greatest cinematic achievements. From his breakthroughs to his Oscars, here are 13 of the best Brad Pitt movies ever made.

13. Interview with the Vampire (1994)

Our list of the best Brad Pitt films begins with the gothic fantasy film Interview with the Vampire, released in 1994. Based on the bestselling novel by Anne Rice, the film stars Pitt as the vampire Louis, who narrates the he story of his dark transformation and descent into immortality to an enthusiastic journalist played by Christian Slater.

Alongside Tom Cruise as the villainous Lestat, Pitt brings depth and pathos to the tortured character of Louis, who struggles with his undead existence, the loneliness of immortality and his uncontrollable bloodlust. With lush sets and costumes that transport viewers to 19th-century New Orleans, Interview with the Vampire blends horror and romance as it explores the sinister underworld of Rice's vampirism.

The film marked a turning point in Pitt's career, proving his versatility as a leading actor while propelling him to legitimate movie star status after dazzling critics and audiences alike with his emotional and nuanced performance.

12. A River Runs Through It (1991)

In one of his earliest roles, Brad Pitt demonstrated his acting skills and on-screen magnetism in A River Runs Through It (1992). Directed by Robert Redford and based on the autobiographical novel by Norman Maclean, the film follows the two sons of a Presbyterian minister – Paul (Pitt), rebellious and free-spirited, and his younger brother Norman (Craig Sheffer), more intellectual and spiritual.

Despite their differences, the two brothers come together around their common passion for fly fishing, which becomes a metaphor for their complex relationship. Set in the majestic Montana wilderness of the early 1900s, A River Runs Through It received rave reviews for its cinematography and Pitt's standout performance as the charismatic yet self-destructive Paul.

11. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

The 13 Best Brad Pitt Movies

The 2001 remake of the 1960 film Ocean's Eleven established itself as one of the most stylish and fun heist comedies of all time, thanks in large part to Brad Pitt's magnetic performance as Rusty Ryan. Pitt joins boss Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his crew of sharp-tongued thieves for the ultimate Las Vegas casino heist.

With a stunningly attractive cast including Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, Andy Garcia and Bernie Mac, Ocean's Eleven revived the heist movie genre with stylish direction, clever dialogue and a casual but thrilling plot about a casino heist .

Whether he's bantering with the team or feigning irritation at Clooney's last-minute changes of plans, Pitt delivers immense moments of charisma and laughter as the central member of this unconventional family of scam experts. Ocean's Eleven is undoubtedly one of the best Brad Pitt films ever made.

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10. Troy (2004)

Troy

Although not always historically accurate, the 2004 epic film Troy starred Brad Pitt as the legendary Greek warrior Achilles. Loosely inspired by Homer's Iliad, this tale of the Trojan War saw Pitt dress as a gladiator to play the fierce and almost invincible Achilles who faces Prince Hector of Troy (Eric Bana) with a sword.

Starring Orlando Bloom and Diane Kruger, Troy delivers epic battle scenes and visceral combat worthy of the big screen. Although critics criticized factual inaccuracies, Pitt amazed audiences with his physical transformation and the intensity of his role as Achilles, driven by glory on the battlefield while battling rage and his tragic fate.

9. The Counselor (2013)

The 13 Best Brad Pitt Movies

Although overlooked by many, Ridley Scott's 2013 crime thriller The Counselor had some fascinating support from Brad Pitt. From a script by legendary author Cormac McCarthy, Brad Pitt joins Michael Fassbender as the title character – a lawyer who enters the violent world of drug trafficking – as well as Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Cameron Diaz.

A true inverted version of Tyler Durden – we'll come back to that later – Pitt's cynical and omniscient Westray represents the dire fate reserved for any foreigner foolish enough to cross the cartels. Although often dark, Pitt stands out, adding moral complexity in a brief but crucial supporting role that remains one of his most memorable and opposite performances. It is for this reason that The Counselor has earned its place in the pantheon of the best Brad Pitt films of all time.

8. Legends of the Fall (1994)

Legends of the fall

One of Pitt's greatest romantic dramas came in 1994 in the epic western Legends of the Fall. Set against the backdrop of World War I and the plains of Montana, Pitt plays Tristan, the wild and enigmatic middle son of retired Colonel William Ludlow (Anthony Hopkins), who raised his three sons on a remote ranch.

Starring Aidan Quinn and a radiant Julia Ormond as the woman who threatens to come between the two competing brothers, Legends of the Fall made Pitt a male darling. With his golden mane and piercing eyes, Pitt brought burning passion and emotional depth to Tristan, tortured and shaken by war.

7. Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005)

The 13 Best Brad Pitt Movies

Although the action spy comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith received mixed reviews, there's no denying the sizzling chemistry between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie – a romance that began in real life, on the set. At the time, Brad Pitt had been married to Jennifer Aniston since 2005. The tabloids closely followed Brad Pitt's divorce and his budding relationship with Angelina Jolie, which became the celebrity story of the decade.

As married suburban hitmen hiding their double lives from each other, newly single Pitt and Jolie – and their characters – sizzle with palpable tension, jealousy and sexual frustration as their secrets unravel. Although a familiar action concept on paper, director Doug Liman's stylish execution, coupled with the star power of Brangelina, made Mr. & Mrs.

6. World War Z (2013)

World War Z

As the zombie craze reaches its peak, Brad Pitt headlines the apocalyptic thriller World War Z, based on the bestselling 2013 novel. As Gerry Lane, former United Nations investigator, Brad Pitt is at the helm of this globe-trotting action spectacle that traces the start of a pandemic of rabid zombies threatening the survival of humanity.

In one of his most physically demanding roles, Pitt carries this large-scale production with an intensity that matches the stakes, as Gerry races against time and chaos to get to the source of the viral outbreak. Bolstered by thrilling action scenes and frenzied CGI hordes of the undead, World War Z thrills with suspense despite some narrative issues.

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5. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

The 13 Best Brad Pitt Movies

Featuring one of Brad Pitt's most haunting performances, the 2007 western drama The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford depicts the outlaw's tragic end. As legendary western outlaw Jesse James, Pitt captivates with his time-worn performance in Andrew Dominik's visually poetic psychodrama.

Starring Casey Affleck as Robert Ford, James' obsessive sidekick turned assassin, the film explores the difficult dynamic between the two men leading up to James' brutal murder.

4. 12 Monkeys (1995)

12 Monkeys

Proof of his incredible acting range, Brad Pitt earned his first Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor in 12 Monkeys (1995). Set in a dystopian future devastated by a deadly virus, Pitt stars alongside Bruce Willis as Jeffrey Goines – a mentally unstable animal rights activist who may hold clues to the virus's origins in 1990.

With his shaggy hair and bulging eyes, Pitt blends into the abnormal psychology of this unhinged anarchist to deliver a performance of dazzling intensity. 12 Monkeys announced Pitt's arrival as a serious actor, while also foreshadowing his attraction to edgy films centered on strange but fascinating characters.

3. Inglorious Basterds (2009)

The 13 Best Brad Pitt Movies

Joining Quentin Tarantino after a memorable cameo in True Romance, Brad Pitt fought the Nazis with vengeful glee in Inglourious Basterds (2009). As Lieutenant Aldo Raine, Pitt leads the “Basterds”, a squad of Jewish American soldiers who spread terror behind enemy lines during World War II by mercilessly attacking German soldiers.

With his Appalachian accent, his menacing demeanor and his famous wounds engraved with the swastika on the prey of the Nazis, Pitt embodied the anti-hero vigilante who slept in him. While some prefer his role as Cliff Booth opposite Leonardo DiCaprio's Rick Dalton (his second of two Oscar nominations in his career, and the one that ultimately won him the award), it is undeniable that Aldo Raine will forever remain the one of his most memorable characters.

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2. Se7en (1995)

Se7en

One of the most chilling and influential thrillers of the '90s, David Fincher's film noir Se7en pairs Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman in pursuit of an evil serial killer. As Detective David Mills, Brad Pitt displays ambition and impatience, and clashes with Freeman's veteran Somerset, who has experience and composure.

The unlikely partners traverse grim urban decay in pursuit of the murderer inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins, culminating in the iconic and devastating finale that has become etched in pop culture memory. Both detectives learn the meaning of evil along the way, as Pitt's character's life is forever changed after meeting John Doe.

1. Fight Club (1999)

The 13 Best Brad Pitt Movies

Our list of Brad Pitt's greatest on-screen roles culminates with his electric, unhinged role in David Fincher's cult classic Fight Club, released in 1999. As Tyler Durden, the unnamed narrator's evil heartthrob ‘Edward Norton, Pitt delivers a career-defining work, helping to anchor one of cinema's most subversive demonstrations of modern society and consumerism.

Whether spouting nihilistic rhetoric while running their underground ring or haunting Norton's psyche, Durden represents the pent-up rage of the man in the street.

Exuding danger, charisma, and unexpected humor as an agent of delightful chaos, Pitt's Tyler Durden became his most iconic character: overcoat flapping, cigarette dangling, and a jubilant smile on display. Both deranged and irresistible, Durden made Pitt an unlikely Gen

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