When speaking of Brad Pitt, one might think that this post is meant to target our female readers. Well this is not quite the case, because as long as women usually regard him as being the most beautiful man on the planet, most men can’t deny his actual acting talent. Because he is indeed one of the most gifted actors around and no one can deny that. So this post is meant to walk you through the top 10 Brad Pitt movies you should re-watch, due to the fact that the man has done some pretty impressive roles. The thing with his sheer beauty just comes as a bonus.
10. Moneyball (2011)
Well this one is far from being a movie masterpiece, but anyhow, it is an entertaining and engrossing look at the inner workings of Major League Baseball that really deserves its place on our Brad Pitt movie list. Moneyball is an adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book about the 2002 Oakland A’s and manager Billy Beane’s attempts to build a heavy-hitting lineup of players on a low budget. Pitt played Beane, while Jonah Hill played Peter Brand, an economics expert who parlayed his skills into a surprisingly effective system of analyzing stats and building well-rounded teams around them. The two actors enjoyed a strong dynamic throughout the movie. Beane was the good-looking former baseball star struggling to recapture old glories, while Brand was the portly college grad no one respected, until he started getting results.
9. Se7en (1995)
As we all now know, David Fincher’s Seven brought its own dark twist to the genre, plunging the viewer into a bottomless pit of sorrow, rage, and moral decay, and ultimately refusing to help them climb out at the end. With Fincher’s amped-up direction, Darius Khondji’s gripping cinematography, and mesmerizing performances from Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey, Pitt could conceivably just shown up to take a paycheck without damaging Seven too much, but instead, he helped take it to another level, using his youthful good looks as a painful visual analogy for the brutal loss of innocence and compassion suffered by everyone in the film. Gwyneth Paltrow holds the stakes just as high.
8. A River Runs Through It (1992)
As golden-boy Paul Maclean, the idol of his bookish younger brother Norman (Craig Sheffer), Pitt resembles no one so much as the young, gleaming Robert Redford. So it’s no wonder the older Redford (who directed and narrated the picture) cast him. He’s a lovable bad boy, but he’s also an artist with a fishing pole, clearly touched by grace.
7. Snatch (2000)
Guy Ritchie‘s flashy crime-thriller Snatch is loaded with interesting characters like bounty hunters, crooks, diamond dealers, diamond thieves, and Russian assassins, but Brad Pitt’s charming mumbling Irish gypsy is at the top of the list. Snatch was only Ritchie’s second feature film, and yet he delivered a great piece of entertainment marked with his own personal style. This one is probabaly among the best Brad Pitt movies ever.
6. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
The movie is an adaptation of the Ron Hansen’s 1983 novel, which itself was a dramatization of James’ life and his relationship with his partner-in-crime-turned-murderer, Robert Ford. Pitt played the role of James, while Casey Affleck reunited with his Ocean’s trilogy co-star to play Ford. Pitt delivered a memorable take on James, painting him as a charismatic but emotionally volatile outlaw whose weariness and paranoia began to get the best of him. But Affleck was at least as strong, playing a nebbish character whose lifelong adoration of James and his fellow outlaws devolved into jealousy and bitterness.
5. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
This 2001 crime comedy was a remake of the Rat Pack film of the same name. Pitt co-starred with George Clooney, Matt Damon, Scott Caan, Don Cheadle, Casey Affleck, the late Bernie Mac, Elliott Gould, Carl Reiner, Andy Garcia and Julia Roberts. Pitt played Rusty Ryan, a con man recruited by just released fellow con man Danny Ocean (Clooney) to join him and a group of nine others in robbing the Bellagio, The Mirage, and the MGM Grand casinos in Las Vegas. Pitt’s well placed dry humor and straight face as he delivered one funny line after the next was hilarious. Pitt helped make a cohesive group out of 11 rip-off artists fun and made the movie rival the original. It’s among the best Brad Pitt Movies one can find.
4. The Counselor (2013)
Legendary filmmaker Ridley Scott has directed this well promoted film, starring Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt, and it’s about a respected lawyer’s one-time dalliance with an illegal business deal that spirals out of control. It’s worth watching, and it definitely deserves its place in our Brad Pitt movies list.
3. Interview With a Vampire (1994)
Anne Rice’s best-selling romantic horror tale about the origins of a centuries-old vampire inspired this popular, atmospheric chiller. But keep in mind that this one is in our list not because it needs to be praised, but on the contrary, it’s a good example of a widely popular bad movie. Actually, in an interview with Psychologies magazine, Brad Pitt said he hated making the movie and if he were doing the movie now, he would have a lot of changes made. It also starred Tom Cruise and Kirsten Dunst.
2. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
This action-comedy-romance had Pitt starring opposite his future real-life wife Angelina Jolie. Pitt played John Smith, a skilled assassin leading a double life married to Jane Smith (Jolie). But Jane is also an adept killer and each has no idea of the other’s true identity. Once they learn about each other, they are tasked with taking each other out but find they actually love each other and can’t do it so they team up instead. Filled with pulse-pounding action mixed with well-placed wit, Pitt and Jolie made a wonderful comedic-action pairing. That’s why when one thinks of Brad Pitt movies, it cannot miss this one out.
1. World War Z (2013)
This one is in our list mostly as a Brad Pitt new movie category. It’s uneven and diverges from the source book, but World War Z still brings smart, fast-moving thrills and a solid performance from Brad Pitt to the zombie genre. The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.