If you were to look up the word “superstar” in the dictionary, it wouldn’t be surprising if Brad Pitt’s visage was strewn across the page. When you hear his name, it’s hard not to think of his chiseled abs, effortless charm, and distinctively beautiful face. Many may even immediately think of all the media surrounding his romantic entanglements with Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston, but we’re definitely not here to talk about that. Today, we are here to talk about the many strides Brad Pitt has made in his film career; from war movies to heist comedies, he’s taken his physical beauty and made the most of it. While he may not have the reputation of Tom Hanks or Al Pacino, Pitt has become a great performer in his own right. In addition to his prolific acting career, Pitt is also a producer with more than 60 credits to his name. Clearly, there is much more to him than just what meets the eye, which is part of what makes him such a compelling screen presence.
Despite having almost 100 acting credits on IMDB, we’ve managed to narrow in on a list of 12 films that make Pitt one of the greats. Nobody is going to agree 100% with any rankings, so please remember that these are subjective and up for debate. Now, here are the 12 best Brad Pitt movies ranked from least great to best!
Pitt can be hugely entertaining, but he’s also proven in the later stages of his career that he’s a wonderful actor. In Ad Astra, Pitt strips away all of the frills and delivers a stripped down, emotionally vulnerable performances that is one of his most moving to date. The movie follows Pitt’s Roy McBride as he’s assigned a space mission to retrieve his father, who is floating somewhere out there in the cosmos. It’s a movie about fathers and sons, and about the feelings between two people that are almost impossible to communicate. The movie definitely has a slower and more existential bent, but if you’re looking for a performance that proves how emotive Pitt can be, look no further than this performance.
Pitt is not the lead of Ocean’s Eleven, but the movie wouldn’t work at all without him standing right next to George Clooney’s Danny Ocean. This is Pitt in full-on movie star mode, and it works because he’s one of the most charming screen presences in the history of cinema. Ocean’s Eleven is also an ideal movie if you want to catch Pitt doing what he does better than any other actor: eat anything and everything he can while performing his dialogue. Ultimately, what makes Pitt stand out in Ocean’s Eleven is that even amidst of see of incredibly charismatic actors, he’s still someone who is impossible to pull your eyes away from.
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