One of the big names in Hollywood, William Bradley Pitt or simply Brad Pitt is an actor who has broken barriers by taking up unconventional roles along with the general mainstream roles. The range of his work is unbelievably varied and diverse. At the beginning of his career, nobody could have imagined that this actor who had this breezy boy-next-door vibe would be such a powerhouse of talent! With more than 80 movies to his name and an illustrious career, Brad Pitt has established himself as a superstar. Let’s have a look at some of the best Brad Pitt movies of all time and celebrate the man and his talent!
1. Inglourious Basterds
A Tarantino masterpiece, this movie follows a group of Jewish soldiers bent upon bringing down the Nazis. The movie is suffused with the gore and humour that is specific to Tarantino. Pitt stars as Lt. Aldo Raine or The Apache, the commanding officer of The Basterds, and boy does he shine!
2. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
This is undoubtedly one of the most peculiar and unconventional roles ever played by Brad Pitt. Based on the short story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald, this movie follows the life of Benjamin Button, a man who ages in reverse.
In this celebrated adaptation of the epic Illiad, it is difficult to imagine any other actor playing the role of Achilles as seamlessly as Pitt did. There’s no denying the fact that the man does have the Greek God vibes about him, c’mon.
4. The Tree of Life
This highly philosophical experimental film shines in a different light with each fresh watch. The story is of a young family living in Texas in the 1950s. The eldest of three sons of the O’ Brien couple visits his past to examine his conflicting and complex relationship with his parents and search for the true meaning of life. This profound and exquisite film is a rare masterpiece. It is one of the most underrated performances of Pitt.
5. Fight Club
One of the most misunderstood movies of all time, Fight Club is a postmodern movie that deals with more issues than a general audience can handle. There’s capitalism, toxic masculinity, mental health, anarchy, and so so so much more. Based on the Chuck Palahniuk classic of the same name, this movie is iconic. Brad Pitt’s character Tyler Durden, a strange soap salesman, is equally and all the more iconic.
This movie is based on the true story of Billy Bean, a sports manager, and Peter Brand, an economics graduate, who use computer-based methods to help a considerably average baseball team achieve new heights in the sport.
7. World War Z
Although passed off as a horror movie, this film is more of an apocalyptic zombie thriller. Pitt stars as Garry, a former employee of the United Nations, who is entrusted with the task of finding a cure to a deadly virus responsible for mayhem all around the world. With good amounts of action, thrill, and shocks, this movie is a good watch.
This movie is one hell of a ride. It is the tale of human helplessness through interconnected stories of four groups of people from different nationalities who are struck with tragedy. Pitt’s portrayal of the character of Richard, an American man vacationing in Morocco with his wife, is one of his most refined performances. This movie is a must-watch.
9. 12 Years A Slave
A free African-American, Solomon Northup, is tricked by the prospect of a job and sold into slavery. Brad Pitt plays a small but highly impactful role as a Canadian worker in this movie. This intense and compelling story strikes the very core of the history of slavery in America.
10. 12 Monkeys
It is a dark sci-fi time travel movie. Pitt won his first Academy Award nomination for his role as Jeffrey Goines in this movie. Many things can go wrong while playing the role of a mentally unstable patient, actors tend to overdo it. But Pitt’s portrayal is so on point that it’s a treat to watch.
11. True Romance
Although Pitt plays the minor role of a stoner named Floyd in this romantic crime drama, he does a brilliant job in it. It is one of the most memorable roles played by Brad Pitt. The movie, written by Tarantino, is a love story that blossoms amidst violence.
12. The Big Short
Another adaptation of Michael Lewis‘s work, this movie focuses on the 2008 financial crisis in America. This movie not only entertains but also educates. Pitt plays the role of Ben Rickert, a Wall Street guru who guides young traders as to how to get the most out of the market. Not only does his role look grounded, but also greatly compelling.
This is the most brilliant yet bleak movie you will ever watch. In a world that turns into a living hell, a serial killer chooses his victims based on the 7 deadly sins. Pitt plays the role of Detective Mills, an arrogant and idealistic man, who sets forth to catch the criminal. It is one of the most financially successful movies of Pitt.
14. Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
I can’t believe that I’m doing this, but Leonardo di Caprio wasn’t the best thing about this movie. Brad Pitt’s honest portrayal of an aging stuntman elevated the status of this Tarantino classic. Pitt is only getting better with age.
15. Seven Years in Tibet
This movie is about the extraordinary journey of a man, Heinrich Harrer, who gets lost in an avalanche in the Himalayas and finds himself in the shelter of the Dalai Lama in Tibet. Soon the bond between him and the holiness strengthens and he sets forth on a spiritual journey. This is one of the most grounded performances of Pitt.
With this, we have come to an end of the list of some of the best Brad Pitt movies. Which of these movies do you like the best? Do let us know in the comments section.