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Brad Pitt has consistently delivered acclaimed performances throughout his career dating back to 1987 as Randy on TV’s Dallas. He reached stardom with a series of successful roles beginning with Legends of the Fall and Interview with the Vampire in 1994 followed by Se7en and 12 Monkeys in 1995. His next appearance on screen is a collaboration with Sandra Bullock and Daniel Radcliffe in The Lost City of D slated for early 2022.

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He recently demonstrated flexibility as a producer for both film and television with 2018’s biopic Vice regarding former US Vice President Richard Cheney and the 2020 game show Lego Masters. In addition, he merged his talents in 2019’s space drama Ad Astra. His prowess has generated widespread recognition, most recently for a supporting actor Academy Award for 2019’s Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood.

10 Troy (2004) - 3.18

Derived from Homer’s epic poem The Iliad, Wolfgang Petersen's depiction of the Helen of Troy tale from Greek mythology casts Pitt as legendary warrior Achilles recounting his campaign to conquer the supposedly impenetrable city during the Trojan War.

From a script by David Benioff of Game of Thrones, the story takes the poem’s claim of a decade-long struggle and concocts an invasion resembling D-Day with swords and spears creating a stereotypical war movie that feels like a weekend excursion. In a strange twist throughout, Achilles is uncertain of his fighting prowess and at the climax on the receiving end of a David vs. Goliath confrontation, referencing the proverbial "Achilles' heel." Pitt trained for months to fit into his costume and performed all his stunts.

9 Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) - 3.43

Based on the late Anne Rice’s best-selling novel, Pitt plays Louis de Pointe du Lac, a New Orleans socialite who recounts his search for other creatures of the night to a curious journalist (Christian Slater).

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Co-starring Tom Cruise and a young Kirsten Dunst, this neo-noir horror-thriller checks off all the vampire tropes from thirst for blood to the need to avoid light. Looking back on recent history, such as True Blood and the Twilight franchise, Chronicles revived the genre and paved the way for many successful vampire stories on big and small screens. Pitt spoke to Entertainment Weekly after the film’s release citing uncomfortable makeup and prosthetics used during production which nearly compelled him to quit. The film was followed up with 2002’s Queen of the Damned starring the late Aaliyah.

8 Legends Of The Fall (1994) - 3.55

From World War I through Prohibition, three brothers named Ludlow fall in love with Susannah (Julia Ormond) in early 20th century Montana.

The emotionally charged melodrama follows Pitt’s Tristan as he navigates through crises of love and faith. It flows like an episode of Yellowstone with the spirit of Dances with Wolves. Pitt’s performance establishes Tristan in contrast to his family who clings to their sense of honor while struggling with self-confidence. Ultimately, Tristan prefers his independence and bears the consequences. With a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, the film opened the floodgates to Pitt for future leading roles.

7 12 Monkeys (1995) - 3.80

In this blend of Hitchcockian suspense and time-travel science fiction, Pitt portrays Jeffery Goines, the man suspected of unleashing a plague that decimated Earth's population as the leader of the mysterious Army of the 12 Monkeys.

This film asks the question; are the events real or an elaborate fantasy as a byproduct of mental illness? The time-shifting aspect lays the groundwork for the final twist. Viewers are enticed by the plot to believe Pitt’s Goines is the key to finding a cure for the future timeline (not prevention), a departure from traditional time travel adventures. Pitt captured a Golden Globe for his performance, solidifying his status as a top Hollywood star. A television adaptation ran on the Syfy channel from 2015-2018.

6 Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood  (2019) - 3.80

In this period piece from Quentin Tarantino, Pitt is a stunt actor named Cliff Booth laboring in 1960s Tinseltown who encounters members of the Charles Manson family.

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In an examination of rich vs poor, Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a has-been actor whose career is over yet still enjoys celebrity fringe benefits while Booth remains poor and takes it in stride. The nostalgia of the counterculture movement gives younger viewers a glimpse into the world their parents and grandparents lived through. Pitt received a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his performance. According to Tarantino, this is his penultimate project.

5 Ocean's Eleven  (2001) - 3.81

Pitt and George Clooney conspire with nine other criminals and con artists to engineer the ultimate heist with a potential $150 million payday.

Both men embody the spirit of their “Rat Pack” predecessors Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin from the 1960 original. In the 2001 remake, Pitt sets Rusty Ryan apart from Clooney’s Danny Ocean with intelligence to his counterpart’s finesse. The plot’s intrigue is derived from a group of bandits targeting a swindling casino mogul (Andy Garcia) and accomplishing their objective behind the scenes yet in your face. It makes the viewer root for the “bad guys” and laugh about it. The film’s ensemble cast included the late comedians Bernie Mac and Carl Reiner. Its success spawned several sequels promptly titled Ocean’s TwelveOcean’s Thirteen, and most recently the all-female Ocean’s 8 starring Sandra Bullock as Danny Ocean’s sister, Debbie.

4 Snatch (2000) - 3.93

In this British ensemble comedy, Pitt is Mickey, an incoherent Irish traveler, caught in a web of deception and violence that involves a diamond in the wind pursued by multiple criminal parties.

The plot’s goofiness is its asset coupled with crisp dialogue from writer-director Guy Ritchie. It features many subtle gags like a dog who swallows the diamond setting each party on a collision course attempting the capture it. The cast is as random as its characters with Jason Statham and Benicio Del Toro co-starring. The film's producer, Matthew Vaughan, went on to direct the Kingsman series nearly two decades later.

3 Seven (1995) - 4.26

Fresh off Legends, Pitt starred opposite Morgan Freeman in this sophisticated cat and mouse thriller probing a series of religiously themed murders based on the Seven Deadly Sins: Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Lust, Pride, Envy, and Wrath.

Pitt’s on-screen chemistry with Freeman revealed their character’s motivations. Detective Mills (Pitt) wants to crack the case while Somerset (Freeman) ponders the motive. The film is more psychological than police procedural challenging the audience to define evil for themselves and ponder if vigilantism is acceptable. Is the killer truly insane or just highly intelligent and motivated? Only the killer’s lengthy “sermon” at the climax provides insight. It was the first of three collaborations between director David Fincher and Pitt with Flight Club released in 1999 and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in 2008.

2 Fight Club (1999) - 4.26

Edward Norton is an alienated office worker with severe insomnia until he crosses paths with Pitt’s Tyler Durden, an anarchist that Norton’s “narrator” aspires to be. Together, they form Flight Club, the only catharsis that relieves their mutual cynicism.

The dialogue is witty throughout, often between Durden and the narrator on the merits of free will and breaking free of society’s unwritten rules. But it all circles back to the fighting which they brand on a national scale, except Durden’s motives are more sinister. The film’s plot highlights the younger generations' struggle with stagnation, a lack of identity, and yearning for spiritual enlightenment, concepts that might be considered prophetic today. The ending is one of the most unique plot twists in movie history. Cinema enthusiasts point to this flick as Pitt’s crowning achievement and consider it a cult classic.

1 Inglorious Basterds (2009) - 4.28

Here, Brad Pitt's Lt. Aldo Raine leads an all-Jewish American death squad in search of “Nazi scalps” against Christoph Waltz’s Col. Hans Landa, and by extension, the entire Nazi leadership. The Basterds and SS face off at a movie premiere in Paris at the height of World War II.

A recurring theme in Quentin Tarantino films is revenge except this one is a fantasy. The acting is superb. Waltz’s charisma tests Pitt’s infiltration skills (and broken Italian). Utilizing long continuous scenes reminiscent of old Hollywood filmmaking, the film’s plot reinvents history for dramatic effect while educating viewers with symbolism in the form of Landa, the embodiment of Nazism. Waltz received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance.

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