15 Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time

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7. The Cider House Rules (1999)

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With 2 Oscars to its name, The Cider House Rules is a must on your watch-list. Based on John Irving’s novel and directed by Lasse Hallstorm, the lead roles in movie are taken by ex-spiderman, Tobey Maguire (Homer), and the gorgeous American fashion model, Charlize Theron (Candy).

Homer (Tobey Maguire) is an orphan who has medical knowledge, taught to him by orphanage director, but no license to practice. In his aspiration to see the world for himself, he leaves to work on an apple farm with a couple who came for abortion. Homer discovers love (Candy) and life on that farm. The lead actors give a praise worthy performance in this high rated romantic flick.


6. In the Valley of Elah (2007)

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Charlize Theron takes the role of a police detective in Paul Haggis’s venture which focuses mainly on psychological effect of war on soldiers and Post-traumatic stress disorders. With an invigorating performance and an Oscar nomination for Tommy Lee Jones, In the Valley of Elah deserves the high rating it has received from critics.

Hank (Tommy Lee Jones) teams up with detective Sanders (Charlize Theron) to investigate his son’s murder and find the killer. A lot is revealed during investigation, highlighting the problems associated with soldiers in war zones and challenges faced by them.


5. The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)

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Better known as Inspector Clouseau from Pink Panther series, Peter Sellers was a reputed comedy actor. The movie is based on Roger Lewis’s book and shows how Peter’s success in character impersonations in movies took a toll on his personality and affected his personal life his self-doubt which led to troubles in his relationships.

Charlize Theron plays Britt Ekland, Peter’s second wife. The movie won 2 Golden Globes, for Best Motion Picture on Television and for Best Performance by Lead actor (Geoffrey Rush as Peter Sellers). Charlize Theron and Emily Watson were also nominated for Golden Globe awards for their on screen brilliance.


4. The Road (2009)

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John Hillcoat’s The Road is a sci-fi adventure flick based on Cormac McCarthy’s novel. A man and his young son are on a survival mission, looking to go south in hopes of a less hostile environment, in a post-apocalyptic world.

The movie is set in present with a lot of flashbacks from the past where the man remembers his wife, played by the graceful Charlize Theron. The Road received great reviews and was nominated for a BAFTA film award.


3. That Thing You Do! (1996)

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That Thing You Do! is written and directed by the celebrated American actor, Tom Hanks. He himself stars in this comedy drama which is about a pop rock band (the Wonder) that quickly rise to the top with a hit song.

The pretty Charlize Theron plays Guy Patterson’s (band’s drummer) girlfriend who later dumps him for her dentist. The movie has great music and got nominated for an Oscar in Best Music, Original Song category for the song ‘That thing you do!’ by Adam Schlesinger.


2. Monster (2003)

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Director Patty Jenkins’ Monster is based on true events and life of Aileen Wuernos. Charlize Theron takes the lead role and proves her mettle, coming out with an Oscar, Golden Globe and many more awards for her absolutely blazing performance.

Monster is about a prostitute (Aileen Wuernos portrayed by Charlize Theron) who later turned into a serial killer after her feeble attempt at a straight life fails. She is caught after she claims lives of a few, gets tried and finally executed.


1. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

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10 Oscar nominations, a huge score of film awards and ranked in top 250 of all time by IMDb, this is as good as it gets in Mad Max series. Almost 40 but still hot and attractive, Charlize Theron takes the lead role as Furiosa, a rebel on course to find her way back to her homeland and avoid capture by desert gang.

Aiding in her battle against the gang and extreme conditions of desert is Mad Max, our protagonist.


Honorable Mentions

We can’t resist mentioning these classic movies of Charlize Theron as well:

  • Battle in Seattle (2007)
  • Men of Honor (2000)


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