Acclaimed by many as the most attractive man, William Bradley ‘Brad’ Pitt is a celebrated American actor and producer. His good looks have certainly brought him good fortune, marrying both of the widely accepted as sexiest women of all time, Jennifer Aniston (ex-wife) and Angelina Jolie (currently married to). Apart from his dashing looks, Brad Pitt has certainly made his mark in the film industry with his exceptional acting and production skills, winning a Golden Globe award, a Screen Actor’s Guild Award, three Academy Award nominations as an actor and three as a producer, winning one as a producer. Following are the 17 best Brad Pitt movies of all time that you should definitely check out:
17. Killing Them Softly (2012)
Directed by Andrew Dominik, the movie is based on a novel by George V. Higgins which gives a revealing insight on how mobs and criminal gangs work. Brad Pitt plays the role of an enforcer, Jackie, in this R rated crime thriller, where he is assigned to execute two naïve guys who pull off a heist, stealing money from a high stakes Mobs poker game.
Jackie enjoys his work and likes to kill his victims slowly. The movie paints a grey picture of New Orleans, mostly shot in the dark, which goes with the theme and contains a lot of gore and violence.
16. Snatch (2000)
#94 in top rated movies on IMDb, Guy Ritchie’s Snatch is a sure shot laughing therapy, even if you don’t get the plot in the first sitting. The movie is set in London’s underworld and takes you in Brick Top’s (Alan Ford) illegal boxing and betting business.
The good-looking Brad Pitt (Mickey) plays the gypsies’ head, a bare knuckle boxer, with an accent that is more sounds than words. Brick Top wants Mickey to fight for him and lose on purpose. Things get complicated when Mickey fails to throw his fight away.
A side plot includes a diamond heist where thugs with catchy names like Frankie Four Fingers, Boris the Blade, Bullet Tooth Tony and others are all after the diamond.
15. Babel (2006)
An Oscar win for Best achievement in music written, a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture and a bucket load of other awards and nominations, Alejandro Gonzalez’ Babel is a success on many levels. With a dashing Brad Pitt and a very pretty Australian Cate Blanchett in lead roles as a couple, Babel is about four families’ stories that link with one another.
A couple on a vacation to mend their marriage; a farmer’s sons and the rifle; a Japanese girl with a hearing disability, her mother’s suicide and an estranged father as her many troubles.
Writer Guillermo Arriaga deserves much praise for this subtle way of showing how our lives’ and problems are interconnected in ways we do not comprehend.
14. Fury (2014)
Don “Wardaddy” Collier, played by Brad Pitt, is a rugged, tough soldier, hardened by war. One of the most recent Brad Pitt movie in our list and set in WWII times, this movie is about a 5 men crew and a tank named Sherman lead by Wardaddy. Amidst them is young amateur named Norman, whose first experience of blood and death is a harsh one.
Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) mentors him, breaks his conscience to make him into a soldier. With an inexperienced and scared to his wits Norman on board, outnumbered and outgunned, the crew takes on a dangerous mission of taking an offensive against Nazis on their stronghold.
13. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
2 hours 46 minutes of running time, David Fincher’s adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is worth its time.
Australian actress Cate Blanchett and American Brad Pitt take the center stage where Brad Pitt plays Benjamin, an anomaly who ages backwards, while Cate plays Daisy, an elderly woman on her death-bed.
Cate listens to her daughter reading her Benjamin’s diary and recalls her lover’s extraordinary life experiences. Brad Pitt’s sincerity to the role got him nominated for an Oscar for Best Performance in Lead role. The movie won 3 Oscars for Best Achievement in Art Direction, Make up and Visual Effects along with 9 Oscar nominations.
12. The Assassination of Jesse James (2007)
Director Andrew Dominik’s venture is based on Ron Hansen’s novel of 1983. Dubbed as the fastest gun in West, Jesse James was a famous outlaw, idolized by many. Jesse (Brad Pitt) hires new guns, Robert (Casey Affleck) and his brother Charley (Sam Rockwell) for his next heist plan.
Envious of his popularity and playing a double game, Robert guns down Jesse in cold blood and runs away with the bounty on his head. Casey Affleck gives a blazing performance, getting nominated for an Oscar.
11. Burn After Reading (2008)
Never leave video tapes lying around is the message in Ethan Coen and Joel Coen’s production. A stellar cast including ladies’ man Brad Pitt and the infamous George Clooney, this is about CIA agent, Osbourne Cox, who gets fired and decides to make a memoir.
This one and a half hours of comedy is about tangled love affairs, blackmail and naïve young people who believe they have hit the jackpot when they find the memoir tape.
10. The Tree of Life (2011)
Written and directed by Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life has depth in its storyline making you ask the same questions as the protagonist. The movie is mainly set around Jack, eldest son of O’ Brien family, living in Texas in 1950s.
The different roles of mother (Jessica Chastain) and father (Brad Pitt) instill an emotional battle in young Jack which only deepens with time and happenings, making it hard for him to accept the reality of modern world. It is times like these when people question faith and origin of life.
9. Fight Club (1999)
With its quotes often popping up on social networks, Fight Club is one of the most popular movies amidst young generation. Ranked as #10 in IMDb’s all-time best movies, it features Edward Norton as narrator of the film, an insomniac with a dull job and who attends group therapy sessions.
He meets Tyler (Brad Pitt), a soap manufacturer, who introduces him to a more practical solution of relieving stress and aggression; bare knuckle fighting. The idea catches on and underground fight clubs spring up everywhere.
However things seem to get out of control as Tyler’s ambitions seem to go beyond just fighting. With superb acting, great cinematography and thought-provoking dialogues, David Fincher’s Fight Club should be on everybody’s watch list.
8. A River Runs Through It (1992)
The movie is a narrative adaption of Norman Maclean’s book, describing his childhood in a beautiful countryside Montana where two things taught him about life; his father, a stern Reverend and fly fishing.
The movie has done justice to the scenic beauty of Montana and won an Oscar in Best Cinematography (Philippe Rousselot).
Paul (Brad Pitt) is the younger brother of Norman, a maverick in family who’s happy with his life drinking, playing cards and fly fishing.
The characters are shaped from Norman’s memory, who went on to become an English Professor at University of Chicago, writing this book after retirement as his father had once advised him to.