The actor Brad Pitt. Whenever his name is spoken, one can’t help but be reminded of his sculpted abs and effortless charm. Many may even quickly recall the media attention his love triangle with Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston has received, but that’s not what we’re here for. We’re here today to discuss the various steps Brad Pitt has taken in his film career, making the most of his stepping stone of physical appeal. Brad has 60 production credits to his name, in addition to being a lovely face and a notable actor. To us, this proves that he has more to him than meets the eye, and that’s why we’re here to commend him for his acting abilities.
In spite of the fact that Brad has appeared in over 80 films on IMDB, I’ve whittled it down to only ten of my favorite Brad films. Remember that these rankings are subjective, so don’t discuss it with me. So, without further ado, here are Brad Pitt’s ten favorite films, along with some thoughts on what makes them so special.
10. True Romance (1993)
Starting the list from a unique and surprising spot, this film doesn’t feature our beloved hero, but it’s undoubtedly an overlooked performance that deserves recognition. In a novel by Quentin Tarantino, we see glimpses of a Pitt who is overwhelmed by the absence of stress and anxiety. When danger approaches, our Audioslave stoner hero’s unwavering apathy remains unaffected by anything. Don’t treat me like a kid,” Floyd tells him as he begins to realize the issue. Despite notable performances from Christopher Walken, Gary Oldman, and Dennis Hopper, Brad takes the back seat and unwittingly steals the stage. On the other hand, True Romance is a humorous and maybe defining character, but it isn’t the best film on our list today.
9. Moneyball (2011)
When Billy Beane was General Manager of the San Francisco Giants, he devised a scheme that would revolutionize baseball forever. Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) enlists the services of Yale Economics graduate Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) and utilizes batting statistics to attract new players for the Oakland A’s, who are in serious financial circumstances after losing their top players. Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian, the authors of the film, make the dialogue crisp and authentic, in addition to narrating a true story. Brad Pitt’s performance is the cherry on top, as it’s unlike anything else he’s done before. Real-life pressures of juggling an impossible task with being a father can only be conveyed by someone who has been through it themselves. When I first saw this film, it swiftly rose to the top of my list because of Brad Pitt’s performance, which was continuously amazing.
8. Legends of the Fall (1994)
Despite its short running time, Legends of the Fall is a riveting tale. During the early 1900s, Brad Pitt portrays Tristan, one of three brothers who were raised by a single father in the Montana wilderness. We see these brothers’ lives shattered by the loss of loved ones, the treachery of a friend, and war. It’s hard to watch this movie without being swayed by the star’s stunning looks, which include his long, flowing golden hair, his perfectly symmetrical face, and his piercing blue eyes. Pitt’s performance as a brother in anguish proves once again that attractiveness isn’t enough; you have to put in the effort, too. As the film’s protagonist, it appears that this role was crafted specifically for Pitt, making it a perfect choice for our list today.
7. Snatch (2000)
Inquiringly, “Do you like dags?” Writing and directing Snatch is a familiar territory for Guy Ritchie, who is known for his string of gritty crime dramas that feature grizzled actors with thick accents and chipped teeth. Speaking of and because of Brad’s accent, he’s once again the movie’s star and the movie’s main source of humor, despite being a minor role. It’s only through Turkish (Jason Statham) that you learn Pitt’s character’s name, Mickey, is a bare-knuckled boxer gypsy. It is Mickey’s gypsy accent that is employed in the film to scam others out of their stuff due to misunderstandings, and it is hilariously over the top and impossible to comprehend. Even if he’s merely there as a piece of eye candy, Pitt maintains his sculpted and wiry physique from the previous year’s Fight Club.
6. Troy (2004)
Making a film about the Trojan War is no easy undertaking, but Wolfgang Petersen’s direction undoubtedly helps make it happen. A classic tale of love, battle, gods and humanity, Troy is a must-see epic. What do you consider to be the film’s high point? Brad Pitt’s portrayal of Achilles, the pinnacle warrior/demigod, is among the best. He was able to secure the job because of his dedication to the role, which required him to diet and exercise for six to eight months before filming began. Pitt reportedly spent time in a centuries-old Mexican hut after growing into god-like physique to better comprehend the character’s sense of isolation. To this day, it’s natural to envision him as the Greek warrior since he was a wonderful fit for the character. For this performance, he and co-star Eric Bana did not use stunt doubles, but instead agreed to pay each other money for each unintentional strike.
5. Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood (2019)
Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio finally had an opportunity to work together in a comic capacity in Quentin Tarantino’s film, which is by no means his best work. While Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and Cliff Booth (Pitt) are dropped into 1969, they accidentally divert a tragically tragic Hollywood incident that would otherwise have taken place. In the film, Cliff is Rick’s stuntman, but when they’re not filming together he is also his driver, housesitter, and handyman. With the exception of one particularly insulting and gratuitous depiction of the late great Bruce Lee, Cliff finds himself in a wide variety of circumstances where he gets to see genuine history in action. Despite the film’s flaws, Cliff is a compelling lead with some hilarious banter that keeps the movie moving forward. Brad was awarded an Oscar for his supporting role for his performance, which reportedly still enthralls Hollywood’s elites.
4. Fight Club (1999)
After the film’s premiere, Fight Club was a brief “woop!” from critics, but it soon became a cult favorite and not in the best sense. Young and irritable males based on Chuck Palahniuk’s novel choose to kick the crap out of one other and disregard societal norms in order to find a solution to their problems. Despite the moral closure of the plot, the film causes societal unrest among the dissatisfied young men of society. However, the screenplay is excellent, and the twist ending is amazing. All of Pitt’s characteristics come together in the picture to remark on the social expectations and perspectives of young men in a way that is at once endearing, nasty, sexual, and terrifying. For better or worse, this movie will continue to be discussed for years to come, regardless of how you feel about it.
3. Se7en (1995)
With David Fincher in the director’s chair, you’ll get a darker take on a well-known story involving an inexperienced rookie and a veteran. Brad Pitt portrays Mills, a rookie homicide detective who is determined to succeed despite his lack of experience. With Morgan Freeman’s Somerset (Morgan Freeman) in tow, he and the days-from-retirement detective track a serial killer who is obsessed with the seven deadly sins. This is one of the best David Fincher flicks, therefore it’s naturally dark. Pitt’s performance is one of his greatest, especially in the climax, as he conveys a genuinely damaged and gruff quality to the character. Aside from spoilers, the final sequence is Pitt’s most dramatic performance of his career, perfectly conveying the emotions that one might expect to feel in such a dire scenario.
2. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Inglorious Basterds is one of Quentin Tarantino’s best films, and he plays with history in a new way in this picture. During WWII, a gang of Jewish-American soldiers infiltrate Nazi-occupied France to kill high-ranking Nazi officials, including Adolf Hitler. Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt), known as “Aldo the Apache,” leads this unit and encourages his soldiers to be “…brutal to the Germans…” by collecting scalps. Pitt’s swagger is enhanced in a previously unseen way by the film’s hilarious dialogue and scene choices, thanks to Quentin Tarantino’s writing. Pitt’s rough and tough former Tennessee moonshiner humor and scraggly voice are utilized to their fullest capacity thanks to a fake scar across his throat. If you’re a fan of Tarantino’s style of filmmaking, Brad Pitt’s performance in Inglourious Basterds is as amazing as it is wickedly humorous.
1. 12 Monkeys (1995)
Whether or whether it’s a coincidence, Brad Pitt has starred in yet another mind-bender thriller with a twist. Convict James Cole (Bruce Willis) is sent back in time by Terry Gilliam to find out what caused a virus to wipe out the majority of human life. Jeffrey Goines, Brad Pitt’s character in the sci-fi classic, is a key player in the film’s success. As a scheming, wandering rambler in an insane asylum, Brad Pitt’s performance leaves a lasting impression that you can’t shake. With the goal of portraying his character as accurately as possible, Pitt worked with a psychiatric coach to distinguish between people who are mentally ill and those with mood problems. Regardless, the picture does a wonderful job of having the spectator doubt what is real, and Pitt’s commitment to a more creative character only enhances its success. A Golden Globe Award and an Oscar nomination were given to Pitt for his performance in the film.