Brad Pitt Movies – Films of Brad Pitt
If you’re a fan of Brad Pitt movies, then you’ve certainly come to the right place. This article lists 10 of the best films of Brad Pitt, whether the charismatic star is playing an Irish boxer, homicide detective, or Southern-fried serial killer.
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Inglourious Basterds (2009) – While Pitt has previously appeared in a film written by Quentin Tarantino (True Romance), this revisionist World War II film was the first time the director and actor directly worked together. The results were dynamite, with Pitt playing a Nazi-killing hillbilly named Lt. Aldo Raine. Dropped with his men–known as The Basterds–behind enemy lines, Raine eventually gets a chance to end the war by assassinating Hitler and many of his top men. There’s plenty of dark comedy, as well, especially when Raine tries to pass himself off as Italian at a movie premiere. If you have the slightest interest in either Tarantino or the war movie genre, then be sure to catch one of the best Brad Pitt movies in recent years.
Babel (2006) – An international film with narratives set in Mexico, Japan, Morocco, and the United States. Pitt and Cate Blanchett star in one segment as Richard and Susan Jones, a San Diego couple who are accidentally attacked while on vacation in Morocco. As Richard tries to secure medical attention for his wounded wife, he encounters a maze of language barriers, social prejudice, and political red tape. The rest of the film is also worth watching, including segments with Rinko Kikuchi, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Clifton Collins Jr.
Kalifornia (1993) – Brian Kessler (David Duchovny) is writing a book about serial killers. He’s also traveling across the country with his girlfriend (Michelle Forbes). Looking for someone to help pay for gas, he posts a ride-share ad and winds up being accompanied on his journey by parolee Early Grayce (Pitt) and his childlike girlfriend (Juliette Lewis playing deranged character #1,235). And wouldn’t you know it–Early winds up being a dyed-in-the-wool serial killer himself. One of Pitt’s lesser-known film roles, but it’s certainly worth a look.
Fight Club (1999) – Based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club stars Pitt and Ed Norton as two young men who’ve grown disillusioned with the consumer-obsessed world around them. Their solution? Form a secret underground fight club and beat the living hell out of each other. Oh, and give Helena Bonham Carter (looking freaky, as usual) some hot lovin‘. A badass film about generational conflicts and the decline of Western civilization, Fight Club is one of the ultimate guy movies.
The Mexican (2001) – Much like pal George Clooney, Pitt has great comic timing. In this film co-starring Julia Roberts, Pitt gets to show it off as Jerry Welbach, a lovable loser sent to Mexico to retrieve an antique gun for the mob. Gore Verbinski helms this mixture of road movie and romantic comedy, and the excellent supporting cast includes James Gandolfini, J.K. Simmons, and Bob Balaban. There’s also a surprise appearance from a senior Hollywood star near the film’s conclusion, but I don’t want to give away the surprise. If you like sex and travel, be sure to check this one out!
Seven (1995) – Of all the films of Brad Pitt documented in this article, Seven is easily my favorite. Pitt plays Det. David Mills, a crusading homicide cop who’s just transferred to the City and is learning the ropes from soon-to-retire Det. William Somerset (Morgan Freeman). That’s when a series of gruesome murders begin to occur, each based around one of the seven deadly sins. Director David Fincher creates a grim urban setting where the rain falls in buckets and minding your own business is an art form. Freeman steals the show as the world-weary Somerset, but Pitt also makes an admirable contribution (as do co-stars Gwyneth Paltrow, R. Lee Ermey, and Kevin Spacey).
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) – Directed by David Fincher (Seven) and based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, this film about a man aging backwards received 13 Oscar nominations (winning three). Also starring Cate Blanchett, Julia Ormond, Jason Flemyng, and Tilda Swinton. A number of critics placed it on their lists of the top 10 movies of 2008, including Ben Lyons, Richard Corliss, Joe Morgenstern, and Rex Reed.
Snatch (2000) – One of the few Brad Pitt movies that highlights the star’s on-screen boxing talents, Guy Ritchie’s Snatch casts Mr. Jolie as Mickey O’Neil, a gypsy (or “pikey,”) whose fists are as dangerous as his accent is difficult to understand. Like all Ritchie crime films, the cast is loaded down with impressive names, and this group of co-stars includes Jason Statham, Dennis Farina, Benicio Del Toro, Vinnie Jones, and Lennie James.
12 Monkeys (1995) – Bruce Willis stars as James Cole, a convict from the future who volunteers to travel into the past and try to find the person responsible for a plague that devastated the human race. Arriving in 1990, he’s quickly arrested and put in a mental institution, which he where he meets Jeffrey Goines (Pitt), an activist who quickly becomes Cole’s leading suspect. Pitt is great in the asylum scene, ranting and raving to a sedate Cole about the dangers of consumerism. The scene is further aided by Goines’ freaky eye and the always-bizarre direction of Terry Gilliam.
True Romance (1993) – One of the early films of Brad Pitt, True Romance was penned by a then-unknown screenwriter named Quentin Tarantino. While stars Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette run around the City of Angels dodging the mob, Pitt appears in a small role as an L.A. pothead named Floyd. Whether he’s smoking a Honey Bear bong, listening to Soundgarden, or watching Freejack, Floyd is always more than willing to give crucial info to all the villains who stop by, usually inviting them to sit down and stay awhile.
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