From Inglourious Basterds to Where the River Flows, we’ve rounded up movies for you where Pitt does a variety of things because we all love watching him do it.
Last year can be confidently called the year of Bradissan. Although, Brad Pitt was just Brad Pitt and did what Brad Pitt should do – both in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and into the Stars. Looking back at least three decades of his career, even Pitt’s unsuccessful roles don’t turn to be called unsuccessful — simply because there was this handsome man on the screen. However, recently, the actor began to act much less often in films and became much pickier about choosing new projects. Fortunately, the resulting vacuum is easy to fill with old roles. Because — let’s be honest — well, who doesn’t like Brad Pitt?
20. “Troy” (2004 year)
The main star of “Troy” is Brad Pitt’s bare ass, but more on that later and another time. Without its main star, “Troy” is a bloated epic about swords and sandals, which sucks everything noble from the “Iliad,” turning it into the garbage. The narrative saves Achilles a bit – chubby, rough, hung with necklaces of shells. Pitt never seems to have looked better than Troy, with his ruffled blonde hair and abs more like a washing board liberally greased with oil. Among the countless blatant revisions of classical mythology, the main omission (in our opinion) was the absence of a key scene: to avoid war, Achilles hid and pretended to be a woman. This deprived us of an amazing image: Pitt is an ancient Greek drag queen. As a result, if we discard the failures and fictions (also unsuccessful), we must admit that, in fact, only Pitt could embody the legend of the golden demigod of Greece, making him both courageous and gentle. This is the greatness of a movie star, available only to the actors of the Hollywood pantheon.
19. “Thelma and Louise” (1991 year)
We can assume that this role was a turning point in Pitt’s career – although his name is not even on the promotional poster and in the opening credits, and the actor himself for seven screen minutes plays a sex scammer named JD, who charms Geena Davis and steals her savings after spending a night together. Classic Pitt. This performance in the short program secured Pitt’s status as a Hollywood sex symbol and subsequently helped to get much larger and more serious roles. Many people mistakenly believe that “Interview with the Vampire” and “Where the River Flows” launched a rocket called Brad Pitt, but make no mistake – it was “Thelma and Louise” that was the same Baikonur.
18. “Game for the decline” (2015 year)
Pitt plays Ben Rickert, a former Wall Street trader who predicts the coming 2008 financial crisis. As director Adam McKay described his character, Pitt appears 10kg heavier, with “Ken Burns’ hairstyle” and even a tag on his tie to make it look like he was just bought at the airport. The film won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay; Pitt acted as an actor and a producer.
17. “Big Jackpot” (2000 year)
It was an era when Brad would take off his shirt — and either kick someone’s ass or kick his ass. Somewhere between “Big Jackpot” and “Fight Club” for Pitt came a turning point. And it is “Big Jackpot” that remains for many ones of the most beloved roles of Pitt, a boxer always ready to start a fight or give change, in a stylish and crazy film by Gay Ritchie. If you watch it in the original dub, be sure to turn on the subtitles. Otherwise, you can’t understand what the hell he’s saying. Either he has the best or the worst accent in the film. Either way, it’s unforgettable.
16. “Interview with the Vampire” (1994 year)
“Interview with the Vampire” is far from the best film of Brad Pitt: his recently bitten vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac in every scene is either embarrassed or struggling with constipation. He deserved a place on the list for one reason, but it is the size of a Gothic castle: somehow, Pitt managed to keep a good mine, having Tom Cruise as his partner. He, I’m sure, actually thought he was a rabid vampire Lestat de Lioncourt. During filming, he ate exclusively on the blood of swamp creatures and rushed around Spanish Louisiana like a super-fast raccoon. I mean… how the hell did Pitt manage to keep himself in hand when Tom Cruz squeezed the rat guts into the wine bowl with both hands?
15. “True Love” (1993 year)
Brad Pitt’s total screen time in True Love is only a few minutes (you can watch most of them in this trailer), and yet his role as Floyd’s duckling remains one of the most memorable moments in the movie. Legend has it that Pitt literally begged for a cameo role in the film by Tony Scott (written by Quentin Tarantino, the film was released a year after “Reservoir Dogs”), obviously feeling a strong connection with the character: twenty-something years old, lying on the couch and watching TV in the company of beer and a huge bong. Funny and blissful, Pitt’s character is absolutely authentic (his remarks are mostly the fruit of improvisation) and because of this causes heartfelt laughter. Especially during his last encounter with a gang of armed gangsters, Floyd, like any decent host, offers to blow. But his best moment is a conversation with a smiling thug James Gandolfini, in which the last word remains with Floyd, smoked to the point of impossibility but at the same time retaining clarity of consciousness: “Don’t let me, dude. I’m going to kill you, man.”
14. “Casino robbery” (2012 year)
Another fascinating story of American criminal entrepreneurship. A rare actor got a role as stylish as the hitman Jackie Koogan. While this character, played by Pitt, goes to the city, where a new order awaits him, Johnny Cash’s song The Man Comes Around sounds. And while Coogan may not decide, according to the lyrics, who to release and blame, he nevertheless appears to be a certain biblical force tasked with leveling the stakes of the underworld. Which he does, removing two stupid and low-grade thugs and thereby changing the balance of power in the mafia. With his hair combed back and a neatly trimmed goat’s beard, Pitt’s character is stunningly restrained, and only subtle gestures and fleeting expressions betray a burden of regret that weighs on his shoulders like a run pressing on the speedometer of his car.
13. “To the stars” (2019 year)
Pitt astronaut Roy McBride is tasked with a space mission to convey a message to his long-lost research father (Tommy Lee Jones), and it’s tough for him to say goodbye. He’s a master of his narrative, all his anxious thoughts before a dangerous flight we hear from his mouth. Pitt here is a peaceful miracle, removing his usual on-screen crutches (a lively smile and a playful sense of humor) to expose the fear, heartache, and confusion accompanying McBride on his journey to the stars. His endurance in the face of great danger is most often shown in close-ups, which allow the actor to convey the depth of the crises that his hero needs to cope with. These plans seem to savor his mournful gaze and strong but heavy body language, pushing the scale of one person to cosmic proportions. One of his best works. For today.
12. “The Mysterious Story of Benjamin Button” (2008)
Few sex symbols will agree to become great-grandfathers on the screen, albeit aged with the help of special effects. But Brad Pitt is no ordinary sex symbol. The plot of “The Mysterious Story of Benjamin Button” is taken from the story of F. Scott Fitzgerald and is extremely simple: Benjamin Button ages in reverse order, which means that he was born old and died young. It’s a slow, thoughtful film, a deeply human but not too sentimental tale of the painful relationship between love and time. Pitt as an actor is not lost in either special effects or makeup – he is soft and serious, optimistic and romantic. He literally takes out this picture on his shoulders, hunched over with numbers. He knows it, and he never stumbles.
11. “Tree of Life” (2010 year)
Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life is one of my most controversial and favorite films. The complex theme the director considers is time in his cosmic sense, shown through a microcosm of a family from a Texas suburb around the 1950s. Pitt plays the role of Mr. O’Brien, a strict advocate of discipline with infinitely high expectations, who teaches his three sons to equate love with fear. The hedgehog hairstyle, the pants on the pinches, and the verified severity in sum illustrate the collective image of not only the father’s but also the American masculinity of the middle of the century. “The Tree of Life” is a sensual masterpiece with an ambitious vision, based on the seemingly electrified hero Pitt embodies a sublime, painful, demanding love that for decades to come will determine both the traumas and victories of his three sons.
10. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (2019)
“Two Loneliness”: lost in the career path of Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his double-stuntman Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), from whom luck turned away, in the film Quentin Tarantino, glorifying California in 1969 and radically changing a couple of real historical events. Absolutely correct, submissive, loyal, and insightful, Booth may or may not have killed his wife. In this role, Pitt twists his charm to an absurd maximum, and it looks fascinating. He seems to emit sunlight, like the Los Angeles in which he lives, but at the same time, as in the city itself, Pitt’s character has a craving for violence. Every scene — whether it’s feeding a dog, fixing an antenna on a shirtless roof, manipulating Charles Manson’s clan, and especially the scene where he walks that dog in a state of hallucinogen-altered consciousness — demonstrates the best form of acting (and there are many such examples in the film), full of light self-confidence and incredible wit.
9. “Fight Club” (1999 year)
We risk breaking the first rule of Fight Club, but still, say that this role is his Everest in the first decade of Pitt’s leading roles. An intoxicating cocktail of erudite wisdom, masculine style, hypersexuality, and over-the-top athleticism (no one will ever be able to forget his ABS of TWELVE cubes). His Tyler Durden is an incredibly cool and phenomenally handsome opponent of the weak and selfish Edward Norton, and Pitt’s megawatt charisma fuels their entire joint odyssey. It helps to believe first in the nonconformist spirit of Durden and then to accept his purely anarchist thinking. The film’s unexpected twist may cast a different perspective on Durden, but that twist doesn’t affect his unbridled image of an unbridled rebellious macho. A fight with Norton in the parking lot, a demonstration of the effect that alkalis have on human skin, the command of an army of disgruntled white guys, Derden Pitt is the black heart of satire about the fine lines between liberation and anarchy, freedom and fascism. And this satire, even over time, has not lost its relevance.
8. “After reading burn” (2008 year)
Shocking spy comedy of the Coen brothers, riddled with genuine existential fear. Cheerful coach Chad (Pitt with highlighted ends of hair and a half-smile frozen on his face) with his colleague Linda (Francis McDormand) accidentally find a top-secret CD, which is chased by a variety of powerful people of this world. The famous scene of the victory dance (Pitt is dressed in a tight sports polo with zippers, shorts, and gloves with cropped fingers, headphones in his ears) remains, albeit too short, but absolutely unforgettable moment in Brad’s career. His unwavering belief reinforces chad’s near-mad idiocy that he is more than a mere idiot. There is hardly a scene in the film funnier than the dialogue in the car between the characters of Pitt and John Malkovich (he plays a government agent), in which Chad tries to courageously squint and speak in a serious restrained tone, which only emphasizes his complete inexperience and close to a childish misunderstanding of real life.
7. “Seven” (1995 year)
“Interview with the Vampire” and “Legends of Autumn,” of course, strengthened Pitt’s reputation as one of the main players on the field of the main roles, but only in “Seven” in 1995, he managed to completely capture not only a female audience but also a male audience. For most of the film, ardent detective Pitt, paired with police veteran Morgan Freeman, travels through a rainy city as gloomy and creepy as the seven-deadly serial killer they hunt. Detective Mills is a daring man with a kind heart and problems with self-control, which ultimately makes him seem to be specially created for the main role in the unfolding tragedy. The stage scene of accepting the inevitable, which Pitt plays out in a vacant lot, is one of the best at the dawn of his career. It resonates especially sharply due to the correct development of the narrative: Pitt’s scenes with Freeman and his own with Gwyneth Paltrow (according to the plot, Mills’ wife, in real life, Brad Pitt’s love at that time) animate Brad’s character as much as possible. It’s a terrific acting game full of youthful intensity, sensitivity, and recklessness.
6. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
“Ocean’s Eleven” was one of the biggest box office hits since 2001, and it’s easy to see why: it starred four iconic movie stars of the era, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, and Brad Pitt. With Clooney as a clever, experienced con man and Damon as a newcomer who received his first major order, Pitt’s conventionally minor character, Rusty Ryan, had much more acting freedom. Pitt gives Rusty the characteristics of an “alluring but dangerous threat” that he will twist to the fullest in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. As with some of the other movies, Pitt rightly relies on his ability to be charming here, but hey, even if everyone could do it, he’d still be that guy from the Pringles commercial.
5. “Where the river flows” (1992)
Two hours of this Depression drama probably contains more fly fishing scenes than all the movies combined. So no, the film directed by Robert Redford is not the main action project in Pitt’s career. Still, it’s one of the most moving, and as you review it now, it’s easy to see why Pitt remains one of the biggest names in Hollywood 25 years after the release of this film. Based on the memoirs of Norman McLean, the film follows the maturation of the writer from Montana (Craig Schaeffer) and his brother Paul, played by Pitt. Both sons of the Reverend, Norman is a strict, diligent elder brother, and Paul is a charming, tragic, and cruel crook and drunkard. They are connected by a love of fishing and the still untouched beauty of the American West. Remember: if you decide to watch a movie, one of the main scenes in which tells about catching large trout, there is a chance that the finale will leave you at a loss.
4. “How cowardly Robert Ford killed Jesse James” (2007)
Perhaps the XXI century has not yet been made a film more beautiful than this (thanks to the incomparable cameraman Roger Deakins). Perhaps among Pitt’s roles, there is no more fascinating than this. Casey Affleck’s Ford is obsessed with Pitt’s character James; Ford idealizes him, bringing the image to the point of absurdity, a ghost materializing and disappearing without warning. James robs trains and casts plaintive glances at the vast plains. In both cases, he is a mythical celebrity of the American West. Pitt embodies this complex image, balancing on the verge between the hero, whose fate could well become a children’s fairy tale, and an ordinary person who tends to acquit between boundless happiness and uncontrollable ruthlessness. On the one hand, Jesse James is the prism through which the film explores all the legendary criminals and, given the media’s fascination with James, our complex relationship with the “stars” of different spheres. On the other hand, Pitt — equally dreamy and frightening — convincingly tells us a much less glamorous and much more easily classified truth behind this bedtime story.
3. “Inglourious Basterds” (2009 year)
While the general public rarely welcomes a loose retelling of real historical events, it’s nice to imagine an alternate universe where Lieutenant Aldo Raine, originally from Tennessee, ruthlessly massacred the Nazis during World War II. The unkempt angry lieutenant from Inglourious Basterds is one of Quentin Tarantino’s best characters. Here it is worth additionally saying that the character of Rhine Tarantino wrote under Brad Pitt. The film was a huge success with both critics and viewers, received a total of eight nominations for the award “Oscar.” And although the role of Pitt was not on this list, the legacy of his unique southern accent, methods of conducting reconnaissance, and fighting with the swastika survived all seasons of film awards. Perhaps it is Aldo who may eventually remain Pitt’s most famous role of all time.
2. “12 monkeys” (1995 year)
For this role, Pitt received his first Oscar nomination and his first Golden Globe statuette, and this is easy to explain: his Jeffrey Goynes, with all the mannered tics and sparkling redundancy, in a sense drags the entire narrative on himself. Inspired by Chris Marker’s experimental short film La Jetée in 1962, Terry Gilliam’s ghostly saga sent time traveler Bruce Willis from a devastated 2035 deadly virus in 1996. There (then?) that he must find the root cause of the apocalypse, and Willis’ character suspects that a dangerous freak Goins, whom Willis meets in a psychiatric hospital, is involved. Pitt looks like a cartoon character descended from the screen into gonzo reality with a wild but insightful look, restless gestures of the hands, and even the fingers themselves. Undeniably brilliant acting, and although it sometimes seems a bit two-dimensional (due to the need to mask Goyns’ true nature for the time being), this compensates for the lack of pure, unbridled energy that is fully consistent with the carnival spirit of the film.
1. “The Man Who Changed Everything” (2011)
A movie about many old white guys sitting in conference rooms discussing baseball stats doesn’t necessarily sound like a good movie choice for the evening. Moreover, this does not pull on the role of the caliber of the award or even just a nomination for the award “Oscar.” Nevertheless, thanks to the script from Aaron Sorkin and the truly emotional game of Brad Pitt, “The Man Who Changed Everything” has become a phenomenon much more than the usual “movie about sports.” He retells the true story of Billy Bean, the general manager of the Oakland As baseball team, who used sabermetrics to assemble an invincible team in the 2002 season. This brought Pitt another Oscar nomination. And if you review the final heartbreaking scene, in which Billy is listening to his daughter’s song in tears, it becomes absolutely unclear why he lost to Jean Dujardin (the film “The Artist”). In the case of actor Brad Pitt, it often feels like he’s playing the role of Brad Pitt, but in this film, he really dissolves as a father who is trying to deal with all his inner shit. Listing all his iconic roles – crazy, sexy, funny, active, it’s nice to leave the main role of a dad trying to save his relationship with his daughter.