Brad Pitt’s ability to play such a wide range of roles continues to amaze. This movie showcases his talent for complex dramatic roles with a mesmerizing performance of a man who ages in reverse. Brad Pitt paired with director David Fincher again for this film. He plays a rookie detective who takes on a serial killer in this thriller.
1. A River Runs Through It (1991)
In the 90s Pitt started to branch out from his goofy stoner bro characters and began playing more complex characters. This is where he excelled in movies like Moneyball, The Tree of Life and Ad Astra.
Pitt teamed up with Fight Club director David Fincher for this 1995 psychological crime thriller. He plays a New York City prosecutor who sets up a scheme to lose a case in order to get his childhood friends out of prison and exact revenge on abusive adult authority figures.
In Terrence Malick’s hypnotic masterpiece about family, memory and the origins of life, Pitt is at his best as a tough and intimidating father of three in 1950s Texas. His performance earned him a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination. This is one of the most touching and moving Brad Pitt movies ever.
2. Fight Club (1993)
After a slow start to his career, Pitt shot to fame with this gnula film that showcased his acting prowess. His portrayal of a man who ages in reverse was mesmerizing and he also gave a heartfelt performance as his love interest.
Pitt was a natural in this role and he gave one of the most memorable performances of his career. He was a burnt out office worker who meets an anarchist and the rest is history.
He also starred in this crime movie as a mob hitman and it was an excellent film. He paired up with Morgan Freeman and he gave a great performance in this neo-noir thriller. It is a must-watch movie for all Pitt fans. The chemistry between him and Freeman is brilliant. It is an all-time classic. Watch it now!
3. Inglorious Basterds (1998)
It may not have been as big as Thelma and Louise or as arthousey as Terrence Malick’s other films but this is a film that continues to gain a following. It combines beautiful cinematography with an eerie ambiance to create an experience that’s truly haunting.
Pitt teamed up with director Quentin Tarantino for the first and probably not last time to deliver this pulpy splatterfest about WW2. His scalp loving Lt Raine is one of Pitt’s most wickedly fun and memorable performances.
Pitt’s acting prowess is put to the test in this dark thriller as detective Mills who’s caught up in a game of cat and mouse with serial killer John Doe played by Kevin Spacey. He gives a terrific performance and proves he can act outside of the Hollywood, blockbuster market. A career highlight.
4. Fury (2014)
Pitt has been a box office draw for years, but his latest films have caught viewers off guard. His role in David Ayer’s middling Fury was a World War II movie about a tank crew led by gung-ho GI named “Wardaddy.”
The story, which was inspired by true events, takes place inside the confines of a single tank. The action scenes are thrilling and claustrophobic, and Pitt is the perfect man to lead this team of men to victory.
The movie also stars Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman, who help Pitt divert from his usual wholesome, good-looking, handsome guy roles. He’s still a great guy but he can do more than just that. This is one of his best movies.
5. Allied (2016)
Despite being one of Hollywood’s most recognizable actors, Brad Pitt is often underrated. The star is currently promoting his new movie, World War Z, but his long list of projects that have garnered critical acclaim prove he is a skilled actor.
Whether planning elaborate heists or dodging bullets in the middle of a firefight, Pitt’s cool and composed demeanor is infectious. His role as Tyler Durden in Fight Club earned him acclaim for his intensity and ability to embody the anarchist’s philosophy.
After establishing himself as a sex symbol, Pitt found his groove with more nuanced and complex work. In Terry Gilliam’s dark sci-fi flick, Pitt plays mental patient Jeffrey Goines in a not-too-distant future where he may hold the key to a deadly virus. The character was a departure from his usual image and an outstanding performance.