The 10 best Brad Pitt movies of all time
Martin Macdonald - 24 May 2023, 14:25 Share
Brad Pitt is one of the biggest and most influential movie stars in the history of Hollywood.
After starring in a string of hits over 30 years to become a bonafide A-lister, he would eventually win an Academy Award in 2020. For his performance in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, he earned the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
Within our MovieMeter community, there are naturally various Pitt movies that have received hugely positive responses.
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It is perhaps no surprise to see that the community has named David Fincher's dark thriller, Se7en, as Pitt's best movie. The movie tells the story of two detectives, David Mills (Pitt) and William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) who must take down a vicious serial killer who murders his victims in accordance with the Seven Deadly Sins.
In second place is Fight Club, which probably has the honour of having Pitt's most iconic character creation, Tyler Durden.
Snatch, Inglorious Basterds and True Romance make up the top five.
There is only one franchise movie that features in Pitt's top 10 and that is Ocean's 11. Interestingly, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood doesn't feature despite his Oscar win.
Top 10 Brad Pitt movies
Detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) has seven days left before retiring. He takes on the newcomer David Mills (Brad Pitt) to work as his successor. They soon come across a number of gruesome murder cases that are linked by the theme of the Seven Deadly Sins. The duo regularly clash in terms of insight and approach. In addition, the killer seems elusive due to his ingenious method and extremely careful preparation of the murders.
Directed by: David Fincher
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow
Fight Club (1999)
Told from the perspective of the Narrator (Edward Norton), an insomniac becomes acquainted with charismatic soap salesman Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) and eventually moves in with the stranger after his apartment is destroyed. Sharing similar ideals, and boredom, the pair establish Fight Club - an underground fight club for men to spice up their boring lives. But, does Turden have even bigger plans?
Directed by: David Fincher
Stars: Edward Norton, Brad Pitt and Helena Bonham Carter
Turkish (Jason Statham) and his partner-in-crime Tommy (Stephen Graham) become involved in the world of illegal boxing matches through the notorious criminal Brick Top (Alan Ford). There is big money to be made. When the boxer they used is immediately knocked out in the first round by the unintelligible Irish gypsy One Punch Mickey (Brad Pitt), all hell breaks loose. Meanwhile, somewhere else in London, an 86-carat diamond is illegally owned; The perpetrators are three bumbling mobsters and a maddened dog.
Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Stars: Jason Statham, Brad Pitt and Vinnie Jones
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
In German-occupied France, Shosanna Dreyfus (Melanie Laurent) witnesses the brutal murder of her family, led by Nazi Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz). She barely manages to escape and flees to Paris, where she takes on a new identity and starts running a movie theatre. Meanwhile, elsewhere in France, a Jewish group of soldiers, led by Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt), takes revenge on the Nazis.
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz and Mélanie Laurent
True Romance (1993)
Clarence works in a comic book store and spends most of his spare time at the cinema watching kung fu movies. One day he meets Alabama prostitute, whom he falls in love with. However, she can't just stop working and so Clarence has to deal with her pimp first. During the tumultuous confrontation with the pimp, Clarence accidentally comes into possession of a suitcase of cocaine. He decides to sell this huge amount on his own and moves to Los Angeles.
Directed by: Tony Scott
Stars: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette and Michael Rapaport
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
After five billion people were wiped out by a virus in 1996, humanity (or what is left of it) will be living underground by 2035. Convicted James Cole is sent back in time to research the virus so that a fight can be worked on. However, he ends up a few years early, in 1990, where of course nobody believes his story. He ends up in an institution where he finds Dr. Kathryn Railly met. She slowly begins to believe in his story. Cole, however, begins to doubt his own sanity more and more.
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
Stars: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe and Brad Pitt
12 Years a Slave (2013)
In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty, particularly from sadistic slave driver Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender), Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life.
Directed by: Steve McQueen
Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o
The New York working-class neighborhood Hell's Kitchen 1966. The youngsters Shakes, Michael, John and Tommy are engaged in petty theft. But one day they accidentally almost kill a man. Since the man does not die and he recovers from his injuries in the hospital, the boys get off with a "mild punishment". They are arrested and end up in a youth home for one year. There they are sexually and psychologically abused by some guards, including Sean Nokes. Ten years later, Tommy and John see him again in a bar and get their revenge. Michael has since become a very influential attorney and Shakes a journalist. They decide to help John and Tommy.
Directed by: Barry Levinson
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
Criminal Danny Ocean is finally released after four years in prison. He immediately decides to put his newfound freedom to good use by robbing three casinos in Las Vegas. To accomplish this nearly impossible job, he gathers a large crew of professionals around him. It soon becomes apparent that there is more at stake for Danny than just money: his ex-wife Tess is the new girlfriend of Terry Benedict, the owner of the casinos he wants to rob.
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt
Two young teenagers in Morocco set out armed with their father's shotgun to escort their herd of goats. Along the way, they decide to test this rifle and this has disastrous consequences. The lives of four groups of people are directly related to the incident. We see the story of an American tourist couple, a Mexican nanny who smuggles two children across the American border, and a Japanese deaf teenager and her father. Their lack of communication skills with those around them means that, despite an incident that connects them all, they remain completely isolated.
Directed by: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Stars: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Gael García Bernal
Thriller / Crime
1995 • 127 minutes
Comedy / Thriller
1999 • 139 minutes
Crime / Comedy
2000 • 104 minutes
War / Comedy
2009 • 153 minutes
2006 • 143 minutes
Crime / Comedy
2001 • 116 minutes
Action / Crime
1993 • 119 minutes
Crime / Drama
1996 • 147 minutes
Mystery / Scifi
1995 • 129 minutes
12 Years a Slave
Drama / Biography
2013 • 134 minutes