Brad Pitt is at the top of his game. He is the reigning Best Supporting Actor, having won for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood at last year’s Oscars. But, his success in Hollywood is not just highlighted as an award-winner of late, but with his years of great characters and unique storytelling. The Top 5 Brad Pitt movies are an impressive array of genres and performances showing his deep range.
Although this list concentrates on his success as an actor, the top of Brad Pitt’s Rotten Tomatoes list is award-winning celebrated films he has produced. These films include Selma, Moonlight, and 12 Years a Slave all of whom were nominated for Best Picture, and two won the coveted title. The next era in his career may be focusing on finding film gems to champion through the complexities of the movie business.
A Unique Approach
The list of Brad Pitt movies is ranging from comedies to drama, thrillers to heists, and beyond. He seems fearless in his choices and determined to make films that offer something new to the audience. Whether it’s partnering with Tarantino twice to star in his historical revisionist films or the particular brand of bad-boy brought on from Fight Club; no two Brad Pitt movies are ever the same. His performances in each are sincere and calculated while remaining relatable.
Top 5 Movies
This list is created from the Rotten Tomatoes critics score. Although this score is not everything, it does show which of these films are worthy of watching or rewatching.
Critics Score – 95%
Audience Score – 90%
Character – Bass
Synopsis – In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner (Michael Fassbender), he also finds unexpected kindness from another, as he struggles continually to survive and maintain some of his dignity. Then in the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada changes Solomon’s life forever.
Critics Score – 94%
Audience Score – 86%
Character – Billy Beane
Synopsis – Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), general manager of the Oakland A’s, one day has an epiphany: Baseball’s conventional wisdom is all wrong. Faced with a tight budget, Beane must reinvent his team by outsmarting the richer ball clubs. Joining forces with Ivy League graduate Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), Beane prepares to challenge old-school traditions. He recruits bargain-bin players whom the scouts have labeled as flawed, but have game-winning potential. Based on the book by Michael Lewis.
Critics Score – 93%
Audience Score – 93%
Character – Floyd – Dick’s Roommate
Synopsis – A comic-book nerd and Elvis fanatic Clarence (Christian Slater) and a prostitute named Alabama (Patricia Arquette) fall in love. Clarence breaks the news to her pimp and ends up killing him. He grabs a suitcase of cocaine on his way out thinking it is Alabama’s clothing. The two hit the road for California hoping to sell the cocaine, but the mob is soon after them.
Critics Score – 90%
Audience Score – 88%
Character – Jeffrey Goines
Synopsis – Traveling back in time isn’t simple, as James Cole (Bruce Willis) learns the hard way. Imprisoned in the 2030s, James is recruited for a mission that will send him back to the 1990s. Once there, he’s supposed to gather information about a nascent plague that’s about to exterminate the vast majority of the world’s population. But, aside from the manic Jeffrey (Brad Pitt), he gets little in the way of cooperation, not least from medical gatekeepers like Dr. Kathryn Railly (Madeleine Stowe).
Critics Score – 89%
Audience Score – 88%
Character – Lt. Aldo Raine
Synopsis – It is the first year of Germany’s occupation of France. Allied officer Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) assembles a team of Jewish soldiers to commit violent acts of retribution against the Nazis, including the taking of their scalps. He and his men join forces with Bridget von Hammersmark, a German actress and undercover agent, to bring down the leaders of the Third Reich. Their fates converge with theater owner Shosanna Dreyfus, who seeks to avenge the Nazis’ execution of her family.
2 Academy Awards (Best Supporting Actor – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood; Best Picture – 12 Years a Slave)
3 Golden Globes (Best Supporting Actor – 12 Monkeys & Once Upon a Time in Hollywood; Best Picture – 12 Years a Slave)
7 Academy Award nominations
4 BAFTA nominations (1 win)
11 Golden Globe nominations
9 SAG Award nominations (2 wins)