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All Brad Pitt Movies Ranked

Everyone knows about an early Brad Pitt appearance as the stoner roommate in True Romance, and you might think he spent his formative Hollywood years building a resume of such goofy, secondary parts. But that movie came out in 1993. By 1991 (the same year he played the hitchhiker in Thelma & Louise), he was already the title lead in Johnny Suede. Guess you just couldn’t keep those looks off-camera; True Romance just showed Pitt could deliver laughs to go with them.

The year after, it was truly off the races, with the 1994 double-whammy of Interview with the Vampire and Legends of the Fall. And 1995 saw him in classics of their respective genre: 12 Monkeys and Seven. Then Pitt closed out the decade by re-teaming with Seven director David Fincher for Fight Club, and all of a sudden a lot more dudes were putting posters of him up on their walls.

Obviously, Pitt knows a good friendship when he sees one, as some of his best work since has been in the hands of people’s he’s worked with before. He gotten together with Fincher another time for Curious Case of Benjamin Button; with Steven Soderbergh, he’s made three Ocean’s movies.

And in 2019, he got some of his finest critical praise for playing stuntman Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, with whom he previously worked on Inglourious Basterds. There was also moody space epic Ad Astra, directed by James Gray, whose previous movie, The Lost City of Z, was produced by Pitt. (Speaking of, Pitt’s production credits are almost as impressive as his acting credits, and both came together in a big way with 12 Years a Slave, which won the Best Picture Oscar.) As we patiently wait on potential future collaborations with the Coens (Burn After Reading), Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life), and, hmm, Ralph Bakshi (Cool World), we’re ranking all Brad Pitt movies by Tomatometer!

#45

Cool World (1992)
6%

#45
Adjusted Score: 9.146%
Critics Consensus: Cool World throws a small handful of visual sparks, but they aren't enough to distract from the screenplay's thin characters and scattered plot.
Synopsis: Ralph Bakshi's coupling of animated cartoons with live action comes across as little more than a ham-handed attempt at re-creating... [More]
Directed By: Ralph Bakshi

#44

Cutting Class (1989)
25%

#44
Adjusted Score: 18.136%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A series of deaths at a high school turn out to be murder, as a young delinquent (Donovan Leitch) --... [More]
Directed By: Rospo Pallenberg

#43

The Favor (1994)
27%

#43
Adjusted Score: 22.661%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A long-running sex fantasy, and vicarious thrills are the basis for this lightweight comedy. For years now Kathy has been... [More]
Directed By: Donald Petrie

#42

Johnny Suede (1991)
33%

#42
Adjusted Score: 33.049%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: 'Johnny Suede' is a contemporary fable about a mildly talented young man with musical ambitions who is forced to confront... [More]
Directed By: Tom DiCillo

#41

The Devil's Own (1997)
35%

#41
Adjusted Score: 36.869%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A policeman plays Good Samaritan to a visitor from Ireland, only to discover that he has a potentially deadly secret.... [More]
Directed By: Alan J. Pakula

#40

The Counselor (2013)
33%

#40
Adjusted Score: 41.351%
Critics Consensus: The Counselor raises expectations with its talented cast and creative crew -- then subverts them with a wordy and clumsy suspense thriller that's mercilessly short on suspense or thrills.
Synopsis: Legendary filmmaker Ridley Scott and Pulitzer Prize winning author Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men) have joined forces in... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott

#39

By The Sea (2015)
34%

#39
Adjusted Score: 39.699%
Critics Consensus: By the Sea may intrigue celebrity voyeurs or fans of a certain type of arthouse cinema, but for most viewers, its beauty won't be enough to offset its narrative inertia.
Synopsis: A married couple takes a vacation in France in the 1970s and find that their time in a sleepy seaside... [More]
Directed By: Angelina Jolie

#38

Happy Feet Two (2011)
45%

#38
Adjusted Score: 48.334%
Critics Consensus: The animation is as eye-popping as ever, but Happy Feet Two's narrative is too noisily incoherent to recapture the Oscar-winning charm of its predecessor.
Synopsis: Happy Feet Two returns audiences to the magnificent landscape of Antarctica in superb 3D. Mumble, The Master of Tap, has... [More]
Directed By: Gary Eck, David Peers

#37
Adjusted Score: 48.292%
Critics Consensus: Competent, but not magical.
Synopsis: The legendary rogue of the seven seas confronts a new assortment of dangers and thrills in this animated action-adventure tale.... [More]

#36

War Machine (2017)
48%

#36
Adjusted Score: 51.225%
Critics Consensus: War Machine's uneven execution keeps its fact-based story from cleanly hitting its targets, but those flaws are frequently offset by sharp wit and solid acting.
Synopsis: Brad Pitt and Anthony Michael Hall star in this satirical comedy that focuses on American military involvement in Afghanistan. The... [More]
Directed By: David Michôd

#35

Meet Joe Black (1998)
45%

#35
Adjusted Score: 47.156%
Critics Consensus: Meet Joe Black is pretty to look at and benefits from an agreeable cast, but that isn't enough to offset this dawdling drama's punishing three-hour runtime.
Synopsis: Meet Joe Black tells the story of media tycoon William Parrish, whose charmed life and orderly household are suddenly disrupted... [More]
Directed By: Martin Brest

#34

Troy (2004)
54%

#34
Adjusted Score: 60.527%
Critics Consensus: A brawny, entertaining spectacle, but lacking emotional resonance.
Synopsis: Homer's sprawling tale of love and war in ancient Greece comes to the screen in all its grandeur in this... [More]
Directed By: Wolfgang Petersen

#33

The Mexican (2001)
54%

#33
Adjusted Score: 58.125%
Critics Consensus: Though The Mexican makes a good attempt at originality, its ponderous length makes it wear out its welcome. Also, those looking forward to seeing Roberts and Pitt paired up may end up disappointed, as they are kept apart for most of the movie.
Synopsis: A clumsy criminal is put in a position where he not only has to save his own skin, but that... [More]
Directed By: Gore Verbinski

#32

Ocean's Twelve (2004)
55%

#32
Adjusted Score: 60.108%
Critics Consensus: While some have found the latest star-studded heist flick to be a fun, glossy star vehicle, others declare it's lazy, self-satisfied and illogical.
Synopsis: After pulling off the heist of their lives, Danny Ocean and his pals unexpectedly find themselves back in harness in... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#31
#31
Adjusted Score: 61.349%
Critics Consensus: Featuring a swoon-worthy star turn by Brad Pitt, Legends of the Fall's painterly photography and epic sweep often compensate for its lack of narrative momentum and glut of melodramatic twists.
Synopsis: The sweeping, melodramatic saga of three brothers, their powerful father, and a beautiful woman, the popular period drama Legends of... [More]
Directed By: Edward Zwick

#30

Kalifornia (1993)
59%

#30
Adjusted Score: 60.937%
Critics Consensus: Visually strong and featuring a potently feral performance from Brad Pitt, Kalifornia is a tonally uneven thriller marked by all-too-obvious themes.
Synopsis: With writer Brian Kessler's (David Duchovny) contractual deadline for a book on serial killing fast approaching, he and girlfriend Carrie... [More]
Directed By: Dominic Sena

#29

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
60%

#29
Adjusted Score: 67.237%
Critics Consensus: Although this action-romance suffers from weak writing and one too many explosions, the chemistry generated by onscreen couple Pitt and Jolie is palpable enough to make this a thoroughly enjoyable summer action flick.
Synopsis: John and Jane Smith are an ordinary suburban couple with an ordinary, lifeless suburban marriage. But each of them has... [More]
Directed By: Doug Liman

#28

Allied (2016)
60%

#28
Adjusted Score: 69.864%
Critics Consensus: Allied has its moments, but doesn't quite achieve epic wartime romance status -- a disappointment made more profound by the dazzling talent assembled on either side of the camera.
Synopsis: The story of intelligence officer Max Vatan, who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour on a... [More]
Directed By: Robert Zemeckis

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 61.51%
Critics Consensus: Seven Years in Tibet tells its fascinating true-life story with a certain stolid grace, even if it never quite comes to life the way it could.
Synopsis: Jean-Jacques Annaud (The Name of the Rose, Quest for Fire) directed this Becky Johnston adaptation of Heinrich Harrer. In 1943,... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Jacques Annaud

#26
Adjusted Score: 66.12%
Critics Consensus: Despite lacking some of the book's subtler shadings, and suffering from some clumsy casting, Interview with a Vampire benefits from Neil Jordan's atmospheric direction and a surfeit of gothic thrills.
Synopsis: Anne Rice's best-selling romantic horror tale about the origins of a centuries-old vampire inspired this popular, atmospheric chiller. One of... [More]
Directed By: Neil Jordan

#25

Spy Game (2001)
66%

#25
Adjusted Score: 70.125%
Critics Consensus: The outcome of the kinetic Spy Game is never in doubt, but it is fun watching Robert Redford and Brad Pitt work.
Synopsis: There was a time when CIA operative Nathan Muir and his protégé Tom Bishop were inseparable, traveling the world and... [More]
Directed By: Tony Scott

#24

World War Z (2013)
66%

#24
Adjusted Score: 76.992%
Critics Consensus: It's uneven and diverges from the source book, but World War Z still brings smart, fast-moving thrills and a solid performance from Brad Pitt to the zombie genre.
Synopsis: The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to... [More]
Directed By: Marc Forster

#23

Babel (2006)
69%

#23
Adjusted Score: 75.805%
Critics Consensus: In Babel, there are no villains, only victims of fate and circumstance. Director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu weaves four of their woeful stories into this mature and multidimensional film.
Synopsis: The tragic aftermath of human carelessness travels around the world in this multi-narrative drama from filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu. Richard... [More]

#22

Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
70%

#22
Adjusted Score: 76.651%
Critics Consensus: Ocean's Thirteen reverts to the formula of the first installment, and the result is another slick and entertaining heist film.
Synopsis: Cinema icon Al Pacino joins a powerhouse cast headed by of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Don... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#21
Adjusted Score: 80.865%
Critics Consensus: Curious Case of Benjamin Button is an epic fantasy tale with rich storytelling backed by fantastic performances.
Synopsis: David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's story, re-teams the director with Brad... [More]
Directed By: David Fincher

#20

Megamind (2010)
72%

#20
Adjusted Score: 77.252%
Critics Consensus: It regurgitates plot points from earlier animated efforts, and isn't quite as funny as it should be, but a top-shelf voice cast and strong visuals help make Megamind a pleasant, if unspectacular, diversion.
Synopsis: Notorious Metro City villian Megamind (voice of Will Ferrell) becomes an unlikely savior to the troubled metropolis after defeating beloved... [More]
Directed By: Tom McGrath

#19

Sleepers (1996)
73%

#19
Adjusted Score: 75.767%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Barry Levinson directed this crime drama based on a controversial bestseller. Jason Patrick stars as Lorenzo, a New York reporter... [More]
Directed By: Barry Levinson

#18

Snatch (2001)
73%

#18
Adjusted Score: 77.472%
Critics Consensus: Though perhaps a case of style over substance, Guy Ritchie's second crime caper is full of snappy dialogue, dark comedy, and interesting characters.
Synopsis: Guy Ritchie's sophomore follow-up to his 1998 sleeper hit Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch revisits the previous film's... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#17
#17
Adjusted Score: 81.633%
Critics Consensus: Killing Them Softly is a darkly comic, visceral thriller that doubles as a cautionary tale on capitalism, whose message is delivered with sledgehammer force.
Synopsis: Three dumb guys who think they're smart rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Dominik

#16

Fury (2014)
76%

#16
Adjusted Score: 86.324%
Critics Consensus: Overall, Fury is a well-acted, suitably raw depiction of the horrors of war that offers visceral battle scenes but doesn't quite live up to its larger ambitions.
Synopsis: April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad... [More]
Directed By: David Ayer

#15
Adjusted Score: 81.733%
Critics Consensus: On the strength of its two lead performances Assassination is an expertly crafted period piece, and an insightful look at one of the enduring figures of American lore.
Synopsis: In 1881 a younger member of the notorious James gang becomes so inextricably drawn to and frightened of his mentor... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Dominik

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 87.524%
Critics Consensus: With Burn After Reading, the Coen Brothers have crafted another clever comedy/thriller with an outlandish plot and memorable characters.
Synopsis: At the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Arlington, Va., analyst Osborne Cox arrives for a top-secret meeting. Unfortunately... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

#13

Fight Club (1999)
79%

#13
Adjusted Score: 86.852%
Critics Consensus: Solid acting, amazing direction, and elaborate production design make Fight Club a wild ride.
Synopsis: In this darkly comic drama, Edward Norton stars as a depressed young man (named in the credits only as "Narrator")... [More]
Directed By: David Fincher

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 82.887%
Critics Consensus: Tasteful to a fault, this period drama combines a talented cast (including a young Brad Pitt) with some stately, beautifully filmed work from director Robert Redford.
Synopsis: Robert Redford's lyrical direction sets the tone for this evocative adaptation of author Norman MacLean's memoir of his idyllic Montana... [More]
Directed By: Robert Redford

#11

Seven (Se7en) (1995)
82%

#11
Adjusted Score: 86.82%
Critics Consensus: A brutal, relentlessly grimy shocker with taut performances, slick gore effects, and a haunting finale.
Synopsis: Director David Fincher's dark, stylish thriller ranks as one of the decade's most influential box-office successes. Set in a hellish... [More]
Directed By: David Fincher

#10

Ocean's Eleven (2001)
83%

#10
Adjusted Score: 88.859%
Critics Consensus: As fast-paced, witty, and entertaining as it is star-studded and coolly stylish, Ocean's Eleven offers a well-seasoned serving of popcorn entertainment.
Synopsis: A rag-tag group of con artists and ex-cons team up for the heist to end all heists in this high-profile... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#9

Thelma & Louise (1991)
84%

#9
Adjusted Score: 89.122%
Critics Consensus: Simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and peppered with action, Ridley Scott's Thelma & Louise is a potent, well-acted road movie that transcends the feminist message at its core.
Synopsis: Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon play Thelma and Louise, two working-class friends who together have planned a weekend getaway from... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott

#8

The Tree of Life (2011)
85%

#8
Adjusted Score: 94.28%
Critics Consensus: Terrence Malick's singularly deliberate style may prove unrewarding for some, but for patient viewers, Tree of Life is an emotional as well as visual treat.
Synopsis: From Terrence Malick, the acclaimed director of such classic films as Badlands, Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line,... [More]
Directed By: Terrence Malick

#7
Adjusted Score: 110.149%
Critics Consensus: Thrillingly unrestrained yet solidly crafted, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tempers Tarantino's provocative impulses with the clarity of a mature filmmaker's vision.
Synopsis: Quentin Tarantino's ninth feature film is a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of... [More]
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

#6

The Big Short (2015)
88%

#6
Adjusted Score: 100.652%
Critics Consensus: The Big Short approaches a serious, complicated subject with an impressive attention to detail -- and manages to deliver a well-acted, scathingly funny indictment of its real-life villains in the bargain.
Synopsis: Writer/director Adam McKay joins forces with Paramount Pictures and Plan B Entertainment to adapt Michael Lewis' best-seller The Big Short:... [More]
Directed By: Adam McKay

#5
Adjusted Score: 93.361%
Critics Consensus: The plot's a bit of a jumble, but excellent performances and mind-blowing plot twists make 12 Monkeys a kooky, effective experience.
Synopsis: An intense film about time travel, this sci-fi entry was directed by Terry Gilliam, a member of the comedy troupe... [More]
Directed By: Terry Gilliam

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 100.172%
Critics Consensus: A classic Tarantino genre-blending thrill ride, Inglourious Basterds is violent, unrestrained, and thoroughly entertaining.
Synopsis: "Inglourious Basterds" begins in German-occupied France, where Shosanna Dreyfus witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi... [More]
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

#3

True Romance (1993)
93%

#3
Adjusted Score: 97.047%
Critics Consensus: Fueled by Quentin Tarantino's savvy screenplay and a gallery of oddball performances, Tony Scott's True Romance is a funny and violent action jaunt in the best sense.
Synopsis: Quentin Tarantino scripted this wild and wooly blend of action and dark comedy, which reached theaters a year before his... [More]
Directed By: Tony Scott

#2

Moneyball (2011)
94%

#2
Adjusted Score: 102.528%
Critics Consensus: Director Bennett Miller, along with Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, take a niche subject and turn it into a sharp, funny, and touching portrait worthy of baseball lore.
Synopsis: Based on a true story, Moneyball is a movie for anybody who has ever dreamed of taking on the system.... [More]
Directed By: Bennett Miller

#1

12 Years a Slave (2013)
95%

#1
Adjusted Score: 109.801%
Critics Consensus: It's far from comfortable viewing, but 12 Years a Slave's unflinchingly brutal look at American slavery is also brilliant -- and quite possibly essential -- cinema.
Synopsis: Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northup, the New York State citizen who was kidnapped and made to work on a... [More]
Directed By: Steve McQueen (III)

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