Angelina Jolie is one of the most famous actresses alive. Since the late 90s, she’s consistently used her charisma, good looks, and serious acting chops to nail a variety of different roles from drug addict supermodel to Kung Fu tiger to evil witch. She’s one of a few actresses who can go from shoot em’ up action movies to Oscar-nominated dramas without a hitch – and still find time to be a mom and a humanitarian on the side.
Without further ado, here’s the very best Angelina Jolie movies, ranked.
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Gone in 60 Seconds stars Jolie as Sway, Randall “Memphis” Raines’ (Nicolas Cage) love interest. Together, they must attempt to save Randall’s brother’s life by stealing 50 cars in one night.
Gone in 60 Seconds is certainly not a “good” movie, but who isn’t entertained by Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie (with blonde dreads!) stealing cars?
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Wanted, based off a Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) comic, follows Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) as he’s recruited into a team of ruthless assassins after his father is murdered. With the help of Fox (Angelina Jolie, obviously), he unlocks his powers as a deadly killer.
It’s a caffeinated, action-packed thrill-ride full of car chases and curving bullets (the film’s signature move), but it’s Angelina who really makes it worth while.
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Angelina Jolie was the ideal casting for the evil witch with a soft-spot in Maleficent, Disney’s retelling of Sleeping Beauty. The movie focuses on Jolie’s character, and gives her a back-story that explains her evil deeds.
The movie was widely celebrated for it’s stunning visuals, and became Jolie’s highest grossing movie of all time.
Being a mom didn’t stop Angelina Jolie from performing her own stunts as Evalyn Salt, a CIA agent who’s on the run after being framed as a Russian spy.
Salt went through a tumultuous production, as Tom Cruise was intended for the role and backed-out last minute. But fans (including us) agree that it was for the better, because casting Jolie turned a run-of-the-mill espionage movie into a female-lead homerun.
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Angelina Jolie first discovered her passion for action movies when she took on the role of Lara Croft in Lara Croft Tomb Raider.
The movie follows Lara, a wealthy woman who spends her vacations on death-defying adventures to secure rare artifacts. Jolie stars alongside her real life dad, Jon Voight, in this action packed adaptation of the famous video game.
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Jolie isn’t the lead in Kung Fu Panda, Dreamworks’ animated hit about a panda who becomes a Kung Fu master, but her supporting role as Tigress is arguably the strongest in the film. She’s the best Kung Fu warrior on the team, but she’s cautious about letting Po the panda into their ranks.
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Oscar (Will Smith) is a nobody fish with big plans. He finally gets famous when he pretends to have killed Frankie (Michael Imperioli), a shark with mob ties. His lie quickly gets him into deep water (pun intended) with the shark mob boss Don Lino (Robert De Niro), but he also gets the attention of the town hottie, Lola (Angelina Jolie).
Shark Tale is another great animated movie that’s elevated by Jolie’s sexy voice, and makes a good watch for the whole family.
In Girl, Interrupted, Susanna Kaysen (Winona Ryder) must adapt to her new life in a Massachusetts mental hospital. She befriends Lisa (Angelina Jolie), a volatile sociopath who ends up being just what she needs.
Girl, Interrupted was also produced by Winona Ryder, but it was Jolie who took home her first Oscar for her role in the movie.
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Gia Marie Carangi was the world’s first supermodel, and that career didn’t treat her well. In Gia, Jolie captures the charisma, insecurities, and sadness that both made Carangi’s career and ended it when she passed away at just 26.
Gia proved that Angelina Jolie was a great actress – not just another pretty face – and it earned her a Golden Globe in 1999.
Changeling is based off the true story of Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie), a mother whose son was abducted in the late 1920s. After searching for the missing boy, the LAPD claim to have found him, but the boy they return to Christine is not her son. Her protests lead to institutionalization, lawsuits, and the removal of high-ranking LAPD officers.
The movie is directed by Clint Eastwood, who did a great job of giving Jolie the full spotlight, allowing her to deliver an Oscar-nominated performance.
If there was someone on this planet who had never heard of Angelina Jolie, Mr. And Mrs. Smith would make them a fan.
The movie is about a happy suburban couple who are both keeping the same secret from one another: they’re spies. When they both discover the other’s secret, war breaks out, and their idyllic suburban life crumbles.
As you might already know, this was the film that introduced Jolie to Brad Pitt, sparked their romance, and lead to a two year marriage that ended in a devastating split…for us.