Essential Brad Pitt movies to watch

Over the course of his spectacular career, Brad Pitt has made one bold and interesting choice after another, working with master filmmakers like David Fincher, Quentin Tarantino, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Andrew Dominik, Neil Jordan, Terrence Malick, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Steven Soderbergh and the Coen brothers, among others, all of whom have used his unique talents in remarkable ways.

As well as being one of the leading actors and movie stars of his generation, Pitt is also an accomplished film producer, having produced films such as Martin Scorsese’s 2006 crime thriller. The deadDominik’s 2007 biographical crime drama The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford as well as his 2012 neo-noir drama Killing them softlySteve McQueen’s 2013 historical drama 12 years of slavery (winner of three Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay), James Gray’s 2019 sci-fi drama Ad Astra and the next BlondDominik’s Marilyn Monroe biopic, to name a few.

Pitt also produced Ryan Murphy’s romantic drama in 2010 Eat Pray LoveAva DuVernay’s 2014 historical drama SelmaBarry Jenkins’ 2016 coming-of-age drama Moonlight as well as his 2018 romantic drama If Beale Street Could Talkand Lee Isaac Chung’s 2020 family drama minari (nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, and the Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress), to name a few.

Pitt was nominated for a total of seven Academy Awards, four times as an actor (Best Supporting Actor for Terry Gilliam’s 1995 sci-fi thriller 12 monkeysBest Actor for Fincher’s Romantic Drama in 2008 The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttonbest actor for silver balland Best Supporting Actor for Tarantino’s Comedy Drama in 2019 Once upon a time… in Hollywood) and three times as a producer (silver ball, 12 years of slaveryand The big court).

He won two Oscars, for producing 12 years of slavery and for his performance as stuntman and loyal friend Cliff Booth in Once upon a time… in Hollywood.

Pitt has used his A-list status to get dozens of films off the ground. His consistently entertaining and, often, deeply moving filmography, encompassing both mainstream material and more diverse projects, defies convention.

Before her performance in David Leitch’s action comedy High-speed trainA.frame looks back on Pitt’s vast and varied career.

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