Ranked: Angelina Jolie's Best (and Worst) Movies

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Ranked: Angelina Jolie’s Best (and Worst) Movies Newsweek

As the L.A. daughter of two actors, one of whom was A-lister Jon Voight, it was almost inevitable that Angelina Jolie would become a movie star. But Jolie has carved out a level of fame in which the Hollywood machine plays a secondary role, bent to her own unique brand of star power.

From the outset, Jolie was as far away from Valley Girl as they come, studying embalming as a teen and eventually marrying her first husband, Jonny Lee Miller, in a white t-shirt with his name written on in blood. These goth tendencies were evident in the dark, psychologically complex characters she was cast as, such as drug-addicted supermodel Gia Carangi in 1998's Gia and a charismatic sociopath in 1999's Girl, Interrupted, for which she won an Academy Award.

It was also evident in her colorful personal life. In 2001, Rolling Stone paid a visit to Jolie and her then-husband, actor Billy Bob Thornton, and described the framed art painted in Jolie's blood on the walls.

At that time, she'd just become a bona fide action star thanks to her lead role in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, graduating from smaller projects into mega-stardom. The Rolling Stone article describes her as perplexed by the promotional machine and the strangeness of fame. "I haven't adjusted my life that way," she says.

Yet she was to become even more of a national obsession in 2005, when she starred in the conventional rom-com Mr. & Mrs. Smith. But it wasn't the film which caused the press meltdown, but her off-screen romance with her movie husband, Brad Pitt. The couple soon confirmed their romance, which would blossom into a 12-year relationship before they split in 2016.

During this time, she stepped back from being a conventional A-lister, becoming a mother of six, embarking on humanitarian work and directing her own movies. However, she did recreate her goth persona to commercial ends for her role as the powerful fairy Maleficent, a role she is due to reprise in a 2020 sequel.

Using data from critical review aggregation websites Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, as well as user-submitted reviews from IMDb, we've ranked all of the movies from Jolie's unique career, from worst to best.

01 Original Sin
Original Sin: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

35. Original Sin (2001). Total score: 42.3%. IMDb users: 6. Metacritic: 33. Rotten Tomatoes: 3.4. Directed by: Michael Cristofer. Starring: Antonio Banderas, Angelina Jolie, Thomas Jane. 

Plot summary: A woman, along with her lover, plans to con a rich man by marrying him, earning his trust, and then running away with all his money. Everything goes as planned until she falls in love with him.

What the critics said: "High on lust and low on logic, the preposterous Original Sin is an erotic thriller that evokes more laughs than sweat." Rex Reed, Observer.

02 Lara Croft- Tomb Raider
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: Paramount Pictures

34. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001). Total score: 43.3%. IMDb users: 5.8. Metacritic: 33. Rotten Tomatoes: 3.9. Directed by: Simon West. Starring: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen. 

Plot summary: Video game adventurer Lara Croft comes to life in a movie where she races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts.

What the critics said: "There is more tension in Jolie's T-shirts than in the dramatic action." Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter.

03 Alexander
Alexander: Warner Bros.

=32. Alexander (2004). Total score: 44.7%. IMDb users: 5.6. Metacritic: 39. Rotten Tomatoes: 3.9. Directed by: Oliver Stone. Starring: Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins, Rosario Dawson, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Brian Blessed, Christopher Plummer, Jared Leto, Jonathan Rhys Meyers. 

Plot summary: Alexander, the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest army leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known world.

What the critics said: "Here's something I never expected to say about a big-budget Oliver Stone film starring Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie and Val Kilmer: It's dull." Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times.

04 Life or Something Like It
Life or Something Like It: Twentieth Century Fox

=32. Life or Something Like It (2002). Total score: 44.7%. IMDb users: 5.8. Metacritic: 31. Rotten Tomatoes: 4.5. Directed by: Stephen Herek. Starring: Angelina Jolie, Edward Burns, Tony Shalhoub. 

Plot summary: A reporter interviews a psychic, who tells her that she's going to die and her life is meaningless.

What the critics said: "Jolie gives it that extra little something that makes it worth checking out at theaters, especially if you're in the mood for something more comfortable than challenging." Eleanor Ringel Cater, Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

05 Life or Something Like It
Playing God: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

31. Playing God (1997). Total score: 45.3%. IMDb users: 5.6. Metacritic: (n/a). Rotten Tomatoes: 4. Directed by: Andy Wilson. Starring: David Duchovny, Timothy Hutton, Angelina Jolie. 

Plot summary: When he loses his job, a famed surgeon abandons his former life and enters the criminal underworld as a gunshot doctor for criminals.

What the critics said: "Angelina Jolie (Jon Voight's daughter) finds a certain warmth in a kind of role that is usually hard and aggressive; she seems too nice to be Blossom's girlfriend, and maybe she is." Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.

06 The Tourist
The Tourist: Columbia Pictures

=29. The Tourist (2010). Total score: 46.7%. IMDb users: 6. Metacritic: 37. Rotten Tomatoes: 4.3. Directed by: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Starring: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany. 

Plot summary: Revolves around Frank, an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path.

What the critics said: "There is a moment in The Tourist when Johnny Depp turns to Angelina Jolie and asks 'Why is all this happening?' It's a question moviegoers will be asking themselves as well." Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.

07 Beyond Borders
Beyond Borders: Paramount Pictures

=29. Beyond Borders (2003). Total score: 46.7%. IMDb users: 6.5. Metacritic: 32. Rotten Tomatoes: 4.3. Directed by: Martin Campbell. Starring: Clive Owen, Angelina Jolie, Linus Roache. 

Plot summary: The world's cruelty is confronted with the love of two different people who tries to save mankind from poverty and war.

What the critics said: "Beyond Borders is a film with its heart in the right place. Unfortunately, its head is stuck so far in the clouds that it dissolves into preachy do-gooder mush." C.W. Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle.

08 Lookin' to Get Out
Lookin' to Get Out: Paramount Pictures

28. Lookin' to Get Out (1982). Total score: 47.3%. IMDb users: 5.1. Metacritic: 44. Rotten Tomatoes: 4.7. Directed by: Hal Ashby. Starring: Jon Voight, Ann-Margret, Burt Young and introducing a seven-year-old Angelina Jolie (billed as Angelina Jolie Voight). 

Plot summary: Two gamblers must leave New York City after one loses a lot of money. Doing what all gamblers in trouble would do, they hurry to the gambling capital Las Vegas to turn their luck around.

What the critics said: "An ill-conceived vehicle for actor (and co-writer) Jon Voight to showcase his character comedy talents in a loose, semi-improvised environment." Variety.