Ranked: Brad Pitt Movies, From Worst to Best

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Despite his recent divorce from Angelina Jolie, the 54-year-old actor seems to be reaching a career peak. 20th Century Fox

Brad Pitt is the quintessential Hollywood A-lister. He has both star quality and that Midwestern everyman appeal—if the everyman was incredibly good-looking, that is.

Emerging from the Missouri plains and moving to LA in the late 80s, his first big role was as a double-crossing drifter in 1991’s Thelma and Louise. Appearing shirtless and in a cowboy hat, he caused a fanbase to grow overnight.

But despite his obvious heartthrob appeal, Pitt chose a number of offbeat roles in his early years, such as a doo-wop guitarist in Johnny Suede and the stoner Floyd in True Romance.

Read more: Angelina Jolie's Best (and Worst) Movies

During the 90s, he cemented his place in Hollywood with a series of dark, cult hits such as Se7en, 12 Monkeys and Fight Club. A high-profile marriage to Friends star Jennifer Aniston caused such fevered speculation that there continues to be new tabloid stories about the pair’s relationship to this day, despite their divorce in 2005.

Pitt’s personal and professional life intertwined during 2005’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith, in which he played Angelina Jolie's husband, falling in love with her on set and eventually becoming her real-life husband in 2014. Their relationship caused tabloid furor, which reached new heights at the birth of their first biological child in 2006. "It is the most anticipated baby since Jesus Christ," a paparazzi boss told AP.

Pitt has continued his A-lister reign throughout the last decade, making prestige projects like The Tree of Life and 12 Years A Slave while starring in more commercial ventures like World War Z and Happy Feet. He’s racked up a number of executive production credits on some of the recent years’ most critically acclaimed movies, such as Moonlight and Okja.

Despite his recent, much-publicized divorce from Jolie, the 54-year-old actor seems to be reaching a career peak; his upcoming projects include the highly anticipated Quentin Tarantino crime film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and the Dick Cheney biopic Vice.

Using data from critical review aggregation websites Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, as well as user-submitted reviews from IMDb, we’ve ranked all of Brad Pitt’s movies of all time, from worst to best.

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Paramount

46. Cool World (1992).Total score: 36%
Directed by Ralph Bakshi. Starring: Kim Basinger, Gabriel Byrne, Brad Pitt. 
Metacritic score: 28. Rotten Tomatoes score: 32. IMDb score: 48.
Summary: When a cartoonist (Gabriel Byrne) is accidentally pulled into his animated world, he finds himself being seduced by one of his sexy characters named Holli Would (Kim Basinger). It seems that Miss Would desires to be human, and there's only one way to attain that status. A detective (Brad Pitt) tries to stop the proceedings.
What the critics said about Cool World"Watching Byrne, Basinger and Pitt struggle to bring verisimilitude to this cockeyed business is painful. And watching the parade of ricocheting doodles is just headache-inducing"— Philadelphia Inquirer

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FEARnet

45. Cutting Class (1989). Total score: 44%
Directed by Rospo Pallenberg. Starring: Donovan Leitch Jr., Jill Schoelen, Brad Pitt.  
Metacritic score: n/a. Rotten Tomatoes score: 46. IMDb score: 42.
Summary: A series of deaths at a high school turn out to be murder, as a young delinquent (Donovan Leitch) -- sent to a home after killing his father -- is returned to class.
What the critics said about Cutting Class: "The only way that this is likely to enjoy a resurgence is in clips on Before They Were Famous, for the appearance of a young Brad Pitt"— Empire

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Miramax Films

44. Full Frontal (2002). Total score: 48%
Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Starring: David Duchovny, Nicky Katt, Catherine Keener.
Metacritic score: 45. Rotten Tomatoes score: 52. IMDb score: 47.
Summary: Julia Roberts and Blair Underwood star, respectively, as Francesca and Calvin, actors performing in a motion picture directed by David Fincher and co-starring Brad Pitt (who play themselves).
What the critics said about Full Frontal: "Soderbergh's playfully experimental spirit should be saluted, even if the end product looks like it was more fun to make than it is to watch" —Newsweek

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Universal Pictures

43. By The Sea (2015). Total score: 48.7%
Directed by Angelina Jolie. Starring: Angelina Jolie, Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud .  Metacritic score: 44. Rotten Tomatoes score: 49. IMDb score: 53.
Summary: A married couple takes a vacation in France in the 1970s and find that their time in a sleepy seaside town, complete with a unique array of locals, strengthens their bond and reaffirms their marriage.
What the critics said about By The Sea: "Pitt invests the vague, cranky relationship with his usual intelligence and restraint, but the movie is destined to rank with such celebrity-couple fiascos as Gigli (2003) and Shanghai Surprise (1986)"— Chicago Reader

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Fox Films

42. The Counselor (2013). Total score: 50%
Directed by Ridley Scott. Starring: Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz.
Metacritic score: 48. Rotten Tomatoes score: 49. IMDb score: 53.
Summary: Cormac McCarthy, making his screenwriting debut and Scott interweave the author's characteristic wit and dark humor with a nightmarish scenario, in which a respected lawyer's one-time dalliance with an illegal business deal spirals out of control.  
What the critics said about The Counselor: "The Counselor is the cumbersome end product of a high-minded writer trying to slum and a slick director aiming for cosmic depth"— Village Voice

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Orion

41. The Favor (1994). Total score: 51%
Directed by Donald Petrie. Starring: Elizabeth McGovern, Bill Pullman, Brad Pitt.
Metacritic score: 51. Rotten Tomatoes score: 49. IMDb score: 53.
Summary: For years now Kathy has been dreaming of making passionate love to her handsome high school sweetheart, Tom. Though she is in a humdrum, but perfect marriage to Peter, a college professor, and has two wonderful children, she continues to be haunted by Tom.  
What the critics said about The Favor: "Until its final scenes degenerate into dizzy bedroom farce, "The Favor" remains funny and credible in ways that prove feminist comedy is not an oxymoron"— New York Times

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Miramax Films

40. Johnny Suede (1991). Total score: 53%
Directed by Tom DiCillo. Starring: Brad Pitt, Calvin Levels, Nick Cave.
Metacritic score: 53. Rotten Tomatoes score: 48. IMDb score: 58.
Summary: Johnny Suede is a contemporary fable about a mildly talented young man with musical ambitions who is forced to confront some truths about himself.
What the critics said about Johnny Suede: "There’s no denying the kick of Pitt’s memorably offbeat performance and writer-director Tom DiCillo’s stylish debut"— Rolling Stone

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Dreamworks Distribution LLC

39. The Mexican (2001). Total score: 53%
Directed by Gore Verbinski. Starring: Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, James Gandolfini.
Metacritic score: 43. Rotten Tomatoes score: 55. IMDb score: 61.
Summary: A clumsy criminal is put in a position where he not only has to save his own skin, but that of his girlfriend in this comedy with strong undercurrents of romance.  
What the critics said about The Mexican: "Brad and [Julia Roberts], of course, look great. Buy the poster; skip the movie" —Newsweek

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Warner Bros.

38. Happy Feet Two (2011). Total score: 54.7%
Directed by Gary Eck, David Peers. Starring: Jeffrey Garcia, Robin Williams, Sofía Vergara.
Metacritic score: 50. Rotten Tomatoes score: 55. IMDb score: 59.
Summary: Mumble, The Master of Tap, has a problem because his tiny son, Erik, is choreo-phobic. Reluctant to dance, Erik runs away and encounters The Mighty Sven-a penguin who can fly! Mumble has no hope of competing with this charismatic new role model. But things get worse when the world is shaken by powerful forces.  
What the critics said about Happy Feet Two: "If there's a saving grace, it's the visuals, especially the beautiful scenes of orange krill. But that's about all"— Time Out

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Sony Pictures

37. The Devil's Own (1997). Total score: 55.7%
Directed by Alan J. Pakula. Starring: Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Margaret Colin.
Metacritic score: 53. Rotten Tomatoes score: 53. IMDb score: 61.
Summary: Belfast-born Frankie McGuire (Brad Pitt) saw his father gunned down by enemy soldiers at the age of eight, and when he grew up he joined the Irish Republican Army, determined that one day his father's death would be avenged.  
What the critics said about The Devil's Own: "Fortunately for us (and for Pakula), Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt are bona fide movie stars: their charisma is a considerable compensation" —Newsweek

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Universal Pictures

36. Meet Joe Black (1998). Total score: 57%
Directed by Martin Brest. Starring: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Claire Forlani.
Metacritic score: 43. Rotten Tomatoes score: 56. IMDb score: 72.
Summary: Meet Joe Black tells the story of media tycoon William Parrish, whose charmed life and orderly household are suddenly disrupted by the arrival of an enigmatic young man named Joe Black, an otherworldly presence who proceeds to fall in love with Parrish's beautiful daughter Susan.  
What the critics said about Meet Joe Black: "You just feel like you're dragging a set of dumbbells around with you while you're watching it"—CNN