Brad Pitt is a bona fide star, with a career that spans decades and has secured his top man status. With many considering him Hollywood’s golden boy at the height of his fame in the early 2000s, Pitt has amassed an impressive resume, from quirky comedies to radical dramas to hardcore action thrillers, proving that he doesn’t just have the looks, but the skills to back up his reputation. One thing remains constant throughout Brad Pitt’s big screen appearances: he has a likable on-screen quality that makes him a welcome addition to any project.
Pitt’s most recent film role is as CIA agent – and son of a meteorologist – Jack Trainer, tasked with rescuing kidnapped author Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) in The lost city. His appearance in the action/comedy was a welcome surprise for fans and a friendly reminder that, while known for more serious roles, Pitt also has a gift for humor. Seemingly capable of doing it all, it’s worth taking a look at Pitt’s extensive filmography and revisiting some of his best performances – and where fans can stream them.
Fight Club secured Brad Pitt as a star while becoming a cult classic
Virtually all moviegoers – regardless of their feelings about Pitt himself – consider fight club A must-see movie. First in 1999, fight club stars Ed Norton as the anonymous narrator and Pitt as the sadistic soap salesman Tyler Durden. Fully embodying the misguided and slightly twisted persona of Durden, Pitt put on an incredibly dynamic and volatile performance early in his career. Without spoiling the plot too much – because, as fans know, the first rule of Fight Club is… you get it – fight club is widely regarded as one of the most influential films of the turn of the century, making it a hot topic in the zeitgeist.
Fight Club is available to stream on Tubi, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, and Vudu.
Meet Joe Black showed Brad Pitt’s more romantic side
Before his violent turn Tyler Durden in fight clubPitt played Death himself in the 1998s Meet Joe Black. Taking the form of a young man who recently lost his life in an accident, Death visits Bill Parrish (played by Anthony Hopkins), asking him to be his guide on Earth, and, in return, Death will keep him in life. However, through a series of events, Death – who creates the alias “Joe Black” – falls in love with Bill’s daughter, Susan. Knowing that there is no possible way for them to be together does not prevent viewers from suffering during their viewing Meet Joe Blackthough Pitt’s touching story and sublime performance make it a staple on anyone’s watch list.
Meet Joe Black can be streamed on Peacock (with a Premium subscription!), Amazon Prime Video, YouTube (available to rent) and Apple TV.
Moneyball was a home run among critics
2011 silver ball, based on the true story of the 2002 Oakland Athletics baseball season, is an inspirational film that stars Pitt as team manager Billy Beane. With Jonah Hill in the performance that arguably launched his career as a dramatic actor, silver ball boasts an astounding 94% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and the sharp, witty comedy/love letter to the all-American sport of baseball earned an impressive six nominations at the 84th Academy Awards, with Pitt earning a nod for the best actor.
Baseball and Brad Pitt fans can stream this masterful full-length movie on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, and Vudu.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Put a semi-fictional spin on real events
One of Brad Pitt’s most recent appearances was his award-winning turn in Quentin Tarantino Once upon a time in Hollywood. Recounting the events that led to the end of the “golden age” of Hollywood cinema, Once upon a time was a box office and critical smash, starring Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio as a movie star on the wane, reunited with Oscar nominee Margot Robbie. Pitt played Cliff Booth, a Hollywood stuntman and “one of the deadliest guys in the world”. Once upon a time in Hollywood associated nostalgia for 1969 Los Angeles, with the ever-imminent events of the Tate-LaBianca murders hanging over Hollywood like a dark cloud.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is available to stream on Hulu, Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, and YouTube TV.
Seven proved Brad Pitt could stand up to movie veterans
The 1995 neo-noir thriller Seven starred Brad Pitt as a hot-headed young detective paired with a soon-to-retire colleague, played by Hollywood legend Morgan Freeman, as they desperately try to catch a serial killer who is founding his crimes on the seven deadly sins. Holding an impressive 82% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Seven was, deservedly, the seventh-highest-grossing film of 1995, and is a welcome addition to any movie lover’s queue.
Se7en can be streamed on HBO Max, Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, and Vudu.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a timeless love story
One of Pitt’s sweetest roles is that of an upside-down aging man. 2008 romantic drama, The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttonstarred Pitt as the titular Benjamin Button and Cate Blanchett as his star-crossed lover. The curious case is a heartbreaking tale of love and life, with the film receiving an impressive thirteen Oscars at the 81st ceremony, the most of any feature film that year. While it deviates from Pitt’s grittier action roles, it would be churlish not to include this touching film in this list.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is available on Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, YouTube, Apple TV and Paramount+.
Brad Pitt has proven himself to be a Hollywood star thanks to the diversity of his filmography. Whether he plays a sadistic and sleazy soap salesman, an ambitious young detective, or a man trapped in time, his ability to portray gritty action heroes as well as sensitive romantics has earned him his well-deserved fanbase, as well than critical recognition.
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