While he is sometimes considered more famous for his good looks and glamorous lifestyle, it should not be forgotten that Brad Pitt is an excellent actor, having appeared in some of the best films of the last 25 years. The 51-year-old is one of the most recognizable and powerful people in the entertainment industry, but he often doesn’t receive the critical respect he deserves due to the constant media exposure of his personal life. In addition to playing “eye candy” roles, Brad Pitt has frequently taken on gritty, flawed, and complex characters in many intriguing movies, with the following 10 performances proving he’s one of the best actors of his generation.
10. Thelma & Louise (1991)
For Brad Pitt, it all started with a minor role in the 1991 classic, Thelma & Louise. While Ridley Scott’s film remains iconic in terms of its feminist overtones, it was also the movie that launched Pitt’s career and turned him into a Hollywood sex symbol. This of course also created problems for Pitt, as at times he has struggled to shake this label, and there are several films (not included on this list) that play into this typecasting. In Thelma & Louise, Pitt plays the role of J.D, frequently shirtless drifter who hitches a ride with the titular duo. It turns out he is a thief who has broken parole, and he ends up stealing their money. Although not the most complicated character, Pitt excels in the role as an attractive, cool, and charming man, and this would pave the way for him to become the next big Hollywood star.