Just as people change over time, movie stars see their careers and public image evolve year by year. Take Brad Pitt, for example. The actor first gained attention for his supporting role as a young thief in the 1991 release, Thelma and Louise, a role which not only bolstered Pitt’s popularity but also established his reputation as a sex symbol. In the years since, he has evolved into one of Hollywood’s most popular and successful leading men, solidified by his long relationship with Angelina Jolie (now ended). Let’s take a look back at some of Pitt’s best film roles to date, starting with his ascension to the A-list in the mid-1990s up through his more recent work.
1. Legends of the Fall (1994)
Based on the 1979 Jim Harrison novella, this film — directed by Edward Zwick (Glory, The Last Samurai) — was among the first to bank on Pitt’s status as a leading man. An epic period piece centering on a single family, Legends of the Fall earned critical acclaim and several Academy Award nominations, serving as a clear announcement that Pitt (who was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role) was one star who was here to stay.