What are Angelina Jolie's 10 Best Movies?

There's no denying that Angelina Jolie has shown incredible range in her roles in film. From heroin chic to video game character to distraught mother, Jolie has made a name for herself in dramatically different films. When she’s not working on blockbuster movies, Jolie can be found around the world working with charities and engaging in humanitarian efforts. If that isn’t enough, she always manages to make someone’s list as one of the most beautiful women in the world.

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'Gia' (1998)

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HBO Home Video

Jolie plays the role of the world’s first supermodel Gia Marie Carangi in this made for TV film. Carangi's short career was jammed with love, insecurities, cocaine, happiness, and heroin. Jolie gives a commanding performance full of emotional ups and downs, a riveting portrayal of Carangi with a sad ending.

This role captivates audiences and brings them back for more.

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'Girl, Interrupted' (1999)

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Columbia Pictures

In this film, Jolie plays mental patient Lisa Rowe, a girl who has a problem distinguishing between her aorta and her jugular vein. In this film which mixes disturbing comedy and high drama, Jolie brought the best out of her co-star Winona Ryder.

Typecasting? Perhaps, but why mess with success. Besides, what’s the difference between crazy and original? Either way, Jolie was awarded her first—and so far only—acting Oscar for her performance.

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'Maleficent' (2014)

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Walt Disney Pictures

After a four-year break from starring in live action films, Jolie took on the role of the evil villainess from the Walt Disney animated classic Sleeping Beauty, the witch Maleficent. This version of the story cast Maleficent in a much more sympathetic light. It was the biggest box office hit of Jolie's career.

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'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider' (2001)

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Paramount Pictures

Jolie plays super gal Lara Croft, a wealthy woman whose favorite pastime is finding objets d'art of historic value. There’s no job she can’t handle, no object buried too deep, and no man who doesn’t fall for her

From video game to the big screen, no one else could have pulled off this role and made it as fun as Jolie did. Great character, great accent and super cool action...stir in Jolie and it’s a cherry on the sundae. Jolie played the character again in ​2003's Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.

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'Mr. & Mrs. Smith' (2005)

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20th Century Fox

What’s better than being married to Mr. Smith? Being bad-ass Mrs. Smith. Jolie plays Jane Smith, a happily married businesswoman. Living with her husband, John Smith (Brad Pitt), they lead an idyllic life. That is until the secret comes out that they're assassins who must now take each other out.

Jolie can’t fry up bacon for breakfast, but she sure can wield heavy weaponry! This is her chance to mix comedy, romance and full-out action, and she absolutely pulls it off.

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'Alexander' (2004)

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Jolie plays Olympias, mother to one of the greatest historical figures ever known: Alexander (played by Colin Farrell). As Olympias, she pushed hard to raise her son to a position of power. She goes against her husband King Philip (played by Val Kilmer) at every turn until she is spurned and cast aside.

There is nothing worse than a woman scorned unless it’s a woman scorned who happens to have a huge evil streak. Jolie’s wardrobe, accent, eye makeup, and jewelry all contribute to her character and make her supporting appearance in the film seem bigger than the small role it actually is.

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'Changeling' (2008)

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In The Changeling, Jolie plays Christine Collins, mother of a missing boy named Walter. Set in 1928, this film tells the true story of the kidnappings of other young boys in the same area. And when the LAPD attempts to pass another boy off as her son, Jolie’s character sets in motion an outcry of police corruption and abuse of power.

This role was stunning for Jolie. She played it low-key and humble, with the weeping kept to a minimum—not that the story doesn’t call for lots of tears. Jolie kept the focus on the story and Christine Collins’ place in that story. She received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her performance.

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'Salt' (2010)

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Talk about action in high heels! Jolie plays Evelyn Salt, a CIA agent who's being framed as a rogue Russian spy out to perform an assassination. Instead of doing the chasing, she is now the one being chased in this action-packed spy thriller.

Once again Jolie proves that having a lot of kids and a famous husband won’t stop her from doing stunts that make most women’s bones just ache from watching her.

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'The Bone Collector' (1999)

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Universal Pictures

In this film, Jolie plays the new cop on the block, Amelia Donaghy. She's assigned to the smartest cop in the world, Lincoln Rhyme (Denzel Washington). He's the brain and she's the brawn behind this who-done-it thriller.

Don’t get me wrong; Jolie is smart as well. It’s just hard to argue with a guy who has more electronic wizardry than any cop walking a beat.

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'A Mighty Heart' (2007)

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Based on a true story, Jolie plays Mariane Pearl, wife of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Visiting Karachi in 2002, Daniel never returns home after meeting with an Islamic fundamentalist cleric. Mariane turns to the police in Karachi, the American Embassy, as well as the FBI, to find out who has him and why.

This is a hard film to watch for some because of the nature and end result of this true-life story. Jolie, playing a pregnant Mariana Pearl, does her character justice and honor in a story that needed, however difficult it is to take in, to be told.