An American film actress, humanitarian and film director, there are few that haven’t heard of Angelina Jolie! She is a force to be reckoned with in the film industry and has truly captured hearts with her wonderful performances and depictions of such strong lead female characters. The recipient of numerous accolades that include an Academy Award and three Golden Globe Awards, she has been named as Hollywood’s highest-paid actress!
In this article, we have picked out 15 of the top Angelina Jolie movies that are a must-watch for all movie lovers out there! If you don’t already love her, this list of her diverse roles is sure to ensure that you do! So, in no particular order, let’s begin.
1. Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005)
Storyline: A husband and wife struggle to feel their marriage alive until they both realize that they are secretly working as assassins. Now, their respective assignments require them to kill each other. The movie is rated a 6.5/10 on IMDb and a 60% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Director: Doug Liman
Runtime: 2 hours 6 minutes
2. Maleficent (2014)
Genre: Fantasy/Fairytale/ Adventure
Storyline: Maleficent is a kind-hearted fairy who is betrayed by the love of her life, Stefan. Soon, she places a curse on his daughter, Aurora, in order to exact revenge. The movie is rated a 7/10 on IMDb and a 54% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Director: Robert Stromberg
Runtime: 1 hour 37 minutes
3. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
Storyline: Lara Croft, an adventurer, sets out on a journey to find an artifact that possesses the ability to control time. A secret society wants to lay its hands on the relic for its own immoral purposes. The movie is rated a 5.8/10 on IMDb and a 20% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Director: Simon West
Runtime: 1 hour 41 minutes
4. Changeling (2008)
Storyline: After Christine’s only son goes missing, she reaches out to the LAPD to help her find him. They eventually find a boy, fitting the description of her son, five months later but she insists that he is not her son. The movie is rated a 7.7/10 on IMDb and a 61% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Director: Clint Eastwood
Runtime: 2 hours 22 minutes
5. Girl, interrupted (1999)
Storyline: A directionless teenager, Susanna, is rushed to Claymoore, a mental institution after an attempted suicide. There, she meets a group of troubled women, who she befriends and they go on to have a deep influence in her life. The movie is rated 7.3/10 on IMDb and a 54% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Director: James Mangold
Runtime: 2 hours 7 minutes
6. Salt (2010)
Storyline: CIA agent, Evelyn Salt’s life takes an ugly turn when she is accused of planning the assassination of the Russian president. However, she flees and sets out to prove her innocence. It is rated a 6.4/10 on IMDb and a 62% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Director: Phillip Noyce
Runtime: 1 hour 44 minutes
7. The Tourist (2010)
Storyline: Frank, an American tourist is visiting Italy to deal with a recent heartbreak. Elise sits next to him on a train going to Venice and convinces him that he is her lover who is wanted by the police. The movie is rated a 6/10 in IMDb and a 20% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Director: Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck
Runtime: 1 hour 43 minutes
8. By The Sea (2015)
Storyline: Vanessa and Roland drive to a coastal hotel in France as the latter aspires to pen a new story. Despite being married, they are not on talking terms and struggle a lot to fix their relationship. The movie is rated a 5.3/10 on IMDb and a 34% on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie is directed by Angelina Jolie herself!
Director: Angelina Jolie
Runtime: 2 hours 12 minutes
9. Wanted (2008)
Storyline: A young man, Wesley, learns that his long lost father is an assassin. When his father is murdered, the son is recruited by the organization and trained by a man named Sloan. The movie is rated a 6.7/10 on IMDb and a 71% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Runtime: 1 hour 50 minutes
10. A Mighty Heart (2007)
Storyline: When a pregnant Mariane’s husband, Daniel Pearl, a wall street journal reporter, does not return home after a visit to a cafe for an interview, Mariane starts a frantic search to look for him. The movie is rated a 6.6/10 on IMDb and a 79% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Runtime: 1 hour 48 minutes
11. The Good Shepherd (2006)
Storyline: Edward Wilson, a spy, lays the foundation for the CIA as he works in the OSS. However, as the Cold War starts he realizes that he must pay a price for his dedication to duty over family. It is rated a 6.7/10 on IMDb and a 55% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Director: Robert De Niro
Runtime: 2 hours 48 minutes
12. Playing By Heart (1998)
Storyline: Eleven humans beings who are connected, converge to create a tale of love, heartbreak, forgiveness, acceptance, and hope. The movie is rated a 7/10 on IMDb and a 60% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Director: Willard Carroll
Runtime: 2 hours 1 minute
13. Beowulf (2007)
Storyline: Beowulf, a fierce warrior protects the Danes from Grendel, a hideous monster, by mortally wounding him. When Grendel’s mother learns of this, she swears vengeance. The movie is rated a 6.2/10 on IMDb and a 71% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Runtime: 1 hour 55 minutes
14. Unbroken (2014)
Storyline: Another movie, directed by Angelina Jolie herself is “unbroken”, the story follows Louis Zamperini, a US Olympic track record holder and how he pulls himself through a plane crash eventually to be left to the harsh forces of nature and finally to end up being caged as a prisoner of war. It is rated a 7.2/10 on IMDb and a 51% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Director: Angelina Jolie
Runtime: 2 hours 17 minutes
15. First They Killed My Father (2017)
Storyline: Loung Ung is 5 years old when the Khmer Rouge assumes power over Cambodia in 1975. They soon begin a four-year reign of terror and genocide in which nearly 2 million Cambodian’s die. Forced from her family’s home in Phnom Penh, Ung is trained as a child soldier while her six siblings are sent to labor camps. The movie is rated a 7.2/10 on IMDb and an 87% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Director: Angelina Jolie
Runtime: 2 hours 16 minutes