More than just a pretty face, Brad Pitt has been known to go so far into a part that audiences (almost) forget he’s even in the film. While a number of these roles have garnered him acclaim (Fight Club, Inglourious Basterds), there’s a whole festival’s worth of Pitt flicks that remain unfairly undiscovered. To get you caught up, we thought we’d run down ten of the best Pitt movies that you’ve never seen.
1. Burn After Reading (2008)
In one of the best movies you’ve never seen, period, Pitt is hilarious as a clueless fitness trainer who gets sucked into a political maelstrom after trying his hand at blackmail. We’ll avoid spoiling the ending for you, but suffice it to say that the final scene is one of Pitt’s best.
2. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
Endlessly delayed and reedited, Jesse James ended up being overshadowed by another neo-Western, No Country for Old Men. (Darn those Coen brothers!) But Pitt anchors this haunting flick as the legendary gunslinger who’s time is almost done.
3. Kalifornia (1993)
Possibly the craziest — and creepiest — Pitt we have ever been. Kalifornia stars the matinee idol as a serial killer tagging along with a psychology student who is studying same. Disturbing and violent, this is Pitt at his most menacing.
4. The Mexican (2001)
Unjustly maligned because of its big budget and quirky tone, this comic crime caper finds Pitt and frequent co-star Julia Roberts as a couple trying to track down a gun. By turns laugh-out-loud funny, deeply romantic, and incredibly tense, this one deserves more recognition both for the actor and the movie itself.
5. True Romance (1993)
The forgotten Quentin Tarantino movie True Romance got lost in the shuffle, between Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. The bright spot is Pitt, who turns in a small but memorable performance as a stoner attacked by mobsters. Someone get this guy more comedies, ASAP.
1. Cool World (1992) – The dark side of Who Framed Roger Rabbit has Pitt playing a detective in a cartoon, while showing an uncanny knack for being a cartoon himself.
2. Babel (2006) – Pitt once again plays well with an ensemble in this story about an American whose wife is shot in the gut while on vacation.
3. Sleepers (1996) – Mr. Jolie goes deep as a lawyer getting revenge on the correctional-facility guards who abused him as a child.
4. Spy Game (2001) – Robert Redford passes Pitt the torch, onscreen and off, in this one about a captured CIA agent whose mentor (Redford) sets out to save him.
5. Seven Years in Tibet (1997) – Despite its massive scope and beautiful visuals, this pic never caught on at the box office. That’s unfortunate, because Pitt is so memorable as Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer.