Angelina Jolie: Top 5 Must-See Movies

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It’s Angelina Jolie’s birthday and what better day than to celebrate all her hard work. This actress, filmmaker and humanitarian has done it all and doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. Let’s take a look at some of her best movie roles.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnNBqNb3taw

It’s only natural to start this list off with Jolie’s first major role as an International superstar. This film came out in 2001, and despite its negative reviews from critics for its bland plot and unique action, Jolie received praise for her performance.

The film was based on a popular video game series about an archeologist “tomb raider,” Lara Croft, who goes on a dangerous quest to find the two halves of an ancient artifact that controls time. The film also had a sequel released in 2003, Laura Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.


Mr. & Mrs. Smith

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Who doesn’t remember this classic between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pit? Mr. & Mrs. Smith was released in 2005 as an action/crime comedy that kept everyone on their feet. Their charming yet seductive personalities kept the film entertaining from start to finish. Similar to the previous film, it didn’t receive outstanding reviews, but what did was the couple’s chemistry on the screen.

To no surprise the couple’s chemistry didn’t stop after the film was finished, the two continued their relationship off screen and got married in 2014. The two had a total of 6 children, some from previous marriages, but all adopted. Sadly their marriage ended in 2016.


Maleficent

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Jolie’s most recent film, Maleficent hit theaters in 2014 as a live-action remake of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. Jolie had been absent from the big screen for over three years leaving some questioned when she would return. She had no dust on her shoulders as her performance lead this film to be her highest-grossing to date. Jolie showed that she could reach all demographics, from action to fantasy films.

Jolie has also been contracted to continue her role as Maleficent in the sequel, Maleficent II, which began production in May 2018.


Salt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZ40WlshNwU

This action, crime and mystery film was released in 2010 after she took a two-year hiatus after her mother’s passing. Jolie later spoke about her mother who was her inspiration for acting, explaining the reason for her absence. Jolie’s role in Salt was nothing new to this action star, where she was a CIA agent who was on the run after being accused of killing a KGB sleeper agent.

This film was originally written for a male role and cast Tom Cruise as the star, but later went through a gender change after an executive suggested Jolie to play the role.


Gia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2xVI8D2PCY

Finally, let’s look at Jolie’s breakthrough role playing supermodel Gia Carangi in HBO’s Gia produced in 1998. The film took a toll on Jolie by “method acting,” she stayed in her role even after the cameras turned off. This made her difficult to deal with on set and created tension in her marriage. After Gia finished filming Jolie took a break from acting because she felt like she had nothing else to give in the acting world. Clearly, that was not the case, but Gia took a lot out of this up and coming actress.

Jolie won a Golden Globe for Best Actress Miniseries or Television Film as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Female Actor Miniseries or Television Movie in 1999.

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