Born on June 4, 1975 in Los Angeles, California, Angelina Jolie is the daughter of famous actor Jon Voight and has found even more success in Hollywood than her father did. She started her film career in 1982 starring in the low budget sequel Cyborg 2 and has continued to find success in the industry to this day and she not only won an Academy Award but also won 3 Golden Globe Awards. also since I’m not including it because it’s technically a TV movie an honorable mention to the film Gia.
Released in 1993 Cyborg 2 certainly isn’t the best movie in the world, it’s actually pretty horrible but is a key role in Angelina Jolie’s career being her first role in any movie. Although the movie was a bomb Jolie’s unique beauty would get her noticed and ensure she would be hired for better roles in the future. There is not a whole lot else to say about this movie except for the fact that it put angelina Jolie on the map.
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Released in 1995 Hackers would put Jolie in the role of Kate libby a computer hacker back when hacking was relatively new and although the film didn’t do well at release it has since gained a cult following and is loved by many. starring alongside Jonny Lee Miller, Matthew Lillard and Lorraine Bracco it would be Jolie’s first role where she had great talent by her side to help her shine brighter.
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Released in 1996 and based on the book Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang the film Foxfire depicted the lives of four high school girls and how meeting a mysterious drifter changes their lives forever. Although the film didn’t do very well commercially, only grossing around $260,000 worldwide, it is a great coming of age tale and has a good sized fan base to this day.
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The Bone Collector
Released in 1999 and directed by Philip Noyce The Bone Collector is based on the book of the same name by Jeffery Deaver. Angelina Jolie would star alongside some powerhouses this time around including Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah and Michael Rooker and the film earned around $150 million worldwide. The film follows the life of a paralyzed forensics expert that is trying to help solve a string of murders and is full of twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat.
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Released in 2000 and based on the memoir by Susanna Kaysen Girl, Interrupted was directed by James Mangold and depicts the struggles of a group of women during their stay at a mental institution. Angelina Jolie played Lisa Rowe who was in ways both an antagonist and a protagonist alongside other great actresses such as Brittany Murphy, Winona Ryder and Whoopi Goldberg. Angelina Jolie won both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for her role.
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Gone In 60 Seconds
Also released in 2000 Gone In 60 Seconds was directed by Dominic Sena and is a loose remake of the 1974 film of the same name by H.B. Halicki. The film puts Jolie in the role of an expert car thief and explore her exploits with her talented team of vehicular bandits. Also starring Nicolas Cage, Giovanni Ribisi and Robert Duvall the movie wasn’t loved by critics but was commercially successful grossing over $230 million worldwide.
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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Released in 2001 and based on the video game series Lara Croft: Tomb Raider saw Angelina Jolie take on the role of the title character, a treasure hunting, back flipping,gun toting badass woman named Lara Croft. The film would do lots better than most other video game movies grossing $274 million and getting a sequel in 2003. The film also starred her father Jon Voight. There was a recent remake but Jolie is no longer in the role.
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Released in 2004 and based on the novel of the same name by Michael Pye Taking Lives is directed by D.J. Caruso and revolves around FBI profiler Illeana Scott (Angelina Jolie) as she pursues a serial killer who takes on the identity of his victims. Jolie is joined by a great cast including Ethan Hawke and Kiefer Sutherland and although the movie wasn’t a huge success it is personally one of my favorite movies starring Angelina Jolie, if you haven’t seen it I highly advise checking this one out.
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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Released in 2004 the science fiction film Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow would be director Kerry Conran’s first film and would take place in a parallel version of the 1930’s with advanced technologies in a style known as Dieselpunk. Angelina Jolie plays Franky Cook and is joined by great actors such as Jude Law, Giovanni Ribisi and Gwyneth Paltrow and was shot in a very unique visual style. The film wasn’t a huge commercial success, only grossing $58 million worldwide but did garner positive reviews for it’s innovative art style.
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Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Released in 2005 the action comedy Mr. and Mrs. Smith was directed by Doug Liman and was loosely based on the 1996 CBS show of the same name. Angelina Jolie would star alongside Brad Pitt, who she would later marry, as well as stars like Vince Vaughn and Adam Brody and the film was wildly successful, grossing over $478 million at the box office. The film follows a newlywed couple that are both world class assassins but neither know about the others secret life and is credited with being the start of Pitt’s and Jolie’s relationship.
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Released in 2007, the 3D animated fantasy movie directed by Robert Zemeckis and based on the epic poem about man fighting the demons outside and the demons within themselves, Beowulf would see Jolie in the role of the monster Grendel’s mother. It wasn’t a success at all , only grossing $196 million worldwide on a $150 million budget and although most people aren’t a fan of this movie, I personally enjoy it quite a bit.
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Released in 2008 and based on the comic book miniseries by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones the action thriller Wanted depicts the secret world of the best assassins there are and the crazy things they can do with guns, including shooting bullets around corners. Angelina Jolie plays one of these assassins and is joined by James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman and Common. The film was a moderate success and grossed over $340 million at the box office worldwide and there was a sequel planned at one point but it never happened. This movie doesn’t get the credit it deserves and is probably one of my top 10 favorite movies of all time.
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Released in 2008 the crime drama directed by Clint Eastwood and based on real life events, Changeling, would be met with critical success and would be nominated for 3 Grammy Awards. Starring Angelina Jolie as a woman who goes through a terrible ordeal when her missing son is returned to her but turns out not to be her child after all, the movie also stars John Malkovich and despite it’s critical success , did not do very well at the box office only grossing $113 million worldwide.
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Released in 2010 and directed by Philip Noyce the action thriller Salt would portray Angelina Jolie as a suspected sleeper agent for Russia named Evelyn Salt who must go on the run in order to clear her name. Also starring Liev Schreiber the film grossed over $290 million at the box office and is a decent little action movie if you haven’t seen it already.
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Released in 2014 and inspired by the fairy tale by Charles Perrault Maleficent explores the villains side of things causing the viewer to have sympathy for the bad guy for a change. Angelina Jolie plays the title character and is a fresh take on the old story. Also starring Elle Fanning and Juno Temple the film was very successful critically and commercially grossing over $758 million worldwide and being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Costume Design. The sequel was just released on October 18, 2019.
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Being one of Hollywood’s biggest names Angelina Jolie will certainly always have new movies in the works and that is definitely the case right now with roles in Marvel’s The Eternals, Western thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead and fantasy drama Come Away all planned to be released in the next few years.
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