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Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Brad Pitt Movies

See what film managed to top ‘Seven,’ ’12 Monkeys’ and ‘Inglorious Basterds’

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FIGHT CLUB, Brad Pitt, 1999, TM & © 20th Century Fox Film Corp./courtesy Everett Collection

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's new movie By the Sea hit theaters this month, though so far it doesn't seem to be connecting with fans or critics. Somehow, we think they'll survive. After all, they're two of the most powerful people in Hollywood. Pitt has been churning out blockbusters for 20 years, and he's always been smart about avoiding brainless action pictures in favor of more interesting fare like 12 Monkeys and Inglorious Basterds. We asked our readers to select his best movies. Here are the results. 

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’12 Monkeys’

It's 2035 and a horrific virus has killed 99 percent of the population. The survivors live underground in squalid conditions, and they send Bruce Willis back in time to stop the virus before it starts. But they accidentally send him back six years early, and he winds up in a mental institution where he meets Brad Pitt. It's The Stand meets The Terminator, and it's one of the few times that director Terry Gilliam made a movie that caught on with a mainstream audience. Just this past year, it was adapted into a TV series. 

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FIGHT CLUB, Brad Pitt, 1999, TM & © 20th Century Fox Film Corp./courtesy Everett Collection

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‘Snatch’

After the success of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, British director Guy Ritchie was given the opportunity to make another heist film with an increased budget and bigger stars. Brad Pitt played an Irish boxer that gets mixed up with dangerous gangsters who want him to fix a fight. It's an extremely fun movie with an enormous cast, and it grossed $84 million. 

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FIGHT CLUB, Brad Pitt, 1999, TM & © 20th Century Fox Film Corp./courtesy Everett Collection

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‘Legends of the Fall ‘

Just two years after A River Runs Through It, Brad Pitt made another movie about tragic characters living in Montana around the time of the First World War. This time around, it's about three brothers living in the remote wilderness who all fall in love with the same beautiful woman, played by Julia Ormond. It's the sort of sweeping, epic tale that Hollywood rarely makes these days. It grossed $160 million, and helped cement Brad Pitt as a major leading man. 

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FIGHT CLUB, Brad Pitt, 1999, TM & © 20th Century Fox Film Corp./courtesy Everett Collection

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‘Seven’

There are dark movies. Then there are really dark movies. And then there's a really, really dark movie like David Fincher's Seven. It's the kind of film that begins with a series of heinous, incredibly graphic murders, and only gets darker from there. Brad Pitt plays a cop in a bleak, perpetually-rainy city that seems just a shade nicer than hell. We won't ruin the famous ending, but let's just say it involves a damp cardboard box and a very unhappy Brad Pitt. 

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FIGHT CLUB, Brad Pitt, 1999, TM & © 20th Century Fox Film Corp./courtesy Everett Collection

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‘Fight Club’

Four years after Seven, Brad Pitt teamed back up with director David Fincher on this cult classic about an office drone (Edward Norton) who befriends a soap salesman (Pitt) and joins a club where men pound the shit out of each other for sport. It's a wildly clever movie that rewards repeat viewings, and once again we won't give up the ending, but there's a reason why fans have made their own edits of the film that completely remove Brad Pitt from the action.  

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