ByLily Masco, writer at
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Lily Masco

Angelina Jolie is an iconic Oscar-winning actress who has been in the movie business since as long as we can remember. She has had far too many iconic roles to list, but that doesn't mean we can't shine light on a few of her most memorable pieces in chronological order.

1. Gia (1998)

Filmed when Jolie was merely 23, the actress plays a top fashion model from the late '70s who suffers from AIDS.

2. Girl, Interrupted (1999)

This biographical drama was based on a true story written by Susanna Kaysen. The 1960s plot revolves around the memoirs of her 18-month-long experience in a mental hospital after being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

3. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

Featuring a great empowered female lead, Lara Croft grew into a massive franchise. The brilliant fighter combats villains in order to recover powerful ancient artifacts while racing against time.

4. Shark Tale (2004)

In this DreamWorks animated movie, Angelina lent her voice to the character Lola, a sexy golddigging lion fish who seduces Oscar (Will Smith).

5. Alexander (2004)

This action movie is based on the conquers of one of the greatest military leaders in the history of warfare, Alexander, the King of Macedonia. Jolie played Alexander's mother, Olympias.

6. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

A movie about two married spies who uncover one another's identity and have to deal with the consequences of working for rival agencies. This is also the set on which Jolie met her current husband and father of her children, Brad Pitt.

7. Beuwulf (2007)

This action-packed movie is based on the legendary Old English poem. Grendel the monster is attacking Denmark, forcing the warrior Beowulf to defeat him and even the monster's vengeful mother.

8. Kung Fu Panda (2008)

Angelina Jolie once again lent her voice for a DreamWorks animated movie franchise as the role of Master Tigress, the leader of the Furious Five.

9. Changeling (2008)

A tough movie to watch, but jolie nonetheless. The story revolves around a grief-stricken mother who has lost her child only to get him back. The tiny issue is, this boy is merely an imposter, forcing her to challenge the LAPD to her own detriment.

10. Wanted (2008)

This crime movie tells the story of an office worker, Wesley Gibson, who finds out he is the son of a professional assassin, therefore inheriting his father's superhuman killing abilities. Jolie played Fox, Wesley's first friend and love interest after meeting each other in the Fraternity.

11. Salt (2010)

In this action-filled thriller, Angelina Jolie plays Evelyn Salt, a CIA agent who goes on the run once she is accused of being a Russian spy.

12. Maleficent (2014)

Based on the story of Sleeping Beauty, this Disney movie depicts the villain Maleficent, a vengeful fairy whose resolve is to curse an infant princess. The problem occurs when she realizes this child is the sole person with the potential to restore peace to their troubled land. This movie was so successful that a sequel has recently been confirmed.

Angelina Jolie Speaking With Syrian Refugees/The Times
Angelina Jolie Speaking With Syrian Refugees/The Times

While Angelina Jolie played her characters tremendously, her most important role by far is the one that she takes on in her daily life, as a mother and an activist. Happy Birthday Angelina Jolie!

What was your favorite Angelina Jolie role?


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