Angelina Jolie has won awards from the Academy, Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild, served as a special envoy and goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and helped influence national policy on preventative cancer testing by writing an op-ed for the New York Times.
Some people only think of Angelina in terms of tabloid headlines: She’s the latter half of Brangelina; the estranged daughter of Jon Voight; the woman who carried a vial of Billy Bob Thornton’s blood around her neck.
However, hopefully, Angelina’s varied and veritable filmography (and, more importantly, her social work) will outlast the paparazzo’s interest.
So we’re dedicating this week’s Fan Favorite Friday to her.
And, remember, you can borrow any and all of these movies from Mentor Public Library.
1. Girl, Interrupted. To this point, Angelina’s only Academy Award. Wynona Ryder may have been the star in this film about a young woman’s stay at a psychiatric hospital, but it was Angelina who captured everyone’s attention.
2. George Wallace. Angelina earned an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe win playing Cornelia Wallace, the second wife of the titular governor in this TV movie.
3. Tomb Raider. The film that helped Angelina leap from star to superstar—still a great popcorn flick for a summer’s night.
5. A Mighty Heart. Another performance for which Angelina received a Golden Globe nomination. This time she portrayed Mariane Pearl, whose husband was journalist that was kidnapped and killed in Pakistan.
6. Mr. & Mrs. Smith. The movie that launched a million tabloid headlines. This film—which, by the way, is not a remake of the same-titled Alfred Hitchcock comedy—stars Angelina and Brad Pitt as a bored married couple who also happen to be assassins that are hired to kill one another.
8. Gone in 60 Seconds. The Fast and the Furious series stole some of this movie’s thunder. But this car-heist flick which pairs Angelina and Nicolas Cage is a lot of fun.
9. In the Land of Blood and Honey. Angelina’s directorial debut tells the story of a Serbian soldier who falls in love with a Bosnian prisoner of war. It was nominated for the Golden Globes’ best foreign language film.
10. Angelina has also been the subject of several biographies—none of which have been authorized.