Both on and off the screen, Angelina Jolie has been one of Hollywood film industry’s most eminently watchable celebrities for over a decade. Whether she’s appearing in big-budget blockbusters, more thoughtful dramas, or animated features the whole family can enjoy, or simply hypnotizing the paparazzi with her tabloid-friendly lifestyle, Jolie hasn’t strayed far from the spotlight. In honor of her birthday today 4 June 2015, we decided to revisit her spectacular acting skills by counting down five of her must-see action performances.
1. Mr & Mrs Smith
This movie is a 2005 American romantic comedy action film directed by Doug Liman and written by Simon Kinberg. The film stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as a bored upper-middle class married couple surprised to learn that they are both assassins hired by competing agencies to kill each other. A box office hit, it is also notable for marking the first real-life encounter between Jolie and Pitt; they fell in love during filming, and then started a relationship.
2. Tomb Raider
Tom raider is an adaptation of a video game. Two movies—Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life—were produced, starring actress Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft, the first of which is still the highest-grossing film adaptation of a video game ever released in the US, and third worldwide. The central character in Tomb Raider is the British archaeologist Lara Croft, a female adventurer in search of ancient relics. Lara was created by one-time Core designer Toby Gard in 2001 and 2003.
Wanted is a 2008 action thriller film based on the comic book miniseries of the same name by Mark Millar and J. G. Jones. The film was directed by Timur Bekmambetov, and stars James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, and Angelina Jolie. The storyline follows Wesley Gibson (McAvoy), a frustrated account manager who discovers that he is the son of a professional assassin and decides to join the Fraternity, a secret society in which his father worked.
4. Gone in 60 Seconds
Gone in 60 Seconds is a 2000 American action/heist film, starring Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, Christopher Eccleston, Robert Duvall, Vinnie Jones, and Will Patton. The film was directed by Dominic Sena, written by Scott Rosenberg, and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.
In the movie, Retired master car thief Randall “Memphis” Raines (Nicolas Cage) is forced to return to Long Beach, California and his former trade to steal 50 cars in 96 hours. Jolie plays the role of Sway- former girlfriend of Randall.
Salt is a 2010 American action thriller spy film directed by Phillip Noyce, written by Kurt Wimmer, and starring Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Daniel Olbrychski, August Diehl and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Jolie plays Evelyn Salt, who is accused of being a Russian sleeper agent and goes on the run to try to clear her name.
Happy Birthday Angelina!