While Girl, Interrupted is widely regarded as an uneven film with a shaky grasp on mental illness, Jolie’s performance articulates the shallow charm and cold calculation of a clinical sociopath with total aplomb. Jolie is a jittery force of nature in her limited screen time, making such an impact on Logan director James Mangold’s film that she completely overshadowed poor Winona Ryder’s attempted comeback performance. The actress would receive her first (and to date, only) Academy Award for her work as Lisa Rowe, the role that launched her into superstardom.
At this point, Angelina Jolie is perhaps better known as a humanitarian and all-around ultra-famous person than an actor. She’s stingy with her roles these days, and doesn’t always choose material worthy of her abilities. But make no mistake: she’s one of Hollywood’s highest-paid stars for a reason. No matter what she appears in – whether it’s a prestige drama or schlocky action vehicle – you may not walk away remembering the movie, but you always remember her. These 13 roles represent the best of Angelina Jolie.
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