With the release of The Hunstman: Winter’s War this weekend (and because you guys like the Scarlett Johansson Five Great so much) we decided to revive this little corner and showcase five great Charlize Theron movies.
Theron has been a fixture on movie screens for more than 20 years, beginning with an uncredited role in Children of the Corn III. Theron is one of those rare actresses who has very few fumbles in her acting career. You could certainly point out a handful of movies that were mediocre at best, but for the most part, she has managed to align herself with successful projects (i.e. joining Fast 8 to play a villain).
So where do we begin with Theron’s Five Great? How about going back to last year with Mad Max: Fury Road.
Max Mad: Fury Road
As Imperator Furiosa, Theron rampaged her way against a tyrannical ruler in post-apocalyptic Australia in search of her homeland. While the film took home six Oscars (primarily for design and sound) along with four other nominations including Best Picture, it’s not a far stretch to say that Theron certainly deserved an Oscar nod for her performance.
As long as we’re on the Oscar wagon, let’s add Theron’s Oscar-winning performance as Daytona Beach prostitute turned serial killer Aileen Wuornos to this list. It was a performance that cemented Theron on Hollywood’s A-list after a couple years of mediocre movies (Curse of the Jade Scorpion, anyone?) and opened new opportunities for her.
The Italian Job
Staying in 2003, Theron starred in this crime thriller (not to be confused with the Michael Caine movie from 1969 of the same title) that featured a climactic and memorable extended Mini Cooper product placement action sequence. Watching Theron drive and hearing director F. Gary Gray’s praise only further increases anticipation to see her in Fast 8!
The Devil’s Advocate
One, five of Theron’s early breaks came in this 1997 drama co-starring Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves. While she gained attention from the hot sex scenes with Keanu, Theron also showcased her acting chops playing a wife who gradually goes mental due to isolation.
Now we come down to the toughest pick – the fifth and final movie in this list. While The Cider House Rules, Young Adult, North Country, and Prometheus are all solid choices, I’m going to go with Sweet November for two reasons. One, there aren’t any romantic movies on this list (yes, I know there’s no sci-fi on here either Prometheus and Aeon Flux fans) and two, it has been a while since Theron starred in movie from that genre. Waking Up In Reno comes to mind, but, let’s just skip that movie. Also, Enya!
So there you have it, five great Charlize Theron movies. Of course, you may or may not agree with this list and if not, there’s a Ranker list for that! (I see the Kristen Stewart army is well represented on the current list with Snow White and The Huntsman ranked in the Top 5.)
Which unintentionally brings us full circle with The Huntsman: Winter’s War opening in theaters April 22! Check out the red carpet photos and get ready for another fairy tale adventure!