MCM: Brad Pitt


I don’t know about you, but I never really thought of Brad Pitt as a guy who works in a lot of historical films, but looking at his list on IMDB, it quickly becomes apparent that he’s got a pretty good chunk of films set pre-1969 to his name. So let’s check them out!


A River Runs Through It (1992)

A movie about fishing, life, and stuff. Honestly, this was never high on my list of films to watch, but it got rave reviews when it came out.


Interview with the Vampire (1994)

Put me in the with the people who were HIGHLY skeptical of the casting choices in the now-cult classic Anne Rice novel adaptation. But somehow it all worked.


Legends of the Fall (1994)

Legends of the Fall

Trystan hates this film. Click on the link to read all about why.


Seven Years in Tibet (1997)

Another one of those massive blockbuster flicks from the late-1990s that I somehow never managed to watch. I guess I should get around to it eventually, because I’m told it’s a pretty good flick.


Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)

I totally remember watching this film when it came out, but I have almost no recollection of the film itself. That said, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon have cameos in it, as contestants on “The Dating Game.”


Troy (2004)

I need to re-watch this for, uh, research purposes.


The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

I tried SO HARD to watch this movie but I just couldn’t do it. It’s weirdly paced, weirdly plotted, and fucking Casey Affleck is SO IRRITATING, which yes, was the point of his character, but damn. I made it about ten minutes in before I had to turn it off.


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

Another mega hit that I never watched. I think I have an aversion to films that are too sappy, too shmaltzy, too Brad-Pitt-y. Even if he is super easy on the eyes.


Inglourious Basterds (2009)

I like about every third Tarantino film he makes. This wasn’t one of them.


The Tree of Life (2011)

I think this film is supposed to be a profound commentary on the transience of life, but it all sounds incredibly overwrought.


12 Years a Slave (2013)

We haven’t sat down and really covered this film for the blog, but it’s on my to-do list.


Fury (2014)

A macho wankfest about WWII, which is of course something we tend not to give much of a fuck about on this blog. That said, 2020 was the year every man I know had “the Fury haircut.” Incidentally, just about every Google search I did on these films came up with the result “Brad Pitt hair in [X] movie”.

Allied (2016)

This actually looks like a fabulous flick, and it’s going on my short list. Spies falling in love with each other during the War. Finally, a WWII plot that sounds vaguely interesting.


Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

Remember what I said above about liking every third Tarantino film? I loved everything about this film except for the last 10 minutes of it. 10/10 would watch the Western movie-within-a-movie that DiCaprio’s character is filming while the other parts of the movie take place.


What’s your favorite Brad Pitt historical flick? Tell us in the comments!

23 Responses

  1. Kate Dominguez

    I haven’t seen Allied, but her outfit in that photo makes me want to!! Love the New Look jacket.

    • Kiki

      She has great outfits! I need her hat! I’ve looked for years but can’t find a similar one.

  2. Roxana

    Brad Pitt isn’t a bad actor, but when you see him up against Peter O’Toole in Troy you see the difference between Great and adequate.

    • Al Don

      Peter O’Toole was so underwhelmed with the movie, he walked out of the premiere.

      • Roxana

        I was pretty underwhelmed myself. And I thought the Trojan tie dye was weird.

  3. Colleen

    Legends of the Fall was the first Brad Pitt movie I saw when I was 12 on HBO. I watched it because I was in love with a promotional image of Brad that had been turned into a poster. Was it appropriate for a girl at that age to watch it? Maybe not, but it certainly was fun. That same year was when I saw Interview With the Vampire, with those lovely costumes, and Tom Cruise making me love vampires. 1995 was a good year.

  4. Saraquill

    If I’ve seen him in a frock flick, I’ve blocked him out. He’s on a list of men who’s branded a sex icon, I can’t see why, and thus avoid.

  5. SamIAm

    Allied is a massive let down. Set your expectations appropriately.

    • SarahV

      Yes, but….

      Marion Cotillard’s wardrobe is to die for!

  6. Michael McQuown

    Best thing about “Once Upon A Time” was the dog.

    • SarahV

      Come for the Pitt Butt, stay for Eric Bana in full on Trojan Prince swagger.

      Also Saffron Burrows in Illium-chic gowns and jewels as Princess Andromache!

      • Lily Lotus Rose

        THIS. While Brad Pitt certainly looked hot (as usual), Eric Bana was ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL in this movie.

  7. mjsamuelson

    He was actually really good in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” I’d watch another movie of him playing Jesse James, no problem. But if I’m really honest, I adored him as Louis in “Interview with a Vampire.”

  8. SarahV

    A River Runs Through It also features the wonderful Emily Lloyd in lots of period cute outfits and hats!

  9. Veronica

    Tree of Life tore me up. It may be overwrought, but I have never had a movie hit me like that one did.

  10. Lily Lotus Rose

    Usually if Interview with a Vampire is on a list of movies from which I’m asked to pick my favorite, I will pick Interview with a Vampire.

  11. Karen K.

    Hard agree about liking about every third Tarantino film, I’m pretty much over him. I did rather like Inglourious Basterds, though, mostly because of Christoph Waltz. Brad Pitt’s scenes were really over the top. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was an absolute MESS.

  12. Dancergal

    I’ve never been a huge Pitt fan. He’s a somewhat boring actor but I don’t have a visceral reaction to him the way I do with Tom Cruise. It’s completely off topic but I do appreciate that Brad Pitt told Harvey Weinstein to keep his hands off of his then girlfriend, Gwyneth Paltrow. He’s one of the few men in Hollywood that confronted that rat.