films The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked

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If you’re in the mood to marathon the best Charlize Theron movies of all time, you’ll want to start with the top-ranked films below. Since the mid-1990s, Charlize Theron has appeared in plenty of blockbusters, earning awards and accolades along the way. Her highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. In fact, according to some sources, the lifetime gross of her films exceeds $1.3 billion.

Born in the Transvaal Province of South Africa, her childhood was certainly interesting. In 1991, her mother killed father when he physical attacked both Charlize and her mother while drunk. Then for a time, Charlize went to Europe for modeling work while accompanied by her mother. After modeling in Europe, she trained at the Joffrey Ballet in New York before a knee injury forced her to reevaluate her career and start acting in Hollywood movies. It wasn’t until she was 19 that she went to Los Angeles by herself to find work in film.

Her debut on film was a non-speaking role in Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest, which was then followed by a supporting role in 2 Days in the Valley. From that point, she went on to star in hits such as The Cider House Rules and The Devil’s Advocate. Then in 2003, she won her only Academy Award to date, for the role of Aileen Wuornos in Monster.

So what are the best Charlize Theron movies of all time? Is it really Monster? See what fans have ranked as their favorite movies of hers below.  If you think the best Charlize Theron role isn't at the top, then vote it up. Don’t see it listed? Then add it so that others may vote for it. After all, this list of the best Charlize Theron movies should be as comprehensive as possible. 

If you are a fan of Theron's dramatic roles, you might also enjoy our list of the best Sharon Stone movies and best Scarlett Johannson movies.

Ridley Scott and Paul Haggis are among those who have directed Charlize Theron at one point or another during their careers in the film industry. If you're a fan of Charlize Theron, then check out our lists of the best Jennifer Aniston and Olivia Wilde movies as well.

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Monster Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Rose Byrne

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Mad Max: Fury Road Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tom Hardy

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Snow White and the Huntsman Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth

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The Italian Job Charlize Theron, Kelly Brook, Mark Wahlberg

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The Devil's Advocate Charlize Theron, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves

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Sweet November Charlize Theron, Keanu Reeves, Lauren Graham

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Prometheus Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba

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The Cider House Rules Charlize Theron, Michael Caine, Paul Rudd

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Young Adult Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, J.K. Simmons

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North Country Charlize Theron, Amber Heard, Woody Harrelson

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Hancock Charlize Theron, Will Smith, Jason Bateman

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The Legend of Bagger Vance Charlize Theron, Will Smith, Matt Damon

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Mighty Joe Young Charlize Theron, Bill Paxton, Regina King

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The Burning Plain Jennifer Lawrence, Charlize Theron, Kim Basinger

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That Thing You Do! Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler

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Trapped Charlize Theron, Courtney Love, Dakota Fanning

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In the Valley of Elah Charlize Theron, James Franco, Susan Sarandon

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Æon Flux Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Jonny Lee Miller

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2 Days in the Valley Charlize Theron, Teri Hatcher, James Spader

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Reindeer Games Charlize Theron, Ben Affleck, Ashton Kutcher

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The Curse of the Jade Scorpion Charlize Theron, Woody Allen, Helen Hunt

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The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Charlize Theron, Heidi Klum, John Lithgow

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Waking Up in Reno Charlize Theron, Penélope Cruz, Billy Bob Thornton

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The Astronaut's Wife Charlize Theron, Johnny Depp, Joe Morton

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The Road Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen

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Head in the Clouds Charlize Theron, Penélope Cruz, Stuart Townsend

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Men of Honor Charlize Theron, Robert De Niro, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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The Yards Charlize Theron, Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix

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Celebrity Charlize Theron, Leonardo DiCaprio, Winona Ryder

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Trial and Error Charlize Theron, Jennifer Coolidge, Jeff Daniels

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A Million Ways to Die in the West Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman

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The Brazilian Job Mark Wahlberg, Jason Statham, Mos Def

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Dark Places Christopher Lee, Joan Collins, Herbert Lom

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15 Minutes Charlize Theron, Robert De Niro, Kelsey Grammer

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Sleepwalking Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson, AnnaSophia Robb

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The Fate of the Furious Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham

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Battle in Seattle Charlize Theron, Channing Tatum, Michelle Rodriguez

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Astro Boy Charlize Theron, Kristen Bell, Nicolas Cage

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Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest Charlize Theron, Nicholas Brendon, Ivana Miličević

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The Huntsman: Winter's War

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Kubo and the Two Strings Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Matthew McConaughey

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