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The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked

Updated July 13, 2020 6.4k votes 1.7k voters 137.1k views46 items

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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, and 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 her 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 can vote for it!

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.

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    Dark Places is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Dark Places

    Charlize Theron, Christina Hendricks

    Released2014

    Directed byGilles Paquet-Brenner

    Dark Places is an upcoming mystery film directed and written by Gilles Paquet-Brenner. It is... more on Wikipedia
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    The Burning Plain is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    The Burning Plain

    Jennifer Lawrence, Charlize Theron

    Released2008

    Directed byGuillermo Arriaga

    The Burning Plain is a 2008/2009 drama film directed and written by Guillermo Arriaga, the... more on Wikipedia
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    Children of the Corn III: Urba is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest

    Charlize Theron, Nicholas Brendon

    Released1995

    Directed byJames D.R. Hickox

    Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest is the third film of the Children of the Corn series... more on Wikipedia

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    The Life and Death of Peter Se is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

    Charlize Theron, Heidi Klum

    Released2004

    Directed byStephen Hopkins

    This film is a 2004 British/American film about the life of English comedy actor Peter... more on Wikipedia
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    The Astronaut's Wife is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    The Astronaut's Wife

    Charlize Theron, Johnny Depp

    Released1999

    Directed byRand Ravich

    The Astronaut's Wife is a 1999 American science fiction/thriller film directed and written by... more on Wikipedia
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    A Million Ways to Die in the W is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    A Million Ways to Die in the West

    Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried

    Released2014

    Directed bySeth MacFarlane

    This film is a 2014 American western comedy film directed by Seth MacFarlane. As a cowardly... more on Wikipedia

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    Astro Boy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Astro Boy

    Charlize Theron, Kristen Bell

    Released2009

    Directed byDavid Bowers

    Astro Boy is a 2009 American-Hong Konger-Chinese computer-animated action film loosely based... more on Wikipedia

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    The Fate of the Furious is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    The Fate of the Furious

    Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson

    Released2017

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

    The Fate of the Furious is a 2017 American-Chinese action film directed by F. Gary Gray, and... more on Wikipedia
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    Long Shot is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Long Shot

    Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron

    Released2019

    Directed byJonathan Levine

    Long Shot is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Jonathan Levine. Fred Flarsky (Seth... more on Wikipedia
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    Men of Honor is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Men of Honor

    Charlize Theron, Robert De Niro

    Released2000

    Directed byGeorge Tillman, Jr.

    Men of Honor is a 2000 drama film, starring Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr. The film was... more on Wikipedia

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    Gringo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Gringo

    David Oyelowo, Joel Edgerton

    Released2018

    Directed byNash Edgerton

    Gringo is a 2018 American action comedy film directed by Nash Edgerton. After being sent to... more on Wikipedia
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    Head in the Clouds is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Head in the Clouds

    Charlize Theron, Penélope Cruz

    Released2004

    Directed byJohn Duigan

    Head in the Clouds is a 2004 drama film written and directed by John Duigan. The original... more on Wikipedia

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    Reindeer Games is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Reindeer Games

    Charlize Theron, Ben Affleck

    Released2000

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

    Reindeer Games is a 2000 action film film, directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Ben... more on Wikipedia
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    Waking Up in Reno is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Waking Up in Reno

    Charlize Theron, Penélope Cruz

    Released2002

    Directed byJordan Brady

    Waking Up in Reno is a 2002 American comedy drama film directed by Jordan Brady. The... more on Wikipedia

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    Sleepwalking is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Sleepwalking

    Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson

    Released2008

    Directed byBill Maher

    Sleepwalking is a 2008 dramatic film starring Nick Stahl, AnnaSophia Robb, and Charlize... more on Wikipedia
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    Kubo and the Two Strings is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Kubo and the Two Strings

    Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara

    Released2016

    Directed byTravis Knight

    Kubo and the Two Strings is a 2016 American 3D stop-motion action fantasy film directed and... more on Wikipedia

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    The Yards is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    The Yards

    Charlize Theron, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2000

    Directed byJames Gray

    The Yards is a 2000 American crime film directed by James Gray. It was written by Gray and... more on Wikipedia

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    The Last Face is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    The Last Face

    Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem

    Released2016

    Directed bySean Penn

    The Last Face is a 2016 American drama film directed by Sean Penn and written by Erin Dignam.... more on Wikipedia
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    Trial and Error is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Trial and Error

    Charlize Theron, Jennifer Coolidge

    Released1997

    Directed byJonathan Lynn

    Trial and Error is a 1997 release from New Line Cinema starring Michael Richards, Jeff... more on Wikipedia

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    The Old Guard is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    The Old Guard

    Charlize Theron, Harry Melling

    Released2020

    Directed byGina Prince-Bythewood

    The Old Guard is a 2020 American action film directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, based on the... more on Wikipedia

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    Bombshell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Bombshell

    Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman

    Released2019

    Directed byJay Roach

    Bombshell is a 2019 American drama film directed by Jay Roach. Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron),... more on Wikipedia
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