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The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked

Updated July 13, 2020 7.1k votes 1.7k voters 137.3k 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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  • 1
    Mad Max: Fury Road
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    Mad Max: Fury Road

    Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron

    Released2015

    Directed byGeorge Miller

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  • 2
    Monster
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    Monster

    Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci

    Released2003

    Directed byPatty Jenkins

    Monster is a 2003 drama film about Aileen Wuornos, who was executed in Florida in 2002 for... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Atomic Blonde
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    Atomic Blonde

    Charlize Theron, James McAvoy

    Released2017

    Directed byDavid Leitch

    Atomic Blonde is a 2017 American action spy thriller film directed by David Leitch and written... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Snow White and the Huntsman
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    Snow White and the Huntsman

    Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart

    Released2012

    Directed byRupert Sanders

    Snow White and the Huntsman is a 2012 American dark fantasy action film based on the German... more on Wikipedia

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    The Devil's Advocate
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    The Devil's Advocate

    Charlize Theron, Al Pacino

    Released1997

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

    The Devil's Advocate is a 1997 American mystery thriller film based on Andrew Neiderman's... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    The Cider House Rules
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    The Cider House Rules

    Charlize Theron, Michael Caine

    Released1999

    Directed byLasse Hallström

    The Cider House Rules is a 1999 American drama film directed by Lasse Hallström, based on John... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    The Italian Job
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    The Italian Job

    Charlize Theron, Kelly Brook

    Released2003

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

    The Italian Job is a 2003 film directed by F. Gary Gray, written by Wayne and Donna Powers and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Sweet November
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    Sweet November

    Charlize Theron, Keanu Reeves

    Released2001

    Directed byPat O'Connor

    Sweet November is a 2001 romantic drama film starring Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Prometheus
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    Prometheus

    Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender

    Released2012

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Prometheus is a 2012 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, written by Jon Spaihts and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    The Legend of Bagger Vance
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    The Legend of Bagger Vance

    Charlize Theron, Will Smith

    Released2000

    Directed byRobert Redford

    The Legend of Bagger Vance is a 2000 American sports drama directed by Robert Redford and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    North Country
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    North Country

    Charlize Theron, Amber Heard

    Released2005

    Directed byNiki Caro

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  • 12
    Young Adult
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    Young Adult

    Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt

    Released2011

    Directed byJason Reitman

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  • 13
    Mighty Joe Young
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    23

    Mighty Joe Young

    Charlize Theron, Bill Paxton

    Released1998

    Directed byRon Underwood

    Mighty Joe Young is a 1998 Disney family film starring Bill Paxton and Charlize Theron and... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Hancock
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    Hancock

    Charlize Theron, Will Smith

    Released2008

    Directed byPeter Berg

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  • 15
    Waking Up in Reno
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    Waking Up in Reno

    Charlize Theron, Penélope Cruz

    Released2002

    Directed byJordan Brady

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  • 16
    The Huntsman: Winter's War
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    12

    The Huntsman: Winter's War

    Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron

    Directed byCedric Nicolas-Troyan

    The Huntsman: Winter's War is a 2016 American dark fantasy action adventure film based on... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17
    Æon Flux
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    Æon Flux

    Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand

    Released2005

    Directed byKaryn Kusama

    Æon Flux is a 2005 American science fiction spy action film directed by Karyn Kusama. The film... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    2 Days in the Valley
    73
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    2 Days in the Valley

    Charlize Theron, Teri Hatcher

    Released1996

    Directed byJohn Herzfeld

    2 Days in the Valley is a 1996 film directed by John Herzfeld that revolves around the events... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    That Thing You Do!
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    24

    That Thing You Do!

    Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks

    Released1996

    Directed byTom Hanks

    That Thing You Do! is a 1996 American musical comedy drama film written, directed by, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    In the Valley of Elah
    70
    23

    In the Valley of Elah

    Charlize Theron, James Franco

    Released2007

    Directed byPaul Haggis

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  • 21
    Dark Places
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    6

    Dark Places

    Charlize Theron, Christina Hendricks

    Released2014

    Directed byGilles Paquet-Brenner

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  • 22
    Celebrity
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    Celebrity

    Charlize Theron, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released1998

    Directed byWoody Allen

    Celebrity is a 1998 comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. The screenplay... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    The Astronaut's Wife
    75
    35

    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
  • 24
    A Million Ways to Die in the West
    46
    13

    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
  • 25
    Trial and Error
    90
    61

    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