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The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked 

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List Rules Vote for what you think are the best Charlize Theron movies.

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.

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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Rose Byrne

Released: 2003

Directed by: Patty Jenkins

Monster is a 2003 drama film about Aileen Wuornos, who was executed in Florida in 2002 for taking six men's lives in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Wuornos was played by Charlize Theron, and ...more

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Mad Max: Fury Road is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne

Released: 2015

Directed by: George Miller

Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 action film directed by George Miller. In a post apocalyptic desert wasteland where gasoline and water are scarce commodities, Max Rockatansky (Max Hardy) joins ...more

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The Devil's Advocate is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves

Released: 1997

Directed by: Taylor Hackford

The Devil's Advocate is a 1997 American mystery thriller film based on Andrew Neiderman's novel of the same name. It is directed by Taylor Hackford and stars Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, and ...more

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Snow White and the Hunts... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth

Released: 2012

Directed by: Rupert Sanders

Snow White and the Huntsman is a 2012 American dark fantasy action film based on the German fairy tale "Snow White" compiled by the Brothers Grimm. In the film's retelling of the tale, ...more

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The Italian Job is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Kelly Brook, Mark Wahlberg

Released: 2003

Directed by: F. Gary Gray

The Italian Job is a 2003 film directed by F. Gary Gray, written by Wayne and Donna Powers and produced by Donald DeLine. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Edward ...more

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Sweet November is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Keanu Reeves, Lauren Graham

Released: 2001

Directed by: Pat O'Connor

Sweet November is a 2001 romantic drama film starring Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron, reuniting the actors after their previous appearance as husband and wife in The Devil's Advocate. The film ...more

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The Cider House Rules is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Michael Caine, Paul Rudd

Released: 1999

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

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Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba

Released: 2012

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Prometheus is a 2012 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof, and starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan ...more

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Atomic Blonde is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
MichaelChoi added Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman

Released: 2017

Directed by: David Leitch

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Young Adult is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, J.K. Simmons

Released: 2011

Directed by: Jason Reitman

Young Adult is a 2011 American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman, from a screenplay written by Diablo Cody, and starring Charlize Theron. Reitman and Cody worked together previously on ...more

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Hancock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Will Smith, Jason Bateman

Released: 2008

Directed by: Peter Berg

Hancock, formerly known as John Hancock and Tonight, He Comes, is an superhero film directed by Peter Berg and starring Will Smith, Jason Bateman and Charlize Theron. Will Smith portrays an old ...more

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North Country is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Amber Heard, Woody Harrelson

Released: 2005

Directed by: Niki Caro

North Country is a 2005 American drama film directed by Niki Caro, starring Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Sean Bean, Richard Jenkins, Michelle Monaghan, Jeremy Renner, Woody Harrelson and ...more
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The Legend of Bagger Van... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Will Smith, Matt Damon

Released: 2000

Directed by: Robert Redford

The Legend of Bagger Vance is a 2000 American sports drama directed by Robert Redford and starring Will Smith, Matt Damon and Charlize Theron. It is based on the 1995 book of the same title by ...more

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Mighty Joe Young is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Bill Paxton, Regina King

Released: 1998

Directed by: Ron Underwood

Mighty Joe Young is a 1998 Disney family film starring Bill Paxton and Charlize Theron and directed by Ron Underwood. It is based on the 1949 film of the same name. In this version, the ape is ...more

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Æon Flux is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Jonny Lee Miller

Released: 2005

Directed by: Karyn Kusama

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In the Valley of Elah is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, James Franco, Susan Sarandon

Released: 2007

Directed by: Paul Haggis

In the Valley of Elah is a 2007 film written and directed by Paul Haggis, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, and Susan Sarandon. The film’s title refers to the Biblical valley where the ...more

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That Thing You Do! is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler

Released: 1996

Directed by: Tom Hanks

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2 Days in the Valley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Teri Hatcher, James Spader

Released: 1996

Directed by: John Herzfeld

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Head in the Clouds is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Penélope Cruz, Stuart Townsend

Released: 2004

Directed by: John Duigan

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Reindeer Games is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Ben Affleck, Ashton Kutcher

Released: 2000

Directed by: John Frankenheimer

Reindeer Games is a 2000 action film film, directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, and Charlize Theron. It was Frankenheimer's final theatrically released film and ...more
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Trapped is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Trapped Charlize Theron, Courtney Love, Dakota Fanning

Released: 2002

Directed by: Luis Mandoki

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The Burning Plain is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Jennifer Lawrence, Charlize Theron, Kim Basinger

Released: 2008

Directed by: Guillermo Arriaga

The Burning Plain is a 2008/2009 drama film directed and written by Guillermo Arriaga, the screenwriter of Amores perros, 21 Grams, and Babel. The film stars Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lawrence, ...more
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The Huntsman: Winter's W... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
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Directed by: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan

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The Curse of the Jade Sc... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
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Released: 2001

Directed by: Woody Allen

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The Life and Death of Pe... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Heidi Klum, John Lithgow

Released: 2004

Directed by: Stephen Hopkins

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