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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, 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Rose Byrne Monster is a 2003 crime drama film about serial killer Aileen Wuornos, a former prostitute who was executed in Florida in 2002 for killing six men in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Wuornos was ...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 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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Snow White and the Huntsman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth 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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Sweet November is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Keanu Reeves, Lauren Graham 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) 5 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Michael Caine, Paul Rudd The Cider House Rules is a 1999 American drama film directed by Lasse Hallström, based on John Irving's novel of the same name. The film won two Academy Awards, and was nominated for the ...more

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The Devil's Advocate is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves 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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Young Adult is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, J.K. Simmons 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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Atomic Blonde is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
MichaelChoi added Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman Atomic Blonde is a 2017 American action spy thriller film directed by David Leitch and written by Kurt Johnstad. It is based on Antony Johnston's 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City, which ...more

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The Italian Job is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Kelly Brook, Mark Wahlberg The Italian Job is a 2003 heist 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, ...more

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Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba 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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The Legend of Bagger Vance is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Will Smith, Matt Damon 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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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 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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Hancock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Will Smith, Jason Bateman 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. The story was originally ...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 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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Trapped is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Courtney Love, Dakota Fanning edTrapped is a 2002 American-German crime thriller film starring Charlize Theron, Courtney Love, Stuart Townsend, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Fanning, and Pruitt Taylor Vince, and is directed by Luis ...more

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That Thing You Do! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler That Thing You Do! is a 1996 American musical comedy drama film written, directed by, and co-starring Tom Hanks. Set in the summer of 1964, the movie tells the story of the quick rise and fall ...more

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In the Valley of Elah is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, James Franco, Susan Sarandon 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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The Burning Plain is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Jennifer Lawrence, Charlize Theron, Kim Basinger 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 War is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
MichaelChoi added Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt The Huntsman: Winter's War is a 2016 American dark fantasy action adventure film based on characters from the German fairy tale "Snow White" compiled by the Brothers Grimm, as well as ...more

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The Life and Death of Peter Se... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Heidi Klum, John Lithgow The Life and Death of Peter Sellers is a 2004 British/American film about the life of English comedy actor Peter Sellers, based on Roger Lewis's book of the same name. It was directed by Stephen ...more

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The Curse of the Jade Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Woody Allen, Helen Hunt The Curse of the Jade Scorpion is a 2001 crime comedy film written by, directed by, and starring Woody Allen. The cast also features Helen Hunt, Dan Aykroyd, Elizabeth Berkley, John Schuck, ...more

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2 Days in the Valley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Teri Hatcher, James Spader 2 Days in the Valley is a 1996 film directed by John Herzfeld that revolves around the events over 48 hours in the lives of a group of people who are drawn together by a murder.

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Head in the Clouds is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Penélope Cruz, Stuart Townsend Head in the Clouds is a 2004 drama film written and directed by John Duigan. The original screenplay focuses on the choices young lovers must make as they find themselves surrounded by ...more

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Waking Up in Reno is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Penélope Cruz, Billy Bob Thornton Waking Up in Reno is a 2002 American comedy drama film directed by Jordan Brady. The screenplay by Brent Briscoe and Mark Fauser focuses on two redneck couples taking a road trip from Little ...more

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Æon Flux is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Jonny Lee Miller Æon Flux is a 2005 American science fiction spy action film directed by Karyn Kusama. The film is a loose adaptation of the animated science fiction television series of the same name, ...more

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Reindeer Games is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Ben Affleck, Ashton Kutcher 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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The Astronaut's Wife is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Johnny Depp, Joe Morton The Astronaut's Wife is a 1999 American science fiction/thriller film directed and written by Rand Ravich. It stars Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron.

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The Road is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen The Road is a 2009 American post-apocalyptic drama film directed by John Hillcoat from a screenplay written by Joe Penhall, which is in return based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 2006 novel of ...more

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Dark Places is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Christina Hendricks, Chloë Grace Moretz Dark Places is an upcoming mystery film directed and written by Gilles Paquet-Brenner. It is based on the novel Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. It stars Charlize Theron, Christina Hendricks, ...more

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Men of Honor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Robert De Niro, Cuba Gooding Jr. Men of Honor is a 2000 drama film, starring Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr. The film was directed by George Tillman, Jr. It is inspired by the true story of Master chief petty officer Carl ...more

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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
Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman A Million Ways to Die in the West is a 2014 American western comedy film directed by Seth MacFarlane. As a cowardly farmer (Seth MacFarlane) begins to fall for the mysterious new woman (Charlize ...more

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Celebrity is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Leonardo DiCaprio, Winona Ryder Celebrity is a 1998 comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. The screenplay describes the divergent paths a couple takes following their divorce.

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The Yards is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix The Yards is a 2000 American crime film directed by James Gray. It was written by Gray and Matt Reeves, and stars Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Charlize Theron and James Caan. The setting is ...more

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Trial and Error is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Jennifer Coolidge, Jeff Daniels Trial and Error is a 1997 release from New Line Cinema starring Michael Richards, Jeff Daniels, and Charlize Theron, about an attorney and the attorney's actor friend, who takes his place in ...more

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Sleepwalking is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson, AnnaSophia Robb Sleepwalking is a 2008 dramatic film starring Nick Stahl, AnnaSophia Robb, and Charlize Theron. It centers on the bonding of a 30-year-old man and his 12-year-old niece after she is abandoned by ...more

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15 Minutes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Robert De Niro, Kelsey Grammer 15 Minutes is a 2001 American thriller film starring Robert De Niro and Edward Burns. Its story revolves around a homicide detective and a fire marshal who team up to stop a pair of Eastern ...more

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The Fate of the Furious is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
MichaelChoi added Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham The Fate of the Furious is a 2017 American-Chinese action film directed by F. Gary Gray, and the eighth installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise. When a mysterious woman (Charlize ...more

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Battle in Seattle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Channing Tatum, Michelle Rodriguez Battle in Seattle is a 2007 political action film and the directorial debut of actor Stuart Townsend. It is based on the protest activity at the WTO Ministerial Conference of 1999. The film ...more

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Kubo and the Two Strings is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
MichaelChoi added Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Matthew McConaughey Kubo and the Two Strings is a 2016 American 3D stop-motion action fantasy film directed and produced by Travis Knight. The film revolves around Kubo, a young boy who wields a magical shamisen ...more

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The Last Face is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
MichaelChoi added The Last Face Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem, Adèle Exarchopoulos The Last Face is a 2016 American drama film directed by Sean Penn and written by Erin Dignam. A Spanish doctor putting himself in harm's way to deliver medical treatment to the victims of ...more

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Astro Boy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Kristen Bell, Nicolas Cage Astro Boy is a 2009 American-Hong Konger-Chinese computer-animated action film loosely based on the manga and anime series of the same name by the Japanese writer and illustrator Osamu Tezuka. ...more

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Children of the Corn III: Urba... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Nicholas Brendon, Ivana Miličević Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest is the third film of the Children of the Corn series which focuses on two mysterious brothers who, after living in rural Nebraska for their entire lives ...more

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Gringo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
David Oyelowo, Joel Edgerton, Amanda Seyfried Gringo is a 2018 American action comedy film directed by Nash Edgerton. After being sent to Mexico for work, mild-mannered businessman Harold (David Oyelowo) finds himself entangled with ...more