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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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Mad Max: Fury Road is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Monster is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Rose Byrne
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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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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Atomic Blonde is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Sweet November is listed (or ranked) 5 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) 6 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) 7 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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The Italian Job is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Kelly Brook, Mark Wahlberg
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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Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 9 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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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
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
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
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 Vance is listed (or ranked) 13 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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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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The Huntsman: Winter's War is listed (or ranked) 15 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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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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Trapped is listed (or ranked) 18 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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The Burning Plain is listed (or ranked) 19 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 Curse of the Jade Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 20 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 comedy film written by, directed by, and starring Woody Allen. The cast also features Helen Hunt, Dan Aykroyd, Elizabeth Berkley, John Schuck, Wallace ...more

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The Life and Death of Peter Se... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Charlize Theron Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Heidi Klum, John Lithgow
This film 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 Hopkins and starred ...more

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Head in the Clouds is listed (or ranked) 22 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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2 Days in the Valley is listed (or ranked) 23 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.

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Æon Flux is listed (or ranked) 24 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) 25 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