Top Picks: Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie, actress, director, humanitarian and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, has a filmography that deserves a second take. Admittedly, the much hyped film Unbroken (2014), based off of the book by Elin Hillenbrand, was a flop at the box office, but that's not the only film Jolie has directed. In the Land of Blood and Honey (2012) seems to have been forgotten - a film Jolie both wrote and directed that deftly captured the Bosnian War in Sarajevo during the early 1990s. Here are five films that I feel have been a bit overshadowed by her popular performance as Maleficent, not to mention her unique personal life. 

By the Sea Starring both Jolie and her ex-husband Brad Pitt, this film, ironically, portrays the falling out of a marriage of fourteen years. Both husband and wife fall prey to narcissism, addiction and a nihilism soaked in luxury, all amidst the backdrop of a sunbathed Malta. 

Changeling Offering a breathtaking performance by Jolie as bereaved mother, Clint Eastwood takes the reigns as the director of this noir crime story that chronicles the disturbing true life events of the Wineville Chicken Coop Murders in Mira Lorna, California, culminating in a thoughtful commentary on corruption.

Girl, Interrupted is arguably Jolie's most famous film (it's the film she won the Oscar for in 1999). With the collective conscious now becoming more aware of issues in the world of mental illness/health, this film, based on the novel by Susanna Kaysen (1993), is due for a review, taking us back to the climate of the 1960s as well. 

A Mighty Heart recreates the terrible circumstances leading to the death of Wall Street Journal's Daniel Pearl during his stint in Pakistan in 2002. Jolie plays Daniel's wife Mariane, illustrating how she and her family, friends and fellow writers came together around the tragedy, desperately working for Pearl's justice. The film is adapted from Mariane Pearl's book by the same name

The Tourist is an entertaining, quirky story featuring two characters who meet and play with each other's, well, sexual appetites while away from home on vacation. This sleek, glossy movie is a pleasure to watch for all its thrills, chills and mysterious games. 

For more on Angelina Jolie, check out her book Notes From My Travels: Visits With Refugees in Africa, Cambodia, Pakistan, and Ecuador.

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