The Fault in Our Stars author John Green wrote that, “the worse the haircut, the better the man.” Sometimes the same is true for actors. Brad Pitt certainly has had his fair share of “seriously?!” hairstyles. Actually, Brad Pitt has just had his fair share of lots of different hairstyles — some great, some bad — throughout his extensive career. And he’s always still come out on top. The actor’s latest film — Fury, a WWII tank action-drama — sees him with yet another unconventional hairdo, so we thought we’d use the occasion to take a look at the best and worse manes Brad Pitt has sported on screen over the years.
We have a love-hate relationship with Brad Pitt’s movie hair
Good: 12 MonkeysSure, he’s a little unhinged in Terry Gilliam’s great weirdo sci-fi flick, but look past that googly eye and this makes a nice sibling to his disheveled Fight Club haircut. Short, it seems, suits Mr. Pitt.Universal Pictures
Bad: Burn After ReadingPitt’s bleached pompadour also perfectly suits his doofus personal trainer bro character in this Coen Brothers romp, but it’s still one of his worst movie hairdos because…well, it makes him look exactly like a doofus personal trainer bro.Focus Features
Good: TroyA modern demigod (i.e. a celebrity) deserves a demigod-like mane when playing an actual demigod, like Achilles. Troy gives it to him. It’s a mane worthy of a Harlequin book cover.Warner Bros.
Bad: Meet Joe BlackThe cut may be okay, but his hair is so unbearably bright in its Mega-Wattage Blondness, we feel like we need sunglasses just to look at him.Universal Pictures
Bad: True RomanceFight Club’s appealing 'do apparently has an evil twin. In True Romance this greasy, unwashed hair look wasn't exactly winning. And that nightmare of a goatee you just want to shave off isn’t helping either.Warner Bros.
Good: Killing Them SoftlyThere may be two litres of gel in the man’s hair, but somehow the slick-backed dark hair totally makes Pitt look like a smooth, in-control bad-ass (which he plays in the movie).The Weinstein Company
Bad: The Devil’s OwnWe desperately want to pull back that thick curtain of hair flopping awkwardly around his forehead. Also, this hairdo is dangerously close to being a full-on mullet. Not. Good.Columbia Pictures
Bad: Interview with the VampireThe pale complexion certainly doesn’t help matters, but even if Pitt had been rosy cheeked and healthy looking in this vampire tale, he wouldn’t have been able to escape this bad 90s-era Meat Loaf look.Warner Bros
Good: Fight ClubDisheveled? Sure. What do you expect of a character who volunteers to have his head perpetually concussed? Still, that fresh-out-of-bed muss proved to be a flattering style for the actor. Even if it probably took two bottles of mousse to style.20th Century Fox
Good: Mr. and Mrs. SmithConsidering how frequently Brad Pitt goes long-haired and Fabio, it’s a bit surprising that one of his best looks is short. But the buzzed head (which he also sported in Ocean’s 12) he had on-screen — while falling for Angelina off-screen — is one of the best he’s ever had.20th Century Fox
Bad: Johnny SuedeJust look at that thing! There’s probably a whole family of birds nested in there.Miramax Films
Good: Thelma & LouiseThe long hair that launched Pitt’s multi-decade career has had many a lengthy cousin over the years, but it’s never nailed quite as well as it is in the Geena Davis/Susan Sarandon classic. His hair length is perfectly on the right side of sexy cowboy. As opposed to wrong side of dirty hillbilly. Which brings us to…MGM
Bad: The CounselorWhat would it look like if Pitt’s character from Thelma & Louise never gave up his cowboy hat, bought a terrible suit, and never washed or cut his hair? This.20th Century Fox
Good: The Assassination of Jesse JamesAn underrated movie begets an underrated and underused style for Pitt: dark hair. It not only suits him remarkably well, but goes a long way to give him a brooding quality perfect for playing the infamous Western outlaw.Warner Bros.