Charlize Theron Movies

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Want to know the best Charlize Theron movies?  How about the worst Charlize Theron movies?  Curious about Charlize Theron’s box office grosses or which Charlize Theron movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Charlize Theron movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.

After writing over 120 hubs on, this is my first movie page done for my very own web site.  It comes from a suggestion from one of my wife’s co-workers who really likes Charlize Theron. The co-worker was shocked that I had not done a page on her.  So to rectify that injustice, here you go a page….. that looks at the movie career of Charlize Theron.

Charlize Theron (1975-) is an Academy Award® winning actress who has appeared in over 30 movies since 1996.   How she got her start in the movie business, actually sounds like a story from the 1930s.  She moved to Los Angeles in 1993 at the age of 19.  Despite not knowing anyone in the city, she was discovered standing in line at a bank on Hollywood Boulevard by an agent that gave her his card.  This occured after only two weeks of her arrival.  After eight months in Los Angeles she got her first part.  By 1997 she was one of the most sought after actresses working.  Sounds like the “legend” of how Lana Turner was discovered while sitting at a drug store counter.

Her IMDb page shows 49 acting credits from 1995-2017. This page will rank 39 Charlize Theron movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, cameos and movies that were not released in theaters were not included in the rankings.

Charlize Theron in 2008's Hancock

Charlize Theron in 2008’s Hancock

Charlize Theron Movies Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In This Table

The really cool thing about ther table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.

  • Sort Charlize Theron movies by her co-stars
  • Sort Charlize Theron movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort Charlize Theron movies by domestic box office rank by year
  • Sort Charlize Theron movies by adjusted worldwide box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort Charlize Theron movies how they were received by critics and audiences.  60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
  • Sort by how many Oscar® nominations and how many Oscar® wins each Charlize Theron movie received.
  • Sort Charlize Theron movies by Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score.  UMR Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Charlize Theron Table

  1. Six Charlize Theron movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 16.66% of her movies listed. Hancock (2008) is her biggest box office hit.
  2. An average Charlize Theron movie grosses $50.10 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using’s 60% fresh meter.  14 of Charlize Theron’s movies are rated as good movies…or 37.83% of her movies.  Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) is her highest rated movie while Aeon Flux (2005) was her lowest rated movie.
  4. Nine Charlize Theron movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 24.32% of her movies.
  5. Two Charlize Theron movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 5.55% of her movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00.  11 Charlize Theron movies scored higher that average….or 30.55% of her movies.  Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) got the the highest Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score while Waking Up in Reno (2002) got the lowest UMR Score.
Charlize Theron received an Oscar® for her role in 2003's Monster.

Charlize Theron received an Oscar® for her role in 2003’s Monster.

 Possibly Interesting Facts About Charlize Theron

1.  Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, South Africa on August 7th 1975.  At the age of 15 her father was lawfully killed by her mother with a firearm.  It was ruled as self-defense as her father was an abusive alcholic who was threatening Charlize and her mother at the time of his death.

2.  Her first language is Afrikaans.  English is her second language.  She always speaks Afrikaans with her mother, who lives 2 minutes from her in L.A. They have matching fish tattoos.

3.  The path to Hollywood.  First 16 years of her life she lived in South Africa.  At 16 she got some modeling jobs in Italy.  At 17 she moved to New York City to attend Joffrey Ballet School.  A dancing injury ended her dancing career.  At 19 moved to Los Angeles.  Movie Star at 22.

4.  Charlize Theron has been nominated for two Best Actress Oscars®.  She won for Monster (2003) and was nominated for North Country (2005).  She has three Golden Globe® nominations for her movie roles.  She won for Monster and got nominations for North Country and Young Adult (2011).  She also got a Golden Globe® for her television movie, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004).

5.  Roles Charlize Theron passed on or was seriously considered for:  Pearl Harbor, Moulin Rouge, Showgirls, Mercy, J. Edgar and Atlas Shrugged Part 1.

6.  Charlize Theron has never been married.  She did adopt her son, Jackson, in March 2012.

7.  When she won her Oscar® for Monster, she was the toast of South Africa.  One of her highlights was meeting former South African President Nelson Mandela. She is the second South African-born person to win an Academy Award®. The South African-born cinematographer Ted Moore was the first.

8. Has her own charity called the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, which is committed to reducing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and sexual violence among African youth.

9.  Her very first film she watched was Splash (1984).  She fell in love with Tom Hanks and became jealous of Darryl Hannah while watching the movie.  Hanks is still her favorite actor 30 years later.  Not thinking she is still jealous though, especially after she appeared in the Tom Hanks directed movie That Thing That You Do!

10  Her role in Monster is one of the screen’s greatest transformations ever.  She gained 30 pounds for the role and was almost unrecognizable in the role.  A well deserved Oscar® win for her.

Check out Charlize Theron‘s career compared to current and classic actors.  Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.

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27 thoughts on “Charlize Theron Movies

  1. HI BRUCE 1 My keyboard still finds it difficult to get round the name of Charlize Theron first time as it once did Cogerson and more recently Hirschhorn!

    2 We must hope that as a bottom line anyway your WW gross projection is correct because one of the unfair aspects of human nature is that we often want to see someone who already has a lot get more and Charlize was always one sexy lady with a fine acting range which earned her multiple Golden Globe/Oscar nominations and a win of both for Monster.

    3 However her box office was seldom great until 5 years ago when since 2012 she has been in a string of large commercial hits as your table, comprehensive and up-to-date as usual, illustrates – Fate of the Furious, Mad Max: Fury Road, Snow White & The Huntsman, Prometheus and Huntsman: Winter’s War which whilst a low grosser in the states did well worldwide.

    4 The versatile Charlize has 16 production credits to her name including Monster and Atomic Blonde and she claims that her commercial success in recent times paved the way for the coming to fruition of Atomic Blonde which she has spent 5 years developing. I like James McEvoy too so it’s good to see him as Charlize’s co-star.

    5 Humorously when I first heard of Atomic Blonde I thought it was a biography of Debbie Harry the blonde lead singer in the rock group Blondie whose period of initial success was from 1974-82 and who had a big hit with the song Atomic. Indeed Debbie Harry may well have been in Theron’s mind when she developed her movie because with her blonde hair she looks like Debbie in the posters and I understand that the music in the film is 1980s music and the film is set in the 1980s [the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989] though Debbie’s Atomic is NOT in the soundtrack. Anyway helpful of you to keep these pages updated Bruce.

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