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Angelina Jolie's Best (& Worst) Movie Hairstyles

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    Is there any doubt that Angelina Jolie will go down in history as one of the most beautiful actresses of all time? There's also little debate about how much the thespian-turned director owes her success in Hollywood to her looks. Yet we've also noticed that in some of her most critically acclaimed, award-garnering roles, she's done something to downplay at least one of her physical assets: her hair.

    In her more famous action movies, such as Mr. and Mrs. Smith or The Tourist, Jolie flashes her luxurious brown mane at the world, reveling in her full sex appeal. But every time she gets serious, in a heart-wrenching drama, like A Mighty Heart, or a dark, Oscar-winning descent into mental illness, like Girl, Interrupted, she manipulates her locks into something different. Not necessarily bad (OK, may we never speak of her Gone in 60 Seconds dreads ever again), but not the full Angelina power either. It's like she's got a reverse Samson thing going on here.

    We suspect Jolie might be one of the number one proponents of this theory, just based on how she's styled herself in By the Sea, which she directed and stars in alongside husband Brad Pitt. Her '70s-era honey-blonde 'do looks, well, like a normal person's hair, not a movie star's. Here's a brief look back at how her other roles, both loved and hated, relate to her best and worst hairstyles.


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    Hackers (1995)

    Would a high school hacker who calls herself "Acid Burn" bother with long, flowing tresses? Well, if she did, she wouldn't look as badass as Jolie does with her severe pixie cut in this movie. This is the moment when the world started coveting that bone structure.

    Watch Hackers on Netflix.

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    Playing By Heart (1998)

    Jolie clearly shot her part in this movie in the middle of growing out her Hackers pixie. Oh, girl, we have been there. A quirky red die job (to match love interest Ryan Phillippe's green hair) doesn't completely cover up the awkwardness of that in-between length. Still, even critics who hated this all-these-love-stories-are-connected movie really loved Jolie in it. The film proved early on that she could have sex appeal with a paper bag over her head.

    Watch on Playing By Heart Netflix.

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    Gia (1998)

    To play '70s and '80s supermodel Gia Carangi, Jolie did get to sport some glamorous, cover girl looks. Although, because this HBO movie is also about Gia's descent into drug addiction and AIDS-related death, she also wears her share of awful hairstyles that we hope remain forever locked away.

    Watch Gia on HBO.

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    Girl, Interrupted (1999)

    Of course, it took more than frizzy blonde hair with absurdly short bangs to earn Jolie her Best Supporting Actress Oscar as sociopathic mean girl Lisa. Then again, we're sure that it helped her feel crazy.

    Watch on Girl, Interrupted Amazon.

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    Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)

    Now, why did Jolie need these raggedy yellow white-girl dreads to play a car thief? We assume the logic comes from the same source that determined it was believable for her to be Nicolas Cage's love interest.

    Watch Gone in 60 Seconds on Amazon.