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12 Best Josh Brolin Movies You Must See

Updated May 28, 2018
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Josh Brolin’s stakes in the industry have risen with each passing year. The actor, who started his mainstream success with ‘No Country for Old Men’, has climbed the ladder to fame, step by step, and with each move forward, he has gotten better. But here’s a more interesting fact: Brolin has a unique record of playing main antagonist in two superhero movies back to back. Yes, he played Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War and Cable in ‘Deadpool 2’. Here is the list of top Josh Brolin movies.

12. In The Valley Of Elah (2007)

Hank Deerfield investigates the mysterious death of his son, who came back from tour duty after he finds his body. Detective Emily Sanders assists Hank in his search for the truth behind his boy’s death. Along the way, they discover the horror and inhumane entities that ensnared the young boy. ‘In the Valley of Elah’ battles the strong emotional grip of its subject matter to present an engrossing and painful tale about sorrow and loss. Tommy Lee Jones and Charlize Theron put in commendable lead performances to drive this war-centric drama. The film puts forth beckoning questions about the slipping military culture and seeks to give a timely reminder for the abusers who misuse their powers.

 

11. Deadpool 2 (2018)

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Brolin’s romance with the Marvel Universe continues with this gut-wrenchingly funny film that finally proves Ryan Reynolds is the ‘Daniel Day-Lewis of comedians’. Much like its predecessor, ‘Deadpool 2’ strikes a perfect balance between humor and breath-taking gory action to even out a superb movie led enviously by its charming star. Cable is yet another in Marvel’s new-found line of engaging and relatable villains. All in all, a movie that definitely won’t make you say “I don’t feel so well”.

 

10. Inherent Vice (2014)

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s tacky, outlandish, and unsurprisingly brilliant thriller packs a punch. Weaved with a heightened sense of self-awareness and blurry memories, ‘Inherent Vice’ tells the story of Doc, a private investigator is called upon by her former girl to crack a case. With dangerous circumstances and trying self-esteem, Doc takes on the case. Joaquin Phoenix is in typical form and draws a stark comparison with Freddie Quill, the character he played in PTA’s 2012 ‘The Master’. While the film will be a treat for PTA fans, for others it may be a bit too crazy and slow.

 

9. Hail, Caesar! (2016)

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The Coens’ atmospheric time-travel back to the ’60s sees the darkest secrets of the seemingly happy and stable world of Hollywood. ‘Gail, Caesar!’ intersperses various elements of Hollywood-hypocrisy and the scare of the commies and delivers with ruthless, businessmen-like cynicism a story that perfectly describes the state of human condition. Brolin’s anchoring role, complemented by fine cameos by a star cast, make sure the film’s glaring flaws remain well-hidden and the good part shines.

 

8. Everest (2015)

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‘Everest’s picturesque imagery instills in the viewer a sense of adventure that is contagious. Based on a true, tragic story, ‘Everest’ relies heavily on its stunning visuals and the deafening sound of the gorgeous valleys. Despite minimal dialogue and eventful incidents, ‘Everest’ draws you in with an aware and disarming sense of survival and human’s relationship with nature. Led by a powerhouse performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, ‘Everest’ emerges a worthy tale of human arrogance and its one way battle with nature and its rules.

 

7. True Grit (2010)

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Fourteen-year-old Mattie joins hands with a U.S. marshal to trace her father’s killer. However, with his sluggish approach towards life, Mattie starts losing hope in tracking down the murderer. Fate puts the two together and brings into action a veteran warhorse who values a stranger’s life more than his. Adjectives quickly exhaust its use when it comes to describing the Coens’ visionary sense of filmmaking. Something similar conspires here to tell an exhilarating and incredulous tale of undying valor and worth of human life.

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