Angelina Jolie is a modern-day icon, known for her diverse roles in film and her humanitarian work, as well as her breathtaking beauty. In recent years Jolie has cut back on film roles to spend time with her family, pursue philanthropy, and step behind the camera. Her next directorial film, Unbroken, about the life of Olympic runner and World War II POW camp survivor Louis Zamperini, is set to come out this Christmas and is already generating Oscar buzz.
With her attention focused on directing and raising her large family, Jolie has said that she plans to retire from acting completely. Jolie recently told DuJour magazine that she “absolutely” plans to give up acting, adding “I’ve never been comfortable as an actor; I’ve never loved being in front of the camera.” She later clarified those remarks to Entertainment Weekly by saying she has a few more projects on the horizon before she steps behind the camera, rather than in front of it, for good. “I see myself moving into directing more and doing much less as an actor,” she said. “I have a few more in me, ones I have been developing for some time, so I will do those before I step away.” One of those projects includes the movie By the Sea, which Jolie wrote, directed, and stars in alongside new husband (but longtime partner) Brad Pitt.
Here’s a look at some of Jolie’s most memorable film roles.