The film received a positive reception from critics, with The Guardian calling it "a tightly wound, slickly plotted spy comedy", He was later cast as Benjamin Button, the lead in David Fincher's 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, a loosely adapted version of a 1921 short story by F. The story follows a man who is born an octogenarian and ages in reverse, In a performance that attracted strong praise, he portrayed the Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane in the drama Moneyball, which is based on the 2003 book of the same name written by Michael Lewis.
In 2015, Pitt starred opposite his wife, Jolie, in her third directorial effort, By the Sea, a romantic drama about a marriage in crisis, based on her screenplay. Pitt's next role came with the biographical comedy-drama The Big Short, which he also produced. It went on to gross over 2 million worldwide The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, earning Pitt his third Academy Award nomination as producer.
Pitt made two motion picture appearances in 1989: the first in a supporting role in the comedy Happy Together; the second a featured role in the horror film Cutting Class, the first of Pitt's films to reach theaters.
Pitt was cast as Billy Canton, a drug addict who takes advantage of a young runaway (played by Juliette Lewis) in the 1990 NBC television movie Too Young to Die?
He gave critically acclaimed performances in the crime thriller Seven and the science fiction film 12 Monkeys (both 1995), the latter earning him a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and an Academy Award nomination.
Pitt's next appearance was in the 2008 black comedy Burn After Reading, his first collaboration with the Coen brothers.His greatest commercial successes have been Troy (2004), Mr. He produced The Departed (2006) and 12 Years a Slave (2013), both of which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and also The Tree of Life, Moneyball, and The Big Short (2015), all of which garnered Best Picture nominations.As a public figure, Pitt has been cited as one of the most influential and powerful people in the American entertainment industry.Pitt first gained recognition as a cowboy hitchhiker in the road movie Thelma & Louise (1991).His first leading roles in big-budget productions came with the drama films A River Runs Through It (1992) and Legends of the Fall (1994), and horror film Interview with the Vampire (1994).