While Chris Pratt movies are widely acclaimed in recent times, the road has not been all smooth for the American actor. He began his acting career on television but prior to that, he dropped out of community college before the end of the first semester. He equally did all kinds of menial jobs like working as a discount ticket salesman, daytime stripper, among others, just to make ends meet. He also became homeless while struggling to survive in Maui, Hawaii, where his home was in a van and a tent on the beach. He was waiting tables at a restaurant in Maui when actress cum director Rae Dawn Chong spotted him and cast him in his first role. His debut was as Harold Brighton Abbott in the TV series Everwood and from there, he continued to pick up more TV roles, eventually working his way to the big screen.
Notably, Chris Pratt faced a challenge of being typecast as he always portrayed youthful and immature characters but all that changed when he challenged himself to shed his extra weight to reveal a well-sculptured body. Subsequently, he began to land more prominent roles and reached the top of his game when he joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe where he has played several acclaimed roles in blockbusters. In the midst of many top-grossing and high-rated collections, below are some Chris Pratt movies to binge on, of course, everyone should see at least once.
10 Chris Pratt Movies Everyone Should See At Least Once
1. Her (2013)
Chris Pratt appeared as Paul in this American science-fiction romantic film. Though he didn’t play one of the lead roles, Her remains one of Chris Pratt movies everyone needs to watch at least once. The film was written, produced, as well as directed by Spike Jonze. The storyline follows the life of Theodore Twombly who started having feelings for an artificially intelligent virtual assistant. Stars who featured in the film include Scarlett Johansson as Samantha, Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore, as well as Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, and Olivia Wilde.
Upon its release, Her was received with open arms by critics, grossing more than $84 million against a budget of $23 million. Awards also lined up behind the film with several nominations and wins and during a 2016 BBC poll of 177 critics from around the world, the film was named the 84th-greatest film since 2000.
2. The Lego Movie (2014)
Chris Pratt and Hollywood bigwigs like Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie, Will Ferell, Liam Neeson, Will Arnett and Charlie Day, among others, joined their voices to give life to the main characters in this computer-animated comedy film. Based on the brand of construction toys known as Lego, the movie received widespread acclaim upon its release on February 7, 2014. It met both critical and commercial success, garnering as much as $469 million at the box office worldwide against a $60 million budget.
Also, The Lego Movie won the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film, the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Animated Feature, and the Saturn Award for Best Animated Film while it also grabbed nominations at the Golden Globe Awards for Best Animated Feature Film and an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for “Everything Is Awesome”. As expected of a successful project of that sort, The Lego Movie has churned out spin-offs. So far, it has one sequel – The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019). Prior to that, spin-off films, including The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie were released in 2017. The Billion Brick Race is another offspring of The Lego Movie still in development.
3. Jurassic World (2015)
The fourth installment in the Jurassic Park film franchise, Jurassic World (2015) set the pace for the Jurassic World film series which have been nothing but groundbreaking. Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, and Irrfan Khan, the American science fiction adventure film is set 22 years after the events of the Jurassic Park. In this installment, a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur, the Indominus Rex, escapes containment and goes on a killing spree while attempts are made to defeat it in an action-packed adventure.
Jurassic World was released to a record-breaking opening weekend, grossing over $500 million, the first film to do that in the first week. Box office revenue was later summed up as $1.6 billion, making it the sixth among the highest-grossing films of all time, the second-highest-grossing film of 2015, as well as the highest-grossing in the film franchise. Needless to say, critics gave it favorable ratings.
4. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
An American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team – Avengers, Avengers: Infinity War is the sequel to The Avengers (2012), as well as Avengers: Age of Ultron. The blockbuster is the nineteenth film produced under the Marvel Cinematic Universe and just like the ones before and after it, it boasts talented stars, including Chris Pratt, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, as well as Josh Brolin, among several others.
Upon its global premiere on April 23, 2018, in Los Angeles, Avengers: Infinity War shattered box office records with a gross of more than $2 billion. This feat put the film on the map as the fourth film and first superhero movie to garner such amount, it also became the highest-grossing film of the year (2018) and critics had nothing but praises for it, especially the visual effects and Josh Brolin‘s performance.
5. Guardians of the Galaxy 1&2 (2014 and 2017)
There’s no doubt that getting into the MCU did Chris Pratt a lot of good and that venture takes credit for most part of the fame he enjoys to date. Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the MCU projects which put Chris Pratt movies on the map. Asides Pratt, other Hollywood big stars on the cast list include Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and a lot more.
Guardians of the Galaxy is the tenth film in the MCU and was released to great acclaim from critics and fans. It was also a commercial success, grossing as much as $773.3 million at the global box office. Like most of its predecessors, the film went ahead to become the highest-grossing superhero film of the year, as well as the third-highest-grossing film of 2014. It also received much love at the awards and, mostly for the rich humor, acting, direction, soundtrack, visual effects, and action sequences it has. On May 5, 2017, a sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, hit the market and outgrossed the first installment with $863 million worldwide.
The third of Guardians of the Galaxy is in the pipelines.
6. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
The 22nd film in the MCU, Avengers: Endgame is the sequel to The Avengers (2012), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War. Avengers: Endgame was highly anticipated and when it finally dropped, it didn’t disappoint. The direction, acting, musical score, action sequences, visual effects, and a lot more received applaud from critics. In just a few days of hitting the market, it broke records, grossing almost $2.8 billion worldwide. It also broke box office record of the highest-grossing film of all time, initially held by 2009’s Avatar.
7. Wanted (2008)
Outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are many Chris Pratt movies you just have to see and Wanted is one of them. James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Terence Stamp, Thomas Kretschmann, Common, and Angelina Jolie, team up in this American action film which follows Wesley Gibson (McAvoy), a frustrated account manager who decides to join a secret society called Fraternity after he discovers that he is the son of a professional assassin who also belongs to the cult.
Upon its release, Wanted received favorable reviews, grossing $341 million at the global box office. Pratt played the role of Barry in the film.
8. The Magnificent Seven (2016)
A remake of a 1960 film of the same name, The Magnificent Seven (2016) is an American Western action film and both movies follow the plot of the 1954 film titled Seven Samurai. This latest version stars Denzel Washington, Peter Sarsgaard, Chris Pratt, and a star-packed cast ensemble. Composer James Horner was working on it before he died and the music was then completed by his friend Simon Franglen.
While The Magnificent Seven received mixed reviews from critics, it ended up being a commercial success. The cast, action sequences, and score also received favorable reviews. It garnered a box office gross of $162 million worldwide.
9. Moneyball (2011)
Based on Michael Lewis’s 2003 nonfiction book of the same title, Moneyball chronicles Oakland Athletics baseball team’s 2002 season, especially the attempts of their general manager Billy Beane’s to assemble a competitive team. The film’s cast boasts Hollywood big shots like Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Chris Pratt and more. It was released to box office success and applaud from critics.
In recognition of the awesome work done by the cast and crew of Moneyball, it was nominated for six Academy Awards in different categories, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor for Pitt and Best Supporting Actor for Hill. It also won some of the awards it was nominated for, including a New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor.
10. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Chris Pratt stars alongside Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Mark Strong, James Gandolfini, Kyle Chandler, Stephen Dillane, and more, in this American thriller film. The film follows the manhunt for Osama bin Laden following the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Zero Dark Thirty was well-received by critics and grossed $132.8 million at the box office, sweeping awards and nominations in the process.