At first glance, Bradley Cooper’s movie list seems extensive for someone who has only been in the industry since 1999. However, the Philadelphia native has undoubtedly earned his place as a true Hollywood great. His versatility has since seen him play minor roles and lead roles. He has also been in almost every possible movie genre, drawing praise from critics for his performances. The actor cum filmmaker has been named as one of the world’s highest-paid actors on four occasions and his movies have grossed over $11 billion worldwide. He has also won a plethora of Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, and BAFTA Awards among others.
Cooper got his start in 1999 when he guest-starred in an episode of Sex and the City. Two years on, he got his film debut in the satire comedy Wet Hot American Summer. Some of the actor’s more known roles have seen him in significant roles in Alias (2001 – 2006), Wedding Crashers (2005), The Hangover (2009), Limitless (2011), and American Sniper (2014).
However, he has also had some forgettable moments and projects in his career. Here, we are compiling 12 of Bradley Cooper’s movies and TV shows that highlight the trajectory his career has taken since his Hollywood debut.
Bradley Cooper’s Best And Worst As An Actor
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
First on our list is also the last in a series of 22 films. Thanos’ quest for ultimate power has wiped out half of the population of the universe and left it in tatters. However, the Avengers – who have lost a great many in their ranks – find the strength to band together for one final stance against Thanos. This movie brought together almost all the heroes of the MCU to bring the franchise to a fitting end, according to critics. And they gave it a 94 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes to that effect.
Bradley Cooper voiced the character of the hyper-comedic Rocket Raccoon, the trigger-happy little member of the Guardians of the Galaxy that was almost always seen carrying larger-than-life firepower. Avengers: Endgame smashed the box office with a tremendous return of nearly $2.8 billion worldwide from a budget of just $356 million. This feat made it the highest-grossing movie of all time.
American Hustle (2013)
What do you get when an FBI agent and two con artists come together to target corrupt politicians. This is the storyline of this epic black comedy American Hustle, inspired by the FBI’s Abscam operation of the late 70s and early 80s. Here, Bradley Cooper plays the role of Richie DiMaso, an adventurous FBI agent and risktaker, who forces two con artists, Irving Rosenfield (Christian Bale) and Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), to put together a large-scale sting operation against some corrupt politicians.
The movie was praised mostly for its raucous humor, energy, and direction. American Hustler earned itself an approval rating of 92 percent from 280 critics on Rotten Tomatoes. It also brought back over $250 million on a budget of $40 million.
Alias (2001 – 2006)
Bradley Cooper’s movie appearances were often alternated with showings in TV shows and series. One of the actor’s most popular roles was as Will Tippin in the series Alias. The ABC series ran for five seasons and mainly centered around Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) and her life as a CIA agent working undercover in a global criminal organization known as SD-6. Cooper’s character is a reporter and one of Bristow’s closest friend on the series.
Alias received positive ratings for every season until the end of its run. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an average rating of 89 percent per season. It also clinched 18 awards from 2002 to 2006. These included Golden Globe Awards, Emmy Awards, Saturn Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 (2017)
In this, his second MCU appearance, Bradley reprised the role of Rocket Raccoon. After officially becoming the guardians of the galaxy in the original film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 follows this new family of heroes on an adventure that leads them to discover the true heritage of their self-proclaimed leader, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt).
Following in the success of the Marvel movies before it, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 made a worldwide gross of $863.8 on a production cost of $200 million. It also garnered 25 award nominations, winning 6 of them, including 3 Teen Choice Awards. The superhero film has an approval rating of 84 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Place Beyond the Pines (2013)
Luke Glanton (Ryan Gosling) is a motorcycle stuntman who reunited with his ex-lover Romina (Mendes) only to discover that she had a child by him and never told him about it. In his bid to give everything up and be a better provider for his son and Romina, he falls into crime which makes him the target of police officer Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper).
On Rotten Tomatoes, this drama film was given an average rating of 80 percent from 216 critics who hailed the movie’s ambition and its portrayal of the themes of family and fatherhood. The Place Beyond the Pines also earned a box office gross of $47 million. It was made with a budget of $15 million.
The Hangover (2009)
As a last hurray to his bachelorhood, Doug Billings (Justin Bartha), is set to be married in a few days and travels to Las Vegas with his three friends and groomsmen Phil (Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) to have an unforgettable time. But the next morning, their last blowout quickly turns into a time to forget, as the three friends wake up to the fact that the groom is missing. With no memory of the day before, Stu, Phil, and Alan have only 48 hours to find Doug and get him back to Los Angeles in time for the wedding.
The Hangover received massive critical and box office success. It holds a 78 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Its box office gross of $467.5 million (from a $35 million budget) made it the tenth-highest grossing film of 2009 and the second-highest-grossing-R-rated comedy in the history of US entertainment.
American Sniper (2015)
This Bradley Cooper movie is a nod to the life of celebrated US Army Sniper, Chris Kyle. Cooper plays the lead role of Kyle in this biographical war film. Over four tours in Iraq, US Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle has garnered a reputation for being the deadliest sniper in the history of the US military. But his reputation is also well known behind enemy lines, and consequently makes him a wanted man.
Directed by legendary actor, Clint Eastwood, American Sniper holds the record as the highest-grossing war film of all time. It was a major box office success with a return of $547.4 million from a production cost of $59 million. The film has a 72 percent rating from 289 critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
My Little Eye (2002)
This British film successfully found a way to put a horror spin on the reality show molds of the late 90s. Five young adults in their twenties are assembled and asked to live together for six months in a house riddled with hidden cameras and no internet access. They are made to believe that this is a reality show with a price tag of $1 million that will only be won if none of them attempt to leave the house throughout the duration of the show.
Towards the end of the show, and following the visit of a stranger, Travis (Bradley Cooper), they discover that their show is something a lot more sinister than they thought. The death of one of the contestants then throws the house into chaos and a battle for survival.
This film polarised opinions among fans and critics. However, it still managed an approval rating of 67 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and made three times its modest $3 million budget at the box office.
The A-Team (2010)
Bradley Cooper is joined on the set of this movie by Liam Neeson, Quinton Jackson, and Sharlto Copley to play the role of four Iraq War veterans who are thrown in jail for a crime they did not commit. The A-Team follows them on an adventure as they break out from prison and embark on a mission to find whoever framed them and clear their name in the process.
The movie is a reboot of the 1980s series of the same name. The A-Team was not as successful as had been hoped. It could only manage a rating of 49 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a modest box office performance that brought in $177 million on a budget of $110 million.
The Hangover II (2011)
The unprecedented success of The Hangover naturally prompted a sequel. After their debacle during Doug’s Las Vegas bachelor party, The Hangover II is focused on Stu’s wedding plans. The memories of Vegas have stayed with the impending groom and he decides to go for a safe and subdued pre-wedding event. However, it seemed trouble follows these four friends wherever they go.
The Hangover II was arguably a slightly greater commercial success than its predecessor, making a $586 million gross from an $80 filmmaking budget. However, it wasn’t as well-received as the original, prompting its poor 33 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Valentine’s Day (2010)
This rom-com follows almost two dozen people in their quest to find love and to be loved over the Valentine holiday. Critics took Valentine’s Day apart for almost every reason from its over-casting to its romantic comedy cliches.
The movie was star-studded with the likes of Kathy Bates, Jessica Alba, Bradley Cooper, Jamie Foxx, Julia Roberts, Queen Latifah, Emma Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Garner, and Taylor Swift on set. This didn’t prevent the movie from getting an abysmal 18 percent critics approval rating from 188 critics on the review aggregation website.
Still, on the commercial front, Valentine’s Day turned the tide and proved successful at the box office with a $216.5 million gross from a $52 million budget. It was even nominated for 18 awards, winning 6 of them.
All About Steve (2009)
Socially awkward crossword puzzle designer, Mary Horowitz (Sandra Bullock) becomes enamored with CCN cameraman, Steve Miller (Bradley Cooper) after they are set up on a blind date. Her interest in Miller develops into borderline obsession as she follows him around the world in the hopes that he feels as she does.
Critics largely felt that the heroine of the film was made into too much of a pitiable character that it was hard to genuinely root for her. All About Steve received a near-bottom rating of 6 percent from 139 critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Still, like Valentine’s Day, this Bradley Cooper movie was considered a box office success. It brought in $40.1 million from the $15 million that was spent making it.