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Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
Angelina Jolie’s journey toward becoming Hollywood’s action-movie queen began with this blockbuster adaptation of a videogame series. The film was a mess, but as the acrobatic, gun-wielding archaeologist Lara Croft, Jolie more than proved herself capable of handling the genre’s considerable physical requirements without losing her sex appeal. Consider this Jolie’s audition tape for roles in such action flicks as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Wanted, and, most recently, Salt.
Image Credit: Everett Collection
March 2 2011 — 12:00 AM EST