Bradley Cooper has enjoyed a meteoric rise in Hollywood these past few years. After The Hangover put him on the map, Cooper has gone on to star in acclaimed films like The Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle and American Sniper. With Cooper returning to theaters for the romantic comedy Aloha, we've selected a handful of films that any fan needs to see.
The Hangover (2009)
There’s no question: When you go from a flop like 'The Midnight Meat Train' to a blockbuster like 'The Hangover,' you are officially an overnight success. (Cooper's cohorts Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms were also risky bets that paid off.)
At this stage in his burgeoning career, Cooper was known primarily for his charisma and good looks, even being voted “Sexiest Man Alive” by People Magazine. 'Limitless' proved that he had more dramatic acting chops as well. Here Cooper played a man who uses a controversial drug to instantly turn himself into a genius.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
More work in indies and 'Hangover' sequels came pouring in, but this was the film that finally established Bradley Cooper as a top-shelf actor -- and earned him his first Oscar nomination, as a bipolar Philadelphian who develops a romance with Jennifer Lawrence.
American Hustle (2013)
Since it worked out so well the first time, Cooper quickly reteamed with Lawrence and 'Silver Linings' director David O. Russell for this '70s-set drama about con artists. For his work, the curly-haired Cooper received another Oscar nomination.
American Sniper (2014)
Clint Eastwood directed Cooper to his third Best Actor nomination for playing the late Chris Kyle, the military's most effective sniper who died tragically on a gun range. The film focuses largely on Kyle's life before his death -- specifically his four tours in Iraq -- and Cooper gives one of the most internalized and conflicted performances of his career.