More and more movies get released every year, and something that seems to happen along with that is more and more actors and actresses appear in front of us. Some we have never heard of, some we have seen maybe one too many times, and some we never get sick of seeing. These are the actors that we know are going to give us a show we’re going to love, the ones who never disappoint us or fall from grace, the ones we can count on for a good movie and a great piece of entertainment.
In Hollywood, some seem to definitely get luckier than others as far as box office success goes. But, is this really luck? Or is it more their raw talent? Their ability to see a good movie and go for it with all they have? Honestly, it seems like a mixture of all of them. No one can predict exactly how a movie will do in theaters, or if it will even make it to theaters. Some movies flop unexpectedly, and some movies sell out for weeks.
These actresses and actors though, seem to notice something in a script, in a description, in a character or director. They know that something great will happen when they play that role, and they put their all into that movie. With the string of remakes and spin-offs in theaters lately, there have been quite a few movies that have fallen flat of expectations of the past few years. So in a time like that, it’s even better to think of the classics that so many of us grew up with. The movies that we still watch on nights when we get to relax. Many of these actors and actresses are in those movies.
15 Uma Thurman
14 Tim Roth
Like Uma Thurman, Tim Roth is one of the lucky actors in director Quentin Tarantino’s, approved circle. He has appeared in many of the director’s famous movies, such as Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, and the most recent of his films- The Hateful Eight. Roth has a talent for imitating accents and therefore can play a number of different roles in his films. You can really see his wide breadth of acting talent in his more humorous role in Tarantino’s Four Rooms and a musical- where he sang with an American agent nonetheless-- called Everyone Says I Love You. He even worked with Tupac Shakur in the last film Shakur starred in before his death- Gridlock’d. While Roth has not worked in as many movies recently, the ones he starred in were always gold on the screen. Seeing his name on a poster meant you were going to get what you paid for and more at the theaters, especially when he and Quentin Tarantino teamed up.
13 Quentin Tarantino
12 Amanda Plummer
Amanda Plummer has had a successful career in every aspect of acting. She has been a voice behind many popular animated characters, has won a Tony award for her work on Broadway, has been on different television shows, and has acted in a number of great movies as well. She is probably best remembered for her performance in Pulp Fiction as the woman who robs the breakfast diner with her partner. She is lovingly referred to as “honey bunny” for most of her scenes, but her dedication to portraying emotion made her one of the most memorable characters in the movie, even though she barely has any screen time compared to others. On top of Pulp Fiction, Plummer has an impressive resume with other hits such as Hercules and part of the Hunger Games series.
11 Burt Reynolds
10 Kathy Bates
9 Ted Levine
8 Emma Watson
7 Chris Pratt
6 Joaquin Phoenix
5 Leonardo DiCaprio
One of the biggest complaints in Hollywood, up until this year, was that Leonardo DiCaprio had never won an Oscar. It is a widely known fact that he can act, and he can act well. He happens to find amazing roles, starting way back in the day with Titanic and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, where he captured hearts and eyes everywhere. He was recognized almost instantly as a heartthrob and as a talented young actor with a bright future. As he has gotten older, this has only held more true. With roles in films such as Inception, Django Unchained, The Departed, The Revenant and The Wolf of Wall Street, DiCaprio has a wide range of talents. He is often recognized for his commitment to roles and researching characters, whether it be staying in character through personal injury or suffering, or researching with experts for hours or days on end. DiCaprio seems to find the good roles and then adjust himself to play them instead of just finding roles that make him comfortable- and it pays off.
4 Christoph Waltz
3 Heath Ledger
One of the depressing aspects of Hollywood is that we also lose young, wonderful talent too soon. Heath Ledger is a perfect example of that. He grew up acting in teen hits such as 10 Things I Hate About You, where he convinced every teenage girl that the bad boy wasn’t always so bad- thanks for that. He continued a string of big Hollywood hits with The Patriot, A Knight’s Tale, The Brothers Grimm, Brokeback Mountain and Casanova. However, it is commonly said that the best movie Ledger ever chose to be a part of was The Dark Knight, where he delivered one of the best portrayals of The Joker ever seen on screen. People said he threw himself so much into the character that they couldn’t tell where the man began and ended compared to the villain sometimes. This is the type of acting that makes movies amazing, and Ledger has a talent for finding the roles that would flourish for him.
2 Joseph Gordon-Levitt
1 Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal takes the top spot on our list this time. With a career that has spanned over a decade, Gyllenhaal has racked up quite the acting resume. With his big breakthrough coming in the early 2000s with his chilling performance in Donnie Darko, Gyllenhaal has continued to impress everyone with his dedication to his craft and ability to portray absolutely crazy roles. He has starred in blockbusters that cover a variety of topics, such as Southpaw, Nightcrawler, Love & Other Drugs, Zodiac, Jarhead and Brokeback Mountain. He even had his share of comedies with a hilarious role in Bubble Boy. It seems that he really has no limit to what types of roles he can play, and he seems to have a knack for picking the movies that will do well. Whatever the reasoning behind him picking the movies he does, we are definitely glad to see him on the big screen any chance we get.