Movies from the last 30 years where the outstanding cast alone is enough of a reason to warrant a viewing.
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)
“ 20. It was a new way of telling a story with so many characters that it was always going to need big actors who could deliver. With 2 oscar winning actors in the cast and arguably the movie that ignited John Travolta's career again, It's big actors playing small roles that makes it here.
Includes: John Travolta, Samuel L Jackson, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth,
Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel, Christopher Walken,
Ving Rhames, Steve Buscemi, Rosanna Arquette,
Eric Stoltz and Quentin Tarantino ” - jrkkearney
Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying. (107 mins.)
“ 19. - A movie about people making movies was always going to attract some big names. More cameos here than cast members it still racks a mighty list.
Includes: Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr, Jack Black, Nick Nolte,
Matthew McConaughey, Tom Cruise, Jay Baruchel,
Danny McBride - with cameos from - Tyra Banks,
Jon Voight, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Alicia Silverstone,
Tobey Macguire, Bill Hader and Jason Bateman. ” - jrkkearney
“ 18. - At the time Peter Jackson cast a fairly low key cast, avoiding big names from overshadowing the characters themselves. But with such a fantastic movie alot of the cast, if not all have become household names and make a grand line up.
Includes: Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, John-Rhys Davies, Liv Tyler, Sean Astin, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett, Bernard Hill, Andy Serkis,
Ian Holm, Sean Bean, David Wenham, Miranda Otto, Billy Boyd,
Dominic Monaghan and Karl Urban. ” - jrkkearney
X-Men: The Last Stand
When a cure is found to treat mutations, lines are drawn amongst the X-Men, led by Professor Charles Xavier, and the Brotherhood, a band of powerful mutants organized under Xavier's former ally, Magneto. (104 mins.)
“ 17. - Superhero movies always attract a big cast, but with X Men you had not one but several superheroes, and villians. With 2 oscar winning actresses and some iconic men of the cinema the roles were well cast and launched it's leading man to success.
Includes: Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart,
Halle Berry, James Marsden, Anna Paquin, Famke Jannsen,
Rebecca Romain and Kelsey Grammar. ” - jrkkearney
The Quick and the Dead
Lady avenger returns to western town owned by a ruthless gunslinger hosting an elimination tournament. (107 mins.)
“ 16. - Boasting 2 oscar winning actors and a few more nominated, this luckily involved some talent that would evolve into acting royalty. A movie about a competition showdown between the fastest gun pullers gave it a chance to cast some fine faces.
Includes: Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe, Tobin Bell, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lance Henriksen, Keith David and Gary Sinise. ” - jrkkearney
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. (151 mins.)
“ 15. - 2 oscar winning actors and 4 nominated makes this a powerful casting job, with Martin Scorcese behind the camera it was always going to be good. Though the quantity of actors might not be long, it's the quality that gives it a must watch.
Includes: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon,
Mark Whalberg, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin and Ray Winestone. ” - jrkkearney
A retired FBI agent with psychological gifts is assigned to help track down "The Tooth Fairy", a mysterious serial killer; aiding him is imprisoned forensic psychiatrist Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter. (124 mins.)
“ 14. - 3 oscar winning actors between them and more nominated, this was always going to be a great watch, particularly when Anthony Hopkins was reprising his oscar winning role.
Includes: Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Raiph Fiennes,
Harvey Keitel, Emily Watson, Phillip Seymour Hoffman,
Frank Langella and Mary Louise Parker ” - jrkkearney
Extreme measures are necessary to contain an epidemic of a deadly airborne virus. But how extreme, exactly? (127 mins.)
“ 13. - Boasting 4 oscar winning actors in its cast, this again was about quality and not quantity. This terrific drama about a disease outbreak that threatened the world was kept so intense and entertaining by the A-list actors it contained.
Includes: Dustin Hoffman, Morgan Freeman, Donald Sutherland,
Rene Russo, Cuba Gooding Jr, Kevin Spacey and Patrick Dempsey. ” - jrkkearney
Everyone Says I Love You
A New York girl sets her father up with a beautiful woman in a troubled marriage while her stepsister gets engaged. (101 mins.)
“ 12. - Hard to put at 12th with a whopping 5 oscar winning actors in its cast and some Emmy winners, this was a nice tale that was never really big in the cinema giving its position, but a stellar line up none the less.
Includes: Edward Norton, Drew Barrymore, Julia Roberts, Tim Roth,
Goldie Hawn, Natalie Portman, Alan Alda, David Ogden Stiers and Woody Allen. ” - jrkkearney
A Time to Kill
In Canton, Mississippi, a fearless young lawyer and his assistant defend a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, inciting a revolt by local racist groups. (149 mins.)
“ 11. - A powerful drama that launced Mcconaughey into the big time, with such an emotional issue behind its story it took a great cast to carefully and successfully do it justice with 4 oscar winners within its cast.
Includes: Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L Jackson
Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Spacey, Donald Sutherland, Oliver Platt,
Brenda Fricker, Chris Cooper and Ashley Judd. ” - jrkkearney
The story of the assassination of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy
who was shot in the early morning hours of June 5, 1968 in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, and 22 people in the hotel whose lives were never the same. (117 mins.)
“ 10. - Probably one of the biggest casts in the last decade, this presidential telling of Bobby Kennedy, or rather the people around him that fateful day. With so many stories in the one movie it was good to see so many great actors fill some minor roles, suprisingly only 2 oscar winners within its cast.
Includes: Emilio Estevez, Laurence Fishburne, Anthony Hopkins,
Christian Slater, Martin Sheen, Elijah Wood, Shia LaBeouf,
Heather Graham, Helen Hunt, Joshua Jackson, Sharon Stone,
Ashton Kutcher, William H Macy, Demi Moore and Lindsey Lohan ” - jrkkearney
When Captain Hook kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy. (142 mins.)
“ 9. - Back then you would not have guessed that this Spielberg movie would boast 5 oscar winning actors in its cast, and a Grammy. A clever retelling of the Peter Pan story which is great to watch with every major cast member being oscar material, and some of its minor ones too.
Includes: Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins, Maggie Smith, Gwyneth Paltrow, Glenn Close, Phil Collins - with cameos from - Carrie Fisher and George Lucas. ” - jrkkearney
Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor. (106 mins.)
“ 8. - This Tim Burton tale was a spoof on the alien invasion movies, it was surprising however the talent listed in this comical tale. 3 oscar winning actors and more nominated in a must see if you always wondered what Jack Nicholson as president would be like.
Includes: Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Rod Steiger, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Sarah Jessica Parker, Martin Short,
Michael J Fox, Natalie Portman, Pam Grier, Christina Applegate,
Jack Black and Tom Jones. ” - jrkkearney
A CIA operative hires a team of mercenaries to eliminate a Latin dictator and a renegade CIA agent. (103 mins.)
“ 7. - All throughout the 80's and 90's Stallone, Scwarzenegger and Willis ruled the action movie franchise and it was always going to be a treat to see all three of them in one movie together, if only for a few moments. Boasting a huge action movie cast, the critics slammed it, but it's still a cool movie poster.
Includes: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Steve Austin, Eric Roberts, Dolph Lundgren, Bruce Willis and
Arnold Schwarzenegger. ” - jrkkearney
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Ron Burgundy is San Diego's top-rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the 1970s, but that's all about to change for Ron and his cronies when an ambitious woman is hired as a new anchor. (94 mins.)
“ 6. - This might not be an oscar winning cast, but it does boast today the collective comedy talent there is, minus a few, driving us to laughter. Never huge at the cinema this movie has since become iconic and fans are hungering for a sequel, with so many taglines from a movie i'm sure it's a possibility.
Includes: Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Christina Applegate, Vince Vaughn, Jack Black, Seth Rogen, Fred Willard, Luke Wilson, Tim Robbins and Ben Stiller. ” - jrkkearney
Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England. (135 mins.)
“ 5. - The ultimate feel good, romance movie as many rate it today includes the finest of british talent. A collection of stories revolving around a number of people includes 3 oscar winners and more nominated and resolves that all you need is love.
Includes: Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Bill Nighy,
Alan Rickman, Laura Linney, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley,
January Jones, Rowan Atkinson, Claudia Schiffer, Denise Richards, Richard Curtis, Elisha Cuthbert and Billy Bob Thornton. ” - jrkkearney
The Dark Knight
When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
“ 4. - One of the biggest box office movies and boasting 4 oscar winners, superhero movies don't get much better. Continuing on from the first installment which included Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Rutger Hauer and Tom Wilkinson, The Dark Knight rewarded its story and iconic characters by casting them with A-List stars, and they did not disappoint.
Includes: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Aaron Eckheart, Morgan Freeman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Cilian Murphy,
William Fichtner and Eric Roberts. ” - jrkkearney
Daniel Ocean recruits one more team member so he can pull off three major European heists in this sequel to Ocean's 11. (125 mins.)
“ 3. - The top three could go either way and with Oceans it could really be anyone of the three, despite 13 having Ellen Barkin and Al Pacino, 12 really had arguably more stars. Harbouring some of the sexiest men in Hollywood, the Oceans movies shares 4 oscar winning actors with at least 5 more nominated and the cast alone is a reason to give it a viewing.
Includes: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle,
Andy Garcia, Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta Jones, Elliott Gould,
Eddie Izzard, Bernie Mac, Robbie Coltraine, Carl Reiner, Topher Grace and Bruce Willis. ” - jrkkearney
A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist. (170 mins.)
“ 2. - The only thing that could beat Stallone and Schwarzenegger was DeNiro and Pacino. This combination was being hungered after for a while and eventually Heat came along. With a great supporting cast and 4 oscar winning actors this is a definite must see to witness the tension between the two characters these actors portray very well.
Includes: Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore,
Jon Voight, Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd, William Fichtner,
Ted Levine, Hank Azaria, Amy Brenneman and Henry Rollins. ” - jrkkearney
A New Orleans DA discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story. (189 mins.)
“ 1. - This epic movie about the assassination of JFK was incredibly done and like Bobby the cast was impressive to tell the tale. With a massive collection of 6 oscar winning actors and archive footage from historical leaders past, this is an important telling of American conspiracy and some of the finest actors lend a hand in what is arguably the greatest cast for any movie i've seen.
Includes: Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Joe Pesci, Michael Rooker, Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, Ed Asner, Sissy Spacek, John Candy, Kevin Bacon, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, Martin Sheen, Vincent D'onofrio, Wayne Knight, Laurie Metcalf - with archive footage of - John F Kennedy, Jesse Jackson, Richard Nixon,
Martin Luther King, Malcom X, Walter Cronchite and more. ” - jrkkearney