Top 20 Actors that help make movies a wonderful experience

I want to choose the 20 actors that makes watching movies so much more fun than it otherwise would be. My 20 personal favorites, may you live forever!

I really wish I could go on forever with this list cause there are so many great actors out there, but I got to limit myself or I will be at it forever.
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Leonardo DiCaprio
Actor, Inception
Few actors in the world have had a career quite as diverse as Leonardo DiCaprio's. DiCaprio has gone from relatively humble beginnings, as a supporting cast member of the sitcom Growing Pains and low budget horror movies, such as Critters 3, to a major teenage heartthrob in the 1990s, as the hunky lead actor in movies such as Romeo + Juliet and Titanic...
“ The king. Everything this man touches turns to gold (at least it works as a metaphor with all the big screen movie profits). He was my favorite from as far back as I can remember, and he still is. Cheers to you!

Favorite movies: All ” - TheVicarious
Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage was born in Long Beach, California, the son of comparative literature professor August Coppola (a brother of director Francis Ford Coppola) and dancer/choreographer Joy Vogelsang. He is of Italian (father) and German, English, and Polish (mother) descent. Cage changed his name early in his career to make his own reputation...
“ A master of what he does, he can turn the most dull movie into a real experience as long as the director lets him just be himself. When he gets it right its art, when he doesn't..well....we still enjoy the ride. Old school Nick, it's a kick!

Favorite Movie: Bad Liutenant: Port of Call: New Orleans ” - TheVicarious
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is a gifted actress, known for her versatile work in a variety of film and television projects. Possibly most known for her role as Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, she has also starred in critically acclaimed independent films such as Smashed, for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination...
“ Queen Mary Elizabeth. Boy is she awesome. She must be if not THE, then one of the most beautiful ladies in this world. And her acting is not far behind. She is amazing at what she does, and a star in the making. If she just keeps going, she can reach the top no sweat.

Favorite movie: Death Proof ” - TheVicarious
Morgan Freeman
With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever popular American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Morgan was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Mayme Edna (Revere), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber. The young Freeman...
“ Imagine the world of movies without this fella? You can't right? Morgan is legendary. Without him, movies would be a great deal not as enjoyable. We are so used to him just "being there" to save the day that we forget what it would be without him. He is the amazing wise guy that always saves the day and makes us a little more insightful too boot.

Favorite Move: Shawshank Redemption ” - TheVicarious
Emmy Rossum
It would seem that 2004, the year of her 18th birthday, will be remembered as pivotal for Emmy Rossum due to her appearance in two very different films, The Day After Tomorrow and The Phantom of the Opera. Emmy's performance in the latter film gained her a Golden Globe nomination. Emmanuelle Grey Rossum was born in New York City...
“ Ever since i watched Phantom, this particular lady have reserved a spot in my heart. She is brilliant and charming, and even though shes been in a few horrible movies (no names mentioned), she makes em worth watching. We love you Emmy, you are awesome.

Favorite movie: Phantom of the Opera ” - TheVicarious
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is perhaps one of the most versatile actors of his day and age in Hollywood. He was born John Christopher Depp II in Owensboro, Kentucky, on June 9, 1963, to Betty Sue (Wells), who worked as a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, a civil engineer. Depp was raised in Florida. He dropped out of school when he was 15...
“ An actor in his own league. Whenever he appears on screen and you see his familiar face and you feel that big warm smile on your face, you know that you feel at home. Whataver crazy performance he does, both good or bad, we can never feel anything but joy whenever he appears on screen. All hail Johnny.

Favorite movie: What's eating Gilbert Grape ” - TheVicarious
Jake Gyllenhaal
Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal was born in Los Angeles, to producer/screenwriter Naomi Foner (née Achs) and director Stephen Gyllenhaal. He is the brother of actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who played his sister in Donnie Darko. His godmother is actress Jamie Lee Curtis. His mother is from a Jewish family, and his father's ancestry includes Swedish, English, and Swiss-German...
“ I'd hate to bring an actor into this sort of list, pretty much mainly for one movie. But I don't,not really, since he really is a great actor. I've been missing out on some of his latest work, but that does not matter. You have proven that you are the real deal. And I got some catching up to do.

Favorite movie: Donnie Darko ” - TheVicarious
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson was born in New York City. Her mother, Melanie Sloan, is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, and her father, Karsten Johansson, is Danish. She has a sister, Vanessa Johansson, who is also an actress, a brother, Adrian, a twin brother, Hunter Johansson, born three minutes after her, and a paternal half-brother, Christian. Her grandfather was writer Ejner Johansson...
“ It feels like she has been in so many movies, but mabye thats not it. I think its that every time she performs, she does it grand. She puts so much character into the character that it really feels like she playing more than one role. She has beauty, star power and brains. We love you Scarlett, you are a legend.

Favorite Movie: Lost in Translation ” - TheVicarious
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer and producer. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters. He is best known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film series...
“ A actor i was not so sure about when I first watched him in X-men. Then I watched Van Hellsing and sort of started to understand. A little while later I got to see The Fountain and I got it. He is brilliant. One of the most charming men I've seen, and even though he has been in a few bad movies (who hasn't), he still entertains the living hell out of me. And his is a great talent when given a proper script.

Favorite movie: The Prestige ” - TheVicarious
Cillian Murphy
Actor, Inception
Striking Irish actor Cillian Murphy was born in Douglas, the oldest child of Brendan Murphy, who works for the Irish Department of Education, and a mother who is a teacher of French. He has three younger siblings. Murphy was educated at Presentation Brothers College, Cork. He went on to study law at University College Cork...
“ The one actor that to me feels "human". From what I've heard he manages most stuff himself, does not seek out the spotlight and tries to live life as any other ordinary man (almost). This may not be true, if it is then hell..*salute*. And if not, who cares. He is great on screen, in every performance he deliverse tenfold and he always plays such amusing roles.

Favorite movie: Inception ” - TheVicarious
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson is an American producer and highly prolific actor, having appeared in over 100 films, including _Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), _Unbreakable (2000), Shaft, Formula 51, Black Snake Moan, Snakes on a Plane, and the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999-2005), as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe...
“ The king of badass. Samuel Jackson is one of the coolest persons ever put in front of a camera, and he shows it every time someone gives him the chance. Whataver he does, whatever role he takes on he shows attitude. An attitude we all love.

Favorite Movie: Pulp Fiction ” - TheVicarious
Rachel Hurd-Wood
Actress, Peter Pan
Rachel Clare Hurd-Wood is an English actress and model, best known for her roles as Wendy Darling in Peter Pan, Corrie McKenzie in Tomorrow, When the War Began, and Sibyl Vane in Dorian Gray. She was born on 17 August 1990 in the Streatham district of South London, England, as daughter of Philip and Sarah Hurd-Wood...
“ The first time I saw Rachel, i was spellbound. She was so adorable and delivered her part so passionate that I could not for the life of me get her out of my head. It was in the 2003 version of Peter Pan. I will not say anything about the movie (hehe) but her performance gave me the chills, and ever since then I've watched her on screen every time I got the chance. Unfortunetly she often does not play lead, but let's hope that changes. Looking forward to your next, I'm sure it will be great as always.

Favorite Movie: Perfume ” - TheVicarious
Antonio Banderas
Actor, Desperado
Antonio Banderas, one of Spain's most famous faces, was a soccer player until breaking his foot at the age of fourteen; he is now an international film star known for playing Zorro in the eponymous film series. He was born José Antonio Domínguez Banderas on August 10, 1960, in Málaga, Andalusia, Spain...
“ Whenever I see Antonio, I get sucked back to my childhood where I as soon I had the opportunity, viewed one movie with him after another even such movies that I found to be to be a little to "adult" for me like Desperado. His charm and smooth accent always got me in a better mood, and it still does. Haven't seen him in many big movies lately, let's pray for more Antonio.

Favorite movie: The 13th Warrior ” - TheVicarious
Jessica Alba
Actress, Sin City
Jessica Marie Alba was born on April 28, 1981, in Pomona, CA, to Catherine (Jensen) and Mark David Alba, who served in the US Air Force. Her mother has Danish, Welsh, German, English, and French ancestry, while her father is of Mexican descent (including Spanish, Indigenous Mexican and distant Sephardic Jewish...
“ I really can't put my finger on why I love her so mutch. She is great when she is given a good script, and she is always beutiful. She just makes me happy every time I see her even in not so good movies. She has done many really good ones and she definetly deserves a spot here. She is one of a kind in many ways, I love you Jessica <3

Favorite Movie: The Eye ” - TheVicarious
Kurt Russell
Kurt Russell was born Kurt Vogel Russell in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Louise Julia (Crone), a dancer, and actor Bing Russell (Neil Oliver Russell). He is of English, German, Scottish, and Irish descent. Russell landed a part in the Elvis Presley movie, It Happened at the World's Fair, when he was 10 years old...
“ To me, Kurt is that old school action hero. You know, the one? Some got Stallone, some got Arnold etc. Well mine is Kurt, since he was always just the right amount of matcho while he still maintained an interesting character. He is just as brilliant old as new. Whataver film era you find yourself in, you can always enjoy a little Kurt.

Favorite movie: Escape from L.A ” - TheVicarious
Gerard Butler
Actor, 300
Gerard James Butler was born in Paisley, Scotland, to Margaret and Edward Butler, a bookmaker. His family is of Irish origin. Gerard spent some of his very early childhood in Montreal, Quebec, but was mostly raised, along with his older brother and sister, in his hometown of Paisley. His parents divorced when he was a child...
“ An actor I passed by at first, but then discoverd in recent films. I think his intellegent charm, good looks and ability to be funny, serious or something in between is one of a kind. He does it all scary good and is always very entertaining. He is rising through the ranks as we speak and with a unique script behind him, he will soon be considered a legend. Let's hope.

Favorite Movie: Law Abiding Citizen ” - TheVicarious
Emma Watson
Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born in Paris, France, to English parents, Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson, both lawyers. She moved to Oxfordshire when she was five, where she attended the Dragon School. From the age of six, Emma knew that she wanted to be an actress and, for a number of years, she trained at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts...
“ Emma was a first just a passby but as she got older in the new Harry Potter movies I found myself to be a big fan. Her charm and energy on screen is amazing and she just keeps getting better and better. She is a beutiful and talanted girl and I just can't wait til I see her on another project after HP. She really is one of a kind, and if this list was any longer I would put her co-workers Radcliff and Grint on here aswell, but out of the three she is the one that draws me the most.

Favorite Movie: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince ” - TheVicarious
Willa Holland
Actress, Arrow
Thanks to Steven Spielberg, who encouraged Darnell Gregorio-De Palma to put her daughter in front of the camera. Willa Holland signed with Ford Modeling Agency at age seven. Since then, she has booked numerous national commercials, and has even launched a career in both the big screen and the small screen...
“ A relatively unknown actress, but not any less great. She is beautiful, charming, and talented as few. She might be less known to people now, but soon her name will be part of every viewers conversation.

Favorite movie: Genova ” - TheVicarious
Tom Cruise
Actor, Top Gun
In 1976, if you had told 14 year old Franciscan seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day in the not too distant future he would be considered one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, he would have probably grinned and told you that his ambition was to become a priest. Nonetheless, this sensitive...
“ One of the greatest actors of his time, Tom can play whataver role you throw at him. Insecure, matcho, weird you name it. And he does it so convincing you'll forget that its a movie your watching. And just like Johnny Depp, his face and pressence feels so familiar that you immiedetly feel "at home" when you watch him. The reason for me putting him this low on the list is beacuse I'm not sure if I like his personallity in real life. I know that shouldn't effect my positioning since he never plays himself in movies, but it does effect me in some strange way. I don't know if what I've heard is true of course, but I have to go with what I've got. Any place is good to me on this list, and he is a great actor, don't think otherwise!

Favorite movie: Vanilla Sky ” - TheVicarious
Mel Gibson
Actor, Braveheart
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, USA, as the sixth of eleven children of Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of 1990). His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is of mostly Irish descent...
“ Mel is an old classic. Whatever movie you see him in you know its gonna be worth watching, in one way or another. He really knows how to enertain and he does it well. He made on of my all time favorite movies and I will keep watching your work til I die. All hail!

Favorite movie: Braveheart ” - TheVicarious