Most Outstanding Breakthrough In Movies

by nutolm | created - 20 Sep 2011 | updated - 14 Mar 2012 | Public

1. Haley Joel Osment

Actor | The Sixth Sense

Haley Joel Osment is an American actor who has proven himself as one of the best young actors of his generation. He is the first millennial male to have received an Academy Award nomination for acting.

Osment was born in Los Angeles, California, to Theresa (Seifert), a teacher, and actor Eugene ...

This little boy I first saw as Forrest Gump Jr, and he made his terrific breakthrough in The Sixth Sense, so right in the sci-fi adventure AI: Artificial Intelligence. After this two great movies - he just diseappered from almost everything...

2. Christian Bale

Actor | The Dark Knight

Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer "Jenny" (James) and David Charles Howard Bale. His mother was a circus performer and his father, who was born in South Africa, was a commercial pilot. The family lived in different ...

I first noticed Christian Bale as young boy in Empire of the Sun in 1987, but didn`t see him for several years. It happened i 1998 in the strange movie Velvet Goldmine - Bale is back. And in this millennium he became a superstar, specially as the magnificent Batman.

3. Jesse Eisenberg

Actor | The Social Network

Curly haired and with a fast-talking voice, Jesse Eisenberg is a movie actor, known for his Academy Award nominated role as Mark Zuckerberg in the 2010 film The Social Network. He has also starred in the films The Squid and the Whale, Adventureland, The Education of Charlie Banks, 30 Minutes or ...

I admit it. I didn t noticed Jesse Eisenberg before Zombieland, there he was very good, and the movie gave me big laughs. Later I catch him on DVDs in The Squid and the Whale - and in The Village, and I will absolute see Eisenberg in The Social Network in time.

4. Dakota Fanning

Actress | War of the Worlds

Hannah Dakota Fanning was born on the 23rd of February 1994, in Conyers, Georgia, USA, to Heather Joy (Arrington) and Steven Fanning. Her mother played professional tennis, and her father, now an electronics salesman, played minor league baseball. She is of German, Irish, English, French, and ...

A little girl catch my eyes when I was watching I am Sam, and she was very good along with Sean Penn! She followed up as the young Reese Witherspoon in Sweet home Alabama, the thriller Man of Fire, and Dakota Fanning was stunning in both Hide & Seek and War of the Worlds. Great little actor!

5. Cillian Murphy

Actor | 28 Days Later...

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 ...

When I saw this guy in 28 Days Later, I knew he will be a man for the future, and proved it again in Batman Begins and Red Eye. Last time for me with Cillian Murphy was in marvelous Inception.

6. Anna Paquin

Actress | The Piano

Anna Paquin is the first millennial to have received an Academy Award nomination for acting, and the first to win.

She was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1982, to Mary (Brophy), an English teacher from Wellington, New Zealand, and Brian Paquin, a Canadian phys-ed teacher. Anna moved to her ...

Great Anna Paquin was just a little girl in her break on the screen, The Piano gave her an Oscar and made Anna well known. But it was in the trilogy of X-Men she became a superstar in the A-Class - and I really love her in the outrageous TV-show True Blood...

7. Terrence Howard

Actor | Hustle & Flow

Terrence Howard was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Anita Jeanine Williams (née Hawkins) and Tyrone Howard. He was raised in Cleveland, Ohio. His love for acting came naturally, through summers spent with his great-grandmother, New York stage actress Minnie Gentry. He later began his acting career ...

A struggling actor in the 90s, but he didn`t catch my eyes before The Brave One along with Jodie Foster - later I saw him in Hart`s War, and of course in Iron Man - I think he has a future on the screen..

8. Bruce Willis

Actor | Die Hard

Actor and musician Bruce Willis is well known for playing wisecracking or hard-edged characters, often in spectacular action films. Collectively, he has appeared in films that have grossed in excess of $2.5 billion USD, placing him in the top ten stars in terms of box office receipts.

Walter Bruce ...

The now well known action man Bruce Willis was just a smalltimer when he landed in Hollywood with a big bang - he got the attention in the TV-show Moonlighting, but with Die Hard in 1988, Bruce was The Man, the rest is history.

9. Keira Knightley

Actress | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Keira Christina Knightley was born in the South West Greater London suburb of Richmond on March 26th 1985. She is the daughter of actor Will Knightley and actress turned playwright Sharman Macdonald. An older brother, Caleb Knightley, was born in 1979. Her father is English, while her Scottish-born...

I was surprised of the young girl in Bend it like Beckham, and I wonder: would I see her again? Sure I did - in the trilogy of Pirates Of The Caribbeans, she got her nominasion for Oscar in Pride and Predjuice, and won Golden globe with Atonement, Yes - she is good. And she impressed me as macho woman in King Arthur...

10. Jamie Bell

Actor | Billy Elliot

Jamie Bell was born in 1986 in Billingham, England, UK, to Eileen (Matfin) and John Bell, a toolmaker. He comes from a family of dancers including his grandmother, mother, aunt, and sister. It was at his sister's dance practices that he would stand outside the door and imitate the movements of the ...

Jamie Bell, the young kid with his breakthrough in Billy Elliott (Haven`t seen), but he got my attention in King Kong in 2005, and I believe he will build his movie career well and careful

11. Sean Penn

Actor | Mystic River

Sean Penn is a powerhouse film performer capable of intensely moving work, who has gone from strength to strength during a colourful film career, and who has drawn much media attention for his stormy private life and political viewpoints.

Sean Justin Penn was born in Los Angeles, California, the ...

First time I saw Sean Penn was in Bad Boys in -83, then in At Close Range, but was it the breakthrough? I`m not sure, but he became very well known when he married Madonna. Penn is an actor who developed his career pretty slowly up to the top, maybe he became superstar in Dead Man Walking - from there Penn got better and better!

12. Brad Renfro

Actor | Apt Pupil

Brad Renfro was born on July 25, 1982 in Knoxville, Tennessee, to Angela Denise McCrory and Mark Renfro, a factory worker. He was discovered at age 10 by director Joel Schumacher and was cast in the motion picture The Client (1994), which starred Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones. Although this ...

He made an outstanding debut in The Client i 1994, and I thought something would bring him up to the stars. After Sleepers Renfro did something great again in Apt Pupil along with Ian McKellen - and then what? Small roles in Ghost World and The Jacket - he went down in the gutter, It`s a shame.

13. Sean Connery

Actor | The Rock

Sean Connery is best known for portraying the character James Bond, starring in seven Bond films between 1962 and 1983. In 1988, Connery won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Untouchables (1987). His film career also includes such films as Marnie (1964), The Name of ...

Sean Connery was in the 30s when he became a superstar, and I`ll never forget 1962 when he landed as Agent 007 James Bond in Dr. No. After several Bond Movies, he dropped the caracter (last in 1983), Connery build his career in different directions - he became more than just Bond, my favorite is The Rock..

14. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Actor | Terminator 2: Judgment Day

With an almost unpronounceable surname and a thick Austrian accent, who would have ever believed that a brash, quick talking bodybuilder from a small European village would become one of Hollywood's biggest stars, marry into the prestigious Kennedy family, amass a fortune via shrewd investments and...

I seem to remember one or two movies with bodybuilder Big Arnie in the 70s, but it was indisputable as Terminator in -84 which gave Schwarzenegger the direction to stardom. He became the new Action Star, he put Stallone down from the throne. Big Arnie made som funny stuff too, liked him in Twins and Junior..

15. Ewan McGregor

Actor | Moulin Rouge!

Ewan Gordon McGregor was born on March 31, 1971 in Perth, Perthshire, Scotland, to Carol Diane (Lawson) and James Charles McGregor, both teachers. His uncle is actor Denis Lawson. He was raised in Crieff. At age 16, he left Morrison Academy to join the Perth Repertory Theatre. His parents ...

Ewan McGregor got his break in British film with Shallow Grave, and followed up controversial Trainspotting. In Velvet Goldmine he show himself completely - and became international well known in the new trilogy of Star Wars. But my favorites with Ewan are Shallow Grave and Stay..

16. Clint Eastwood

Actor | Gran Torino

Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. At school Clint took interest in music...

For me came Clint Eastwood in with the trilogy westerns directed by Sergio Leone - A fistful of Dollars and two more. Later I saw some episodes of Rawhide, but these spaghetti westerns gave Clint his stardom. Later as Dirty Harry - and his career is unik, he is a legend in the world of movies - as actor and as director.

17. Martin Scorsese

Director | Taxi Driver

Martin Charles Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York City, to Catherine Scorsese (née Cappa) and Charles Scorsese, who both worked in Manhattan's garment district, and whose families both came from Palermo, Sicily. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later ...

First film for me directed by Martin Scorsese was Mean Streets, and I was really impressed. Later came the magnificent Taxi Driver - I believe that was Scorsese`s breakthrough. But he didn`t stop there. films like Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Gangs of New York and The Departed, and Scorsese finally got his Oscar - he had proved his talent long time ago. My favorite from Scorsese is absolute Gangs of New York.

18. Marlee Matlin

Actress | Children of a Lesser God

Marlee Beth Matlin was in Morton Grove, Illinois, to Libby (Hammer) and Donald Matlin, an automobile dealer. She has two older brothers. Her family is of Russian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent.

Marlee lost much of her hearing at the age of eighteen months. That did not stop her from acting in a ...

There isn`t much to say about Marlee Matlin, but when I saw her in Children of a Lesser God, she proved she had the talent. But I thought her career stopped there - Matlin became became involved more in TV-shows like Picket Fences, The West Ving and The L Word, her career on the big screen didn`t go so well, and maybe her hearing problems took her away from that - a shame..

19. Edward Furlong

Actor | Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Edward Walter Furlong was born in Glendale, California. His mother, Eleanor (Tafoya), is from a Mexican family, and worked at a youth center. Furlong had no acting ambitions until he was approached by casting agent Mali Finn, who was looking for a young actor to play the role of John Connor in what...

Edward Furlong impressed med in his debut with Terminator 2 - I just said wow! The same happened when I was watching American History X. But what happened next? I always watching CSI: NY - and suddenly there was Edward Furlong in some episodes as a revenger and killer. I`ve noticed that he is a part of Green Hornet, so maybe I`ll see that one..

20. Kirsten Dunst

Actress | Spider-Man

Kirsten Caroline Dunst is an American actress, who also holds German citizenship. She was born on April 30, 1982 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, to parents Inez (née Rupprecht), who owned an art gallery, and Klaus Dunst, a medical services executive. She has a younger brother named Christian Dunst, ...

Kirsten Dunst is very well known from the trilogy of Spiderman, it was obviously her breakthrough in Hollywood. But I saw her first in Interview With a Vampire, and I thought: Who is this little terrible girl? Then in Virgin Suicides, she gave a new impressive performance - and the last film so far I watch with Kirsten Dunst, was Elisabethtown..

21. Li Gong

Actress | Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia

Born in Shenyang, grew up in Jinan, the daughter of an economics professor. Loved music from childhood, and dreamed of a singing career. After failing to gain entrance to China's top music school in 1985, applied for and was admitted to the Central Drama Academy in Beijing, from which she graduated...

Whein I first saw her in Miami Vice, I felt very good with her performance, and then in Hannibal rising, this china woman deserve more, I really do like her å lot. Not just for her beauty, but she has the talent.

22. Macaulay Culkin

Actor | Home Alone

Macaulay Carson Culkin, one of the most famous American child stars, was born on August 26, 1980 in New York City, New York, USA, as the third of seven children of his father Kit Culkin (a former stage and child actor and also Macaulay's former manager) and mother Patricia Brentrup. He is the ...

This kid star made his break in Home Alone in 1990, and a sequel two years later - and everybody loved him, what a boy! I first saw Macaulay in Uncle Buck, but didn`t impressed me. But then he just disappeared from the spotlight - just two average films in My Girl and Richie Rich...

23. Hayley Mills

Actress | Pollyanna

Born Hayley Catherine Rose Vivien Mills in London, England, on Thursday, April 18th, 1946, she is the daughter of the great actor Sir John Mills and the well-known novelist-playwright Mary Hayley Bell. Her sister is the actress Juliet Mills. She grew up in her parents' home, an outgoing, funny ...

I was in my 30s and a family guy when I watched Tiger Bay on the telly with my kids, and I notice this curly girl - she made me impressed. And later on in The Parent Trap with a double role - but then, I saw her never again. What is really happened to most of the child actors?

24. Steven Spielberg

Producer | Artificial Intelligence: AI

Undoubtedly one of the most influential personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood's best known director and certainly one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, ...

Steven Spielberg was a young man when he really scared me with Jaws, and later I watched his Sugarland Express and Duel, two good movies on the TV-screen. And what Spielberg have done later - and up to now, it`s just stunning. I guess Jaws is his breakthrough, and my favorites is unbelieveable Jaws - and Jurassic Park..

25. Marisa Tomei

Actress | My Cousin Vinny

Marisa Tomei was born on December 4, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York, to Patricia "Addie" (Bianchi), a teacher of English, and Gary Tomei, a lawyer, both of Italian descent. Marisa has a brother, actor Adam Tomei. As a child, Marisa's mother frequently corrected her speech as to eliminate her heavy ...

What can I say? Marisa Tomei was superb in My Cousin Vinny, her absolute break and got her an Oscar. Anyway, maybe her career didn`t turned out that big as she wanted, but she has done some great performances through the years, last in The Wrestler - my favorite with her...

26. Drew Barrymore

Producer | Never Been Kissed

Since melting audiences' hearts - at the age of six - in Steven Spielberg's beloved sci-fi blockbuster, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Drew Barrymore has emerged as one of the most endearing and talented actresses of her generation.

Drew Blyth Barrymore was born in Culver City, California, to ...

Drew Barrymore is one of these kid stars who manage to bring her career into her adult age after a difficult childhood, and she does it well commercial, but I don`t aprove her choice of movies - I really hate Charlie`s Angels! But I really loved her in the breakthrough ET, and she was good in Firestarter...

27. Freddie Highmore

Actor | Finding Neverland

Freddie Highmore is an English actor who came to prominence for his roles in Five Children and It (2004), Finding Neverland (2004), and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005).

He was born Alfred Thomas Highmore in Camden Town, London, England, to Sue (Latimer), a talent agent, and Edward Thomas ...

Freddie Highmore is still young, now around 18 years I believe, he got all the time in his world. He was outstanding in Charlie and the Chokolate Factory along with Johnny Depp, and very good in Finding Neverland, again with Depp. Get it on Freddie...

28. Elizabeth Taylor

Actress | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was considered one of the last, if not the last, major star to have come out of the old Hollywood studio system. She was known internationally for her beauty, especially for her violet eyes, with which she captured audiences early on in her youth and kept the world hooked ...

Elisabeth Taylor - the ikon, the diva, the super glamour star, the woman almost every youth had s poster in their bedroom. She started with Lassie Come Home, she became a star - and she had a marvelous career, and my favorites with her is Cat On A Hot Tin Roof - and Who`s Afraid Of Virginia Wolf? Great films...

29. Sebastian Rice-Edwards

Actor | Hope and Glory

Sebastian Rice-Edwards was born on August 16, 1976 in the UK. He is an actor and director, known for Hope and Glory (1987), Friday (2012) and Queen & Country (2014).

When I watch the movie Hope and Glory i 1987, my first thought was, this is a boy for the future, he was really good. But believe or not, this became the only movie he played in - that`s too bad, and disappointing.

30. Ron Howard

Actor | Arrested Development

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Apollo 13 (1995) to the hit comedies Parenthood (1989) and Splash (1984), he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films.

Howard ...

Ron Howard a well known director who had done some great films, and maybe his famous came with Splash and Cocoon, but I think his best are Apollo 13, The Missing, Cinderella Man and Angels & Demons. But Ron was also a good child actor - I remember the TV-show Happy Days, and the movies American Graffiti and The Spikes Gang..

31. Hilary Swank

Actress | Boys Don't Cry

Hilary was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Judith Kay (Clough), a secretary, and Stephen Michael Swank, who served in the National Guard and was also a traveling salesman. Her maternal grandmother, Frances Martha Dominguez, was of Mexican descent, and her other roots include German, English, and ...

Hilary Swank started her career early in the 90s, but in 1999 she became almost a superstar with Boys Don`t Cry, and she followed up with good movies like The Gift, the marvelous Million Dollar Baby and The Black Dahlia - I think she is just great...

32. Christina Ricci

Actress | Casper

Precocious, outspoken child-teen starlet of the 1990s, Christina Ricci was born in 1980 in Santa Monica, California, the youngest of four children of Sarah (Murdoch), a realtor, and Ralph Ricci, a lawyer and therapist. She is of Italian (from her paternal grandfather), Irish, and Scots-Irish ...

The child actor who came around with Mermaids and The Addams family, and Christina Ricci got her break as adult in The Ice Storm. I remember her best from Sleepy Hollow and the great movie Monster, they my favorites with Christina..

33. Jodie Foster

Actress | The Silence of the Lambs

Alicia Christian Foster was born in Los Angeles on November 19, 1962. She is the daughter of Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (Almond) and Lucius Fisher Foster III, an Air Force lieutenant colonel and later real estate broker. Brandy had filed for divorce in 1959 after having three children with Lucius, but ...

Jodie Foster is for me one of the greatest female actors in all time. She her fantastic breakthrough in Taxi Driver - she was fun in Freaky Friday, and as adult Jodie impressed me in The Accused - and of course in The Silence of the Lambs. and she can do actions too, in The Brave One Jodie was fabulous again - great actor!

34. Judy Garland

Actress | The Wizard of Oz

One of the brightest, most tragic movie stars of Hollywood's Golden Era, Judy Garland was a much-loved character whose warmth and spirit, along with her rich and exuberant voice, kept theatre-goers entertained with an array of delightful musicals.

She was born Frances Ethel Gumm on 10 June 1922 in ...

I have to say I have just seen two movies with Judy Garland, and she was very good in both. Nobody can really forget her performance in The Wizard of Oz, a classic adventure the family viewers. And the other on is Judgment in Nuremberg in 1961 - another good movie of Judy Garland...

35. Elijah Wood

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Elijah Wood is an American actor best known for portraying Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson's blockbuster Lord of the Rings film trilogy. In addition to reprising the role in The Hobbit series, Wood also played Ryan in the FX television comedy Wilfred (2011) and voiced Beck in the Disney XD animated ...

Everybody know Elijah Wood from the trilogy of The Lord of The Rings, but my first view with him was in Forever Young along with Mel Gibson, later in The Ice Storm, a great movie. But he has done some other strong performances too - he was really nasty in Sin City, and Elijah Wood was pretty good in The Oxford Murders...

36. Kate Hudson

Actress | Almost Famous

Almost everyone who has spent time with Kate Hudson -including directors, family members, co-stars and interviewers - is quick to comment on her ability to light up a room. Through some combination of a winning smile, solid work ethic, and good old-fashioned talent, the young actress has gone from ...

The daughter of a famous mother - and even more famous stepfather, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. And she started her own career great with Almost Famous, her breakthrough. She did good in The Four Feathers - even better in The Skeleton Key - but not so in You, Me and Dupree, maybe comedy isn`t in her line..

37. Meg Ryan

Actress | When Harry Met Sally...

Blond-haired, blue-eyed with an effervescent personality, Meg Ryan was born Margaret Mary Emily Hyra in Fairfield, Connecticut, to Susan (Duggan), an English teacher and one-time actress, and Harry Hyra, a math teacher. She is of Ruthenian, Polish, Irish, and German ancestry ("Hyra" is a Ruthenian ...

I`m not specially fan of Meg Ryan, but I`ve seen her in good movies, and I suppose Meg got her break in When Harry Met Sally, her presentation of a fake orgasm in a cafè was the highlight of the movie, nearly worth the whole show! But she had movies like Top Gun, Innerspace and Sleepless in Seattle - worth a view...

38. Ralph Macchio

Actor | The Karate Kid

Ralph George Macchio was born on November 4, 1961 in Huntington, Long Island, New York. He started out in various TV commercials in the late 1970s before appearing in the puerile comedy movie Up the Academy (1980), then a regular role in 1980 on the television series Eight Is Enough (1977) followed...

Ralph Macchio was The Karate Kid, he hasn`t done much more since that trilogy. He did som good in My Cousin Vinny later, but in profiled, well known movies he didn`t got anymore - and I can`t say I miss him. But he was good in the first Karate Kid, nothing else...