Film Actor Facts and Ironies

by stewiec85 | created - 13 Jul 2011 | updated - 10 months ago | Public

I watch movies all the time. The more I watch, the more I notice connections between actors in films. And so I make this list to show everybody else what they are missing in movies.

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1. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

96 Metascore

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt

Votes: 554,693 | Gross: $56.67M

Paul Giamatti, Alfre Woodard, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o, and Brad Pitt all earned Best Supporting Actor/Actress Oscar Nominations; Giamatti for Cinderella Man (2005) Pitt for 12 Monkeys (1995) Fassbender for this film Nyong'o for this film which she won Woodard for Cross Creek (1983)

Pitt and Giamatti both worked with Christopher Plummer; Pitt for 12 Monkeys (1995) Giamatti for Winchell (1999)TV and The Last Station (2009)

Chiwotel Ejiofor, Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Fassbender, and Quazane Wallis all earned Best Actor/Actress Oscar Nominations; Ejiofor for this film Pitt for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and Moneyball (2011) Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game (2014) Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) Fassbender for Steve Jobs (2015)

Ejiofor and Giamatti both worked with Clive Owen; Ejiofor for Children of Men (2006) Giamatti for Shoot'em Up (2007) and Duplicity (2009)

John McConnell, Giamatti and Pitt all worked with George Clooney; Giamatti for The Ides of March (2011) Pitt for Ocean's Eleven (2001), Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), Ocean's Twelve (2004), Ocean's Thirteen (2007), and Burn After Reading (2008) McConnell for O Brother Where Art Thou (2000)

Ejiofor and Giamatti both worked with William Hurt; Ejiofor for Endgame (2009)TV Giamatti for Too Big To Fail (2011)TV

Giamatti and Pitt both worked with Matt Damon; Giamatti for Saving Private Ryan (1998) Pitt for Ocean's Eleven (2001), Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), Ocean's Twelve (2005), and Ocean's Thirteen (2007)

Ejiofor and Giamatti both worked with director Steven Spielberg; Ejiofor for Amistad (1997) Giamatti for Saving Private Ryan (1998)

They both worked with Harrison Ford; Giamatti for Sabrina (1995) Pitt for The Devil's Own (1997)

Pitt, Giamatti, and Cumberbatch all worked with Julia Roberts; Giamatti for Duplicity (2009) Pitt for Ocean's Eleven (2001), Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), and Ocean's Twelve (2004) Cumberbatch for August Osage County (2013)

Ejiofor and Woodard both worked on films involving Nelson Mandela; Ejiofor for Endgame (2009)TV Woodard for Mandela (1987)TV

They both worked with Danny Glover; Ejiofor for 2012 (2009) Woodard for Mandela (1987)TV

Dwight Henry and Wallis previously worked together in The Beasts of the Southern Wild (2011)

Giamatti and Pitt both competed against George Clooney for Oscars; Giamatti for Best Supporting Actor in Cinderella Man (2005) losing to Clooney for Syriana (2005) Pitt for Best Actor in Moneyball (2011) and Clooney for The Descendants (2011) both losing to Jean Dujardin for The Artist (2011)

Ejiofor and Cumberbatch worked together again in Doctor Strange (2016)

Nyongo and Ejiofor both worked with Liam Neeson; Nyongo for Non Stop (2014) Ejiofor for Love Actually (2003)

Woodard and Sarah Paulson both worked with Courtney B. Vance; Woodard for Race To Freedom: The Underground Railroad (1994)TV and The Piano Lesson (1995)TV Paulson for American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson (2016-)TV

They both worked with Cuba Gooding Jr.; Woodard for Radio (2003) Paulson for American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson (2016-)TV

Ejiofor and Woodard both worked on films about former presidents of South Africa; Ejiofor for Endgame (2009)TV Woodard for Mandela (1987)TV

Scoot McNairy and Paul Dano both worked with Alan Arkin; McNairy for Argo (2012) Dano for Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Ejiofor and Fassbender both competed against Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Actor Oscar; Ejiofor for this film and DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) both losing to Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Fassbender for Steve Jobs (2015) losing to DiCaprio for The Revenant (2015)

Cumberbatch and Ejiofor both worked with Keira Knightley; Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game (2014) Ejiofor for Love Actually (2003)

2. 13 Going on 30 (2004)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

57 Metascore

A girl makes a wish on her thirteenth birthday, and wakes up the next day as a thirty-year-old woman.

Director: Gary Winick | Stars: Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer, Andy Serkis

Votes: 142,696 | Gross: $57.23M

Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo both played Marvel Comics Super Heroes; Garner as Electra in Daredevil (2003) and Electra (2005) Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk in The Avengers (2012) and Avengers Age of Ultron (2015)

They both worked on films about AIDS; Garner for Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Ruffalo for The Normal Heart (2014)TV

Garner and Kathy Baker both earned Best Actress Golden Globes for TV Shows; Garner for Alias (2001-2006)TV Baker for Picket Fences (1992-1996)TV

Andy Serkis and Ruffalo both worked on films that earned Best Picture Oscars; Serkis for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Ruffalo for Spotlight (2015)

3. 2 Guns (2013)

R | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

55 Metascore

Two hardened criminals get into trouble with the US border patrol after meeting with a Mexican drug lord, and then revelations start to unfold.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton

Votes: 177,304 | Gross: $75.61M

Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg both earned Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nominations; Washington for Cry Freedom (1987) and Glory (1989) which he won Wahlberg for The Departed (2006)

They both earned Best Picture Oscar Nominations; Washington for Fences (2016) Wahlberg for The Fighter (2010)

Washington and Edward James Olmos both earned Best Actor Oscar Nominations;

Washington for Malcolm X (1992), The Hurricane (1999), Training Day (2001) which he won, Flight (2012), and Fences (2016)

Olmos for Stand and Deliver (1988)

They both starred in boxing movies; Washington for The Hurricane (1999) Wahlberg for The Fighter (2010)

Olmos and Washington both played real-life educators who try to make a difference for his students; Olmos for Stand and Deliver (1988) Washington for Hard Lessons (1985)TV and Remember The Titans (2000)

They both worked with Lou Diamond Phillips; Washington for Courage Under Fire (1996) Olmos for Stand and Deliver (1988)

Wahlberg and Washington both worked with Matt Damon; Wahlberg for The Departed (2006) Washington for Courage Under Fire (1996)

They both worked with Melissa Leo; Wahlberg for The Fighter (2010) Washington for The Equalizer (2014)

They both worked with Russell Crowe; Wahlberg for Broken City (2013) Washington for Virtuosity (1995) and American Gangster (2007)

Bill Paxton and Fred Ward both played astronauts; Paxton for Apollo 13 (1995) Ward for The Right Stuff (1983)

4. 2010: The Year We Made Contact (1984)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

53 Metascore

A joint U.S.-Soviet expedition is sent to Jupiter to learn what happened to the Discovery.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren, Bob Balaban

Votes: 45,806 | Gross: $40.20M

Roy Scheider, Helen Mirren, and John Lithgow all earned Best Supporting Actor/Actress Oscar Nominations; Scheider for The French Connection (1971) Mirren for The Madness of King George (1994) and Gosford Park (2001) Lithgow for The World According To Garp (1982) and Terms of Endearment (1983)

Both Scheider and Mirren also earned Best Actor/Actress Oscar Nominations; Scheider for All That Jazz (1979) Mirren for The Queen (2006) which she won and The Last Station (2009)

Scheider and Lithgow both worked on films that won Best Picture Oscars; Scheider for The French Connection (1971) Lithgow for Terms of Endearment (1983)

Scheider, Mirren, and Lithgow all worked on films about making movies in Hollywood; Scheider for RKO-281 (1998)TV Lithgow for The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)TV Mirren for Trumbo (2015)

5. 2012 (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 158 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

49 Metascore

A frustrated writer struggles to keep his family alive when a series of global catastrophes threatens to annihilate mankind.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet

Votes: 319,224 | Gross: $166.11M

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Danny Glover both played former presidents of South Africa; Ejiofor as Thabo Mbeki in Endgame (2009)TV Glover as Nelson Mandela in Mandela (1987)TV

They both worked with Morgan Freeman; Ejiofor for Amistad (1997) Glover for Bopha! (1993)

They both worked with Alfre Woodard; Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave (2013) Glover for Mandela (1987)TV, Grand Canyon (1991), and Bopha! (1993)

Ejiofor and Woody Harrelson both earned Best Actor Oscar Nominations; Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave (2013) Harrelson for The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

Ejiofor, Harrelson, and Thandie Newton all starred in films that won Best Picture Oscars; Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave (2013) Newton for Crash (2004) Harrelson for No Country For Old Men (2007)

Ejiofor and Newton both worked with Don Cheadle; Ejiofor for Talk To Me (2007) Newton for Crash (2004)

Ejiofor and Harrelson both worked with Matthew McConaughey; Ejiofor for Amistad (1997) Harrelson for EdTV (1999), Surfer, dude (2008), and True Detective (2014-)TV

Harrelson and George Segal both earned Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nominations; Harrelson for The Messenger (2009) Segal for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966)

6. 21 (2008)

PG-13 | 123 min | Crime, Drama, History

48 Metascore

"21" is the fact-based story about six MIT students who were trained to become experts in card counting and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings.

Director: Robert Luketic | Stars: Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, Aaron Yoo

Votes: 209,354 | Gross: $81.16M

Kevin Spacey and Laurence Fishburne both earned Best Actor Oscar Nominations; Spacey for American Beauty (1999) which he won Fishburne for What's Love Got To Do With It? (1993)

Spacey and Fishburne also earned Oscar Nominations for playing villains; Spacey for Best Supporting Actor in The Usual Suspects (1995) which he won Fishburne for Best Actor in What's Love Got To Do With It? (1993)

Spacey and Fishburne also played real-life musicians; Spacey as Bobby Darin in Beyond The Sea (2004) Fishburne as Ike Turner in What's Love Got To Do With It? (1993)

Spacey and Fishburne also starred in films about threats of disease; Spacey for Outbreak (1995) Fishburne for Contagion (2011)

They also costarred in Superman films; Spacey for Superman Returns (2006) Fishburne for Man of Steel (2013)

They both also played real-life famous litigators: Spacey as Clarence Darrow in Darrow (1991)TV Fishburne as Thurgood Marshall in Thurgood (2011)TV

7. 21 Grams (2003)

R | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

70 Metascore

A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro, Naomi Watts, Danny Huston

Votes: 208,572 | Gross: $16.25M

Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, and Melissa Leo all earned Best Actor/Actress Oscar Nominations; Penn for Dead Man Walking (1995), Sweet and Lowdown (1999), I Am Sam (2001), Mystic River (2003) which he won, and Milk (2008) which he won Watts for this film and The Impossible (2012) Leo for Frozen River (2008)

Leo and Benicio Del Toro both earned Best Supporting Actor/Actress Oscars; Leo for The Fighter (2010) Del Toro for Traffic (2000)

Penn and Watts worked together again in Fair Game (2010)

Penn and Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu both worked with Javier Bardem in films which earned Bardem a Best Actor Oscar Nomination for both; Penn in Before Night Falls (2000) Inarritu in Biutiful (2010)

Penn and Leo also earned Oscars for playing in films set in Boston MA; Penn for Best Actor in Mystic River (2003) Leo for Best Supporting Actress in The Fighter (2010)

Inarritu and Watts worked together again in Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

8. 25th Hour (2002)

R | 135 min | Drama

67 Metascore

Cornered by the DEA, convicted New York drug dealer Montgomery Brogan reevaluates his life in the 24 remaining hours before facing a seven-year jail term.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Edward Norton, Barry Pepper, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rosario Dawson

Votes: 160,641 | Gross: $13.06M

Edward Norton, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Anna Paquin all earned Best Supporting Actor/Actress Oscar Nominations; Norton for Primal Fear (1996) and Birdman: (Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) Hoffman for Charlie Wilson's War (2007), Doubt (2008), and The Master (2012) Paquin for The Piano (1993) which she won

Norton and Hoffman also earned Best Actor Oscar Nominations; Norton for American History X (1998) Hofman for Capote (2005) which he won

Norton and Hoffman also earned Oscar Nominations for playing villains; Norton for Primal Fear (1996) Hoffman for Doubt (2008) and The Master (2012)

Norton and Paquin both worked on films based on Marvel Comics; Norton for The Incredible Hulk (2008) Paquin for X-Men (2000), X2 (2003), X-Men The Last Stand (2006), and X-Men Days of Future's Past (2014)

9. 28 Days (2000)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

46 Metascore

A big-city newspaper columnist is forced to enter a drug and alcohol rehab center after ruining her sister's wedding and crashing a stolen limousine.

Director: Betty Thomas | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Viggo Mortensen, Dominic West, Elizabeth Perkins

Votes: 39,266 | Gross: $37.17M

Sandra Bullock and Viggo Mortensen both earned Best Actor/Actress Oscar Nominations; Mortensen for Eastern Promises (2007) and Captain Fantastic (2016) Bullock for The Blind Side (2009) which she won and Gravity (2013)

Diane Ladd and Marriane Jean Baptiste all earned Best Supporting Actress Oscar Nominations; Ladd for Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974), Wild At Heart (1990), and Rambling Rose (1991) Baptiste for Secrets & Lies (1996)

Both Bullock and Mortensen worked with Sylvester Stallone; Bullock for Demolition Man (1993) Mortensen for Daylight (1996)

10. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who's awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Ben Foster, Logan Lerman

Votes: 263,632 | Gross: $53.61M

Russell Crowe and Christian Bale both played real-life boxers; Crowe as Jim Braddock for Cinderella Man (2005) Bale as Dicky Ecklund for The Fighter (2010)

Crowe, Bale and Peter Fonda all earned Best Actor Oscar Nominations;

Crowe for The Insider (1999), Gladiator (2000) which he won, and A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Bale for American Hustle (2013)

Fonda for Ulee's Gold (1997)

Fonda and Bale both worked with Casey Affleck; Fonda for The Assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford (2007) Bale for Out of the Furnace (2013)

Crowe and Bale both worked on films based on DC Comics; Crowe for Man of Steel (2013) Bale for Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Crowe and Bale both worked with Mark Wahlberg; Crowe for Broken City (2013) Bale for The Fighter (2010)

11. 48 Hrs. (1982)

R | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

71 Metascore

A hard-nosed cop reluctantly teams up with a wise-cracking criminal temporarily paroled to him, in order to track down a killer.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy, Annette O'Toole, Frank McRae

Votes: 60,954 | Gross: $78.87M

Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte both earned Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nominations; Murphy for Dreamgirls (2006) Nolte for Warrior (2011)

They both earn Golden Globes in their first Oscar Nominations; Murphy for Best Supporting Actor in Dreamgirls (2006) Nolte for Best Actor in The Prince of Tides (1991)

They both worked with James Coburn; Murphy for The Nutty Professor (1995) Nolte for Affliction (1998)

12. 50/50 (2011)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.

Director: Jonathan Levine | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 295,517 | Gross: $35.01M

Angelica Huston and Anna Kendrick both earned Best Supporting Actress Oscar Nominations prior to this film; Huston for Prizzi's Honor (1985) which she won and Enemies: A Love Story (1989) Kendrick for Up in the Air (2009)

Huston and Kendrick both worked with Vera Farmiga; Huston for Iron Jawed Angels (2004)TV Kendrick for Up in the Air (2009)

13. 61* (2001 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 129 min | Biography, Drama, History

Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle race to break Babe Ruth's single-season home run record.

Director: Billy Crystal | Stars: Barry Pepper, Thomas Jane, Anthony Michael Hall, Richard Masur

Votes: 12,640

Barry Pepper, Thomas Jane, Bob Gunton, Richard Massur, Anthony Michael Hall, and Robert Joy all worked on films/TV based on novels written by Stephen King; Pepper for The Green Mile (1999) Hall for The Dead Zone (2002-2007)TV Jane for Dreamcatcher (2003) and The Mist (2007) Gunton for The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Massur for It (1990)TV Joy for The Dark Half (1993)

Donald Moffat and Pepper both worked with Tom Hanks; Moffat for Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) Pepper for Saving Private Ryan (1998) and The Green Mile (1999)

Since this film is about two real-life players trying to beat Babe Ruth's single season Home Run Record, Moffat previously worked on a film about Babe Ruth in Babe Ruth (1991)TV

Jane and Hall both worked on films based on comic books; Jane for The Punisher (2004) Hall for The Dark Knight (2008)

14. 8 Mile (2002)

R | 110 min | Drama, Music

77 Metascore

A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make it big but his friends and foes make this odyssey of rap harder than it may seem.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Eminem, Brittany Murphy, Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer

Votes: 220,335 | Gross: $116.72M

Eminem who stars in this film won an Oscar for Best Original Song for this film

Kim Basinger and Michael Shannon both earned Best Supporting Actor/Actress Oscar Nominations; Basinger for L.A. Confidential (1997) which she won Shannon for Revolutionary Road (2008) and Nocturnal Animals (2016)

They both costarred in films based on DC comics; Basinger for Batman (1989) Shannon for Man of Steel (2013)

They both worked with Alec Baldwin; Basinger for The Marrying Man (1991) and The Getaway (1994) Shannon for Pearl Harbor (2001)

They both worked with Russell Crowe; Basinger for L.A. Confidential (1997) Shannon for Man of Steel (2013)

Basinger and Brittany Murphy both worked with Michael Douglas; Basinger for The Sentinel (2006) Murphy for Don't Say A Word (2001)

15. 8MM (1999)

R | 123 min | Mystery, Thriller

19 Metascore

A private investigator is hired to discover if a "snuff film" is authentic or not.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini, Peter Stormare

Votes: 113,674 | Gross: $36.66M

Nicolas Cage and Joaquin Phoenix both earned Best Actor Oscar Nominations; Cage for Leaving Las Vegas (1995) which he won and Adaptation (2002) Phoenix for Walk The Line (2005) and The Master (2012)

Phoenix and Catherine Keener both earned Best Supporting Actor/Actress Oscar Nominations; Keener for Being John Malkovich (1999) and Capote (2005) Phoenix for Gladiator (2000)

They both worked with Phillip Seymour Hoffman; Keener for Capote (2005), Synecdoche, New York (2008), and A Late Quartet (2012) Phoenix for The Master (2012)

Anthony Heald and Phoenix both worked on films that earned Best Picture Oscars; Heald for The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Phoenix for Gladiator (2000)

16. 9 (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 79 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

60 Metascore

A rag doll that awakens in a postapocalyptic future holds the key to humanity's salvation.

Director: Shane Acker | Stars: Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly, Crispin Glover, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 123,116 | Gross: $31.74M

John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connolly, Christopher Plummer, and Martin Landau all earned Best Supporting Actor/Actress Oscar Nominations; Reilly for Chicago (2002) Connolly for A Beautiful Mind (2001) which she won Plummer for The Last Station (2009) and Beginners (2011) which he won Landau for Tucker: The Man and his Dream (1988), Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), and Ed Wood (1994) which he won

Reilly, Plummer, Connolly, and Elijah Wood all worked on films that won Best Picture Oscars; Reilly for Chicago (2002) Plummer for The Sound of Music (1965) and A Beautiful Mind (2001) Connolly for A Beautiful Mind (2001) Wood for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

17. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 742,081 | Gross: $170.74M

Russell Crowe and Christopher Plummer worked together before in the film 'The Insider' (1999).

They both also worked with Helen Mirren in different films; Crowe for State of Play (2009) Plummer for The Last Station (2009)

Plummer, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, and Judd Hirsch all earned themselves Oscar Nominations in the Supporting Role; Plummer for The Last Station (2009) and Beginners (2011) which he won Harris for Apollo 13 (1995), The Truman Show (1998), The Hours (2002) Connelly for this film which she won Hirsch for Ordinary People (1980)

Harris and Crowe competed against each other for Best Actor Oscar, Crowe won ; Harris for Pollock (2000) Crowe for Gladiator (2000) which he won

Plummer and Harris both played homosexual characters who are dying and earned Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nominations; Plummer for Beginners (2011) which he won Harris for The Hours (2002)

Crowe and Harris both earned Best Actor Oscar Nominations; Crowe for The Insider (1999), Gladiator (2000) which he won, and this film Harris for Pollock (2000)

Plummer, Harris, Crowe, Connolly, and Hirsch all worked on films that earned Best Picture Oscars; Plummer for The Sound of Music (1965) and this film Harris for this film Crowe for Gladiator (2000) and this film Hirsch for Ordinary People (1980) and this film Connolly for this film

Anthony Rapp, Crowe, and Plummer all worked on musicals; Crowe for Les Miserables (2012) Plummer for The Sound of Music (1965) Rapp for Rent (2005)

Crowe and Connolly both worked with Djimon Hounsou; Crowe for Gladiator (2000) Connolly for Blood Diamond (2006)

They both worked with Leonardo DiCaprio; Crowe for Body of Lies (2008) Connolly for Blood Diamond (2006)

Adam Goldberg and Plummer both worked with Denzel Washington; Goldberg for Deja Vu (2006) Plummer for Malcolm X (1992) and Inside Man (2006)

Plummer, Goldberg, Hariis, director Ron Howard, and Paul Bettany all worked with Tom Hanks; Goldberg for Saving Private Ryan (1998) Plummer for Dragnet (1987) Harris for Apollo 13 (1995) Howard for Apollo 13 (1995), The Da Vinci Code (2006), and Angels and Demons (2009) Bettany for The Da Vinci Code (2006)

Connolly, Bettany, and Josh Lucas all worked on films based on Marvel Comics; Connolly and Lucas for Hulk (2003) Bettany for Iron Man (2008), Iron Man II (2010), The Avengers (2012), Iron Man III (2012), Avengers Age of Ultron (2015), and Captain America Civil War (2016)

18. A Dark Truth (2012)

R | 106 min | Action, Thriller

31 Metascore

A former CIA operative turned political talk show host is hired by a disaffected corporate shareholder to expose her company's cover-up of an incident and deaths in an Ecuadorian village.

Director: Damian Lee | Stars: Andy Garcia, Kim Coates, Deborah Kara Unger, Forest Whitaker

Votes: 5,450 | Gross: $0.01M

Forest Whitaker and Andy Garcia both earned Oscar Nominations for playing villains; Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland (2006) which he won Garcia for The Godfather Part III (1990)

They both also played real-life instrument playing musicians; Whitaker as Charlie Parker, a Alto-Saxophone player for Bird (1988) Garcia as Arturo Sandoval, a Trumpet player for For Love or Country; The Arturo Sandoval Story (2000)TV

19. A Dry White Season (1989)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

68 Metascore

Ben du Toit is a schoolteacher who always has considered himself a man of caring and justice, at least on the individual level. When his gardener's son is brutally beaten up by the police ... See full summary »

Director: Euzhan Palcy | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Janet Suzman, Zakes Mokae, Jürgen Prochnow

Votes: 4,147 | Gross: $3.77M

Janet Suzman, Susan Sarandon and Marlon Brando all earned Best Actor/Actress Oscar Nominations; Suzman for Nicholas and Alexandria (1971) Sarandon for Atlantic City (1980), Thelma & Louise (1991), Lorenzo's Oil (1992), The Client (1994), and Dead Man Walking (1995) which he won Brando for A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Viva Zapata (1952), Julius Caesar (1953), On The Waterfront (1954) which he won, Sayanara (1957), The Godfather (1972) which he won, and Last Tango in Paris (1972)

Brando and Donald Sutherland both worked with Robert Duvall; Brando for The Godfather (1972) and Apocalypse Now (1979) Sutherland for MASH (1970)

They both worked on films about Vietnam; Brando for Apocalypse Now (1979) Sutherland for MASH (1970)

They both worked with Frederick Forrest; Brando for Apocalypse Now (1979) Sutherland for Path To War (2002)TV

They both worked on films that won Best Picture Oscars; Brando for On The Waterfront (1954) and The Godfather (1972) Sutherland for Ordinary People (1980)

Both Sarandon and Brando worked with Al Pacino; Sarandon for You Don't Know Jack (2010)TV Brando for The Godfather (1972)

Both Sarandon and Sutherland worked with film director Oliver Stone; Sarandon for Wall Street Money Never Sleeps (2010) Sutherland for JFK (1991)

They both worked with Alec Baldwin; Sarandon for Elizabethtown (2005) Sutherland for Path To War (2002)TV

20. Quelques jours en septembre (2006)

116 min | Drama, Thriller

On September 1st, 2001 a spy receives information that something terrible will happen soon.

Director: Santiago Amigorena | Stars: Juliette Binoche, John Turturro, Sara Forestier, Tom Riley

Votes: 1,636

Juliette Binoche and Nick Nolte both earned Best Actor/Actress and Best Supporting Actor/Actress Oscar Nominations; Best Supporting Actor/Actress; Binoche for The English Patient (1996) which she won Nolte for Warrior (2011) Best Actor/Actress; Binoche for Chocolat (2002) Nolte for The Prince of Tides (1991) and Affliction (1998)

John Turturro and Nolte both worked with actor/director Robert Redford; Turturro for Quiz Show (1994) Nolte for A Walk in the Woods (2015)

They both worked with George Clooney; Turturro for Oh Brother Wherer Art Thou (2000) Nolte for The Thin Red Line (1998)

21. A Ghost Story (2017)

R | 92 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

84 Metascore

In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.

Director: David Lowery | Stars: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, McColm Cephas Jr., Kenneisha Thompson

Votes: 41,587 | Gross: $1.60M

Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara both earned Best Actor/Actress Oscar Nominations; Affleck for Manchester By The Sea (2016) which he won Mara for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)

They also earned Best Supporting Actor/Actress Oscar Nominations; Affleck for The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (2007) Mara for Carol (2015)

22. A Good Woman (2004)

PG | 93 min | Drama, Comedy, Romance

53 Metascore

While retaining her secret identity, the illustrious Mrs. Erlynne (Hunt) saves Lady Windemere (Johansson) from making a grand social faux-pas with the scoundrelly Lord Darlington (Moore).

Director: Mike Barker | Stars: Helen Hunt, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Wilkinson, Milena Vukotic

Votes: 10,629 | Gross: $0.22M

Helen Hunt and Tom Wilkinson both earned Best Actor/Actress Oscar Nominations; Hunt for As Good As It Gets (1997) which she won Wilkinson for In The Bedroom (2001)

Wilkinson and Hunt along with Scarlett Johannson worked with Colin Firth; Wilkinson for Shakespeare in Love (1998) and The Girl With a Pearl Earring (2004) Hunt for Then She Found Me (2008) Johannson for The Girl With The Pearl Earring (2004)

Wilkinson and Hunt also earned Best Supporting Actor/Actress Oscar Nominations; Wilkinson for Michael Clayton (2007) Hunt for The Sessions (2012)

23. A Good Year (2006)

PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

47 Metascore

A British investment broker inherits his uncle's chateau and vineyard in Provence, where he spent much of his childhood. He discovers a new laid-back lifestyle as he tries to renovate the estate to be sold.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Russell Crowe, Abbie Cornish, Albert Finney, Marion Cotillard

Votes: 80,537 | Gross: $7.46M

Russell Crowe, Marion Cotillard, and Albert Finney all earned Best Actor/Actress Oscar Nominations;

Crowe for The Insider (1999), Gladiator (2000) which he won, and A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Cotillard for La Vie En Rose (2007) which she won and Two Days, One Night (2014)

Finney for Tom Jones (1967), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Dresser (1983), and Under The Volcano (1984)

Crowe and Finney all worked on films that won Best Picture Oscars; Crowe for Gladiator (2000) and A Beautiful Mind (2001) Finney for Tom Jones (1967)

24. A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

The movie is a coming-of-age drama about a boy growing up in Astoria, New York during the 1980s. As his friends end up dead, on drugs, or in prison. He comes to believe he has been saved from their fates by various so-called saints.

Director: Dito Montiel | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Rosario Dawson, Shia LaBeouf, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 23,642 | Gross: $0.52M

Chazz Palminteri, Robert Downey Jr., Eric Roberts, and Dianne Wiest all earned Best Supporting Actor/Actress Oscar Nominations before and after this film; Palminteri for Bullets Over Broadway (1994) Wiest for Hannah and her Sisters (1986) which she won, Parenthood (1989), and Bullets Over Broadway (1994) which she won Downey for Tropic Thunder (2008) Roberts for Runaway Train (1985)

Palminteri and Wiest worked together before in Bullets Over Broadway (1994)

Downey and Palminteri both worked with Nick Nolte; Downey for Tropic Thunder (2008) Palminteri for Mullholland Falls (1996)

They both played real-life characters; Downey as Charles Chaplin in Chaplin (1992) Palminteri as Paul Costelano in Boss of Bosses (2001)TV

Wiest and Palminteri both worked with Gabriel Byrne; Wiest for In Treatment (2008-2011)TV Palminteri for The Usual Suspects (1995)

Downey and Wiest both worked with Steve Martin; Downey for Bowfinger (1999) Wiest for Parenthood (1989)

Rosario Dawson and Downey both worked with Tommy Lee Jones; Dawson for Men In Black II (2002) Downey for U.S. Marshals (1997)

Channing Tatum and Downey both worked with Mark Ruffalo; Tatum for Foxcatcher (2014) Downey for The Avengers (2012) and The Avengers Age Of Ultron (2015)

Director Dito Montiel, Tatum, and Downey all worked with Terence Howard; Montiel and Tatum for Fighting (2009) Downey for Iron Man (2008)

25. A History of Violence (2005)

R | 96 min | Drama, Thriller

81 Metascore

A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, William Hurt

Votes: 206,428 | Gross: $31.49M

Viggo Mortensen, William Hurt, and Ed Harris all earned Best Actor Oscar Nominations;

Mortensen for Eastern Promises (2007) and Captain Fantastic (2016)

Hurt for Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) which he won, Children of a Lesser God (1986), and Broadcast News (1987)

Harris for Pollock (2000)

Harris and Hurt both earned Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nominations;

Harris for Apollo 13 (1995), The Truman Show (1998), and The Hours (2002)

Hurt for this film

Harris and Mortensen worked together again in Appaloosa (2008)

Harris and Hurt both earned Oscar Nominations for playing homosexuals; Harris for Best Supporting Actor in The Hours (2002) Hurt for Best Actor in Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) which he won

Mortensen and Harris both worked on films that earned Best Picture Oscars; Mortensen for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Harris for A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Stephen McHattie and Maria Bello both worked with Hugh Jackman; McHattie for The Fountain (2006) Bello for Prisoners (2013)

26. A Little Trip to Heaven (2005)

R | 98 min | Drama, Thriller

A husband and wife tangle with an investigator over her dead brother's million-dollar insurance policy.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Kharl Anton Leigh, Peter Coyote, Forest Whitaker, Juan Carlos Pardo Pardo

Votes: 4,310

Forrest Whitaker and Jeremy Renner both earned Best Actor Oscar Nominations; Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland (2006) which he won Renner for The Hurt Locker (2008)

Whitaker and Renner also earned Oscar Nominations for playing villains; Whitaker for Best Actor in The Last King of Scotland (2006) which he won Renner for Best Supporting Actor in The Town (2010)

They both played real-life villains; Whitaker as Gen. Idi Amin Dada in The Last King of Scotland (2006) Renner as Jeffrey Dahmer in Dahmer (2002)

They both worked on films that earned Best Picture Oscars; Whitaker for Platoon (1986) Renner for The Hurt Locker (2008)

Peter Coyote and Whitaker both worked with Robin Williams; Whitaker for Good Morning Vietnam (1987) Coyote for Patch Adams (1998)

They both worked with Liam Neeson; Whitaker for Taken 3 (2015) Coyote for Sworn to Silence (1987)TV

27. A Midnight Clear (1992)

R | 108 min | Drama, War

This WW2 psychological drama plays out at Christmas. US GIs hold an isolated cabin in the Ardennes against a handful of Germans cut off from their main force. Combat-weary and short of rations, both sides are determined to survive.

Director: Keith Gordon | Stars: Peter Berg, Kevin Dillon, Arye Gross, Ethan Hawke

Votes: 7,656 | Gross: $1.53M

Gary Sinise and Ethan Hawke both earned Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nominations; Sinise for Forrest Gump (1994) Hawke for Training Day (2001) and Boyhood (2014)

Sinise and Hawke both worked with Nicolas Cage; Sinise for Snake Eyes (1998) Hawke for Lord of War (2005)

Both Frank Whaley and John C. McGinley worked with writer/director Oliver Stone; Whaley for Born on the Fourth of July (1989), The Doors (1991), and JFK (1991) McGinley for Platoon (1986), Wall Street (1987), Talk Radio (1988), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), and Nixon (1995)

McGinley, Sinise, and Whaley all worked with Anthony Hopkins; McGinley for Nixon (1995) Sinise for The Human Stain (2003) Whaley for Red Dragon (2002)

McGinley and Sinise both worked on films about Richard Nixon; Sinise for The Final Days (1989)TV McGinley for Nixon (1995)

Sinise and McGinley both worked with James Woods; Sinise for My Name is Bill W. (1989)TV McGinley for Nixon (1995)

28. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

61 Metascore

Lovers' lives are complicated by city law, feuding faerie royalty, and... love.

Director: Michael Hoffman | Stars: Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Everett, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 22,874 | Gross: $16.07M

Kevin Kline, Stanley Tucci, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Christian Bale all earned Best Supporting Actor/Actress Oscar Nominations; Kline for A Fish Called Wanda (1988) which he won Tucci for The Lovely Bones (2009) Pfeiffer for Dangerous Liasons (1988) Bale for The Fighter (2010) which he won and The Big Short (2015)

Pfeiffer, Bale, and David Strathairn all earned Best Actor/Actress Oscar Nominations; Pfeiffer for The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) and Love Field (1992) Bale for American Hustle (2013) Strathairn for Good Night and Good Luck (2005)

Tucci and Bale both worked with Samuel L. Jackson; Tucci for Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Bale for Shaft (2000)

Tucci and Kline both earned Oscar Nominations for playing villains; Tucci for The Lovely Bones (2009) Kline for A Fish Called Wanda (1988) which he won

They both worked with Denzel Washington; Tucci for The Pelican Brief (1994) Kline for Cry Freedom (1987)

Tucci, Kline, and Strathairn both worked with Meryl Streep; Tucci for The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and Julie & Julia (2009) Strathairn for The River Wild (1994) Kline for Sophie's Choice (1982) and A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

Tucci and Bale both worked with Mark Wahlberg; Tucci for Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) Bale for The Fighter (2010)

Strathairn and Bale both worked with Steven Spielberg; Strathairn for Lincoln (2012) Bale for Empire of the Sun (1987)

Tucci, Kline, and Strathairn all played real-life characters who were involved in Hollywood;

Tucci as Walter Winchell in Winchell (1998)TV and as Stanley Kubrick in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2005)TV

Kline as Douglas Fairbanks in Chaplin (1992), as Cole Porter in De-Lovely (2004) and as Errol Flynn in The Last of Robin Hood (2013)

Strathairn as Edward R. Murrow in Good Night and Good Luck (2005)

29. A Mother's Prayer (1995 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama

Rosemary Holmstrom is struggling to bring up her son following the death of her husband. When she is diagnosed with AIDS, at first she refuses to believe it, but soon turns her attentions ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Elikann | Stars: Linda Hamilton, Noah Fleiss, Bruce Dern, Kate Nelligan

Votes: 285

Bruce Dern and Kate Nelligan both earned Best Supporting Actor/Actress Oscar Nominations; Dern for Coming Home (1978) Nelligan for The Prince of Tides (1991)

Nelligan and S. Epatha Emerson both worked with Tommy Lee Jones; Nelligan for U.S. Marshals (1997) Emerson for Lincoln (2012)

Nelligan and Dern both worked with Nick Nolte; Nelligan for The Prince of Tides (1991) Dern for Mulholland Falls (1997)

30. A Murder of Quality (1991 TV Movie)