20 Great Movies With Incredible Casting Ensembles
An all-star casting ensemble is every director’s dream. A dozen of experienced actors on board not only makes the director’s job easier, it also makes the promotional campaign more appealing. All you need to do is design a post with all the big shots on it and the names will sell itself. If you have a couple of Oscar winner/nominees, don’t forget to add the line above the names in the trailer.
Here are 20 great movies that will definitely make you starstruck. Get ready to count the names!
20. The Expendables
The Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Mickey Rourke, Steve Austin, Terry Crews, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Pause The Screen When: There are scenes shared by more of the cast, but its all about the big reunion between Stallone, Willis and Schwarzenegger. Expect more of that in the forthcoming sequel…
Stand-Out Star: We’ve got to give this one to Lundgren, who punches, kicks and snarls his way through proceedings as if he’d never been away.
The Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, Laurence Fishburne, Martin Sheen, Christian Slater, Joshua Jackson, Heather Graham, Freddy Rodriguez, Ashton Kutcher, Shia LaBeouf, Emilio Estevez, Lindsay Lohan, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Elijah Wood.
Pause The Screen When: During the ending montage, which shows the entire cast reacting to the fallout of Bobby Kennedy’s shooting.
Stand-Out Star: Laurence Fishburne steals his fair share of scenes as the sous chef with some strong views on the state of race relations in America.
The Cast: Matt Dillon, Don Cheadle, Thandie Newton, Brendan Fraser, Sandra Bullock, Ryan Phillippe, Terrence Howard, Michael Peña, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Jennifer Esposito.
Pause The Screen When: Dillon and Phillippe’s encounter with Newton and Howard is an uncomfortable watch, but all four are on superb form in this pivotal scene.
Stand-Out Star: Ludacris proves himself a surprisingly capable actor, spitting out one-liners with genuine charisma.
17. The Royal Tenenbaums
The Cast: Gene Hackman, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelica Huston, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Danny Glover, Alec Baldwin.
Pause The Screen When: Royal’s funeral brings the entire family together in a way he never could as a father.
Stand-Out Star: Hackman is scabrously funny throughout, but Gwyneth Paltrow certainly gives him a run for his money, with a performance of almost unbearable melancholy.