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20 Great Movies With Incredible Casting Ensembles

10 June 2013 | Features, Film Lists | by David Zou

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.


19. Bobby


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.


18. Crash


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.

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  • Steven Flores

    “Bobby” and “Crash”? Those films fucking sucked. The former is a poor man’s attempt at a Robert Altman film with a lot of bullshit idealized messages as well as one of the worst sequences ever involving Ashton Kutcher. The latter is an overblown and heavy-handed film with too many coincidences and messages about racism that beats you over the head over and over again.

  • Vince Duggan

    No Coens? Fargo or Big Lebowski spring to mind. (These are all good though, tough to make a cut. You could name all QT’s work,)

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  • sara

    The one I remember most from Bobby was actually Nick Cannon.