The top ten all-star casts

Who’s in the film? Everyone…

Every so often a film comes along full to the brim of well-known actors. Whether it’s good or not the big names draw in the crowds. The upcoming film The Expendables which stars some of the most well-known heavyweight stars around (Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis to name a few),  is one of these. In light of this we decided to create a list of our top ten films with an all-star cast.

1. Love Actually

The big names: Bill Nighly, Gregor Fisher, Rory MacGregor, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Kris Marshall, Martin Freeman, Joanna Page, Andrew Lincoln, Keira Knightley, Martine McCutcheon, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, Billy Bob Thornton, Claudia Schiffer, the list is actually endless.

Why we like it: Apart from staring every British actor ever, it has not just one, but eight truly heart warming stories that can melt even the iciest of hearts. It’s the perfect Christmas film, and has a little more class than National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

2. Ocean’s Eleven (and Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thriteen)

The big names: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Andy Garcia, Julia Roberts and Bernie Mac.

Why we like it: It oozes Hollywood glamour, and does the original 1960 Rat Pack version justice. The best looking A-listers really pulled together for it, creating a fun, action-packed, easy-on-the-eye film.

3. The Dirty Dozen

The big names: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Telly Savalas, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, Donald Sutherland.

Why we like it: Despite the original shock when it was released in 1967, it has stood the test of time. A great story and an even better cast of actors who, if they weren’t already, went on to be huge.

4. Valentine’s Day

The big names: Jessica Alba, Kathy Bates, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Eric Dane, Patrick Dempsey, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Topher Grace, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher, Taylor Lautner and loads more.

Why we like it: It’s a newie, but it’s undeniably a goodie. Well, if you are a teenage girl anyway. It’s pulled out all the stops in getting current ‘stars’ and does a good job showing the gamut of emotions people feel around Valentine’s day.

5. Mars Attacks

The big names: Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael J. Fox, Tom Jones and Natalie Portman.

Why we like it: It’s Tim Burton before he became obsessed with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. With moments of black comedy, romantic comedy, political satire and surreal humour, it’s how every comic science fiction film should be.

6. Rat Race

The big names: Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jon Lovitz, Lanei Chapman, Seth Green, Kathy Najimy, Vince Vieluf, John Cleese, Breckin Meyer, Kathy Bates, Wayne Knight and Amy Smart.

Why we like it: Yes it’s silly and yes it’s pretty irrelevant, but it’s also really fun and witty. The actors all give great performances, which makes this goofy comedy actually pretty good.

7. The Cannonball Run

The big names: Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farah Fawcett, Dom DeLuise, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr and Jackie Chan

Why we like it: As an ensemble piece, it really is all about the characters and the actors do a great job at making these eccentric racers seem pretty wild. It’s obvious why after this, films such as Rat Race were spawned, it is a formula that works well.

8. Sin City

The big names: Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Benicio del Toro, Josh Hartnett, Jamie King, Brittany Murphy, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis, Elijah Wood and Mickey Rourke.

Why we like it: Well for a start the cast is amazing, everyone is in it. Then there is the unique way it is filmed, most of it is black and white but certain objects are in colour. It’s is slightly confusing the first time you watch it, but it is the sort of film you’d happily watch over and over.

9. He’s just not that into you

The big names: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson, Sasha Alexander, Justin Long, Jennifer Connelly, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kevin Connolly, and Bradley Cooper.

Why we like it: Although it was a little too close to home for some people, the cast and the famous line used in Sex and the City made this a hit. Looking at nine different relationships, there is something for every viewer to relate to.

10. The Departed

The big names: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga and Alec Baldwin.

Why we like it: These are some big names, serious A-list actors, all very well respected who prove once again they can act. It’s a slick, violent, edge-of-your-seat sort of film.

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2 thoughts on “The top ten all-star casts

  • August 8, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Dear Fiona,

    I’m glad you made “Mars Attacks” part of your top 10. It certainly is heading for cult movie stzatus, if not already. When I first viewed it I at once interpreted it as a satire on race relations. And guess who I thought the ‘aliens’ represented?

    As for “The Departed”, this is awell made film by Scorsese without perhaps the absolute impact of “Taxi Driver, for example. The story is taken from a [Chinese]/Hongkong] ‘policier’ set in Hongkong with subtitles, its English title being “Infernal Affairs”. I think that the convoluted plot must have appealed to Scorsese. Also the chance to work with a different set of actors than previously. It includes another larger than life performance from Jack Nicholson in a role which in previous Scorsese films might have gone to Robert De Niro. Also the almost doppelganger interchangeability of the Leoanardo Dicaprio and Matt Damon roles must also have appealed to Scorsese. In the film they are made up to almost look like each other, as the former goes deep police undercover to penetrate the criminal organisation and the latter does the reverse to penetrate the police.


  • August 9, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Really pleased both old and new films made the list. Not sure about The Departed being on the list though, I would have gone for Inglorious Basterds myself, it has a much better cast.

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