Perhaps best known for his role as Black Panther in the MCU Chadwick Boseman has lost a 4 year battle with colon cancer and passed away earlier today according to a representative. diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer back in 2016 the actor has been battling it ever since.
Despite his illness he had still been getting out there and giving great performances, not just in the MCU but he also was terrific on Saturday Night Live as well as his other films such as Da 5 Bloods, Marshall and Gods of Egypt and many others, he did all of this while going through chemotherapy treatments and surgeries, he was a very talented actor and by all appearances a great human being as well…the world lost a good one today and my condolences go out to his family.
He passed away at home surrounded by family and loved ones and the family has expressed a wish for everyone to respect their privacy during this tough time…so please respect their privacy.
Born in 1974 in Vicenza, Italy Amy Lou Adams studied ballet early on in her life but around the age of 18 decided she was more interested in theatre. She had a lot of TV roles in her early career but most were just one time appearances that gave her a little exposure on popular TV shows, her roles back then included being on an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, That 70s Show and Smallville. Her real destiny was in film though and she found huge success there and seeing it’s her birthday today I thought it’d be fun to go over some of my personal favorites of hers.
There is no ranked order on this list just mostly by release date and I am including only movies not her television roles and any sequels will be included in with the original as to avoid repeating things, so without further delay let’s take a look at some of Amy Adams’ movie roles throughout her career.
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Catch Me If You Can
Released in 2002 and directed by Steven Spielberg Catch Me If You Can is about an FBI agent pursuing pretty much the world’s greatest conman Frank Abagnale Jr. and it was a great jumping off point for Amy Adams’ career. Starring alongside great actors such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks it might be hard to standout but Amy Adams held her own and although she wouldn’t get more work for a year or so it is the first major role many people remember her in.
Released in 2005 and directed by Phil Morrison Junebug depicts the struggles a pregnant art dealer goes through while meeting her in-laws in North Carolina. Although the movie wasn’t a huge commercial success the critics loved it and Adams was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as well as winning numerous other smaller awards, concreting her place as an up and comer. Starring alongside Embeth Davidtz in a role that really let her show off her acting skills Amy Adams showed she was here to stay.
The Wedding Date
Also released in 2005 The Wedding Date was directed by Clare Kilner and gave Amy Adams a chance to show she could pull off mild comedy as well as dramatic roles…The film revolves around a woman who hires a male escort to pretend to be her date at her sister’s wedding and as you can probably guess things don’t go as planned. Starring alongside Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney and Jack Davenport gave Amy Adams a chance to stand out in a supporting role and shine.
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Released in 2006 and directed by Adam McKay Talladega Nights allowed Amy Adams to further show off her comedic skills in an even larger supporting role than her last one. Starring alongside Comedy legend Will Ferrell never hurts but Adams certainly kept up just fine and was one of the funnier parts of the movie. also starring Sacha Baron Cohen and John C. Reilly this film was overloaded with great comedic genius and was a huge commercial success spawning a sequel and a whole generation going on about how “If you’re not first you’re last”
Released in 2007 and directed by Kevin Lima Enchanted was Amy Adams first real role where she had to carry the movie herself and she did a wonderful job, so it’s no surprise we’re still seeing her in films to this day. Starring James Marsden and Susan Sarandon the comedic fantasy film is what many people remember Adams in first and is perhaps responsible for her career taking off.
Charlie Wilson’s War
Released in 2007 and directed by Mike Nichols the biographical film Charlie Wilson’s War covers a period of time in the Texas Congressman’s life and gave Amy Adams a chance to get back to a serious role and show she could still do dramatic roles. Starring Tom Hanks, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Julia Roberts the film showed that Amy Adam’s could still stay memorable, even in a smaller role.
Released in 2008 and directed by Christine Jeffs Sunshine Cleaning portrayed a single mother working as a crime scene cleaner to help pay her son’s tuition to a private school. The film wasn’t a giant success or anything but it is a good movie and one I think about every time I hear someone mention Amy Adams. Starring Emily Blunt and Alan Arkin the film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Released in 2009 and directed by Shawn Levy the whole Night at the Museum series of films were great, entertaining and full of great talent. Adams got to portray Amelia Earhart and although she is much prettier than the historical figure was she did a great job. Starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams and Owen Wilson the film was a huge commercial success and brought Adams further into the spotlight.
Released in 2010 and directed by David O. Russel the biographical sports film The Fighter depicts the life and struggles of boxer Mickey Ward. As usual Amy Adams stood out and shined even among other great actors such as Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. the film was largely successful and won 2 Oscars including one for Christian Bale’s role in the film.
Lois Lane in Multiple Movies
You can’t have a Superman movie without Lois Lane and Amy Adams has played the superheroes love interest in 3 movies now Including Man of Steel, Batman VS Superman and Justice League with her set to reprise the role in Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League due out in 2021…She encompasses everything Lois Lane should be…Classy, intelligent and take no shit from anyone and she is my personal favorite Lois Lane of all time.
As you can see Amy Adams has had a great career and is a very talented actress who I’m sure we’ll be seeing in film for decades to come…Happy birthday Amy Adams 🙂
With the legendary actor turning 77 years old today I thought it a perfect time to list off some of my favorite films featuring Robert De Niro. With a career ranging all the way back to the early 60s there is certainly no shortage of films to pick from when choosing favorites. so let’s get right to it and check out some of the acting legends better roles.
As always there is no special ranked order, it’s mostly just in order by release date and any movies that are part of a franchise will all be included in one entry as to not inflate the list with sequels and whatnot.
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The Godfather Part II
Released in 1974 and directed by Francis Ford Coppola The Godfather Part II is certainly not De Niro’s earliest role as he had nearly a dozen appearances in films before this one, but it is the earliest role I remember him from and the one I feel kickstarted his long and illustrious career in film. De Niro starred alongside other greats such as Al Pacino, Robert Duvall and Diane Keaton and the film would go on to be commercially and critically successful and was the first sequel ever to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Directed by Martin Scorsese and released in 1976 Taxi Driver would give Robert De Niro his first chance to carry a movie focused mostly on his character and boy did he pull it off. Starring alongside Jodi Foster, Harvey Keitel and Albert Brooks he would prove to everyone he had what it takes to be a leading man in Hollywood. The film is loved by critics and fans alike and was nominated for 4 Academy Awards as well as being selected for preservation by the National Film Registry in The United States.
The Deer Hunter
Released in 1978 and directed by Michael Cimino The Deer Hunter would star Robert De Niro as one of three steel workers whose lives were forever changed by the Vietnam War and would showcase his amazing acting skills. Also starring Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep and John Savage the film was critically acclaimed and loved by audiences for the stellar performances by all. the film won 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture and grossed $49 million at the box office.
Released in 1980 and directed by Martin Scorsese Raging Bull was based on the memoir by boxer Jake Lamotta and would star De Niro as Lamotta himself. The film also starred Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriarty, who were both unknown actors before this point. although the film wasn’t all that successful at the box office it did garner a handful of Academy Award nominations and De Niro would win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role.
Once Upon A Time In America
Released in 1984 and based on the novel The Hoods by Harry Grey Once Upon a Time In America would depict a group of Jewish boys who grow into prominence as Jewish gangsters in New York’s world of organized crime. De Niro would star alongside James Woods and Joe Pesci and although the film didn’t receive any nominations or anything at release it has since grown a fan base and is considered by many to be one of the best films in the gangster genre.
Released in 1987 and directed by Brian De Palma The Untouchables would star Robert De Niro as the infamous gangster Al Capone and would depict the rise and fall of Capone’s empire as well as Federal agent Eliot Ness and his efforts to catch Capone. Also starring Kevin Costner, Andy Garcia and Sean Connery the film grossed $106 million and as nominated for multiple Academy Awards and Connery would win an Academy Award for his role as well.
Released in 1990 and once again directed by Martin Scorsese Goodfellas is an adaptation of the novel Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi and would star Robert De Niro as you guessed it…a gangster again but hey why fix what isn’t broken, the man plays a great gangster. Also starring Joe Pesci, Ray Liotta and Lorraine Bracco the film was a huge success and was nominated for 6 Academy Awards as well as snagging Joe Pesci and award for his role. It is widely considered to be one of the best films ever made and the peak of Scorsese’s career.
Released in 1991 and directed by Martin Scorsese Cape Fear was a remake of the 1962 film of the same name which in turn was based on The Executioners a 1957 novel by John D. Macdonald. De Niro takes on the role of Max Cady a convicted rapist and twisted criminal mind as he terrorizes the attorney’s family who he blames for his incarceration. This is hands down my favorite role that Robert De Niro has ever played and I adore this movie. The film also starred Nick Nolte, Juliette Lewis and Jessica Lange and was the 7th collaboration between De Niro and Scorsese.
This Boy’s Life
Directed by Michael Caton-Jones and released in 1993 This Boy’s Life starred Robert De Niro as an abusive stepfather alongside a young Leonardo DiCaprio as his fragile stepson. also starring Ellen Barkin the film was received pretty decently by critics but was by no means a huge hit but I still personally feel that this is one of Robert De Niro’s best films.
A Bronx Tale
Released in 1993 not only did A Bronx Tale star Robert De Niro but he also directed it. The film is an adaptation of Chaz Palminteri’s Play of the same name and explores the life of a young Italian american boy who gets mixed up with the Mafia. Also starring Chaz Palminteri the film wasn’t much of a commercial success but most critics loved it and it proved that Robert De Niro could direct as well as he could act.
Released in 1995 and directed by Martin Scorsese Casino would star De Niro as a Jewish American gambling expert and handicapper who gets mixed up with the Chicago Mafia and the trials and tribulations he experiences because of his connections with them. The film also stars Joe Pesci, Sharon Stone and Don Rickles and was hugely successful at the box office grossing $116 million worldwide as well as garnering multiple Academy Award nominations and winning Sharon Stone a Golden Globe for her role.
Released in 1995 and directed by Michael Mann Heat stars Robert De Niro as a professional criminal specializing in high stakes robberies and pits him up against Al Pacino as a crazy twisted detective who is trying to catch him. The film also stars Tom Sizemore, Val Kilmer and Ashley Judd and is a great cat n mouse kind of film with lots of twists and turns. It was a critical and commercial success and is certainly one of Robert De Niro’s best films in my opinion.
Directed by Quentin Tarantino and released in 1997 Jackie Brown is an adaptation of the novel Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard and is the only Adaptation Tarantino has ever done. Also starring Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Forster the film is a crazy ride along with some not so professional criminals and the many ways they stab each other in the back. It’s credited with revitalizing the careers of both Pam Grier and Robert Forster.
Released in 1998 and directed by John Frankenheimer Ronin stars Robert De Niro as one of a group of former special operatives hired to steal a mysterious briefcase. The film also stars Sean Bean, Jean Reno and Stellan Skarsgard and was mostly met with positive reviews although it didn’t do well at the box office. It has lots of twists and turns and betrayals and in my opinion is a really fun heist movie to sit down and check out if you haven’t yet.
Released in 1999 and directed by Harold Ramis Analyze This is what I feel was Robert De Niro’s first true comedy and was the beginning of the end as far as his roles as gritty and cold blooded criminals. The film also stars Billy Crystal and Lisa Kudrow and focuses on a Mafia Boss who goes to a therapist, it’s a fun movie that isn’t meant to be taken too seriously and I felt was a nice departure from De Niro’s usual roles back then. The film grossed $176 million and spawned a sequel Analyze That which was released in 2002.
Meet The Parents
Released in 2000 and directed by Jay Roach Meet The Parents is a comedy starring Robert De Niro as an ex CIA operative who is meeting his daughter’s fiance for the first time. The film also stars Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson and certainly has it’s great comedic moments, including one all about milking the teets of cats…The film was ahuge success grossing $330 million worldwide and getting two sequels Meet The Fockers and Little Fockers as well as a short lived series In-Laws on NBC in 2002.
Released in 2001 and directed by Frank Oz The Score starred Robert De Niro in a role everyone was used to seeing him in, as a master criminal and man not to be trifled with. The film also stars Ed Norton, Marlon Brando and Angela Bassett and is, in my opinion, a pretty damn good heist movie grossing $113 million worldwide and winning Angela Bassett a NAACP Image Award for her role.
Released in 2008 and directed by John Avnet Righteous Kill was the third movie in which Robert De Niro and Al Pacino starred together. also starring 50 Cent, John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg the film focuses on vigilantism and cops good and bad and the mysterious case they are investigating. It didn’t do well critically or commercially but I personally enjoyed this movie a lot and would recommend it for sure.
Released in 2019 to critical acclaim and huge commercial success Joker would see Robert De Niro play one of the antagonists that drive Jaoquin Phoenix’s character Arthur Fleck to become the Joker. The film was the first R-rated movie to gross over $1 billion and won Phoenix an award for best actor. It is widely considered to be the best take on the DC Comics character.
Released in 2019 and directed by Martin Scorsese The Irishman has Robert De Niro get back to his gangster roots and is just as good as you’d expect a Scorsese gangster film to be. Also starring Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel the film follows a hitman working for organized crime and Jimmy Hoffa among others and it’s a joy to see De Niro in this kind of role again.
This is by no means a definitive list and I’m sure I left out a couple decent movies…These are just my personal favorites featuring the one and only Robert De Niro.
Born in 1972 in Berkeley, California Ben Affleck has had a hugely successful career in film as an actor, director and writer. One of his most recent roles as Batman has got #ThanksBatfleck trending on Twitter today and I for one can’t wait to see the Snyder cut of the Justice League movie. since he’s been in a ton of films and this might take awhile let’s get right to it.
I will only be listing films that he starred in and not any that he just wrote or directed, although he has found success in both those fields as well. As usual these are in no ranked order and mostly just in order by release date from oldest to newest.
Released in 1992 and directed by Robert Mandel the sports drama film School Ties is about a Jewish student that is awarded a scholarship at a prestigious school and the difficulties he has fitting in. Although Affleck didn’t have a very large role in this movie it was the first one that he gained any attention for and was his first major film role. The film also starred Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon and Chris O’Donnel. It was a giant success of a movie or anything but decided to add it because it was basically the start of his career.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Also released in 1992 and also featuring Ben Affleck in a smaller role Buffy The Vampire Slayer was a commercial success and spawned a TV series that to this day is one of my favorites, both were written by Joss Whedon. The film also starred Luke Perry and Kristy Swanson and Hillary Swank and grossed over $16 million at the box office.
Dazed and Confused
Released in 1993 and directed by Richard Linklater Dazed and Confused was about growing up in the 70’s and was a classic coming of age tale. Affleck played Fred O’Bannion who was kind of the biggest bully at the school in regards to picking on the Freshman. Parties, drugs and drinking…It’s a fun movie to watch for sure. The film also starred Jason London and Matthew McConaughey. the film wasn’t a huge commercial or critical success but my generation at least considers it a classic for sure.
Released in 1995 and directed by Kevin Smith Mallrats would be the first of many roles Affleck would get in smith’s films. The film revolves around young adults navigating life and the mall while trying to figure it all out and it also stars of Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Jason Lee, Shannon Doherty and the great Michael Rooker. The movie wasn’t a huge critical success but it certainly helped to kick start Kevin Smith’s career in the industry and I’m glad for that as some of his movies are my favorite of all time.
Released in 1997 and again directed by Kevin Smith Chasing Amy would see Affleck in the role of Holden McNeil, a man in his 20s trying to figure out life and love and the tribulations he goes through in the process. The film also stars Joey Lauren Adams(who by the way I adore and wish she was in more these days),Jason Lee and of course Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes as Jay and Silent Bob. The film grossed over $12 million on a tiny budget and helped to prove Kevin Smith’s success wasn’t a one time deal. I love this movie and if you haven’t seen it I highly suggest checking it out…all I’ll say now is…Fingercuffs.
Good Will Hunting
Released in 1997 as well was a film that will always hold a special place in my heart as I was born and raised in Massachusetts and Good Will Hunting is all about a couple guys from Massachusetts. Affleck plays Chuckie Sullivan whose best friend is a brilliant young mind played by Matt Damon. The film also starred Minnie Driver and the late great Robin Williams and was a huge critical success grossing over $225 million worldwide.
Released in 1998 and perhaps one of the most underrated of Affleck’s movies Phantoms was directed by Joe Chappelle and focuses on a small town that gets shut off from the rest of the world and strange things start happening all over the town, basically a ghost movie but done very well, which isn’t a surprise seeing it’s based on a Dean Koontz novel of the same name. The film was actually a pretty big commercial and critical failure but I still love the movie and feel it never got the credit it deserved.
Released in 1998 and directed by Michael Bay the Scifi disaster film tells the story of an earth where there is a huge asteroid headed towards it and only a crew of oil rig fellas can stop it. Ben Affleck plays one of these fellas alongside some other great talent such as Steve Buscemi, Bruce Willis and Michael Clarke Duncan. It was a critical failure but a huge commercial success grossing over $500 million worldwide.
Released in 1999 Dogma would be the third Kevin Smith movie Affleck would star in and perhaps my favorite Kevin smith movie overall. Affleck plays Bartleby a disgruntled angel of death who is looking to change the way people see religion. It’s a great unique funny take on the subject matter and stars a bunch of great actors such as George Carlin, Chris Rock, Matt Damon, Jason Lee and even Alanis Morrisette as god herself. It wasn’t the most successful movie on this list for sure but I could watch this movie over and over and absolutely love it.
Released in 2000 and basically The Wolf of Wall Street of it’s day and directed by Ben Younger Boiler Room took a look into the crazier side of stock trading and Affleck’s role wasn’t the most important one in the film but he certainly played his part well and honestly it might be some of his best acting work. Also starring Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel and Scott Caan the film grossed &28 million worldwide. It was probably more successful with the critics than movie watchers but is considered to be a great film now and certainly worth a watch if you haven’t seen it yet.
Released in 2001 and directed by Michael Bay Pearl Harbor was based on the true events of well…Pearl Harbor except it focuses more on a love story than the attack itself. Affleck plays a combat pilot and is joined by some great talent such as Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett and Jennifer Garner. the film was a huge success grossing over $450 million worldwide and was nominated for numerous awards winning an Academy Award for Best Sound Editing.
The Sum Of All Fears
Released in 2001 and based on a Tom Clancy novel of the same name The Sum of All Fears is a spy thriller that puts Affleck in the role of Jack Ryan( who has been played by so many different actors it’s crazy) and is joined by some great actors such as Morgan Freeman and Liev Schreiber. the film opened to mixed reviews but did gross $193 million worldwide and won a visual effects award.
Released in 2003 the superhero film Daredevil saw Affleck in the titular role and although a lot of people consider it a bad movie I actually think he did pretty decent in the role and that the movie just had some lazy writing at points in the plot. He starred alongside his then future wife Jennifer Garner and Colin Farrell as the villain Bullseye. Perhaps not Affleck’s greatest film but I thought it needed to be included here. He would also later star in the spin-off Elektra a few years later.
Released in 2012 and based on true events revolving around rescuing some hostages from Iran. Affleck is joined by some great talent including John Goodman and Bryan Cranston. The film was nominated for numerous Academy Awards and won 3 for Best Picture among other things.
Released in 2014 and directed by David Fincher the psychological thriller Gone Girl revolves around a man suspected of his wives disappearance and the twists and turns are great along the way. Also starring Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry the movie won 2 awards for it’s soundtrack and is included on a bunch of top ten lists.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
Released in 2016 and directed by Zack Snyder Batman v Superman would be the first of multiple movies where Affleck would play Batman/Bruce Wayne starring alongside Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot and Henry Cavill. the film was highly criticized but I actually enjoyed it quite a lot and am a huge fan of Ben Affleck in the role of Batman.
In 2017 Affleck would play Batman for the third time, if you count his small cameo in Suicide Squad although this time Batman would be part of a team with Superman, The Flash,Wonder Woman, Cyborg and Aquaman. The film was almost as badly criticized as Batman v Superman but once again I disagree with most people and think it’s a great film, although they could have used another hour or so to flesh out the characters better, perhaps this Snyder cut I’ve been hearing about will do it justice.
Ben Affleck has played many roles, some great and some not so great(See Gigli) but in my opinion he is still one of the most talented people in Hollywood today and deserves much more credit than most people will give him.
What’s your favorite Ben Affleck role?
Let us know in the comments 🙂
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Born Robin McLaurin Williams in 1951 in Chicago Illinois Robin Williams would go on to have a long successful career and in many people’s minds is basically a national treasure. I have never heard anyone say a bad thing about this man and it’s for good reason, he was known to be an incredibly good human being, even going out of his way to ensure homeless people would find work on the set of his movies. The world became a worse place the day we lost Robin Williams on August 11, 2014 and today would have been his 69th birthday so I thought it’d be a good time to talk about some of my favorite movies he was in.
As with any of my movie lists any movies with sequels will be included in one entry as to now repeat too much and the movies will mostly be in order by when they were released not ranked by which I like more and although Mork & Mindy is one of my favorite roles by Williams I am sticking to movies for this list, but anyways let’s get to it.
Released in 1980 and directed by Robert Altman Popeye was of course based on the famous cartoon character and it is the earliest role I remember Robin Williams in besides Mork & Mindy. He played the titular character alongside Shelley Duvall who played Olive Oyl. The film was generally well received by critics and was a good start to what would be a great career in film for Williams.
The World According To Garp
Released in 1982 and directed by George Roy Hill The World According To Garp is based on the Novel of the same name and sees Williams playing T.S. Garp. the film follows the life of T.S. Garp who grows up with a feminist mother who is a writer and he grows up to be a great writer as well.It has a wide variety o different characters that Garp meets throughout his life and is a great coming of age type film. Robin Williams starred alongside John Lithgow and Glenn Close, who were both nominated for awards for their roles.
Good Morning, Vietnam
Released in 1987 the comedy drama war film Good Morning, Vietnam directed by Barry Levinson would see Robin Williams play the role of a Radio DJ for the armed forces and is loosely based on the experiences of Adrian Cronauer. The film made Robin Williams acting skills more obvious than ever and made people take him a bit more seriously. He would win a Golden Globe for his role and was also nominated for an Academy Award.
Dead Poets Society
Dead Poets Society was released in 1989 and directed by Peter Weir and was Robin Williams’ most serious and dramatic role so far. Williams played an English teacher who inspired his students through teaching poetry. Williams would win an Academy Award for his role and the film was nominated for countless other awards.
The Fisher King
Released in 1991 and directed by Terry Gilliam The Fisher King follows the story of a radio DJ who feels partially responsible for problems causing another man grief. Williams plays a widower trying to navigate his grief. the film also stars Jeff Bridges and Amanda Plummer and although it wasn’t commercially successful I consider it one of his better roles.
Released in 1991 and directed by Steven Spielberg Hook would put Robin Williams in one of the roles most people think about when they think of him, Peter Pan and he was fantastic in the role of someone who never wanted to grow up because that seemed to be how Robin Williams was in real life anyways, a kid at heart. The film also starred Dustin Hoffman and Julia Roberts and was very well received by basically everyone.
Released in 1992 Aladdin would have Williams voicing yet another of his memorable characters The Genie. It’s one of his most beloved roles and when the remake was released recently with Will Smith it wasn’t very well met. the film earned over half a billion dollars and won 2 Academy Awards.
Released in 1993 and directed by Chris Colombus Mrs. Doubtfire was a strange but loved movie. With Robin Williams playing a recently divorced dad that dresses as and pretends to be a nanny in order to spend more time with his kids. It sounds a lot creepier when I type it out but it’s a fun movie full of Williams’ unique brand of comedy. Also starring Sally Field and Pierce Brosnan the movie was very successful making over $400 million at the box office.
Released in 1995 and directed by Joe Johnston the fantasy comedy film starred Robin Williams as a man that was stuck in a magical board game for years and is finally released while some children play the game for the first time since he became trapped in it. It is one of my favorite roles of his and I’m not alone in that feeling. The film did very well and spawned sequels,spin-offs and remakes and even an animated TV show at one point in the 90’s.
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola and released in 1996 the film Jack feels like it was made just for Robin Williams to star in as he is perfect in the role of a child that looks like an adult. Also starring Diane Lane and Jennifer Lopez the film wasn’t very successful commercially or critically but regardless it is a role I feel Robin Williams was born to play and he played it very well.
Good Will Hunting
Released in 1998 and directed by Gus Van Sant Good Will Hunting would put Robin Williams in the role of a therapist who is trying to help guide a gifted young man towards success in life rather than being trapped in his hometown his whole life. also starring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Minnie Driver the film was incredibly successful grossing over $225 million and being nominated for 9 Academy Awards and Williams won an academy Award for his role.
Released in 1998 and directed by Tom Shadyac Patch Adams puts Robin Williams in the role of a doctor trying to find a better way to handle his patients and finds that humor is the answer. It is based on the life of Dr. Hunter “Patch Adams and although critics didn’t favor it very much it did gross over $200 million at the box office an is one of Robin Williams more memorable roles.
One Hour Photo
Released in 2002 and directed Mark Romanek One Hour Photo gave Robin Williams a chance to play a different kind of role, a creepy spine tingling one. The film was praised by critics and Williams won a Saturn Award for his role.
Night at the Museum
Released in 2006 and directed by Shawn Levy Night at the Museum turned out to be a pretty successful franchise spawning 2 sequels and gave us all a chance to see Robin Williams play Theodore Roosevelt which was worth the price of a ticket all by itself. Also starring Ben Stiller as a night watchman the film grossed over half a billion dollars.
World’s Greatest Dad
Released in 2009 and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait World’s Greatest Dad see Robin Williams in the role of a father trying to deal with the loss of his son while also going through a midlife crisis of sorts and although it’s not one of Williams best known roles it is one of my favorites. The movie wasn’t a huge success or anything but I certainly would recommend watching it if you haven’t.
This list is by no means the definitive Robin Williams list or anything, it’s just some of my personal favorites.
He was a good man, a funny man and the world needs more people like him and will be worse off without him.
Happy Bday Robin Williams.
What’s your favorite Robin Williams role? Let us know in the comments.
With #HarrisonFord trending on Twitter today due to it being his 78th birthday I decided I’d write something I haven’t in a while, one of my actual lists that I named the blog for. Although Harrison ford has had some television roles , especially early on in his career I will be sticking to movies for this list. any franchises where he was in multiple movies will be listed in 1 entry all together so It doesn’t get repetitive.
1. American Graffiti
I’m only 41 years old so my knowledge of movies only goes back so far, the first film I remember Harrison ford being in was the 1973 comedy/drama American Graffiti. Ford played drag racer Bob Falfa alongside other great actors such as Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard. the film was nominated for numerous awards and won 9, including an Academy Award for Best Picture.
2. Star Wars
In 1977 Ford would land the role of Han Solo in the first star wars film and the role would forever cement him in to the minds of movie-goers, he would go on to star in numerous other Star Wars films and it is by far one of his best known roles. The George Lucas films would become a part of film history and Harrison Ford alongside other actors such as Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher would also become a part of that history.
3. Apocalypse Now
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola and released in 1979 Apocalypse Now is widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made. Harrison ford played Colonel Lucas alongside acting greats such as Marlon Brando,Martin sheen and Dennis Hopper. The film would win a total of 20 awards that year and has achieved legendary status in the movie industry.
4. The Frisco Kid
Released in 1979 and directed by Robert Aldrich the Drama/Western/Comedy would star Harrison Ford alongside Gene Wilder. The film would follow a Polish rabbi (Wilder) as he made his way through the old west in order to open a synagogue in San Francisco. It was nominated for 2 awards.
5. Raiders of the Lost Ark/Indian Jones films
In 1981 Ford would land another career changing role in Raiders of the Lost Ark, the first film where he would play Indian Jones, perhaps the most pivotal role of his career. Directed by Steven Spielberg the film would win 4 Oscars as well as 31 other awards that year as well as being nominated for another 24 awards and would spawn numerous sequels with a new one in production as I type this out.
6. Blade Runner
Released in 1982 and directed by Ridley Scott the Sci-fi thriller Blade Runner would put Harrison Ford in the lead in what would become a classic of Science fiction cinema. Playing Rick Deckard a blade hunter in pursuit of rogue replicants Ford was perfect in the role. Fans have been asking the question “Was Deckard a replicant?” for years now and it’s partially due to Ford’s great acting in the role. He would go on to reprise his role as Rick Deckard in Blade Runner 2049 which was released in 2017.
7. Regarding Henry
Released in 1991 the drama Regarding Henry would give Harrison ford a chance to show his acting skills off in a more serious and dramatic role. He plays a lawyer who is shot and loses his memory and mobility and the film follows his trials and tribulations in trying to recover. Also featuring Annette Bening the film would win 1 award and was nominated for 2 others.
8. Patriot Games
In 1992 Patriot Games would give Harrison ford the chance to play CIA analyst Jack Ryan, a character that would come to be played by many other actors in the future. Also starring Samuel L. Jackson, Thora birch and James Earl Jones the film would win 1 award and was nominated for 3 others that year. He would go on to reprise the role of Jack Ryan in the film Clear and Present Danger but I’m going to count it in with this film as they are connected.
9. The Fugitive
The 1993 action crime thriller would see Ford in the role of Dr. Richard Kimble , a man framed for murder and hunted by police while he tries to find a way to prove he’s innocent. Based on the 1960’s TV series the film was well received. Also starring Tommy Lee Jones and Julianne Moore the film would win 13 awards including an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Tommy Lee Jones’ role.
10. Air Force One
Released in 1997 the drama thriller saw Ford playing the President of the United States James Marshal and the plot revolved around air force One being hijacked by communists. Also starring Glenn close and Gary Oldman the film won several awards and was nominated for an Oscar.
11. What Lies Beneath
In 2000 Harrison ford would star in the supernatural horror thriller What Lies Beneath alongside Michelle Pfeiffer. the film has you wondering through the whole thing if the house is haunted or if the wife is crazy. a very under-rated film it was nominated for 6 awards and won 7 including an ASCAP award for Top Box Office Film.
12. Cowboys & Aliens
Released in 2011 and directed by Jon Favreau the scifi western Cowboys & Aliens would see Ford playing an old rancher who begrudgingly teams up with a man with no memory to fight against the aliens that are invading their towns. also starring Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde and Abigail Spencer the film wasn’t very well received even winning a Yoga Award for Worst Foreign Actor but I actually enjoy this film quite a lot so I’m including it in this list. The joys of having your own blog is you do what you want 🙂
These are just some of my favorite films featuring Harrison Ford and are in no way listed in any special order or rank, it’s mostly just by when they came out, oldest to most recent.
Harrison ford has an Indiana Jones movie in the works right now as well a TV series called The Staircase which is in post production.
Happy 78th birthday to one of my favorite actors of all time.
Born as Johnny Christopher Depp II on June 9, 1963 in Owensboro, Kentucky Johnny Depp would go on to have an extremely successful career in film and early on in his career he found success in television as well, starring in the TV series 21 Jump Street. Since he is trending on social media today for his production of a new musical all about Michael Jackson’s glove titled For The Love of a Glove I thought it a great time to go over his long and illustrious career in movies. As usual sequels will be included in with the original so the list doesn’t repeat too much.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Released in 1984 and directed by Wes Craven the horror movie A Nightmare on Elm Street was both the beginning of a great career for Johnny Depp and the first film in one of the most famous horror franchises of all time. The film had Johnny Depp in the role of one of many teenagers battling the dream demon Freddy Krueger. The film only grossed $25 million worldwide but considering it was made on a $1.8 million budget I’d call that a huge success. The movie spawned many sequels and even had a remake released in 2010.
Released in 1986 and directed by Oliver Stone the war film Platoon would put Johnny Depp in the role of a soldier in the Vietnam War as he fights to survive alongside his fellow soldiers. The film also stars Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe and Charlie Sheen and grossed $138 million at the box office as well as being nominated for 8 Academy Awards and winning 4 of them.
Released in 1990 and directed by John Waters the teen musical romantic comedy Cry-Baby would have Johnny Depp portraying a 1950’s teen rebel who falls for a girl his total opposite…Sort of like Grease I suppose. The movie also stars Iggy Pop and Traci Lords and although it wasn’t a success when released it has since garnered a cult following and is adored by many.
Released in 1990 and directed by Tim Burton the romantic dark fantasy film Edward Scissorhands Would cast Johnny Depp in the titular role and would be the first of many collaborations between Depp and Burton. The movie also stars Winona Ryder, Anthony Michael Hall and Vincent Price and was a huge success, grossing $86 million at the box office as well as being nominated for multiple Academy Awards.
Released in 1993 and directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik the romantic comedy film Benny & Joon stars Johnny Depp as one of two very eccentric individuals who find each other and discover although they are both far from perfect that they are perfect for each other. The film also stars Mary Stuart Masterson, Aidan Quinn, Julianne Moore and Oliver Platt and grossed $30 million worldwide as well as being nominated for an Academy Award and 3 MTV Movie Awards.
Released in 1993 and directed by Lasse Hallstrom the drama film What’s Eating Gilbert Grape stars Johnny Depp as a 24 year old young man who is stuck in a small town taking care of his obese mother and his mentally impaired little brother. The film also stars Juliette Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mary Steenburgen and John C. Reilly and was adapted from the novel of the same name.
Released in 1994 and directed by Tim Burton the biographical comedy drama film Ed Wood stars Johnny Depp as the titular character as the film explores the life and career of cult filmmaker Ed Wood. The film also stars Bill Murray, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker and Patricia Arquette and grossed only $5.9 million but did win two Academy Awards.
Released in 1997 and directed by Mike Newell the crime drama film Donnie Brasco is loosely based on the life of Joseph D. Pistone, an undercover FBI agent played by Johnny Depp, who infiltrated the New York Mafia in the 1970’s. The film also stars Al Pacino, Michael Madsen and Anne Heche and grossed $124 million at the box office as well as being nominated for an Oscar.
Released in 1998 and directed by Terry Gilliam the psychedelic satirical black comedy film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is adapted from the novel of the same name by Hunter S. Thompson and has Johnny Depp in the role of a journalist who gets distracted by psychedelic drugs while on a journalism assignment. The film also stars Benicio Del Toro and although it was a commercial failure at the time of release it has since become a cult classic in the minds of many.
Released in 1999 and directed by Roman Polanski the mystery thriller film The Ninth Gate is loosely based on the 1993 novel The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez Reverte and stars Johnny Depp as a book expert on the hunt for a very rare book said to be able to summon the devil. The movie grossed $58 million at the box office worldwide.
Released in 1999 and directed by Tim Burton the supernatural horror film Sleepy Hollow is loosely based on the 1820 short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving and stars Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane, a New York City constable sent to investigate murders in a small village called Sleepy Hollow. The movie also stars Christina Ricci and Casper Van Dien and grossed over $200 million worldwide as well as winning an Academy Award for Best Art Direction.
Released in 2000 and directed by Lasse Hallstrom the romantic comedy-drama film Chocolat is based on the novel of the same name by Joanne Harris. The movie stars Johnny Depp alongside Carrie-Anne Moss, Alfred Molina and Judi Dench and grossed $152 million at the box office as well as being nominated for 5 Academy Awards.
Released in 2001 and directed by Ted Demme the biographical crime drama film Blow was adapted from the 1993 novel Blow: How a Small Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellín Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All by Bruce Porter. The movie stars Johnny Depp as George Jung who was a major player in the cocaine trafficking of the 80’s and was heavily involved with the mexican cartels. The film also stars Penelope Cruz, Ray Liotta and Emma Roberts and grossed $83 million worldwide.
Released in 2001 and directed by the Hughes brothers the slasher film From Hell is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore about Jack the Ripper. Johnny Depp portrays a police officer investigating the murders and is joined by Robbie Coltrane and Heather Graham. The movie grossed $74 million worldwide at the box office.
Released in 2003 and directed by Robert Rodriguez the western action film Once Upon a Time in Mexico is the direct sequel to Desperado and the third film on Rodriguez’s Mexico Trilogy. Johnny Depp stars as a corrupt CIA agent who tries to play all sides of a drug war and he is joined by Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe and Danny Trejo. The movie grossed $98 million worldwide at the box office.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Released in 2003 and directed by Gore Verbinski the fantasy pirate movie Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl would be the first of many films where Johnny Depp would take on the role of Jack Sparrow, an eccentric pirate and captain of the ship The Black Pearl. The movie also stars Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley and was tremendously successful grossing $654 million worldwide and spawning multiple sequels.
Released in 2005 and directed by Tim Burton the musical fantasy film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is adapted from the 1964 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl and a remake of the classic film based on the same material. The movie also stars Helena Bonham Carter and Christopher Lee and was a huge success commercially grossing $475 million worldwide.
Released in 2005 and directed by Mike Johnson and Tim Burton the stop motion dark comedy Corpse Bride would once again see Tim Burton and Johnny Depp working together with Depp lending his voice this time around. The movie grossed $117 million worldwide and is considered to be somewhat of a cult classic these days.
Released in 2007 and directed by Tim Burton the musical period slasher film is adapted from the 1979 musical of the same name and would have Johnny Depp portraying the titular character alongside another of Tim Burton’s favorites to work with Helena Bonham Carter as well as Alan Rickman. The movie grossed $152 million worldwide and won several awards including 2 Golden Globes.
Released in 2009 and directed by Michael Mann the biographical crime drama film Public Enemies is an adaptation of the book Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933–34 by Bryan Burrough. Johnny Depp stars as famous bank robber John Dillinger and is joined by Christian Bale and Stephen Dorff and the movie grossed $214 million worldwide and received mostly positive reviews.
Released in 2010 and directed by Tim Burton the fantasy film Alice in Wonderland was inspired by Lewis Carroll’s fantasy novels and stars Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter in a unique and sometimes creepy new take on the classic children’s story. The movie also stars Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Alan Rickman and Crispin Glover and grossed $1 billion at the box office worldwide as well as being nominated for numerous awards and winning 2 Academy Awards. There was also a sequel released in 2016 titled Alice Through the Looking Glass.
Released in 2016 and directed by David Yates the fantasy film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the first in a series of spin off sequels based on the Harry Potter universe. Johnny Depp stars as Gellert Grindelwald and is joined by a great cast including Colin Farrell, Eddie Redmayne and Jon Voight and the movie grossed $814 million worldwide as well as spawning a sequel in 2018 and one set to be released sometime in 2021.
Born January 17, 1962 in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada Jim Carrey would first get noticed for his role on the comedy sketch TV show In Living Color but would become better known for his roles in some amazing and memorable movies. He has a long lost of great films and is currently trending on social media because he is portraying Dr. Robotnik in the Sonic The Hedgehog movie coming out in 2020 so I figured it would be a great time to sort through and list his more successful movies and roles.
Released in 1985 the horror comedy film Once Bitten directed by Howard Storm would be Jim Carrey’s first leading role in a film and would depict him as a high school student who is seduced by a beautiful vampire who is 400 years old. The movie also starred Lauren Hutton and is the film that put Jim Carrey on the map even if he didn’t reach his peak until later on in his career. the movie only grossed around $10 million at the box office worldwide.
Released in 1988 and directed by Julien Temple the science fiction comedy movie Earth Girls Are Easy is probably not one of the movie people think of when they think of Jim Carrey but he did have a kind of key role in the movie playing Wiploc, one of the three aliens that land on Earth. The movie depicts what happens when three aliens land on Earth and become enamored with earthling women, the movie is one of those films that is so cheesy and bad that it’s good and I highly recommend it. Also starring Geena Davis, Damon Wayans and Jeff Goldblum the film is based on the song Goddess in Progress and only made just under $4 million at the box office.
Released in 1994 and directed by Tom Shadyac the comedy film Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is the movie that most people first remember Jim Carrey in and the role of the title character Ace Ventura is what made him a household name. The film depicts the zany situations a detective fr pets gets into when he is investigating the disappearance of the Miami Dolphins mascot and was the first film where we really got to see Carrey’s unique brand of over the top comedy. Also starring Courtney Cox and Dan Marino the movie was a big success grossing over $100 million at the box office and spawning a sequel, an animated TV series and a made for TV movie Ace Ventura Jr.: Pet Detective.
Also released in 1994 and directed by Charles Russell the comedy film The Mask is based on the comic book series of the same name by Dark Horse Comics and sees Carrey in the role of a down on his luck bank employee who finds a magical mask that pretty much lets him do whatever he wants. Also starring Cameron Diaz in her film debut the film was a huge success, grossing over $350 million worldwide and was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award and also spawned a sequel in 2005 The Son of the Mask which was horrible beyond description but didn’t feature Jim Carrey.
The third movie on this list released in 1994 the comedy movie Dumb and Dumber was directed by Peter Farrelly and would put Jim Carrey in the role of one of two very stupid friends who are on a trip to Aspen, Colorado to return a briefcase full of money that they found and was the perfect role for Carrey’s unique slapstick comedy. Also starring Jeff Daniels and Lauren Holly the movie had success at release, grossing $247 million at the box office and spawning a sequel, a prequel and an animated TV series, all less successful than the original film.
Released in 1995 and directed by Joel Schumacher and produced by Tim Burton the superhero film Batman Forever was based on the DC Comics character and although it’s not considered to be the greatest Batman film out there it does have it’s own little charm to it and Jim Carrey was great as The Riddler. Also starring Tommy Lee Jones, Val Kilmer, Nicole Kidman and Chris ‘Donnell the film opened to mixed reviews but did make over $330 million at the box office worldwide.
Released in 1996 and directed by Ben Stiller the black comedy The Cable Guy would put Jim Carrey in the role of a crazy cable installer who becomes obsessed with a customer and will do almost anything to make him his friend. The movie also stars Leslie Mann, Matthew Broderick and Jack Black and although it did open to mixed reviews it still made $102 million at the box office and helped to prove that anything Carrey put his hands on back then turned to gold even cheesy subpar comedies.
Released in 1997 and directed by Tom Shadyac the comedy film Liar Liar depicts Jim Carrey as an attorney who one day finds himself incapable of lying and shows just how tricky it can get if you tell the truth all of the time. Also starring Jennifer Tilly, Cary Elwes and Swoosie Kurtz the film did great at the box office , grossing over $300 million worldwide.
Released in 1998 and directed by Peter Weir the science fiction film The Truman Show was inspired by an episode of The Twilight Zone and would put Jim Carrey in the role of a man living his entire life not knowing his whole life is a TV show that everyone has watched for years and shows how a man might react when finding this out. The film was a little more serious than most of Carrey’s films and is truly amazing in my opinion. Also starring Laura Linney and Ed Harris the film was very successful grossing over $260 million worldwide and receiving numerous nominations for multiple different awards.
Released in 1999 and directed by Milos Forman the biographical comedy-drama Man on the Moon explores the life of comedy great Andy Kaufman and Jim Carrey was perfect in the role. Also starring Danny DeVito, Courtney Love and Paul Giamatti the film was a commercial failure only grossing $47 million at the box office but it was a critical success winning Carrey a Golden Globe for hs performance.
Released in 2000 and directed by the Farrelly Brothers the dark comedy drama Me, Myself & Irene puts Jim Carrey in the role of a Rhode Island State Trooper who ends up with a second personality after cracking under all the stress of his life and job. Also starring Renee Zellweger and Chris Cooper the film did decently , grossing over $140 million at the box office worldwide.
Also released in 2000 and directed by Ron Howard the modern remake of the Christmas classic How The Grinch Stole Christmas would allow Jim Carrey to make the character his own and give us all an instant classic for our holiday season. Also starring Molly Shannon and Jeffrey Tambor the film is of course inspired by the book of the same name by Dr. Seuss and although it opened to mix reviews it was a huge commercial success, grossing over $345 million worldwide.
Released in 2001 and directed by Frank Darabont the romantic drama film The Majestic explores the 1950’s paranoia over Communism and Jim Carrey depicts a man that shows up in an oceanside town with amnesia who becomes suspected of being a Communist. The film also stars Martin Landau and was a huge commercial failure but I personally love the movie and would suggest it to anyone.
Released in 2003 and directed by Tom Shadyac (His third project with Jim Carrey) the fantasy comedy film would have Jim Carrey in the leading role as a TV reporter who meets god and is given all of god’s powers and if that doesn’t sound interesting enough for you Morgan Freeman plays god, how can you get better than that. The film was a huge success, grossing over $480 million worldwide and spawning a spin-off sequel Evan Almighty which was not so successful
Released in 2004 and directed by Michel Gondry the romantic science fiction comedy-drama film had Jim Carrey in the lead role as a heartbroken man and explores love, memory and the consequences we might pay if we were to just forget all the bad in our lives. Also starring Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo and Elijah Wood the film only grossed around $70 million worldwide but won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay and is regarded as one of the best films of the 21st century.
Released in 2004 as well and directed by Brad Silberling the gothic dark comedy film Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events is an adaptation of the first three books of the A Series of Unfortunate Events book series by Lemony Snicket(Daniel Handler). Jim Carrey leads a great cast including Meryl Streep and Jude Law and the film grossed over $200 million at the box office and won an Academy Award for Best Makeup.
Released in 2005 and directed by Dean Parisot the comedy film Fun With Dick and Jane is a remake of the 1977 film of the same name and depicts a couple that rob a bank due to financial problems due to job loss. Jim Carrey is joined by Tea Leoni and Alec Baldwin the film grossed just over $200 million worldwide and is a typical example of Jim Carrey’s comedic stylings.
Released in 2007 and directed by Joel Schumacher the thriller film The Number 23 would let us see Jim Carrey in a darker and grittier role. The film depicts a man that becomes obsessed with the number 23 and shows how he starts to see it in everything and it is slowly driving him mad. Jim Carrey is joined by Virginia Madsen and although the movie didn’t do great commercially or critically I enjoy it quite a lot and it’s actually one of my favorite movies that Jim Carrey has done.
Jim Carrey has been in a lot of movies since 2007 including Mr. Popper’s Penguins, A Christmas Carol and The Bad Batch but hasn’t seen the success he did earlier on in his career and as much as I love the guy I doubt his role coming up in the Sonic The Hedgehog movie in 2020 is going to be what starts his comeback.
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Born Nicolas Kim Coppola on January 7, 1964 in Long Beach, California Nicolas Cage would become known for his over the edge style of acting and has become a kind of meme over it. there is also a theory that he’s immortal due to an old photograph that came up for sale on Ebay showing a man that looked an awful lot like Nicolas Cage and he is also a huge comic book fan, owning one of the most valuable collections in the world but besides all his quirky aspects he has starred in a ton of great movies, So let’s take a look at some of the best ones.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Released in 1982 and directed by Amy Heckerling Fast Times at Ridgemont High is adapted from the book of the same name by Cameron Crowe and explores the trials and tribulations of being a high school student in the 80’s and features some great actors early on in their careers. Although Nicolas Cage does not have a huge part in this film it is technically his first movie so I felt I had to add it here, he’s even given credit under his actual name Nicolas Coppola rather than Cage in this film. Also starring Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold and Phoebe Cates the film was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry in 2005.
Released the following year in 1983 and directed by Martha Coolidge the Romantic Comedy Valley Girl would see Nicolas Cage in the role of a punk rock kid that meets a uptown valley girl. The film depicts all the struggles that come along with dating someone so unlike yourself that you can’t relate. The film grossed just over $17 million at the box office worldwide and had mostly positive reviews at the time of release and is the film that most people credit with putting Nicolas Cage on the map.
Also released in 1983 and directed by Francis Ford Coppola the drama Rumble Fish was based on the novel of the same name by S.E. Hinton and although Nicolas Cage didn’t have a huge role I still believe it was a key stepping stone in his career. The film depicts a young hoodlum that strives to be as feared and respected as his older motorcycle riding brother and stars the likes of Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Dennis Hopper and Diane Lane. Although the film was a huge failure at release it now is held in high regards by a lot of movie fans and certainly deserves it’s spot on this list.
Released in 1986 and also directed by Francis Ford Coppola, the fantasy comedy-drama Peggy Sue Got Married is about a woman that gets transported back in time to her senior year in high school and Nicolas Cage plays her high school sweetheart and future husband. The film also stars Kathleen Turner and was a tremendous success, grossing over $41 million at the box office worldwide and was nominated for 3 Academy Awards.
Released in 1987 and directed by Joel Coen the crime comedy film depicts the struggles of a couple after they kidnap a baby due to the fact they can’t have their own children and puts Nicolas Cage in the role of ex con Herbert McDunnough. The movie also stars Holly Hunter and John Goodman and opened to mixed reviews, grossing just over $29 million at the box office worldwide.
Released in 1989 and directed by Robert Bierman the dark comedy Vampire’s Kiss isn’t so much on this list because it’s a good movie but more for the fact that it’s one of the earliest examples of Nicolas Cage’s overboard acting style, just watch the scene where he stares into the mirror and starts whining about being a vampire, it’s so bad that it’s good. The film depicts a mentally unstable man that believes himself to be a vampire and also stars Jennifer Beals. The film was a box office failure but has since garnered a cult following, mostly due to Cage’s ridiculous overacting.
Released in 1994 and directed by Hugh Wilson the comedy drama film has Nicolas Cage in the role of a secret service agent protecting a former first lady who is quite difficult to work for. The film also stars Shirley MacLaine and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture and grossed just over $27 million at the box office.
Released in 1995 and directed by Mike Figgis the romantic drama film Leaving Las Vegas has Nicolas Cage in the role of of a depressed ,recently divorced alcoholic who has decided to move to Las Vegas and drink himself to death. Also starring Elizabeth Shue and Julian Sands the film was met with critical and commercial success , grossing over $49 million at the box office and receiving multiple Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations and winning one of each for Cage’s performance.
Released in 1996 and directed by Michael Bay the action thriller puts Nicolas Cage in the role of a chemical weapons expert who is helping to retake Alcatraz from a group of terrorists led by a U.S. Marines Brigadier General. The film also stars the great Sean Connery, Ed Harris and William Forsythe and was a commercial success grossing over $331 Million at the box office worldwide.
Released in 1997 and my second favorite Nicolas Cage movie, the action crime film Con Air was directed by Simon West and sees Nicolas Cage in the role of an ex Army Ranger imprisoned for killing a man in self defense and explores the chaos that ensues when an aircraft meant to transport the country’s most dangerous criminals is taken over by the criminals themselves. Also starring John Malkovich, John Cusack, Danny Trejo, Steve Buscemi and Ving Rhames the film was met with mixed reviews but had commercial success , grossing over $224 million worldwide.
Released in 1997 and hands down my favorite Nicolas Cage movie, the action movie directed by the great John Woo Face/Off puts Nicolas Cage in the role of Caster Troy avery powerful criminal that ends up switching faces with an FBI agent that has been hunting him down. The film also stars John Travolta and Joan Allen and was a big success, grossing over $245 million worldwide and being nominated for an Academy Award.
Released in 1998 an directed by Brad Silberling the Fantasy romance film would show us Nicolas Cage in the role of an angel who falls in love with a mortal, human woman, played by Meg Ryan. although the movie was met with some critical disappointment it was a financial success and grossed over $198 million worldwide and was nominated for several awards.
Released in 1999 the mystery crime film 8mm was directed by Joel Schumacher and would put Nicolas Cage in the role of a private detective who is sucked into the horrific world of underground snuff films while working ona case. The film also stars James Gandolfini and Joaquin Phoenix and grossed just over $95 million worldwide. although not a ton of people have seen or even heard of this movie I believe it t be one of Nicolas Cage’s better films.
Also released in 1999 and directed by the legend himself Martin Scorsese the drama film Bringing Out The Dead is based on the book by paramedic Joe Connelly and portrays Nicolas Cage as a graveyard shift paramedic who is stretched too thin because of long hours and the struggles he deals with due to that fact. The film also stars Patricia Arquette, Ving Rhames, John Goodman and Tom Sizemore and although it was a commercial failure only grossing around $16 million worldwide it did get praise from critics for it’s honest and gritty portrayal of this very hard profession.
Released in 2000 and directed by Dominic Sena the action heist film Gone in 60 Seconds has Nicolas Cage in the role of a leader of a group of very talented car thieves and also stars Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi and Robert Duvall. The film wasn’t loved by critics but did well commercially grossing over $237 million worldwide.
Released in 2002 and directed by Spike Jonze the comedy-drama film Adaptation is based on the book The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean. Nicolas Cage plays twin brothers and the film shows the struggles involved in adapting a book into a screenplay. .Also starring Meryl Streep, Brian Cox, Tilda Swinton and Maggie Gyllenhaal the film didn’t do great commercially but did win numerous awards including an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Released in 2003 and directed by Ridley Scott the black comedy crime film Matchstick Men is based on the book of the same name by Eric Garcia and is another of my favorites from Nicolas Cage, this time putting him in the role of a very talented conman who runs into a young woman perhaps even more talented than himself. Also starring Alison Lohman and Sam Rockwell the film did decently at the box office grossing around $65 million worldwide and was generally well received by critics.
Released in 2004 and directed by Jon Turteltaub the adventure film National Treasure puts Nicolas Cage in the role of a historian on the hunt for America’s greatest secrets and also stars Jon Voight, Sean Bean, Christopher Plummer and Harvey Keitel. Opening to mixed reviews the movie still did great commercially and grossed over $347 million worldwide and also had a sequel released in 2007.
Released in 2007 the superhero film Ghost Rider is based on the comic book character of the same name , putting Nicolas Cage in the title role. Honestly these movies were horrible and are still horrible but I am a sucker for any comic book movie and it was still nice to see one of my favorite characters on the big screen. The film did well enough commercially to warrant an even worse sequel and grossed around $228 million worldwide.
Released in 2007 and directed by Lee Tamahori the science fiction thriller film Next is loosely based on the short story The Golden Man by Philip K. Dick. This time around Nicolas Cage plays a small time magician with the ability to see the future and shows his efforts to avoid the people that want to use his gifts for the wrong reasons. Also starring Julianne Moore and Jessica Biel the film was a box office failure only grossing $76 million worldwide on a $70 million budget but I personally like the movie quite a lot.
Released in 2009 and directed by Alex Proyas the science fiction thriller film Knowing depicts Nicolas Cage as an MIT professor that starts noticing patterns and codes within number sequences that start to predict catastrophes. The film also stars Ben Mendelsohn and Rose Byrne and grossed around $186 million at the box office worldwide and although it’s not considered to be the greatest movie I personally enjoy it quite a lot as numbers and math are one of the loves of my life.
Released in 2009 and directed by Werner Herzog the crime drama film Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans puts Nicolas Cage in the role of an extremely crooked police officer and is a better film than it generally gets credit for. Also starring Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer and Fairuza Balk the film won a Christopher D. Smithers Foundation Special Award and grossed around $10 million at the box office worldwide.
Released in 2010 and directed by Matthew Vaughn the superhero film is based on the comic book of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. and was a more realistic and gritty take on the superhero genre. Nicolas Cage plays Big Daddy an ex cop turned superhero and he’s joined by a great mix of zany characters with a cast including Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Aaron Johnson. The film did well both critically and commercially grossing almost $100 million worldwide and spawning a sequel in 2013.
After this point Nicolas Cage seems to only appear in B movies and straight to TV or DVD releases, the movie Mandy released in 2018 was pretty decent but besides that I really can’t say I’d suggest any of his films after Kick-Ass. Nicolas Cage has many projects in the works right now, too many to list but here’s hoping at least one of them will bring us back the Nicolas Cage that was so great at one time…He’s still one of my favorite actors but these days is better known for his bad over acting than for his good films.
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Born April 6, 1969 in Passaic, New Jersey Paul Rudd would go on to study Theatre at the University of Kansas before landing his debut role in 1992 on the NBC series Sisters. These days most people think of the Ant-Man movies when they think of Paul Rudd but he has had countless roles in the last couple decades and many of them are just as memorable as Ant-Man if not more so. So let’s start at the beginning and go over some of the roles that helped to shape Paul Rudd’s career.
Released in 1995 the movie Clueless wasn’t Paul Rudd’s first role by any means but is in my opinion the role that got him noticed. Starring alongside Alicia Silverstone, who was pretty much the biggest thing going at the time certainly didn’t hurt at all. Clueless is a comedy about high school life for the ridiculously rich and Paul Rudd’s role as the step brother that felt like an outsider was the perfect one to let his personality shine through. The movie was loosely based on Jane Austen’s book Emma and also happened to be Brittany Murphy’s first big movie as well.
Released the same year as Clueless in 1995 Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers would put Paul Rudd in a different ,more serious role and gave him the chance to show he wasn’t just comedic relief as Tommy Doyle who works with Dr. Loomis(Donald Pleasence) to stop the masked killer Michael Myers. The film actually won 2 Stinker Awards for The Sequel No One Was Clamoring For and Worst Sequel but this wasn’t due to Paul Rudd’s performance at all.
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Romeo & Juliet
Although his part in Romeo & Juliet wasn’t very big, he played a character named Dave Paris it certainly didn’t hurt starring in a movie with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. The film was a more modern take on the Shakespeare masterpiece and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Art Direction – Set Decoration and won 2 BAFTA Awards.
Released in 1999 200 Cigarettes had an amazing cast and focused on a group of twentysomethings and their attempt to have fun on New Year’s Eve while also trying to deal with all lives problems and their inner demons and turmoil. Starring of course Paul Rudd, Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck, Dave Chappelle, Elvis Costello, Kate Hudson, Courtney Love, Jay Mohr and Christina Ricci the cast alone is enough to love this movie. It was nominated for 2 Stinker Awards but both were for Christina Ricci’s performance and not aimed at the movie as a whole.
Released in 1999 The Cider House Rules is a coming of age tale and examination of a man setting out to see what life has to offer someone like him. Paul Rudd Played the character Wally Worthington alongside other great actors such as Charlize Theron, Tobey Maguire and Michael Cain. The film was nominated for 7 Oscars and won 2 of those, one for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Michael Caine’s role and another for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published.
Released in 2003 The Shape of Things was one of Paul Rudd’s first leading roles and helped prove he could carry a movie by himself on his own merit. Paul Rudd plays Adam Sorenson a man that meets a woman and shows he will change almost anything about himself to be with her, exploring how that not only affects him but his friends and family as well. Also starring Rachel Weisz who won a COFCA Award for her performance as Evelyn Ann Thompson.
Released in 2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was the movie where Paul Rudd really got to prove his comedic genius while starring alongside comedy legends such as Will Ferrell and Steve Carell. The movie is a zany comedy about a 1970’s news team and in my opinion brought comedy movies to a new ridiculous level of craziness. Also starring Christina Applegate, Fred Armison and Seth Rogen the movie was nominated for 13 awards and won a BMI Film & TV Award.
Directed by Judd Apatow The 40-year-old Virgin would once again have Paul Rudd starring alongside Steve Carell and Seth Rogen in a genius comedy about, like the title says, a man in his 40’s that has never done the deed. Also starring Elizabeth Banks and Leslie Mann the movie would be nominated for 19 awards and winning 10 including 2 MTV Movie + TV Awards.
In 2007 Paul Rudd would once again star alongside Seth Rogen in another film directed by Judd Apatow, this time in the movie Knocked Up, a movie about two people who have a one night stand that turns into a pregnancy, it’s a great comedic take on an otherwise unfunny subject. Also starring Katherine Heigl, Jonah Hill, Jason Segel and Leslie Mann the movie was nominated for 26 awards winning 8 of them including a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award.
Released in 2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a brilliant comedy about the woes of getting over someone and just how hard breakups can really be. Paul Rudd once again stars alongside Jason Segel and the two are joined by Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Russell Brand. The film was nominated for 19 awards and won four of them including a Gold Derby Award.
Also released in 2008 Role Models is about two ad executives who get into some trouble and are forced to join a big brother program as punishment, they get the worst little brothers you can imagine and chaos ensues, you get the picture I’m sure. Paul Rudd once again stars with Elizabeth Banks and the two are joined by Sean William Scott, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Jane Lynch. The movie was nominated for 4 awards and won a Women Film Critics Circle Award for Most Offensive Male Character.
Once again starring alongside Jason Segel, Paul Rudd plays a man looking for a best man for his wedding because he has no friends and explores the difficulties of balancing friendships and relationships in the best comedic way ever. Also starring Jon Favreau and Andy Samberg the film was nominated for 8 awards and won a BMI Film & TV Award for Film Music.
In 2011 Paul Rudd would star in the comedy Our Idiot Brother which depicts the lives of three sisters and how they are affected when their carefree no frills brother comes back into their lives. Also starring Elizabeth Banks and Zooey Deschanel the movie wasn’t his best work or most successful but it certainly worth watching.
Reprising his role as Brian Fantana for the sequel to the genius that was Ron Burgundy Paul Rudd would once again star alongside comedy legends such as Will Ferrell and Steve Carell and would be joined by Kristen Wiig this time around, the movie didn’t find the same success as the original but still did pretty well. It was nominated for 23 awards and won an American Comedy Award for Best Comedy Actor – Film for Will Ferrell’s performance.
The role he is best known for now Ant-Man once again proved that Paul Rudd could not only carry a movie on his own merit but a franchise as there has been a sequel already with more planned in the future, I will not be listing the sequel on this list, simply including it here, as well as the rest of the Marvel movies he has played the character in such as Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Endgame. Also starring Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas Ant-Man was nominated for 34 awards and won three including a BAFTA Award for Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects.
Paul Rudd has had a long and successful career and it shows no signs of slowing down with a couple projects in the works right now he is sure to be sticking around on our TV screens for quite awhile. He will be starring in the new Marvel What If…? series which will be airing on the Disney Plus streaming service sometime in 2021 and he is due to star in the new Ghostbusters movie coming in 2020.
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