films The Best Ensemble Movies

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List Rules Movies with ensemble casts

The best ensemble movies feature an incredibly talented cast of actors and actresses, so much so that the cast overshadows everything else about the film. When you ask someone to name their favorite, greatest ensemble films ever made, they'll almost always start talking about the cast members of the movie - not the actual storyline. Many of the films listed here are among the best movies of all time, not surprisingly, so be sure to vote for your favorites, add any ensemble films that are missing and re-rank this list in any order you want.

A truly wonderful ensemble film is a team effort. Yes, you have major celebrities sharing the spotlight, with each giving a phenomenal individual performance. Put them together, however, and you've got the very essence of a brilliant ensemble movie. Examples of this include 'Pulp Fiction,' 'The Usual Suspects,' 'Reservoir Dogs' and the outstanding legal drama '12 Angry Men.' And this list includes many of director Robert Altman's best ensemble films: 'MASH,' 'Gosford Park' and 'Short Cuts,' to name a few.

Given that the greatest ensemble films often star some of the greatest actors and actresses ever, is it any wonder that so many listed here are also among the very best Oscar-winning movies, too? From 'The Deer Hunter' to 'The Departed,' the ensemble casts of these listed films captivated us with their brilliance.

Comedy films aren't excluded from any list of excellent ensemble cast movies, either. Consider the amazing casts of the comedies 'The Royal Tenenbaums,' 'Best in Show' and 'The Breakfast Club,' for example. So you see, the best ensemble movies are a diverse mix from all different kinds of movie genres, but they all have one thing in common: wonderful acting and multiple characters that drive the storyline in the best way possible.

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
Pulp Fiction John Travolta, Bruce Willis Uma Thurman

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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
The Breakfast Club Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald Anthony Michael Hall

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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
The Godfather Al Pacino, Marlon Brando Robert Duvall

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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon Vin Diesel

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The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
The Usual Suspects Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro Gabriel Byrne

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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi Tim Roth

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman Gary Oldman

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
The Avengers Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow Robert Downey Jr.

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Ocean's Eleven is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
Ocean's Eleven Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts George Clooney

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The Lord of the Rings: The Ret... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen Liv Tyler

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12 Angry Men is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
12 Angry Men Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman Lee J. Cobb

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The Magnificent Seven is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
The Magnificent Seven Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson James Coburn

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Platoon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
Platoon Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen Willem Dafoe

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The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth Tim Robbins

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Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
Airplane! Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen Ethel Merman

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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher Mark Hamill

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Heat is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
Heat Natalie Portman, Al Pacino Robert De Niro

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
Fast Times at Ridgemont High Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn Jennifer Jason Leigh

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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
The Departed Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson Alec Baldwin

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The Dirty Dozen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
The Dirty Dozen Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland Charles Bronson

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Dazed and Confused is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
Dazed and Confused Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich Matthew McConaughey

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Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford Robert Duvall

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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
The Godfather Part II Al Pacino, Robert De Niro Robert Duvall

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The Great Escape is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
The Great Escape Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough James Garner

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Sin City is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
Sin City Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis Mickey Rourke

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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
The Outsiders Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage Diane Lane

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Boogie Nights is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
Boogie Nights Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg Heather Graham

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
Goodfellas Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson Joe Pesci

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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
Stand by Me Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman John Cusack

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The Big Chill is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
The Big Chill Glenn Close, Kevin Kline Jeff Goldblum

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The Blues Brothers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
The Blues Brothers Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin Steven Spielberg

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Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
Little Miss Sunshine Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston Toni Collette

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American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
American Graffiti Harrison Ford, Ron Howard Suzanne Somers

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Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
Mean Girls Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams Amanda Seyfried

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Blazing Saddles is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
Blazing Saddles Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman Madeline Kahn

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St. Elmo's Fire is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
St. Elmo's Fire Demi Moore, Rob Lowe Judd Nelson

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Best in Show is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
Best in Show Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge Parker Posey

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Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
Guardians of the Galaxy Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper Karen Gillan

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Traffic is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
Traffic Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta-Jones Michael Douglas

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Tombstone is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
Tombstone Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell Charlton Heston

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Inception is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy Marion Cotillard

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The Bridge on the River Kwai is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
The Bridge on the River Kwai Alec Guinness, William Holden Jack Hawkins

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O Brother, Where Art Thou? is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
O Brother, Where Art Thou? George Clooney, John Goodman Holly Hunter

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9 to 5 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
9 to 5 Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton Lily Tomlin

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Heathers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
Heathers Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty Christian Slater

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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
The Princess Bride Billy Crystal, Robin Wright André the Giant

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry Meat Loaf

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Young Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
Young Frankenstein Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks Gene Wilder

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Steel Magnolias is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
Steel Magnolias Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton Sally Field

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Red Dawn is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Ensemble Movies
Red Dawn Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze Lea Thompson