Actors Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies  

BrettDahlenburg
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List Rules Vote up or add your favorite film star that consistently makes good movies. (More than 6 great ones). And, no, making four American Pie movies doesn't count, Jason Biggs!

Most working stars in the film industry are just going from paycheck to paycheck; taking any job just to earn a living. Regardless of talent, these actors and actresses sometimes luck out and make a few good movies, but just as often are forced to appear in less-than-stellar works... (And let's not even mention the dozens of movie stars who have the uncanny ability to make any movie suck.) But that's not the case for the talents on this list!

Here you will find a collection of the best actors who refuse to appear in bad movies or otherwise lift a mediocre movie to prominence just by gracing it with their presence. These stars are so charismatic that even the ones that may have made a subpar film or two have long since put it behind them. For instance, remember that time George Clooney starred in a Batman sequel opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger? No? That's because Hollywood called a mulligan and all is forgiven, George!

Vote up or add your favorite film star that consistently makes good movies. And, no, making four American Pie movies doesn't count, Jason Biggs!

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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile

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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
The Wolf of Wall Street, Inception, Titanic

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Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
albertraja55 added The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
Silence of the Lambs, The Elephant Man, Amistad

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Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
Fight Club, American History X, The Incredible Hulk

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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en, Driving Miss Daisy

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Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
Donnie Darko, Zodiac, Brokeback Mountain

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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
The Avengers, Zodiac, Wonder Boys

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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Unforgiven

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Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
The Bourne Identity, Saving Private Ryan, Good Will Hunting

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Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Revolutionary Road

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Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Aviator

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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
The Devil Wears Prada, The Hours, Doubt

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Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
JFK, The Professional, The Fifth Element

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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
JBish08 added X-Men, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: The Last Stand

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James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
AnnMarie Frey added Atonement, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
eilish added The Dark Knight Rises, Brokeback Mountain, Alice in Wonderland

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Amy Adams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
Man of Steel, American Hustle, Enchanted

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Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
12 Years a Slave, Inglourious Basterds, Prometheus

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Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
V for Vendetta, Black Swan, The Professional

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, (500) Days of Summer

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Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
jsreidsr added Remember the Titans, Glory, Training Day

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Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
mikemayo1680 added Goodfellas, The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver

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Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
Inglourious Basterds, Fight Club, World War Z

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Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
RachelRay added The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins, Schindler's List

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Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
There Will Be Blood, Lincoln, Gangs of New York

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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
lalispeter added A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Edward Scissorhands

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Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
Fight Club, The King's Speech, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
The Prestige, Children of Men, The Cider House Rules

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Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
The Big Lebowski, True Grit, The Contender

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Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
suzannetaylor added The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Scarface

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Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
Star Wars Trilogy, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Blade Runner

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Philip Seymour Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
Capote, Doubt, Charlie Wilson's War

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Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
AlbertNashaat added The Avengers, Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas

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Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
Fargo, Reservoir Dogs, The Big Lebowski

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Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
AlbertNashaat added American Beauty, Seven, The Usual Suspects

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Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
The Hours, Pollock, The Truman Show

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Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
Schindler's List, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The English Patient

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Christoph Waltz is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
AlbertNashaat added Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, Water for Elephants

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Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
AnnaLandron added Goldfinger, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Untouchables

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Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
AnnaLandron added The Blind Side, Gravity, Crash

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Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
ghost00 added Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hangover, Wedding Crashers

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Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
tigger7521 added Monsters University, The Prince of Egypt, Excalibur

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Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
HeinerDesings added The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, X-Men: First Class

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Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
Magnolia, The Big Lebowski, The Kids Are All Right. Boogie Nights

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Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
AlbertNashaat added Dazed and Confused, The Wolf of Wall Street, Tropic Thunder

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Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
eilish added Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
GurpreetSingh1 added Men in Black, Independence Day, Men in Black 3

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Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
AlbertNashaat added Gladiator, Signs, Hotel Rwanda

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Jeremy Renner is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
The Hurt Locker, The Avengers, American Hustle