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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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Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
Naima Kadik added Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, 12 Years a Slave
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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile
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Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
Naima Kadik added The Avengers, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Shutter Island
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Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
Naima Kadik added The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, No Country for Old Men
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Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
tigger7521 added Monsters University, The Prince of Egypt, Excalibur
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Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
Naima Kadik added The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
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Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
suzannetaylor added The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Scarface
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Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
Schindler's List, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The English Patient
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Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
ЕЛЕНАФОШИНА added The English Patient, The King's Speech, Shakespeare in Love
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Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Revolutionary Road
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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
lalispeter added A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Edward Scissorhands
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Philip Seymour Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
Capote, Doubt, Charlie Wilson's War
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Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
ghost00 added Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hangover, Wedding Crashers
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Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
albertraja55 added The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins
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Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
Donnie Darko, Zodiac, Brokeback Mountain
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Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
There Will Be Blood, Lincoln, Gangs of New York
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Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
mikemayo1680 added Goodfellas, The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver
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Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
The Hours, Pollock, The Truman Show
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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
The Avengers, Zodiac, Wonder Boys
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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 22 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) 23 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
Fight Club, American History X, The Incredible Hulk
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Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
AnnaLandron added RED, Pulp Fiction, Die Hard
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Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Actors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
horstjulia0 added The Matrix, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure