The term "flash-in-the-pan" has a negative connotation, but it also accurately describes an occasional Hollywood phenomenon. Every so often, an actor becomes a big deal for a moment, only to have that moment quickly pass. This is not to say that it's their fault or that there's something inadequate about them. On the contrary, many of them are extremely talented and go on to do tons of fine work. They just don't hold on to that elusive quality of being a bankable above-the-title star. That this happens speaks far more to the overall difficulty of maintaining A-list status than it does to the abilities of the performers.
The following underrated movies indicate just how strong "flash-in-the-pan" actors can be. Each film shows the actor in a good light, giving a terrific performance in a compelling story. The reasons these films either didn't get enough notice or saw their popularity fade are varied. Regardless, they are entertaining enough to merit a rediscovery. It can be easy to mock a performer for not achieving or holding on to superstar status. Take a look at these movies, though, and you'll be reminded that skill and creativity far outweigh box-office performance.
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