Tuesday, October 26, 2010

50 best film casts, part 1

Going through my plethora of lists on this blog (I just can't help myself - sue me), I discovered that one integral part of a successful film has not been covered here. So in order to honor the casts with them mostest, I give you a two-part rundown of the all-time best movie casts.

50. Happy Endings (2005)
Lisa Kudrow, Maggie Gyllenhall, Steve Coogan, Bobby Cannavale,
Tom Arnold, Jason Ritter, Jesse Bradford, David Sutcliffe, Laura Dern

49. The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
Susan Sarandon, Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jack Nicholson,
Veronica Cartwright, Richard Jenkins

48. The Goonies (1985)
Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Martha Plimpton, Corey Feldman,
Jeff Cohen, Jonathan Ke Quan, Kerri Green, Anne Ramsey,
John Matuszak, Joe Pantoliano

47. White Christmas (1954)
Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Danny Kaye,
Dean Jagger, Mary Wickes

46. White Oleander (2002)
Alison Lohmann, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robin Wright, Renee Zellweger

45. Soapdish (1991)
Sally Field, Kevin Kline, Robert Downey, Jr., Elisabeth Shue,
Cathy Moriarty, Whoopi Goldberg, Teri Hatcher

44. 9 to 5 (1980)
Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, Dabney Coleman

43. Traffic (2000)
Benicio del Toro, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones,
Topher Grace, Erika Christensen, Don Cheadle, Luis Guzman,
Benjamin Bratt, James Brolin, Albert Finney, Dennis Quaid

42. Secrets & Lies (1996)
Brenda Blethyn, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Timothy Spall,
Phyllis Logan, Claire Rushbrook

41. A Serious Man (2009)
Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Aaron Wolff, Fred Melamed,
Sari Lennick, Jessica McManus, Amy Landecker

40. Parenthood (1989)
Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Rick Moranis, Harley Jane Kozak,
Tom Hulce, Jason Robards, Martha Plimpton, Joaquin Phoenix,
Dianne Wiest, Eileen Ryan, Helen Shaw

39. Howards End (1992)
Emma Thompson, Anthony Hopkins, Helena Bonham Carter,
Vanessa Redgrave, Adrian Magenty, Samuel West

38. Being John Malkovich
John Cusack, Catherine Keener, Cameron Diaz,
John Malkovich, Orson Bean, Mary Kay Place

37. A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
Garrison Keillor, Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Lily Tomlin,
Lindsay Lohan, Maya Rudolph, Virginia Madsen, John C. Reilly,
Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Marylouise Burke

36. Juno (2007)
Ellen Page, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney,
Michael Cera, Olivia Thirlby, J.K. Simmons

35. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Will Sampson, William Redfield,
Christopher Lloyd, Danny DeVito, Brad Dourif

34. Sense & Sensibility (1995)
Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant,
Gemma Jones, Tom Wilkinson, Emilie Francois, Elizabeth Spriggs

33. Rachel Getting Married (2008)
Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie Dewitt, Debra Winger, Bill Irwin,
Anna Deavere Smith, Tunde Adebimpe, Carol Jean Lewis

32. The Color Purple (1985)
Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery, Danny Glover,
Willard Pugh, Desreta Jackson, Dana Ivey, Akosua Busia

31. Steel Magnolias (1989)
Sally Field, Olympia Dukakis, Dolly Parton, Julia Roberts,
Shirley MacLaine, Darryl Hannah, Tom Skerritt

30. In America (2003)
Samantha Morton, Paddy Considine, Djimon Honsou,
Emma Bolger, Sara Bolger

29. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
Maggie Smith, Pamela Franklin, Celia Johnson, Diane Grayson,
Jane Carr, Shirley Steedman

28. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings (2001)
Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin,
Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean, John Rhys-Davies, Christopher Lee
Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett

27. Sneakers (1992)
Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, Dan Aykroyd, Mary McDonnell,
David Strathairn, River Phoenix, James Earl Jones

26. Casablanca (1942)
Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Peter Lorre,
Paul Henreid, Joy Page, Dooley Wilson

Check back soon for Part 2!

3 comments:

Robert said...

Fantastic choices! I'm glad to see Juno - that was great ensemble work. Also, props on the "Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" mention! People forget that Maggie Smith wasn't the only brilliant actress in that cast. Those girls were simply unbelievable.

Simon said...

How I love these so.

Jose said...

Hmmm some big choices ranked so low makes me wonder who'll be in the top 10.