Since the days of Charlie Chaplin, cinematic magician George Melies, and leaping back even further with the Roundhay Garden Scene in 1888, audiences have been captivated and wowed by what they've witnessed on the big screen.
Maybe you're an action film buff who already knows the 1988 Bruce Willis film we're talking about with even mentioning its name. Or perhaps a couple hours in front of the big screen is better spent watching Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen or Will Ferrell making crude jokes. If that's the case, the combination of laughing so hard until your belly hurts and a bottomless bucket of butter-soaked popcorn (which will probably get stuck in between your teeth at some stage, let's be honest) is a seriously desirable one.
We all have a favorite film star or two whose posters hung beside our race car-shaped beds as a teenager. From Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt to recent stars like Chris Hemsworth and Ryan Gosling, there is no shortage of brilliant actors out there in Hollywood who we continue to pay to see, time and time again.
Some of us lean toward the epic blockbuster films, while others prefer the avant-guard and the independents. So without further ado, let's get stuck into this movie quiz. When all's said and done, we'll reveal your favorite actor!
The Shawshank Redemption
Offically considered the best movie of all time according to IMBD, The Shawshank Redemption truly is a cinematic masterpiece. The film stars Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne and Morgan Freeman as Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding. The film went on to gross $58,500,000 worldwide in the box office (IMDB) and will take something seriously special to knock it off its perch as IMDB's number one. If you haven't seen this masterpiece yet, then stop whatever you're doing and grab some popcorn.
The Dark Knight
Released in 2008, The Dark Knight is one of the best superhero films ever made. Starring Heath Ledger as the Joker in one of the most exceptional individual actor performances, The Dark Knight took the box office by storm. As told by IMDB, the film's plot goes as follows: "When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc... on the people of Gotham. The Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice."
When Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was released as a novel by JK Rowling, little did the world know what was about to take place. The first film, which came out in 2001, starring Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, made almost a billion dollars at the box office worldwide. As told by IMDB, "Harry is snatched away from his mundane existence by Rubeus Hagrid, the grounds keeper for Hogwarts, and quickly thrown into a world completely foreign to both him and the viewer". The rest is history.
Starring funny man Adam Sandler, Click was released back in 2006. The plot, as told by IMDB, goes a little like this: "Michael Newman (Sandler) is a hard working family man, who must please his boss (David Hasselhoff), in order to get promoted. [The] Problem is he gets less time with his family, and wishes for a remote in which he can control his life. This soon comes true for Newman, when he meets Morty (Christopher Walken), a crazy sales clerk, who has the ultimate remote. A remote in which he can do anything, including muting, skipping and dubbing his life. He finds this to be the opportunity in which he can not only skip every argument, but also skip to his promotion. He sees this as a good idea, until the remote goes horribly wrong"
50 First Dates
FilmFanUK summarises this Adam Sandler rom-com for us nicely: "Henry Roth lives in a Hawaiian paradise with the company of endless women with no strings attached. This is until he meets Lucy Whitmore. Both Henry and Lucy enjoy the company of each other and feel the start of a serious relationship occurring. Approaching Lucy the next day, Henry is confused when Lucy fails to recognize him. This is the moment Henry discovers that Lucy actually suffers from short term memory loss and can't remember each individual day. Henry won't let this stop him and is prepared to make her fall in love with him all over again, each and every day." (IMDB).
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Released in 2008, Forgetting Sarah Marshall has become a comedy classic. As told by IMDB, "Devastated Peter takes a Hawaiian vacation in order to deal with the recent break-up with his TV star girlfriend, Sarah. Little does he know, Sarah's traveling to the same resort as her ex - and she's bringing along her new boyfriend." The film stars Jason Segal (who also wrote it) as Peter Bretter, Kristen Bell as Sarah Marshall, Mila Kunis as Rachel Jansen, and Russell Brand as Aldous Snow.
When we hear the words 'cult classic', Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film Pulp Fiction is usually one of the first blockbusters to come to mind. The storyline, as told by IMDB, "Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent Vega (John Travolta) are two hitmen who are out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their employer, mob boss Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames). Wallace has also asked Vincent to take his wife Mia (Uma Thurman) out a few days later when Wallace himself will be out of town. Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) is an aging boxer who is paid by Wallace to lose his fight. The lives of these seemingly unrelated people are woven together comprising of a series of funny, bizarre and uncalled-for incidents."
Run Forrest, run! As told by IMDB, "Forrest Gump is a simple man with a low I.Q. but good intentions. He is running through childhood with his best and only friend Jenny. His 'mama' teaches him the ways of life and leaves him to choose his destiny. Forrest joins... for service in Vietnam, finding new friends called Dan and Bubba, he wins medals, creates a famous shrimp fishing fleet, inspires people to jog, starts a ping-pong craze, creates the smiley, writes bumper stickers and songs, donates to people [and more]. However, this is all irrelevant to Forrest who can only think of his childhood sweetheart Jenny Curran, who has messed up her life. Although in the end all he wants to prove is that anyone can love anyone."
Released back in 1990, Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas is one for the ages. As told by IMDB, the plot follows "The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito." The film grossed $46,836,394 across the USA and stars Robert De Niro as James Conway, Ray Liotta as Henry Hill, Joe Pesci as Tommy DeVito and Lorraine Bracco as Karen Hill. So, pick or pass?
With an seriously impressive all-star cast of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Casey Affleck, Matt Damon, Bernie Mac and more, Ocean's Eleven is as impressive a heist film as any. As told by IMDB, "Danny Ocean wants to score the biggest heist in history. He combines an eleven member team, including Frank Catton, Rusty Ryan and Linus Caldwell. Their target? The Bellagio, the Mirage and the MGM Grand. All casinos owned by Terry Benedict. It's not going to be easy, as they plan to get in secretly and out with $150 million."
The name's Bond, James Bond. This was Daniel Craig's first big screen appearance as the notorious secret agent hero. As told by IMDB, "The boss of MI6, known simply as M sends Bond, along with Vesper Lynd to attend [a] game [in a casino] and prevent Le Chiffre from winning. Bond, using help from Felix Leiter, Mathis and having Vesper pose as his partner, enters the most important game in [his life]. But if Bond defeats Le Chiffre, will he and Vesper Lynd remain safe?"
Starring Tom Hanks and directed by Clint Eastwood, this film follows the true story of the remarkable feat of an airline pilot landing a plane on the Hudson River. The storyline, as told by IMDB, is as follows: "On Thursday, January 15th, 2009, the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" when Captain Chesley Sullenberger, nicknamed "Sully", glided his plane onto the [icy] waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding..."
Captain Phillips (2013) reflects the true, dramatic story of a US cargo ship that was boarded by pirates. As told by IMDB, "The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama's commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips, and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who [captures him]. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips' unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control."
The Wolf of Wall Street
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese's 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the true biography of Jordan Belfort. As told by IMDB, "Jordan Belfort is a Long Island penny stock broker who served 22 months [behind bars] for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden." Belfort lived life on the edge, throwing massive office parties day by day. The film boasts a whopping 500+ curse words.
This 2005 comedy classic starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson follows the story of "Two friends, John (played by Owen Wilson) and Jeremy (Vince Vaughn), [who] crash weddings to pick up women. One day they crash the wedding of the daughter of the Treasury Secretary (Christopher Walken). Instead of short-term flings they end up being invited to the Clearys' island estate, and potentially meet the loves of their lives". This rom-com made over $280,000,000 at the box office, smashing its budget of $40 million. (IMDB)
Actually, 'Borat' is not the official title of this movie. Instead, it's a bit more of a mouthful: 'Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan'. As told by IMDB, "Borat Sagdiyev is a TV reporter of a popular show in Kazakhstan as Kazakhstan's sixth most famous man and a leading journalist. He is sent from his home to America... to make a documentary about US society and culture." "While watching Baywatch on TV, Borat discovers how beautiful their women are in the form of C. J. Parker, who was played by actress Pamela Anderson". So, he decides to go on a cross-country road trip to find her.
Is there a more iconic on-screen romance than that of Jack and Rose in Titanic? James Cameron's 1997 masterpiece starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet is a 3 hour, 14 minute drama / romance that follows the story of "A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic." This film grossed a colossal $2,186,772,302 at the box office, which was over 10 times the film's initial budget, making it an unquestionable success.
The Hunger Games
The first cinematic installment of The Hunger Games came in 2012, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth. As summarised by IMDB, "Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight [for their survival]." Based off the Suzanne Collins books, this dystopian future is a unique experience for audiences. Of course, may the odds be ever in your favor.
Harold and Kumar go to White Castle
Released in 2004, Harold and Kumar go to White Castle is a comedy starring John Cho and Kal Penn. As told by IMDB, what Harold Lee and Kumar Patel "crave the most after seeing a TV advertisement, is a trip to White Castle. So from here, [the viewers follow their] journey for the burgers they require. On their way they will encounter many obstacles including a raccoon, an officer [with questionable views], and a [very strange version of] Neil Patrick Harris"
For those who are a little queasy or a little squeamish, Saw is not for you. The first installment, directed by James Wan was released in 2004. The story, as told by IMDB, goes as follows: "Waking up in a bathroom, two men, Adam and Dr. Lawrence Gordon, discover they have been captured by the infamous Jigsaw. The men must escape before time runs out, otherwise, they will face the [dire] consequences". A number of sequels followed after the first film was a great success.
Juno is a 2007 comedy drama starring Ellen Page and Michael Cera. Shared by IMDB, the film is "A tale told over four seasons, starting in autumn when Juno, a 16-year-old high-school junior in Minnesota, discovers she's pregnant after one event in a chair with her best friend, Bleeker. In the waiting room of a clinic, the quirky and whip-sharp Juno decides to [have the baby] and to place the child with an adoptive couple." The film made $231,411,584 at the box office worldwide.
Directed by Scott Derrickson and starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange, this Marvel film "follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City's Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilising a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel Cinematic Universe".
Man of Steel
As written by Warner Bros. Pictures (via IMDB), Man of Steel is about "A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind". The film stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Michael Shannon.
Released all the way back in 1980, Airplane, directed by Jim Abrahams and David Zucker, stars Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty and Leslie Nielsen. As told by IMDB, the story goes as follows: "Still craving for the love of his life, Ted Striker follows Elaine onto the flight that she is working on as a member of the cabin crew. Elaine doesn't want to be with Ted anymore, but when the crew and passengers fall ill from food poisoning, all eyes are on Ted [who must land the plane]."
Directed by Tim Miller and starring funny man Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, this film following the "story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life." Interestingly, as told by IMDB, "The main credits, including the title, aren't revealed until the end of the movie".
It's hard to believe that Toy Story hit the big screen all the way back in 1995. As told by IMDB, "A little boy named Andy loves to be in his room, playing with his toys, especially his doll named "Woody". But, what do the toys do when Andy is not with them, they come to life. Woody believes that his life (as a toy) is good. However, he must worry about Andy's family moving, and what Woody does not know is about Andy's birthday party. Woody does not realize that Andy's mother gave him an action figure known as Buzz Lightyear, who does not believe that he is a toy, and quickly becomes Andy's new favorite toy."
The Avengers is one of the most well-known and successful Marvel installments to date. IMDB offers us a plot summary: "Nick Fury is the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., an international peacekeeping agency. The agency is a who's who of Marvel Super Heroes, with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When global security is threatened by Loki and his cohorts, Nick Fury and his team will need all their powers to save the world from disaster which is formed by Loki and his team"
Elf is up there with one of the most beloved Christmas and holiday movies of recent time. Starring funny man Will Ferrell, this 2003 film follows the story of Buddy the Elf. As told by IMDB, "After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father." Continuing on, Buddy "experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can".
La La Land
The musical extravaganza La La Land stars Oscar-winner Emma Stone and Oscar-nominee Ryan Gosling. If Jazz is your secret love, then La La Land is a must-see any day of the week. As told by IMDB, an "Aspiring actress serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and jazz musician Sebastian scrapes by playing cocktail-party gigs in dingy bars. But as success mounts, they are faced with decisions that fray the fragile fabric of their love, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart"
Adam McKay's 2008 comedy cult classic Step Brothers stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. As the story goes, "Brennan Huff and Dale Doback are both about 40 when Brennan's mom and Dale's dad marry. The sons still live with the parents so they must now share a room. Initial antipathy threatens the household's peace and the parents' relationship. Dad lays down the law: both slackers have a week to find a job. Out of the job search and their love of music comes a pact that leads to friendship but more domestic disarray compounded by the boys' sleepwalking" (IMDB).
Starring Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, The Notebook is a romantic drama released back in 2004. As told by IMDB, the story follows "A poor yet passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated because of their social differences." Directed by Nick Cassavetes, the film shares the motif that "Behind every great love is a great story." For all the hopeless romantics out there, make sure to watch (or re-watch) this one.
Starring Michael Cera, Jonah Hill and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Superbad is another comedy classic that many of us regularly quote. As told by IMDB, "Two codependent high school seniors are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a party goes awry." "Their quest is complicated by [their friend Fogell, AKA McLovin]'s falling in with two inept cops who both slow and assist the plan." Superbad came out in 2007 and is a regular re-watch for anyone wanting a quick laugh.
Released in 1998 starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, Rush Hour is an action film with a substantial amount of comedy thrown in. As told by IMDB, the story goes like this: "Cultures clash and tempers flares as the two cops named Detective Inspector Lee a Hong Kong Detective and Detective James Carter FBI, a big-mouthed work-alone Los Angeles cop who are from different worlds discovers one thing in common: they can't stand each other. With time running out, they must join forces to catch the [bad guys] and save the eleven-year-old."
Starring a young Brad Pitt and directed by David Fincher, Fight Club came out in 1999 and has become a classic thereafter. The storyline is summed up by IMDB: "An insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soapmaker form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more." The film is narrated by Edward Norton and also features Meat Loaf as Robert 'Bob' Paulsen. The film made $71,000,000 at the box office, but its name and reputation have lived on long after.
Inception's plot, as told by IMDB is as follows: "Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption."
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Samuel L. Jackson, Kingsman's plot goes a little like this: A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius" (as told by IMDB). Kingsman: The Secret Service was released in 2014 and was successful enough to warrant a sequel which came out in 2017 titled Kingsman: The Golden Circle. It's definitely worth a watch!
IMDB offers a quick summary of the musical film: "In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever." The film stars Aussie Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as Javert, Anne Hathaway as Fantine, Amanda Seyfried as Cosette and funny man Sacha Baron Cohen as Thénardier. The film was excellently received, especially the performances of Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway.
Starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan, this 2003 film is the classic trading-places flick. As IMDB elaborates, "The wide generation gap between Tess Coleman and her teenage daughter Anna is more than evident. They simply cannot understand each other's preferences. On a Thursday night they have a big argument in a restaurant. Both receive a fortune cookie each from the restaurant owner's mother which causes them to switch bodies next day. As they adjust with their new personalities, they begin to understand each other more and eventually it's the mutual self-respect that sorts the things out."
The Pursuit of Happyness
Starring Will Smith and Jayden Smith, The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) follows the story of a struggling salesman who is just trying to keep everything afloat for himself and his son. IMDB reveals a little more of the plot, which is based on a true story: "Forced to live out in the streets with his son, Gardner (Will Smith) continues to sell bone density scanners while concurrently taking on an unpaid internship as a stockbroker, with slim chances for advancement to a paid position". It's a tough journey, but a heartwarming one nonetheless.
Released in 2014, Boyhood is a film unlike many others ever made. It took 12 years to film, following the life of a young boy, Mason, through into his arrival into college. IFC Films (via IMDB) elaborates: "Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's Yellow to Arcade Fire's Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting."
Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Malin Akerman and Kristin Davis headline the cast in this 2009 comedy. As told by IMDB, this film is "centered around four couples who settle into a tropical-island resort for a vacation. While one of the couples is there to work on the marriage, the others fail to realize that participation in the resort's therapy sessions is not optional." Couples Retreat was directed by Peter Billingsley and made a little over $170 million at the box office.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
This 2017 film was a modern remake of the 1995 original. The description by Sony Pictures goes like this: "In a brand new Jumanji adventure, four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game's jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don't just play Jumanji - you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they'll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves - or they'll be stuck in the game forever, to be played by others without break."
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Based on the novel by J.R.R Tolkien and starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen and Orlando Bloom, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) is one of the most beloved fantasy films of all time. It follows the story of "A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to [get rid of] the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron" (as told by IMDB). This film made close to a billion dollars in the box office.
This 2010 film stars Ryan Reynolds, and that's pretty much it. The majority of the movie is filmed inside a small wooden box. As IMDB tells us, "Waking groggy in pitch darkness, Paul Conroy, a truck driver working in Iraq in 2006, slowly realizes he is trapped inside a wooden coffin... With his lighter, he can see the trap he is in, and he quickly realizes that there's not enough air for him to live long. He finds... a working cell phone, which allows him contact with the outside world. But the outside world proves not to be very helpful at finding a man buried in a box in the middle of the Iraqi desert. Paul must rely on his best resource--himself."
Released quite recently in 2018, this film was as anticipated as it was successful. "Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career." (IMDB)
A Star Is Born
Directed by and starring Bradley Cooper, with an incredible performance from Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born (2018) has received all kinds of praise. IMDB summarises the plot for us: "Seasoned musician Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) discovers-and falls in love with-struggling artist Ally (Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer - until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally's career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons."
This heartstring-tugging film is adapted from the book "A Long Way Home". Starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara, Lion (2016) follows the story of a "five-year-old Indian boy [who] gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family." With an estimated budget of only $12,000,000, Lion exceeded expectations, grossing $149,571,027 worldwide. It's a tearjerker, that's for sure.
Zombieland's plot goes like this: "In the early twenty-first century, zombies have taken over America. A shy and inexperienced college student in Texas has survived by following his 30 rules: such as "look in the back seat," "double-tap," "avoid public restrooms." He decides to travel to Ohio to see if his parents are alive. He gets a ride with a boisterous zombie-hating good-old boy headed for Florida, and soon they confront a young woman whose sister has been bitten by a zombie and wants to be put out of her misery. The sisters were headed to an LA amusement park they've heard is zombie free." (IMDB).
The Proposal (2009) is a romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. As told by IMDB, the plot goes a little like this: "A pushy boss forces her young assistant to marry her in order to keep her visa status in the U.S. and avoid deportation to Canada." Directed by Anne Fletcher and written by Peter Chiarelli, this film made $317,375,031 at the box office on a budget of about $40 million. We've seen better rom-coms, but we've also seen plenty that are much worse.
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Amazing Spider-Man hit the big screen back in 2012, with a cast headlined by Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. As the classic Spider-Man story goes, "After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to solve the mystery of his parent's mysterious [passing]." In this installment, however, Spider-Man is forced to go head to head with Dr Curt Conners and his alter-ego, The LIzard. The film made just under $800 million worldwide.