There probably is not a single person in the world who doesn't enjoy watching films. Regardless of whether we do so at the cinema or from the comfort of our own couch, film watching is a great way to relax.
Indeed, movies allow us to disconnect from our own personal lives. We can leave our worries behind us by immersing ourselves into fictional worlds. We might not care all that much about our casual acquaintances or our work colleagues, but we do care about the people that we see on the big screen (at least most of the time). Why? Because we end up invested in their story. We get to know everything about them and we get to see them vulnerable. We want them to succeed. Or else we want them to fail.
Of course, the characters that we fall in love with (or end up annoyed with) are not real. They're played by actors, usually incredibly talented ones. More often than not, actors can either make or break the characters that they play. A good actor will make the character unforgettable. A bad actor will make us want to stop watching the movie altogether. Everyone has their favorite actors. And get this: sometimes our actor preferences influence the types of movies that we like!
Ryan Gosling has always been pretty serious about acting. Even as a kid he was part of Disney Channel's The Mickey Mouse Club. Later, he appeared in family entertainment programs such as Are You Afraid of the Dark? Despite his impressive experience, it took him quite a long time to land his first starring film role. Indeed, it was not until 2001 that he bagged the role of Daniel "Danny" Balint in the drama film The Believer. He established himself as leading man material in 2005 when he appeared in The Notebook alongside Rachel McAdams (Wikipedia).
Few actors get as lucky as Emma Watson. As most fans are probably well aware, she rose to fame after she landed her very first professional acting role. The role was that of Hermione Granger in the magical Harry Potter movie series, of course. We might still associate Watson with the nerdy witch to this day but she is out to prove to us that she can play a myriad of characters. For example, she recently starred in the 2017 techno-thriller film The Circle and the 2017 musical romantic fantasy movie Beauty and the Beast (Wikipedia).
Mila Kunis was only 14 years old when she was cast as Jackie Burkhart in the once very popular sitcom That '70s Show. It was while filming this show that Kunis first met her husband, Ashton Kutcher, although they did not get together until years after the show had wrapped up. It took Kunis another 10 years to land her breakout film role: she portrayed Rachel in the romantic comedy movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall which was released more than a decade ago now, back in 2008 (Wikipedia).
Ryan Reynolds is one of those famous Hollywood actors who got his start on a soap opera. Indeed, back in the '90s, he appeared in the teen soap opera Hillside. Later, he landed the role of Michael Bergen in the famous sitcom Two Guys and a Girl. As for film work: we tend to link him to the 2011 superhero film Green Lantern, the 2009 romantic comedy The Proposal, the 2017 action thriller comedy movie The Hitman's Bodyguard, and the 2009 superhero film X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Wikipedia).
Hugh Jackman is without a doubt best known for his role of Wolverine in the X-Men film series. In fact, according to Wikipedia, for this role, Jackman actually holds a Guinness World Record. Apparently, he has played the live-action Marvel superhero for the longest time out of all other actors. That's pretty impressive, right? Of course, Jackman hasn't just stuck to superhero movies. Throughout the years he has tried his hand at numerous different genres. For example, you might have seen him in the romantic comedy fantasy movie Kate & Leopold or the drama film The Prestige.
How do you feel about Scarlett Johansson, the world's highest paid actress? According to Wikipedia, Johansson knew that she wanted to be an actress from a very young age. Before she made her film debut she was cast in an off-Broadway play. As a 10-year-old she landed a role in the 1994 fantasy comedy movie North and later appeared in Ghost World and The Horse Whisperer. Today we tend to associate her with films such as The Avengers, Lucy, Iron Man 2, and Don Jon.
Venom, Legend, Warrior, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, The Revenant, Lawless, and Bronson are just some of the movies that you can expect to see under Tom Hardy's filmography. As most people are probably well aware, Hardy is no newbie to Hollywood. In fact, according to Wikipedia, he made his film debut almost 20 years ago, all the way back in 2001 when he bagged the role of Lance Twombly in Ridley Scott's famous war film Black Hawk Down.
Sandra Bullock made her film debut in the late '80s. However, it wasn't until the early 90's that she came to prominence. She first gained attention in 1993 when she was cast in a supporting role in the science fiction action movie Demolition Man. Her breakthrough came about the following year when she bagged the role of Annie Porter in the action thriller film Speed. Hope Floats, While You Were Sleeping, and The Net are the names of other popular films that she appeared in during the '90s.
Before Will Smith was known as a talented actor, he was associated with rap music. Indeed, he acquired modest fame under the name The Fresh Prince. In the 90's he was cast in the popular TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which increased his popularity significantly. He then went on to appear in a large number of blockbuster movies. So far he has been nominated for two Academy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards. It's not at all surprising that back in 2007 he was called "the most powerful actor in Hollywood" (Wikipedia).
It's been almost 30 years since Natalie Portman made her feature film debut. As most fans can probably recall, Portman was only 13 years old when she was cast as Mathilda in the 1994 action crime thriller Leon: The Professional. Five years later, in 1999, she landed the role of Padmé Amidala in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. That same year she also appeared in the coming-of-age comedy drama film Anywhere but Here. Today however we tend to associate her with the 2010 Black Swan or the 2011 Thor (Wikipedia).
According to Wikipedia, Tom Hanks is known both for his comedic and his dramatic roles. For example, you might recall seeing him in movies such as Splash, A League of their Own, You've Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, The Green Mile, Apollo 13, Cast Away, and Saving Mr. Banks. Hanks is also known for his frequent collaborations with Steven Spielberg. To date, he has been cast in as many as five of the ambitious Hollywood director's movies, including Saving Private Ryan and Catch Me If You Can.
It's been exactly two decades since Zooey Deschanel made her film debut. As some might be well able to recall, her very first film role was that of Nessa Watkins in the 1999 comedy-drama film Mumford. She has since made an appearance in Almost Famous, Elf, The Good Girl, Yes Man, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and 500 Days of Summer. However, she is perhaps best known for her work on the little screen, and to be more specific, for her role of Jess Day in the popular sitcom New Girl (Wikipedia).
When most of us think of Tom Cruise, we can't help but think of action movies. Indeed, according to Wikipedia, Cruise is best known for his numerous action roles and for his impressive (and risky) stunts. That being said, he has not been one to reject dramatic roles either. The Mummy, Edge of Tomorrow, Oblivion, Tropic Thunder, Jerry Maguire, The Outsiders, War of the Worlds, Eyes Wide Shut, Vanilla Sky, and of course, the Mission Impossible film series are just some of the movies that you might have seen Cruise in.
Most people either love Kristen Stewart or can't stand her. There is usually no in between. As such, we trust that you too will have a firm opinion on her. Like most famous actors in Hollywood, Stewart also began acting when she was still a mere child. According to Wikipedia, she made her film debut exactly 20 years ago, all the way back in 1999. She first came to everyone's attention three years later, in 2002, when she was cast in Panic Room alongside Jodie Foster. Of course, nowadays we link Stewart to the Twilight film series.
Samuel L. Jackson?
Pulp Fiction, Unbreakable, The Hitman's Bodyguard, Django Unchained, Shaft, Jackie Brown, The Negotiator, Kong: Skull Island, and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children are some of the films that might pop into your head when you think of Samuel L. Jackson. According to Wikipedia, Jackson is an incredibly prolific actor and has appeared in countless movies throughout this professional life. He is known for his collaborations with Quentin Tarantino and also for playing Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Kate Winslet made her film debut in the early '90s, and to be even more precise, in 1994, when she was cast in the psychological drama Heavenly Creatures. She achieved international stardom only three years later, in 1997, after she bagged the role of Rose DeWitt Bukater in James Cameron's epic romance film Titanic. Generally, Winslet is drawn to troubled characters and often appears in period dramas (Wikipedia), such as Finding Neverland, Quills, Sense and Sensibility, and the TV miniseries Mildred Pierce (Period Dramas).
According to Wikipedia, before Katherine Heigl decided to give acting a shot, she actually worked as a model. Like many other actors, she made her film debut in the early '90s: she was cast in the coming-of-age romantic drama That Night. She is best known for starring in romantic comedies. For example, you might recall seeing her in 27 Dresses, Life As We Know It, The Ugly Truth, and New Year's Eve. Those who watch Grey's Anatomy can't help but associate Heigl with her role of the original intern Izzie Stevens.
Julia Roberts was one of the biggest stars of the '90s. She became an international star in 1990 when she was cast in the romantic comedy Pretty Woman. That same decade she went on to star in films such as Sleeping with the Enemy, Notting Hill, My Best Friend's Wedding, and Runaway Bride. She managed to hold onto her fame at the turn of the millennium too and appeared in Ocean's Eleven, Eat, Pray, Love and Valentine's Day according to Wikipedia.
Robert Downey Jr.?
Tropic Thunder, Sherlock Holmes, The Judge, Chaplin, Due Date, Weird Science, Only You, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and Gothika are some of the films that Robert Downey Jr. has been cast in so far. Even if you haven't seen him in any of the above (highly unlikely but nonetheless possible), you are probably well aware that he portrays Tony Stark, or Iron Man, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He first got to play the famous character in 2008 (in Iron Man).
Margot Robbie began acting in the late 2000s. And yet it was not until 2013 that she rose to well-deserved stardom. As most moviegoers can probably recall, it was in 2013 that we saw Robbie play the role of Naomi Lapaglia (Leonardo DiCaprio's character's lover and later wife) in Martin Scorsese's biographical black comedy-drama movie The Wolf of Wall Street. She has since stunned us with her acting ability in Focus, I, Tonya, and Mary Queen of Scots. Later this year we can expect to see her in Quentin Tarantino's crime film Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (Wikipedia).
Robert De Niro?
When most of us think of Hollywood and the stars that inhabit it, we can't help but picture such stars as Robert De Niro. De Niro has been around Hollywood for decades, and for good reason. He is an incredibly talented actor who has been honing his craft ever since the '60s. He first came to attention in the 70's when he was cast in films such as Mean Streets and Bang the Drum Slowly. Of course, he is to this day best known for portraying the young Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II (Wikipedia).
Owen Wilson is without a doubt best known for his association with the quirky filmmaker Wes Anderson. The two first worked together in the mid-'90s. Back in 1996, Wilson not only starred in Anderson's first move Bottle Rocket but also helped write it (his brother, Luke Wilson, who is also an actor, starred in this movie too). In total, Wilson has made an appearance in as many as seven of Anderson's movies (and in addition to writing Bottle Rocket, also helped write The Royal Tenenbaums and Rushmore according to Business Insider).
Renee Zellweger began acting in the early '90s. According to Wikipedia, she gained early acclaim for her role in the 1995 coming-of-age comedy-drama film Empire Records. She was introduced to a mainstream audience a year later, in 1996, when she appeared in the romantic comedy sports drama Jerry Maguire alongside Tom Cruise. She won her very first Golden Globe Award for the 2000 black comedy film Nurse Betty and was nominated for an Academy Award for portraying the titular character in the iconic 2001 romantic comedy Bridget Jones's Diary.
George Clooney made his acting debut slightly more than 40 years ago, all the way back in 1978. However, he did not gain recognition until the 90's when he bagged the role of Dr. Doug Ross in the famous medical drama ER. It was while working on the ER that he was offered a number of leading man roles on the big screen. In the early '00s, Clooney was cast in the heist comedy Ocean's Eleven which helped turn him into one of the biggest stars in Hollywood (Wikipedia).
Aquaman, Eyes Wide Shut, The Hours, The Others, Queen of the Desert, Moulin Rouge!, Boy Erased, Far and Away, Australia, Lion, Cold Mountain, and Days of Thunder are some of the films that Nicole Kidman is known for. Kidman is one prolific actress. Last year she starred in as many as three movies whereas this year she will appear in at least two (the drama film The Goldfinch in which she'll portray Mrs. Barbour and the drama film Fair and Balanced in which she'll play a character named Gretchen Carlson according to Wikipedia).
Jim Carrey is probably one of the funniest men in Hollywood. Of course, that does not necessarily mean that you're a fan. Carrey first came to attention in the early '90s when he got a recurring role in In Living Color, a sketch comedy TV series. That same decade he landed his first leading roles. The year 1994 was great for Carrey: he was cast in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, and Dumb and Dumber (Wikipedia), movies that he is still known for to this day.
Meryl Streep is known as "the best actress of her generation", according to Wikipedia. In particular, Streep is admired for her versatility and for her ability to put on different accents. In total, Streep has been nominated for as many as 31 Golden Globe Awards (winning eight) and 21 Academy Awards (she won three). She is perhaps best known for films such as Mamma Mia!, The Devil Wears Prada, The Deer Hunter, Sophie's Choice, It's Complicated, and Out of Africa.
Matthew McConaughey first gained notice in the early '90s when he was cast in the coming-of-age comedy film Dazed and Confused that was released in 1993. That same decade he appeared in Larger than Life, Contact, and Amistad. The following decade he tried his hand at romantic comedies such as How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and The Wedding Planner but ultimately decided that he was more drawn to slightly more dramatic roles (thus starring in Free State of Jones and The Wolf of Wall Street according to Wikipedia).
The 1997 supernatural thriller film The Devil's Advocate is the movie that made Charlize Theron famous. This is the film that we tend to associate her with to this day although she has since been cast in many other great movies including Monster, Tully, Mad Max: Fury Road, Atomic Blonde, The Fate of the Furious, The Italian Job, and Snow White and the Huntsman. She has also appeared on the little screen. For example, in 2017 she starred in the comedy web TV series Girlboss (Wikipedia).
Matt Damon must have always known that he wanted to be a professional actor for, according to Wikipedia, while he was still in high school he did not shy away from appearing in his school's theater productions. Damon made his professional acting debut in 1988, in the coming-of-age movie Mystic Pizza. However, it was not until the 90's that he suddenly found himself famous. The movie that brought him success was the 1997 drama film Good Will Hunting which he co-wrote with his friend Ben Affleck.
Like so many other actors, Keira Knightley was only a child when she began to pursue acting pretty seriously. For example, back then she was cast in films such as Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (she portrayed Sabe) and The Hole (she played the role of Frankie Smith). She made her breakthrough in the early 00's when she landed the role of Juliette "Jules" Paxton in the family romantic comedy sports film Bend It Like Beckham (Wikipedia).
Mark Wahlberg was not always an actor. Indeed, before he made it big on the big screen he was busy rapping. In fact, according to Wikipedia, he was the frontman of the group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. Nonetheless, it wasn't long before Wahlberg transitioned from music to acting. He made his screen debut in 1993, in the comedy movie Renaissance Man. He was praised for his role in the 1997 drama film Boogie Nights and in the early 00's he found himself starring in big budget action movies such as Planet of the Apes.
Maleficent, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Wanted, Salt, The Tourist, Original Sin, Gia, Changeling, Girl, Interrupted, By the Sea, and Hackers (Wikipedia) are just some of the movies that can be found under Angelina Jolie's extensive filmography. The fact that Jolie's filmography is fairly long makes sense. After all, she began acting in the early 80's when she was just a child although she did not begin acting in earnest until a decade later (or, to be more specific, until 1993, when she appeared in the low-budget film Cyborg 2).
Unlike most actors on this quiz, Liam Hemsworth does not have an extensive filmography, at least not yet. According to Wikipedia, he began acting slightly more than a decade ago, in 2007. Back then he stuck to little screen performances though. For example, he was quite happy to be cast in the soap opera Home and Away, the TV drama McLeod's Daughters, and the soap opera Neighbours. It was not until 2009 that he made his first appearance on the big screen.
Amber Heard is in the news for all the wrong reasons at the moment. But let's not focus on her personal life. Instead, let's have a look at her professional life. After all, it is her acting that we are judging here, not her personality. For someone who began acting less than two decades ago, Heard's filmography is pretty impressive. Since 2004 she has appeared in Pineapple Express, The Informers, Drive Angry, Justice League, and Aquaman (Wikipedia), just to name a few.
Baywatch, Skyscraper, Rampage, Hercules, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, San Andreas, The Game Plan, Central Intelligence, and the Fast and the Furious film franchise are some of the movies that you might associate Dwayne Johnson with. Johnson is not merely an actor, however. He is actually a multi-talented man with many interests. For example, according to Wikipedia, he is also a semi-retired professional wrestler. In fact, many deem him to be one of the best professional wrestlers of all time (as well as the biggest draws of all time).
Rachel McAdams made her Hollywood film debut all the way back in 2002. It only took her two years to get onto everyone's radars. As most fans are probably well aware, it was in 2004 that McAdams rose to international fame. Back then she was cast in two successful movies: the iconic teen comedy film Mean Girls and the romantic drama film The Notebook (which also made a star out of Ryan Gosling who co-starred alongside McAdams according to Wikipedia).
Those who have seen the 1991 road movie Thelma & Louise know that it's a truly iconic film. What's more, it was this film that turned Brad Pitt into the celebrity that he is today. In the film, he played the role of a cowboy hitchhiker who cares for no one else but himself. He charmed everyone with this role and the following year landed his first leading role in a big budget movie (the drama film A River Runs Through It according to Wikipedia).
Diane Keaton began acting in the late '60s although back then she only appeared on stage. Indeed, according to Wikipedia, she only made her screen debut in 1970. It didn't take her long to land her first major film role though. In 1972 she bagged the role of Kay Addams-Corleone in the iconic crime film The Godfather. In fact, most of us still associate Keaton with this particular role. Apart from that, she is also known for her frequent collaborations with Woody Allen.
Johnny Depp is without a doubt one of the biggest movie stars in the world today. He first came to attention in the '80s when he was cast in the police procedural TV show 21 Jump Street, which turned him into a teen idol. Today, however, he is best known not for his work on the little screen but rather for his roles in famous Hollywood movies. For example, we tend to associate him with films such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Wikipedia).
Taxi Driver, The Accused, The Silence of the Lambs, Panic Room, Contact, Flightplan, The Brave One, Elysium, Inside Man, and Bugsy Malone are some of the films that you might have seen, and liked, Jodie Foster in. According to Wikipedia, Foster was a child prodigy. She began modelling when she was a mere toddler and made her acting debut when she was six in the TV sitcom Mayberry R.F.D. She has worked tirelessly as an actress for decades but since 2010 has shifted her focus to directing.
Christian Bale is one of those actors who will do anything for a role. Indeed, according to Wikipedia, he is known for transforming his body drastically if the role so requires. Bale landed his first starring role in the '80s: he was just 13 but he was evidently talented enough to make an appearance in Steven Spielberg's war movie Empire of the Sun. Some of his more notable movies include Vice, The Machinist, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and Exodus: Gods and Kings (Wikipedia).
According to Wikipedia, before Jennifer Lawrence made it big in Hollywood, she contented herself with guest roles in various TV shows. She made her film debut slightly more than a decade ago, in 2008: she was cast in a supporting role in the drama film Garden Party. She had her breakthrough two years later, in 2010, when he bagged the role of Ree Dolly, a poor teenager in the independent drama film Winter's Bone. Of course, the film that made her truly famous was The Hunger Games (which, as most are probably well aware, is part of a famous franchise).
Adam Sandler is a comedian so it only makes sense that he is best known for his comedic work. For example, over the years he has starred in films such as Blended, Grown Ups, Just Go With It, Happy Gilmore, Billy Madison, 50 First Dates, The Waterboy, The Wedding Singer, and The Longest Yard. According to Wikipedia, last year he appeared in three movies (one was a stand-up film) whereas this year he is due to star in two movies.
Before Gal Gadot was Wonder Woman, she was Miss Israel 2004 (Wikipedia) as well as a combat instructor in the defense forces. In the mid-'00s, she decided to give acting a go. Her first international movie role was that of Gisele Yashar in the 2009 action film Fast & Furious. She later reprized this role in the film's sequels. Seven years later, in 2016, she found herself cast as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Later she portrayed the character in Justice League and Wonder Woman. And the rest is history.
Chris Hemsworth wasn't always Thor. Back in the day he was pretty happy to star in soap operas. For example, according to Wikipedia, between 2004 and 2007 he played the role of Kim Hyde in the TV series Home and Away. It must have been pretty obvious that he was incredibly talented even back then for before long he found himself cast in movies such as Star Trek and A Perfect Getaway. Then, in 2011, he landed the role that he is known for to this day: Thor!
La La Land, The Favorite, The Amazing Spider-Man, Easy A, Zombieland, The Help, Crazy, Stupid, Love, Superman, Aloha, and Birdman are just some of the movies that we tend to think of when we hear of Emma Stone. Stone began acting as a child although back then she stuck to theater productions. According to Wikipedia, it was only as a teenager that she and her mother relocated to Los Angeles. She made her film debut in 2007. Her breakthrough came about four years later, in 2011.
Leonardo DiCaprio began acting in the '80s although back then he only starred in TV commercials and TV shows. It was not until the 90's that he made his film debut in the 1991 science fiction comedy thriller film Critters 3. Three years later he was cast in a supporting role in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, which won him his first Academy Award nomination. In 1995 he appeared in The Basketball Diaries and in 1996 he starred in Romeo + Juliet. Then, in 1997 he landed the role of Jack in Titanic, and the rest is history.
According to Wikipedia, Emilia Clarke made her screen debut in a short film before starring in the soap opera Doctors. The following year she landed the role of Syfy in the TV film Triassic Attack. That same year she bagged the role that she is known for to this day: Daenerys Targaryen, or the Mother of Dragons, in the famous TV series Game of Thrones. She hasn't just focused on the iconic show though and has also made an appearance in movies such as Me Before You and Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Gone Girl, The Accountant, Good Will Hunting, The Town, Pearl Harbor, Argo, Justice League, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice are probably the movies that Ben Affleck is best known for at the moment. Like so many other famous Hollywood actors, Affleck was also just a child when he decided to pursue acting. Back in the '90s, he was cast in films such as Dazed and Confused and Chasing Amy. However, it was his own movie (or rather, a movie that he co-wrote with his childhood friend Matt Damon), Good Will Hunting, that propelled him into proper stardom (Wikipedia).