Movies are a big part of our lives, even as TV and Netflix series continue to grow in prominence. Perhaps the big screen blockbusters have dropped off a bit in recent years, but there is still quality films being produced each year. Given the drastic rise in the amount of content available to consumers these days, it's hard to argue there isn't more jobs available to actors, especially when compared to the Golden Age of Hollywood, when only a select few actors and actresses played the majority of leading roles.
In 2017, consumers can find a popular new movie every week on a variety of platforms, whether in theaters or on screens at home available through Netflix or HBO, among other outlets. Consequently, it's hard to keep track of all the major stars in the film industry. And as there is more options available to those actors, it's tough for the average film fan to recall which movie every well-known actor or actress has been in. Was it Charlize Theron or Scarlett Johansson who starred in Monster? We've all had similar late-night debates with friends and family, but now it's time to test your knowledge of these 50 film stars in our quiz.
Already considered one of Hollywood's most handsome men, Ryan Gosling proved he can do it all in recent films - the Canadian has an incredible range and ability to be serious, funny, empathetic, and cruel, sometimes all at the same time. Oh, and he can apparently sing and dance. He has been nominated for two Best Actor Oscars but has yet to win the coveted award. He has, however, won a Golden Globe. Gosling is slated to play Neil Armstrong in 2018's First Man, which could again help him earn an Oscar nomination.
Though she was born in Paris, France, Emma Watson was raised in England and knew she wanted to pursue a career in acting as early as five years old. Few actors or actresses get to start their career by co-starring in one of the highest-grossing films of all-time, but that was the case with Watson, who, at 11 years old, was cast to play Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. She reprised the role in each successive Harry Potter film and only began taking on new roles a decade later.
Believe it or not, the pessimistic unnamed weatherman on The Jim Jefferies Show just happens to be one of the most prolific actors in Hollywood. Yes, aside from his small, ironic role in the Australian's new TV series, Brad Pitt has starred in over 40 films and has 79 acting credits, including his first job which was as a young boy in the daytime soap opera Another World. Like many actors, Pitt cut his teeth in the entertainment industry by working roles in TV shows for a number of years. His first big break was a minor part in 1991's Thelma and Louise.
Arguably the hottest woman in Hollywood - both in looks and box-office success - throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, Angelina Jolie is equally comfortable playing a diagnosed sociopath (as she does in the 1998 film Girl, Interrupted, for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar) as she is an ass-kicking action star. Jolie also earned the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy in 2014. Because of her commitment to charitable endeavors, she has only acted in three films since 2011.
A six-time Oscar-nominated actor who has played in numerous critically-acclaimed films, Leonardo DiCaprio finally earned his first Oscar in 2016 for his performance in The Revenant. He has been more successful at the Golden Globes, where he won three Best Actor awards in 11 nominations. Yet, perhaps most impressive about DiCaprio's career is the fact he was able to transition from teenage heartthrob in the 1990s to one of Hollywood's most coveted and successful actors. He has taken some time off following The Revenant, but is scheduled to star in Martin Scorsese's Killers of the Flower Moon.
As of 2016, Jennifer Lawrence was the highest-paid actress in the world with her films grossing more than $5.5 billion worldwide. The 27 year old has played parts well above her age since first appearing in a 2006 episode of Monk. She had relatively obscure acting roles in the first four years of her career, before being cast in the award-winning Winter's Bone. Since 2011, she has earned three Best Actress nominations at the Academy Awards, including in 2013, when she won her first Oscar.
Despite the fact this former rapper had no acting experience when he was recruited to star in NBC's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will Smith helped turn the show into a massive hit for the network. His combination of humor and charisma led him to earn major roles in blockbuster films while he was still working on The Fresh Prince and producing new music. In fact, there was nobody busier than Smith during the 1990s. And while he isn't quite the box office draw as he was back then, he's still one of Hollywood's biggest stars.
Born in 1940 in the Bronx, New York, Al Pacino is arguably one of the greatest actors in American cinema. The 77 year old continues to work frequently - he has three movies due to come out in the coming year, including The Irishman, a Martin Scorsese film co-starring Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci - despite having a reported net worth of $135 million. He has starred in some of the biggest and most-known gangster movies throughout the 1970s and 80s and has an equal ability to play mean, conniving characters as well as empathetic figures.
Charlize Theron's star is about to shine even brighter with the release of Atomic Blonde, in which she essentially plays a female James Bond character. The film has received great reviews and it's likely there will be sequels in the works. However, Theron, a native of South Africa, was already a massive movie star before the film's release. The 34 year old has been nominated for two Oscars and four Golden Globes as won one of each. She was also nominated for a 2005 Emmy Award for her role in the Life and Death of Peter Sellars.
Despite often being confused with other red-haired actresses Isla Fisher, Anna Kendrick, and Jenna Fischer, Amy Adams has established herself as a leading lady in Hollywood. The 43 year old was born in Italy and raised in Castle Rock, Colorado, where she first caught the acting bug. She didn't become a sought-after actress until the mid-2000s, however, following small roles in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and The Last Run. In fact, one of her first roles was in an episode of That 70's Show. She is now a five-time Oscar-nominated actress.
Cameron Diaz was 28 years old when she burst onto the scene as the strikingly beautiful titular character in There's Something About Mary. In the film, she played to her strengths as a naive, yet caring woman who was the object of desire for two men - and the entire male population who watched the film, for that matter. Although that served as her breakthrough role, she first appeared on screen as the love interest of Jim Carrey in The Mask and later had parts in romantic comedies She's the One and My Best Friend's Wedding.
A two-time Oscar winner, Tom Hanks has starred in numerous high-profile drama films, but has a knack for comedy as well. The 61 year old has hosted Saturday Night Live multiple times and has lent his voice to comedic roles in films such as Toy Story and Cars. Since making his film debut in the 1980 film He Knows You're Alone, Hanks has accumulated 82 acting credits, including films such as Bridge of Spies, Cloud Atlas, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, and three of the four popular selections below.
The potential running mate of Tom Hanks in 2020 - we're still not sure if that's 100 percent a joke or not - Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was the highest paid actor in the world in 2016. The former wrestler is far from the best actor, but he's a massive box office draw thanks to his ability to play strong, masculine characters with a touch of comedic timing and plenty of charisma. In 2016 alone, Johnson earned $64.5 million from acting and is likely going to replicate that number in 2017 with roles in The Fate of The Furious, Baywatch, and the Jumanji remake.
Although he was born in Los Angeles, Andrew Garfield moved to Surrey, England with his family when he was just three years old, unaware at the time that his career would eventually take him back to Hollywood as a prominent leading male actor. After appearing in TV series for three years, Garfield earned his first prominent role in the 2007 film Boy A and has since gone on to star alongside some of the best actors and actresses in Hollywood. He was recently nominated for his first Academy Award for Best Actor.
That 70's Show also launched the career of Mila Kunis, who is still young at 33 years old despite playing an older teenager on That 70's Show since 1998, when she was just 14 years old. In fact, Kunis began working in show business four years prior when she appeared on an episode of Days of Our Lives. She later had guest appearances on Baywatch and Walker, Texas Ranger before securing the role of Jackie Burkhart on That 70's Show. She has since had prominent starring and supporting roles in major films and was nominated for her first Golden Globe in 2011.
You're forgiven if you've confused Ryan Reynolds with Ryan Gosling before. Both actors are Canadian hunks who have displayed great acting range throughout their career. Reynolds, however, is a little more defined as a funny man, but he recently found his niche character in Deadpool, a foul-mouthed anti-hero. Reynolds, who was previously married to Scarlett Johansson and is currently married to Blake Lively, began his career with roles in TV series, including the 1998 hit Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place.
It might seem like comedian Kevin Hart is in everything these days, but the truth is his IMDB page only lists 75 acting credits, which even still is impressive when considering most are from 2009 onward. Hart had small roles earlier in his career, such as small parts in Scary Movie 3 and Scary Movie 4, but he has since become a leading man in Hollywood, at least in blockbuster comedy films. The 40 year old isn't likely to ever earn performance recognition from the Academy, but his films continue to do well at the box office, so he must be doing something right.
Born in Israel, Natalie Portman had her first on-screen role when she was just 13 years old in Leon: The Professional. The following year, she appeared in the ever-popular Michael Mann film Heat, which brought together Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Portman has since accumulated 55 acting credits and has the distinction of being the first woman born in the 1980s to win the Academy Award for Best Actress. She has been nominated for three Oscars and four Golden Globes.
Given his longevity as a Hollywood blockbuster superstar, it's hard to believe that Tom Cruise only has 46 acting credits to his name. However, as you go through the list what becomes clear is that, for the most part, Cruise has starred in films that have been immensely successful, save for the recent remake of The Mummy and a few others. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, there was no bigger movie star than Tom Cruise and, while that isn't quite the case today, he's still hugely popular and owns a net worth of roughly $500 million.
Leveraging an intense focus as an actor as well as a distinguishable voice and mannerisms, Denzel Washington is regarded as one of the best actors in Hollywood and he has the hardware to back up that claim. A native of Mount Vernon, New York, Washington has 56 acting credits to his name, most of which are starring roles, and he has won two Academy Awards for his performances. He also has five Oscar nominations as well as three Golden Globe awards, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.
A 47 year old native of Austin, Texas, Ethan Hawke has carved out an incredible career in film. Although he has yet to win an Oscar, he has been nominated four times, twice of his acting and twice of best writing of an adapted screenplay. The dual-threat star rose to prominence in 1989 in the Robin Williams-led Dead Poets Society and has since accumulated 74 acting credits. He recently had a part in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and has seven films either completed or in pre- or post-production.
Born in 1975 in Culver City, California, Drew Barrymore was destined to enter show business. Her father was the son of actors John Barrymore and Dolores Costello and she even had her first major acting role at six years old. Barrymore is more focused on producing films and television series these days, but she has over 71 acting credits, including the recent Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet. She hasn't been nominated for an Oscar, but has earned three Golden Globe nominations, one of which she won in 2010 for her performance in the mini series Grey Gardens.
A three-time Oscar winner with an acting career spanning over 50 years, Jack Nicholson had his first acting role in the 1956 TV series Matinee Theatre and, four years later, co-starred in The Little Shop of Horrors. Although he had consistent work throughout the 1960s, he didn't become a star until his 1969 role in Easy Rider, which led to starring roles in Five Easy Pieces, The Passenger, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, among other films. Nicholson, who turned 80 years old in April, hasn't worked since appearing in the 2010 film How Do You Know.
It might be hard to believe, but Matthew McConaughey will turn 48 years old in November. The Texas-born actor was never destined to become one of the more popular film stars of his generation, but he has continued to develop as an actor in recent years by taking challenging drama roles as opposed to the comedic roles he had earlier in his career, including films such as Edtv and The Wedding Planner. He won a Best Actor Oscar in 2014 after being nominated for the first time.
Robert Downey Jr.
After working through some personal and legal troubles early in his career, Robert Downey Jr. has cleaned up his act and become one of the most profitable stars in Hollywood. The 52 year old New York native has been nominated for a pair of Oscars as well as four Golden Globes, two of which he won for his performances in the TV series Ally McBeal and the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes. He recently reprised a popular role in Spider-Man: Homecoming and is scheduled to star in a pair of sequels to popular franchises in the next two years.
Despite growing up in Australia, Nicole Kidman was actually born in Hololulu, Hawaii while her parents were there on educational visas. She had her first on-screen acting role at 16 years old in the TV movie Skin Deep. That same year, she was in little-known films Bush Christmas and BMX Bandits. Her breakthrough came in the 1990 film Days of Thunder in which she starred opposite Tom Cruise, to whom she was married at 23 years old. Kidman has been nominated for four Best Actress Oscars and won one for her performance in the 2002 film The Hours.
Born to a German opera singer mother and a father who worked as a voice teacher, Sandra Bullock grew up in Germany and often performed in the children's chorus of the production her mother was in. Having grown up in the entertainment industry, she was cast in her first feature film role in the 1987 film Hangmen, and later earned roles in popular films Demolition Man, A Time to Kill, The Net, and 28 Days. She has been nominated for two Oscars and five Golden Globes and won one of each in 2010.
Best known for playing tough, wisecracking characters, Bruce Willis has appeared in over 100 films that combined have grossed over $2.5 billion, which isn't surprising when you run down his list of films, many of which were big-budget blockbusters or action-packed dramas. Willis' first role was as an uncredited extra playing "Man Entering Diner as Delaney Leaves" in 1980's The First Deadly Sin. Eight years later, he was starring in one of the most-beloved action films of all-time and continues to be in high demand.
Born in Chicago, Illinois to parents who worked as actors, it should be no surprise that Harrison Ford pursued a career in entertainment. It might be slightly surprising, however, that he became one of the biggest action film stars in Hollywood. As a young actor, Ford was fortunate enough to develop a strong relationship with George Lucas, who first cast him in the 1973 film American Graffiti. That partnership led to Ford earning the role of Hans Solo in Lucas' Star Wars: A New Hope, which came out in 1977. It's not just Lucas who liked Ford, however, as Steven Spielberg has cast him in numerous blockbuster films.
A versatile actor known for playing darkly comedic roles as well as serious, introspective roles, Johnny Depp has accumulated over 80 acting credits throughout his 33-year career. He first appeared in Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street, which set the tone for the types of films he would play throughout his career. Depp has never won an Oscar but has been nominated for three Best Actor awards for his performances in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Finding Neverland, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
It didn't take long for Julia Roberts to become one of the most talked-about and highly-sought-after actresses in America. After earning her first feature film roles in 1988, she had a breakthrough role in 1990, which began a decade of domination at the box office. Throughout the 90s, Roberts starred in popular films such as The Pelican Brief, Sleeping with the Enemy, and My Best Friend's Wedding. In 2000, she won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Erin Brockovich.
Born in Beirut, Lebanon to a costume designer and geologist, Keanu Reeves first appeared on screen in the 1984 TV series Hangin' In and later appeared in shows such as Night Heat and Letting Go. He had a small role in the 1968 hockey film Youngblood, which is quite apt as Reeves grew up in Canada, where hockey is the unofficial national sport. He had his big breakthrough in a 1989 buddy comedy and has since accumulated over 90 acting credits, including the 2016 TV series Swedish Dicks.
Scarlett Johansson, or ScarJo, if you will, is a 32 year old actress who has earned four Golden Globe nominations, but has yet to be considered for an Oscar. That doesn't mean she hasn't had some memorable performances throughout her career; in fact, she was nominated for her first Golden Globe in 2003 for her performance opposite Bill Murray in Lost in Translation. She earned nominations at the next two Golden Globes but hasn't been nominated since, perhaps owing to the fact she has been more focused on action and comedy films in recent years.
Although she is best known as Rachel from Friends, Jennifer Aniston has built a fairly decent career in film, primarily in romantic comedies. The 48 year old bombshell starred in Friends from 1994 to 2004, but during that time also appeared in Along Came Polly, Bruce Almighty, and She's the One. She was nominated for two Golden Globes for her performance in Friends, but earned her first film-related nomination in 2015 when she was up for Best Actress in a Drama for her performance in Cake.
Despite playing second fiddle on the screen to Matt Damon early in his career, Affleck has leveraged his writing ability into numerous successful roles and carved out quite a career as a leading man in Hollywood. He has had his fair share of flops such as Gigli and Daredevil, but he has also delivered surprisingly-good performances in films like Argo, Gone Girl, and The Accountant. He hasn't won an Oscar for his acting yet, but he does have two for writing and directing.
A mega star through his role as Jason Bourne, Matt Damon is more than just an action star. The Boston, Massachusetts native began his career as a dramatic actor in films such as Courage Under Fire, The Rainmaker, Rounders, and the Talented Mr. Ripley. In fact, Damon even had an uncredited part as a fan in Field of Dreams. He has been nominated for three Best Actor Oscars but has yet to win the elusive award. He does, however, have an Oscar win for best writing which he shares with longtime friend Ben Affleck.
One of the few members of the multiple Oscars club, Meryl Streep is one of the most celebrated actresses in the world. The 68 year old graduated from the Yale School of Drama and received her first major role in the 1977 film Julia. Less than a year later, Streep earned her first Oscar nominated for her performance in The Deer Hunter. Since beginning her career, she has won a remarkable 168 awards from various acting associations. In addition to her three Oscar wins, she has been nominated for 17 Best Actress awards by the Academy.
Robert De Niro
A two-time Oscar winner with a distinguishable look, mannerisms and even catchphrases - "You talking to me?" - Robert De Niro has an acting career spanning more than 50 years. His first major role was in the 1968 film Greetings and he rose to prominence with award-winning roles throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s. He has managed to stay relevant into the twilight of his career through comedic performances in films such as Analyze This, Meet the Parents, and Dirty Grandpa.
Born in Los Angeles in 1937, Dustin Hoffman was destined for the big screen. His father, Harry Hoffman, was a prop supervisor for Columbia Pictures, so he had a first-hand look at the industry from an early age. He began acting in TV movies and TV shows during the 1960s and eventually earned his first film role, albeit a small part, in 1967's The Tiger Makes Out. He earned his big break in 1969's Midnight Cowboy. Hoffman has been nominated for seven Best Actor Oscars and has won two of them.
If you're a Millennial, chances are you aren't aware of Audrey Hepburn unless you're a film buff or enjoy watching classic movies. Hepburn passed away in 1993 and acted for the last time in the 1989 film Always, but before that she was a Hollywood mega star who shared equal billing with popular actors such as Humphrey Bogart and Gregory Peck. She won her first and only Best Actress Oscar in 1954 and was nominated an additional four times. In 1993, weeks after her death, she was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy.
Perhaps known to most young people as the phenomenal actress in American Horror Story, Jessica Lange is a six-time Oscar nominated actress and two-time winner. Additionally, she has 15 Golden Globe nominations (including four for American Horror Story, one of which she won) and five wins, including a Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture for her performance in the 1976 film King Kong. The 67 year old only has 43 acting credits to her name, but they have all been major roles.
Born Diane Hall and nicknamed Annie in her earlier days (hint, hint), Diane Keaton broke into show business in the 1970s, during which time she primarily played comedic characters. However, she shed that image in the chilling 1977 film Looking for Mr. Goodbar, which earned Keaton her first of nine Golden Globe nominations, two of which she won. She has also been nominated for four Academy Awards, one of which she won in 1978. To date, the 71 year old has 67 acting credits to her name.
The most prominent and successful of the Baldwin brothers, Alec is now best regarded for his portrayal of President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live as well as comedic appearances in the TV show 30 Rock, but he actually began his career as a dramatic actor in films such as The Hunt for Red October and Glengarry Glen Ross. However, his comedic chops were evident in early roles in films such as Beetlejuice and She's Having a Baby. He earned his lone Oscar nomination for his role in the 2003 film The Cooler.
A native of Santa Monica, California, Sean Penn actually got his start in show business as an uncredited child on Little House on the Prairie in 1975. It wasn't until six years later when he began to work regular roles in TV movies and, in 1982, he received his breakthrough role as Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. He earned three Best Actor Oscar nominations in the late 1990s but didn't win his first Best Actor award until 2004. He won another in 2009. Penn has also been nominated for five Golden Globe awards, one of which he won.
Blessed with a unique voice that has earned him roles such as the voice of God as well as a partnership with Visa, Morgan Freeman is one of the most celebrated actors of all-time. Although he has only won one Best Actor Oscar, he has been nominated five times and also earned one win in five Golden Globe nominations. In 2012, he was given the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. Since his acting debut in 1964, Freeman has accumulated 118 acting credits.
Although he has been the target of plenty of negative press in recent years - of which he has nobody to blame but himself - Mel Gibson still has a place in Hollywood. The actor-turned-director recently completed the positively-reviewed Hacksaw Ridge, adding to his directing portfolio, which includes Apocalypto and The Passion of the Christ. He's also co-starring in the 2017 films Daddy's Home 2 and The Professor and the Madman. Gibson has won two Oscars and one Golden Globe for directing throughout his career and has been nominated for a pair of Golden Globe awards for acting.
Before starring as Francis Underwood in Netflix's House of Cards, Kevin Spacey developed a reputation as an enigmatic darkly-comedic actor who could play a variety of roles. He owes his convincing acting to the fact his private life is extremely guarded: "The less you know about me, the easier it is to convince you that I am that character on screen," he told the London Evening Standard in 1998. Surprisingly, Spacey has only been nominated for two Oscars, but he won both times. He has also earned eight Golden Globe nominations, including one win.
Like Barrymore above, Jodie Foster got her start in show business at an extremely young age. The Los Angeles, California native was just seven years old when she appeared on The Doris Day Show and continued to have numerous guest spots on TV shows throughout the next six years until her breakthrough performance in Taxi Driver alongside Robert De Niro. She has only appeared in three films since 2011, but is currently filming for Hotel Artemis, a film which also stars Jeff Goldblum, Charlie Day, and Jenny Slate.
Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Russell Crowe is an Oscar-winning actor who has 54 acting credits to his name since appearing as an extra in the TV show Spyforce in 1972. Aside from another extra role, Crowe didn't take up acting full-time until 1987, when he had a recurring role on the TV show Neighbours. His first film role came in 1990 as Lt. Corbett in Prisoners of the Sun, but he didn't become the star he is today until appearing in the 1997 film L.A. Confidential.
Like Streep, Daniel Day-Lewis has won three Oscars throughout his extensive film career. The method actor comes from a family of British cinema royalty as his grandfather was Sir Michael Balcon, who helped launch the career of Alfred Hitchcock while serving as a producer and eventually head of MGM-British. For his part, Day-Lewis won his first Best Actor Oscar in 1990 for his role in My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown and has since won the award in 2008 and 2013.