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  1. Johaus at |

    Heat.

    Which of these is better than Pacino, Deniro, Kilmer, Hank Azaria, Ashley Judd, Dennis Hayspert, Tone loc, Henry Rollins, Jeremy Piven, John Voigt, Amy Brenneman, Natalie Portman, “that guy” king William Fichtner, and Machete himself Danny Trejo.

    Oh yeah and not to forget Buffalo Bill, Ted Levine; “It puts the lotion on the skin or else it gets the hose again”!!

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  2. Johaus at |

    Oh wait 21st century. I saw that, but how awesome is Heat and that cast?

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  3. TJ at |

    Couldn’t stop laughing when I read about Josh Lukas being the “era’s biggest romantic leading man”. LOL!!! I bet he’s been called a lot of things, but never the “era’s biggest romantic leading man”.

    I also believe The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou deserves to be mentioned alongside The Royal Tennenbaums. Wes Anderson movies always have a great cast.

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    1. Orrin (article's author) at |

      I thought Sweet Home Alabama cemented him as that, but I’d have to double check what the press were saying about him at the time.

      I love Wes Anderson films and Life Aquatic was a great film too. I kow a lot of other people didn’t like that one but I love sea adventures. I think it’s a higher order of casting when you have to assemble a group of actors for an extended adult family then a number of disparate shipmates.

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      1. TJ at |

        If you find other movies with Lukas as the romantic lead, let me know. I think he’s a good actor, along the ranks of Matthew McConaughey. But unlike McConaughey, in my opinion, Lukas isn’t romantic lead material. He did shine though as the lead in both Stealth and Glory Road.

        Btw, I’m from the Philippines and I write movie reviews as a hobby and a sideline. I’d love to read more of your articles. Can you point me in the right direction? Thank you kind sir.

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  4. Mac Payne at |

    ‘The Expendables’ anyone? I mean given they arent all brilliant actors, but seeing that many bad asses in one movie was almost too much to handle.

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    1. Trek Girl at |

      Heh – that movie was pretty awesome.

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  5. Susan at |

    What about The Lord of the Rings? Or Harry Potter for that matter?

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  6. Jeremy at |

    Lucky Number Slevin deserves at least an honarble mention (certainly a better cast that Sideways).

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    1. Orrin (article's author) at |

      In Lucky Number Sliven, Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley had a pretty surprisably good chemistry. I don’t know if Bruce Willis really did too much except act tough and Bruce-Willis-like. It probably depends on how resonant the Willis-Hartnett scenes were for you. Also depends on how much you like Lucy Liu and Josh Hartnett. Hartnett himself is kind of a critical darling for choosing risky projects and turning down Superman, but only slightly

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  7. Jeremy at |

    After rereading this list I can’t believe that the Ocean’s 11,12,13 films weren’t mentioned.

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    1. ac at |

      seconded

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  8. Orrin (article's author) at |

    I think the Ocean’s trilogy demonstrated the risks of putting a big ensemble together with big names just because they’re big names. The first one did work, but the 2nd was horrible and the plot was incomprehensible, because the star power was so enormous and the director didn’t keep their vanity in check. Nothing against the actors in the film, but I felt like it just led to an excess of vanity when you put Damon, Clooney, and Pitt together. Also, Casey Affleck never had enough to do

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  9. Peter Boucher at |

    There is an old saying that goes : “They Don’t Make Them Like They Used To”. I find it prevalent in 2 things, Classic Automobiles and Old Movies. Here is my example of a movie from the 60′s. “The Flight Of The Phoenix” (1965) . Cast : Jimmy Stewart, Sir Richard Attenborough, Peter Finch, Hardy Kruger, Dan Duryea, George Kennedy, Ernest Borgnine, Sir Ian Bannen, and directed by Robert Aldrich. Can’t go wrong there !!

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  10. Drew at |

    Inception – a fantastic ensemble.

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    1. Orrin (article's author) at |

      Inception wasn’t a bad ensemble at all and an absolutely amazing movie. It might have been just a little bit better if they didn’t cast Michael Caine in the cliched old, wise man role he gets so often and if they replaced Ellen Page with someone just a little less cutesy. On the plus side, great use of Ken Wattanabe (sp?), Tom Hardy, Pete Postwenthaile (probably spelled that one too) and Leo and JGL made a good team. Yeah, I could see Inception being #21 or so, good pick

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  11. Mark at |

    Platoon has a TON of people in it. Berenger, Sheen, Dafoe, Whitaker, McGinley, Dillon, Depp & David.

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  12. TJ at |

    Some people commenting here don’t get what 21st century means. The list only showcases movies from the 21st century, or the past 12 years.

    Having said that, there are a lot more films with brighter ensemble casts than the 10 mentioned above. I guess it all comes down to the author’s preference.

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  13. Dennis at |

    What about “THE NUTTY PRESIDENT”? What a cast! Barack and Michelle, Eric Holder(also starred in “Fast and Furious”),Pelosi,Reid,Biden,Rachel Madcow and many more great comics.–Produced by Acorn Studios. Hilarious! And talk about an Ensemble-WOW!

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  14. Peter Boucher at |

    Well, Lets go back to the 1960′s and give you the casting list of a particular movie “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” (1963). Here goes : Spencer Tracy, Sid Caesar, Milton Berle, Ethel Merman, Jonathan Winters, Jimmy Durante, Buddy Hackett, Mickey Rooney, Phil Silvers, Dick Shawn, Edie Adams, Dorothy Provine, Buster Keaton, The Three Stooges, Jim Backus, William Demarest, Peter Falk, Leo Gorcey, Carl Reiner, Zasu Pitts, Eddie Andersen, Jack Benny, Jerry Lewis, Norman Fell, Don Knotts. Director : Stanley Kramer.

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  15. Stinger503 at |

    Coen Brothers movies deserve some mention:
    The Big Lebowski – Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Peter Stormare and Tara Reid.
    Fargo- Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Peter Stormare, John Carroll Lynch and Steve Buscemi

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    1. Orrin (article's author) at |

      Fargo-1996
      Big Lebowski-1998

      both ineligible

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      1. Stinger503 at |

        I only read the first six words of a title as a general rule.

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  16. Dennis at |

    “The Greatest Story Ever Told”-(1965)-Richard Conte,David McCallum,Roddy McDowall,John Wayne,Shelly Winters,Angela Landsbury,Man Von Sydow,Carrol Baker,Sal Mineo,Dorothy McGuire,Claude Rains,Pat Boone,Victor Buono,Jose Ferrer,Van Heflin,Sidney Poitier,Charlton Heston,Martin Landau,Donald Pleasence,Ed Wynn,Robert Blake,John Considine,Telly Savalas,Jamir Farr,Robert Loggia,Ed Wynn,…et al.

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  17. Damon Snow at |

    What about Noises Off Christopher Reeve, Carol Burnett, Michael Caine, John Ritter, Nicolette Sheridan, Denholm Elliot, Mark Linn-Baker, Julie Hagerty, Marilu Henner. ?

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  18. Jay at |

    A fine list, save for the fact that The Expendables exists.

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  19. Twinwasp at |

    FYI, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is not a “remote northern town” It’s a city and it not considered that far north or remote.

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    1. Peter Boucher at |

      @ Twinwasp : Are you from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan ? If you do, do you know Neil Young as I know that he comes from that area. By the way, my Father’s side of the family all hail from the Quebec City area. I personally love Canada !!

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  20. thestyxcrossing at |

    Tia Dalma was the name of Naomie Harris’ CHARACTER in Pirates of the Caribbean. Also, No Bill Nighy?

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  21. Cotumarre at |

    WHHHAAAAATTTTTT??????
    WHO MADE THIS LIST?
    ARE YOU MAD?

    Where’s Citizen Cane? Kramer vs Kramer? The Godfater 1 and 2? Titanic? Taxi Driver?

    In what planet is X-men better than Gladiator?
    In what parallel dimension is Juno better than Silence of the Lamb?

    Oh and if you say cast ensembles, how, when or where in the hell do any and I really do mean ANY of these movies have a better cast in any way, shaper or form than The Godfaher?.
    You talk about the Departed, Goodwill Hunting was much better. You talk about Dicaprio and Damon together I raise you a Denzel and Tom Hanks in Philadelphia. Or a Tom Cruise and a Dustin Hoffman in Rainman.

    I can give you a list of movies and believe me not one of these films will ever be amongst the best of all times. You need to either watch these movies or change careers.

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      Read the title again. This list only included movie casts from the 21st Century. But you did name some very impressively cast movies.

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  22. Cotumarre at |

    Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire and the kudegra Marlo Brandon and Directed by Coppola.

    Have you ever hear of such a cast?

    This cast would run laps around any of the ones mentioned on this list. I would take the Godfather cast over any of these any day of the week and 1000 times over on Sunday.

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  23. Cotumarre at |

    I’ll take both my comments back, I admit I did not read 21st century. As I am loud enough to protest the list, I am also man enough to admit I did not read the title as I should have.

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  24. Peter Boucher at |

    @ cotumarre………..21ST CENTURY WE ARE DISCUSSING HERE. WANNA SEE CAST FROM THE 20TH CENTURY ?? LOOK UP “ITS A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD” (1963) THAT ONE CANNOT BE AND WILL NOT BE BEATEN.

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  25. Ed at |

    No RED? Awwwww.

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  26. Taiga at |

    i’m shocked to see no mention of the Leathal Weapon series at all. they all worked so well with each other, well cast actors, introductions of new characters in each movie… not often every movie in a series is good, but Leathal Weapon is definately up there.

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      Hi, Taiga. Nice suggestion, but this list is for the current (21st century) only.

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      1. Taiga at |

        hi Master, sorry for being a retard.

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        1. TopTenz Master at |

          No you aren’t and you aren’t the first person commenting to make that mistake. ;-)

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  27. Spider at |

    Seeing as it just came out, I know it wouldn’t be on this list but hopefully the Avengers can stand next to the ones that are. I believe that the actors selected to portray their respective heroes (and villains) played their parts exceptionally well.

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  28. Peter Boucher at |

    This list falls into the category of the old saying “They don’t make them like they used too”. Just like Automobiles, movies will never come even close anymore to how important the story of the film is, instead the focus is now on Special Effects and having a Macho cast. If only the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford, Cecil B DeMille, etc. were alive today, we would have so many better movies.

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  29. David Crowe at |

    There is an obscure comedy named S.O.B. that is one of my favorites and has a great cast,
    Julie Andrews, William Holden, Marisa Berenson, Larry Hagman, Robert Loggia, Stuart Margolin, Richard Mulligan, Robert Preston, Craig Stevens, Loretta Swit, Robert Vaughn, Robert Webber, Shelly Winters, Rosanna Arquette, Benson Fong, Larry Storch, and Karen Austin.
    That is a pretty good cast for such an odd ball comedy which I own on VHS.

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  30. taj at |

    What about black hawk down, Josh Hartnett, Eric Bana, Ewen McGregor, Orlando Bloom, Tom Hardy, To Sizemore, Ioan Gruffuld, Jeremy Piven, Ty Burrell

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  31. Jonathan at |

    “A Few Good Men” – Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson, Kevin Bacon, Kevin Pollack, Keifer Sutherland, Small scenes by Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Noah Wyle

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  32. Jonathan at |

    “A Time To Kill” – Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashley Judd, Sandra Bullock, Kevin Spacey, Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland, Oliver Platt, Charles S. Dutton. BigTime!

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  33. vvhunter at |

    I know it falls short for three years, but how about the Thin Red Line’s cast? Wherever you look there is a famous actor. Sean Penn, Adrien Brody, Jim Caviezel, Ben Chaplin, Jared Leto, George Clooney, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, Elias Koteas, Nick Nolte, John C. Reilly, John Travolta. Probably I’m still missing some names

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  34. gabe at |

    Painful to see the departe in number one, even with the big names it was one of the worst casting ever done, the lead was awful. looked like a kid with add and I find it hard to believe anyone bought he was a cop.

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