The 10 best Netflix films boasting all-star casts
We’re of the opinion that a great cast equals at least a pretty decent film, as a slew of stars in tow usually indicates a strong director and script. Sure, the rule doesn’t always hold fast – sometimes big names can be down on their luck, or too many cooks can spoil the pot – but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying their beautiful faces all lined up on the screen. So if you’re feeling the void now that Oscars season’s died down, indulge in some celeb spotting with our top ten star-studded titles available on Netflix UK.
What better way to kick off our countdown than with a film literally titled Celebrity? This Woody Allen number’s a real treat for we ’90s nostalgics, as it stars much younger versions of Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron, Winona Ryder, Sam Rockwell, Adrian Grenier, Kenneth Branagh, Melanie Griffith, J.K. Simmons, Allison Janney, and Famke Janssen. Whew! We can always rely on Allen to pull in a veritable smorgasbord of celebs, so while you’re at it check out Everyone Says I Love You (1996) on Netflix too. That one stars Edward Norton, Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore, Tim Roth, Goldie Hawn, Liv Tyler, and Allen himself.
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Another auteur we can always rely on for A-grade castings is Wes Anderson. This boisterous, multi Oscar-winning comedy bonanza stars everyone from Ralph Fiennes to Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Léa Seydoux, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton… Can we stop now?
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Quentin Tarantino is yet another directorial flytrap for ace actors. This two and a half hour crime caper boasts iconic performances from Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Christopher Walken, Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel, Ving Rhames, and Steve Buscemi. Also be sure to watch Django Unchained (2012) and Jackie Brown (1997) which are also on the service, and feature such names as Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, Jonah Hill, Bruce Dern, Bridget Fonda, Robert DeNiro, Chris Tucker, and Michael Keaton between them.
The Expendables 3 (2014)
How they managed to fit this many famous faces on the one poster is beyond us. The action-packed third instalment of the ensemble franchise sees an injection of new blood to the line-up, meaning we get to see Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Mel Gibson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas, Dolph Lundgren, Ronda Rousey, Jet Li, Kelsey Grammer and Terry Crews all at once.
Anchorman 1 showcased many of comedy’s best and brightest, but Anchorman 2 really roped in the celebs, with a cast comprising Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate, James Marsden, Will Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Vince Vaughn, Kirsten Dunst, Marion Cotillard, Green Day, and even Drake and Kanye. Just goes to show that a great cast doth not a great film make.
Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
There’s a whole lotta strong woman in this gorgeous period piece, which stars Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Marcia Gay Harden, with token men Dominic West, John Slattery and Topher Grace.
Sin City (2005)
On top of its gorgeous stylised visuals, this live action adaptation of the Frank Miller comics series is known for its killer cast, which includes Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Clive Owen, Alexis Bledel, Benicio del Toro, Brittany Murphy, Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett, Rutger Hauer and Devon Aoki. Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For (2014) adds Eva Green, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven, Juno Temple, Jamie Chung, Lady Gaga…
Avengers Assemble (2012)
All-star actors take on all-star superheroes in the film that launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cobie Smulders and Jeremy Renner team up against that dastardly Tom Hiddleston.
The Ridiculous 6 (2015)
It may be one of the worst films we’ve seen in years, but it sure does have a great cast. The spoof Western with Adam Sandler at its helm also stars Harvey Keitel, John Turturro, Nick Nolte, Steve Buscemi, Rob Schneider, Dan Aykroyd, Will Forte, Luke Wilson, Steve Zahn, Danny Trejo, Taylor Lautner and Terry Crews – many 0f whom play on-screen brothers.
So good they made it twice, we deem the guests at the American family funeral to be more famous than the British original, but only slightly. The U.S. version stars Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Zoe Saldana, Tracy Morgan, James Marsden, Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Luke Wilson and Danny Glover as the family mourning a father with a hidden past, while the British family comprises Matthew Macfadyen, Keeley Hawes, Alan Tudyk, Jane Asher and more. Both films star Peter Dinklage at the centre of the mystery.