List: Top 30 Fall Films to See (September-December)

We are two weeks into the Fall Movie Season; that lovely time of year when theaters are crowded with anticipated releases big and small. I have to admit that there are not a ton of films I’m dying to see these last several months of the year. My Top 30 is a strong group indeed, but this is the first year in a long time where I didn’t have about 45 films clamming for a spot on the Top 30. To put it simply, several of the bigger fall releases I’m feeling ambivalent towards. These include Flight, Promised Land, The Impossible, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Hyde Park on Hudson and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I’m really looking forward to On the Road, Therese Raquin, Skyfall, Frankenweenie, Detropia, This is 40 and The Sessions but not enough to earn them a spot on the list.

If all of those highly anticipated films do not appear on this list, the question begs; what does? These are the 30 films I am most looking forward to. What are yours?

30. Barbara (Germany)
Synopsis: A doctor working in 1980s East Germany finds herself banished to a small country hospital.

Germany’s official submission for this year’s Oscars. I have yet to see a film directed by Christian Petzhold although I always meant to see Jerichow. I’m always going to be a sucker for films set in East Germany.

29. Lincoln
As the Civil War nears its end, President Abraham Lincoln clashes with members of his cabinet over the issue of abolishing slavery.

The recently released trailer for Lincoln felt admittedly stuffy and anticlimactic. But I have faith in this film, despite the actors playing historical dress-up vibe and not caring about Spielberg’s 2011 one-two punch of War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin. But look at this cast! Look at it! Daniel Day-Lewis appears in one film every few years, so any opportunity to see him on screen must be seized immediately. Especially since his last film role was the start-to-finish miscalculation known as Nine.

28. Dredd 3D
In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.

Out of nowhere, Dredd 3D is getting really solid notices. Like, ridiculously solid review. In a world where the film industry deals in remakes and comic book adaptations as a daily ritual, I don’t think anyone had this on their radar. For the countless middling forgettable release and anticipatory disappointments, there aren’t as many ‘where did this come from’ surprises. Alex Garland wrote the screenplay, whose credits include Never Let Me Go, Sunshine and 28 Days Later. Color me intrigued. But if the notices are to be believed, this is more than worth checking out.

Bonus: Olivia Thirlby sporting blonde hair while kicking ass and taking names.

27. Sister (France)
Synopsis: A drama set at a Swiss ski resort and centered on a boy who supports his sister by stealing from wealthy guests.

This sibling drama doesn’t seem to fit too comfortably into any easy box (outside of the aforementioned ‘sibling drama’) which is what draws me to it.  Lea Seydoux continues to stamp her presence as a French arthouse bombshell with her second release of the year after Farewell, My Queen.

26. Smashed
Synopsis: A married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of alcohol gets their relationship put to the test when the wife decides to get sober.

I have had my eye on Mary Elizabeth Winstead for a while now. Forget Scott Pilgrim. We’re talking the days of Final Destination 3, Death Proof and Black Christmas. Yes that’s right; Black Christmas. Last year she got a starring role in the remake of The Thing, walking away with all of her dignity in a film as forgettable and rote as they come. I think what most people are excited about in regards to Smashed, is Winstead finally gets a chance to show us what she’s got. And by all accounts, it was worth the wait.

Bonus: Aaron Paul, people. Aaron Paul. Aaron Paul: that is all.

25. How to Survive a Plague
Synopsis: The story of two coalitions — ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) — whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.

This documentary has the subject matter and the kind of upcoming exposure to really get some attention. It looks like the type of inspiring impassioned history lesson that I look for in this type of doc.

24. Killing Them Softly
Synopsis: Jackie Cogan is a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that went down during a mob-protected poker game.

I have to admit that the trailer for this left me really underwhelmed and relatively uninterested in the story. However, the pairing of director Andrew Dominik and Brad Pitt has me salivating for this. Considering that The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is in my top 10 of the 2000’s, you best believe this earned a spot.

23. Argo
Synopsis: As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA ‘exfiltration’ specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.

Ben Affleck’s first two films managed to impress me enough without bowling me over. But it’s clear the man’s got a sure and efficient directorial hand. The cast, the based on a true story concept and 70’s period detail are all promising, not to mention its warm reception on the festival circuit.

22. Zero Dark Thirty
Synopsis: A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osams Bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy SEAL Team 6 in May, 2011.

Kathryn Bigelow’s follow-up to The Hurt Locker, chronicling the hunt and kill of Osama Bin Laden. I can’t wait to see how the film depicts its subject matter and how functionally rooted in factual reconstruction it is.

21. The Other Dream Team
Synopsis: The incredible story of the 1992 Lithuanian basketball team, whose athletes struggled under Soviet rule, became symbols of Lithuania’s independence movement, and – with help from the Grateful Dead – triumphed at the Barcelona Olympics.

Been hearing a lot about this documentary (one of only 3 on this list since the majority of documentaries come out during the Spring and Summer months). This is a truly fascinating subject, ripe for potential exploration, and it looks genuinely educational and uplifting to boot.

20. Sleep Tight (Spain)
Synopsis: An embittered concierge at a Barcelona apartment building plots to make one happy-go-lucky resident completely miserable in this psychological thriller from [REC] and [REC 2] co-screenwriter/co-director Jaume Balaguero.

I feel pretty confident that this is going to be a reliable, solid slice of horror. It looks like the kind of low-key, suspense ratcheting creepfest that focuses on its antagonist over other characters. And Spanish directors certainly know how to deliver the scares: The Orphanage, The Devil’s Backbone, REC, The Others and last year’s The Last Circus to name a few obvious examples.

19. V/H/S (seen)
Synopsis: When a group of misfits is hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for.

I’ve already seen this one but this is where it would have been placed. Horror anthologies are always worth a watch and these directors take the stylistic experimentation that videotapes inherently offer, with its glitchy worn-down visuals and static white noise, and channel it through the possibilities of the genre. That alone makes this worth watching. For all the mediocrity of the stories themselves and the fevered gender-based discussion it has incited, V/H/S has a DIY aesthetic that makes its mark.

18. Keep the Lights On
Synopsis: In Manhattan, filmmaker Erik bonds with closeted lawyer Paul after a fling. As their relationship becomes one fueled by highs, lows, and dysfunctional patterns, Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries while being true to himself.

This looks emotional and moving with strong lead performances. It has been impressing audiences since Sundance.

17. Bachelorette (seen)
Synopsis: Three friends are asked to be bridesmaids at a wedding of a woman they used to ridicule back in high school.

Another film on the list I have already seen, this is where Leslye Headland’s self-adapted mean streak of a comedy would have been placed.

16. Sinister
Synopsis: Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity.

Since premiering at SXSW in March, I have heard nothing but good things about this one. Good horror films that get wide releases are far and few between, but this looks like it will garner Insidious levels of attention with the buzz I’ve been hearing.

15. Silver Linings Playbook
Synopsis: After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.

Winning the Audience Award at Toronto today is a huge signifier as to how this film will be received. The trailer didn’t do much to impress, looking too by-the-book with empty quirk thrown in. But all signs point to David O. Russell having a huge hit on his hands post-The Fighter. Russell is one of my favorite directors working today so I cannot wait to see him working in the comedic realm again.

14. Girl Model
Synopsis: A documentary on the modeling industry’s ‘supply chain’ between Siberia, Japan, and the U.S., told through the experiences of the scouts, agencies, and a 13-year-old model.

The second of two documentaries on this list, Girl Model looks like a chilling and illuminating look at the international modeling industry.

13. Seven Psychopaths
A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu.

Martin McDonagh’s follow-up to In Bruges reunites him with Colin Farrell as well as Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell, both of whom starred in his play “A Beheading in Spokane”. McDonagh a master of the kind of dialogue that knows it’s clever, a Snatch-like trait that I usually veer towards not liking. Somehow he pulls this style off with aplomb and if it’s anywhere near as good as In Bruges, we are in for a treat. Oh, and Tom Waits people. Tom. Waits.

12. Wreck-It-Ralph
Summary: A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.

This is the only children’s film I really can’t wait to see this Fall. The trailer had me full-on cracking up in a way no trailer has in ages and it has got a golden goose of a high concept. Add in the voice work of John C. Reilly at the helm and the smorgasbord of video game references and this looks like a guaranteed winner.

11. Looper
Synopsis: In 2072, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits. Someone like Joe, who one day learns the mob wants to ‘close the loop’ by transporting back Joe’s future self.

A brainy sci-fi headed by Rian Johnson? The amount of hype going into this one is considerable, but it looks like it will live up to expectations. I’m a huge fan of Brick and Johnson has directed two of the best “Breaking Bad” episodes in existence (“Fly” and “Fifty-One” respectively). So to see him get the opportunity to headline a considerably mounted genre film with its own world and rules is sure to impress. It is already well on its way to its own spot in the pantheon of great sci-fi flicks.

10. Wuthering Heights (Seen)
Synopsis: A poor boy of unknown origins is rescued from poverty and taken in by the Earnshaw family where he develops an intense relationship with his young foster sister, Cathy. Based on the classic novel by Emily Bronte.

I got the opportunity to see this at the Independent Film Festival of Boston and this is where Andrea Arnold’s adaptation would have been placed had I not seen it. It would have been one of my favorite 2012 films had the last hour not been entirely unbearable. Here is my review:

9. Django Unchained
Synopsis: With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

I realize that it looks like Quentin Tarantino’s latest gets a pretty low spot. Surely this is Top 5 material, right? Well, while I’m sure this is going to be fantastic, I’m also feeling ready for the director to do something else besides revenge across different genres. But this promises memorable characters, references galore and the type of crackling two-person dialogue scenes we love from him. I think I’m most interested to see how Leonardo DiCaprio fares in one of the auteur’s films and as a villain at that. It’s a much-needed and refreshing step out of his comfort zone.

8. Perks of Being a Wallflower
Synopsis: An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.

I’ve had high hopes, really high hopes for this, for a long long time. A lot of us have been waiting forever to see if Stephen Chbosky seminal coming-of-age novel was ever going to be adapted, and lo and behold, the day is almost upon us. It has a remarkable trio of actors in the lead roles. I am particularly amped for Ezra Miller, who quickly climbed his way onto my list of favorite young actors. There hasn’t been a memorable high school flick in a while. And this soundtrack, which takes from the book, is to die for. To. Die. For. The fact that Galaxie 500’s “Tugboat” is going to be in this film is a fact that single-handedly earns ‘Perks’ a spot on the list.

7. A Royal Affair (Denmark)
Synopsis: A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician – and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.

This is shaping up to be a great year for Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen. He won Best Actor at Cannes for The Hunt (which will hopefully get a Spring release for 2013), he is set to star in a TV series as Hannibal Lecter and he received excellent notices in the very well-received historical drama A Royal Affair. This looks like an intriguing much better-than-average historical drama that is right up my alley. It also stars Alicia Vikander, a young actress to watch out for who also will appear in Anna Karenina.

6. Rust and Bone (France)
Synopsis: Put in charge of his young son, Ali leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Ali’s bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.

This being the latest from Jacques Audiard (A Prophet and Read My Lips) with a reportedly stellar lead performance by Marion Cotillard gives this a very high anticipatory spot. Cotillard has been relegated to pretty thankless roles since catapulting to the Hollywood A-List. It’ll be nice to see her in a meaty lead once again.

5. Holy Motors (France)
Synopsis: From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. He is, in turn, captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, family man…

All I heard during this year’s Cannes coverage was Holy Motors, Holy Motors, Holy Motors (well, that and a certain other film to appear on this list shortly). By all accounts, this is a surreal whackadoo head trip in the best way possible. It seems well on its way to earning a cult status and I intend on checking it out the moment it comes near me.

4. Cloud Atlas
Synopsis: An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

What will likely be the most divisive film to come out this season, I for one am counting down the days until this film gets released. The 6-minute trailer is a thing of beauty, bringing tears to my hypersensitive eyes. We can attribute a lot of this to the inspired use of M83’s brilliant “Outro”.  And I am over halfway through David Mitchell’s novel as we speak.

The way I see it, whether the film turns out to be a disaster or a triumph (or both at the same time), these filmmakers are going for it. The Wackowski’s and Tom Tykwer have together tackled what is widely thought to be an unadaptable novel (more so than most novels given the unadaptable label). It’s weaving six stories in one film, all in different time periods, with the same actors with the tired old theme of interconnectedness. No matter what the outcome, the film will be discussed for years to come. Without having seen it and going on gut instinct, it feels like the type of film that will possibly be reassessed for the positive as decades pass. As you can see, I’m preparing myself for the bashing to come. I can already see that Cloud Atlas is going to bring out the worst in the blogosphere, Prometheus-style. But no matter what the outcome, this is going to be an ambitious, epic and challenging work that nobody can fully write off. It may end up becoming a flop, but it sure as hell will go down swinging.

Ridiculous Bonus: Bae Doona, one of my very favorite actresses working today is going to get some serious international exposure here as Sonmi-451.

3. Amour (Austria)
Synopsis: Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple’s bond of love is severely tested.

New Micheal Haneke. That not enough for you? It won the Palme D’Or. That still not enough for you? Haneke regular, and my favorite actress, Isabelle Huppert appears. Want more? This is Haneke doing a tearjerker about the elderly with two lead performances that supposedly devastate. My common sense tells me that Amour is going to stomp out my soul. Part of me has been mentally preparing myself for this film since this year’s Cannes.

2. Anna Karenina
Synopsis: Set in late-19th-century Russia high-society, the aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky.

Another film that is sure to divide. Joe Wright’s decision to set the Tolstoy adaptation on a stage and to use theatrical stylization is sure to distract some. But frankly, if all we are left with are the visuals evident in the trailer, this will still likely land a spot on my favorites for the year. The costumes, production design and overall look of the trailer is sickening. Joe Wright is one of my favorite directors working today. He pushes himself into challenging and creative directions that breathe new life into familiar tales. Wright reteaming with Keira Knightley, surely one of modern cinema’s most rewarding director/star collaborations, is always thrilling. The way his camera illuminates this woman (who is already stunning to begin with) is beyond my ability to comprehend. We’ve got a screenplay by the great Tom Stoppard, cinematography by the great Seamus McGarvey, music by the great Dario Marianelli and costume design by the great Jacqueline Durran. So basically what it comes down to is that lots of great people are involved in this. I plan on reading this monster of a novel before the film comes out. Now that’s anticipation for you.

1. The Master
Synopsis: A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future – until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.

I honestly feel like I don’t even need to put reasons here. It’s at the top of everyone’s list. Paul Thomas Anderson is my favorite working director. It’s been 5 years since his last film. This was very close to not getting financed. It’s a near miracle we even get to see this. His films engage me more than any other director. They make me feel things that are unrepeatable, unfamiliar and challenging. His films are dense, complex, elusive, pretentious and indefinably uncomfortable.  I live for his films. And on Friday I will finally be seeing his latest in 70mm. Oh, and welcome back to Joaquin Phoenix. It’s been too long. And if the trailers are any indication, this performance is one for the books.


List: Top 50 Favorite Modern Actors

The explanation for this list is significantly more complicated than the ‘classic’ list. Why? Well, first it is meant to represent the actors I am the most excited about at the moment. On the other hand, it has to balance those actors I love whose careers may not be in the most exciting spots today, but were at one point (usually in the 70’s) making iconic after iconic film. And then there are the old standards; actors who are not recent additions and don’t necessarily represent ‘in the moment’, but are people I always save spots for. The ‘modern’ lists are significantly hard to cut down; I had almost twice this number when I brainstormed and a great many actors who deserve a spot just as much as many of those who made it on. And really, in the end, it is completely arbitrary both who made it and where they are placed. I think of myself as a legitimate fan of Tom Cruise and Jim Carrey, two actors I could not get on here and yet when they get a role that showcases their talents appropriately (i.e I Love You Philip Morris or MI4), there are few things I enjoy more than watching them.

Yet I wanted to get actors on here that are new to me. For example, my number 50, Nicolas Duvauchelle. I first saw him in White Material where he owned his role and legitimately had me frightened of what his character may be capable of. Next, I saw him in The Girl on the Train, a severely underrated film and I was aware of just how happy I was to see him. And again, several months ago when I saw Inside for the first time. I was giddy when he popped up, which broke through the unrelentingly dark and disturbing journey of that film. Other actors, like Sam Rockwell and Christian Bale, who normally break into my Top 10 don’t appear. Why? I just felt like favoring other actors this time around. Ryan Gosling, Robert Downey Jr, Matt Damon, Martin Freeman,  Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gael Garcia Barnal, Laurence Fishburne, Paul Giamatti, Robert De Niro, Viggo Mortenson, Jeff Daniels, Ray Winstone, Nathan Fillion, Simon Pegg, Michael Douglas, Kevin Spacey, and so many more…all of these people are not on the list yet I count them among my favorites. Actors like Tom Hiddleston, John Boyega, Edgar Ramirez and Jeffrey Combs I’d gladly rank along with the 50, but I do not see them often enough or their careers are just getting started. Lastly, the numbers are not meant with any finality; it’s just a frivolous fun list I’ve been making for a long time. I really just keep it as a record for myself and decided to share on this blog. Dustin Hoffman, Aaron Paul, Jon Hamm, Geoffrey Rush, Jeremy Irons

50. Nicolas Duvauchelle
Previously: 50
Seen in 3 films: White Material, The Girl on the Train, Inside

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#49. Caleb Landry Jones
Previously: —
Seen in 3 films: Byzantium, Antiviral, X-Men: First Class, 2 episodes of “Breaking Bad”

48. Peter Dinklage
Seen in 4 films, 1 TV show: Living in Oblivion, Elf, Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Penelope, “Game of Thrones”, 3 seasons

46. Takeshi Kitano
Seen in 6 films: Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, Violent Cop, Sonatine, Hana-bi, Battle Royale, Outrage

Idris Elba

43. Donald Sutherland
Seen in 13 films: M*A*S*H, Don’t Look Now, Kentucky Fried Movie, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, National Lampoon’s Animal House, Ordinary People, JFK, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, Cold Mountain, Pride and Prejudice, Horrible Bosses, The Hunger Games

Daniel Radcliffe

41. Eddie Marsan
Seen in 14 films: The Bunker, Gangs of New York, 21 Grams, Vera Drake, The New World, Mission Impossible III, The Illusionist, V for Vendetta, Happy-Go-Lucky, Me and Orson Welles, Red Riding, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, Tyrannosaur, War Horse

40. Peter Mullan
Seen in 14 films: Shallow Grave, Braveheart, Trainspotting, Fairy Tale: A True Story, Session 9, The Magdalene Sisters, Children of Men, Boy A, Red Riding: 1974, Red Riding: 1980, Red Riding: 1983, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Tyrannosaur, War Horse

H. Jon Benjamin

39. Chris Eigeman
Seen in 6 films: Metropolitan, Barcelona, Kicking and Screaming, Highball, Mr. Jealousy, The Last Days of Disco

37. John Malkovich
Seen in 18 films: The Glass Menagerie, Empire of the Sun, Dangerous Liaisons, Of Mice and Men, In the Line of Fire, Con Air, The Man in the Iron Mask, Rounders, The Messenger: Story of Joan of Arc, Being John Malkovich, Shadow of the Vampire, The Libertine, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Beowulf, Burn After Reading, The Great Buck Howard, Jonah Hex, Red

34. Leonardo DiCaprio
Seen in 14 films, 1 TV show: “Growing Pains”, 1 season, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, The Basketball Diaries, Romeo + Juliet, Titanic, The Man in the Iron Mask, Catch Me if You Can, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Blood Diamond, Revolutionary Road, Shutter Island, Inception, J. Edgar

33. Steve Carell
Seen in: “The Office”, 6 seasons, Bruce Almighty, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Sleepover, Melinda and Melinda, Bewitched, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Little Miss Sunshine, Evan Almighty, Horton Hears a Who! (voice), Crazy, Stupid, Love

32. Bill Murray
Seen in 25 films: Caddyshack, Stripes, Tootsie, Ghostbusters, Scrooged, Ghostbusters II, What About Bob?, Groundhog Day, Ed Wood, Larger than Life, Space Jam, Wild Things, Rushmore, Charlie’s Angels, Hamlet, The Royal Tenanbaums, Lost in Translation, Coffee and Cigarettes, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, City of Ember, Fantastic Mr. Fox (voice), Zombieland, Get Low, Passion Play

Max von Sydow

29. Michael Stuhlbarg
Seen in: “Boardwalk Empire”, 2 seasons, Afterschool, A Serious Man, Hugo

28. Bill Nighy
Seen in 14 films: Fairy Tale: A True Story, Blow Dry, Love Actually, Shaun of the Dead, Enduring Love, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Constant Gardener, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Notes on a Scandal, Hot Fuzz, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Valkyrie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Rango (voice)

27. Paddy Considine
Seen in 8 films: 24 Hour Party People, In America, Dead Man’s Shoes, My Summer of Love, Hot Fuzz, The Bourne Ultimatum, Red Riding: 1980, Submarine

Peter Capaldi


25. Alan Rickman
Seen in 18 films: Die Hard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Sense and Sensibility, Dogma, Blow Dry, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Love Actually, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Sweeney Todd, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

24. Tom Hollander
Seen in 10 films: Bedrooms and Hallways, Gosford Park, Paparazzi, The Libertine, Pride and Prejudice, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Valkyrie, In the Loop, Hanna

22. Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
Seen in 5 films: Chungking Express, Happy Together, In the Mood for Love, Hero, 2046

21. John C. Reilly
Seen in 24 films: Days of Thunder, State of Grace, Out on a Limb, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, The River Wild, Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, The Thin Red Line, Never Been Kissed, Magnolia, The Perfect Storm, The Anniversary Party, Gangs of New York, The Hours, Chicago, The Aviator, A Prairie Home Companion, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Zombieland, Cyrus, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Cedar Rapids, Terri, Carnage

20. Michael Caine
Seen in 21 films: Alfie, The Italian Job, Get Carter, Dressed to Kill, Hannah and Her Sisters, Mona Lisa, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Noises Off!, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Little Voice, Quills, Miss Congeniality, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Batman Begins, Bewitched, Children of Men, The Prestige, Sleuth (2007), The Dark Knight, Inception, Cars 2 (voice)

19. Choi Min-sik
Seen in 5 films: The Quiet Family, Oldboy, Crying Fist, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, I Saw the Devil

17. John Hawkes
Seen in 10 films, 4 TV shows: From Dusk til Dawn, Rush Hour, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, The Perfect Storm, Identity, Me and You and Everyone We Know, American Gangster, Winter’s Bone, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Contagion, “Eastbound and Down”, 1 season, “Lost”, 3 episodes, “24”, 2 episodes, “Deadwood”, 3 seasons

16. Lee Byung-hun
Seen in 6 films: Joint Security Area, Three Extremes, A Bittersweet Life, The Good, the Bad, the Weird, G.I Joe: The Rise of Cobra, I Saw the Devil, “Iris”, 1 episode

15. Gary Oldman
Seen in 24 films: Sid and Nancy, Prick Up Your Ears, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, State of Grace, JFK, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, True Romance, Leon, Murder in the First, The Fifth Element, Air Force One, Lost in Space, The Contender, Hannibal, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Batman Begins, Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, The Dark Knight, A Christmas Carol (voice), Red Riding Hood, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Kung Fu Panda 2 (voice), Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

14. Jack Nicholson
Seen in 12 films: Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, Chinatown, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Shining, Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News, Batman, A Few Good Men, Mars Attacks!, As Good as it Gets, The Departed

13. Peter Sarsgaard
Seen in 11 films: Dead Man Walking, The Man in the Iron Mask, Boys Don’t Cry, Shattered Glass, Garden State, Kinsey, The Dying Gaul, The Skeleton Key, Flightplan, An Education, Orphan

12. Steve Buscemi
Seen in 27 films: Miller’s Crossing, Barton Fink, Reservoir Dogs, “The Adventures of Pete and Pete“, Airheads, Pulp Fiction, Billy Madison, Living in Oblivion, Fargo, Con Air, The Big Lebowski, The Wedding Singer, Armageddon, Big Daddy, 28 Days, Ghost World, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (voice), Domestic Disturbance, Monsters Inc. (voice), Mr. Deeds, Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, Coffee and Cigarettes, Big Fish, Paris je t’aime, Interview, The Messenger, Rampart, “Boardwalk Empire”, 2 seasons

10. Willem Dafoe
Seen in 19 films: Platoon, The Last Temptation of Christ, Wild at Heart, The English Patient, eXistenZ, The Boondock Saints, American Psycho, Shadow of the Vampire, Spider Man, The Clearing, Spider Man 2, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Aviator, Auto Focus, Finding Nemo (voice), Inside Man, Paris je t’aime, Antichrist, Fantastic Mr. Fox (voice)


11. Vincent Cassel
Seen in: La Haine, Elizabeth, The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, Shrek (voice), Read My Lips, Irreversible, Ocean’s Twelve, Eastern Promises, Mesrine: Killer Instinct, Mesrine: Public Enemy Number 1, Black Swan, A Dangerous Method

10. Michael Fassbender
Seen in 11 films: 300, Hunger, Centurion, Fish Tank, Inglourious Basterds, Jonah Hex, Jane Eyre, X-Men: First Class, Shame, A Dangerous Method, Haywire

9. Cillian Murphy
Seen in 15 films: On the Edge, 28 Days Later, Intermission, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Cold Mountain, Batman Begins, Red Eye, Breakfast on Pluto, Sunshine, The Dark Knight, The Edge of Love, Peacock, Inception, Retreat, In Time

8. Denis Lavant
Seen in: Mauvais Sang, Lovers on the Bridge, Beau Travail, A Very Long Engagement, Holy Motors

7. Daniel Day-Lewis
Seen in 10 films: My Beautiful Launderette, Room with a View, The Last of the Mohicans, The Age of Innocence, In the Name of the Father, The Crucible, The Boxer, Gangs of New York, There Will Be Blood, Nine

6. Mathieu Amalric
Seen in 8 films: Late August, Early September, Munich, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, A Secret, A Christmas Tale, Mesrine: Killer Instinct, Mesrine: Public Enemy Number 1, Quantum of Solace

5. Michael Shannon
Seen in 12 films, 1 TV show: “Boardwalk Empire”, 2 seasons, Groundhog Day, Pearl Harbor, Vanilla Sky, Kangaroo Jack, Bug, Shotgun Stories, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Revolutionary Road, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, The Runaways, Jonah Hex, Take Shelter

4. Mads Mikkelsen
Seen in: King Arthur, After the Wedding, Casino Royale, Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, Valhalla Rising, Clash of the Titans, A Royal Affair, The Hunt, “Hannibal” 2 seasons

3. Song Kang-ho
Seen in 9 films: The Quiet Family, Joint Security Area, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Memories of Murder, Lady Vengeance, The Host, Secret Sunshine, The Good, the Bad, the Weird, Thirst

2. Joaquin Phoenix
Seen in: SpaceCamp, Parenthood, To Die For, Inventing the Abbots, Return to Paradise, The Yards, Quills, Gladiator, Signs, The Village, Hotel Rwanda, Walk the Line, We Own the Night, The Master, Her, The Immigrant

1. Philip Seymour Hoffman
Seen in 28 films: When a Man Loves a Woman, Hard Eight, Twister, Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, Happiness, Flawless, Magnolia, The Talented Mr. Ripley, State and Main, Almost Famous, Punch-Drunk Love, Red Dragon, The 25th Hour, Owning Mahowney, Cold Mountain, Empire Falls, Capote, Mission Impossible III, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, The Savages, Charlie Wilson’s War, Synecdoche, New York, Doubt, Mary and Max (voice), The Invention of Lying, Moneyball, The Ides of March