50 Greatest Ensemble Casts

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    • ChrisWootton

      Jun 28th 2012, 8:29

      Some of these (actually quite a few) are hardly ensemble casts.. they are just... the cast.

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    • RondoMachete316

      Jun 28th 2012, 8:46

      Mom let me think,I'm sure you have missed out on the biggest of all time...It's a mad mad mad mad world,if you look at the cast of who's who from the 3 stooges to Buster Keaton, Jerry Lewis just to name the cameos will I think we have a winner...

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    • piffle

      Jun 28th 2012, 10:00

      Right Total Film. This news may make you nervous, it may be a bit scary, and I can understand why you all might hide under the table when I say it... But, whisper now, it is possible to make a list without shoehorning The Dark Knight in. 50 Movies based on episodes of My Little Pony? You'd shoehorn the Dark Knight in. 1000 movies that Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale had absolutely nothing to do with? You'd shoehorn The Dark Knight in....

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    • Goodland

      Jun 28th 2012, 10:48

      Glengarry glen ross and the disaster films are good calls. Dark knight, if you read the cast list, has to be on there, in my opinion. When else have you ever seen a cast like that? Why no Alien and Aliens? OK, anumber of people weren't that famous but, as an ensemble, they were awesome. In that case I would consider Predator and The Thing (1982). Prometheus would be worth a shout with its cast. How about Galaxy Quest? Tropic Thunder (c**p fim, great cast - and I know that it just remade Galaxy Quest, but that just remade Three Amigos, so there). If we are just looking at fame, how about Cannonball run? P.S. Jurassic Park?!! The film is enjoyed because of the special effects and storytelling (although it forgets to have an actual ending - so maybe set pieces rather than storytelling). The cast? Laura ("women inherit the earth") Dern and Jeff ('comic relief') Goldblum are very annoying (Jeff especially), Sam Neill was solid but uninspiring, Bob Peck is only remembered in it for the bit where the raptors get him and Sam Jackson is basically an extra. Despite liking the film, I actually struggle to pick anyone that was really good in it.

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    • whoisburak

      Jun 28th 2012, 12:18

      I know it's British and all, but Love Actually should have been here. In the end, the title is not 50 Greatest American Ensemble Casts. Colin Firth, Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley, Rowan Atkinson, Billy Bob Thornton, Claudia Schiffer, Denise Richards, Elisha Cuthbert.

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    • ash333

      Jun 28th 2012, 12:26

      Kevin Costner Joe Pesci Sissy Spacek Michael Rooker Walter Mathau Jack Lemon John Candy Tommy Lee Jones Kevin Bacon Frank Whaley Martin Sheen Donald Sutherland Gary Oldman and even the guy who played Private Pyle Where the f**k was JFK

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    • FBCNorth

      Jun 28th 2012, 13:17

      I hate to say it but Joel Schumacher's Batman films both had a pretty decent cast, miscasted yes, but A-listed nonetheless.

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    • MButtlicious

      Jun 28th 2012, 13:38

      I think there are some good films here but I would definitely have included Nashville (one of the greatest films ever and strangely missing from the list given you have included other Altman films), Network, a Merchant Ivory film like Howards End or A Room With A View (what incredible British talent!!), Dr Strangelove, and... the Godfather??? One almost feels like the person who wrote this article just perused the wikipedia list of ensemble films and chose 50 at random..... And I have to say I think the Dark Knight is a good movie but it does not belong on every list!!!

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    • rossutd

      Jun 28th 2012, 14:02

      No Harry Potter???!!! What's going on?

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    • FBJRivera

      Jun 28th 2012, 15:17

      Great list but where's the cast of CLUE: THE MOVIE. Best ensemble cast EVER.

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    • cleanbreak

      Jun 28th 2012, 15:39

      Amazed that 'the great escape' didn't make it in there, I mean what the hell?

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    • marc96

      Jun 28th 2012, 15:53

      how on earth is harry potter not on here??? also is this in any specific order as surely lord of the rings has one of the best ensembles so deserves to be closer to number one.... or maybe its just me moaning :)

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    • Toursiveu

      Jun 28th 2012, 16:46

      Tim Burton's Ed Wood : Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Bill Murray, Patrica Arquette, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lisa Marie, Jeffrey Jones, Vincent D'Onofrio... The Longest Day : John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, Richard Burton, Sean Connery, Red Buttons, Bourvil, Jean-Louis Barrault, Arletty, Paul Anka, Mel Ferrer, Gert Fröbe, Peter Lawford, Roddy McDowall, Sal MIneo, Edmond O'Brien, George Segal, Rod Steiger, Robert Wagner, Daniel Gélin... The Dirty Dozen : Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, George Kennedy, Robert Ryan, Donald Sutherland, Richard Jaeckel... A Bridge Too Far : Sean Connery, Gene Hackman, Anthoy Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Robert Redford, Michael Caine, Ryan O'Neal, Dirk Bogarde, Edward Fox, James Caan, Maximilian Schell, Hardy Krüger, Liv Ullmann, Elliott Gould, Ben Cross, Denholm Elliott

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    • marc96

      Jun 28th 2012, 17:44

      gangs of new york: leo dicaprio, cameron diaz, daniel day lewis, john c. reilly, liam neeson, jim broadbent, henry thomas, brendan gleeson, stephen graham

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    • marc96

      Jun 28th 2012, 17:47

      black hawk down: josh hartnett, eric bana, ewan mcgregor, tom sizemore, william fichtner, sam shepard, ewan bremner, hugh dancy, ioan gruffudd, tom hardy, jason isaacs, jeremy piven, orlando bloom, ty burrell (i add him as he's awesome in modern family :)

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    • marc96

      Jun 28th 2012, 17:47

      saving private ryan: tom hanks, matt damon, barry pepper, vin diesel, edward burns, tom sizemore, adam goldberg, giovanni ribisi, jeremy davis, ted danson, paul giamatti, nathan fillion, i'll stop now :D

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    • Hadouken76

      Jun 28th 2012, 17:48

      Hey how could you forget.. (Wiki's films featuring an ensemble cast) ??? Come ON!

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    • nkutzler

      Jun 28th 2012, 18:11

      Did John Travolta recite Ezekiel 25:17? I think not.

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    • Destrachan

      Jun 28th 2012, 18:44

      The Cannonball Run not listed? For shame...

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    • Ichi1

      Jun 28th 2012, 19:12

      Respect to Total Film for not going with the obvious Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross and instead giving the stand out to Jack Lemmon. One of the greatest performances ever from one of the greatest actors ever. Quietly devesatating. And also respect for including United 93. I don't think most listmakers would even consider that for this category.

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    • StevePotter

      Jun 28th 2012, 20:28

      I agree, the Dark Knight really DOES belong here. It's a GREAT ensemble cast.

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    • Murphy0806

      Jun 29th 2012, 18:22

      You really should stop using the word greatest. Opinion yes, but you clearly don't get enough time to really think about these articles. I wont name any omissions as so many have been named above (OK, The Breakfast Club should be here). Glengarry Glen Ross should surely be top though. If we are judging on cast and not the film as a whole (though it could top both for me as I love it that much) the talent on show is unbelievable. A cast on top form with a script that is outstanding start to finish. Also robbed at the Oscars, 1 nomination (Al Pacino) and nothing for Mamet. Booo!

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    • lawrenp

      Jun 29th 2012, 18:44

      A Few Godd Men? Cruise, Moore, p*****k, Nicholson, Walsh, Sutherland, Bacon, Gooding Jr, etc

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    • Murphy0806

      Jun 29th 2012, 18:53

      Ha ha. Great censor.

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    • Gwynrees80

      Jul 6th 2012, 0:16

      Some are good choices, some terrible and quite a few NOT ensemble, and to leave out - as others have commented - 'The Great Escape', 'Black Hawk Down' and 'The Breakfast Club' is very remiss. You should also have considered 'The Wild Geese', 'Zulu', 'The Gumball Rally', 'California Suite' and 'Murder By Death' (Peter Sellers, David Niven, Alec Guiness, Maggie Smith, Eileen Brennan, Peter Falk and Truman Capote) what a cast and very funny.

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    • TheCandySniper

      Aug 22nd 2012, 21:17

      Italian Job I think had a great ensemble... s****h as well. I think the orginal Ocean's 11 deserves a nod too. Good list though

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    • nigsayur

      Sep 12th 2012, 15:14

      Because Harry potter isn't an Ensemble cast YOU IDIOT.

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    • chnandlerbong

      Oct 12th 2012, 23:54

      Half the list are not ensemble pieces. I agree that the Breakfast Club needs to be here, especially since it is Hughes' magnum opus as a writer and all of the cast intermingle as a group instead of just in dyads. I am surprised no one mentioned Airplane. I don't think anyone would argue that it isn't one the greatest comedies of all time, and think of the cast (those not named Robert Hays or Julie Haggerty): Lloyd Bridges!, Peter Graves!, Leslie Nielsen!, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Robert Stack!, Barbara Billingsley, and Maureen McGovern, with cameos by Ethel Merman!, Jimmy J.J. Walker (DyyyynoooMite!), Jill Whelan (Capt. Steubings daughter on the Love Boat), David Leisure (the lying guy from those 80's commercials), James Hong! Nerds' "Snotty" among hundreds of other typecast Asian male roles), and Lorna Patterson (TV's Private Benjamin). I could keep going--Love, Actually has already been mentioned, but what about Armageddon? It is a true ensemble piece in that the leads interact as a group for the majority of the film, and it is actually a pretty enjoyable film featuring Willis, Affleck, Buscemi, Wilson, Thornton, Patton, Tyler, Fichtner, and the late Michael Clarke Duncan (R.I.P.). Young Guns is sadly missing, as are the Rat Pack films (and possibly the Clooney-driven Oceans films), Suicide Kings, and Shawshank Redemption. I assume musicals are fair game so it might not be a stretch to put Grease! on the list.

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    • diegoo

      Jan 12th 2013, 23:45

      okay i must be blind because i saw no godfather no goodfellas no platoon no full metall jacket no one flew over the cucko nest no jfk this is total c**p

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    • alexanderhoerle

      Jan 19th 2013, 2:54

      How The West Was Won, anybody?

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    • alexanderhoerle

      Jan 19th 2013, 3:18

      The comments actually list a lot of good ensembles, should just delete the list and keep the comments.

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    • andrewscott

      Feb 9th 2013, 1:08

      It seems Total Film dosen't know what an ensemble cast is...at all. Having a large cast is not an ensemble cast. Having lots of stars isn't an ensemble cast if one of them is given more screen time than the rest of them. The Dark Knight shouldn't be because it's about Batman. You can have Gary Oldman in it, you can have Michael Caine in it, but they're minor characters screen time wise, ergo, not an ensemble cast.

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    • ajisatwiko

      Aug 5th 2013, 16:23

      the ides of march: george clooney, paul giamatti, phillip seymour hoffman, ryan gosling, mariss tomei, evan rachel wood love actually: rowan atkinson, liam neeson, emma thompson, bill nighy, collin firth, sienna guillory, chiwetel ejiofor, keira knightly, hugh grant, alan rickman, billy bob thornton, january jones, elisha cuthbert, martin freeman harry potter: alan rickman, richard harris, maggie smith, ralph fiennes, gary oldman, helena bonham carter, john hurt, emma thompson, robbie coltraine, timothy spall, david thewlis, jim broadbent

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    • ajisatwiko

      Aug 5th 2013, 16:29

      now you see me: jesse eisenberg, mark ruffalo, woody harrelson, isla fisher, dave franco, melanie laurent, morgan freeman, michael caine. star trek: chris pine, zachary quinto, karl urban, simon pegg, zoe saldana, john cho, benedict cumberbatch, anton yelchin, alice eve

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    • melro52

      Aug 24th 2013, 15:47

      When I think ensemble I immediately think comedy. Ensemble casts can only enrich comic scripts, more or less, something there for everyone's taste be it slapstick, dry humor, dark humor, etc. Some of the greatest: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad Mad World, Scavenger Hunt Noises Off California Suite Four Weddings and a Funeral Death at a Funeral And a lot of Guy Ritchie movies Rock N Rolla, s****h, Revolver that are dark humor

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