Most Underrated Film Stars

Movie stars that have not achieved the status or fame that they deserved.

The Top Ten

1 Gillian Anderson Gillian Leigh Anderson is an American-British film, television and theatre actress, activist and writer.

I would give her an OSCAR each year *g*
House of Mirth
Bleak House
She is perfect in every role she plays

Agree! she should sign more movies, damn Hollywood producer!
im so excited seeing her X - files this year.. well who doesn't =) - mesh13

2 Morgan Freeman Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937) is an American actor and narrator. Freeman won an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor with Million Dollar Baby (2004), and he has received Oscar nominations for his performances in Street Smart (1987), Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption and Invictus. more.

I don't get this list. I mean most of the actors on this list actually recognized stars.

He's not underrated I now tons of good movies with him like shawsank redemtion.

How can you not like his badass attitude and wise words, everything he says is memorable! - the-dude-2000

An actor par excellence..! I know nothing about the politics in Films.. But I know good actors.. And this man tops my list..!

3 Jonathan Rhys Meyers Jonathan Rhys Meyers, born Jonathan Michael Francis O'Keeffe (27 July 1977) is an Irish actor. He is best known for his roles in the films Velvet Goldmine (1998), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Match Point (2005), Mission Impossible III (2006) and his television roles as Elvis Presley in the biographical more.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers is one of the most underrated actors. He's able to play different characters. He's full of energy and he's able to change his mood quickly on a role. He's a great character actor - Anny

He's a very talented actor, who is able to play different characters. Most underrated for his acting.

4 Erika Eleniak

She could be a huge sex symbol of all time. People, where's your eyes? - Magnolia

5 Eric Bana Eric Bana is an Australian actor and comedian. He began his career in the sketch comedy series Full Frontal before gaining critical recognition in the biographical crime film Chopper.

Such a handsome and talented actor! If only I were one of those Hollywood giants with piles of money and fascinating projects. He would be the one to star in my movies.That 's for sure.

He was that guy whom I loved more than brad pitt in troy,He was excellent in hulk and black hawk down too

6 John Travolta John Joseph Travolta is an American actor, dancer, and singer. Travolta first became known in the 1970s, after appearing on the television series Welcome Back, Kotter and starring in the box office successes Saturday Night Fever and Grease.

He's awesome! He was in Grease and Pulp Fiction! People he's good! - LpsDisneyTmntFreak

7 Edward Norton Edward Harrison Norton is an American actor, filmmaker and activist. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards for his work in the films Primal Fear, American History X and Birdman.

he is a brilliant actor I mean, Fight Club, American History X, Primal Fear, 25 th hour etc.
- RonGuns

Beyond underrated. One of the best that ever was! - Pfeifferpfan

8 Robert Downey Jr. Robert John Downey Jr. is an American actor. His career has included critical and popular success in his youth, followed by a period of substance abuse and legal troubles, and a resurgence of commercial success in middle age.
9 Leonardo DiCaprio Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio is an American actor and film producer. DiCaprio began his career by appearing in television commercials in the late 1980s.

One of my favourite actors!

Leo is the best

10 Christian Bale Christian Charles Philip Bale is an English actor. He has starred in both blockbuster films and smaller projects from independent producers and art houses.

Um.. Bale for sure. If you haven't seen the Prestige then you really need to see it. Bale stars and he nails it! This was before Batman Begins, and is also directed by Christopher Nolan.

Probably the best actor in hollywood. Not many people gets into his/her roles like he does it. Spectacular in almost all movies his made. And its quite funny that his biggest role as a moviestar (batman) was probably one of his easiest roles! I recomend you people who haven't seen his other movies to see them. The fighter is a movie that deserves more credit and bale as always is fantastic!

Why not give him an Oscar?

I would give u an Oscar for any role u play!

The Contenders

11 James Caviezel

Frequency was a great film, as was The Count of Monte Cristo. He played the villain in Deja Vu as well as Jesus in the Passion of the Christ. He is a very diversified actor. He should be getting more big roles than he does.

*Interesting Fact - He played one of the F18 pilots who bombed Alcatraz in The Rock. - Freak_Show1

12 Sherilyn Fenn Sherilyn Fenn is an American actress. She came to attention for her performance as Audrey Horne on the TV series Twin Peaks for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award. She is also known for her roles in Wild at Heart, Of Mice and Men, Boxing Helena and the television sitcom more.
13 Al Pacino Alfredo James "Al" Pacino is an American actor and filmmaker. Pacino has had a career spanning more than five decades, during which time he has received numerous accolades and honors.

He is the Best actor I have concluded after watching hundreds of Movies of different genres, actors and directors. - redgedawson

14 Jack Black Thomas Jacob "Jack" Black is an American actor, singer, musician and comedian. His acting career has been extensive, starring primarily in comedy films. Black is the lead vocalist of the comedic rock group Tenacious D, which he formed in 1994 with friend Kyle Gass. They have released the albums Tenacious more.

look at this list and tell me whats wrong... these are all highly rated filmstars wtf morgan freeman, al pacino, robert downey jr, jerry lewis, dean martin all very highly rated filmstars
i pick jack black because he is seen for his comedy but is underrated for his acting skills - sillywalks

He's a real comedian! His facial expression is so wide that I'm sure he could play any kind of character. Loved his performance in "Holiday". - alexa

He is seriously one of the best actors out there, School of Rock was truly memorable. - jso11

School of Rock, Tenacious D, Anchorman Jack Black is the best - firewrkninja

15 Ed Harris Edward Allen Harris is an American actor, producer, director, and screenwriter. His performances in Apollo 13, The Truman Show, Pollock and The Hours earned him critical acclaim in addition to Academy Award nominations.
16 Alicia Silverstone

I love alicia silverstone she is one of my favorite she is so nice and pretty and I loved her in clueless also an underrated movie

17 Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Lynn Lopez, also known as J. Lo, is an American singer, actress, dancer, fashion designer, author and producer.

This woman does not get the credit she deserves as an actress.

18 Famke Janssen Famke Beumer Janssen is a Dutch actress, director, screenwriter and former fashion model. She played Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye, Jean Grey / Phoenix in the X-Men film series, Ava Moore on Nip/Tuck and Lenore Mills in the Taken film trilogy.
19 Chris Tucker Christopher "Chris" Tucker is an American actor and stand-up comedian. He is known for playing the role of Smokey in Friday and as Detective James Carter in the Rush Hour film series.
20 John Cusack John Paul Cusack is an American actor, producer and screenwriter. He began acting in films during the 1980s. Cusack starred in films, including Better Off Dead, Say Anything..., Grosse Pointe Blank, Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity, 1408, 2012 and The Raven.
21 Casper Van Dien
22 Cillian Murphy Cillian Murphy is an Irish actor of stage and screen. Since making his debut in his home country in the late 1990s, Murphy has also become a presence in British and American cinemas noted by critics for his performances in a wide range of roles.
23 Dean Martin Dean Martin was an American singer, actor, comedian, and producer. One of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th century, Martin was nicknamed the "King of Cool" for his seemingly effortless charisma and self-assurance.

Dean was a great singer, but he also wanted to be remembered as a great actor and comedian. The movie "Rio Bravo" is a good example of his acting skills. Then again he played a drunk so he was totally in his element haha!


24 Vivien Leigh Vivian Mary Hartley, later known as Vivien Leigh and Lady Olivier, was an English stage and film actress.

I liked her in "Gone With the Wind" for it is my favorite film of all time, but she was equally as convincing and captivating in "A Streetcar Named Desire". Not to mention she only made twenty films and is one of eleven actresses to win two best actress Oscars. Also the first and only British actress to win a best actress Oscar. Enough said.

Her performance in "A Street Car Named Desire" was even better in my opinion then in "Gone With the Wind". She was an incredible film actress though she didn't star in many movies, and she made a great comeback at nearly 40 after winning an Oscar in her 20's. Only wish I could've seen her on stage.

Totally agree with the comment posted. Well written and my same thoughts exactly. Thanks!!!

25 Jeff Bridges Jeffrey Leon "Jeff" Bridges is an American actor, singer and producer. He comes from a prominent acting family, and appeared on the television series Sea Hunt, with his father, Lloyd Bridges and brother, Beau Bridges.

Uhm... he's won an acadamy award, don't see why he's underrated. And that counts for nearly everybody on this list. Pretty stupid list...

26 Jerry Lewis Jerry Lewis was an American comedian, actor, singer, film producer, film director, screenwriter and humanitarian.
27 Gary Oldman Gary Leonard Oldman is an English actor, filmmaker, musician, and author. Renowned for his "big" acting style, Oldman is one of the most celebrated thespians of his generation, with a diverse career encompassing theatre, film, and television. He has received a Golden Globe award and an Academy Award: more.

He is quite possibly the greatest actor of the modern age, he has played so many roles and has used different voices for his roles but until recently did not win a single oscar.

How is Gary Oldman only at 51? A lot of these other 'underrated' actors have won Oscars and Gary hasn't! And Jack Black, an underrated actor? Granted, I do quite like him as an actor, but he's hardly legendary or world class by any standard!

Seriously underrated. He is capable of any role and not used enough. He's one of the best old school actors and should be up there with Sir Alec Guinnes

He should have at least won oscar for playing Stansfield in the Professional, the oscars are corrupted NO LIE.

28 William Holden
29 Alyson Hannigan Alyson Lee Hannigan is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Lily Aldrin on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, Willow Rosenberg in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Michelle Flaherty in the American Pie film series.

So Great! But very underrated. No idea why people don't see her true talent

Incredible actress! Terribly underrated. - MutantGenesis

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30 John C. Reilly John Christopher Reilly is an American actor, comedian, singer, screenwriter, and producer. He made his film debut in Brian De Palma's war film Casualties of War.
31 Keanu Reeves Keanu Charles Reeves (born September 2, 1964) is a Canadian actor, director, producer, and musician. He gained fame for his starring role performances in several blockbuster films, including comedies from the Bill and Ted franchise.

His position in this list must have become lost in the matrix.
Sorry, I couldn't resist that joke.

32 Zooey Deschanel Zooey Claire Deschanel is an American actress, singer-songwriter, model, and producer most known for her deadpan comedy roles in the films The Good Girl (2002), The New Guy (2002), Elf (2003), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Failure to Launch (2006), Yes Man (2008), and (500) Days of Summer more.
33 Errol Flynn Errol Leslie Flynn was an Australian-born actor who achieved fame in Hollywood after 1935. He was known for his romantic swashbuckler roles in Hollywood films, as well as frequent partnerships with Olivia de Havilland.
34 Natalie Wood Natalie Wood, born Natalie Zacharenko (July 20, 1938 – November 28 or 29, 1981) was an American film and television actress. She is best known for her role opposite James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause and as Maria in West Side Story. But the American icon remains infamously known for the circumstances more.
35 Michael J. Fox Michael Andrew Fox, known as Michael J. Fox, is a Canadian-American actor, author, producer, and activist.

Back to the Future is one of my favorite movies! This man needs another gig!

It's really a shame that he wasn't nominated for an Oscar for "Casualties of War." - dureckl

36 Benedict Cumberbatch Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch is an English actor and film producer who has performed in film, television, theatre and radio.
37 Deborah Kerr
38 Tony Jaa

He does all his stunts in 2 minute takes - louiethefly

39 Sal Mineo
40 Emily Browning

She's one of a kind actress who acts naturally. -

Cute and exquisite actress

41 James Franco James Edward Franco is an American actor and filmmaker. His first prominent acting role was the lead character Daniel Desario on the short-lived cult hit television program Freaks and Geeks.

James Franco is such a nice Actor in 127 Hours, An American Crime, Spider-Man, Howl, Milk, The Wizard of Oz... And he's underrated too much.

42 Ewan McGregor Ewan Gordon McGregor is a Scottish actor. His first professional role was in 1993, when he won a leading role in the Channel 4 series Lipstick on Your Collar.

Not every actor can manage to do accents like French and Texan accents like he can. This man is a legend

43 Tilda Swinton Katherine Matilda "Tilda" Swinton of Kimmerghame is an Anglo-Scottish actress, performance artist, model, and fashion muse, known for both arthouse and mainstream films.

Tilda Swinton is by far the best working actor today! Just look at her resume: 'Orlando', 'The War Zone', 'The Deep End', 'Michael Clayton', 'Julia', 'I Am Love', 'We Need to Talk About Kevin'.

She's prolific and exciting! Even her failures are fascinating to watch (Constantine anyone? Swinton was more interesting than Keanu Reeves).

44 Jennifer Jones
45 Miranda Richardson Miranda Jane Richardson is an English actress. She made her film debut playing Ruth Ellis in Dance with a Stranger and went on to receive Academy Award nominations for Damage and Tom & Viv.
46 Ryan Gosling Ryan Thomas Gosling is a Canadian actor, musician, and producer. He began his career as a child star on the Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club and went on to appear in other family entertainment programs including Are You Afraid of the Dark?

He's a newer actor, in Blue Valentine he was tremendous, totally got robbed of a nomination at the Oscars. Half Nelson is another example, along with Lars and the real Girl. All good movies. All because of him. - logblobo

47 Jakub Gierszal

He's acting in suicide room it's just amazing!

48 Elijah Wood Elijah Jordan Wood is an American actor, voice actor, DJ, and producer. He is best known for his role as Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson's epic film trilogy The Lord of the Rings.
49 Jesse Eisenberg Jesse Adam Eisenberg is an American actor, author, playwright, and humorist. He made his television debut with the short-lived comedy-drama series Get Real.
50 Matt Damon Matthew Paige "Matt" Damon is an American actor, film producer and screenwriter. He is ranked among Forbes magazine's most bankable stars and is one of the highest-grossing actors of all time.

I know tons of people who haven't seen or heard of any of the Bourne movies and/or don't even know who Matt Damon IS. Seriously, this generation is going downhill.

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