Most Underrated Film Stars

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

The Top Ten

1 Gillian Anderson 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
Straightheads...
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 ...read more.

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..!

Some of the movies he was in turned into some of the greatest movies of all time. - booklover1

One of the greatest actors of all time, he makes any movie he appears in much better and appears in so many great movies (Notely The Shawshank Redemption). His voice is amazing and makes a perfect narrator in any film. But I don't believe he is underrated.

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3 Jonathan Rhys Meyers 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 ...read more.

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

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

4 Erika Eleniak

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

5 Eric Bana 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 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 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 Leonardo DiCaprio Leonardo DiCaprio

One of my favourite actors!

Leo is the best

9 Robert Downey Jr. 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.
10 Christian Bale 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!

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

No Actor goes more into his role than Christian Bale. From Empire of the Sun to Batman, he always gives a solid performance.
#1 is Batman
#2 is the Machinist
#3 is American Psycho
#4 is Empire of the Sun
#5 is the Fighter

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The Contenders

11 James Caviezel 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
13 Al Pacino Al Pacino

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

14 Jack Black 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 ...read 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

He can act, sing, and make people laugh. Awesome person

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15 Ed Harris Ed Harris
16 Alicia Silverstone 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 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 Janssen
19 Chris Tucker 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 Casper Van Dien
21 John Cusack John Cusack
22 Cillian Murphy 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

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!

Genius

24 Vivien Leigh 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 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. V 1 Comment
26 Jerry Lewis Jerry Lewis Jerry Lewis is an American comedian, actor, singer, film producer, film director, screenwriter and humanitarian.
27 Gary Oldman 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 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 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 C. Reilly
31 Zooey Deschanel Zooey Deschanel
32 Keanu Reeves Keanu Reeves

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

33 Errol Flynn 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 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 ...read more.
35 Michael J. Fox Michael J. Fox Michael Andrew Fox, OC, 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 Deborah Kerr
37 Tony Jaa

He does all his stunts in 2 minute takes - louiethefly

38 Benedict Cumberbatch Benedict Cumberbatch Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch is an English actor and film producer who has performed in film, television, theatre and radio.
39 Sal Mineo
40 Emily Browning

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

Cute and exquisite actress

41 James Franco 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 Tilda Swinton 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).

43 Jennifer Jones
44 Miranda Richardson
45 Ryan Gosling 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

46 Jakub Gierszal

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

47 Elijah Wood Elijah Wood
48 Jesse Eisenberg 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.
49 Matt Damon Matt Damon

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.

50 Ewan McGregor 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.

HOW THE HELL IS THIS AMAZING MAN NOT HIGHER UP ON THIS LIST
Not every actor can manage to do accents like French and Texan accents like he can. This man is a legend

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