Best Ensemble Cast Films Ever?

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  1. ShawnCoghill

    ShawnCoghill Stunt Coordinator

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    There are so many great ensemble cast films out there,full of top talents.Im thinking of the films with more than the usual amount of great actors/actresses.
    Heres a few of my tops
    Magnolia
    Pulp Fiction
    The Thin Red Line
    Mars Attacks--Its not one of the films in best movie with a great cast,but it has an awesome cast anyway.
    The Longest Day-again not one of my favs but great cast
    A Bridge To Far-Ditto
    Boogie Nights
    Everyone Says I Love You-not my favorite Allen Film,but its chock-full-of-talent.
     
  2. Rain

    Rain Producer

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    Gosford Park
     
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    Its A Mad Mad Mad Mad World
     
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    JFK
     
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    I definitly agree with JFK.
    I haven't seen A BRIDGE TOO FAR, but the cast is incredible
     
  7. Jan H

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    Any of Robert Altman's best movies would apply, like the aforementionedGosford Park and Short Cuts. You'd also have to include Nashville, The Player, and M.A.S.H in that group.
     
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    I'll second It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World.

    How CAN you go wrong with a movie that stars Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Mickey Rooney, Ethel Merman, Johnathan Winters, Dick Shawn, Terry Thomas, Phil Silvers, Edie Adams, and Dorothy Provine? (not in alphabetical order)

    We can probably add Buster Keaton to the list when Robert Harris is done with the movie.
     
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    The Longest Day. It seems like every character in this movie is a well-known actor. Check out the full IMDB listing...
     
  10. Dan Cabral

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    12 Angry Men - the 1997 remake had a great ensemble cast for an excellent adaptation of a good story. Made for a great film.
    Courtney B. Vance, Ossie Davis, George C. Scott, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Dorian Harewood, James Gandolfini, Tony Danza, Jack Lemmon, Hume Cronyn, Mykelti Williamson, Edward James Olmos, and William L. Peterson.
     
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    The Great Escape, Where Eagles Dare, and The Dirty Dozen. Many war movies have an incredible ensemble cast; it's hard for me to pick a favorite.
    Then there's Robert Altman's pieces. Also a big fave of mine. And even though they have main performances per se, I'd add a few of the Coen Brothers' repertoire, such as The Big Lebowski, Fargo, and O Brother, Where Art Thou?.
     
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    I'll also throw in A Fish Called Wanda.
     
  13. Scott Weinberg

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    A lot of those wacky slapstick farces have great ensembles:
    Noises Off...*
    Greedy*
    Blame it on the Bellboy
    Once Upon a Crime
    Mixed Nuts
    Oscar
    Soapdish*
    Sneakers*
    Clue*
    Scavenger Hunt*
    The Road to Wellville
    Indian Summer*
    *Movies I like.
     
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    The first one that comes to my mind is Its A Mad Mad Mad Mad World .
     
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    Definitely Mad, Mad, Mad..., LOA also good, Glengarry Glen Ross, Soldier of Orange.
     
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    Mad World is obvious.

    How about The Godfather both 1 & 2?
     
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    Second for The Great Escape.

    Strong mention for Shawshank Redemption as well.
     
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    Fanny & Alexander
     
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    State and Main
    Gosford Park
    Boogie Nights
    Magnolia
    Mars Attacks
    Sneakers
    Clue
     
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    The Hustler (1961).
    Code:
     Paul Newman........"Fast Eddie" Felson
     Piper Laurie.......Sarah Packard
     Jackie Gleason....."Minnesota Fats"
     George C. Scott....Burt Gordon
     Myron McCormick....Charlie Burns
    
    Never have I seen a film peopled by so many strongly-drawn, psychologically-complex characters, so brilliantly performed; and cast with such inspiration (Gleason, Laurie, and McCormick had previously only appeared primarily in light comedy).
     

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