5 Great Actors In Iconic Movies You Shouldn’t Miss

Hook: Do you get frustrated with poor acting and cliche storylines? Alas! You are in a treat for today! Here are actors you shouldn’t miss in these timeless movies.  

What does it take to make a great movie?

Well, aside from cinematography, music, script, and storyline, one significant factor is who the actors are. A movie with all the essential ingredients coupled with poor acting will go down the drain. With that, people won’t make recommendations nor talk about it; this means no online traffic, no hype, and lesser views.

A movie is not only about set design, animation, and camera angles, but it is carried by its actors and the quality of characterization 80% of the time. 

Today, we present to you great actors in movies that will tickle your brain. 

Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

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Daniel Radcliffe is just one of the many child stars whose career skyrocketed because of Harry Potter. Because of his portrayal of such an iconic book character, many directors and people in the film industry took notice of him. After the magical series, he went to star in multiple films that are not really for kids, like Horns and What If? Today, he’s starring alongside Steve Buscemi in Miracle Workers.

Synopsis: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, adapted from J.K. Rowling’s best selling novel, follows the life of Harry Potter. For eleven years, he lived a sad life with his aunt, uncle, and cousin, never feeling affection. Then on his eleventh birthday, he finds out he’s a wizard and gets a letter to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He then learns of his parent’s tragic death and must fight the evil ahead.
Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society (1989)

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Robin Williams has a pretty impressive resume. He’s been in several iconic films like Mrs. Doubtfire, the Night At The Museum franchise, and Alladin. While he is known to be a comedian, his role in Dead Poets Society proved that he is an actor with range.

Synopsis: John Keating is a new English teacher in an all-boys school with strict traditions and high standards. Going to a prestigious school, the boys carry great pressure as their parents have high expectations. To connect and help the students learn, Mr. Keating uses unconventional but engaging teaching methods. By doing that, Mr. Keating helps his students seize the day.

Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls (2004)

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From playing twin kids in The Parent Trap to playing an awkward teen in Mean Girls, Lindsay Lohan quite literally grew up in front of the camera. She even starred in movies almost everyone knows and loves like Freaky Friday with Jamie Lee Curtis and Herbie: Fully Loaded with Michael Keaton.

Synopsis: Cady Heron spent her whole life being home-schooled by her scientist parents in Africa. But she finally gets to experience the normal teenage life when her family moves to Illinois, and she goes to a public high school. She quickly realizes that life there is not that easy with the hidden laws that divide the students. So, she needs to decide who she is and choose between real friends and popularity.

Drew Barrymore in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

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While Drew Barrymore wasn’t really the star of the film, she did steal the show with her adorable nature. Today, she’s one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood, having been in several iconic films like Charlie’s Angels and 50 First Dates. She even had her own Netflix show, Santa Clarita Diet before it was canceled in 2019. 

Synopsis: Young Elliot’s life turns upside down when he befriends a gentle alien stranded on Earth. He brings E.T., as he named the alien, to his Californian home, where he introduces him to his brother and sister. Even though the children think it best to hide E.T. from the world, the government intervened when the alien fell ill. Sadly, this turns into a heartbreaking situation for the two friends.

Lupita Nyong’o in Twelve Years A Slave (2013)

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Twelve Years A Slave put Lupita Nyong’o on the map. Because of this film, the Kenyan actress has landed many roles like Red in the psychological thriller Us and Nakia in Marvel’s Black Panther.

Synopsis: Years before the civil war, Solomon Northup is a free black man living in upstate New York. But things to take a turn for the worst when he was kidnapped and sold to slavery in the South. His time there where it was filled with cruelty and abuse at the hands of his owner. He lived in struggle and suffering for twelve years until a Canadian abolitionist becomes Solomon’s light and way out.