Total Recall: Superstar Duos

Summary

What's better than a movie with one huge star? A movie with two huge stars, of course -- and this weekend, when Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie give filmgoers a double shot of celebrity charisma with The Tourist, they'll become the latest in a long line of superstar duos who have combined their talents (and box office power) to make Hollywood history. Naturally, we couldn't fit them all into this week's feature, but the ten pair-ups listed here include some of cinema's biggest hits (and at least one truly noteworthy miss). It's time to double your pleasure, double your Total Recall! Back to Article

Comments

rle4lunch

Chad W

You're right, there are SO many choices that could be listed. And I'm sure Affleck/Lopez and their abortion of a movie was thrown in for shock value only. lol

Dec 11 - 05:45 AM

Joy K.

Joy K

Can't believe RT forgot Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor.

Dec 11 - 09:03 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I love Gene, but he hasn't made a movie in almost 20 years. It's hard to take him seriously as a superstar for a large portion of the RT audience. Best work was done with Mel Brooks. I'd find Blazing saddles or Young Frankenstein easier to accept than much of the work he did with Pryor which was not the best work of either.

Dec 12 - 07:27 PM

M R.

M R

I know Michelle Pfeiffer is a big movie star, but I don't think she could be considered an A-lister in 2000 when What lies Beneath came out. She hadn't had a successful movie in 5 years. An A-lister should be someone who can open a movie to big numbers on name alone, not just someone who's famous. Otherwise, what's to differentiate Will Smith from Paris Hilton?

Ditto with Runaway Bride. Except for Pretty Woman, Richard Gere's movies have never been anything more than modest successes. (None of his other movies had broken $60 million since An Officer and a Gentleman back in 1982.) He is famous, perhaps even a household name, but an A-lister who can open almost any movie to blockbuster numbers? Definitely not.

Dec 11 - 09:24 AM

M R.

M R

People keep citing American Gangster as a title that should be included, but I disagree. Russell Crowe has never really been an A-lister. He had 2 back-to-back blockbusters with Gladiator (which made him famous) and Beautiful Mind (which didn't open big, but instead had a long run due to Oscar hype), but that's it. When American Gangster opened, he hadn't had a blockbuster success in 6 years. If his name helped open that movie, it was only out of nostalgia and media hype. Russell Crowe's name doesn't open movies. It never has.

Dec 11 - 09:45 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

You conveniently forgot L.A. Confidential and The Insider which was a huge commercial and critical success and got people talking about Russell Crowe long before Gladiator or A Beautiful Mind. Russell Crowe was and still is A-List. Master and Commander, The Insider, 3:10 to Yuma and Cinderella Man were all respectable commercial and critical successes. His credentials are at least as good as other people considered solid A-Listers...Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, etc.

Dec 12 - 07:18 PM

M R.

M R

Neither L.A. Confidential nor The Insider were huge commercial successes ($64 million and $29 million, respectively).

I just don't think enough people go to see movies just for Russell Crowe. He was an unknown when L.A. Confidential came out, The Insider was a bomb, and all of the other movies you mentioned as well (Master and Commander, 3:10 to Yuma, Cinderella Man) were modest hits at best. Master and Commander was the highest grossing of the lot, and that made $93 million against a $150 million budget. My point is that the actor's name has to be the sole factor in the film's success, not great reviews, like L.A. Confidential. He is undoubtedly a great actor, but he doesn't bring in blockbuster business.

Dec 14 - 10:00 AM

M R.

M R

I completely agree, which is why I don't think Gigli belongs on this list. Has Ben Affleck ever been solely responsible for a film's success, the way Will Smith, Adam Sandler, Sandra Bullock, or Meryl Streep has? Of the handful of movies he's made that were actually successful (and that's a SMALL handful), none of them were because of him (two Michael Bay extravaganzas, one Jack Ryan franchise flick, one superhero movie).

Same with Jennifer Lopez. She's only ever had modest successes. By the time Gigli came out, she had never opened a movie to $20 million, nor had any of her movies ever made close to $100 million. Definitely not a superstar. Just a tabloid celebrity.

Dec 11 - 09:55 AM

Earman

Christopher Beckham

Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster 'The Silence of the Lambs'

Dec 11 - 10:19 AM

M R.

M R

When I think of movies that should qualify for this list, I think of projects that made me think "Wow! They got BOTH of them to do this movie?", not "Huh. Two pretty famous lead actors." Each person in the duo has to be able to open blockbusters on his/her own, not rely on another co-star (Hugh Grant, Catherine Zeta-Jones) or franchise (Matt Damon, Christian Bale). Certain fantastic actors simply don't qualify because, despite the accolades, they just don't bring in the ticket sales (Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett)

I think there is a difference between a "superstar", someone who at one point could open almost any movie (Hanks, Cruise, Costner, Roberts, Depp), and someone who's plenty famous, but who's never been solely responsible for a blockbuster success (Ashton Kutcher, Kurt Russell, Ed Norton).

I think the best example of a genuine superstar duo from the ones mentioned so far is The Towering Inferno.

I would personally add Anger Management (Sandler and Nicholson), Face/Off (Travolta and Cage, circa 1997), Maverick (Gibson and Foster), Bewitched (Kidman and Ferrell, like it or not lol), and arguably Spy Game (Redford and Pitt).

Dec 11 - 10:39 AM

CObsession

Matt Kimberlin

Bewitched was a box office flop. It didn't even make back its budget and critics hated it. I'd hardly call that a superstar combination. Other than that, I'd agree on Face/off and Anger Management. (Adam Sandler needs to come out with a good movie, though. It's been a long time.)

Dec 12 - 06:13 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

True, but critics didn't actually love The Towering Inferno when it came out either, didn't mean McQueen or Newman were any less superstars.

Dec 12 - 07:07 PM

M R.

M R

Several of the movies on this list -- The Mexican, A Perfect World, Eyes Wide Shut, Heat -- were not financially successful either. It didn't make the star pairings any less impressive when the movies were released.

Dec 14 - 10:08 AM

Philippe

Philippe Ostiguy

Steve McQueen & Faye Dunaway in The Thomas Crown Affair!

Dec 11 - 05:57 PM

vanselo

Van Johnston

Chuck Norris vs Bruce Lee in the Return of the Dragon (The Way of the Dragon} and Sean Connery / Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade deserve top ten. Redford / pitt in spy game (honorable mention) . Redford and Neumann best duo of all time. Bogart Bacall #2.

Dec 11 - 06:11 PM

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