Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express is a real whosinnit as 10 of the biggest names in Hollywood keep cinema-goers guessing which one is the dastardly killer.
Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Derek Jacobi and Michelle Pfeiffer rub shoulders with Daisy Ridley, Olivia Colman and Tom Bateman onboard.
Kenneth Branagh directed the ensemble movie and plays Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who must hunt for clues before the fiend strikes again.
It is a remake of the acclaimed 1974 version, which received six Academy Award nominations, and also had a glitzy all-star cast including Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Perkins to name but a few.
Forthcoming flick Avengers: Infinity War boasts even more big names – an incredible 28 – but will it dazzle like these star-studded hits…
The Thin Red Line (1998): 15
Terrence Malick’s war epic had so many famous faces some didn’t even make the final cut… Bill Pullman and Mickey Rourke were edited out.
Starring: Sean Penn, Jim Caviezel, Nick Nolte, Ben Chaplin, Adrien Brody, George Clooney, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, Elias Koteas, Jared Leto, John Travolta, John C Reilly, Miranda Otto, Nick Stahl, Thomas Jane
A Bridge Too Far (1977): 17
Another epic war film, another epic cast list. Told the story of Operation Market Garden when the Allies tried to capture bridges in the Netherlands.
Staring: Dirk Bogarde, Sean Connery, Ryan O’Neal, Gene Hackman, Edward Fox, Michael Caine, Anthony Hopkins, James Caan, Maximilian Schell, Liv Ullmann, Elliott Gould, Denholm Elliott, Laurence Olivier, Robert Redford, Richard Attenborough, Ben Cross, Hardy Kruger
Kenneth Brannagh’s Hamlet (1996): 20
Kenneth Branagh obviously likes filling his movies with A-listers. This 4hr 20 epic is famed for being the first unabridged theatrical film version of the Shakespeare play.
Starring: Richard Attenborough, Brian Blessed, Kenneth Branagh, Richard Briers, Julie Christie, Billy Crystal, Judi Dench, Gerard Depardieu, Ken Dodd, John Gielgud, Charlton Heston, Derek Jacobi, Jack Lemmon, John Mills, Jimi Mistry, Rufus Sewell, Don Warrington, Timothy Spall, Robin Williams, Kate Winslet
The Towering Inferno (1974): 11
The real inferno going on here were the squabbles between McQueen, Newman, and Holden as they all wanted to have their names mentioned first. Despite this, it was a massive commercial success and won three Oscars.
Starring: Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire, Richard Chamberlain, O. J. Simpson, Robert Vaughn, Robert Wagner, Dabney Coleman and, in her final film, Jennifer Jones
Love Actually (2003): 25
Huge ensemble cast with 10 interconnecting storylines. Has since become a TV Christmas favourite.
Starring: Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Kris Marshall, Martin Freeman, Joanna Page, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Andrew Lincoln, Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Laura Linney, Alan Rickman, Ant and Dec, Billy Bob Thornton, Jo Whiley, Michael Parkinson, Rowan Atkinson, January Jones, Elisha Cuthbert, Claudia Schiffer, Denise Richards, Frances de la Tour
Mars Attacks (1996): 14
Tim Burton is known for his quirky films and this is no different, only it boasts an all star cast. He offered the role of reporter Jason Stone to Johnny Depp, but he rejected it. It went to Michael J. Fox instead.
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael J. Fox, Rod Steiger, Tom Jones, Natalie Portman, Pam Grier, Jack Black, Christina Applegate
Oceans 11 (2001): 14
This remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film could have been even more star-studded as Mike Myers, Bruce Willis, Ewan McGregor, and Ralph Fiennes all dropped out.
Starring: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Elliott Gould, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Julia Roberts, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Carl Reiner, Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko, Angie Dickinson
Gosford Park (2001): 19
Before Downton Abbey there was Gosford Park, and they shared the same writer in Julian Fellowes who picked up an Oscar for the film script.
Starring: Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Kristin Scott Thomas, Charles Dance, Tom Hollander, Jeremy Northam, Laurence Fox, Ryan Phillippe, Stephen Fry, Kelly Macdonald, Clive Owen, Helen Mirren, Derek Jacobi, Eileen Atkins, Emily Watson, Alan Bates, Derek Jacobi, Richard E Grant, Sophie Thompson
The Longest Day (1962): 21
War films and all star casts seem to go hand in hand. Richard Todd actually was one of the first British officers to land in Normandy on D-Day.
Starring: John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Sean Connery, Eddie Albert, Curd Jurgens, Richard Todd, Richard Burton, Peter Lawford, Gert Frobe, Kenneth More, Paul Anka, Red Buttons, Fabian, Mel Ferrer, Henry Fonda, Roddy McDowall, Leslie Phillips, Robert Ryan, George Segal, Rod Steiger, Robert Wagner
Avengers: Infinity War (2018): 28
And the award for the most star-studded film goes to… next year’s superhero flick.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Scarlett Johansson, Benicio del Toro, Tom Holland, Don Cheadle, Dave Bautista, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cobie Smulders, Peter Dinklage, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Rudd, Jon Favreau, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Mackie
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