If you're a movie buff, you're probably spending your free time in front of a screen. Regardless of the decade, you've watched all the blockbuster and box office hits. That means you know all the most prominent actors out there by sight, by name, and by their credits - and you could identify just about any of them by hearing any three of their credits listed together.
While some actors have only starred in one or two films, most tend to take larger and smaller roles as they go, resulting in a length filmography. We're here to focus primarily on those who had top billing in multiple features. An actor like Tom Hanks has starred in Saving Private Ryan, Sleepless in Seattle, and The Da Vinci Code, and we've still got a long list of other films to choose from. Training Day, Philadelphia, and Flight might have you thinking of Denzel Washington, another actor with a very lengthy list of credits.
In this quiz, we're going to give you thre major films. Can you tell us the actor? From Jack Nicholson to Meryl Streep, can you identify the actors from their award winning films? Will your score leave you on the D-list or will you be strutting along the Walk of Fame with the A-listers? Let's find out!
George Clooney began his extensive acting career in 1978. Since then, he has appeared in films such as "Batman & Robin" (1997), "Ocean's Eleven" (2001), and "Michael Clayton" (2007).
Hilary Swank began her acting career in 1991 when she appeared in a few episodes of "Growing Pains." The actress has since starred in films such as "Boys Don't Cry" and "Million Dollar Baby," two films for which she won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.
Bruce Willis began his acting career in the '80s when he first appeared on the TV show, "Moonlighting." Since then, the actor has become well known for the film action series, "Die Hard." Willis has won two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe.
Idris Elba got his start on television in 1994 on "2point4 Children." Since then, the actor has starred in films such as "American Gangster," "Luther," and "The Mountain Between Us."
Morgan Freeman got his start in 1980 when he made his film debut in "Brubaker." Since then, the actor has won an Academy Award for "Million Dollar Baby" and a Golden Globe for "Driving Miss Daisy."
With a long and successful career, Jack Nicholson first starred in the 1958 film, "The Cry Baby Killer." Since then, the actor has had a number of career-boosting roles. Nicholson has won three Academy Awards for the following: "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Terms of Endearment," and "As Good as It Gets." He has also won six Golden Globes.
Meryl Streep has appeared in numerous films and is often recognized for her vivid portrayals. With the most Academy Award nominations of any actor ever, Streep has won three Academy Awards for the following: "Kramer vs. Kramer," "Sophie's Choice," and "The Iron Lady."
Matthew McConaughey got his film start in 1993 with a small appearance in "My Boyfriend's Back," but the future star made a definitive splash with the film "Dazed and Confused." McConaughey would go on to star in films such as "A Time to Kill" and "Dallas Buyers Club," the latter of the two which earned him the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Actor.
Although he began on TV and even starred in his own show, "The Jamie Foxx Show," the actor eventually took his talents to the big screen. Following the film, "Collateral," Jamie Foxx starred in the biopic "Ray" about the late Ray Charles. The role earned him the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Actor.
Although known for his performances on stage, Denzel Washington is possibly one of the biggest names on the big screen. He got his start on film in 1981 in the film, "Carbon Copy." Washington would then go on to star in "Glory" and "Training Day," two roles that earned him Academy Awards.
Octavia Spencer got her acting start in 1996 with an appearance in the film, "A Time to Kill." She then went on to star in films like "The Help" and "Hidden Figures," both which earned her Academy Award nominations and the former which got her the win.
Robert De Niro has had an extensive film career since he first started acting in 1965. With two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes under his belt, "The Godfather Part II" and "Raging Bull" helped solidify his career.
Natalie Portman got her film start in 1994 in "Leon: The Professional." She has since appeared in films such as "Heat" and "Anywhere but Here." Portman won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her role in the 2010 film, "Black Swan."
Forest Whitaker got his film start in 1982 in the film, "Tag: The Assassination Game." Since then, he has appeared in an assortment of other films, including "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." The actor would go on to star in his game-changing role in the 2006 film, "The Last King of Scotland," a role which earned him both the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Actor.
Angelina Jolie got her film start in the 1982 film, "Lookin' to Get Out" alongside her father, Jon Voight. Since then, the actress has starred in films such as "Wanted" and "Salt." She won an Academy Award in 2000 for her role in the film, "Girl, Interrupted."
Anne Hathaway quickly became a breakout star when she starred in the 2001 Disney film, "The Princess Diaries" alongside Julie Andrews. With her role as Fantine in the 2012 film, "Les Miserables," she won both an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.
Albeit small, Matt Damon got his film debut in the 1988 film, "Mystic Pizza." He would then go on to land huge roles, one in the 1997 film, "Good Will Hunting," a film which he wrote alongside Ben Affleck, and for which he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. He also won a Golden Globe for his role in the 2016 film, "The Martian."
Will Smith first got his start in music before he put on his acting hat. While getting his own TV show in 1990, he starred in his first film in 1992. The actor would then go on to star in films such as "Bad Boys," "Independence Day," and "Men in Black" before his critically acclaimed performance in "Ali." This film, as well as the 2007 film, "The Pursuit of Happyness," would both earn him Academy Award nominations for Best Actor.
Whoopi Goldberg first got her start in 1982 but received recognition for her role in the 1985 film, "The Color Purple," a role which earned her the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. She would also go on to star in "Ghost" and "Sister Act," the former which earned her both an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.
Viola Davis got her acting start in 1996 when she appeared on the TV show, "NYPD Blue," and the film, "The Substance of War." The actress would go on to star in the 2016 film, "Fences," which earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Halle Berry got her film debut in 1991 in the film, "Jungle Fever." In 2001, she became the first black woman - and the only one to date - to win the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film, "Monster's Ball."
Tom Cruise got his film start in the 1981 film, "Endless Love." He would then go on to solidify his career in the '80s with films such as "Risky Business" and "Top Gun." The actor won three Golden Globe awards for the films, "Born on the Fourth of July," "Jerry Maguire," and "Magnolia."
Samuel L. Jackson made his film debut in 1972 in the film, "Together for Days." Since then he has starred in such films as "Pulp Fiction," "Django Unchained" and "Die Hard with a Vengeance."
Julie Andres first took her talents to film in 1964 film, "Mary Poppins." Immediately shooting the actress to fame, she won the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Actress. She would then go on to star as Maria von Trapp in the iconic, "The Sound of Music."
Al Pacino got his start in 1969 in the film, "Me, Natalie." He rose to instant fame in the 1972 film, "The Godfather." He would later go on to star as Tony Montana in the 1983 cult classic, "Scarface." He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for the 1993 film, "Scent of a Woman."
Harrison Ford got his film debut in 1966 in the film, "Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round." The actor would go on to become known for his role as Han Solo in the "Star Wars" franchise as well as his role as Indiana Jones.
Sandra Bullock first appeared in the 1987 film, "Hangmen." She would go on to star in a slew of successful films which include, "While You Were Sleeping," "A Time to Kill," and "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood." The actress was nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Actress, an award she won in 2010 for the film, "The Blind Side."
Julia Roberts got her first major film start in the 1988 film, "Mystic Pizza." She would then go on to star in major films such as "Steel Magnolias" and "Pretty Woman." The actress won her first and only Academy Award in 2000 for Best Actress for the film, "Erin Brockovich."
Jennifer Lawrence got her film start in 2008 in the film, "Garden Party." Her career continued to grow after she landed the role of Katniss Everdeen in the film series, "The Hunger Games." In the same year, she starred in the 2012 film, "Silver Linings Playbook," a role that won her Best Actress at the Academy Awards.
Brad Pitt got his first major role in the 1988 film, "The Dark Side of the Sun." He would go on to appear in films such as "Thelma & Louise," "Seven," and the 1999 cult favorite, "Fight Club." The actor won his first Golden Globe for the 1995 film, "12 Monkeys" and his second for producing the 2013 Best Motion Picture, "12 Years a Slave."
Kate Winslet got her film start in 1994 in "Heavenly Creatures." She would then go on to star in "Sense and Sensibility," "Titanic," and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," all of which earned her Academy Award nominations. In 2009, the actress won her first Oscar for her role in the film, "The Reader."
Leonardo DiCaprio got his film debut in 1991 in the film, "Critters 3." Since then, the actor has starred in film after film that has been given critical acclaim. After such successful films as "The Departed," "Blood Diamond," "Inception," "Django Unchained," "The Great Gatsby" and "The Wolf of Wall Street," the actor finally won his first Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2015 film "The Revenant."
Although he began on stage in the '70s, Tom Hanks got his film debut in 1980 in the film, "He Knows You're Alone." The actor would go on to star in popular films such as "Splash," "Big," "A League of their Own," and "Saving Private Ryan." In 1993 and 1994, Hanks won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the films "Philadelphia" and "Saving Private Ryan," respectively.
Bradley Cooper first appeared in the 2001 film, "Wet Hot American Summer." The actor would go on to star in films such as "He's Just Not That Into You" and the hit 2009 comedy, "The Hangover." The actor received Academy Awards for his roles in "Silver Linings Playbook," "American Hustle," and "American Sniper."
John Travolta began his film career in 1975 with "The Devil's Rain." The actor was nominated for an Academy Award for his roles in the 1978 film, "Saturday Night Fever," as well as his 1995 film, "Pulp Fiction." Travolta won a Golden Globe for the 1996 film, "Get Shorty."