Netflix has no shortage of films in their catalog, including those starring some A-list actors. From Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence’s 2021 film Don’t Look Up to Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olson’s murder-mystery Wind River, these star-studded movies are worthy of your watch list.
So, grab some popcorn because here are some Netflix films starring A-listers.
Jeremy Renner & Elizabeth Olsen – Wind River
Based on a true story of missing Native American girls, Wind River is an epic, must-see murder mystery film.
The film stars two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner as Cory Lambert, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent, and Elizabeth Olson as Jane Banner, a rookie FBI special agent. They work together to solve a murder on the Wind River Native American Reservation.
Jake Gyllenhaal – Zodiac
Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a reporter alongside Robert Downey Jr. in the mystery thriller film Zodiac. Also starring Mark Ruffalo as an investigator, the film follows the murders of the Zodiac Killer as he kills his way through San Francisco, California, during the 1960s and 1970s.
Based on the actual investigation surrounding the notorious serial killer, this is one thriller people shouldn’t miss.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – Red Notice
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson isn’t the only A-list actor in Red Notice. The Rock stars alongside both Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot.
In the action-comedy, Johnson and Reynold’s characters, an FBI profiler and art thief team up to capture an even more notorious criminal, played by Gadot. During its debut weekend on Netflix, it was the most-watched movie.
Kate Winslet & Leonardo DiCaprio – Titanic
It is time to travel back in time to the 1997 film Titanic. They might not have been A-list actors at the time, but the film stars both Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as forbidden lovers Jack and Rose.
Starring two Academy Award-winning actors, this is a film full of beautiful performances and cinematography.
Sandra Bullock – The Unforgivable
Actress Sandra Bullock stars as Ruth Slater in the Netflix original movie The Unforgivable. The drama centers around Ruth as she is released from prison and into a world where no one wants her.
According to reviewers, “The Unforgivable proves Sandra Bullock is more than capable of playing against type…” See Bullock at her best outside of comedy.
Andrew Garfield – Tick, Tick…BOOM!
The 2021 film Tick, Tick…BOOM! is based on the autobiographical musical written by legendary Broadway playwright Jonathan Larson. Playing the role of Larson is none other than Academy Award-nominated Actor and Tony Award winner Andrew Garfield.
Directed by Hamilton writer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, Garfield also stars alongside Venessa Hudgens in the film.
Charlize Theron – The Old Guard
Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron plays the role of Andy, a centuries-old immortal who is pretty much the leader of a rag-tag group of mercenaries. The film was met with great reviews, allowing Netflix to move forward with a sequel.
Discussing the movie, one reviewer wrote, “Director Gina Prince-Bythewood brings a sophisticated vision to the superhero genre – and some knockout action sequences led by Charlize Theron.”
Chris Hemsworth – Extraction
While Chris Hemsworth is arguably best known for his role as Thor in the MCU, his performance as black ops mercenary Tyler Rake in Extraction on Netflix shouldn’t be overlooked.
The film follows Rake as he is dispatched to find the kidnapped son of an Indian drug lord. Of course, nothing is easy, and Rake is double-crossed. This is one film action-adventure film lovers won’t want to miss out on.
Melissa McCarthy & Octavia Spencer – Thunder Force
Actresses Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer team up in the comedy-superhero film Thunder Force. Playing the roles of two friends who become unlikely superheroes, Thunder Force didn’t receive the best reviews from critics, but, according to reviewers, it was still a fun comedy to watch.
Speaking of McCarthy, one reviewer wrote, “McCarthy, in particular, brings real texture to her charming slacker with a heart of gold, a role she’s played so many times before…”
Ben Affleck – Triple Frontier
Not only does Ben Affleck star in Triple Frontier, but so does Oscar Isaac, Pedro Pascal, Charlie Hunnam, and Garrett Hedlund. With an ensemble cast of fantastic actors, this action-adventure film is a must-see.
In the film, former U.S. Army Delta Force operators come back together for one last mission — taking in a South American drug lord.
Leonardo DiCaprio & Jennifer Lawrence – Don’t Look Up
In 2021, Academy Award winners Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence starred together in the Netflix sci-fi comedy Don’t Look Up. The film follows two astronomers as they go on a media tour, warning everyone of a comet heading towards Earth.
The satirical film is one that should be on Netflix subscribers’ must-watch list. Oh, and there are other A-listers in the movie, including Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet, and Jonah Hill!
Tom Cruise – Minority Report
Tom Cruise has been an A-list actor since the ’80s, so Netflix subscribers should be aware that his amazing 2002 sci-fi action film Minority Report is in the streaming platform’s catalog.
Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film follows Chief John Anderton as his “arrest and prosecute before the murder happens” program turns on him, signaling him out as the murderer of a man he hasn’t even met.
Harrison Ford – Blade Runner
Ridley Scott’s sci-fi adventure film Blade Runner is on Netflix. Starring actor Harrison Ford, the film centers around a dystopian universe where synthetic humans are bio-engineered to work on space colonies.
Rick Deckard, on the other hand, is human and sent to eliminate a few of the “replicants.” It is a whirlwind film that has received a lot of praise over the years, with one reviewer calling it ” A visually remarkable, achingly human sci-fi masterpiece.”
Idris Elba – The Take
Honestly, Idris Elba is fantastic in any movie he’s in. In this case, it happens to be the action-adventure film The Take (released as Bastille Day overseas) where Elba stars as Sean Briar, a rogue CIA agent. He teams up with a pickpocket to stop a terrorist organization.
Discussing the movie, one reviewer said, “Bastille Day proves Idris Elba is an action hero…”
Jason Statham & Jennifer Lopez – Parker
Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez team up as unlikely partners in the action-adventure film Parker. In the movie, Parker is bent on revenge, wanting to take out the men who double-crossed him and left him for dead.
Insert Leslie Rodgers, the lady who helps Parker get what he wants. JLo was actually praised for her performance, with one critic saying she “downplays her glamorous image to give a refreshingly low-key portrayal of a put-upon, financially strapped working woman who manages to be useful to Parker when he least expects it.”
Anthony Hopkins – The Mask Of Zorro
Academy Award-winner Anthony Hopkins stars as Don Diego de la Vega, the original vigilante known as Zorro, in the 1998 film The Mask of Zorro.
The swashbuckler action film follows de la Vega as he trains a new Zorro, reunites with his long-lost daughter, and defeats Don Rafael Montero, his arch-nemesis.
Meryl Streep – The Giver
In 2014, Phillip Noyce directed the film adaptation of Lois Lowry’s classic dystopian novel The Giver. While she isn’t the star of the movie, it is hard to look away when Meryl Streep is on the screen!
In the film, she plays the role of The Chief Elder, the leader of the community who gives out orders.
Mark Wahlberg – The Lovely Bones
Mark Wahlberg isn’t the only A-list actor who stars in the supernatural thriller The Lovely Bones. He shares the screen with Saoirse Ronan, Rachel Weisz, and Stanley Tucci.
The film follows the story of Susie Salmon, a young girl who was murdered and now watches her family and her murderer from heaven.
Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
Bradley Cooper shares the screen with Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence in the 2012 rom-com-drama Silver Linings Playbook. The film follows the story of Pat, a bipolar man who wants to win back his former wife. That is until he meets Tiffany Maxwell, a young widow.
The movie received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.
Jaime Foxx – Django Unchained
In 2012, Quentin Tarantino directed the Jaime Foxx-led movie Django Unchained, a story about an unlikely duo who travel around the south and track down vicious criminals and shady people, including Calvin Candie, played by Academy Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
The film went on to become nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.