17 Responses to “Most Underrated Actors In Film”

  1. Jessa says:

    Heather your so right on with this list all of these actors are definetly underrated, im so glad you put nathan fillion on this list I just fricken love him!!!! (lol)

  2. Heather says:


    I know a lot of people are excited about him being on the show, “Castle”. I have yet to see it, but I’d really like to see him in film. I used to feel the same way about David Boreanaz, but I see a permanent career in TV for him. Not that this is always bad, but I like actors that can make the cross-over and go back. Thanks for your comments again!

    Oh yes. I’ll be sure to have a news update on Alice In Wonderland when I’ve gather sufficient data. :)


  3. Jessa says:

    I just looooove him in Castle that show is awesome and him being on it just makes it that much better,but I am definetly with ya I would really like to see him in more movies he is a really great actor.

    And as for alice in wonderland I will be waiting…..woo!

  4. moviejunkie says:

    I think Nathan Fillion does fine on tv and can personally stay there. His work in film hasn’t impressed me all that much, with exception to Serenity but that was basically just an extension of Firefly anyway.

    My personal choice on this list is Gary Oldman. I love his work in the Potter movies, and he was incendiary in Sid and Nancy.

    I don’t however, see why John Malkovich is on this list. He is widely referred to as a talented actor, and his career continues to thrive. If anything his abilities are overrated to me. I always feel like he’s yelling, though I could see him doing well as a stage actor in that respect.

  5. Cello says:

    I dont know about Leonardo, hes pretty big A-lister is he not? I’d add Mark Ruffalo & Woody Harrelson to the list as well. But great list overall, I havent heard too much about Chris Cooper since American Beauty, and Tim Roth has always been a great actor to me. I tried to get into his new show on FOX, I lasted a few episodes but couldn’t really get into it :(

  6. george says:

    good list

  7. hagiblog says:

    I’m down with Nathan Fillion. I am loving that guy in everything I see him in. He really reminds me of Harrison Ford and he was even great in the animated Wonder Woman movie, and you don’t even get to see the guy!

  8. athena27 says:

    I don’t think Leo doesn’t get good roles or big roles, he does, but he doesn’t get the credit he deserves for them. It almost always seems like a reluctant acknowledgement by critics. Whatever! He’s amazing, as is Nathan Fillion. I watched him on Buffy and loved him.

  9. Chris Cooper AND Nathan Fillion in one list? I knew you had good taste. This confirms it. Fillion has a lot of range, but he always brings on the awkward humor … LOVE that.

  10. Tyra says:

    I love Nathan Fillion and Alan Rickman. Everything they do is amazing.

  11. Sandip says:

    Gary Oldman and Tim Roth arent really under rated….
    and I agree about Mark Ruffalo .. defenitely amongst the best actors around today ….his performance in Zodiac was spectacular.
    Other faves – Nick Stahl … too much under the radar….
    Nicholas Cage ….tried too hard to be an action star and sucked at it….Kick Ass will bring him back to doing what he does best.
    Val Kilmer …. too many of the cocky roles, and now he is a fat tub o lard….but he is a powerhouse performer.
    Brendan Fraser ….. could never fully get out of comic book roles and strangely silly movie choices ( George of the Jungle, Encino Man and Monkey Bone to name a few) But he was quite sublime in A Quite American.
    Philip Seymour Hoffman … is still largely under appreciated, which is a shame. Guy Pierce …. why he doesnt do more work is beyond me.
    Ed Norton….one of my fave actors. Does far too many bad movies as opposed to good ones.
    Gael Garcia Bernal – Probably the best young actor in the world today.
    Emile Hirsch – Is still very young, but is a wonderful actor.
    Sean Bean – Is good looking and talented….but never really made the leading man grade. Still is in pretty much every movie that requires a british accent and remains memorable in most roles. I can name him from Goldeneye, ronin, lord of the rings, troy, island, national treasure, equilibrium, north country.
    James Mcavoy – more movies to him please, and no more wanted.

    • Apocalyptic & Insane says:

      Gary Oldman and Tim Roth are not underrated, you say?? Argument No 1. These two starred together in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead – possibly one of the most underrated movies as far as acting goes. No 2. Neither of them have won an oscar, and most criminal of all, Gary Oldman hasn’t even been NOMINATED for one. I mean, look at any movie he’s acted in. No matter how shit it is, he makes it awesome. (Take Air Force One for example) So. so so so very underrated. His performance in The Professional especially deserved to win Best Supporting Actor at the very very least

  12. Lou says:

    I wouldn’t call any of these actors underrated. Whilst they may not have huge celebrity kudos and/or be huge box office earners, they are known and very respected at what they do – not to mention they are all successful. There’s a difference between ‘celebrity’ and the hype an actor gets, and being a rated, respected industry actor; I get the feeling a lot of this poll was down to popularity perhaps?

    There are a lot of genuinely underrated actors out there that the masses won’t have heard of, but have obvious above-average talent. They have been lucky enough to work on a project that shows off this talent, but it just didn’t get decent amounts of mainstream industry recognition, one example I’d give for that is Cillian Murphy. Or, another category would perhaps be those actors that had their chance (perhaps many times), but for some reason it just didn’t take off, another example I’d give for that is Michael Biehn. :)

    Whilst I can see what you were getting act with some of these choices, they are all pretty successful, and known to the vast majority of film watchers. :)

  13. Ian says:

    what about edward norton?? i think he is the most underated american actor

  14. Valerie Grove says:

    I also think Edward Norton, Nathan Fillion and John Malkovich are underrated aciors. Gary Cole should be included in this group as well.

  15. Valerie says:

    Nobody ever mentions James Russo! I think he should have been nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Award for “Open Range” I think he has a lot of versatility and he’s played supporting roles in Kevin Costner and Johnny Depp movies.

  16. woody says:

    Pretty good list but, not all of these guys are “underrated” at all. Add: Eric Bana,Amanda Tapping and Sean Bean is a bad-ass..best death scene ever in LOTR.

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