19 Actors We Would Watch in Anything: Must-See Movie Stars

When it comes to the stars' names above the movie title, there are only a few that have us getting in line to buy tickets simply because they're in it. It doesn't matter the subject or genre of the film, if so-and-so is the star -- we're there!

We have 19 actors and actresses that if they have committed to a project, it immediately goes to the top of our must-see lists. 

Some make us laugh every time out, check out these Anchorman quotes for a few of his chuckles. Others have had us drawn to their work for years  -- watch The Big Lebowski online for this actress' true coming-out party. 

We've named our 17 directors that constantly deliver and now we present our 19 actors who we'd watch in anything.

Click through and witness greatness in our 19 performers who always give perfection.

19 Stars We'd Watch in Anything
Daniel Day Lewis is a modern acting chameleon. There is nothing he can't do and evidence of that was recently seen in his Oscar-winning turn as our most popular president, Abraham Lincoln. He can play villain (Gangs of New York, There Will Be Blood) and he can play heroic (My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father). It doesn't matter what side of the moral coin he's on, we're there -- front & center.
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Daniel Day Lewis

1. Daniel Day Lewis

Daniel Day Lewis is a modern acting chameleon. There is nothing he can't do and evidence of that was recently seen in his Oscar-winning turn as our most popular president, Abraham Lincoln. He can play villain (Gangs of New York, There Will Be Blood) and he can play heroic (My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father). It doesn't matter what side of the moral coin he's on, we're there -- front & center.


Meryl Streep

2. Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep didn't become the most nominated actress in Oscar history because she doesn't bring the goods! She takes even the most average movie (August: Osage County) and makes it a must-see.


Denzel Washington

3. Denzel Washington

Really, what more needs to be said other than "starring Denzel Washington" and you know you are in for a treat?!


Ryan Gosling

4. Ryan Gosling

Besides his searing good looks, Ryan Gosling has the type of supreme acting talent that directors and fellow performers kill to work with. Whether in Drive or Gangster Squad, if Gosling is in it -- there's got to be something redeemable about it


Kate Winslet

5. Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet has kind of quietly become one of those actresses that commands our attention. Sure, she made a huge splash with Titanic. But since then, she has chosen roles in movies big and small that are required viewing for anyone who considers themselves a movie fanatic.


Viggo Mortensen

6. Viggo Mortensen

Because Viggo Mortensen doesn't make many movies, our passion is almost even more feverish for a film if he's in it. Think about it... Can you imagine any movie he is in with someone else in the role? Didn't think so.


Colin Firth

7. Colin Firth

Since he waded out of the water and became a household name in Pride and Prejudice, there isn't a film that Colin FIrth appeared in that we have not seen. And that will not change heading far into the future.


Helen Mirren

8. Helen Mirren

The best thing about Red 2? Helen Mirren! And that's exactly our point with this list. Mirren is doing what she was put on this earth to do and that means that if her name is attached to a film, it immediately becomes required viewing.


Don Cheadle

9. Don Cheadle

Don Cheadle is an actor's actor. He is the ultimate volley partner in any scene and as such, he brings so much validity to any film. Whether big blockbusters such as Iron Man 3 or smaller films such as Hotel Rwanda, Cheadle is the real deal. Now, if we can just get his Miles Davis biopic off the ground!


George Clooney

10. George Clooney

There was a time, many years ago, where George Clooney was trying so hard to be a movie star. And oftentimes, it didn't work. But in the last decade or so, he has become the type of actor that we will watch in anything. There is a gravitas to any role he takes, and as such, the movie itself is elevated.


Jude Law

11. Jude Law

Jude Law has not always been a we'll see him in anything actor. But lately, he's found a comfort zone and the roles he chooses have us knowing that what we witness him in will be sublime.


Amy Adams

12. Amy Adams

Is it us, or is Amy Adams getting better with time? She was already a stunning actress of the highest order. But, with her work in varied films such as The Muppets and American Hustle, Ms. Adams, your talent has us in the front row every time.


Bill Nighy

13. Bill Nighy

Bill Nighy is another who has quietly made film after film that has delighted us. Whether playing out-there, like in Pirate Radio, or lovable father, like in About Time, Nighy knows how to make any film worthy of our time.


Christian Bale

14. Christian Bale

Ever since his first film he made at the age of 12, Empire of the Sun, Christian Bale has been firmly on our radar. If he is in a film, it shoots to the top of the list. He is likely one of our generation's greatest performers. Period.


Emma Thompson

15. Emma Thompson

Let's put it this way about Emma Thompson. She made a made-for-kids movie, Nanny McPhee (and its sequel), watchable for everyone. Just simply because when she's on the screen, it is a gift to the world.


Julianne Moore

16. Julianne Moore

Is there anything Julianne Moore cannot do? Heck, she played Sarah Palin to a "T." We loved her since seeing her in The Fugitive, Short Cuts and then The Big Lebowski. She was even brilliant on 30 Rock (has anyone ever heard a better Boston accent!). And now that she's in Mockingjay, Hunger Games fans the world over will learn what we already know -- if Moore is in the movie, then it is going to be something truly special.


Will Ferrell

17. Will Ferrell

Now, not every Will Ferrell movie is great. Let's just get that out of the way. But one thing is for sure: If it is a comedy -- you will laugh. And even if it's a drama like Everything Must Go, his talent will surprise and dazzle you. Yes, we would watch him in anything -- even the silly stuff.


Laura Linney

18. Laura Linney

Laura Linney is one of those underrated actresses who will get their due over time. But for us, there is nothing she does that isn't brilliant, compelling and a piece of work that makes you forget about the world around you because you are so focused on the acting brilliance put forth by this American treasure.


Joseph Gordon Levitt

19. Joseph Gordon Levitt

Joseph Gordon Levitt's come a long way since he was that awkward kid on 3rd Rock from the Sun. Since then, he has become one of our most talented actors. Whether in sci-fi action (Looper) or drama-comedy (50/50) and now writing-directing and starring (Don Jon), this uber talented actor is simply getting started. And that is great news for us film fans.


April 29, 2014