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Name Your Favorite Ensemble Cast Movies


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Westerns with strong ensemble casts--

JESSE JAMES (1939)

Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Randolph Scott, Nancy Kelly, Jane Darwell, Brian Donlevy, Donald Meek, John Carradine, Henry Hull, Slim Summerville and Lon Chaney Jr.

WHEN THE DALTONS RODE (1940)

Randolph Scott, Kay Francis, Broderick Crawford, Brian Donlevy, Stuart Erwin, Frank Albertson, Mary Gordon, Andy Devine and Edgar Buchanan.

CANYON PASSAGE (1946)

Dana Andrews, Susan Hayward, Brian Donlevy, Ward Bond, Rose Hobart, Andy Devine, Hoagy Carmichael, Lloyd Bridges and Patricia Roc.

BEST OF THE BADMEN (1951)

Robert Ryan, Robert Preston, Claire Trevor, Lawrence Tierney, Barton MacLane, Walter Brenna, Bruce Cabot and John Archer.

DAY OF THE OUTLAW (1959)

Robert Ryan, Burl Ives, Tina Louise, David Nelson, Alan Marshal, Nehemiah Persoff, Lance Fuller, Dabbs Greer and Elisha Cook Jr.

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Picnic  1955   William  Holden   Kim  Novak  Betty  Field    Susan  Strasberg   Cliff   Robertson   Arthur  O'Connell   Rosalind  Russell   Nick  Adams  Elizabeth  Wilson  Reta  Shaw  Raymond  Bailey

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The  List  of  Adrian  Messenger  1963   Kirk  Douglas  Tony  Curtis  Robert  Mitchum   Burt  Lancaster  George  C  Scott  Herbert  Marshal   Frank  Sinatra   Dana  Wynter  Clive Brook   Gladys  Cooper

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The Academy has nominated fifteen movies in all four acting categories.  Here they are, with the categories they won.
 
 
My Man Godfrey
(1936)

Mrs. Miniver                             Actress                                     S. Actress
(1942)

For Whom the Bell Tolls                                                            S. Actress
(1943)

Johnny Belinda                        Actress
(1948)

Sunset Blvd.
(1950)

A Streetcar Named Desire         Actress           S. Actor               S. Actress
(1951)

From Here to Eternity                                     S. Actor               S. Actress
(1953)

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?   Actress                                     S. Actress
(1966)

Bonnie and Clyde                                                                      S. Actress
(1967)

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner   Actress
(1967)

Network             Actor               Actress                                    S Actress
(1976)

Coming Home     Actor               Actress
(1978)

Reds                                                                                        S.  Actress
(1981)

Silver Linings Playbook              Actress
(2012)

American Hustle
(2013)
 
I wouldn't consider Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf an ensemble movie, since it has only four roles altogether.  And some of the supporting actress nominees are clearly minor (Network and Coming Home for instance.)
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I considered many of these for consideration,  but ultimately decided most weren't fitting my view of ensemble, mainly because many of the supporting nominated performances were relatively brief (compared to leads,) as mentioned by Skimpole.

I'll throw out perhaps "All About Eve" or even "Caged" for the support behind Eleanor Parker, the clear lead.

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On 12/2/2021 at 9:40 PM, jameselliot said:

Ocean's 11 ( both versions)

I just watched the original again last week and yeah, Sinatra, Dino, Sammy, Peter Lawford, Angie Dickinson, Richard Conte, Cesar Romero, Joey Bishop, Akim Tamaroff, Norman Fell. I'd definitely call it an ensemble piece.

Oh and  cameos from Shirley MacLaine and Red Skelton poking fun at himself.

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And here are the fifteen movies I nominated in all four acting categories, with the categories they won in.
 

Swing Time                                                         S. Actor
(1936)

Make Way for Tomorrow
(1937)

Singin' in the Rain   Actor                                      S. Actor
(1952)

The Band Wagon                                                                      S. Actress
(1953)

Pather Panchali                       Actress
(1955)

Smiles of a Summer Night
(1955)

The Misfits
(1961)

Out 1:  Noli Me Tangere         Actress                     S. Actor
(1971)

Reds                      Actor                                                          S. Actress
(1981)

Paris, Texas
(1984)

Blue Velvet                                                           S. Actor         S. Actress
(1986)

Say Anything
(1989)

The Best Intentions                  Actress
(1992)

 
Requiem for a Dream
(2000)
 
A Christmas Tale
(2008)

 
One can wonder how many of these are ensemble films.  In Make Way for Tomorrow, the two leads are clearly most important.   Swing Time, Paris, Texas, Requiem for a Dream present relatively little aside from the four main characters. 
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