Movies With Most Pre-Stars?

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"The Outsiders" (1982) had almost every star..


-Patrick Swayze
-Rob Lowe
-Tom Cruise
-Ralph Macchio
-Matt Dillon
-Emilio Estevez
-Leif Garrett (he was made for dancing)
-C. Thomas Howell - the lead actor in the movie, but had the least success compared to those above.



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Cool Hand Luke

George Kennedy
J.D. Cannon
Strother Martin
Clifton James
Luke Askew
Dennis Hopper
Wayne Rogers
Harry Dean Stanton
Ralph Waite Ral
Anthony Zerbe
Joe Don Baker



American Grafiti. Though it probably ranks around third compared to others, it had early appearances by

Richard Dreyfus
Ron Howard (in his first non-kid role)
Paul Le Mat
Harrison Ford
Mackenzie Phillips
Suzanne Somers



Spotswood



Ben Mendelsohn (Carey)
Rebecca Rigg (Cheryl Ball)
Toni Collette (Wendy Robinson)
Russell Crowe (Kim Barry)
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"The Outsiders" (1982) had almost every star..


-Patrick Swayze
-Rob Lowe
-Tom Cruise
-Ralph Macchio
-Matt Dillon
-Emilio Estevez
-Leif Garrett (he was made for dancing)
-C. Thomas Howell - the lead actor in the movie, but had the least success compared to those above.
Filmed back to back with Rumblefish that had...

Nick Cage
Matt Dillion
Mickey Rouke
Diane Lane
Lawrence Fishburn
Chris Penn



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Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Sean Penn
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Forest Whitaker
Eric Stoltz
Nicolas Cage
Anthony Edwards
Judge Reinhold
Phoebe Cates


Platoon, Diner, and Dazed and Confused have a bunch too.



Maybe I am wrong but Catch Me If You Can had 4 actresses in small roles before they all got big. Always makes me smile when I watch it and see them in those small roles.

Elizabeth Banks
Ellen Pompeo
Jennifer Garner
Amy Adams

It was back before I really cared about movies and actors so maybe they were already big. But I am pretty sure it was before any of them really hit it big.
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School Ties (1992)
Brendan Fraser
Chris O'Donnell
Matt Damon
Ben Affleck
Anthony Rapp
Željko Ivanek
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Band of Brothers has a ton of familiar faces before they were famous, but that's a tv show.

Dazed & Confused

Adam Goldberg
Ben Affleck
Renée Zellweger
Matthew McConaughey
Joey Lauren Adams
Parker Posey
Milla Jovovich

The Thin Red Line

Jim Caviezel
Thomas Jane
Adrien Brody
Jared Leto
John C. Reilly
Nick Stahl
Tim Blake Nelson
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Not sure I'd agree with Oldman being an unknown either, he'd been critically acclaimed since Sid and Nacy in 1986 and had gotten arguably big biggest ever role the year before in Dracula.

Shakespear films often tend to feature a lot of up and coming names for obvious reasons, never seen it but A Midsummer Nights Dream from 68 had the following all in either their first or second film roles...

Helen Mirren
Ian Holm
Diana Rigg
Judi Dench



No, sorry, only read the title, but same goes for Patricia Arquette..

Not really, she was the "lead" in Ethan Frome but that bombed. True Romance was when she really broke out. That's really when the big indie directors made her the goto lead

Tim Burton (Ed Wood) (1994)
David O Russell (Flirting With Disaster) (1996)
David Lynch (Lost Highway) (1997)
Martin Scorcese (Bringing out the Dead) (1999)
Michael Gondry (Human Nature) (2001)
Richard Linklater (Boyhood) (2002-2014)





This 1964 sequel to Mister Roberts starred Robert Walker Jr., Burl Ives, and Walter Matthau, but there were a few future stars in the supporting cast:


Kay Medford
Larry Hagman
Gerald S. O'Loughlin
Al Freeman Jr.
Dick Gautier
Diana Sands
James Farentino
James Coco
Oh and a guy you may have heard of named Jack Nicholson