“Good” is a really subjective term, and we all have our individual preferences when we go to the movies. So when it’s time to decide what to watch, everyone’s criteria is a little different. Wether it’s because of box office bank, critical acclaim, or a general audience consensus, here are 10 Famous Actors With Only One Good Movie Performance.
Daniel Radcliffe - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II
To some people, the proof about if a movie is “good” or not lies in the amount of money it brings in at the box office. If that’s true, then Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II is the best movie Daniel Radcliffe has ever done. It’s one of the highest grossing movies of all time, and none of his other roles have gotten anywhere close to the same amount of attention. We know that fanbase size isn’t the best way to judge quality, but in this case the masses are actually right. It’s Radcliffe’s best role. Even JK Rowling approves, and she invented the character.
Jessica Alba - Sin City
The people of Basin City are a rare breed. Everything about them is just a little more dramatic. And thanks to Frank Miller, they’re eloquent and tough as hell. 2005’s Sin City brought a huge ensemble cast together and delivered an experience like we’d never seen. The movie is visually stunning, and will supply more than enough story to keep you entertained. It’s a shame we can’t say that about the rest of Jessica Alba’s movies. The actress isn’t known for her acting chops, but she argues that it’s hard to give a good performance when the material sucks. Point: Alba.
Orlando Bloom - The Lord of the Rings franchise
When Orlando Bloom came on the scene as Legolas in 2001, the Lord of the Rings actor got a lot of attention. But teenage girls weren’t the only ones swooning. Even the franchise’s diehard fans were pleased with the casting. Everyone’s favorite woodland elf has some of the most badass moments in the entire series. And Bloom does it well. But life after Legolas has been less awesome, and so have the actor’s movie choices. This doesn’t mean he hasn’t made any money though. But even in Pirates of the Caribbean, he’s outshined by Johnny Depp at very turn.
Cameron Diaz, The Mask
For someone who’s played a range of different characters, Cameron Diaz’s work has started blending together over the last decade or so. The actress has starred in multiple rom-com flops, and been the very recognizable voice of Princess Fiona in the Shrek franchise. But there’s one performance that sticks with us until this very day, from her breakout role in The Mask. 1994 was a long time ago, so if the Jim Carrey classic is a little hazy in your mind, we recommend that you give it another viewing. Especially since it’s Diaz’s best.
John Travolta - Pulp Fiction
Disco does not have a reputation for being cool. And even though John Travolta had all the right moves in Saturday Night Fever, the movie has some inescapably cheesy elements. So when Quentin Tarantino offered him the role of Vincent Vega in 1994’s Pulp Fiction, the actor took the opportunity to shake his dorky disco image for good. The director must foster a creative environment on set, because Travolta’s at his best. And while he seemed to be everywhere in the nineties, none of his other work is as memorable or iconic.