Are there any fairly decent flicks that you enjoy despite the terrible acting? You’re not alone. After someone asked an entertainment community for the best examples of good films with terrible acting, these are THEIR top movie picks.
1. The Godfather Part III (1990)
In Francis Ford Coppola’s renowned Godfather trilogy, The Godfather Part III is the concluding chapter. As Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) seeks redemption and works to preserve his family’s history, the narrative of the Corleone crime family is continued.
Although the film is recognized as a masterpiece, some spectators believed that certain performances fell short of the previous films’ quality standards.
2. Blood Diamond (2006)
The compelling Blood Diamond thriller occurs during the Sierra Leone Civil War. In the movie, Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou play Solomon Vandy, a fisherman who teams up with a diamond smuggler to search for a rare pink diamond that has the power to transform their lives.
While Leonardo DiCaprio’s accent was criticized by some viewers as uneven and intrusive, the film won praise from critics for its potent storytelling.
3. The Quick and the Dead (1995)
Sam Raimi is in the Western movie The Quick and the Dead director. The film’s main character is a gunslinger named Ellen (Sharon Stone), who takes part in a dangerous quick-draw competition. Despite positive reviews for the film’s beautiful aesthetics and homage to vintage Westerns, some viewers thought Sharon Stone’s performance and others fell short of their expectations.
4. Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)
The action spy movie Mission: Impossible – Fallout stars Tom Cruise as IMF agent Ethan Hunt. In a race against time to avert a worldwide catastrophe, Hunt and his team are followed throughout the movie. While Henry Cavill’s acting lacked depth and personality when he wasn’t in a fight scene, the movie was acclaimed for its exciting action moments.
5. Commando (1985)
The Special Forces colonel John Matrix played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the action movie Commando is now retired. The story follows Matrix as he sets out on a quest to find and free his daughter from mercenaries.
Many spectators appreciate the movie because of Schwarzenegger’s entertaining performance and the action scenes, even though it may not be commended for its subtle acting.
6. Gangs of New York (2002)
A historical drama called Gangs of New York takes place in 19th-century New York City. Martin Scorsese’s film examines the gang wars between opposing organizations in the city. Some moviegoers believed that Cameron Diaz’s performance did not equal her co-stars’ passion and class despite the film’s exceptional cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Diaz.
7. Cloverfield (2008)
This is a New York City-based found-footage monster movie. A handheld camera tells the story as a group of friends battles a huge creature that is threatening the city. Although the film received accolades for its original idea and thrilling parts, some viewers thought T.J. Miller’s character’s constant commentary took away from the overall experience.
8. Dead Heat (1988)
Dead Heat is a comedy-horror movie that combines action and phantasmagorical themes. The premise centers on two investigators (Treat Williams and Joe Piscopo) who unearth a nefarious zombie and immortality-related plan. Some viewers think that the film’s purposeful embracing of hammy and over-the-top acting fits with its humorous and campy tone.
9. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Blade Runner 2049 is a prequel to the cult classic Blade Runner. The dystopian future setting of the story follows replicant hunter K (Ryan Gosling) as he unearths a truth that could upend civilization.
Various viewers considered that various acting performances, particularly those of the main actors, fell short of expectations, despite the film’s accolades for its magnificent sights and thought-provoking narrative.
10. Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
The biographical drama Seven Years in Tibet is based on the real-life experiences of Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer (Brad Pitt). Harrer’s experiences in Tibet during World War II are depicted in the movie.
Despite the film’s focus on a significant historical moment, some viewers regarded Brad Pitt’s efforts in various accents, including Swiss, Swedish, and Dutch, as distracting and ineffective.
11. Thirteen Days (2000)
A historical drama called Thirteen Days tells the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis story. The focus of the narrative centers on President John F. Kennedy’s (Bruce Greenwood) efforts to ease the growing tension between the US and the USSR.
Although the film was praised for its historical accuracy and depiction of the crisis, several viewers objected to Kevin Costner’s inconsistent accent throughout. However, Thirteen Days is regarded as an interesting and enlightening historical work.
12. Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
The action-comedy Big Trouble in Little China was directed by John Carpenter and is considered a cult classic. The plot centers on Jack Burton, a truck driver played by Kurt Russell, who becomes caught up in a paranormal conflict in Chinatown.
Action, comedy, horror, and kung fu are just a few of the genres that the film purposefully embraces. Although some may find the performance over-the-top or campy, it enhances the film’s charm and humor.
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