Taylor Sheridan’s Yellowstone prequel is already attracting the label of “greatest TV western ever” from some fans. 1883 has earned rave reviews so far. 1883‘s eye-watering cinematography, astounding scope, and top-notch writing have combined to create one of the most engaging shows currently airing. A huge helping of the credit has to go to its all-star cast.
The likes of Sam Elliott and Billy Bob Thornton are icons of cinema. With support from rising talent and some country-to-cowboy crossover stars, 1883 looks set to go down as a Wild West wonder. For fans yearning for more of these pioneers on the big screen, there are plenty of hits to choose from when it comes to movies starring the cast of 1883.
10 Tomorrowland Is A Magical Adventure With Some Solid Acting From A Country Music Star
Country music legend Tim McGraw has made an admirable transition into the world of acting. It all began in 2004 with McGraw’s award-nominated performance in Friday Night Lights. He’s since lent his talents to multiple big-screen productions, with arguably his most enjoyable showing coming in 2015’s Tomorrowland.
Brad Bird’s heartwarming and fantastical Tomorrowland is one of the most underrated Disney flicks of recent times. Tomorrowland may have bombed at the box office, but the George Clooney and Britt Robertson starring adventure deserves a second chance in the spotlight.
9 The Big Lebowski Is One Of The Coen Brothers’ Finest Movies
One of the best-loved movies of the 1990s is the Coen’s brother’s eccentric masterpiece, The Big Lebowski. In addition to Jeff Bridges’ brilliant turn as The Dude, The Big Lebowski also features the talents of John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, John Turturro, and 1883’s Sam Elliott.
As people mistake The Dude for Jeffrey Lebowski, The Dude gets caught up in an interesting kidnapping case. As usual, Elliott doesn’t require much screen time to make his character a memorable one. In 2014, The Big Lebowski was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. Cult classics don’t come much better.
8 Overlord Is A Terrifying Trip To The Second World War Featuring Marc Rissman
2018’s Overlord is an alternate-history horror that manages to blend tropes of the war film and of the survival horror genre to fantastic effect. Packed with big-budget action and gut-wrenching gore, Overlord is heaps of fun for anyone who enjoys taking their history with more than just a pinch of salt.
American paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines during World War II and find themselves having to deal with a rather horrifying surprise. 1883’s Marc Rissman stars in Overlord, alongside fellow Game Of Thrones alumni Jacob Anderson and Pilou Asbæk.
7 Road House Is Cult Classic ’80s Action Starring Sam Elliott And Patrick Swayze
Road House is a Patrick Swayze-starring action flick and is often referred to as one of the best bad movies ever made. Road House was never likely to win any Academy Awards upon its release in 1989, but it remains adored by fans for its quotable one-liners, hard-hitting brawls, and charisma-oozing performances from Swayze and Sam Elliott.
Road House is a hugely enjoyable slice of ’80s nostalgia. Road House follows a bouncer and his attempts to protect the small town he inhabits. Road House is a must-watch for any fan of the kind of cheesy-action cinema that the ’80s is known for.
6 James Landry Herbert Pops Up Among The Best In Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 comedy-drama is yet another incredible addition to the illustrious filmmakers’ catalog. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is a love letter to the golden age and is brimming with eccentric, captivating characters played by some of cinema’s biggest names. Once Upon A Time stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie.
James Landry Hebert plays Clem, a member of the notorious Manson family. His role may be minor, but it makes for a treat for any fans that have enjoyed the actor as Wade so far in 1883.
5 A Star Is Born Earned Tremendous Praise For Its Stars Including Sam Elliott
Sam Elliott has had a historic career in the entertainment business that stretches back to the late ’60s. Yet, no role of Elliott’s has ever earned as much praise or recognition as his heart-wrenching work in 2018’s A Star Is Born. Elliott brings an exceptional level of emotional depth to A Star Is Born and manages to stand out amongst his Oscar-nominated co-stars Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.
Elliott rightfully earned an Academy Award nomination. A Star Is Born is a deeply captivating drama with scenes and songs that stick with the viewer long after the credits roll.
4 Run Hide Fight Features Isabel May Looking Right At Home In A Starring Role
The Isabel May starring thriller Run Hide Fight clearly takes inspiration from the likes of Die Hard. Run Hide Fight sees a 17-year-old student against a group of school shooters. The premise may seem destined to underwhelm, but thanks to superb performances from May and Thomas Jane, Run Hide Fight succeeds at being an engaging watch.
Run Hide Fight fails to make much of a statement regarding school shootings as an American phenomenon. However, Run Hide Fight is an enjoyable, exciting watch. Run Hide Fight showcases May’s undeniable talents as a screen star.
3 Conagher Is One Of Sam Elliott’s Cowboy Classics
What made Sam Elliott’s casting in 1883 so exciting for fans is the fact that the man is an undeniable legend in the Western genre. He cemented this reputation with early appearances in the cowboy classic Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, and with more prominent roles in later hits The Quick And The Dead and 1991’s Conagher.
Fans shouldn’t let the fact that Conagher is a made-for-TV movie put them off. Sam Elliott earned a Golden Globe nomination for his showing as an honorable yet hardnosed cowboy. Conagher is an underrated genre gem, and it’s one of the reasons that Elliott is considered one of the greatest to ever slip on a pair of cowboy boots.
2 Sling Blade Was Billy Bob’s Big Ticket To Tinseltown
Billy Bob Thornton was once told he was too unattractive to be a leading man in Hollywood. Thornton opted to prove the doubters wrong in truly spectacular fashion by writing, directing, and starring in 1966’s Sling Blade. Sling Blade launched what would become an iconic career for the 1883 star.
Sling Blade’s story of a mentally disabled murderer and his friendship with a young boy is utterly engrossing. Thornton earned tremendous praise for his work on Sling Blade, including an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and a nomination for Best Actor.
1 Tombstone Is A Magnificant Western Featuring Multiple Greats Of The Genre
Tombstone may just be the perfect showcase of the Western genre and of Sam Elliott’s talents. As Virgil Earp, Elliott puts in one of Tombstone‘s many fantastic performances alongside Hollywood legends such as Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Charlton Heston, and Bill Paxton.
Tombstone is 1993’s gunslinging great, and is largely considered one of the finest cowboy flicks of its era. In addition to Sam Elliott starring in the picture, Tombstone also features 1883’s Billy Bob Thornton in one of his early Tinseltown roles.
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