The Best Ensemble Casts in Thrillers

The best thriller and heist movies always have an amazing ensemble cast and Triple 9 is no exception. The film boasts the likes of Kate Winslet, Chiwetel Ejifor, Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck and Aaron Paul – to name a few. To celebrate the release of Triple 9 in cinemas on February 19th we take a look at the best ensemble casts.

Oceans-11Ocean’s Eleven

This incredible heist film is brimming with hot talent it’s no wonder there were two sequels. George Clooney and Brad Pitt star as suave con men that are looking to rob not one casino, but three. In order to pull off this incredible yet impossible stunt they recruit eight crooks who are household names such as Matt Damon and Triple 9 star, Casey Affleck.

Pulp Fiction

Tarantino’s films are never short of an A-list cast and Pulp Fiction is no exception. Samuel L Jackson and John Travolta play double act Vincent Vega and Jules Winnsfield. Also starring alongside the duo is Uma Thurman who plays a mafia boss’s wife. The talent doesn’t end there as Tim Roth and Bruce Willis also star, and their characters all cross each other’s paths in a series of bizarre incidents.

3022901-poster-p-1-from-perms-to-toupees-how-seventies-style-big-hair-defines-american-hustle-charactersAmerican Hustle

The critically acclaimed film received 10 academy awards; four of those were for the cast. Christian Bale and Amy Adams lead the film as con artists, but Bradley Cooper’s performance as a cop and Jennifer Lawrence’s as an attention seeking wife was rightly academy nominated as well. If the cast wasn’t incredible enough already, acting legend Robert De Niro plays a Mafia Overlord.

Heat

A group of bank robbers attract the attention of the police when they unknowingly leave a clue behind at their latest crime scene. Released in 1995, Robert De Niro stars in this hit film and he’s alongside fellow acting legend; Al Pacino. De Niro is the crook that Detective Hanna (Pacino) wants to take down. In De Niro’s gang Jon Voight and Val Kilmer star as hardened criminals.

The Departed

An undercover cop and a double crossing policeman have to try and identify each other, while infiltrating a dangerous gang. Directed by Martin Scorsese, it’s bound to have an A-list ensemble, and of course Leonardo DiCaprio is on the list. DiCaprio plays the good cop who has to disguise his true identity while Matt Damon is the bad cop. Vera Farmiga is a psychiatrist who gets caught in a love triangle with them both. Mark Wahlberg and Alec Baldwin play sharp tongued policeman.

Usual Suspects

Five criminals meet at a police line-up which leads to a strange series of events, ending in an explosive gun battle on a boat. This crime thriller stars incredible actors such as Kevin Spacey and Benicio del Toro who play professional thieves. Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Pollak and Stephen Baldwin make up the rest of the criminals who get caught up in bizarre events.

Triple-9Triple 9

A deadly heist needs a killer distraction in this crime thriller from Director John Hillcoat. Kate Winslet stars as an almost unrecognisable Russian mafia member, who blackmails a group of criminals and corrupt cops to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for “officer down”. In this high paced action packed film you won’t know who is on the right or wrong side of the law. The films stars Aaron Paul, Anthony Mackie, Norman Reedus, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck.

Triple 9 is out in cinemas February 19th

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Ollie has written for Front Row Reviews pretty much since its inception about seven years ago whilst still studying Film & Television. Since then, he was trust into the world of independent film distribution and has recently started working with Picturehouse Entertainment in their Marketing Department. Having written and produced two radio series, he is moving hoping to (one day) write a web series/short film/feature (delete as appropriate ;)). His favourite director is David Lynch (which makes him make a lot of sense!) and his favourite films are The Hours, Mulholland Drive, Volver, Blade Runner and Bridget Jones Diary.

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