Who is your favorite movie star? Are they known for being classy, dramatic, heroic, or funny? No matter who is at the top of your list or what genre of film is your favorite, there is no denying that there are some actors and actresses who surpass the role of entertainer to truly define the film industry. These are stars who amp the popularity of a movie to 11 with even a short appearance — stars from whom we expect only the best.
And it’s not just their acting that we expect to be top-notch. They also pick the best scripts, work with the best directors, and behave admirably in their off-screen lives. A film preview may only look so-so, but when you see that name in the credits, you turn to you partner or best friend and say, “We should go see that.” However the film turns out, it will definitely be worth discussing with other film buffs.
Here, we’ve collected 25 living actors and actresses who define the film industry. While there are many defining stars who have passed away (RIP Robin Williams), everyone on this list is still making movies and shaping the world of film to this day. Perhaps the most exciting thing about these names is that we can never be quite sure what they have in store for us next.