Debut movies for Oscar nominated actors and actresses

by runefromnorway | created - 10 Apr 2014 | updated - 24 Mar 2015 | Public

The debut movies of the Oscar nominated actors and actresses of the last 10 years. Short movies, TV-series, TV-movies and uncredited appearanced are omitted.

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1. Like Minds (2006)

PG-13 | 110 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A forensic psychologist (Collette) is tasked with determining whether or not a minor should face murder charges for killing his schoolmate.

Director: Gregory Read | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Tom Sturridge, Toni Collette, Richard Roxburgh

Votes: 4,387

Eddie Redmayne

2. Curly Sue (1991)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A homeless man and his young companion, who survive by conning people, meet a woman who may need them even more than they need her.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Jim Belushi, Kelly Lynch, Alisan Porter, John Getz

Votes: 19,246 | Gross: $33.69M

Steve Carell

3. Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

42 Metascore

Set on the last day of camp, in the hot summer of 1981, a group of counselors try to complete their unfinished business before the day ends.

Director: David Wain | Stars: Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, Marguerite Moreau

Votes: 50,981 | Gross: $0.29M

Bradley Cooper

4. To Kill a King (2003)

Not Rated | 102 min | Biography, Drama, History

A recounting of the relationship between General Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell, as they try to cope with the consequences of deposing King Charles I.

Director: Mike Barker | Stars: Tim Roth, Dougray Scott, Olivia Williams, James Bolam

Votes: 2,872

Benedict Cumberbatch

5. Rabbit Test (1978)

PG | 84 min | Comedy

Lionel's life turns around after a one-night stand on top of a pinball table... he becomes the world's first pregnant man!

Director: Joan Rivers | Stars: Billy Crystal, Alex Rocco, Joan Prather, Doris Roberts

Votes: 646

Michael Keaton

6. Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

54 Metascore

A young boy tells three stories of horror to distract a witch who plans to eat him.

Director: John Harrison | Stars: Debbie Harry, Matthew Lawrence, Christian Slater, David Forrester

Votes: 13,776 | Gross: $16.32M

Julianne Moore

7. L'histoire du garçon qui voulait qu'on l'embrasse (1994)

95 min | Drama, Romance

Raoul is a 20 years old student in Paris. Girls are not interested in him, though he is good-looking. He wonders why. Raoul does not look for a great passion, he only wants to be kissed. We... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Harel | Stars: Julien Collet, Marion Cotillard, Hélène Médigue, Marie Pailhes

Votes: 99

Marion Cotillard

8. Flashbacks of a Fool (2008)

R | 109 min | Drama

A fading Hollywood star looks back at the days of his youth as he returns home from his best friend's funeral.

Director: Baillie Walsh | Stars: Daniel Craig, Harry Eden, Eve, Olivia Williams

Votes: 11,485 | Gross: $0.00M

Felicity Jones

9. Die Another Day (2002)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

56 Metascore

James Bond is sent to investigate the connection between a North Korean terrorist and a diamond mogul, who is funding the development of an international space weapon.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Rosamund Pike, Toby Stephens

Votes: 194,140 | Gross: $160.94M

Rosamund Pike

10. The Man in the Moon (1991)

PG-13 | 99 min | Drama, Romance

A coming of age story set in the south of the U.S. when Elvis was King.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Sam Waterston, Tess Harper, Gail Strickland, Reese Witherspoon

Votes: 14,459 | Gross: $2.85M

Reese Witherspoon

11. The Ref (1994)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A cat burglar is forced to take a bickering, dysfunctional family hostage on Christmas Eve.

Director: Ted Demme | Stars: Denis Leary, Judy Davis, Kevin Spacey, Robert J. Steinmiller Jr.

Votes: 22,164 | Gross: $11.44M

J.K. Simmons

12. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Not Rated | 129 min | Crime, Drama

88 Metascore

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 276,929

Robert Duvall

13. Explorers (1985)

PG | 109 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

58 Metascore

A boy obsessed with 50s sci-fi movies about aliens has a recurring dream about a blueprint of some kind, which he draws for his inventor friend. With the help of a third kid, they follow it and build themselves a spaceship. Now what?

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, Jason Presson, Bradley Gregg

Votes: 18,262 | Gross: $9.87M

Ethan Hawke

14. Primal Fear (1996)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

47 Metascore

An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, John Mahoney

Votes: 167,690 | Gross: $56.12M

Edward Norton

15. A Song for You (1993)

8 min | Short, Drama

Twenty one year old Donny O'Brien, a recent college graduate, dreams of moving to Los Angeles to pursue a songwriting career. Only one thing stands in his way: an inability to confront the ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Martin | Stars: Christopher Thornton, Mark Ruffalo, Kathleen Noone, Raye Birk

Votes: 17

Mark Ruffalo

16. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

R | 96 min | Fantasy, Horror

49 Metascore

A psychiatrist familiar with knife-wielding dream demon Freddy Krueger helps teens at a mental hospital battle the killer who is invading their dreams.

Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Craig Wasson, Patricia Arquette

Votes: 64,665 | Gross: $44.79M

Patricia Arquette

17. Foxes (1980)

R | 106 min | Drama

A group of four teenage girls come of age in the asphalt desert of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley arranged with a blazing soundtrack and endless drinking, drugs and sex.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Jodie Foster, Cherie Currie, Marilyn Kagan, Kandice Stroh

Votes: 3,662

Laura Dern

18. Innocent Lies (1995)

TV-MA | 88 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

In September 1938 a British detective comes to a small French coastal town in order to investigate the death of a colleague. Prime suspects are the members of English aristocratic family ... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Dewolf | Stars: Adrian Dunbar, Florence Hoath, Sophie Aubry, Joanna Lumley

Votes: 750

Keira Knightley

19. Superbad (2007)

R | 113 min | Comedy

76 Metascore

Two co-dependent high school seniors are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes awry.

Director: Greg Mottola | Stars: Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bill Hader

Votes: 491,310 | Gross: $121.46M

Emma Stone

20. Julia (1977)

PG | 117 min | Drama

58 Metascore

At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards, Maximilian Schell

Votes: 8,189

Meryl Streep

21. Dazed and Confused (1993)

R | 102 min | Comedy

78 Metascore

The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Jason London, Wiley Wiggins, Matthew McConaughey, Rory Cochrane

Votes: 150,139 | Gross: $7.99M

Matthew McConaughey

22. Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)

PG | 99 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A fantasy about the lonely boy who is transferred from his dull life with his adoptive parents to the land where his real father is the King. In that country, he sets out on a quest, ... See full summary »

Director: Vladimir Grammatikov | Stars: Nick Pickard, Christian Bale, Timothy Bottoms, Susannah York

Votes: 4,817

Christian Bale

23. Marnie (1964)

PG | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mark marries Marnie although she is a habitual thief and has serious psychological problems, and tries to help her confront and resolve them.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, Martin Gabel, Louise Latham

Votes: 41,178 | Gross: $7.00M

Bruce Dern

24. Critters 3 (1991)

PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

The tiny fur ball aliens that will eat anything or anyone set their sights on a Los Angeles apartment tower.

Director: Kristine Peterson | Stars: John Calvin, Aimee Brooks, Christian Cousins, Joseph Cousins

Votes: 10,256

Leonardo DiCaprio

25. Amistad (1997)

R | 155 min | Drama, History

63 Metascore

In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 66,918 | Gross: $44.18M

Chiwetel Ejiofor

26. Police Rescue (1994)

94 min | Action, Crime

A new recruit to Sydney's Police Rescue squad is accused of corruption.

Director: Michael Carson | Stars: Gary Sweet, Zoe Carides, Steve Bastoni, Jeremy Sims

Votes: 150

Cate Blanchett

27. Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance, Thriller

28 Metascore

A small-town beauty pageant turns deadly as it becomes clear that someone will go to any lengths to win.

Director: Michael Patrick Jann | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards, Ellen Barkin, Allison Janney

Votes: 30,843 | Gross: $10.56M

Amy Adams

28. Hangmen (1987)

R | 90 min | Action, Thriller, Adventure

Rob Greene has information about an undercover terror team inside the CIA led by Joe Connelly. To stay alive with the knowledge, he is advised to stay undercover by his supervisor Andrews. ... See full summary »

Director: J. Christian Ingvordsen | Stars: Rick Washburn, Dog Thomas, Keith Bogart, J. Christian Ingvordsen

Votes: 916

Sandra Bullock

29. The Third Secret (1964)

103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The first secret is what we don't tell people, the second secret is what we don't tell ourselves, and the third secret is the truth. The death of a psychologist is investigated by his teenage daughter and a former patient.

Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, Richard Attenborough, Diane Cilento

Votes: 614

Judi Dench

30. How to Make an American Quilt (1995)

PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Bride-to-be Finn Dodd hears tales of romance and sorrow from her elders as they construct a quilt.

Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse | Stars: Winona Ryder, Ellen Burstyn, Anne Bancroft, Kaelynn Craddick

Votes: 10,128 | Gross: $23.57M

Jared Leto

31. Captain Phillips (2013)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

83 Metascore

The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Catherine Keener

Votes: 393,381 | Gross: $107.10M

Barkhad Abdi

32. 300 (2006)

R | 117 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

52 Metascore

King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Dominic West

Votes: 700,534 | Gross: $210.61M

Michael Fassbender

33. I Heart Huckabees (2004)

R | 107 min | Comedy

55 Metascore

A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Naomi Watts, Mark Wahlberg

Votes: 60,742 | Gross: $12.78M

Jonah Hill

34. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

96 Metascore

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt

Votes: 588,546 | Gross: $56.67M

Lupita Nyong'o

35. All or Nothing (2002)

R | 128 min | Drama

72 Metascore

In a poor working class London home Penny's love for her partner, taxi-driver Phil, has run dry, but when an unexpected tragedy occurs, they and their local community are brought together, and they rediscover their love.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Timothy Spall, Lesley Manville, Ruth Sheen, Alison Garland

Votes: 9,351 | Gross: $0.12M

Sally Hawkins

36. Garden Party (2008)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama

31 Metascore

April (age 15) is running from one bad situation into another, hoping to find an answer that doesn't involve nudity, and falls in with a group of confused kids chasing their dreams. The black widow in the web is the sexy, pot-dealing Sally.

Director: Jason Freeland | Stars: Erik Smith, Tierra Abbott, Vinessa Shaw, Christopher Allport

Votes: 3,241 | Gross: $0.02M

Jennifer Lawrence

37. Satisfaction (1988)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

44 Metascore

A group of teenagers have a band, Mystery, with Jennie as the lead singer. They go to a bar at the coast and play during the summer. Jennie falls in love with the owner of the bar, Martin. ... See full summary »

Director: Joan Freeman | Stars: Justine Bateman, Liam Neeson, Trini Alvarado, Scott Coffey

Votes: 3,204 | Gross: $8.25M

Julia Roberts

38. Alice (1990)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Romance

67 Metascore

A spoiled Manhattan housewife re-evaluates her life after visiting a Chinatown healer.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Mia Farrow, William Hurt, Joe Mantegna, June Squibb

Votes: 12,532 | Gross: $7.33M

June Squibb

39. Gandhi (1982)

PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama, History

79 Metascore

Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Rohini Hattangadi, Roshan Seth

Votes: 209,492 | Gross: $52.77M

Daniel Day-Lewis

40. Paperback Hero (1999)

96 min | Comedy, Romance

An Australian truck driver writes romance novels. His engaged, tomboyish, crop duster best friend's name, Ruby Vale, is unasked used as author. Complications arise when his novel takes off. Will they remain friends or...?

Director: Antony J. Bowman | Stars: Claudia Karvan, Hugh Jackman, Angie Milliken, Andrew S. Gilbert

Votes: 1,935

Hugh Jackman

41. SpaceCamp (1986)

PG | 107 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

40 Metascore

The young attendees of a space camp find themselves in space for real when their shuttle is accidentally launched into orbit.

Director: Harry Winer | Stars: Kate Capshaw, Lea Thompson, Kelly Preston, Larry B. Scott

Votes: 12,335 | Gross: $9.70M

Joaquin Phoenix

42. Carbon Copy (1981)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

When a rich white corporate executive finds out that he has an illegitimate black son, things start falling apart for him at home, at work and in his social circles.

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: George Segal, Susan Saint James, Jack Warden, Dick Martin

Votes: 2,345 | Gross: $9.57M

Denzel Washington

43. Jolene (2008)

R | 121 min | Drama

31 Metascore

A teenage orphan spends ten years traveling cross-country experiencing life, love and heartbreak. Based on E.L. Doctorow's story, "Jolene: A Life."

Director: Dan Ireland | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Frances Fisher, Rupert Friend, Dermot Mulroney

Votes: 4,013

Jessica Chastain

44. Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada, Stella Dassas, Pierre Barbaud

Votes: 25,399 | Gross: $0.09M

Emmanuelle Riva

45. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

86 Metascore

Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

Director: Benh Zeitlin | Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes

Votes: 77,973 | Gross: $12.80M

Quvenzhane Wallis

46. For Love Alone (1986)

102 min | History, Romance

A poor young woman in 1930's Australia falls in love with a dashing but arrogant teacher who preaches free love and watered down socialist precepts. She follows him to England, meeting a ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Wallace | Stars: Helen Buday, Sam Neill, Hugo Weaving, Huw Williams

Votes: 113

Naomi Watts

47. Kopfstand (1981)

102 min | Drama

Christoph Waltz plays the role of Markus Dorn, a young man clearly unhappy in his home life. His mother has a boyfriend he does not like, and she has chosen her paramour over her son's ... See full summary »

Director: Ernst Josef Lauscher | Stars: Christoph Waltz, Ingrid Burkhard, Elisabeth Epp, Pavel Landovský

Votes: 83

Christoph Waltz