Comment and I will give you ten actors and ten actresses. Then post in your Livejournal with your favorite films of theirs.
These are the actors she gave me. Alas, a few of them I'm not very fond of -- looking at you specifically, Winona Ryder -- or I've seen very few films of theirs, but I did the best I could. Here are my choices, with my reasons why I chose that particular film.
ETA: hiddeneloise decided that I should explain WHY I chose these films. So okay ...
Kate Beckinsale - Haunted ... I'm not a big fan of hers and so she's never stood out for me in any film. I've seen her in about six or seven, and of those movies, I only remembered not, well, not remembering them -- thus clearly not impressed, or actively disliking it. Haunted is the only film of hers I remember watching, liking and liking her in it. So Haunted.
Molly Ringwald - The Breakfast Club ... I'm a teenager of the 80's, so I ADORE this film. Always have, always will. I have seen most of her work, but nothing compares to this for me.
Julia Roberts - Erin Brockovich ... I LOVE THIS MOVIE TO BITS! I watched it in the theater, loved it. Bought it when it came out on DVD, loved it. And it's one of the few movies, I have to pull out at least once a year just to watch because I love it so. (Although, I will say that this is the first one listed where I could easily have had a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. place.)
Katherine Hepburn - The Philadelphia Story ... I love this movie. Simple as that. Jimmy Stewart was by far my favorite in the film though.
Julia Stiles - 10 Things I Hate About You ... It's the first thing I saw her in, and it's one of those movies I saw in my early 20's that just fit who I was at the time. Plus, Heath Ledger, Allison Janey, Stiles' hair. Loved it.
Julianne Moore - The End of the Affair ... I've seen almost everything she's done; she's one of my favorite actresses, but this one was easy because it not only starred her, but my favorite actor of all time, Ralph Fiennes, another favorite of mine, Stephen Rea, and was directed by my favorite director, Neil Jordan. Every moment of this is heartbreaking, poetic, poignant perfection.
Winona Ryder - Star Trek (2009) ... I've seen tons of her films, but I don't really like any of them, and Ryder's a big reason for that. She has the least impact on my appreciation of a film in this one.
Michelle Williams - Brokeback Mountain ... This is the only film I've seen her in. It was a good one.
Abigail Breslin - Definitely, Maybe ... I thought this was a lovely, better-than-average romantic comedy with a wonderful relationship between Breslin's character and her dad.
Gwyneth Paltrow - Shakespeare in Love ... This is one of my all-time favorite movies, even if I'm not a huge Paltrow fan, I love this movie SO MUCH.
Tom Cruise - Jerry Maguire ... I'm rather anti-Tom Cruise, this is the ONLY movie he's done where his Tom Cruise-ness doesn't interfere with my enjoyment. Maybe because the film almost seems to tear down that image as Jerry is torn down. I don't know, I just know that I love this movie.
Paul Newman - Cars ... I've seen three movies of his. One of them starred Tom Cruise, I don't even remember the name of the other one and I just looked it up like an hour ago. So Cars it is. I know, I know, I gotta watch me some more Paul Newman movies!
Chris Eccleston - Perfect Parents ... This was just a brilliant, thought-provoking little film. I watched it while I was in the midst of my Doctor Who obsession, and was surprised at how good it was. I even wrote a review.
James McAvoy - Wanted ... This is one of those movies that just sticks in your brain and stays there. I don't know why, I can't explain it, but I just really, really, *really* liked it. (Plus, Keira Knightly was in Atonement -- automatic strike there.)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - 10 Things I Hate About You ... This is the only film I've ever watched him in, so it wins by default. (Man, I've GOT to watch 500 Days of Summer!)
Jude Law - Cold Mountain ... So beautiful, so heartbreaking, such magnificent acting, writing, directing all-around. I loved this movie.
Dustin Hoffman - Wag the Dog ... Hilarious, and memorable. There were other films I considered, but bottom-line, this is the one I remembered the most and found him so stand-out in. It's such a clever, little film.
Morgan Freeman - Shawshank Redemption ... Beautiful movie, beautiful performance, what's not to love? (I could have listed quite a few others here, but this was the first one that came to mind, so I went with it.)
Matt Damon - Dogma ... HI-larious movie. One of my all-time favorite comedies, with a dose of thought-provocation. Fantastic. My favorite Kevin Smith film, bar-none.
Gene Kelly - Singin' in the Rain ... There were a few others I could have listed (Brigadoon was one I went back and forth in choosing), but ultimately I went with this one, if only for that title number.