Like every decade, the 2000s had their share of hit movies and amazing performances. Here’s a list of the top 10 actors of the 2000s.
Once a 90s rapper and Calvin Klein model, Wahlberg has transitioned into a successful A-list actor due to roles in movies like “The Departed”, “The Fighter”, and “The Perfect Storm”. He has taken numerous roles, mostly action but the occasional comedy, and created a well-earned reputation for himself.
His career started small with roles in films like “Newsies” and the cult classic “American Psycho”, but Bale managed to kick his career into high gear after taking the lead role in a trilogy of Batman movies including “Batman Begins” and “Dark Knight”. He has continued to create a strong and stellar career with roles in “Terminator Salvation” as well as “The Prestige”.
Often cast in odd roles, Depp found his true footing and landed himself on Hollywood’s A-list when he took the role of Jack Sparrow in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie series. His fame took off and he became a household name which led to interesting roles in major movies including “Alice In Wonderland” and “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”.
Once an actor with bit parts, Crowe found his way to the main role after he soared to success with “Proof of Life” and “Gladiator”. He followed it with yet another blockbuster, “A Beautiful Mind”, and his fate was sealed. Since he found great success he has continued to rack up a series of box office hits including “Robin Hood”, “Les Miserables”, and “Noah”.
Robert Downey Jr.
Once a Hollywood bad boy who almost lost it all to addiction, Downey found his way back into the spotlight and hearts of fans in small and interesting roles in TV series and movies like “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”. After proving himself, he nailed the role of Iron Man in the Marvel franchise as well as Sherlock Holmes in the 2 movies that followed. He continues to amaze fans as Tony Stark in the powerhouse comic book movies that draw fans to the box office.
After finding success on television’s “ER”, Clooney headed to Hollywood where he starred in a slew of movies like “The Perfect Storm”, “Three Kings”, and the “Oceans” movies. He found fast success and became one of Hollywood’s favorite and most loved stars. He still finds work in solid movies including hits like “The Monuments Men”, and “Money Monster”.
Once the star of Nickelodeon’s teen drama “Fifteen” in the 90’s, Reynolds tried his hand at TV again in the early 2000s with “Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place”. After the show failed he went back to movies where he found his fame in movies like “Smokin’ Aces” and “Just Friends”. Reynolds found his big break in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” where he played lovable and comical Deadpool which lead to his own movie as well as a role in Marvel’s “Green Lantern”.
He found his breakthrough in “Freaks and Geeks” and never looked back. Franco went on to play Harry Osborn in the “Spider-Man” trilogy in the early 2000’s before transitioning into comedy with movies like “Pineapple Express”. He continues to land serious roles and nail them along the way in movies like “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”.
Known for his role on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, Smith broke into Hollywood and became an A-lister almost overnight. He starred in movies in the late 90’s and by the 2000’s was taking roles in critically acclaimed movies like “Ali”, “The Legend of Bagger Vance”, and “I, Robot”. Smith is still hard at work today making blockbuster hits including sequels to the “Bad Boys” franchise as well as the “Men In Black” franchise.
He started with bit parts and a role on the TV series “Growing Pains” in the 90’s, but in the 2000s made the transition to major Hollywood actor. DiCaprio made offbeat movies like “The Beach” that led to fame before he landed major roles in mega hits including “Gangs of New York”, “Catch Me If You Can”, “The Departed” and “Blood Diamond”. He sealed his Hollywood fate as one of the most respected and diverse actors and continues to crank out hits including “The Revenant” and “The Great Gatsby”