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Top 10 Low Budget Movies That Were Huge Hits

Hollywood is well known for lavish projects where costs are hardly an impediment. This however does not hold true for all successful films. There are some low budget movies whose success, positive audience feedback and critical acclaim, resonate till date. Here’s a list of Top 10 Low Budget Movies that were Huge Hits. In spite of going really low on the element of financial expenditure, they all made a grand fortune upon release.
 

Rocky


 

 
Directed by John. G. Avildsen and scripted by Sylvester Stallone, Rocky received a great response from the audience. Starring the fetching and young Stallone, the movie was a light film made within 28 days on a low budget of only $950,000. The movie’s release, in return, fetched mammoth amounts adding up to $225 million. Apart from the financial gains, the movie even won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.
 

The Full Monty


 

 
This British comedy with a simple story of six unemployed men who try to make a difference in their lives by forming a striptease act proved to be quite surprise hit at the box office. The movie was made on a budget of $3.5 million, but thanks to its hilarious plot and storyline, the movie generated gross revenue of over $250 million. The Full Monty received critical acclaim, after its release and was the highest grossing film in the United Kingdom, until the grandiose Titanic was released.
 

Saw


 

 
Directed by James Wan, this $1.2 million low budget horror film was made based on the story of two men who are trapped in a bathroom and then given separate instructions via tape recorders to help them escape. The mind numbing horror and gut wrenching details in the movie received a positive reaction from the audience, allowing Saw to garner returns of over $103 million. The movie then became a franchise with seven equally thrilling parts, which were a hit with the audience too.
 

Paranormal Activity


 

 
Created on a budget of a measly $11,000, this movie created a wave of curiosity with its highly unusual yet gripping plot. The movie was originally created as an independent feature and played at film festival screenings in 2007 and a couple of years later, in 2009, the movie was officially released by Paramount Pictures. Paranormal Activity depicts eerie experiences of a young couple, Katie and Micah, who move into a home in the suburbs. Katie claims to be haunted by the presence of an evil spirit in the house, and to further investigate the disturbing occurrences, Micah and Katie carefully set video cameras all over their home. The happenings that follow are grippingly spooky. The movie is worth every second of viewing and rightfully earned over a whopping $193 million worldwide.
 

Napoleon Dynamite


 

 
Jared Hess had created a short film Peluca that was later adapted into a full-length film called Napoleon Dynamite. The protagonist and title role of Napoleon Dynamite was played by actor Jon Heder, who received a meager sum of $1,000 for his exceptional role in the movie. Later, it is said he renegotiated and was given a profit percentage of the movie. The movie was not just made on a restricted budget of $400,000, but was also filmed in a rather cost-friendly location – producer Jeremy Coon’s apartment! It created a new fondness towards the nerd kind and many movies adopted this leitmotif in their making. Napoleon Dynamite grossed $46,140,956 at the worldwide box office.
 

Mad Max


 

 
This larger than life action film was director George Miller’s debut adventure in filmmaking. The actors risked life and limb with the stunts they had to perform in the action sequences and it is said that Miller could only afford one actual leather suit for the movie, the one worn by Mel Gibson and the rest of the gangsters were costumed in pleather or imitation leather. The movie’s budget was tightly set at $400,000, but the profits it made added up to $100 million. Mad Max even entered the Guinness Book of World records for the film with the highest profit-to-cost percentage.
 

The Purge


 

 
In Purge, writer and director James DeMonaco created the perfect plot for a crime thriller horror film. The budget invested in the making of the movie, which hit theaters in 2013, was a meager $3 million. But the reviews and audiences’ response boosted its revenue to a stupendous $89.3 million! With a story that revolves around the high crime rate in America and the government legally sanctioning criminal activities for 12 whole hours, the terror that strikes thereafter is portrayed in a horrifying real manner in the movie. The enthralling dreadfulness of the plot gripped the attention of the audience and not in a pleasant way either!
 

Once


 

 
Once is the love story of two musicians, a street guitarist and a pianist, who fall in love and create a perfect blend of tunes together. The actors, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, are real musicians and have no prior experience in acting. But the work created by them in the movie is astounding and produced in just $150,000, this one created waves among viewers and critics alike. The movie raked in whopping returns of $20,710,513 and also received an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
 

The Blair Witch Project


 

 
The Blair Witch Project is a transfixing horror story of three student filmmakers who mysteriously disappeared in Maryland while on a trip to film a documentary. Their video footage was recovered after a year and the recording is not just eerie but absolutely bloodcurdling! Written and directed by Daniel Myrick, the movie was made on a budget of $60,000. But the massively positive reviews earned the movie its $248 million revenue.
 

Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels


 

 
This 1998 British crime comedy gained critical acclaim due to its outstanding hilarious plot. The film is also said to have emerged as the project that made director Guy Ritchie internationally famous. Scripted and directed by Ritchie, the movie tells the story of a heist to rob a smalltime gang. The heist turns comic when the number of gangs, interested in making some easy money by robbing each other, increases. The budget used in the making of the film was $1.35 million, but the revenue it generated worldwide was a phenomenal $28.35 million.
 
All the movies on this list have gone all out to prove the fact that not every successful movie needs to be created with a monstrous budget, a monumental location or a cast of legendary actors. These Top 10 Low Budget Movies that were Huge Hits were appreciated by viewers and critics alike due to their originality and creativity and the fact that they were epics created with a relatively shoestring budget!

 
 

Top 10 War Movies

Most of us enjoy a wide genre of movies that include romance, action, thriller, horror and the all-time favorite, comedy. Some of us however are fascinated by excitement, bloodshed, passion and huge doses of adrenaline, a combination that is usually found on grim battlefields. Here’s bringing you a list of the Top 10 War Movies that are recognized by audiences across the globe as being the best, thanks to their action sequences, cinematography, storyline, direction and cast.
 
Full Metal Jacket

Directed, produced and written by the invincible Stanley Kubrick, Full Metal Jacket is an excellent war movie that depicts the ironic lives of the drill sergeants as they withstand the severities of war training. Based on the Vietnam War, this 1987 film is considered a landmark movie in the war-action genre. Having received critical acclaim, this work of art was even nominated for an Academy Award. One of the main highlights of the movie is the critical acclaim actor R. Lee Erney received for his outstanding performance as Hartman. Erney scripted most of the dialogues on the spot, making the movie a true original. Full Metal Jacket is one of the best creations by Stanley Kubrick and a must-watch for several reasons!
 
Black Hawk Down

Winner of two Oscars, Black Hawk Down is a British-American war movie, directed by Ridley Scott. The film is adapted from a book written by Mark Bowden and portrays the hardships undertaken by a group of U.S. Army Rangers who are deployed to Mogadishu in order to seize a militia loyal, Mohamed Aidid. This 2001 movie made it big at the Awards and in the minds of the audience, evident in the $172 million that the movie made.
 
Behind Enemy Lines

Directed by John Moore, this movie is all about action in the worst place a soldier can find himself, behind enemy lines. A navy officer is shot down and lands in Bosnia and movie depicts the perils and threats he faces as he tries to make his way back, along with some hard-core proof of the Bosnian War genocide he accidentally stumbles upon. With an excellent star cast, comprising of Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman, the movie is one of the most gripping war movies ever made. This film was the directorial debut for Moore and created a great first impression indeed!
 
Saving Private Ryan

You place Tom Hanks in the leading role in a war movie and you already have yourself a winner! Saving Private Ryan has Tom Hanks delivering one of the most substantial works of his career. The movie earned a whopping $481.8 million and was also nominated for 11 Academy Awards of which it won six, including Best Director and  Best Cinematography.
 
The Bridge on the River Kwai

Directed by David Lean, this 1957 war movie is based on the Second World War. Filmed in Sri Lanka, the movie is a fictional account about the building of a bridge over the River Kwai to assist the war efforts of Japan. The movie gained its fame for its action sequences and excellent star cast that included the talented Academy Award winner, William Holden. The depiction of the hard times prisoners of war had to face helped the movie take home seven glorious Academy Awards including the one for Best Picture.
 
Good Morning Vietnam

This Robin Williams starrer is an excellent war movie with a tinge of comedy. Good Morning Vietnam was released in 1987, and paints the life of a radio jockey on the Armed Forces Radio Service. His wit and humor soon gain him great popularity among the troops. However, the superiors are not of the same opinion. Owing to his excellent performance in the movie, Williams was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
 
The Hurt Locker

This movie is a renowned one, thanks to the originality created by Director Kathryn Bigelow. This 2008 war genre movie circles around members of a bomb-disposal unit in Baghdad. The perils of the bomb-squad members, as they go through each experience of de-activating the bombs, keep the audience on pins and needles at every moment. The scenes are so emotional and intensely gripping that viewers actually end up holding their own breath until each bomb is safely defused. Starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty, the movie was quite the success. It was even nominated for a number of Academy Awards and proudly bagged the Oscars for Best Director, Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.
 
Inglourious Basterds

Directors Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth come together to create this magnificent war movie based on the German occupancy of France. With an excellent cast that includes brilliant actors Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz and Michael Fassbender, the movie created a rage among its audience. This film was a prominent one owing to its commercial success and earning over $321 million. The portrayal of different characters comes across amazingly well in the movie, making every scene a winner.
 
Pearl Harbor

This 2001 war film that captures the epic incident of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The movie was directed by Michael Bay and the cast included Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale and Cuba Gooding Jr. The story spins around two friends, Rafe and Danny who play their part in World War II as pilots. When Rafe is away at war and doesn’t return for a while, his girlfriend finds solace in Danny and the two get close. There is one final reunion of the three protagonists in Hawaii, prior to the Pearl Harbor attack. The vivid cinematography of the battle sequences as well as the romantic angle interwoven in the storyline made this one quite different from any other. Pearl Harbor was a box office hit and earned a glorious $450 million.
 
Zero Dark Thirty

Following Hurt Locker, Directed Kathryn Bigelow created a second war movie that turned out even better than the first! Rightfully tagged ‘The Greatest Manhunt in History’, Zero Dark Thirty revolves around the manhunt of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, post the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States. Osama was found in Pakistan and was raided and killed on 2 May 2011 after a manhunt that went on for a decade. The details and intricacies of the investigations that led to the raid are illustrated in the movie. The movie was nominated for five Academy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards, of which it bagged one award at each. The movie also received wide critical acclaim.
 
For those who are fascinated by war and action movies depicting the battlefield and all that goes down in it, every movie that made this list Top 10 War Movies are a must-watch!

 
 

Top 10 Best Movie Sequels

All original movies tend to set a standard that a majority of sequels find impossible to surpass. However, on rare occasions, a sequel comes by that manages to not only live up to the standards set by the original, but even surpass it! We have to tip our hats to these that go miles ahead of their forerunners to win the hearts of an even larger audience. This list of Top 10 Best Movie Sequels is in honor of those enterprising projects that stand as a compliment to their originals.
 

The Godfather: Part II


The 1972 American crime film, The Godfather, was regarded as one of the greatest movies ever created in the history of Hollywood. The original movie, starring Marlon Brando, depicted the life in an Italian mafia family. Also starring Al Pacino, as the don’s youngest son, this movie created a rage among viewers. Then came The Godfather: Part II in 1974 and this one turned out to be an even more enthralling sequence to the first part. It literally stole the title of ‘the greatest crime film’ from its predecessor! All owing to Al Pacino’s entrancing expertise in acting, this movie depicted the true emotional turmoil of the character, enticing its audience.
 

The Dark Knight


One doesn’t really have to elaborate on this movie other than how Heath Ledger’s outstanding performance as The Joker left viewers rapt with awe throughout the film. Batman definitely got its viewers votes for like, but Chris Nolan’s creation of The Joker, with his spine-chilling appearance and reeking with psychological sadism, actually extended the movie its eminence. This sequel was beefed up with some surreal action sequences and definitely can’t be left out from this list of Top 10 Best Movie Sequels.
 

Spider Man 2


This superhero spun a tackier web with the release of Spider Man 2. The plot of the movie is what won it its importance. The villain in the film, Dr. Octopus, with his metal appendage, created the perfect opponent for Spider Man. Tormented with dilemmas, Spidey has to fight through a number of personal issues, ranging from the changing attitude of his best friend Harry Osborn to the engagement of his girlfriend Mary Jane to another man. And as if all this was less work, Spider Man also has to battle Dr. Octopus who blames Spidey for the accidental death of his wife and wants to avenge her death.
 

X2: X-Men United


Director Bryan Singer took a plunge with the sequel X2: X-Men United, to the original X-Men, and emerged a hero. The original movie focused on the introduction of mutants and their conflict with another group of mutants, headed by the villainous Magneto. The sequel still held the essence of the existence and survival of these mutants, but the plot thickens with the story of the bladed super hero – Wolverine’s past, and the way he copes with his emotions. The other attraction of the movie was the wide range of mutants with their varied superpowers.
 

The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers


The Lord of The Rings trilogy is one of its kinds! One cannot appreciate just one part of the trilogy, as each part is as fascinating and enthralling as the other. However, the second installment of the film, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers takes the cake. Owing to its unique storyline that almost makes it a standalone film, this sequel surpasses the first part by leaps and bounds. Elijah Wood’s performance was excellent in the movie, but the star of the film was the mysterious and enigmatic character, Gollum.
 

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan


The 1982 sci-fi film was a success not just for its storyline, but also for other aspects of the movie that greatly contributed to the box office hit. Even though the movie was a typical Star Trek story, with an endless journey through space and an encounter with an adversary, this sequel was tweaked a little. It weaves its way around the interstellar battle between Admiral Kirk and his enemy Khan Noonien Singh, who was held in exile for over 15 years and then escapes to avenge his banishment. The movie ends on an emotional note with the death of Captain Spock.
 

Toy Story 2


Pixar animations have outshined their own excellence in Toy Story, with the sequel Toy Story 2. Toy Story 2 is not just a sequel to the original Toy Story, but is a different episode in itself. Depicting the emotions and true friendship between toys, the movie is a favorite among viewers of all ages. The story focuses on the abduction of Woody, the cowboy, and the heroic escapades of the other toys to bring Woody back. The main feature of this movie is the intricate detailing of existing and newly introduced animated characters.
 

Aliens


This 1986 film is a sequel to the 1979 sci-fi movie Alien. The tagline of the movie, ‘This Time It’s War!’ holds true to itself, as the movie features some bizarre action scenes between the protagonist Sigourney Weaver and the terrifying aliens. Director James Cameron is habituated to exceeding his own limits and he has done it again with Aliens!
 

Back To The Future: Part 2


The original movie was an amazing one, as it introduced the aspect of time-travel with an actual time travel machine- a scientifically modified car! For director Robert Zemeckis to outdo his original with Back To The Future: Part 2 must have been quite a challenge, owing to the fact that the prequel was a super hit. The characters, Marty McFly and Dr. Brown, time-travel to the future year 2015, in order to stop a menace. In the process, they even change history!
 

Superman 2


Torn between the love of his life, Lois Lane and his responsibility as a superhero, Superman must make a decision, and fast. The sequel, Superman 2, was a total hit among the audience. The actor Christopher Reeves, won the hearts of millions with his striking personality as Superman and his innocent nerdy appearance as Clark Kent. This sequel was an extension worthy of applause but it was indeed the unique, although typical, story line of a planet in peril being saved by a superhero that got the movie its reputation.
 
The sequels mentioned above duly and rightfully deserve applause, even though they were created after their originals. This list of Top 10 Best Movie Sequels indicates how Hollywood directors don’t just learn from their novel creations but also use them to craft even better feature creations!

 

The 10 Greatest Sports Icons In History

In the world of sports, every generation will get to witness several stars. Some of these stars succeed and fulfill their destinies while others may fail in their journey. In this melee of stars that come and go, there are those who leave a mark in the world that simply doesn’t fade with time. While some can come to achieve great things, a few outstanding elements raise others above and beyond the rest. This list of Top 10 Sports Icons is a tribute to such superstars of the sports world – heroes who will never fade over time.
 
Pele
 
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The Brazilian is an icon not only in the football world, but in the sports world in general. Every sportsman worth his trade respects Pele for all that he has achieved. A phenomenon, Pele is known not only for his amazing skills in soccer, but also respected for his humility and composure. Among other accomplishments, his time with the New York Cosmos in the 70s is probably the biggest boost the game received in America! As a global icon, Pele has played his part in several charitable efforts as well, making him more than just a sports sensation. Even decades after retiring from the game of football he gave so many memories to, Pele remains a part of the world of sports and will remain so for a long time to come.
 
Muhammad Ali
 
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Cassius Clay, or more commonly known as Muhammad Ali, this man’s punches are louder than anything the boxing arena has ever seen. So what if he called himself “The World’s Greatest”? His feats in the ring, and sometimes off it, proved that the world could call him that one day anyways! His controversial comments and daring beliefs outside the ring matched his boxing prowess inside of it and for these reasons and many more, Muhammad Ali finds a permanent place in the Boxing Hall of Fame, and of course, in the hearts of his admirers across multiple generations.
 
Michael Jordan
 
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The towering figure of Michael Jordan flying towards the basketball hoop is an image that surpasses many other memories in the world of sports. His Airness is probably the only athlete to have an impact on his sport that created a ripple effect across other sports too. Today, he heads the Charlotte Hornets and no matter how many basketball superstars tread the basketball arena after him, few will ever come close to the enigma that MJ has proven to be. While fans scramble to get their hands on their favorite Jordan brand sneakers, here’s a man who will remain, as the NBA website proclaims, the greatest basketball player of all time!
 
Tiger Woods
 
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In recent times, Tiger Woods has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, but that doesn’t take away from what he has accomplished in the realm of golf. Tiger Woods singlehandedly revamped the image of golf, and for years, has ruled the best courses in the world through grit, focus, and determination. The first African American to make such a huge name for himself in the sport, Woods is probably the greatest influence the sport has ever had.
 
Jackie Robinson
 
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April 15 is Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball and even his No.42 retired with him. These are not the only two elements that speak to the man’s greatness. During a time when being African American was enough to keep you out of sports in America, Jackie Robinson used his skills and strong personality to break through the color barrier, opening up the gates to many more colored players after him. He remains a sports icon even today, not only for his contribution to the game, but also his influence he had on the sports world around him.
 
Wilt Chamberlain
 
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The NBA may have seen amazing players come and go in all its time, but the man who got it all started though was Wilt Chamberlain. This is the guy who set all the records while hundreds of players after him made it their life’s dream to try and break them. Did you know he was the only NBA player to score a mind-numbing 100 points in a single game? Only Kobe Bryant’s 81 points in a single game comes close, but even that is 19 points short of the record! Averaging 30.1 points and 22.9 rebounds per game, Chamberlain was a man playing among boys.
 
Jim Thorpe
 
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While most sports icons, even the ones on this list, are known for their dedication to a single sport, Jim Thorpe’s skills, talents and determination just could not be limited to a single one. A proud Native American, Thorpe was a phenomenal sportsman who made a name for himself across a string of different sports, including professional football, basketball and baseball. He even won two gold medals at the Olympic Games in 1912.
 
Vince Lombardi
 
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If there’s one man’s numbers every coach in the NFL would like to replicate, they would be the ones attained by Vince Lombardi. The man did not know what a losing season was throughout his career as a coach in the NFL and this is only one of the reasons the Super Bowl trophy is named after him! When he wrapped up his amazing coaching career with the Green Bay Packers, he had five NFL championships and the first two Super Bowl wins to his name.
 
Babe Ruth
 
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George Herman “Babe” Ruth is the player who made baseball a popular sport in the 20s. “The Bambino” remains one of the most prolific players the game of baseball has ever produced. It’s been almost a century since Babe Ruth hit those loud 714 home runs and winning seven World Series championships, and yet, he still remains a well-known name in the world of sports today. Need we say more?
 
Wayne Gretzky
 
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They don’t call Wayne Gretzky “The Great one” for nothing! Arguably the most influential hockey player to ever step on a rink in the NHL, Gretzky has a string of records to his name. These include 15 playoff records and 40 regular season records, he remains the only player in history to record more than 200 points in a single season, and he managed to do that a whopping four times! Teams across the NHL have retired his No.99 jersey and even that doesn’t seem to be enough tribute to the man who remains one of the most iconic hockey players of all time.
 
This list of Top 10 Sports Icons teaches us the true meaning of excellence in the sports world and beyond. The records these players have set may be broken along the way, but the memories they have given us will remain with us forever.
 

 

Top 10 Movies based on True Crime

The lives of men have always found stimulation in true stories and legends and movies are no different. And when you think of movies, what could be more intriguing than stories based on true crime! This list of must-see Top 10 Movies based on True Crimes tell you of stories that have been so influential that they have even found their ways on to the big screen.
 
Monster
 

 
Charlize Theron’s outstanding performance won her seventeen awards for her portrayal of Aileen Wuornos, a Florida prostitute who turned into a serial killer. The beautiful actress had to undergo some truly hideous cosmetic changes, including a weight gain of 30 pounds and false teeth, in order to resemble the terrifying Aileen. Charlize plays the role impeccably, making viewers want to sympathize with the character, and simultaneously be terrified. The story ends tragically with the execution of Aileen, after being tried for the murders she committed.
 
Catch Me If You Can

 
This 2002 film is based on a true story about Frank Abagnale Jr., who was a skilled con artist and who managed to con millions of dollars’ worth of checks before his 18th birthday. He did so skillfully by posing as a doctor, a legal prosecutor and a Pan Am co-pilot. Leonardo DiCaprio, who with his impeccable talent in acting, portrayed the role of this master-of-deception and brought before the audiences a perfect image of the actual Frank Abagnale Jr.
 
Donnie Brasco
 

 
This 1997 American crime drama film was directed by Mike Newell. This is a true story about an FBI undercover agent, Joseph Pistone, played by Johnny Depp, who infiltrated one of the major Mafia families in New York and started identifying with the mafia life more than the regular one he was living. Initially, it was an undercover mission, but slowly and gradually, as Pistone started to identify with the mafia, he developed a relationship of friendship with the mob hit man. The movie depicts Pistone’s mental ordeal of making a decision that will end the life of his newfound friend.
 
Alpha Dog

 
This true story of Jesse James Hollywood was made into a feature film in 2006. Starring Justin Timberlake, Sharon Stone and Bruce Willis, this story depicts the life of a young drug dealer who was one of the youngest men to be on the FBI’s most wanted list. He was only 20 years old when he was caught by the police. The movie ends with a text on the screen that informs the audience that the young drug dealer is currently in California awaiting trial and will face a death penalty if proven guilty.  
 
The French Connection

 
In the 1960s, the Turkey-France-United States drug-trafficking scheme exploded, causing a New York City police detective to be fixated on capturing the French heroin smuggler. This incident was created into a feature film, starring Gene Hackman as the police detective. Directed by the talented William Friedkin, this movie won awards for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Film Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay.  The movie has been voted to have one of the best car-chase scenes in the history of films. The film ends on a vague note and doesn’t quite tell the audience who is killed in the end.
 
Goodfellas

 
The talented Martin Scorsese created a feature film based on a true event highlighting the rise and fall of the Lucchese crime family. The story is spun around a young man who works his way up the hierarchy in a mob, but eventually faces a downfall due to his drug addiction and uncalled-for actions.
 
In Cold Blood

 
This true story of the brutal murder of the Clutter family is made into a novel and a film adaptation. The 1967 film portrays how two ex-convicts break into the home of a rich Kansas family, hoping to find a lot of wealth, but instead find nothing. Infuriated by the whole ordeal, they murder the entire family in a heartless manner and flee. They are later caught by the police, found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging. The illustration of the killers’ last moments and the execution is presented at the end of the movie.
 
The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street is based on a true event, portraying the life of Jordan Belfort, who started his own brokerage firm by the name of ‘Stratton Oakmont’ and who along with his team of brokers, made a huge fortune by deceiving investors. Jordon’s character is played by Leonardo DiCaprio. The story started in 1987 when Jordan Belfort started his career at a Wall Street brokerage firm. Jordan was, as most fraudulent criminals, arrested by the FBI and his entire wealth and empire was seized. To his fortune, he was only sentenced to imprisonment for 36 months, following which he was released in the early 2000s. He now makes a living by hosting seminars and conducting training sessions on improving sales techniques.
 
Zodiac

This 2007 American thriller movie is based on one of Northern California’s unsolved crimes. The movie depicts the ‘Zodiac Killings’ and the terror that grips the city of San Francisco as a serial killer stalks its citizens. The Zodiac killer continues to kill victims and send cryptic messages in an attempt to taunt the authorities. While a couple of investigators and reporters become obsessed with finding this serial killer, the killings continue. The movie doesn’t have the solution of the case in the end and only revolves around the work of the investigations.
 
Dog Day Afternoon

 
Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 film based on the event of an inexperienced criminal who robs a bank to pay for his lover’s surgery. The robbery evolves into a hostage situation and the media have a field day with the whole event. The actual event upon which the movie was made, involves two robbers who face a similar fate.
 
These Top 10 Movies based on True Crime are a must-watch as they spill the story of criminals and mafias in the world of money, drugs, murder and more – all the elements that make for an intriguing storyline.

 
 

Top 10 NBA Careers Ruined By Injury

Injuries are an unavoidable reality in the sports world, yet some injuries tend to change the course of promising careers. The NBA is undoubtedly the greatest men’s professional basketball league in the world and this list brings together the Top 10 NBA Careers ruined by injury.
 
Maurice Stokes
 
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Maurice Stokes was an NBA player during the 1950s. He played for the Cincinnati/Rochester Royals, and during one of his games, Stokes landed on his head – sending him into a coma. Later he suffered paralysis due to the brain injury that was a form of post traumatic encephalopathy. The devastating incident took his life in 1970. At the young age of 37, this player’s life and career ended tragically.
 
Larry Johnson
 
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As a part of the Charlotte Hornets and the New York Knicks, this professional NBA player contributed to the game with full force on the court. However, after he suffered a terrible back injury that reduced his ability to be physical during the game, Johnson later on became more of a perimeter player and helped his team instead of being the up front and primary driving force that he once was. He barely played 10 seasons before retiring due to his back injuries.
 
Yao Ming
 
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This Chinese professional played for the Houston Rockets. He was well known for being one of the best centers in the game and standing tall at 2.29m (7’6″), he was the tallest player whenever he was on the court. Yao Ming was at the brink of achieving success when he developed osteomyelitis in his big toe. This kept him away from games in his fourth season. An additional injury, a broken bone in his foot, also contributed to him being sidelined during year. To add to his misfortune, Ming later suffered a broken knee and a micro-fracture in his left foot a year later. It was due to this that his career came to an end even before he could taste success.
 
Larry Bird
 
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Playing for the Boston Celtics, Larry Bird was destined to become an all-time great. The 12-time NBA All-Star was named the league’s Most Valuable Player for three consecutive seasons from 1984 to 1986. His chronic back problems led to premature retirement in 1992. Bird is presently serving as a team president in the Indiana Pacers.
 
Chris Webber
 
Chris Webber was one of the players who had an extraordinary flair for dunking and passing. An unfortunate knee injury in 2003 caused the talented player to opt for early retirement in 2008. Webber had to undergo micro-fracture surgery for an injured knee and after the surgery, Webber’s swiftness and movement on the court was limited and he didn’t have the same agility as before, resulting in the untimely and unfortunate end of his career.
 
Penny Hardaway
 
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Penny Hardaway was an eccentric point guard in his days in the NBA. He started his professional career in 1993 with the Phoenix Suns, but his most dynamic years were as a member of the Orlando Magic. In 1998, his career suffered an untimely end due to a knee injury.
 
Kevin Johnson
 
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Currently the mayor of Sacramento, Kevin Johnson is the first African American to serve the office. Johnson was a man on fire when he played on the court, but his NBA career went downhill after he was affected with a hernia. The condition slowed him down and delayed his progress. If not for this, people say that Johnson, along with Barkley, would have definitely made a couple of title runs in the West.
 
Grant Hill
 
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Having played for four different teams, the Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Clippers during his tenure in the NBA, Grant Hill was considered one of the best players out there. His initial six seasons with the Pistons were smooth and catapulted his fame to great heights. The next twelve seasons though were plagued by injury, causing Hill to retire in 2013, though it was a popular opinion that if it wasn’t for those injuries, Hill would have had a far more brilliant career.
 
Shaun Livingston
 
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Shaun Livingston is a 24-year old whose injuries have plagued him to the extent that he actually lost out on almost half of his games in the first three years of his career. In 2004, Livingston chose to enter the 2004 NBA draft over attending college. In 2007, he suffered a gruesome knee injury that affected the entire area around his knee. He took over 2 years to recover from the injury. Luckily for him, he battled back and eventually found himself on a championship winning Golden State Warriors team in 2015 – but not nearly as spectacular as he could’ve been without the injury.
 
And how can you not love that ‘fro?
 
Jay Williams
 
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Injuries, apparently, do not just happen on the court. Jay Williams was a Duke University Blue Devils player who played professionally for the Chicago Bulls in the NBA. Williams had a near-death motorcycle accident that tore three ligaments in his knee. Williams underwent therapy to revive his leg, but was constantly nagged by the injury that in turn affected his playing. His contract was later bought out by the Bulls for $3 million. If it weren’t for the injury, Williams could’ve had an impressive career for himself.
 
These players on the list gave their best to the game while they were on the court, but for some, their injuries minimized their impact while for others, the injuries were just too much to overcome.
 

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Top 10 Best Van Damme Films

Jean-Claude Van Damme is a name that has the perfect image of all brawn and brain attached to it. Van Damme has earned his name among some of the top action heroes in Hollywood. Jean-Claude Van Damme’s name was originally Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg and the actor had not always aimed at getting into movies.
 
Guided by his father, Van Damme started martial arts training at the age of 11, and while participating in numerous matches and championships, he found himself winning most of them most of them.
 
However, in 1980 Jean-Claude suffered an injury to his nose in one of the matches and was unable to continue as a martial arts fighter. This led him to take up alternate jobs that included carpet laying, pizza delivery, a limo driver and with the help of Chuck Norris was also a bouncer at a club in Los Angeles. To his good luck he later met a Cannon Pictures producer who helped him star in his debut film.
 
While his journey into the world of films may have been a shaky one, his career was just as confident and stable as one of his revolving kicks! Jean-Claude Van Damme has some great movies to his credit and here, we have listed some of them for you.
 

Bloodsport


 

 
The film Bloodsport is the one started off Jean-Claude’s career in action films and in this one, Van Damme played the role of a U.S. Army Captain. Fans would definitely recall the complete split done by Van Damme, among some of the extreme martial arts stunts and as the name goes, the movie included a lot of martial art stunts, brutal kicks and punches and a lot of bloodshed.
 

Kickboxer


 

 
This one had Van Damme show off some of the most extreme martial arts stunts he had learned. The story revolves around Van Damme travelling to Thailand to avenge his brothers beating in a fight with the martial arts champion Tong Po. The final fight in the movie is worth every minute and both fighters display some of the most unbelievable martial arts stunts. Even today, viewers find themselves biting their fingernails even at the thought of the dangerous in this fight.
 

Double Impact


 

 
Van Damme fans go crazy watching the martial arts champion in action so imagine getting the opportunity to see two Van Dammes in a single flick. Twice the action! Twice the heat! Every fans dream come true! In Double Impact, Van Damme plays the role of twins who get separated and meet after 25 years. They unite to fight the bad guys. While one of his characters had the usual cropped hair and rugged look, the other flaunted a slick look with his hair gelled back but both Van Damme characters with the tightly toned muscles were indeed a treat for martial arts fans and flailing hearts.
 

Hard Target

 

 
Directed by the creator of Face Off and Mission Impossible II, this movie was John Woo’s American directorial debut. Van Damme plays the role of a merchant seaman who rescues a young lady from some thugs. Later he goes on to help the damsel-in-distress avenge her father’s death.
 

Sudden Death


 

 
Sudden Death is a movie based on the story of a normal man’s fight against terrorists. With the amazing martial arts stunts performed by Van Damme, the movie was no doubt one of the greatest films the actor has starred in.
 

Universal Soldier


 

 
Van Damme fans love to see their idol perform in some bloodshed and hardcore action and with this movie, Van Damme gives them just that! Van Damme’s acting always sets him apart from other well-known action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Steven Seagal and in this project, Van Damme plays the role of dead soldier who has been brought back to life as part of a secret Army project. He played opposite the famous Dolph Lundgren. The picture earned decent revenue of over $36 million.
 

Timecop


 

 
Timecop is one of Van Damme’s sci-fi action films, similar to Universal Soldier in terms of its genre. Released in 1994, this movie is about a man who travels in time over a decade to stop the evil works of a politician. This is, till date, the highest grossing film starring Van Damme. While the film generated revenue of over $100 million, even critics state that this movie is one of Van Damme’s best works as far as his acting prowess is concerned.
 

Lionheart


 

 
Van Damme fans are well aware and quite used to the kind of movie plots he acts in. This film again is one that includes revenge, fight tournaments, bloodshed, murder and survival. None the less, this is one of Van Damme’s essential performances. In this movie, Van Damme starred along with Michel Qissi, who also starred as Tong Po in Kickboxer.
 

Cyborg


 

 
Cyborg was the first of director Albert Pyun’s trilogy and was again one of Van Damme’s few sci-fi movies. The plot of the movie is set in the post-apocalyptic future and Van Damme plays the role of a mercenary. Ironically, the film was made on a small budget with spare costumes from another movie that hadn’t been used! However, the movie gained importance owing to the excellent martial arts stunts by Van Damme. There were a number of blood-filled scenes that had to be edited from the movie considering the fact that it required an R-rating to be released.
 

The Expendables 2


 

 
The Expendables 2 was released in 2012. The original movie, The Expendables, to which this is a sequel, was released the previous year. However, due to Van Damme’s busy schedule, he was unable to be a part of that movie in 2011. Starring alongside some of the most celebrated action heroes of all time, this movie is definitely one of Van Damme’s best. However, it is said that Van Damme stayed away from the rest of the cast that included Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, Bruce Willis and Chuck Norris so that he could focus on his character. Van Damme sure takes his acting very seriously!
 
Now that you’ve caught a glimpse of Jean Claude Van Damme’s best works, you can get back to your martial arts practice sessions!
 

Top 10 Disastrous Movie Sequels

A hit movie, with even the remote chance of a storyline that can be stretched, often sees a sequel. Not all of these turn out to be as good as the original though. In fact, some of them are plain disastrous! This list of Top 10 Disastrous Movie Sequels will show you what we mean.
 

Speed 2: Cruise Control


The 1994 original movie Speed showed us what a brilliant plot could do. Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Daniels and Joe Morton came together to build upon an amazing screenplay and the result was a hit that even won two Academy Awards in the categories of sound. Then, a sequel was decided and it all went downhill. Keanu Reeves declined to play a part in the sequel after reading the script but Sandra Bullock agreed. This one took place on the high seas and turned out to be a disaster. Although it made a decent profit, even those involved deemed it a mistake.
 

Jaws 2


We still quote the original Jaws movie and consider it among the best thrillers up there. As for the sequel, not many of us even know it’s out there! The tagline, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water.” was great, but that was about the only good thing related to the movie. Steven Spielberg took his hands off the project and even Roy Scheider would have, if it wasn’t for the contract. As terrible as this one turned out, the makers still went ahead with a couple more in the franchise. A Jaws-sized error indeed!
 

Exorcist II: The Heretic


Now, to be fair to this sequel, the original was so good that few other horrow movies even came close to it, so an encore was downright impossible. Well, the Exorcist II: The Heretic did attempt the impossible then, and miserably failed. The director stayed away but most of the cast jumped aboard what was eventually a sinking ship. This one, wasn’t just a far cry from the first, but was a disappointment in comparison to other horror movies as well.
 

The Ring Two


The original movie The Ring was an all-out remake of the Japanese version. A horror flick that is counted as the best in its genre even today, even the evil soul in the original would have cringed at how the sequel turned out. The Ring Two wasn’t a departure from the usual like the first one was, and this was its main undoing. In the end, it simply turned out to be a feeble, and unsuccessful, attempt at keeping the momentum of the first one going.
 

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace


Even the staunchest of Star Wars fans will agree that this sequel was, well a disaster of gargantuan proportions. Some might argue on this but then that would only be theStar Wars spirit in them asking them to defy the truth. This movie remains one of George Lucas’ forgettable works and certainly one that finds itself at the bottom of the pile in the franchise.
 

Son of the Mask


Everyone who saw The Mask knew it was Jim Carrey all the way. Why then would someone venture to make a sequel without him! The sequel lacked a storyline and was void of any decent level of comedy whatsoever. In comparison to the original, this one never stood a chance. Oh and the CGI was pathetic too.
 

Grease 2


Grease was an epic movie and finds place among the classics even today. Grease 2 on the other hand is forgettable at best. Maxwell Caulfield simply couldn’t carry the movie on his limited talents and the pale storyline just didn’t have the same oomph that the original did. This one turned out to be a perfect example of why some hits should be left alone!
 

Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid


Anaconda, the 1997 adventure horror flick was a refreshing one for many reasons. It was the first movie to truly explore the myth of gigantic anacondas and then there was the tagline, “If you can’t breathe you can’t scream.” Well, the movie had the audience hooked, especially with a starry cast falling prey to the vicious snake. Unfortunately, the second movie did not boast of a great cast not of convincing graphics. This one went down faster than a rat down an anaconda’s throat!
 

Men in Black II


The original movie was a great one, with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones playing the perfect partners fighting a weird looking alien that is out to destroy the equilibrium of the universe. The sequel was destructive by itself and certainly did not need a pug to fit into the equation. Anyways, the pug was right there and so was a new female partner Agent K for hunky Agent J. if the alphabetical names did not turn you off the first time around, it was only because of the brilliant plot. The sequel however gave the audience time to think about this and more, an utter disaster especially when compared to the original Men in Black.
 

Basic Instinct 2


The original movie was an amazing one that revealed to audiences all that the power of sensuality coupled with a criminal mind could do. The sequel proved to audiences that even healthy doses of both these traits could bring down a film if it’s just not made right. The buildup for the second movie was promising, especially since it had Sharon Stone reprising her role. Well, once the movie hit theaters, the audience soon understood this was nowhere close to the first and chose to stay away, in spite of oodles of crime and sex.
 

Some originals are simply too great to follow up convincingly, while some sequels are so bad that they can’t even match up to a mediocre original. Whatever the case may be, this list of Top 10 Disastrous Movie Sequels shows us why Hollywood doesn’t always get the formula right the second time around.

 
 

Top 10 Best Unscripted Movie Scenes

Every movie buff tends to have his/her favorite part of a favorite movie and the credit usually goes to the screenwriters. On rare occasions, instinct takes over and actors and directors make up their mind to instill changes that they feel will make the scene a better one. This, surprisingly, turns out to be the movie’s best line or scene sometimes! Creating a touch of absolute ingenuity gives the movie an allure as viewers react to it differently. Here are the Top 10 Best Unscripted Movie Scenes that left an impact.
 

The Godfather


In this 1972 crime film, the Italian-American director, Francis Ford Coppola, not only gets every inch of every reel right but also adds a piquant shade to the mafia mob drama. His liberal approach to film direction accepts innovation with open arms, making The Godfather a true classic! The few but significant unscripted touches to the movie give it its well-earned fame. During the introduction of his character in the movie, Marlon Brando is seen gently stroking a cat, while sentencing a man to be beaten for raising his hand on a woman. This image was Coppola’s brainchild and it masterfully gives you a complete review of the character, while it also accentuates the character’s dual personality as the head of a mafia family.
 

Full Metal Jacket


The movie Full Metal Jacket contains an moment where actor R. Lee Ermey, who played the role of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, used his impromptu skills and experience as a drill sergeant, to make up almost 50 percent of the dialogues in the movie! Ermey was a drill sergeant before he got into acting and hence had the intended expertise for this kind of a role. He has resourcefully utilized his military façade to capture similar roles in other movies too. This one earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
 

The Shining


Another instantaneous addition that shocked and awed, is the shot from the movie The Shining, where Jack Nicholson, donning the character of a drunk Jack Torrance, uses an axe to chop through a door to get to actress Shelly Duvall, who played the role of Wendy Torrance. The iconic scene petrifies it’s viewers with the frenzied screams of Duvall, but Nicholson decided to add to the scare factor with a little something of his own. Borrowing the intro from ‘The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson’, Nicholson says “Heeere’s Johnny!” with an eerie smile on his face. This inference was totally off the line of dialogues, but still managed to instill in the audience a weird sense of horror, making this line one of the best ones in the movie.
 

The Dark Knight


Heath Ledger bagged himself a retrospective Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the movie The Dark Knight. He recreated the perfect villainous image of ‘The Joker’, Batman’s villain, in the minds of the film viewers and not only added the true dark, despiteful and frightening image of the character, but also blended in some satirical humor. Ledger’s talented improvisation of the character earned the movie its fame. In the film, the Joker blows up a hospital in Gotham. While Ledger was acting out the scene of walking away from the explosion, he deviated from the scripted scene to add a touch of satirical humor by stopping and reacting in a fidgety manner to the delayed explosion. This instantaneous act got the viewers hooked!
 

Jaws


Steven Spielberg’s 1975 thriller film Jaws still sends shivers down its viewers spine, every time they watch it. The actor, Roy Scheider, who played the role of Chief Martin Brody in this film, fabricated a dialogue in one of the movie’s scenes, making this dialogue one of those that transcends a movie to exist in a life of its own. In the scene, where Scheider notices the size of the 25-foot Great White for the first time, he chose to say the exact words that were on the tip of the audiences’ tongue, “You’re going to need a bigger boat.” The line has now become a part of everyday life too and used where a problem seems to be one that’s Jaws-sized!
 

Midnight Cowboy


This Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman starrer grabbed three well-deserved Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. The 1969 film is one of the paramount American movies of its time and is the only X-rated movie, until date, to bag the Best Picture Award. The movie acquired its fame for the famous line “I’m walking here!” quoted by Dustin Hoffman in the spur of the moment. When asked about this during an interview, Hoffman stated that they had a tough time getting the take right, as it had to be shot in a continuous smooth flow, crossing a traffic light without any disruptions. During one of the takes, an NYC cab that wasn’t part of the setup careened onto the movie set and screeched to a halt. Dustin Hoffman wanted to actually say, “We’re filming a movie here!” but then Hoffman, out of that actor’s instinct he had developed over the years, managed to stay in character and banging his palm on the cab retorted, “I’m walkin’ here!” Now here’s a guy who walks the talk!
 

Good Will Hunting


Owing to its unique storyline and brilliant performances from Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Robin Williams, this 1997 American drama film received universal critical acclaim. One particular scene, where actor Robin Williams narrates the story of the “farting wife”, cracked up everyone including the guy at the camera! You can even notice the slight shaking of the camera if you pay close attention!
 

The Warriors


Directed and scripted by Walter Hill, this 1979 cult movie was an action thriller about powerful gangs in New York. Hill made judicious use of fictitious cult language and gang lingo, making the movie a success. The actor, David Patrick Kelly, who played the character of Luther in the film, is famous for his shrilly entice, “Warriors, come out to play-ayy…”, while clinking glass bottles in his hand. This, according to most, exists as the most memorable slice of the movie.
 

Pretty Woman


The American actor and heartthrob, Richard Gere, has never failed to impress women, on screen and off. In the 1990 movie, Pretty Woman, he hires an expensive diamond necklace for actress Julia Roberts, who plays the role of a hooker. As Julia reached out to touch the necklace, Gere instinctively snapped shut the jewelry box, startling Roberts.  Roberts’ laugh was so authentic and pleasant that the director decided to use it as part of the film!
 

Taxi Driver


Martin Scorsese is an aficionado of impulsive improvisations! In the movie Taxi Driver, there is a scene that is most talked about. Scorsese had scripted a scene wherein actor Robert De Niro had to talk to himself in the mirror. De Niro was given the liberty to create his own lines and he did a perfect job by improvising the line “You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? There’s nobody else here.”
 

This list of Top 10 Best Unscripted Movie Scenes includes some that are iconic and others that one would never have imagined to be different from the original script. Yet, they all shone with brilliance!

 
 

Top 10 Arnold Schwarzenegger Movies

When we hear those three famous words “I’ll be back”, we can’t help but smile at the very thought of the person saying them. Arnold Schwarzenegger has come a long way from being a not-so-famous body builder from a small European village in Austria, to one of the most celebrated actors in the history of Hollywood.

And not just that! Arnold also went on to become the Governor of California! His tremendous contribution to Hollywood films is hard to define but there are some amazing movies by the star that just cannot be ignored.

This list of top 10 Arnold Schwarzenegger movies are a must-watch, as these films not only display the actors talent in the field of acting, but also his versatility to blend perfectly into any role.

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

This film, a sequel to the original The Terminator movie that had laid the foundation for a good amount of audiences’ expectations from the cast, owing to the splendid combination of James Cameron’s directorial expertise and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s versatility, proved to be one that is capable enough of topping this list. In the first part, Arnold Schwarzenegger was the cyborg assassin sent back in time to kill the woman who would give birth to the leader of a cyborg army. In Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold is resent to protect the boy from an even more advanced cyborg assassin. This film was the highest grossing film in 1991 and won numerous Academy Awards.

  • Predator

Arnold has flair for action movies and due to his desirable physique; he manages to smoothly overcome all obstacles that he is presented with during the making of these films. The sci-fi film Predator is about a group of fighters from a Special Forces Team who are sent on a mission to rescue some hostages when they unexpectedly encounter an alien who is hell bent on destroying each one of them. Arnold, being the protagonist of the film, saves the day by outsmarting the alien. In the entire film, Arnold has managed to portray the perfect image of a soldier on a mission. This, definitely, is one of his best works.

  • The Terminator

“I’ll be back!” is the most famous quote from this film. Quoted by Arnold in his heavy but familiar Austrian accent, this sentence has found its very own existence in Hollywood. Originally, the role of the cyborg assassin was to be played by O. J. Simpson; however, the director James Cameron was aware of Arnold’s success in the film Conan the Barbarian and chose to go with Arnold instead. We’re sure James was quite satisfied with his decision as Arnold did a fantastic job as the Terminator and now, it sure seems that no one would’ve even come close to it. The movie was made at a meager budget of $6.4 million, but the revenue the project raked in was $78.4 million worldwide. An indisputable success!

  • Conan the Barbarian

Conan the Barbarian is actually responsible for setting the stage for this Austrian body builder. Released in 1982, Conan is the story about a warrior who exists in a fictional world and who seeks justice and revenge for his parents’ death by a sorcerer. Arnold’s physique was ideal for the role of the barbarian warrior and he pulled it off convincingly in spite of his relatively low experience with acting. The movie was a total success and this movie kick started Arnold’s career in acting in Hollywood.

  • True Lies

Even though James Cameron is well known to push the limits of imagination in his movies, the movie True Lies is simply about a secret agent who pretends to be a computer salesman in front of his family and general public. It is only when his family is dragged into an international criminal plot, that Arnold reveals his true identity to save his family. Being a perfectionist, the actor even took Tango lessons for a scene in the movie where he sways on the dance floor with actress Jamie Lee Curtis.

  • Commando

A well chiseled muscular body, rocket launcher in hand, black paint on the face; the image Arnold strikes is that of an extremely resilient soldier. In the movie, Arnold’s daughter is kidnapped by a group of South American criminals and the soldier single handedly fights them and gets his daughter safely back home. Directed by Mark L. Lester, the plot for Commando was perfect for an actor like Arnold to play the role.

  • Total Recall

Arnold’s acting in Total Recall is inimitable and the movie grossed an astounding $261 million. This was not long before Arnold returned to recreate the character that had made him famous in the first place – the cyborg in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

  • Last Action Hero

This may not have been a very successful movie when rated against box office hits. However, the movie had a charm of its own due to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s presence. Director John McTiernan could have spun a better plot given his expertise in the creation of movies like Die Hard and Die Hard with a Vengeance apart from playing to the strength of having one of the best action heroes of his generation in the cast. For some reason though, the film didn’t quite live up to the audience’s expectations. Nonetheless, Arnold’s fans would definitely rate this movie as one of his top 10.

  • The Running Man

The gripping plot of this movie revolves around a group of prisoners who must run their way to freedom while avoiding being killed by professional killers. The director of the movie, Paul Manfred Glaser is the infamous actor who played the role of Detective David Starsky in the famous 70’s television series Starsky and Hutch. Arnold was perfect for the role and the movie grossed revenue of over $70 million.

  • The Last Stand

Arnold made a prominent comeback in 2013 with The Last Stand, playing the role of a small town sheriff fighting against a drug lord. This was a time when Arnold’s fans were beginning to miss him, and here he was giving them just what they wanted. Even though the movie didn’t have the same charisma as Arnold’s previous hits, it still captured the hearts of many.

With Arnold, I wasn’t always about acting talents and we all know his accent needed loads of work in every movie! Yet, at the end of the day, the man has a raw appeal and brute strength quotient that few others have, and that seemed to be enough for a home run every time!
 

Have A Look At The Top 10 Richest Actors

The film industry is not just one that helps individuals skyrocket to glittering fame, but also one that offers lucrative, almost unheard of sums of money. Hollywood has single-handedly catapulted a number of actors’ bank balances and net worth to great heights.
 

This list sheds some light on some of those stars who have made it big in Hollywood, thanks to their popularity as well as keen business sense!
 
Jerry Seinfeld
 
Jerry Seinfeld, the famous American actor and comedian, is considered one of the richest actors the world has seen, with a whopping net worth of $820 million. The talented comedian is famous for his sitcom Seinfeld that started in 1989. He has hosted numerous other shows and has also written a book after the name of his most famous work too. Seinfeld also made a good deal of money for his appearance in the advertisements for Windows Microsoft 2008. In 2014, he was called the wealthiest actor with the projected net worth of $820 million. Seinfeld lives with his family in a luxurious property in Long Island, one that was previously owned by Billy Joel. The successful comedian purchased this paradise-like home from Billy in 2000 for a cool $32 million.
 
Sylvester Stallone
 
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Stallone is famous for his role as the relentless Rocky Balboa in the series of Rocky movies and has several other credits to his name, including the Rambo and now, The Expendables franchise. Sly is an actor, screenwriter, and film director who lives in a mansion in Beverly Hills, California. This brilliant actor, whose star shines brightly on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is also one of the richest actors in Hollywood, with a total estimated net worth of $275 million.
 
Tom Cruise
 
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Celebrated for his role as the irresistible Maverick in the film Top Gun, Tom Cruise earned his fame in Hollywood with this role. With his compelling acting talent, he later went on to make numerous successful films such as Cocktail, A Few Good Men, Jerry Maguire, Minority Report and Oblivion, among others. The talented actor has a net worth that’s as great as his fame and popularity too, amounting to a staggering $500 million.
 
Johnny Depp
 
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An actor, film producer, musician, and even voted as a sex symbol, Johnny Depp is among the most versatile entertainers Hollywood has ever seen. With his remarkable performances in movies like Pirates of the Caribbean and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory he held the Guinness World Record in 2012 as the highest paid actor. Depp also pursues his unending passion for music as that was his initial dream. Nonetheless, everyone would have to agree that it was acting that got him further than he may have ever imagined, propelling Depp to this list of richest actors in Hollywood, with a net worth of $350 million too!
 
Jack Nicholson
 
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Imagine an actor pulling off some of the most difficult roles Hollywood has conjured and Jack Nicholson immediately comes to mind. Nicholson is not just an outstanding actor, but is also a producer, film director and writer.  With marvelous movies like The Shining and Tim Burton’s Batman to his name, Jack Nicholson is part of this league of prosperity with a net worth of $400 million.
 
Clint Eastwood
 
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Born in 1930, this veteran actor started his career at the young age of 20. The Academy Award winner has many box office hits to his credit, such as Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven and Gran Torino. His coarse masculine voice adds perfection to the aura of the action hero as well as romantic protagonist, making him a heartthrob in every genre. With a net worth of $375 million, Eastwood undoubtedly features among the highest paid actors in Hollywood, and one who has used it well too!
 
Tyler Perry
 
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Tyler Perry is a well-known name in the entertainment industry. Terry plays a myriad of professional roles that include being an actor, director, producer, screen writer, author and song writer. Starting at the age of 23, Tyler has been into writing plays, gospel songs and books. His book Don’t Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea’s Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life was number one on the New York Times Best Seller List for 12 weeks! A resident of southwest Atlanta, Perry is one of the richest celebrities Hollywood has seen, with a net worth of $400 million.
 
Tom Hanks
 
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Talk about making it Big in Hollywood! This epic actor, filmmaker and warm personality has stolen the hearts of many with his on screen appearances. Even off screen, his charisma and charming personality make him one of the most likable actors in Hollywood. Tom Hanks has a list of movies to his credit, all of them box office hits such as Philadelphia, Apollo 13, Cast Away, The Da Vinci Code and Captain Phillips to name a few. Apart from his massive fan following, Hanks also boasts of a net worth of around $350 million.
 
Bill Cosby
 
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Born in 1937, this old-timer made it big in the television industry with his famous television series The Cosby Show that topped the charts as the favorite sitcom in America for 5 consecutive years from 1985 to 1989. Cosby had initially started his career as a stand-up comedian and then went on to star in and produce his own show. The profits he made during his career came from sitcoms as well as ad campaigns for various well-known brands like Coca-Cola, Kodak, White Owl Cigars, Jell-O pudding and many more. This celebrity may be sliding down the popularity charts due to the recent sexual assault allegations being leveled against him, but his total net worth, valued at $350 million, remains untouched.
 
Adam Sandler
 
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Adam Sandler is an all-round performer of sorts and along with being an actor, is also a comedian, entrepreneur, film producer, screenplay writer and musician. The Big Daddy star founded the film and television production company called Happy Madison Productions and this venture has yielded quite an exorbitant profit, shooting the actor directly into the list of richest actors with an estimated net worth of around $300 million.
 
This list of top 10 rich actors has certainly shown that a few celebrities in Hollywood possess the perfect combination of talent and flair for acting, as well as a shrewd business sense, driving their bank balances to unimaginable figures!
 

 

10 Shortest And Most Talked About Celebrity Marriages

If marriages are made in heaven, the ones in Hollywood live in a totally different world! If the divorce rate in the US is high, Hollywood marriages are surely the biggest contributors to this trend, and this list shows you why. Find out which Hollywood couples changed their hearts and minds a little too soon after saying “I do.”
 
Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian
 
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Kim Kardashian may be in the news these days thanks to her high profile lifestyle and nude photos in Paper magazine, but there was a time when her wedding to Kris Humphries was all that people were talking about. Well, the talk didn’t last long because the marriage didn’t either. It only took the couple 72 days for the pair to get tired of each other and Kim filed for divorce from the NBA player. The wedding was even featured on E! in the show Keeping Up with the Kardashians in a special titled Kim’s Fairytale Wedding.
 
Katy Perry and Russell Brand
 
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One of the most recent celebrity divorces that made headlines was Katy Perry and Russell Brand. Their marriage lasted for 14 months and ended in December of 2011. The split caused Katy to give up on alcohol due to the negative thoughts entering her mind. As for Brand, well he seemed to go off on a ‘let’s change the world and everything in it’ journey, which includeed crazy interviews and a news network of his own on YouTube. The initiative still hasn’t ended.
 
Britney Spears and Jason Alexander
 
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If we’re comparing time to divorce – this one would’ve taken the cake. Britney Spears’ marriage to Jason Alexander lasted a mere 55 hours! As most drunk couples tend to do, they married in Las Vegas and probably decided to end it as soon as the effects of alcohol wore off. The fall of the pop star began here, though luckily, she was able to revive a part of her celebrity status.
 
Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson
 
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Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson took their relationship to three levels in the three years that they were together – the two began dating in 2001, were engaged in 2002, and called it quits in 2003. They got together again in 2006, again with a wedding that was held in three stages – a wedding ceremony on a yacht on July 29th, the signing of official wedding papers at the courthouse in Beverly Hills on August 3rd, and then an onstage wedding in Nashville on August 17th. Well, the three-tier series didn’t last very long as the couple filed for divorce about three months later – on November 27th. Wow!
 
Carmen Electra and Dennis Rodman
 
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Now this one was quite a story. Dennis Rodman and the Baywatch beauty Carmen Electra got married on November 14, 1998. Less than a week later, Rodman announced that he was drunk during the wedding, and then went on to file for annulment of the nuptials, which he soon withdrew. However, half a year later it was Carmen’s turn to head to court asking for divorce. This time though, it stuck.
 
Cher and Greg Allman
 
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Cher and Greg Allman’s end began only 10 days after their wedding with Cher filing for divorce. Legally however, they were married until 1979. There was even a child from this union – Elijah Blue Allman, now well known for his place in the band, Deadsy. Cher got into the marriage only a week after her previous one to Sonny Bono officially ended. The fact that Allman said that Cher ‘smelled like I imagined a mermaid would smell’ did not help them either!
 
Drew Barrymore and Tom Green
 
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You know how some people say they’re dying from laughter? Well, it turns out that when MTV comedian Tom Green married Drew Barrymore, the laughter ended up killing the marriage! Kinda. The two married on July 27, 2001, but took less than five months to apply for divorce, which they did on December 17th the same year.
 
Lisa Marie Presley and Nicholas Cage, Then Michael Jackson
 
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The King’s daughter was quite notorious when it came to marriages. Her first one with Nicholas Cage was in August, 2002, but only three months later in November, Cage applied for divorce, even proclaiming that they shouldn’t have gotten married in the first place. It didn’t take long for the lady to give it another go though when she married the King of Pop Michael Jackson only 20 days after this divorce. The one with the pop star lasted another 20 months before that one ended too.
 
Jennifer Lopez and Cris Judd
 
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Our very own JLo isn’t known for many mistakes in her life or career, though there’s one that stands out like a sore thumb – her wedding to Cris Judd, her second one after she was married to Ojani Noa. This one only lasted four months at the end of which she had a brief relationship with the dashing Ben Affleck. Jennifer Lopez, of course, later went on to marry Marc Antony.
 
Renee Zellweger and Kenny Chesney
 
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The beautiful Renee Zellweger was four months into her relationship with Kenny Chesney when they decided to get married, which they did in May of 2005. Unfortunately, it took them exactly another four months to file for divorce. The statement they made was weirdly formal, “The miscommunication of the objective of their marriage at the start is the only reason for this annulment.”
 
Some of these celebrities moved on to better lives while some of them simply slipped away into oblivion, but one thing all of them took away from this was to not rush into marriage again. *Cough* Sorry, some of them.