19 Movie Stars That Can Play Almost Any Character on the Screen

Many actors are afraid to be associated with just one character. But even a great movie script and ingenious makeup are helpless if an actor or actress doesn’t have enough talent and charisma to portray different characters on screen.

Cate Blanchett

Eva Green

  • Kingdom of Heaven (2005) — Sibylla, Queen of Jerusalem
  • Cracks (2009) — a mysterious teacher at an elite boarding school for girls, Miss G.
  • Dark Shadows (2012) — a jealous witch, Angelique Bouchard

Matthew McConaughey

Carrie-Anne Moss

  • The Matrix (1999) — Trinity, a hacker and officer of the hovercraft, Nebuchadnezzar
  • Fido (2006) — a housewife, Helen Robinson who comes across a zombie
  • Silent Hill: Revelation (2012) — Claudia Wolf, the high priestess of the religious cult, the Order

Rami Malek

Jennifer Jason Leigh

  • Dolores Claiborne (1995) — Selena St. George, a New York journalist and the daughter of a housemaid accused of murder
  • The Machinist (2004) — Stevie, the only friend of the main character
  • The Hateful Eight (2015) — criminal Daisy Domergue

Matt Damon

Sharon Stone

  • Total Recall (1990) — Lori, the main character’s false wife
  • Last Dance (1996) — Cindy Liggett, a woman on death row
  • Ratched (2020) — Lenore Osgood, an eccentric and cunning heiress

Geoffrey Rush

Ana de Armas

Kathy Bates

  • Misery (1990) — fan of a famous writer, Annie Wilkes
  • Titanic (1997) — Molly Brown, an American socialite and one of Titanic’s passengers
  • American Horror Story (2011–2022) — satanic henchwoman Ms. Miriam Mead

Sarah Jessica Parker

  • Hocus Pocus (1993) — Sarah Sanderson, one of the sister witches
  • Ed Wood (1994) — actress Dolores Fuller
  • Mars Attacks! (1996) — ambitious journalist Nathalie Lake

Julianne Moore

  • Safe (1995) — housewife Carol White who is diagnosed with a strange disease
  • Far from Heaven (2002) — a flustered housewife who faces a marital crisis when she learns her husband’s secret
  • The Glorias (2020) — feminist icon Gloria Steinem

Milla Jovovich

Renée Zellweger

  • Jerry Maguire (1996) — 26-year-old widow and single mother Dorothy Boyd
  • Cold Mountain (2003) — active peasant Ruby Thewes
  • Judy (2019) — American actress and singer Judy Garland

Matt Smith

  • Doctor Who (2009-2013) — the famous doctor traveling through the time
  • The Crown (2016-2017) — Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
  • House of the Dragon (2022 — till now) — rebellion prince Daemon Targaryen

Catherine O’Hara

Frances McDormand

Vivien Leigh

  • Gone with the Wind (1939) — Scarlett O’Hara, a flirt and an heiress of a rich family who has to work through the terrors of the Civil War
  • Caesar and Cleopatra (1945) — The Egyptian queen, Cleopatra
  • Ship of Fools (1965) — a middle-aged rich woman

Who is your favorite actor or actress? Which of their movies are you willing to watch over and over again? Tell us in the comments below.

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