View Full Version : Scene-stealers - Your all-time favourites.

07-29-2003, 02:00 PM
Hopefully you'll get my gist here...apologies if this is a REPEAT topic.

These folks light up the screen, grab you by the privates and steal the bloody show...'tis THAT simple.

They OOZE COOL, and more often than not...they're completely fucking crackers.

Here's 10 of the best...

Orson Welles ~ The Third Man
Brian Glover ~ Kes
Dennis Hopper ~ Blue Velvet
Steve Martin ~ Little Shop Of Horrors
Ralph Brown ~ Withnail & I
Joe Pesci ~ Goodfellas
Robert Carlyle ~ Trainspotting
Alfred Molina ~ Boogie Nights
John Turturro ~ The Big Lebowski
Paddy Considine ~ A Room For Romeo Brass

Special mention to the KINGS, I just couldn't decide on ONE flick alone...Steve Buscemi and Gary Oldman.

07-29-2003, 02:17 PM
Orson Welles in The Third Man
George Sanders in All About Eve
Marisa Tomei in My Cousin Vinny
Joe Pesci in Goodfellas
Claude Rains in Casablanca
Natalie Portman in Beautiful Girls
Hattie McDaniel in Gone with the Wind
Walter Huston in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Estelle Parsons in Bonnie and Clyde

07-29-2003, 03:04 PM
Originally posted by BadCoverVersion
Orson Welles ~ The Third Man
Dennis Hopper ~ Blue Velvet
Joe Pesci ~ Goodfellas
Alfred Molina ~ Boogie Nights
John Turturro ~ The Big Lebowski

I definitely agree with them. Also, I am surprised no one mentioned Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs yet. Sure, there's only been 2 comments so far, but still. He's the ultimate scene-stealer in my book.

07-29-2003, 03:12 PM
Originally posted by zeppelin
Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs

Stole every scene he had with Jodie Foster. Was amazing in that movie and got his well deserved Oscar.

Joe Pesci in GoodFellas is another great example.

BadCoverVersion is Alfred Molina the guy who they are selling the cocaine to?

07-29-2003, 03:14 PM
Originally posted by arby19
BadCoverVersion is Alfred Molina the guy who they are selling the cocaine to?

I'm going to butt in and answer that question for you: yes.

07-29-2003, 03:22 PM
There's so many scene-stealers in a lot of movies that I don't think I could ever remember them all. So I'll just name two that usually always manage to steal scenes for me.

ANNA FARIS and AMANDA PEET... They always seem to have scene-stealing roles.

I also definitely agree about Natalie Portman in Beautiful Girls. Without her, I don't think the movie would have been as excellent. She made the movie!

Tom Samborski
07-29-2003, 03:43 PM
Joe Pesci- Goodfellas & Casino
Jack Nicholson- Batman
Anthony Hopkins- The Silence of the Lambs
Robert De Niro- Meet the Parents
John Malkovich- Con Air
Michelle Pheiffer- Batman Returns
Jack Black- High Fidelity
Robert Downey.Jr- Natural Born Killers

07-29-2003, 04:12 PM
Originally posted by arby19
BadCoverVersion is Alfred Molina the guy who they are selling the cocaine to?

Yup, as zeppelin rightly stated.

Molina is one of most under-appreciated British actors around.

His performance as Kenneth Halliwell (Joe Orton's neurotic gay lover) in Prick Up Your Ears is just fucking incredible. Gary Oldman is superb as Orton - an extremely controversial UK playwright, but Molina almost steals the show once again.

07-29-2003, 04:26 PM
John Turturro in anything, especially Big Lebowski, Miller's Crossing, Mr. Deeds...

Some others:

Jay and Silent Bob in Kevin Smith films
Ed Norton in Primal Fear
Don Cheadle in Devil in a Blue Dress
Jack Black in High Fidelity
Sarah Polley in Go & The Sweet Hereafter
Leo DiCaprio in What's Eatung Gilbert Grape?
Jack Lemmon in Glengarry Glen Ross

07-29-2003, 05:05 PM
Anthony Michael Hall - SIXTEEN CANDLES
Parker Posey - SCREAM 3


07-29-2003, 06:32 PM
Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner)
Ben Kingsley (Sexy Beast)
Robert DeNiro (Mean Streets)
Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter)
Michael Madson (Reservoir Dogs)
Barry Pepper (The 25th Hour)
Robert Shaw (Jaws)
Dennis Hopper (True Romance)
Robert Duval (Apocalypse Now)
Tom Berenger (Platoon)

Annie Hall
07-29-2003, 06:45 PM
I agree with many that have been mentioned. A few that haven't...

10 chicks (who don't necessarily ooze cool)
Kelly MacDonald ~ Trainspotting
Cate Blanchett ~ Bandits
Julie Walters ~ Billy Elliot
Juliet Stevenson ~ Bend it Like Beckham
Toni Collette ~ About a Boy
Marilyn Monroe ~ Niagara
Janeane Garafolo ~ Romy and Michele's Highschool Reunion
Brenda Blethyn ~ Little Voice
Frances McDormand ~ Almost Famous
Jennifer Jason Leigh ~ The Hudsucker Proxy

10 dudes (who are cool unto themselves)
Steve Buscemi (hard to mention just one) ~ Fargo
Ewan McGregor ~ Shallow Grave
Sean Bean ~ Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
John Cazale ~ Dog Day Afternoon
Hugh Grant ~ Bridget Jones' Diary
Johnny Depp ~ Chocolat
Michael Caine ~ Little Voice
Christopher Guest ~ Waiting for Guffman
Joaquin Phoenix ~ To Die For
Tim Curry (though one of the leads, in a very supporting feeling role) ~ Rocky Horror Picture Show

Could Be Worse
07-29-2003, 06:56 PM
Ruth Gordon in Rosemary's Baby
Matthew Lillard in Scream
Parker Posey in Scream 3
Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs
Michael Keaton in Beetlejuice

07-29-2003, 10:03 PM
Brad Pitt in True Romance
Cliff Curtis in Training Day, Bringing Out The Dead
Thomas Jane in Boogie Nights
Paul Bettany in anything

07-29-2003, 10:45 PM
Elsa Lancaster in Witness for the Prosecution and Anna Faris in May both immediately came to mind. Two very, very different flicks. :D

07-29-2003, 10:47 PM
Without repeating some excellent choices, I'll add..

Kevin Kline (Otto West) in A Fish Called Wanda
Jeff Goldblum (D.H. Banes) in Igby Goes Down
Owen Wilson (Eli Cash) in The Royal Tenenbaums
Susan Sarandon (JoJo Floss) in Moonlight Mile
Bill Murray (Herman J. Blume) in Rushmore
Kathy Bates (Roberta Hertzel) in About Schmidt
Nutsa Kukhianidze (Anne) in The Good Thief
Benicio Del Toro (Fenster) in The Usual Suspects
Jules Sitruk (Simon) in Monsieur Batignole
Eddie Murphy (Jiffernson 'Jiff' Ramsey) in Bowfinger

Ren Hoek
07-29-2003, 10:56 PM
10 cool scene-stealers off the top of my head...

~ Slim Pickens in Dr. Strangelove
~ Robert Mitchum in The Night of the Hunter
~ Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet
~ Henry Fonda in Once Upon a Time in the West
~ Peter Falk in Wings of Desire
~ John Goodman in Barton Fink
~ Armin Mueller-Stahl in Night on Earth
~ Steve Buscemi in Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead
~ Michael Palin in Life of Brian
~ Lou Reed in Blue in the Face

07-29-2003, 11:44 PM
I'd like to add just one more: Chris Cooper owned every scene he was in in Adaptation.

07-30-2003, 12:04 AM
Gary Oldman - True Romance, Leon.

John Turturro - The Big Lebowski.

Joe Pesci - Goodfellas, Casino.

Brad Pitt - True Romance, Fight Club, 12 Monkeys.

Christopher Walken - True Romance, Catch Me if You Can, Pulp Fiction.

Steve Buscemi - Fargo, Reservoir Dogs.

George C. Scott - Dr. Strangelove.

Dennis Hopper - True Romance, Blue Velvet, Speed.

Alfred Molina - Boogie Nights.

John C. Reilly - Chicago, Boogie Nights, Magnolia.

Philip Seymour Hoffman - Scent of a Women, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love, Hard Eight.

07-30-2003, 01:26 AM
Richard Harris, English Bob in Unforgiven is a good one. You've got Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman all giving performances of their lives, yet Richard Harris steals the show.

Plus, who could ever steal a scene from Bruce Campbell? It can't be done!

07-30-2003, 04:37 AM
Kelly Hu as Lady Deathstrike in "X2"
Anthony Hopkins as Van Helsing in "Bram Stoker's Dracula"
Kirsten Dunst as Claudia "Interview With The Vampire"
Eli Wallach as Tuco in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"
Robert Mitchum as Powell in "Night of the Hunter"
Roddy Piper as Nada in "They Live"
Willem Dafoe as Max Schrek in "Shadow of the Vampire"
Chris Sarandon as Jerry in "Fright Night"
Roddy McDowall as Peter in "Fright Night"

paul calf
07-30-2003, 08:38 AM
tried to think of ones not already metioned

john malkovich-in the line of fire
robert downey jnr-natural born killers
micheal masden-reseviour dogs
ralph feinnes-schindlers list
kevin spacey-se7en
john c mgcinley-platoon
robert de niro-angel heart
marlon brando-the godfather
steve mcqueen-the magnificent seven/the great escape
bill paxton-weird science/aliens
sylvester stallone-copland
randy quaid-midnight express
andy serkis-24hr party people
paul newman-the road to perdition
jack nickolson-easy rider

07-30-2003, 09:30 AM
Sean Connery in The Untouchables & Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Robert Shaw in Jaws & The Deep

Herbert Lom in A Shot in the Dark

Reese Witherspoon in The Man in the Moon & Election

Kirsten Dunst in Interview with a Vampire

Chief Dan George in The Outlaw Josey Wales

Graham Greene in Dances With Wolves

Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park

Zhang Ziyi in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

John Malkovich in In the Line of Fire

Jessica Walter in Play Misty for Me

Dame Judith Anderson in Rebecca

Kurtwood Smith in Robocop

Arnold Schwartzenegger in The Terminator

Drew Barrymore in E.T.-The Extra-Terrestrial

Oprah Winfrey in The Color Purple

Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost

Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver

Sir Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs

Anthony Perkins in Psycho

Morgan Freeman in Driving Miss Daisy

Jeremy Davies in Saving Private Ryan

Jude Law in A.I.-Artificial Intelligence

Samantha Morton in Minority Report

Christopher Walken in The Deer Hunter & Catch Me If You Can

Jack Nicholson in Batman & A Few Good Men

Tom Cruise in Magnolia

Linda Blair in The Exorcist

Candy Clark in American Graffiti

Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange

Kathy Bates in Misery

Emmanuelle Seigner in Frantic

Sigourney Weaver in Aliens & Gorillas in the Mist

Jeff Bridges in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man & Hook

Lon Chaney in The Phantom of the Opera

Bela Lugosi in Dracula

Boris Karloff in Frankenstein

Vincent Price in The House on Haunted Hill

Christopher Lee in Horror of Dracula

That's all I can think of right now.

07-30-2003, 09:52 AM
10: Ray Liotta - Goodfellas

9: Kevin Spacey - American Beauty

8: Michael Jeter - The Green Mile

7: Gene Wilder - Blazing Saddles

6: Robin Williams - Insomnia

5: Robert Patrick - Terminator 2

4: Kathy Bates - Misery

3: Tom Hanks - Saving Private Ryan

2: Kevin Costner - JFK

1: Nicolas Cage - 8MM

07-30-2003, 12:41 PM
Joe Pesci as Tommy DeVito in GOODFELLAS.

Puck Bond
07-30-2003, 02:00 PM
One that immediately came to mind that nobody has mentioned!

Drew Barrymore-E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Stole every scene she was in...

07-30-2003, 02:11 PM
Originally posted by Puck Bond
One that immediately came to mind that nobody has mentioned!

Drew Barrymore-E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Stole every scene she was in...

robk mentioned it in his post. :)

I agree with you guys, she was just so charming and adorable in that movie, unlike how she is now. :(

Puck Bond
07-30-2003, 02:36 PM
Damn robk did mention it...my bad...I still echo what he and Hannibal said though.

07-30-2003, 03:02 PM
BadCoverVersion, your avatar brings back nightmares. I had to paint your avatar for an art class once. Oh the insanity of it all.

Getting back to the topic in hand now:

Jack Nicholson - Batman (The Joker)
Robert Englund - A Nightmare on Elm Street (Freddy Krueger)

07-30-2003, 08:31 PM
Originally posted by robk
Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange

Does that really count? I mean, there is not one scene in the movie without him in it, and since his character is the only character in the movie that there is ever a great deal of focus on, there's practically no one that can upstage him. It'd be virtually impossible for him to not steal every scene he was in, because the movie is completely about his character. No one else was even given a chance to upstage him. Not to mention that he was given great dialogue.

Anyway, since you brought up a Kubrick movie, I'd like to add one that hasn't been mentioned yet:

Douglas Rain (the voice of HAL 9000) in 2001: A Space Odyssey

Raymond Babbit
07-31-2003, 10:46 AM
Jack Nicholson in Batman
Anthony Hopkins in SOTL
Brad Pitt in 12 Monkeys

08-01-2003, 11:52 AM
I'd just like to mention Andy Serkis (Gollum) in Lord Of The Rings:The Two Towers...

Frank the Tank
08-01-2003, 12:00 PM
I can't think of any right now except Seann William Scott in the American Pie movies.

Jon Lyrik
08-01-2003, 07:06 PM
Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

The Other
08-01-2003, 08:51 PM
Mena Suvari in AMERICAN BEAUTY and SUGAR & SPICE. Man, she can be so friggin' funny!

08-17-2003, 02:35 AM

I thought of one that no one mentioned yet since I just watched the movie today: Dustin Hoffman in Midnight Cowboy.

08-17-2003, 02:50 AM
Maybe someone should define the term scene stealer because some of these choices are rather questionable. Sylvester Stallone? He is the main star in Copland, the one who the attention is suppose to be on. Same with Kevin Spacey in American Beauty

One I've seen that I agree with:

Parker Posey in Scream 3

Others I love:

Jonathan Lipnikki(sp?) in Jerry Maguire

Robert Downey Jr. in Wonder Boys

Daniel Day Lewis in Gangs of New York

Weapon X
08-17-2003, 03:10 AM
Private Hudson (Bill Paxton) - Aliens

Lev (Peter Stormare) - Armageddon

Reinhardt (Ron Perlman) - Blade II

Top Dollar (Michael Wincott) - The Crow

Bullseye (Colin Farrel) - Daredevil

John McClane (Bruce Willis) - Die Hard

Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) - Die Hard

Azreal (Jason Lee) - Dogma

Metatron (Alan Rickman) - Dogma

Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) - Fight Club

Santanico Pandemonium (Salma Hayek) - From Dusk Till Dawn

Bill the Butcher (Daniel Day-Lewis) - Gangs of New York

Kurgan (Clancy Brown) - Highlander

Ramirez (Sean Connery) - Highlander

Sebastian Caine (Kevin Bacon) - Hollow Man

Geoffery Chaucer (Paul Bettany) - A Knight's Tale

Rodney Skinner (Tony Curran) - The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Jonathan Carnahan (John Hannah) - The Mummy, The Mummy Returns

The Caller (Kiefer Sutherland) - Phone Booth

Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) - Pirates of the Caribbean

Denton Van Zan (Matthew McConaughey) - Reign of Fire

Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman) - Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) - Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) - X-Men, X2

Magneto (Ian McKellen) - X-Men, X2

Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming) - X2

08-17-2003, 09:03 PM
Will Farrel in Old School

The 8 Ball
08-19-2003, 05:10 PM
Zhang Ziyi - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Maggie Cheung - Hero, Dragon Inn

Gong Li - The Emperor and The Assassin, Farewell My Concubine, Shanghai Triad

Brad Allen - Gorgeous

Anita Mui - The Legend of Drunken Master AKA Drunken Master, Rumble in The Bronx

Phillip Seymour Hoffman - Hard Eight, Punch-Drunk Love

Barry Pepper - 25th Hour

Tom Cruise - Magnolia

Brad Pitt - True Romance

Harvey Kietel - Pulp Fiction

Samuel L Jackson - Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown

Patrick Swayze - Donnie Darko

Takeshi Kitano - Battle Royale

Kou Shibasaki - Battle Royale

Chiaki Kuriyama - Battle Royale

Sean Connery - Highlander

Raymond Babbit
08-19-2003, 09:46 PM
I think the three biggest scene stealers of all time are Anthony Hopkins in SOTL, Jack Nicholson in Batman, and Brad Pitt in 12 Monkeys.

The Other
08-19-2003, 11:53 PM
I'll also add Maggie Smith in CALIFORNIA SUITE!