The Hardest Working

Actors and Actresses

Which Hollywood Stars Have Appeared in the Most Movies in the Last Five Years?

The life of a Hollywood A-lister might seem like a walk in the park, but a lot of hard work goes into bringing our favourite films to the big screen, from rehearsals and pre-production to the months of actual filming and marathon press tours to promote the movie after it’s been released.

But which stars put in the most hours on set and always seem to be popping up on our screens?

We’ve looked at some of the biggest names in Hollywood to find out who have been the hardest working actors and actresses of the last five years.

The Hardest Working Actors in Hollywood*

*Note that the top three male actors were also the top three overall

1

Nicolas Cage

27 films

Feature Films - 27

Nicolas Cage has starred in a few notable films in the last five years, including Snowden and Outcast, as well as lending his voice to a couple of hit animated superhero movies (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse and Teen Titans Go! To the Movies).

However, the reason he’s clocked up quite so many credits over the last five years is due to a lot of roles in low budget horror and action movies, such as Dog Eat Dog, Mom and Dad, and Mandy, as well as narrating a couple of documentaries too.

2

Samuel L. Jackson

25 films

Feature Films - 22

Cameo Appearances - 3

One of the hardest working actors not just of the last five years, but of the last five decades, not only does Samuel L. Jackson pop up in a serious number of films but he draws incredible box office numbers too, as the highest-grossing actor of all time.

The last five years alone have seen him appear in blockbusters such as The Hateful Eight and Kong: Skull Island, provide his voice to Incredibles 2 and reprise his role as Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe three times.

3

Brad Pitt

21 films

Feature Films - 6

Cameo Appearances - 1

Short Films - 1

Documentaries - 2

As Producer - 11

While Brad Pitt certainly hasn’t slowed down when it comes to acting, having appeared in the likes of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and The Big Short in the last few years, many of his film credits over the last five years have come as a producer, including Moonlight and Vice, as well as starring in War Machine, Allied, Ad Astra and more.

The Hardest Working Actresses in Hollywood

1

Margot Robbie

19 films

As Actress - 15

Cameo Appearances - 2

Short Films - 1

As Producer - 1

The last five years have rapidly seen Margot Robbie become one of the biggest actresses in Hollywood, starting out with starring roles in films such as Focus, The Legend of Tarzan and Suicide Squad, before gaining critical acclaim in Mary Queen of Scots, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Oscar nominations for I, Tonya and Bombshell. On top of all that, she’s even had time to work as a producer too!

2

Nicole Kidman

16 films

As Actress - 15

Short Films - 1

While she’s a huge name in the industry, Nicole Kidman almost gave up on acting in the early 2010s after starring in a series of badly reviewed movies (including Grace of Monaco, which was met with boos at the Cannes Film Festival). However, the last five years have seen a career resurgence, appearing in 15 films, including Destroyer, Aquaman and Bombshell, while also having a successful TV career too.

3

Natalie Portman

15 films

As Actress - 11

Cameo Appearances - 1

Documentaries - 1

As Producer - 2

Natalie Portman’s most notable role of the last five years was as Jacqueline Kennedy in Jackie, which she received Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for, but she also appeared in the likes of Annihilation and A Tale of Love and Darkness, which she also directed, as well as briefly reprising her role as Jane Foster in a cameo appearance in Avengers: Endgame.

The Hardest Working Actors & Actresses Ranked

Key

  • Rank
  • Name
  • Age
  • Nationality
  • Actor/Actress Appearances
  • Cameo Appearances
  • Short Film Appearances
  • Documentary Appearances
  • Producer
  • Director
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Methodology

We selected 100 of the best-known actors and actresses in Hollywood, from sources including lists from Fandango, Business Insider and IMDb.

For each, we looked at how many films they have appeared in since 2015 (up to and including the small number of films released in 2020 before the coronavirus outbreak).

We chose to include any and all films that the actors have appeared in, including small cameo roles, as well as appearances in short films and documentaries.

We also included any films which the actor received an acting, writing, or directing credit for, even if they didn’t appear in the film itself.

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