There's no denying that the following actors and actresses are all legends in their own right — but that doesn't mean that it isn't obvious that their choices in movies have been going seriously downhill lately. Honestly, there's NO reason why Oscar-winning legends or once promising fan favorites should be appearing in these box office flops! Check out these 14 actors who are undeniably legends of the screen — and yet can't seem to shake off their career slump.
Classics like "Taxi Driver" and "Raging Bull" placed him in the hall of the fame, but recently De Niro seems too content doing lazy dramas and embarrassing comedies. "Last Vegas" and "Dirty Grandpa" might have given him an easy paycheck, but it's sad to see such a legend appear in such bombs.
Murphy single-handedly saved "SNL," had an iconic stand up career and is best known for his standout movie roles in "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Trading Places." That said, he mainly sticks to god-awful comedies like "Norbit" and "Daddy Day Care" instead of taking on roles he's worthy of. Case in point: many still believe that Murphy would have won the 2007 Oscar for his great work in "Dreamgirls" had he not released the disastrous "Norbit" in the same year.
Nowadays, Cage is most known for his viral Internet meme status and terrible movies like "Left Behind" and "Ghost Rider." Which is a real shame, as early movies like "Leaving Las Vegas," "Adaptation" and "Raising Arizona" worthily made him a huge star. We're ready for your comeback when you are, Cage.
The name Pacino itself has become synonymous with Hollywood legend. So why is "The Godfather" and "Scarface" legend doing stuff like "Jack and Jill" and "Stand Up Guys" these days? His work with HBO programming has been pretty great, but we'd much prefer to see him return to the prestigious big screen that he once commanded so well.
Yet another comedy star who proves that "making it" does not justify making terrible movies. Carrey put out some iconic slapstick movies like "Dumb and Dumber," "The Truman Show" and "Man on the Moon," but that doesn't excuse him for terrible sequels like "Dumb and Dumber 2" and "Kick-Ass 2".
The talented actress is most beloved for her collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino, so maybe they can reconnect for another badass movie along the lines of "Pulp Fiction" or "Kill Bill" — we'd much prefer those over trainwrecks like "Playing for Keeps," "Ceremony" and "Movie 43."
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Far from the days of "Die Hard," "Pulp Fiction" and "Twelve Monkeys" is the current day Bruce Willis. Though still a movie legend, "Rock the Kasbah," "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" and "A Good Day to Die Hard" certainly don't help his case.
Depp used to be the most bankable star around, but a string of misses like "The Lone Ranger," "Dark Shadows" and "Mortdecai" seem to have gotten him off track. With the resurgence of success coming back into play with his acclaimed recent turn in "Black Mass," perhaps Depp is in for a career reboot!
After her historic turn in "Monster's Ball," Berry should have been the most bankable star around. Sadly, she has titles like "Catwoman," "New Year's Eve," "Perfect Stranger" and "Cloud Atlas" to her credit. Her venture into TV with "Extant" on CBS didn't go as planned, either.
One of the most iconic actresses of the modern era, it's easy to look at Roberts' film career and see nothing but hits. However, if you look closely, a lot of current-day duds pop up: "Valentine's Day," "Larry Crowne" and "Mirror Mirror" among them. The upcoming "Mother's Day" doesn't look very promising, either. Although she was so good in "August: Osage County" that we're tempted to forget the aforementioned bombs altogether.
"Boyz n the Hood," "Jerry Maguire" and "As Good as It Gets" are all iconic films with one common thread — Mr. Cuba Gooding Jr., an Oscar winner (lest you forget). Sadly, he has over 13 straight-to-DVD credits in his filmography since 2007 alone. 2002's "Snow Dogs" was a highlight, though! In his defense, he's currently poised for a comeback with his great work in "American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson."
An Oscar-winning actor of Whitaker's caliber should NOT be doing straight-to-DVD movies, yet that's the sad reality we're faced with. From his amazing work in "The Last King of Scotland" and "The Crying Game," it's hard to face his current offerings (such as "Powder Blue," "Repo" and "Freelancers") with a straight face.
After winning an Oscar in 2003, it seems that leading man Tim Robbins' career went somewhat downhill. We LOVE him in classics such as "The Shawshank Redemption," "Mystic River" and "The Player." We can't say the same for "City of Ember," "Green Lantern" and "Thanks for Sharing."
You might laugh at the idea of Sandler being labeled a "legend," but back in the day he was becoming a top-notch comedy star with a few acclaimed favorites like "The Wedding Singer" and "Punch Drunk Love". However, with a few hits under his belt, he started getting actually hit under the belt, with downright disastrous fails like "Grown Ups 2," "The Ridiculous Six," "That's My Boy," "Jack and Jill" and "Pixels" following. He sure knows how to get a paycheck, but we'd all prefer if he would just stop!