Most Successful Movie Actors of the Decade: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep


Making it as a Hollywood actor isn’t easy, and that’s putting it rather lightly. Most actors spend their entire lives going from minor part to minor part, barely making ends meet. As you might imagine, this means that actually succeeding and rising to the top of Hollywood in terms of success is truly an accomplishment. Here are a few of the most successful actors who have managed this in the past 10 years.

Johnny Depp

When most people think of Johnny Depp, his Pirates of the Caribbean series is the first thing that comes to mind, which happened recently. He certainly had a career long before that, but there’s no doubt that in the past decade or so, Depp’s star has been on the rise. The evidence for this is plenty. Depp is in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2012, for being the highest paid actor at $75 million, for example. He’s been nominated for a slew of different awards, winning Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild awards, many of these from the last 10 years.. This streak seems only likely t continue with more high profile movies like The Lone Ranger.

Christian Bale

Christian Bale

Christian Bale is another actor who’s having quite a decade, even though he’s been around for years, including as a kid in the movie Empire of the Sun. The recent Batman trilogy movies are some of the most successful films of all time, and he’s in the lead role. But even beyond that, he’s starred in plenty of other well-regarded films recently as well, including movies like 3:10 to Yuma, I’m Not There, The Prestige, and so on.

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks is a worthy addition to any list about recently successful actors, if only becomes he seems to be uniformly successful, so that certainly includes recently. As far as general chops go, he’s won 2 Oscars, and 62 other awards of various stripes. In recent days, he’s been known for being the voice of Woody in the Toy Story Franchise, and even has a new Toy Story movie coming out soon. Other extremely popular movies he’s been in within the last decade or so include movies like The Ladykillers, The Terminal, Cast Away, and the Da Vinci code series of movies.


Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep is having quite a fantastic 10 years. Overall, she’s won 3 Oscars, in addition to over 100 other awards through the course of her career. Recently, she’s done movies like The Iron Lady, the movie about Margaret Thatcher. She’s been in other big recent movies as well like The Devil Wears Prada, Adaptation, Doubt, and The Hours. Most people regard her as the most talented female actor of her entire generation.

Overall, the success of actors tends to wax and wane over the years. But the most talented ones always tend to come back into the limelight, no matter what chance dictates in the short term. After all, sometimes actors just have bad luck, or end up in movies that are bad for reasons that have nothing to do with them personally or their acting ability. But that ability will always shine through in the end for the truly gifted actor.

Writer Biography

This is a guest post by Lindsey Mcmahon. She likes to travel, play and read in her free time. Her favorite show at the moment is Game of Thrones. Her interests are entertainment, television, parenting and health but she is constantly extending her field of view to incorporate interesting news suggested to her by her readers. She currently works for .