Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “501 Movie Stars: A Comprehensive Guide to the Greatest Screen Actors” as Want to Read:
501 Movie Stars: A Comprehensive Guide to the Greatest Screen Actors
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

501 Movie Stars: A Comprehensive Guide to the Greatest Screen Actors

by
3.69  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Meryl Streep, James Dean, Anna Magnani, Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, Cary Grant, Marcello Mastroianni, Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Angelina Jolie, and hundreds more larger-than-life film stars have captured the collective imagination of millions of movie fans around the world. Now, 501 Movie Stars pays homage to these pop culture idols ...more
Hardcover, 640 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by B.E.S. Publishing (first published October 1st 2007)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about 501 Movie Stars, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about 501 Movie Stars

Sunset Boulevard by Billy WilderThe Great Movies by Roger EbertThe Satanic Screen by Nikolas SchreckMemo from David O. Selznick by David O. SelznickHamlet by Kenneth Branagh
The Silver Screen
115 books — 32 voters
A Forma do Filme by Sergei EisensteinCinema Anime by Steven T. BrownThe Night of the Iguana and Other Stories by Tennessee WilliamsHistória do cinema mundial by Fernando MascarelloThe Biology of Science Fiction Cinema by Mark C. Glassy
Cinema
159 books — 4 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.69  · 
Rating details
 ·  72 ratings  ·  6 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of 501 Movie Stars: A Comprehensive Guide to the Greatest Screen Actors
Paul Bryant
Dec 11, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: movies
This is a real pointless stupid book and in case you're thinking well how come you bought it if you're so smart Mr Smart Reviewer well I bought it for my dear mother because she likes this kind of crap but after a couple of years I inherited it and here it is. It's gotta go to Oxfam.

This book includes people who are only kind of stars if you squint your eyes and tilt your head to the left. God bless Kathy Bates and all who sail in her but she's not a star, and Joe Dallesandro may have been huge
...more
James Carter
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
501 Movie Stars feels like it was put together by fawning IMDb fanboys who don't know very much about movies.

I am going to limit my observations to the year of 2000 and focus on all movies made prior to that because everything made after 2000 is mostly trash and doesn't resemble cinema in any shape, manner, or form.

The biggest trouble with the book is how a "movie star" is defined. When I think of a movie star, I think of actors who sell movies. The rest are just supporting/working/character act
...more
Anton Klink
Oct 12, 2012 rated it liked it
A good refresher for the movie buff and a nice overview of some of the greatest movie actors of the past 100 years, but some of the omissions are quite glaring and some inclusions more than questionable. I realize that this will always be the case with such compilatuions (top 100 this, best 500 that etc), but I really think the authors could have done an even better job.
Jeff Johnson
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Boy what a ride this book was ! A virtual who's who of great actors that takes you through a varied and exciting ride through the history of Cinema. From Silent pioneers like Charlie Chaplin, Theda Bara, Mary Pickford & Douglas Fairbanks to greats of Golden Hollywood like Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Bette Davis & Greta Garbo to 50s icons like Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando & James Dean to countercultural greats like Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, Julie Christie & Dennis Hopper to curr ...more
Bagger
Dec 04, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Short but sweet summaries about actors lives, starts with years of birth and works up. Not a deep read, but fun for any one who doesn't know to much about hollywood and the stars of past and present glory ...more
Sweet Sacrifice Forbidden Moonlight
I stay in USA for lean about English. My host family, she knew I like Johnny Depp. She try to make motivation for me.She borrow some book about Johnny Depp for I prove my English. And I like this book, like Johnny Depp.Ha ha
Jure Bernik
rated it really liked it
Jan 12, 2014
Ariel Amadio
rated it it was amazing
Mar 04, 2011
Debajyoti
rated it really liked it
Apr 16, 2016
Aleix Sales
rated it really liked it
Oct 02, 2019
JoLynn
rated it really liked it
Apr 28, 2011
Stevie Roberts
rated it really liked it
Jun 25, 2014
Richard Egan
rated it really liked it
Jan 08, 2018
Justyna
rated it really liked it
Feb 06, 2016
Angel Sanabria
rated it really liked it
Mar 11, 2015
Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez
rated it it was amazing
Jan 25, 2016
Paolo Loiaconi
rated it liked it
Mar 22, 2014
Topi Timonen
rated it it was ok
May 13, 2011
The New
rated it really liked it
Oct 14, 2018
Heidi
rated it it was amazing
Aug 25, 2014
Derek
rated it it was amazing
May 19, 2020
Neil
rated it really liked it
Apr 21, 2009
Kevin Loigu
rated it really liked it
Jan 29, 2015
James
rated it it was ok
Dec 09, 2017
Evelyn Westbury
rated it really liked it
Jan 15, 2015
Roberto
rated it liked it
Jan 24, 2010
Nikki
rated it really liked it
Jul 09, 2012
Hedge
rated it really liked it
Oct 16, 2018
Drew
rated it it was amazing
May 16, 2008
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • APM? El circ de la tele
  • Gulliver's Travels
  • Horror Cinema
  • Blitz
  • Saber perder
  • Sexo en Milán
  • Bart Simpson's Guide to Life: A Wee Handbook for the Perplexed
  • Modernet de merda - El Manual
  • El llibre de les bèsties
  • Tierra de campos
  • Making Movies
  • 501 Must-See Movies
  • Make Love! the Bruce Campbell Way
  • The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made
  • Easy Riders, Raging Bulls
  • Rebel Without a Crew, or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player
  • If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor
  • Fedegraphica: A Graphic Biography of the Genius of Roger Federer
See similar books…
Steven Jay Schneider is a film critic, scholar, and producer with M.A. degrees in Philosophy from Harvard University and in Cinema Studies from New York University. He is the author and editor of numerous books on world cinema, most notably in the horror genre. They include Eurohorror, The Cinema of Wes Craven: An Auteur on Elm Street, Designing Fear: An Aesthetics of Cinematic Horror, Killing in ...more

Related Articles

Happy Women's History Month! One of the undisputedly good things about modern scholarship is that women’s history is finally getting its due....
17 likes · 2 comments