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The Kids Are All Right (2009)
Often content to be quietly excellent alongside showier performers, Ruffalo scored a richly deserved Oscar nomination for his turn as the kinda-creepy, kinda-charming sperm donor who inveigles his way from his organic food store into the lives of a gay couple and their two children.

You Can Count On Me (2000)
'The Ruffulo' reunited with Kenneth Lonergan for the long-on-the-shelf (but well-worth-watching) Margaret in 2011. This earlier collaboration, in which he plays a Catskills drifter who pitches up on sister Laura Linney's patch and upturns the family apple cart, is equally terrific and is largely responsible for launching his career.

The Brothers Bloom (2008)
Rian Johnson's con caper teams Ruffalo up with Adrien Brody as a pair of tricksters doing the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels thing across Europe. It's a Marmite experience for many, but a nice showcase for the actor's droll humour and offbeat charisma.

Zodiac (2007)
In frazzled SFPD 'tec David Toschi (also the inspiration for Bullitt), Ruffalo took on a real cop and brought him to life with a meticulousness that stretched all the way to his taste for bowties and Animal Crackers. For more frazzled Ruffalo cop action, head straight to Collateral (2004) or this year's Now You See Me.

Foxcatcher (2014)
Bennett 'Moneyball' Miller's true-life drama will give M-Ruff the chance to get his hulk on – albeit in an Olympic wrestling rather than a punching-Thor-in-the-head context. He's playing David Schultz, friend of schizophrenic chemicals heir John du Pont (Steve Carell), in what's bound to a hard-hitting tale.

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1 He's not an avenger but he should be.
You should've listened to Chris Hemsworth and put Tom Hiddleston on this list. More

Posted by leilihawk on Tuesday October 8, 2013, 15:51

2 SLJ = Moss?
Whenever I see a picture of SLJ from Unbreakable, I can't help but think of Moss from The I.T. Crowd More

Posted by dctuck on Tuesday October 8, 2013, 12:55

3 JUNGLE FEVER
how can anybody let alone a movie magazine forget to mention his scary as hell performance as a crackhead for spike lee More

Posted by bill the butcher on Tuesday October 8, 2013, 03:25

4 P U N C T U R E
chris evans stole scenes in THE ICEMAN and was oscar worthy imo in PUNCTURE More

Posted by bill the butcher on Tuesday October 8, 2013, 03:11

5 Ruffallo should have got an Oscar for Zodiac
My fave film of the last few years and he is the standout. Criminally ignored by the Academy. Would agree that Scar-Jo is the weak point of The Prestige though I generally like her. More

Posted by spideed2 on Monday October 7, 2013, 13:05

6 RE: A Few Alternatives?
Oh QuietLife , you are hilarious! My goodness. Just picked myself up off the floor. Time to refund my Eddie Izzard tickets and scour the Empire forum for your posts instead. On a serious note, I'd take Sherlock Holmes over Weird Science any day of the week. I wonder if you were even alive when that was out?! More

Posted by Hillsman on Sunday September 29, 2013, 16:39

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Renner did some pretty great roles! Loved Dahmer! He did a small part in James Gray's The Immigrant this year. Looking forward to seeing him in American Hustle (what a great cast!) I think he's going to be phenomenal in Kill the Messenger (acc. to some interviews I've read...) More

Posted by Liam2013 on Friday September 27, 2013, 16:47

8 Scarlett Johansson's pink underwear...
I remember Empire printed my question to Sofia Coppola years ago when I asked about the opening shot of Lost In Translation; thanks for that!! Anyway; love Johansson but I thought she was a massive weak point in The Prestige opposite Batman, Wolverine and Alfred. Just saying! More

Posted by waltham1979 on Thursday September 26, 2013, 11:14

9 Hemsworth
Without IMDB, I can't name more than 4 films for Thor. More

Posted by NateDrake007 on Thursday September 26, 2013, 11:10

10 Nice List
Evans in Sunshine was one of my favourite performances from him, he worked well as the voice of reason when others were suggesting radical plans that would jepordize the mission. Samuel L Jackson has too many films to list here, he is just great! I enjoyed Renner in 28 Weeks Later and Ruffalo in Shutter Island. More

Posted by Hugh_Fran on Thursday September 26, 2013, 10:05

11 Samuel L. Jackson
More importantly, this list is missing Snakes on a Plane! More

Posted by Killjoy_Gee on Thursday September 26, 2013, 07:21

12 Samuel L. Jurassic Park
Should be on this list. More

Posted by d0m_l on Thursday September 26, 2013, 00:15

13 Chris Evans has a few better movies than cellular
Im sure Evans would of prefered 1000 times if you put Puncture instead of Cellular, also The Iceman, and Snowpiercer More

Posted by exile31094 on Wednesday September 25, 2013, 18:12

14 RE: A Few Alternatives?
I think it says "Finest Career Moments" not "Average Career Moments"! More

Posted by QuietLife on Wednesday September 25, 2013, 15:11

15 A Few Alternatives?
RDJ - Sherlock Holmes FFS!! Evans - Push Renner - Bourne Jackson - The Negotiator More

Posted by Hillsman on Wednesday September 25, 2013, 13:35

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changing lanes over Pulp Fiction?!?!? are you on crack??? More

Posted by themanfromunkle on Wednesday September 25, 2013, 13:10

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