RFK Remembered: 7 Stars Who Played Bobby Kennedy, From Martin Sheen to Peter Sarsgard (Photos)

In the 50 years since his assassination, Robert F. Kennedy continues to inspire Hollywood stories. Here’s a look back at some of the stars who’ve played the former attorney general who almost became president.

In the 50 years since his assassination, Robert F. Kennedy continues to inspire Hollywood stories. Here’s a look back at some of the stars who’ve played the former attorney general who almost became president.

16 Actors Who Played JFK, From Patrick Dempsey to Michael C Hall (Photos)

Cliff Robertson, “PT 109” (1963)

Oscar winner Cliff Robertson (“Charly” and “Spider-Man” 1 and 2) portrayed JFK during his military years as a U.S. Navy officer in command of Motor Torpedo Boat PT-109 touring the waters of the Pacific amidst World War II.

William Devane, “The Missiles of October” (1974)

Devane (“Knots Landing,” “24”) portrayed JFK in this made-for-TV offering, which depicted the drama in the 1962 White House while the President’s administration decided the best course of action during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Martin Sheen, “Kennedy” (1983)

Jed Bartlet on “The West Wing” wasn’t the only Democratic president Sheen has portrayed on screen. In 1983, he played JFK in the miniseries “Kennedy.” Nine years earlier he played “Jack’s” younger brother Robert opposite William Devane in “The Missiles of October.”

Steven Weber, “The Kennedys of Massachusetts” (1990)

The “13 Reasons Why” star played a young JFK in the ABC miniseries, which focused on the 54-year marriage on the family patriarch and matriarch, Joseph and Rose, the expanding of their family and Joseph’s wandering eye.

Stephen Collins, “A Woman Named Jackie” (1991)

Long before his stint as Rev. Eric Camden on “7th Heaven” (1996-2007), and even before he beguiled a young Keri Russell in “The Babysitter’s Seduction,” the actor played Kennedy. Collins did so opposite Roma Downey as Jackie Kennedy in the TV miniseries that focused on the FLOTUS.

Patrick Dempsey, “JFK: Reckless Youth” (1993)

Believe it or not, Dempsey had other roles before he became McDreamy on “Grey’s Anatomy.” This includes his performance as America’s dreamiest Commander-in-Chief during his early years before the presidency in this two-part TV miniseries, which aired on ABC.

Jed Gillin, “Forrest Gump” (1994)

Audiences didn’t see the actor in Robert Zemeckis’ Oscar-winning drama, but they did hear his voice when Gump (Tom Hanks) met the president at the White House after drinking 15 bottles of Dr Pepper. The picture features Gillin on film before the John F. Kennedy’s head was superimposed.

Bruce Greenwood, “Thirteen Days” (2000)

This Cuban Missile Crisis drama also starred Kevin Costner as Kenny O’Donnell, a top aide to JFK and the movie’s protagonist.

Tim Matheson, “Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis” (2000)

The “Animal House” star played Kennedy in the TV movie starring Joanne Whalley as his First Lady, a woman of many names and facets, as the title implies.

Brett Stimely, “Watchmen” (2009)

The actor makes a quick appearance as Kennedy when the White House extends its thanks to Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup) for quickly ending the Vietnam War in Zack Snyder’s superhero movie. Stimely also made brief appearances as the same president in “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Parkland.”

Greg Kinnear, “The Kennedys” (2011)

Kinnear played JFK opposite Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy and Barry Pepper as Bobby Kennedy on the eight-episode miniseries that aired on Reelz Channel. The piece went on to win four Primetime Emmys.

James Marsden, “The Butler” (2013)

The “X-Men” actor played one of the many powerful Commander-in-Chiefs in Lee Daniels’ civil-rights movement drama. The film centered on a White House butler who served eight presidents over the course of his career.

Rob Lowe, “Killing Kennedy” (2013)

The former “Parks and Recreation” star played the title role in Nat Geo’s adaptation of the nonfiction best-seller by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.

Caspar Phillipson, “Jackie” (2016)

The Danish actor who is most noted for his work in theater, played JFK in the critically acclaimed feature film that starred Natalie Portman as the First Lady during her husband’s presidency and immediately following his assassination.

Jeffrey Donovan, “LBJ” (2017)

The actor best known for the TV series “Burn Notice” will be seen as JFK in the upcoming Rob Reiner-directed film “LBJ,” starring Woody Harrelson as Vice President Lyndon Johnson, who stepped into the role of commander-in-chief after Kennedy’s assassination. “LBJ” will be in theaters Nov. 10.

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Cliff Robertson, “PT 109” (1963)

Oscar winner Cliff Robertson (“Charly” and “Spider-Man” 1 and 2) portrayed JFK during his military years as a U.S. Navy officer in command of Motor Torpedo Boat PT-109 touring the waters of the Pacific amidst World War II.

William Devane, “The Missiles of October” (1974)

Devane (“Knots Landing,” “24”) portrayed JFK in this made-for-TV offering, which depicted the drama in the 1962 White House while the President’s administration decided the best course of action during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Martin Sheen, “Kennedy” (1983)

Jed Bartlet on “The West Wing” wasn’t the only Democratic president Sheen has portrayed on screen. In 1983, he played JFK in the miniseries “Kennedy.” Nine years earlier he played “Jack’s” younger brother Robert opposite William Devane in “The Missiles of October.”

Steven Weber, “The Kennedys of Massachusetts” (1990)

The “13 Reasons Why” star played a young JFK in the ABC miniseries, which focused on the 54-year marriage on the family patriarch and matriarch, Joseph and Rose, the expanding of their family and Joseph’s wandering eye.

Stephen Collins, “A Woman Named Jackie” (1991)

Long before his stint as Rev. Eric Camden on “7th Heaven” (1996-2007), and even before he beguiled a young Keri Russell in “The Babysitter’s Seduction,” the actor played Kennedy. Collins did so opposite Roma Downey as Jackie Kennedy in the TV miniseries that focused on the FLOTUS.

Patrick Dempsey, “JFK: Reckless Youth” (1993)

Believe it or not, Dempsey had other roles before he became McDreamy on “Grey’s Anatomy.” This includes his performance as America’s dreamiest Commander-in-Chief during his early years before the presidency in this two-part TV miniseries, which aired on ABC.

Jed Gillin, “Forrest Gump” (1994)

Audiences didn’t see the actor in Robert Zemeckis’ Oscar-winning drama, but they did hear his voice when Gump (Tom Hanks) met the president at the White House after drinking 15 bottles of Dr Pepper. The picture features Gillin on film before the John F. Kennedy’s head was superimposed.

Bruce Greenwood, “Thirteen Days” (2000)

This Cuban Missile Crisis drama also starred Kevin Costner as Kenny O’Donnell, a top aide to JFK and the movie’s protagonist.

Tim Matheson, “Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis” (2000)

The “Animal House” star played Kennedy in the TV movie starring Joanne Whalley as his First Lady, a woman of many names and facets, as the title implies.

Brett Stimely, “Watchmen” (2009)

The actor makes a quick appearance as Kennedy when the White House extends its thanks to Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup) for quickly ending the Vietnam War in Zack Snyder’s superhero movie. Stimely also made brief appearances as the same president in “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Parkland.”

Greg Kinnear, “The Kennedys” (2011)

Kinnear played JFK opposite Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy and Barry Pepper as Bobby Kennedy on the eight-episode miniseries that aired on Reelz Channel. The piece went on to win four Primetime Emmys.

James Marsden, “The Butler” (2013)

The “X-Men” actor played one of the many powerful Commander-in-Chiefs in Lee Daniels’ civil-rights movement drama. The film centered on a White House butler who served eight presidents over the course of his career.

Rob Lowe, “Killing Kennedy” (2013)

The former “Parks and Recreation” star played the title role in Nat Geo’s adaptation of the nonfiction best-seller by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.

Caspar Phillipson, “Jackie” (2016)

The Danish actor who is most noted for his work in theater, played JFK in the critically acclaimed feature film that starred Natalie Portman as the First Lady during her husband’s presidency and immediately following his assassination.

Jeffrey Donovan, “LBJ” (2017)

The actor best known for the TV series “Burn Notice” will be seen as JFK in the upcoming Rob Reiner-directed film “LBJ,” starring Woody Harrelson as Vice President Lyndon Johnson, who stepped into the role of commander-in-chief after Kennedy’s assassination. “LBJ” will be in theaters Nov. 10.

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30 Best World War II Movies for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (Photos)

Looking to look back on some history this Memorial Day? Critics and audiences alike didn’t think “Pearl Harbor” did WWII justice, but here are 29 other films that scored a 7/10 rating or higher on IMDB.

“Pearl Harbor” (2001).
The Michael Bay-directed film starred Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale and follows the story of two best friends as they go off to war.

“Saving Private Ryan” (1998).
Starring Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore and Edward Burns, the film follows a group of U.S. soldiers that go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper.

“The Thin Red Line” (1998).
Terrence Malick‘s adaptation of James Jones’ 1962 novel stars Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn and Nick Nolte, and focuses on the conflict at Guadalcanal.

“A Midnight Clear” (1992).
The film starring Peter Berg, Kevin Dillon and Arye Gross tells the story of the American intelligence unit which finds a German platoon wishing to surrender.

“The Big Red One” (1980).
Starring Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill and Robert Carradine, the film chronicles the story of a sergeant and his unit as they try to survive World War II.

“A Bridge Too Far” (1977).
Starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Laurence Olivier, “A Bridge Too Far” chronicles the events of Operation Market Garden in 1944.

“Valkyrie” (2008)
Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy and Carice van Houten star in the film that dramatizes the July 20 assassination plot against Adolf Hitler.

“Flags of Our Fathers” (2006)
Clint Eastwood directed this film also, starring Ryan Philippe, Barry Pepper and Joseph Cross. It follows the life stories of six men who raised the flat at the Battle of Iwo Jima.

“Das Boot” (1981).
Starring Jurgen Prochnow, Herbert Groenemeyer and Klaus Wennemann, the film chronicles the world of a WWII German U-boat.

“Downfall” (2004).
In the German biographical film, the final secretary of Adolf Hitler tells the story of the Fuehrer’s final days.

“Inglorious Basterds” (2009).
A group of Jewish U.S. soldiers plan to assassinate Nazi leaders in France. The Quentin Tarantino directed film stars Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger and Eli Roth.

“Dunkirk” (2017) 

Christopher Nolan recounts the heroic efforts to evacuate Allied forces surrounded by Nazis on the beaches of France at a critical moment in World War II.

Looking to look back on some history this Memorial Day? Critics and audiences alike didn’t think “Pearl Harbor” did WWII justice, but here are 29 other films that scored a 7/10 rating or higher on IMDB.

“Pearl Harbor” (2001).
The Michael Bay-directed film starred Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale and follows the story of two best friends as they go off to war.

“Saving Private Ryan” (1998).
Starring Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore and Edward Burns, the film follows a group of U.S. soldiers that go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper.

“The Thin Red Line” (1998).
Terrence Malick‘s adaptation of James Jones’ 1962 novel stars Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn and Nick Nolte, and focuses on the conflict at Guadalcanal.

“A Midnight Clear” (1992).
The film starring Peter Berg, Kevin Dillon and Arye Gross tells the story of the American intelligence unit which finds a German platoon wishing to surrender.

“The Big Red One” (1980).
Starring Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill and Robert Carradine, the film chronicles the story of a sergeant and his unit as they try to survive World War II.

“A Bridge Too Far” (1977).
Starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Laurence Olivier, “A Bridge Too Far” chronicles the events of Operation Market Garden in 1944.

“Valkyrie” (2008)
Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy and Carice van Houten star in the film that dramatizes the July 20 assassination plot against Adolf Hitler.

“Flags of Our Fathers” (2006)
Clint Eastwood directed this film also, starring Ryan Philippe, Barry Pepper and Joseph Cross. It follows the life stories of six men who raised the flat at the Battle of Iwo Jima.

“Das Boot” (1981).
Starring Jurgen Prochnow, Herbert Groenemeyer and Klaus Wennemann, the film chronicles the world of a WWII German U-boat.

“Downfall” (2004).
In the German biographical film, the final secretary of Adolf Hitler tells the story of the Fuehrer’s final days.

“Inglorious Basterds” (2009).
A group of Jewish U.S. soldiers plan to assassinate Nazi leaders in France. The Quentin Tarantino directed film stars Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger and Eli Roth.

“Dunkirk” (2017) 

Christopher Nolan recounts the heroic efforts to evacuate Allied forces surrounded by Nazis on the beaches of France at a critical moment in World War II.

15 Actors Who Played JFK, From Patrick Dempsey to Rob Lowe (Photos)

Cliff Robertson, “PT 109” (1963)

Oscar winner Cliff Robertson (“Charly” and “Spider-Man” 1 and 2) portrayed JFK during his military years as a U.S. Navy officer in command of Motor Torpedo Boat PT-109 touring the waters of the Pacific amidst World War II.

William Devane, “The Missiles of October” (1974)

Devane (“Knots Landing,” “24”) portrayed JFK in this made-for-TV offering, which depicted the drama in the 1962 White House while the President’s administration decided the best course of action during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Martin Sheen, “Kennedy” (1983)

Jed Bartlet on “The West Wing” wasn’t the only Democratic president Sheen has portrayed on screen. In 1983, he played JFK in the miniseries “Kennedy.” Nine years earlier he played “Jack’s” younger brother Robert opposite William Devane in “The Missiles of October.”

Steven Weber, “The Kennedys of Massachusetts” (1990)

The “13 Reasons Why” star played a young JFK in the ABC miniseries, which focused on the 54-year marriage on the family patriarch and matriarch, Joseph and Rose, the expanding of their family and Joseph’s wandering eye.

Stephen Collins, “A Woman Named Jackie” (1991)

Long before his stint as Rev. Eric Camden on “7th Heaven” (1996-2007), and even before he beguiled a young Keri Russell in “The Babysitter’s Seduction,” the actor played Kennedy. Collins did so opposite Roma Downey as Jackie Kennedy in the TV miniseries that focused on the FLOTUS.

Patrick Dempsey, “JFK: Reckless Youth” (1993)

Believe it or not, Dempsey had other roles before he became McDreamy on “Grey’s Anatomy.” This includes his performance as America’s dreamiest Commander-in-Chief during his early years before the presidency in this two-part TV miniseries, which aired on ABC.

Jed Gillin, “Forrest Gump” (1994)

Audiences didn’t see the actor in Robert Zemeckis’ Oscar-winning drama, but they did hear his voice when Gump (Tom Hanks) met the president at the White House after drinking 15 bottles of Dr Pepper. The picture features Gillin on film before the John F. Kennedy’s head was superimposed.

Bruce Greenwood, “Thirteen Days” (2000)

This Cuban Missile Crisis drama also starred Kevin Costner as Kenny O’Donnell, a top aide to JFK and the movie’s protagonist.

Tim Matheson, “Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis” (2000)

The “Animal House” star played Kennedy in the TV movie starring Joanne Whalley as his First Lady, a woman of many names and facets, as the title implies.

Brett Stimely, “Watchmen” (2009)

The actor makes a quick appearance as Kennedy when the White House extends its thanks to Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup) for quickly ending the Vietnam War in Zack Snyder’s superhero movie. Stimely also made brief appearances as the same president in “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Parkland.”

Greg Kinnear, “The Kennedys” (2011)

Kinnear played JFK opposite Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy and Barry Pepper as Bobby Kennedy on the eight-episode miniseries that aired on Reelz Channel. The piece went on to win four Primetime Emmys.

James Marsden, “The Butler” (2013)

The “X-Men” actor played one of the many powerful Commander-in-Chiefs in Lee Daniels’ civil-rights movement drama. The film centered on a White House butler who served eight presidents over the course of his career.

Rob Lowe, “Killing Kennedy” (2013)

The former “Parks and Recreation” star played the title role in Nat Geo’s adaptation of the nonfiction best-seller by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.

Caspar Phillipson, “Jackie” (2016)

The Danish actor who is most noted for his work in theater, played JFK in the critically acclaimed feature film that starred Natalie Portman as the First Lady during her husband’s presidency and immediately following his assassination.

Jeffrey Donovan, “LBJ” (2017)

The actor best known for the TV series “Burn Notice” will be seen as JFK in the upcoming Rob Reiner-directed film “LBJ,” starring Woody Harrelson as Vice President Lyndon Johnson, who stepped into the role of commander-in-chief after Kennedy’s assassination. “LBJ” will be in theaters Nov. 10.

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Cliff Robertson, “PT 109” (1963)

Oscar winner Cliff Robertson (“Charly” and “Spider-Man” 1 and 2) portrayed JFK during his military years as a U.S. Navy officer in command of Motor Torpedo Boat PT-109 touring the waters of the Pacific amidst World War II.

William Devane, “The Missiles of October” (1974)

Devane (“Knots Landing,” “24”) portrayed JFK in this made-for-TV offering, which depicted the drama in the 1962 White House while the President’s administration decided the best course of action during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Martin Sheen, “Kennedy” (1983)

Jed Bartlet on “The West Wing” wasn’t the only Democratic president Sheen has portrayed on screen. In 1983, he played JFK in the miniseries “Kennedy.” Nine years earlier he played “Jack’s” younger brother Robert opposite William Devane in “The Missiles of October.”

Steven Weber, “The Kennedys of Massachusetts” (1990)

The “13 Reasons Why” star played a young JFK in the ABC miniseries, which focused on the 54-year marriage on the family patriarch and matriarch, Joseph and Rose, the expanding of their family and Joseph’s wandering eye.

Stephen Collins, “A Woman Named Jackie” (1991)

Long before his stint as Rev. Eric Camden on “7th Heaven” (1996-2007), and even before he beguiled a young Keri Russell in “The Babysitter’s Seduction,” the actor played Kennedy. Collins did so opposite Roma Downey as Jackie Kennedy in the TV miniseries that focused on the FLOTUS.

Patrick Dempsey, “JFK: Reckless Youth” (1993)

Believe it or not, Dempsey had other roles before he became McDreamy on “Grey’s Anatomy.” This includes his performance as America’s dreamiest Commander-in-Chief during his early years before the presidency in this two-part TV miniseries, which aired on ABC.

Jed Gillin, “Forrest Gump” (1994)

Audiences didn’t see the actor in Robert Zemeckis’ Oscar-winning drama, but they did hear his voice when Gump (Tom Hanks) met the president at the White House after drinking 15 bottles of Dr Pepper. The picture features Gillin on film before the John F. Kennedy’s head was superimposed.

Bruce Greenwood, “Thirteen Days” (2000)

This Cuban Missile Crisis drama also starred Kevin Costner as Kenny O’Donnell, a top aide to JFK and the movie’s protagonist.

Tim Matheson, “Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis” (2000)

The “Animal House” star played Kennedy in the TV movie starring Joanne Whalley as his First Lady, a woman of many names and facets, as the title implies.

Brett Stimely, “Watchmen” (2009)

The actor makes a quick appearance as Kennedy when the White House extends its thanks to Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup) for quickly ending the Vietnam War in Zack Snyder’s superhero movie. Stimely also made brief appearances as the same president in “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Parkland.”

Greg Kinnear, “The Kennedys” (2011)

Kinnear played JFK opposite Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy and Barry Pepper as Bobby Kennedy on the eight-episode miniseries that aired on Reelz Channel. The piece went on to win four Primetime Emmys.

James Marsden, “The Butler” (2013)

The “X-Men” actor played one of the many powerful Commander-in-Chiefs in Lee Daniels’ civil-rights movement drama. The film centered on a White House butler who served eight presidents over the course of his career.

Rob Lowe, “Killing Kennedy” (2013)

The former “Parks and Recreation” star played the title role in Nat Geo’s adaptation of the nonfiction best-seller by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.

Caspar Phillipson, “Jackie” (2016)

The Danish actor who is most noted for his work in theater, played JFK in the critically acclaimed feature film that starred Natalie Portman as the First Lady during her husband’s presidency and immediately following his assassination.

Jeffrey Donovan, “LBJ” (2017)

The actor best known for the TV series “Burn Notice” will be seen as JFK in the upcoming Rob Reiner-directed film “LBJ,” starring Woody Harrelson as Vice President Lyndon Johnson, who stepped into the role of commander-in-chief after Kennedy’s assassination. “LBJ” will be in theaters Nov. 10.

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20 Conspiracy Theory Movies That Came After the Assassination of JFK (Photos)

15 Actors Who Played JFK, From Patrick Dempsey to Rob Lowe (Photos)

The Eight Performances Cut From Terrence Malick Movies We’d Most Like to See

From Rachel Weisz to Viggo Mortensen, no one is safe.

If you know what happened to Adrien Brody on “The Thin Red Line,” you know that filming scenes for a Terrence Malick movie doesn’t guarantee actually being in a Terrence Malick movie. Brody, who was originally positioned as the film’s lead, didn’t know until its premiere that his role had been drastically reduced; Christopher Plummer had a similar experience on “The New World.”

In the grand scheme of things, they’re lucky ones: More than a few actors have had their parts excised entirely, including one of the would-be stars of “Song to Song.” With that Austin-set romantic drama opening this week, it seemed like a good time to remind ourselves of what could have been.

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Billy Bob Thornton, “The Thin Red Line”

In some ways, Thornton represents a version of Malick’s World War II drama we’ll never know, as he recorded hours of narration that went entirely unused. The final film features voiceover from a dozen or so characters, some of them fairly minor; Thornton, however, would have had no onscreen presence at all. This would have been a first for Malick, who later commissioned Ben Kingsley to narrate “Knight of Cups.” 

 

Rachel Weisz, “To the Wonder”

Other than “The Thin Red Line,” Malick’s small-scale follow-up to “The Tree of Life” boasts the highest number of actors cut from the final production. “I did it for the experience of working with him, but one never knows with Terrence Malick,” the Oscar winner told SFGate of her experience. “You can shoot for three months and end up not being in the movie. That’s what happened to my storyline. So I had the experience of filming with him, but I didn’t get to see my work.”

 

Mickey Rourke, “The Thin Red Line”

Since Malick’s return to filmmaking 20 years after “Days of Heaven” featured his largest cast, it makes sense that it can also lay claim to the highest number of actors whose work didn’t make it past the editing room. Rourke called his role as an American soldier “some of the best work I ever did” in a 2005 interview, not that we’ll ever see more than a few snippets as DVD extras. “I’d gone through a really bad time and Terry knew about it so he incorporated it into the character. It really worked.”

READ MORE: ‘Song to Song’ Review: Terrence Malick’s Take on the Austin Music Scene Is Very Malick, And Not Much More — SXSW 2017

Jessica Chastain in "The Tree of Life"

Jessica Chastain in “The Tree of Life”

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Jessica Chastain, “To the Wonder”

Chastain had a breakout year in 2011, with roles in everything from “The Help” and “Coriolanus” to “Take Shelter” and “The Debt,” but her most memorable performance came in “The Tree of Life.” As such, it was only reasonable to look forward to seeing her in Malick’s follow-up. That didn’t end up happening, but at least Chastain seemed okay with it — she predicted that her part might get cut, as she was only on set for a few days, and so it did.

 

Barry Pepper, “To the Wonder”

Pepper, who starred in that other WWII movie from 1998, was to play a fellow priest alongside Javier Bardem. Like many (if not most) who’ve worked with Malick, he had little sense of what the film’s narrative entailed but enjoyed the experience all the same: “I’m being absolutely honest with you in saying that I don’t know what the story is about,” he told Collider in 2010. “All I know is my involvement, which is a small chapter within the film, which to me was absolute joy to work with him on that level because it was so free and so unlike anything I’d ever experienced.”

 

Viggo Mortensen, “The Thin Red Line”

The two-time Oscar nominee wasn’t the star he is today in the pre-Aragorn ’90s, and though star power has rarely factored into Malick’s cutting decisions in the past, it’s difficult not to wonder how prominent a role Mortensen might have played.

 

Bill Pullman, “The Thin Red Line”

Everyone’s favorite movie president did a tour of duty in World War II, but unfortunately his service won’t be memorialized onscreen the way his inspirational speech was. It seems his role as part of the Greatest Generation was never major to begin with, but he surely would have added something to the ensemble.

 

Christian Bale, “Song to Song”

It seems that Bale, who starred in “The New World” and “Knight of Cups,” is the most recent addition to this club; early reviews indicate that he doesn’t appear in Malick’s latest at all. At least he saw it coming: “I unfortunately wasn’t able to do everything I was meant to do, so I ended up doing like three, four days on that,” he told IndieWire’s Anne Thompson way back in 2013. “Which in Terry’s world means you’re never going to see me in it.”

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29 Best World War II Movies for Veterans Day (Photos)

Critics and audiences alike didn’t think “Pearl Harbor” did WWII justice, but here are 29 other films that scored a 7/10 rating or higher on IMDB.

“Pearl Harbor” (2001)
The Michael Bay-directed film starred Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale and follows the story of two best friends as they go off to war.

“Saving Private Ryan” (1998)
Starring Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore and Edward Burns, the film follows a group of U.S. soldiers that go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper.

“The Thin Red Line” (1998)
Terrence Malick‘s adaptation of James Jones’ 1962 novel stars Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn and Nick Nolte, and focuses on the conflict at Guadalcanal.

“A Midnight Clear” (1992)
The film starring Peter Berg, Kevin Dillon and Arye Gross tells the story of the American intelligence unit which finds a German platoon wishing to surrender.

“The Big Red One” (1980)
Starring Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill and Robert Carradine, the film chronicles the story of a sergeant and his unit as they try to survive World War II.

“A Bridge Too Far” (1977)
Starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Laurence Olivier, “A Bridge Too Far” chronicles the events of Operation Market Garden in 1944.

“Valkyrie” (2008)
Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy and Carice van Houten star in the film that dramatizes the July 20 assassination plot against Adolf Hitler.

“Flags of Our Fathers” (2006)
Clint Eastwood directed this film also, starring Ryan Philippe, Barry Pepper and Joseph Cross. It follows the life stories of six men who raised the flat at the Battle of Iwo Jima.

“Das Boot” (1981)
Starring Jurgen Prochnow, Herbert Groenemeyer and Klaus Wennemann, the film chronicles the world of a WWII German U-boat.

“Downfall” (2004)
In the German biographical film, the final secretary of Adolf Hitler tells the story of the Fuehrer’s final days.

“Inglorious Basterds” (2009)
A group of Jewish U.S. soldiers plan to assassinate Nazi leaders in France. The Quentin Tarantino directed film stars Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger and Eli Roth.

Critics and audiences alike didn’t think “Pearl Harbor” did WWII justice, but here are 29 other films that scored a 7/10 rating or higher on IMDB.

“Pearl Harbor” (2001)
The Michael Bay-directed film starred Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale and follows the story of two best friends as they go off to war.

“Saving Private Ryan” (1998)
Starring Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore and Edward Burns, the film follows a group of U.S. soldiers that go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper.

“The Thin Red Line” (1998)
Terrence Malick‘s adaptation of James Jones’ 1962 novel stars Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn and Nick Nolte, and focuses on the conflict at Guadalcanal.

“A Midnight Clear” (1992)
The film starring Peter Berg, Kevin Dillon and Arye Gross tells the story of the American intelligence unit which finds a German platoon wishing to surrender.

“The Big Red One” (1980)
Starring Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill and Robert Carradine, the film chronicles the story of a sergeant and his unit as they try to survive World War II.

“A Bridge Too Far” (1977)
Starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Laurence Olivier, “A Bridge Too Far” chronicles the events of Operation Market Garden in 1944.

“Valkyrie” (2008)
Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy and Carice van Houten star in the film that dramatizes the July 20 assassination plot against Adolf Hitler.

“Flags of Our Fathers” (2006)
Clint Eastwood directed this film also, starring Ryan Philippe, Barry Pepper and Joseph Cross. It follows the life stories of six men who raised the flat at the Battle of Iwo Jima.

“Das Boot” (1981)
Starring Jurgen Prochnow, Herbert Groenemeyer and Klaus Wennemann, the film chronicles the world of a WWII German U-boat.

“Downfall” (2004)
In the German biographical film, the final secretary of Adolf Hitler tells the story of the Fuehrer’s final days.

“Inglorious Basterds” (2009)
A group of Jewish U.S. soldiers plan to assassinate Nazi leaders in France. The Quentin Tarantino directed film stars Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger and Eli Roth.