Noovie 9: All-Star Action Team-Ups to Watch After 'Eternals'

As movie A-Listers and TV mega-stars come together to thwart evil in Marvel's "Eternals," here are nine more action team-ups to watch.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

All-Star Action Team Ups - The assembled cast of "Eternals"

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios / Courtesy Everett Collection

If there's one thing Marvel knows, it's a good team-up movie. Getting the gang together, however, doesn't just apply to superheroes. It also applies to the cast. In the studio's latest, "Eternals," A-listers like Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie join TV mega-stars Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani and Kit Harrington in an epic fight over good and evil. It's a story we've seen before, and we mean that in a good way, as evidenced below. So after you join the stacked Eternals in their epic fight over the Deviants, why not keep the star-studded action going? Here are nine more all-star action team-ups that'll keep you munching that popcorn.

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    The Expendables

    Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Jason Statham in "The Expendables."

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    Sly Stalone gathers a ragtag group of former and current action stars as mercs on a mission to overthrow a South American dictator. As action team-ups go, you won't find a better brawl to brawn ratio. The team includes the likes of Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Randy Couture, and Terry Crews. More aged (and iconic) action stars like Jean-Claude Van Damme, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and even Harrison Ford join in on the action in the later sequels. In fact, a fourth "Expendables" is on its way, due in theaters next year. This time international action star Iko Uwais ("The Raid") joins the fray as the villain.

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    The Expendables

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    August 13, 2010

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    Tropic Thunder

    Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black (front), Nick Nolte (back), Brandon T. Jackson, Jay Baruchel in "Tropic Thunder."

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    Even in the movie's universe, this all-star team-up is an unlikely pairing. "Tropic Thunder," with its A-list cast of comedians and stars, pokes fun at Hollywood while also sending up the tropes that make for a great Vietnam War movie. These unwitting action heroes get caught in the middle of a real drug raid, all the while thinking they're shooting their film the whole time.

    Of course, for many reasons, "Tropic Thunder" could never get made today. Still, though, who can't help but laugh at Tom Cruise dancing? There's also the even more genius mockumentary, "Rain of Madness." From "Tropic Thunder" producer Justin Theroux, "Rain of Madness" documents the harrowing making of the film within the film. It's a brilliant send-up of the acclaimed "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse," about the ill-fated making of "Apocalypse Now."

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    Tropic Thunder

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    August 13, 2008

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    The Great Escape

    Steve McQueen in "The Great Escape."

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    Once upon a time... in Hollywood, the role of Cpt. Virgil Hilts almost went to TV star Rick Dalton. Instead, the cooler actor-of-the-day, Steve McQueen, landed the part and the rest is history. Based on a true story, "The Great Escape" finds McQueen's Hilts leading an all-star group of Allied POWs out of a Nazi prison camp. The group consists of now-legendary actors James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Donald Pleasance. Historical accuracy aside, the film was a box office juggernaut when it hit theaters in 1963. Its success was due to the film's massive cast, not to mention that toe-tapping theme.

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    The Dirty Dozen

    The cast of "The Dirty Dozen" at attention.

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    Compared to "The Great Escape," the cast of Robert Aldrich's 1967 WWII flick, "The Dirty Dozen," was even more stacked. The ensemble included such heavy-hitters as Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, George Kennedy, Telly Savalas, and Donald Sutherland. Like "The Great Escape," "The Dirty Dozen" was inspired by a true story. The flick also practically defined the tropes that make up most of the movies on this list -- a brash leader brings together a ragtag group of ne'er-do-wells to complete a dangerous mission. "The Dirty Dozen," with its stacked cast, was another box office smash. In its first five days of release, the ensemble war flick made $103,849 from just two New York theaters alone -- that's close to $900,000 in today's money.

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    The Dirty Dozen

    War

    June 15, 1967

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    The Magnificent Seven

    The cast of "The Magnificent Seven" rides again.

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    Steve McQueen was a go-to guy to lead all-star action team-ups throughout the '60s and '70s. Along with "The Great Escape," McQueen also fought off Nazis with crooner Bobby Darrin and straight-man Bob Newhart in "Hell Is for Heroes." He then ran the con in John Guillermin's fiery ensemble disaster flick "The Towering Inferno." All those films came later. "The Magnificent Seven" came first. It was also arguably McQueen's breakthrough to superstardom. Director John Sturges helmed the team-up with the unwavering Yul Brynner in the lead. Three years later, Sturges would remember McQueen and his fellow cast members Bronson and Coburn for "The Great Escape."

    Based on Akira Kurosawa's magnificent 1954 epic "Seven Samurai," "The Magnificent Seven," with its magnificent ensemble and theme, was a hit out the gate. It would lead to later interpretations featuring equally capable ensembles. Most recently, Antoine Fuqua reinterpreted the story with a more inclusive cast in 2016, with Denzel Washington in the Brynner role and Chris Pratt as an analog for McQueen. Even if most of the audience was sitting and waiting for the iconic theme to appear, it largely worked.

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    The Magnificent Seven

    Western

    October 23, 1960

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    Guardians of the Galaxy

    Zoe Saldana, Groot (voice: Vin Diesel), Rocket (voice: Bradley Cooper), Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista in "Guardians of the Galsxy."

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    We're revisiting awesome action movie ensembles for the latest Marvel team-up, "Eternals." No Marvel team, however, is more ragtag than the crew of the Benatar. Based on a lesser-known comic run from the '60s, and most particularly the '00s, "The Guardians of the Galaxy" wasn't the surefire hit it became. But the film's incredible cast, its dynamic direction from James Gunn, and its fun pop music interludes elevated it to a bankable franchise within the MCU. The crew has seen their ups and downs, and we're still debating whether it was team leader Star-Lord who caused "the snap." Nevertheless, it'll be great to catch up with Peter Quill and his gang of rebels again in "Thor: Love and Thunder" and later in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3."

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    Guardians of the Galaxy

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    Action

    August 1, 2014

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    Ocean's Eleven

    George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Elliott Gould, Don Cheadle in "Ocean's Eleven."

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    Whether it's the Rat Pack iteration or Clooney's crew, Danny Ocean and his band of robbers are the epitome of cool. It's the Steven Soderbergh version that set up a whole franchise of swanky casino and jewel heists. Action and comedy meld together perfectly as we watch Ocean and his crew undermine their unsuspecting marks and pull off unbelievable scores. The interplay between Clooney, Brad Pitt and the rest of the cast is worth the price of admission alone. The most recent caper, "Ocean's 8," gave the girls their time to shine with Sandra Bullock as Danny Ocean's estranged sister, Debbie. That cast was just as stacked, featuring Cate Blanchette, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Rihanna, and Helena Bonham Carter.

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    Ocean's Eleven

    PG-13

    Comedy Drama

    December 7, 2001

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    Saving Private Ryan

    Adam Goldberg, Demitri Goritsas, Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Maximilian Martini, Tom Sizemore in "Saving Private Ryan."

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    The "Surprise Matt Damon" meme starts here in Steven Spielberg's gritty and realistic WWII drama. Tom Hanks leads a band of all-star actors through the front-lines of D-Day in a rescue mission to save the titular Ryan, played of course by Matt Damon. Also in the ranks is Vin Diesel, Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore, Adam Goldberg, Giovanni Ribisi, along with a host of many more A-team actors. Their cameos come off as a nice surprise, too. Though we have to say, an even bigger surprise than Matt Damon is a surprise Ted Danson.

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    July 24, 1998

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    Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo in "The Avengers."

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    The "Eternals" may be Marvel's newest on-screen ensemble, but as far as all-star action team-ups go, none is more mighty than the MCU's flagship franchise. "The Avengers" was a bold experiment, a teaming of character and actor egos that no one was sure would work. It all came together marvelously, financial and otherwise. In subsequent outings, the Avengers team ballooned well beyond its core sextet. Now that the "Eternals" have arrived, the question becomes, which one (or ones) will become the next member of the team?

Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.

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