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A list of movies you didn’t know featured actors who later became famous. Some of these will shock you and some will make you stifle a laugh. From the loveable Jennifer Aniston’s appearance in “Leprechaun” to feisty Hilary Swank in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” you will see some unlikely faces in unlikely places!

Casting is an extremely difficult task. Sometimes, the hot new actor who a studio hopes is the next big thing just never quite makes it. Other times, the smallest cast member with only a few lines – or none at all – turns out to be the world’s next movie star. In his early days, even Brad Pitt was a non-speaking extra in a few fairly big films. Hey, every celebrity has to start somewhere!

So to all those actors out there stuck in guest star roles – or worse yet: doing extra work to pay the bills – stick with it! Many famous actors were just where you are now, and they later went on to do amazing things. These big names had tiny roles in major films before breaking into the big leagues. The A-list could be just one role away. As the saying goes, there are no small parts, only small actors.

Below is a list of films you’ve seen and the famous actors you didn’t notice were in them.

Back to the Future – Elijah Wood
Photo: Universal Pictures
A Nightmare on Elm Street – Johnny Depp
A Nightmare on Elm Stree... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 50 Movies That Contained Future Stars
Photo: New Line Cinema
Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Hilary Swank AND Ben Affleck
Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 50 Movies That Contained Future Stars
Photo:  20th Century Fox/20th Century Fox
Fast Times at Ridgemont High – Nicolas Cage
Fast Times at Ridgemont ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 50 Movies That Contained Future Stars
Photo: Universal Pictures
Remember the Titans – Ryan Gosling AND Hayden Panettiere
Photo: Buena Vista Pictures/Buena Vista Pictures
City Slickers – Jake Gyllenhaal
Photo: Columbia Pictures
A River Runs Through It – Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Photo: Columbia Pictures
Black Hawk Down – Orlando Bloom, Tom Hardy, Hugh Dancy, Eric Bana, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Photo: Sony Pictures Releasing
Rudy – Vince Vaughn
Photo: TriStar Pictures
Mystic Pizza – Matt Damon
Photo: The Samuel Goldwyn Company
Curly Sue – Steve Carrell
Photo: Warner Bros.
That Thing You Do! – Charlize Theron AND Bryan Cranston
Photo: 20th Century Fox/20th Century Fox
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Charlie Sheen

Photo: Paramount Pictures
Garden State – Jim Parsons
Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Donnie Darko – Seth Rogen
Photo: Pandora Cinema
Leprechaun – Jennifer Aniston
Photo: Trimark Pictures
Sixteen Candles – John Cusack
Photo: Universal Pictures
Death Wish – Denzel Washington
Photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Hook – Gwyneth Paltrow
Photo: TriStar Pictures
Can’t Buy Me Love – Seth Green
Photo: Buena Vista Pictures
Masters of the Universe – Courteney Cox
Photo: Cannon Films
Empire Records – Renée Zellweger AND Liv Tyler
Photo: Warner Bros.

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