Group Effort: Ten Best Ensemble Casts

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  • Lee Daniels' The Butler
  • The Color Purple
  • Roots
  • The Best Man
  • Brown Sugar
  • Boomerang
  • Crash
  • Glory
  • The Women of Brewster Place
  • American Gangster

The Color Purple (1985)

This adaptation of Alice Walker's novel by Steven Spielberg introduced two new talents to the world: Oprah Winfrey, in her acting debut, and newcomer Whoopi Goldberg. But even in the face of all that female talent, Danny Glover managed to hold his own as "Mister." At the time of the film's release, the movie was protested by the NAACP but the film is considered a classic today.

(Photo: Warner Brothers/courtesy Everett Collection)

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