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Trivial Top 20: Most Memorable Instances of People Playing Themselves

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Hard Day's Night

1. The Beatles A Hard Day’s Night, 1964

Marie Fred Dalton Thompson

2. Fred Dalton Thompson Marie, 1985


3. Edward McDonald Goodfellas, 1990

John Malkovich

4. John Malkovich Being John Malkovich, 1999


5. Fritz Lang Contempt, 1963

Pierrot le fou

6. Samuel Fuller Pierrot le fou, 1965

Annie Hall

7. Marshall McLuhan Annie Hall, 1977


8. Babe Ruth Speedy, 1928

The Greatest

9. Muhammad Ali The Greatest, 1977

Coogan A Cock and Bull Story

10. Steve Coogan A Cock and Bull Story, 2005

Viva Knievel!

11. Evel Knievel Viva Knievel!, 1977


12. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Airplane!, 1980

Private Parts

13. Howard Stern Private Parts, 1997

Mars Attacks!

14. Tom Jones Mars Attacks!, 1996


15. Bill Murray Zombieland, 2009

Sunset Boulevard

16. Cecil B. De Mille Sunset Boulevard, 1950

Alice's Restaurant

17. Arlo Guthrie Alice’s Restaurant , 1969

Black and White

18. Mike Tyson Black and White, 1999

Silent Movie

19. Burt Reynolds Silent Movie, 1976

Cannonball Run

20. Roger Moore Cannonball Run, 1984

Julia Roberts Ocean's 12

21. Julia Roberts Ocean’s Twelve , 2004

Audie Murphy To Hell and Back

22. Audie Murphy To Hell and Back, 1955

Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle

23. Neil Patrick Harris Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, 2004

Vivre Sa vie

24. Brice Parain Vivre sa vie, 1962

Mon oncle

25. Henri Laborit Mon oncle d'Amérique, 1980


26. Frankie Avalon Grease, 1978


27. Henny Youngman Goodfellas, 1990

Blast Off Girls

28. Harland Sanders (Colonel Sanders) Blast Off Girls, 1967

The Jackie Robinson Story

29. Jackie Robinson The Jackie Robinson Story, 1950

30. Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder The Cannonball Run, 1981

I Love You, Man

31. Lou Ferrigno I Love You, Man , 2009

Jean Claude Van Damme

32. Jean-Claude Van Damme JCVD, 2008

Rob Brydon

33. Rob Brydon A Cock and Bull Story, 2005

The Muse

34. Martin Scorsese The Muse, 1999

The King of Comedy

35. Tony Randall The King of Comedy, 1982

The Last Movie

36. Sam Fuller The Last Movie, 1971

The Hangover

37. Mike Tyson The Hangover, 2009

Paper Lion

38. Alex Karras Paper Lion, 1968

La Chinoise

39. Francis Jeanson La Chinoise, 1967

An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood Burn

40. Sylvester Stallone An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn, 1997

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