Updated: Dec 11, 2022
Ever wonder what the greatest movies of all-time are? What about actors and actresses? The Circuit has decided to create our own Hollywood Hall of Fame, where we honor the greatest films, shows, actors, actresses & directors of all-time!
Sports have a Hall of Fame. Music has a Hall of Fame. Movies don’t. How can an industry that is so prominent in pop culture, and so obsessed with its own history, not have a Hall of Fame? We are changing that here at The Circuit by creating the Hollywood Hall of Fame!
Because we have about a century of movies and television shows to catch up to, we are going to induct a new class to the Hollywood Hall of Fame each month. Each class will include:
Three television shows
Here at The Circuit, we are obsessed with history and context. We like to categorize everything and rank everything. Sports have a Hall of Fame dedicated to celebrating history and enshrining the best of the best.
Here are the 3rd ballot entrants to the Hollywood Hall of Fame!
Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Without a doubt, this film is one of the greatest horror movies of all-time, and features one of the most iconic performances in cinematic history. Not to mention, this is one of only three films to ever win the “Big 5” Oscar Awards (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay). That alone gets it in the Hall.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Admittedly, this film to me is not as great as everyone says. But, I recognize it is an iconic film with memorable performances (and memes) from Samuel L Jackson and John Travlota. Plus it has the Quentin Tarantino effect, which helps any film.
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
This film was briefly the all-time worldwide box office king, and is the fastest film in history to reach $1 billion, hitting the mark in just five (five!) days. But even forgetting the eye-popping box office records, this was the culmination of a 23 film saga in the and the most successful movie franchise ever.
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
This is the final film of arguably the best movie trilogy ever made in Peter Jackson’s Middle-Earth trilogy. It also nabbed 11 Oscars, making it tied for the most all-time (with Titanic and Ben-Hur). This film is more than a worthy Hall of Fame entrant.
Gone With the Wind (1939)
This film was considered by many as the greatest movie ever for quite a long time, and even today there are those who would still agree. And when you look at the box office and adjust for inflation, this is far and away the highest grossing film ever made.
The Office (2005-2013)
This is my favorite show ever, so a little bias here. When it aired, this show was popular. Nine years after it ended, it has exponentially grown in popularity through streaming. Perhaps the most bingeable show of all-time, The Office has become the show of a generation, and created some of the most iconic characters of all-time in Michael Scott and Dwight K Schrute.
What the shit? This show had everyone questioning reality for years, as we felt just as lost as the characters on the show. Do I think this is one of the ten best shows ever? No. Do I think it’s one of the most intriguing shows ever? Absolutely.
Breaking Bad (2008-2013)
Walter White is a fundamental character in television. Even if you haven’t seen the show, you know Walter White cooks meth and gets in himself quite deep in the hole. This is one of the first shows to really focus on a character who is doing bad things, and make the audience root for them.
Peter O’Toole (The Lion in Winter, Lawrence of Arabia, Ratatouille)
Peter O’Toole was in so many memorable roles, and is widely considered one of the greatest actors to ever live. He was able to master both live-action and voiceover work which is something the majority of his peers were not able to. O’Toole somehow never won an Oscar, despite being nominated 8 times for Best Actor. But that many nominations earns him this spot.
Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs, The Father, Thor)
Hopkins is one of the great actors of all-time, and it’s fitting that he’s getting inducted in the same class as his most memorable film, Silence of the Lambs. Hopkins won 2 Best Actor Oscars, which is an incredible feat that only ten men have ever accomplished. Hopkins is easily deserving of a spot in the Hall.
Paul Newman (Cool Hand Luke, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Hustler)
Newman is another 3rd ballot nominee that was nominated 8 times for Best Actor and managed to take home the award for The Color of Money. Newman was pretty inarguably the most handsome actor of his generation, captivating audiences with his good looks and charm. He even has his own dressing line.
Uma Thurman (Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Batman & Robin)
Uma, Uma, Uma. One of the most badass female characters ever in film, Uma Thurman has inspired many actresses over the years. She has been in famous and successful films, and Batman & Robin, and is undeniably one of the most memorable actresses ever.
Jane Fonda (On Golden Pond, Klute, Coming Home)
Fonda is one of just 14 women to ever win multiple Best Actress awards, and was nominated a whopping six times. She is certainly in the conversation for the greatest actress of her generation, which says a lot.
Ingrid Bregman (Cassablanca, Spellbound, Anastasia)
Bregman and Fonda have nearly identical resumes, both being nominated 6 times and winning twice for Best Actress, so that alone gets Bregman in the Hall. But she may even have the edge over Fonda due to her being in Casablanca, one of the best movies ever made. Bregman is a legend, and now a Hollywood Hall of Famer.
Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho, Vertigo, Notorious)
Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most influential directors ever, widely considered as the person who molded the horror movie genre. Edgar Allan Poe walked so Alfred Hitchcock could run. He directed one of the greatest horror movies ever in Psycho, and has inspired countless filmmakers, none more so than Jordan Peele.
There you have it! The 3rd Ballot inductees to the Hollywood Hall of Fame! Here is a comprehensive list of the Hall of Famers, which we will update with each class:
The Wizard of Oz
Lawrence of Arabia
Star Wars: A New Hope
Silence of the Lambs
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Gone With the wind
Saturday Night Live
I Love Lucy