The film industry and especially Hollywood is endowed with very talented actors. Indeed, Hollywood fame is often considered the pinnacle of every star’s career. While there will always be Hollywood stars who maintain relatively strong fan bases; Hollywood is in an invariable state of fluctuation. Some of the stars that were very popular in 2016 could be quickly overtaken by fresh and promising stars in 2019. In fact, no one knows who the most popular Hollywood stars will be next year or the year after that.
But who are the Top 10 Most Popular Hollywood Stars in 2019?
As the year comes to a close, we present the Top 10 Stars of 2019 on IMDb. Here’s how we arrived at our list: We looked at the 10 stars who consistently ranked the highest on IMDbPro’s weekly STARmeter chart throughout 2019. STARmeter rankings are based on the actual pageviews of IMDb’s more than 200 million unique monthly visitors.
10. Joaquin Phoenix (Previous Year: Unranked)
Joaquin Phoenix might have only starred in one movie in 2019, but wow, was it the one everyone was talking about. You may have heard of it … Joker? The controversial film that recently grossed over $1 billion worldwide was the highest grossing R-rated U.S. release, and the highest-grossing opening in the history of October? Yes, that was the one. No matter which side of the fence IMDb users landed on with this film, they flocked to Phoenix’s name page to learn more about the critically acclaimed actor and catapulted him into our Top 10 Stars of 2019.2
9. Margot Robbie (Previous Year: 17)
Margot Robbie‘s star continues to rise, and her buzz-to-screentime ratio was off the charts in 2019 largely based on her portrayal as actress Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Don’t expect to see any less of Robbie in the coming year, either. To round out 2019, she stars alongside Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron in Bombshell, about the controversies around Fox News’ Roger Ailes. And in 2020 we’ll see her reprise her role from Suicide Squad in Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn.3
8. Rosa Salazar (Previous Year: Unranked)
There are at least three reasons why everyone was talking about Rosa Salazar in 2019. First, she drove off into an insanely uncertain future alongside Machine Gun Kelly in Bird Box (technically a late 2018 release, but, c’mon, it owned the movie news well into this year). Then she helped turn Alita: Battle Angel into a scrappy worldwide box-office hit before wrapping up the year with “Undone,” an innovative and mysterious show that we will haven’t fully interpreted yet. Oh! And hopefully we’ll hear more from her Ms. Benitez in upcoming seasons of “Big Mouth.”4
7. Keanu Reeves (Previous Year: Unranked)
2019 was a great and busy year for the great and busy Keanu Reeves, so much so that it was coined both the “Keanusance” or “Keanaissance” on Twitter, and countless memes and think pieces were generated about the man/myth. In 2019 alone he starred in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Toy Story 4, Always Be My Maybe, and Between Two Ferns: The Movie, popped up at the Electronic Entertainment Expo to reveal that he was starring in “Cyberpunk 2077,” one of the most anticipated video games of 2020. And to round out the “Year of Keanu,” it was announced that Reeves would be reprising one of his biggest roles to date as Neo in The Matrix 4. It looks like the “Keanaissance/sance” will be continuing well into 2020 and beyond!5
6. Zachary Levi (Previous Year: Unranked)
With a little help from Solomon, Hercules, and a few more immortal elders, Zachary Levi transformed himself into a big-screen superhero this year as Shazam!, injected some lightheartedness into the DC Extended Universe, and delighted family audiences worldwide. While we all know Levi will continue to be a part of the DCEU, we’ll be tracking leads throughout 2020 for any indication that the man also known as Billy Batson will face off against his archnemesis, Black Adam, in December 2021.6
5. Dacre Montgomery (Previous Year: Unranked)
IMDb users seemingly couldn’t get enough of “Stranger Things,” and judging from our data a big reason for that is Dacre Montgomery. As hunky jerk lifeguard Billy Hargrove, Montgomery turned heads on the pool deck and brought some depth to his character with an unlikely character arc in Season 3. Up next for Montgomery: A rom-com from “Gossip Girl” writing alum Natalie Krinsky called The Broken Heart Gallery.7
4. Naomi Scott (Previous Year: 41)
Naomi Scott may have played Princess Jasmine in the live-action Aladdin, but her spot on our IMDb STARmeter proves she was 2019’s reboot queen. Previously seen in 2017’s Power Rangers reboot (alongside No. 5, Dacre Montgomery), Scott left us “Speechless” with her portrayal of an animated icon, and her undercover turn in Elizabeth Banks‘ Charlie’s Angels blew us away. We can’t wait to see where she’ll show up next.
3. Emilia Clarke (Previous Year: 15)
Welcome back, Emilia Clarke! We’re not that surprised to see Clarke back in the Top 10 Stars as she’s landed in the Top 5 every year “Game of Thrones” was on the air (except 2013), but we’re happy to see the final season mark her return. When she was not wrapping up storylines in Westeros (and receiving an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy nomination for her role as Daenerys Targaryen), Clarke added romantic comedies to her ever-growing resume this year, starring opposite Henry Golding in the holiday film Last Christmas.9
2. Erin Moriarty (Previous Year: Unranked)
From the moment “The Boys” dropped in late July, Erin Moriarty rose to the top of IMDb’s STARmeter, dominating the list for the entire month of August. No surprise, as Moriarty asserted her strength and infused the series with a healthy dose of girl power. Fans won’t have to wait long before seeing her reprise her role, as Season 2 recently wrapped filming and is scheduled for a mid-2020 release date.10
1. Brie Larson (Previous Year: 13)
In 2019, Brie Larson soared higher, further, faster, baby! The Oscar winner has wowed us for years (even before her gold-winning turn in Room), but her marvelous outings in super-cinema launched her to the top of our yearly IMDb STARmeter. Marvel Studios introduced us to Larson’s Captain Marvel in the hero’s eponymous premiere movie, then brought her back a month later to provide some muscle in Avengers: Endgame, raking in a combined total of $3.92 billion at the worldwide box office in 2019. It’s no surprise that Captain Marvel II has already been announced, and we’re looking forward to seeing much more of Larson in 2020 and beyond.