Hollywood’s Big Risks: 30 Daring Studio Films from the Last 15 Years

From "Blade Runner 2049" to "Dunkirk," these ambitious and groundbreaking Hollywood studio movies are something of a miracle.
"Mad Max," "Crazy Rich Asians," "Ad Astra," and more risky studio movies
"Mad Max," "Crazy Rich Asians," "Ad Astra," and more risky studio movies
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[Editor’s note: This gallery was originally published in November 2018 and has been updated accordingly.]

With multiplexes dominated by Marvel movies with increasingly hyphenated titles, it’s tempting to lament the film industry’s loss of creativity and apparent determination to push out the most monotonous films imaginable. But while the bulk of Hollywood’s content might be increasingly generic, there are always a few bold, exciting movies that make it through the studio system every year.

The independent film industry is an essential incubator for original ideas, but sometimes a filmmaker just needs the resources of a major studio to bring their vision to life. And when they succeed, the results are nothing short of movie magic. From big, original adult dramas like “Babylon” and “Ad Astra” to bold takes on existing franchises like “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Blade Runner 2049,” keep reading for 30 of the boldest movies made by Hollywood studios this century.

Zack Sharf contributed to this story.

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