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Hollywood’s Big Risks: 25 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]

Hollywood studios have become so dependent over the last decade on comic book films and mind-numbing tentpoles attached to pre-existing IP that it can feel like a minor miracle any time a major studio breaks the mold. Whether it’s “Crazy Rich Asians” proving there’s no reason to fear the romantic comedy genre or studios allowing auteurs such as Darren Aronofsky and Denis Villeneuve to see their polarizing visions through, the most daring Hollywood studio films are often some of the best. Even the riskier franchise films rise above the pack of monotonous sequels (see Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049”). While Hollywood is always in danger of losing its creative groove in favor of superhero films and franchise entries, the following 25 films prove studio risk-taking isn’t dead yet.

Christian Zilko contributed to this story.

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