Jennifer Lawrence: This 22-year-old actress may be headlining the blockbuster "Hunger Games" franchise as Katniss Everdeen, but it was her Oscar-nominated performance in 2010's "Winter's Bone" that elevated her from television actress to movie star.
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Jessica Chastain: This two-time Academy Award nominee has had a long road to the top, which was aided by a leading role opposite Al Pacino in a stage production of Salome, which got her noticed by Hollywood casting directors. Her first film role in 2008 indie "Jolene" led to roles in "The Debt," "Take Shelter" and "Tree of Life" before she found mainstream success in "The Help."
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Ryan Gosling: Although he gained the attention of women everywhere after starring in "The Notebook," this former Mickey Mouse Clubber has yet to star in a movie that has grossed $100 million domestically. Instead, he's chosen to devote his time and attention to crafting memorable performances in films like "Half Nelson," "Lars and the Real Girl" and "Blue Valentine"
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt: The scrawny former sitcom star launched his big screen career with dark dramatic roles in indie flicks "Mysterious Skin" and "Brick," as well as a number of others, before taking on lighter fair with 2009's "(500) Days of Summer." Playing Cobra Commander in 2009's "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" didn't do much for him, but the 2010 blockbuster "Inception" sure did.
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Shailene Woodley: "The Secret Life of an American Teenager" star is set as the lead in the screen adaption of the best-seller "Divergent," but a role in Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" and then another in Sundance hit "The Spectacular Now" is what made her a rising movie star.
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Kristen Stewart: The "Twilight Saga" franchise star has wisely mixed up her performances in the young adult epics with smaller-budgeted movies like "On the Road" that stretch her ability as an actress.
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Robert Pattinson: Sure, this teen heart throb became a movie star thanks to "Twilight," but thanks to his choice to star in "Cosmopolis" and the upcoming drama "The Rover," he'll stay in the public spotlight long after we forget about Edward Cullen.
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Bradley Cooper: This Oscar-nominated actor explained his rise to the top in one sentence. "It’s really simple," Cooper told TheWrap. "I just want to work with great directors."
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Channing Tatum: The 'Sexiest Man Alive' can already boast a string of bonafide box office hits including "The Vow," "Magic Mike," and "21 Jump Street." The actor is set to star in summer 2013's big budget "White House Down."