When Hollywood gets together an all A-list cast of stars, we've come to expect big thrills ahead: earthquakes, volcanoes, alien invasions and the like. 

But sometimes more is the perfect thing when you want to show less.  Aloha, which opens  this weekend uses a mega A-list cast including Emma Stone, Bill Murray and Bradley Cooper to tell a tiny little story of people meandering around and finding themselves among the Hawaiian palms.

Here are some other examples of past films that have used star-packed rosters to go deeper and closer, to survey some quiet and intense emotions rather than just throw more big names of an oncoming tidal wave.

Richard Rushfield is Editor in Chief of Hitfix