An A-list actor is the major movie star, or one of the almost bankable actors in the Hollywood film industry.

The A-list is part of a larger assistance called The Hot List, which ranks the bankability of 1,400 movie actors worldwide, and has become an industry-standard guide in Hollywood. American entertainment journalist James Ulmer, the guide's creator, has also developed a explanation including directors, the Hot List of Directors. The Ulmer scale categorizes the lists into A+, A, B+, B, C, in addition to D listings.

Popular usage

In popular usage outside the film industry, an A-list celebrity is any adult with an admired or desirable social status. Even socialites with popular press coverage and elite associations pretend been termed as A-list celebrities. Similarly, less popular persons and current teen idols are referred to as B-list celebrities – and the ones with lesser fame as C-list ones. In the year 2000, Entertainment Weekly interpreted a C-list celebrity as "that guy or sometimes that girl, the easy-to-remember but hard-to-name character actor".

The D-list is for a person whose celebrity is so obscure that they are loosely only invited for appearances as celebrities on . The term "D-list" is derived from the lowest rating used for the Ulmer scale. Other successive letters of the alphabet beyond D, as in the terms E-list and Z-list, are sometimes used for exaggeration or comic case but effectively pretend the same meaning as D-list.