the top 20 acting performances of all time

Via:  John Russell  •  last year  •  6 comments

the top 20 acting performances of all time
thoughts ?

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Michael Corleone Al Pacino The Godfather, Part II (1974) A holl0w-eyed, evil, and dark successor to the role of gangster Don.
Frank Galvin Paul Newman The Verdict (1982) A world-weary alcoholic, ambulance-chasing lawyer who redeems himself by exposing the truth in a medical malpractice suit.

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Emily Watson Breaking the Waves (1996) An expressive, beguiling, wide-eyed, simple-minded woman who believes that her sexual degradation will save her paralyzed husband's life.
Malcolm X Denzel Washington Malcolm X (1992) A multi-faceted role: a smooth and ruthless Harlem hustler, a firebrand black nationalist and leading minister in the Nation of Islam, and a contemplative, controlled and convincing leader.
T.R. Devlin Cary Grant Notorious (1946) A cruel and pained government agent who subtly assaults the character of a socialite (Ingrid Bergman) that he eventually rescues.
Josh Baskin Tom Hanks Big (1988) A young teenage-boy whose dream comes true to be 'big' when he is morphed into the body of a toy-company executive.
Mac Sledge Robert Duvall Tender Mercies (1983) A broken-down, ex-country music legend who finds redemption in the love of a widow and her young son.
Eleanor of Aquitaine Katharine Hepburn The Lion in Winter (1968) A crafty, scheming and manipulative 12th-century queen.
"Badass" Buddusky Jack Nicholson The Last Detail (1973) A rebellious, steely-eyed, anti-authoritarian, combustible Navy man transporting a hapless young grunt (Randy Quaid) to prison.
Christy Brown Daniel Day-Lewis My Left Foot (1989) A lusty, complicated, and brilliant writer afflicted with cerebral palsy.
Jake La Motta Robert De Niro Raging Bull (1980) A blunt, ferocious, sinewy boxer and puffy-faced, overweight entertainer in his later years.
Frederick Frankenstein Gene Wilder Young Frankenstein (1974) A poor, doomed and frantic lunatic doctor - both sophisticated and childish.
George Bailey James Stewart It's a Wonderful Life (1946) An Everyman whose dreams slowly fade as his responsibilities preclude his ambitions.
"Ratso" Rizzo Dustin Hoffman Midnight Cowboy (1969) A persevering, slumping, filthy, sweaty, rodent-like tubercular street hustler.
George M. Cohan James Cagney Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) An exuberant and dazzling song-and-dance performer and 'grand old man'.
Margo Channing Bette Davis All About Eve (1950) An aging, threatened grand dame/diva of the theater.
Sonny Wortzik Al Pacino Dog Day Afternoon (1975) A strutting, raw, nervously inept bank robber who steals money to pay for his boyfriend's sex-change operation.
Sophie Zawistowski Meryl Streep Sophie's Choice (1982) An Auschwitz inmate faced with pure horror - and then a survivor's torment and guilt.
Terry Malloy Marlon Brando On the Waterfront (1954) A callow young boxer, a dumb and innocent pawn, who leads a defiant crusade as a stoic iconoclast.
T.E. Lawrence Peter O'Toole Lawrence of Arabia (1962) An unfathomable, desert leader legend, alternatingly self-confident, querulous, deeply wounded, or frighteningly vengeful.


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Professor Principal
1  seeder  JohnRussell    last year

The list is in reverse order.

Peter O'Toole is #1. 

Professor Principal
2  seeder  JohnRussell    last year

I cant say that I really agree or disagree with this, it is subjective.  And the list is actually the top 100. I didnt post the whole thing here because it seemed to me it would look too long. 

But where is Alec Guinness- Bridge Over The River Kwai? 

George C Scott as Patton is on the list, way down the list. I think it should be top 20 or top 10.

Faye Dunaway in Network ?

and one of my favorites

Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love

Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
3  Buzz of the Orient    last year

Until I saw your comment I, too, wondered why Alec Guinness was not on the list, but I was thinking Kind Hearts and Coronets, but you are absolutely right about Bridge Over the River Kwai. However, I think it is a travesty to have omitted Paul Muni from the top 20, let alone the whole damn list of 100.

Professor Principal
4  seeder  JohnRussell    last year

A few more 

Paul Newman in Nobody's Fool

Val Kilmer in Tombstone

Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian Candidate

Joe Pesci in Goodfellas

Tom Berenger in Platoon

Greg Jones
Professor Participates
5  Greg Jones    last year

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof....Paul Newman, Burl Ives and Elizabeth Taylor all did well.

Rear Window....Jimmy Stewart...with  a host of other good performances

The African Queen....both Bogart and Hepburn.

Professor Principal
6  Gsquared    last year

Ben Kingsley in Gandhi, who won Best Actor.  The movie received 11 Academy Awards nominations and won 8, including also Best Picture and Best Director.


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