50 Favorite Performances by an Actorby accattone74 | created - 17 Nov 2010 | updated - 30 Nov 2011 | Public
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1. The Last Command (1928)
Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, History, Romance
A former Imperial Russian general and cousin of the Czar ends up in Hollywood as an extra in a movie directed by a former revolutionary.
Emil Jannings as Grand Duke Sergius Alexander
2. The Love Parade (1929)
Approved | 107 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
The queen of mythical Sylvania marries a courtier, who finds his new life unsatisfying.
Maurice Chevalier as Count Alfred Renard
3. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
Not Rated | 98 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
Dr. Jekyll faces horrible consequences when he lets his dark side run wild with a potion that transforms him into the animalistic Mr. Hyde.
Frederic March as Dr. Jekyll
4. M (1931)
Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.
Votes: 115,294 | Gross: $0.03M
Peter Lorre as Hans Beckert
5. Les Misérables (1934)
Not Rated | 281 min | Drama
The lives of numerous people over the course of 20 years in 19th century France, weaved together by the story of an ex-convict named Jean Valjean on the run from an obsessive police inspector, who pursues him for only a minor offense.
Harry Baur as Jean Valjean
6. Pépé le Moko (1937)
Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A wanted gangster is both king and prisoner of the Casbah. He is protected from arrest by his friends, but is torn by his desire for freedom outside. A visiting Parisian beauty may just tempt his fate.
Votes: 5,189 | Gross: $0.15M
Jean Gabin as Pepe le Moko
7. Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
Passed | 101 min | Comedy, War
Woodrow is discharged from the military for hay fever, but fabricates receiving a heroic honorable discharge before returning home.
Eddie Bracken as Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith
8. Children of Paradise (1945)
Not Rated | 189 min | Drama, Romance
The theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her.
Jean-Louis Barrault as Jean-Baptiste Debureau
9. Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
Not Rated | 124 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A suave but cynical man supports his family by marrying and murdering rich women for their money, but the job has some occupational hazards.
Votes: 13,025 | Gross: $0.33M
Charles Chaplin as Henri Verdoux
10. Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Not Rated | 89 min | Drama
In post-war Italy, a working-class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it.
Votes: 112,663 | Gross: $0.33M
Enzo Staiola as Bruno Ricci
11. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Crime
A distant poor relative of the Duke of D'Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession.
Alec Guinness as Young Ascoyne D'Ascoyne, Young Henry D'Ascoyne, Reverend Lord Henry D'Ascoyne, Lady Agatha D'Ascoyne, Admiral Lord Horatio D'Ascoyne, General Lord Rufus D'Ascoyne, Ethelred D'Ascoyne, and Lord Ascoyne D'Ascoyne
12. The Browning Version (1951)
Approved | 90 min | Drama
Forced to retire from an English public school, an unpopular professor must confront his failure as a teacher and husband.
Michael Redgrave as Andrew Crocker-Harris
13. Ashes and Diamonds (1958)
Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Romance, War
During the German occupation noble, bourgeois and worker's partisan groups lived in peace with another. On the first day of freedom they start to fight each other. In these fights is weaved a most tender love story.
Zbigniew Cybulski as Maciek Chelmicki
14. Ivan the Terrible, Part II (1958)
Not Rated | 88 min | Biography, History
As Ivan the Terrible attempts to consolidate his power by establishing a personal army, his political rivals, the Russian boyars, plot to assassinate their Tsar.
Nikolai Cherkasov as Ivan Vasilyevich
15. Mon Oncle (1958)
Not Rated | 117 min | Comedy
Monsieur Hulot visits the technology-driven world of his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew, but he can't quite fit into the surroundings.
Jacques Tati as Monsieur Hulot
16. Rocco and His Brothers (1960)
Not Rated | 177 min | Crime, Drama, Sport
Having recently been uprooted to Milan, Rocco and his four brothers each look for a new way in life when a prostitute comes between Rocco and his brother Simone.
Renato Salvatori as Simone Parondi
17. Tunes of Glory (1960)
Not Rated | 106 min | Drama
Major Jock Sinclair has been in this Highland regiment since he joined as a boy piper. During the Second World War, as Second-in-Command, he was made acting Commanding Officer. Now the ... See full summary »
John Mills as Lieutenant Colonel Basil Barrow
18. Harakiri (1962)
Not Rated | 133 min | Action, Drama, History
An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn.
Tatsuya Nakadai as Hanshiro Tsugumo
19. Yukinojô henge (1963)
Not Rated | 113 min | Drama
Yukinojo, a Kabuki actor, seeks revenge by destroying the three men who caused the deaths of his parents. Also involved are the daughter of one of Yukinojo's targets, two master thieves, and a swordsman who himself is out to kill Yukinojo.
Kazuo Hasegawa as Yukinojo Nakamura & Yamitaro the Thief
20. This Sporting Life (1963)
Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Sport
Despite success on the field, a rising rugby star senses the emerging emptiness of his life as his inner angst begins to materialize through aggression and brutality, so he attempts to woo his landlady in hopes of finding reason to live.
Richard Harris as Frank Machin
21. Nattvardsgästerna (1963)
Not Rated | 81 min | Drama
A small town priest struggles with his faith.
Gunnar Bjornstrand as Thomas Ericsson
PG | 95 min | Comedy, War
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.
Votes: 386,573 | Gross: $0.28M
Peter Sellers as Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, President Merkin Muffley, and Dr. Strangelove
23. King & Country (1964)
Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, War
During World War I, an army private is accused of desertion during battle. The officer assigned to defend him at his court-martial finds out there is more to the case than meets the eye.
Tom Courtenay as Pvt. Arthur Hamp
24. The Pawnbroker (1964)
Approved | 116 min | Drama
A Jewish pawnbroker, victim of Nazi persecution, loses all faith in his fellow man until he realizes too late the tragedy of his actions.
Rod Steiger as Sol Nazerman
25. Fists in the Pocket (1965)
Not Rated | 105 min | Drama
A young man takes drastic measures to rid his dysfunctional family of its various afflictions.
Lou Castel as Alessandro
26. Andrei Rublev (1966)
Not Rated | 205 min | Biography, Drama, History
The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer.
Anatoli Solonitsyn as Andrei Rublev
27. Coming Apart (1969)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama
Psychiatrist installs a concealed movie camera in his apartment to record the screwed-up lives of the women who visit him.
Rip Torn as Joe
28. Funeral Parade of Roses (1969)
105 min | Drama
The trials and tribulations of Eddie and other transvestites in Japan.
Pita as Eddie
29. Death in Venice (1971)
GP | 130 min | Drama
While recovering in Venice, a sickly composer becomes dangerously fixated with a teenage boy.
Dirk Bogarde as Gustav von Ascherbach
30. Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)
R | 110 min | Drama
Divorced working woman Alex and well-to-do Jewish family doctor Daniel Hirsh share not only the same answering service but also the favours of young Bob Elkin who bed-hops between them as ... See full summary »
Peter Finch as Dr. Daniel Hirsh
31. Bone (1972)
R | 95 min | Comedy
A thief breaks into the home of a wealthy, happily married Beverly Hills couple. He soon finds out, though, that the couple is neither as wealthy as he thought they were and are not as ... See full summary »
Yaphet Kotto as Bone
32. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
R | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.
Votes: 205,765 | Gross: $50.00M
Al Pacino as Sonny Wortzik
33. Seven Beauties (1975)
R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War
The defense of honor, a strong value in Neapolitan society, and his effects on the life of everyman Pasquale Frafuso.
Votes: 3,941 | Gross: $0.01M
Giancarlo Giannini as Pasqualino Frafuso
34. The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)
R | 135 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A proud strip club owner is forced to come to terms with himself as a man, when his gambling addiction gets him in hot water with the mob, who offer him only one alternative.
Ben Gazzara as Cosmo Vittelli
35. The Ascent (1977)
111 min | Drama, War
In a freezing cold World War II winter, two pro-Soviet partisans - Sotnikov and Rybak - head off to find food for themselves and their compatriots. They find a goat at the home of a German ... See full summary »
Valdimir Gostyukhin as Rybak
36. Elisa, vida mía (1977)
125 min | Drama
Elisa has not seen her father Luis for nine years, but she receives a telegram from her sister Isabel in a moment of crisis of her marriage with Antonio telling that her father is ill and ... See full summary »
Fernando Rey as Luis
37. In a Year with 13 Moons (1978)
Not Rated | 124 min | Drama
This drama follows the last few days in the life of Elvira (formerly Erwin) Weisshaupt. Years before, Erwin told a co-worker, Anton, that he loved him. "Too bad, you aren't a woman," he ... See full summary »
Volker Spengler as Erwin/Elvira Weishaupt
38. Killer of Sheep (1978)
80 min | Drama
Set in the Watts area of Los Angeles, a slaughterhouse worker must suspend his emotions to continue working at a job he finds repugnant, and then he finds he has little sensitivity for the family he works so hard to support.
Votes: 5,034 | Gross: $0.40M
Henry G. Sanders as Stan
39. Vengeance Is Mine (1979)
Not Rated | 139 min | Crime, Drama
Chronological exploits of Iwao Enokizu, a murderous thief on the lam.
Ken Ogata as Iwao Enokizu
40. Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980– )
Not Rated | 931 min | Crime, Drama
In late-1920s Berlin, Franz Biberkopf is released from prison and vows to go straight; however he soon finds himself embroiled in the city's criminal underworld.
Gunter Lamprecht as Franz Biberkopf
41. Raging Bull (1980)
R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Emotionally self-destructive boxer, Jake La Motta's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it.
Votes: 265,894 | Gross: $23.38M
Robert DeNiro as Jake LaMotta
42. Danton (1983)
PG | 136 min | Biography, Drama, History
Action opens in November of 1793, with Danton returning to Paris from his country retreat upon learning that the Committee for Public Safety, under Robespierre's incitement, has begun a ... See full summary »
Wojciech Pszoniak as Robespierre
43. Come and See (1985)
Not Rated | 142 min | Drama, War
After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II.
Aleksey Kravenchenko as Florya Gaishun
44. Mona Lisa (1986)
R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A man recently released from prison manages to get a job driving a call girl from customer to customer.
Votes: 10,998 | Gross: $5.79M
Bob Hoskins as George
45. The Sacrifice (1986)
PG | 149 min | Drama
At the dawn of World War III, a man searches for a way to restore peace to the world and finds he must give something in return.
Votes: 17,424 | Gross: $0.30M
Erland Josephson as Alexander
46. Pelle the Conqueror (1987)
PG-13 | 157 min | Drama
The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm. Among them are Lasse and his son Pelle who move to Denmark to find work. They find ... See full summary »
Votes: 8,629 | Gross: $2.05M
Max von Sydow as Lassefar
47. Withnail & I (1987)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama
In 1969, two substance-abusing, unemployed actors retreat to the countryside for a holiday that proves disastrous.
Votes: 34,225 | Gross: $1.54M
Richard E. Grant as Withnail
48. My Left Foot (1989)
R | 103 min | Biography, Drama
Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot.
Votes: 56,855 | Gross: $14.74M
Daniel Day-Lewis as Christy Brown
49. La belle noiseuse (1991)
Unrated | 238 min | Drama
The former famous painter Frenhofer revisits an abandoned project using the girlfriend of a young visiting artist. Questions about truth, life, and artistic limits are explored.
Votes: 5,304 | Gross: $0.41M
Michel Piccoli as Frenhofer
50. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
R | 134 min | Drama
The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.
Votes: 283,430 | Gross: $83.04M
Heath Ledger as Ennis Del Mar