Best Actors & Their Best Performances

Male actors only (I will be creating a female list as well). Its SO hard to put these in ranked order, and Im still not 100% satisfied with the order, but here goes...
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1.
Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey, Canadian-born and a U.S. citizen since 2004, is an actor and producer famous for his rubbery body movements and flexible facial expressions. The two-time Golden Globe-winner rose to fame as a cast member of the Fox sketch comedy In Living Color but leading roles in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb & Dumber and The Mask established him as a bankable comedy actor...
“ Many argue that its so hard for a comedian to go "straight" and while thats true, how often is an actor able to consistently balance both? He can be goofy, witty, charming, emotional... almost the whole gamut (except for maybe action star ;))

1. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
2. Man On The Moon
3. Cable Guy
4. The Truman Show
5. The Number 23 ” - rivethead808
 
2.
Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley is an English actor. In a career spanning over 40 years, he has won an Oscar, Grammy, BAFTA, two Golden Globes and a Screen Actors Guild Award. He is known for his starring role as Mohandas Gandhi in the 1982 film Gandhi, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He is also known for his performances in the films Schindler's List (1993)...
“ Oh, Ben Kingsley! Not only are you an amazing actor in every respect (though youve taken some very questionable roles in the last decade -- Bloodrayne comes to mind) you can be forgiven by the mass amount of amazingness you bring to the screen. Note: I know its a pretty shocking admission, but I have not seen Schindler's List

1. Gandhi
2. Sexy Beast
3. House Of Sand & Fog
4. Death & The Maiden
5. Suspect Zero

Honorable Mention: The Tale Of Sweeney Todd ” - rivethead808
 
3.
Adrien Brody
Adrien Nicholas Brody was born in Woodhaven, Queens, New York, the only child of retired history professor Elliot Brody and Hungarian-born photographer Sylvia Plachy. He accompanied his mother on assignments for the Village Voice, and credits her with making him feel comfortable in front of the camera...
“ So sue me for not placing his Oscar-winning role as #1...Im a rebel like that... Adrien Brody completely becomes his roles. He has the amazing ability to be the most sympathetic lovable character (The Jacket) to being evil incarnate (Oxygen) and makes it 100% believable.

1. The Jacket
2. The Pianist
3. Oxygen
4. The Village
5. Summer Of Sam ” - rivethead808
 
4.
Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman is a talented British born movie actor who played Sid Vicious in Sid & Nancy, Drexl in True Romance, and George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He starred in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the remake of RoboCop. He is also an English filmmaker, musician and author. Renowned for his "big" acting style...
“ Is it white boy day?

1. Sid & Nancy
2. Leon: The Professional
3. The Fifth Element
4. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
5. True Romance

Honorable Mention: Hannibal ” - rivethead808
 
5.
Sam Rockwell
Actor, Moon
Sam Rockwell was born on November 5, 1968, in San Mateo, California, the child of two actors, Pete Rockwell and Penny Hess. The family moved to New York when he was two years old, living first in the Bronx and later in Manhattan. When Sam was five years old, his parents split up, at which point he and his father moved to San Francisco...
“ Sam Rockwell can be pretty much anyone he wants to be. He used to only be typecast as the sarcastic, edgy free spirit-type character (Box of Moonlight, Lawn Dogs, etc) until he broke out of that mold with Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind. Still playing the asshole -- on the surface -- but with so many other facets of emotion. In fact the only films where he doesnt play a dick (however endearing or "misunderstood") are the SF films he's been involved in (as coincidental as it is): Moon, Galaxy Quest, and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The latter I havent seen, but Im fairly certain Im correct in my assumption

1. Moon
2. Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind
3. Choke
4. The Green Mile
5. Snow Angels ” - rivethead808
 
6.
Willem Dafoe
Actor, Spider-Man
Willem Dafoe was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, to Muriel Isabel (Sprissler), a nurse, and Dr. William Alfred Dafoe, a surgeon. He is of German, French, English, Irish, and Scottish descent. In 1979, Dafoe was given a small role in Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate from which he was fired. His first feature role came shortly after in Kathryn Bigelow's The Loveless...
“ What can be said about Willem Dafoe other than he's awesome. His looks have been responsible for getting as many parts as Im sure he's missed out on, but hey, for me the quirkier the better!

1. Shadow of the Vampire
2. Boondock Saints
3. Last Temptation Of Christ
4. Antichrist
5. Animal Factory ” - rivethead808
 
7.
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is perhaps one of the most versatile actors of his day and age in Hollywood. He was born John Christopher Depp II in Owensboro, Kentucky, on June 9, 1963, to Betty Sue (Wells), who worked as a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, a civil engineer. Depp was raised in Florida. He dropped out of school when he was 15...
“ Sorry, but I was a fan long before the Pirate movies, hence no Pirate movies on my list. Complaint cards can be found at the bottom of this post :)

1. Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas
2. Ed Wood
3. Blow
4. Ninth Gate
5. From Hell ” - rivethead808
 
8.
Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey Fowler better known by his stage name Kevin Spacey, is an American actor of screen and stage, film director, producer, screenwriter and singer. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s before obtaining supporting roles in film and television. He gained critical acclaim in the...
“ Kevin really brings everything he is in to life. Its no coincidence that some of my favorite films of all times star him. As great as he is, and this just may be a coincidence, there are a number of his films that bore me to tears (L.A. Confidential, The Negotiator, The Men Who Stare At Goats, and The Life of David Gale). That isnt speaking for his acting talent...just that the films themselves are boring.

1. K-PAX
2. American Beauty
3. Se7en
4. The Usual Suspects
5. The Ref ” - rivethead808
 
9.
Ethan Hawke
Actor, Gattaca
Ethan Hawke is an American actor, writer and director. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards, both as an actor and a writer, and a Tony Award. Hawke has directed two feature films, three Off-Broadway plays, and a documentary, and wrote the novels The Hottest State (1996) and Ash Wednesday (2002)...
“ I havent seen Before Sunset, Daybreakers, Tape, or Snow Falling on Cedars, but Im assuming at least 3 of the 4 are worthy of this list. For now, I have to go with what Ive seen:

1. Gattaca
2. Training Day
3. Great Expectations
4. Before The Devil Knows Youre Dead
5. Alive ” - rivethead808
 
10.
Tadanobu Asano
Actor, Thor
Asano Tadanobu is a Japanese film actor. His father, an actors' agent, suggested he take on what became his first role, in the TV show "Kimpachi Sensei," at the age of 16. His film debut was in the 1990 Swimming Upstream (Bataashi kingyo), though his first major critical success was in Shunji Iwai's Fried Dragon Fish...
“ I knew I loved Tadanobu Asano when I realized that I had already seen three of his films loving the characters that he played yet not knowing it was the same guy in each of the roles. It seems that every other film I want to see him in (Shark Skin Man & Peach Hip Girl, Electric Dragon 80000V, and Invisible Waves to name a few) are all unavailable. Im fairly certain that when I can see more than 3 of his films, then he will move up.

1. Ichi The Killer (Koroshiya 1)
2. Last Life In The Universe (Ruang rak noi nid mahasan)
3. Vital ” - rivethead808
 
11.
William Hurt
William McChord Hurt was born in Washington, D.C., to Claire Isabel (McGill) and Alfred McChord Hurt, who worked at the State Department. He was trained at Tufts University and The Juilliard School and has been nominated for four Academy Awards, including the most recent nomination for his supporting role in David Cronenberg's A History of Violence...
“ Such a long and varied career...

1. Kiss Of The Spider Woman
2. Mr. Brooks
3. Altered States
4. Dark City
5. The Village ” - rivethead808
 
12.
Vincent D'Onofrio
Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio was born on June 30, 1959 in Brooklyn, New York, to Phyllis, a restaurant manager and server, and Gene D'Onofrio, a theater production assistant and interior designer. He is of Italian descent and has two older sisters. He studied at the Actors Studio and the American Stanislavski Theatre...
“ I think he finally left that TV show so the movie world can have him back now...where he belongs running the gamut from serial killer to time traveling hopeless romantic!

1. The Cell
2. Happy Accidents
3. Full Metal Jacket
4. Strange Days
5. Men In Black ” - rivethead808
 
13.
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer and producer. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters. He is best known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film series...
“ I have to admit, I was a little shocked to find that he really doesnt have too many credits to his name. If you take away anything to do with Wolverine, there is virtually nothing. Shame, really...such talent.

1. The Fountain
2. Swordfish
3. The Prestige
4. X-Men
5. X2 ” - rivethead808
 
14.
Robert Carlyle
Robert Carlyle was born in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth, a bus company employee, and Joseph Carlyle, a painter and decorator. He was raised by his father after his mother left him when he was four. At the age of 21, after reading Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," he enrolled in acting classes at the Glasgow Arts Centre...
“ Whether he's stripping to try and win his son back or trying to eat you...he's pretty damn awesome

1. Plunkett & Macleane
2. The Fully Monty
3. Ravenous
4. Trainspotting
5. 28 Weeks Later ” - rivethead808
 
15.
Cillian Murphy
Actor, Inception
Striking Irish actor Cillian Murphy was born in Douglas, the oldest child of Brendan Murphy, who works for the Irish Department of Education, and a mother who is a teacher of French. He has three younger siblings. Murphy was educated at Presentation Brothers College, Cork. He went on to study law at University College Cork...
“ Its 'K'illian, not 'S'illian although I admit it took the longest time for me to get used to saying as well LOL

1. 28 Days Later
2. Sunshine
3. Breakfast On Pluto
4. Inception
5. either of the 'Batman' movies (hopefully I can put Peacock here once Ive seen it) ” - rivethead808