Top 10 Best Male Performancesof the 21st century

These are my best male performances of this century
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1.
Bruno Ganz
Actor, Downfall
Bruno Ganz debuted at the theatre in 1961 and gained there a good reputation as a solid, young actor. In 1970 he founded with Peter Stein the theatre company "Schaubuehne" of Berlin. His debut at the movies was early and unsuccessful during the decade of 1960. His talent as a reflexive actor with tendencies towards introspection was widely known after Summer Guests.
“ Bruno Ganz- Downfall
Bruno Ganz' spooky yet absoloutley masterful portrayal of Adolf Hitler goes down for me as one of the greatest and most believable performances i've ever seen on screen. If you haven't seen this movie you must!!!!!!!!! ” - padjbyrne-1
 
2.
Colin Firth
Colin Andrew Firth was born into an academic family in Grayshott, Hampshire, England. His mother, Shirley Jean (Rolles), was a comparative religion lecturer at the Open University, and his father, David Norman Lewis Firth, lectured on history at Winchester University College (formerly King Alfred's College) in Winchester...
“ Colin Firth- Kings Speech
Colin Firths tear jerking performance of a king who has a terrible stammer really came from the heart for Colin and this performance killed everyone this year who wished to win an oscar. ” - padjbyrne-1
 
3.
Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx is an American actor, singer, and comedian. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, for his work in the 2004 biographical film Ray. The same year, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the action film Collateral...
“ Jamie Foxx- Ray
Jamie Foxx played Ray so well at times I actually thought that it was the man himself up on the screen Truely iincredible a brilliant performance to go with a splendid film. ” - padjbyrne-1
 
4.
Daniel Day-Lewis
Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Cecil Day-Lewis (A.K.A. Nicholas Blake) (Poet Laureate of England) and his second wife, Jill Balcon. His maternal grandfather was Sir Michael Balcon, an important figure in the history of British cinema and head of the famous Ealing Studios...
“ Daniel Day lewis- Gangs of New York
This guy is a genius. How he can differ from an autistic man in My Left Foot to this as a psychopathic murderer is a true credit to this man. ” - padjbyrne-1
 
5.
Mickey Rourke
Mickey Rourke was born Phillip Andre Rourke, Jr. on September 16, 1952, in Schenectady, New York, the son of Annette (Cameron) and Phillip Andre Rourke. His father was of Irish and German descent, and his mother was of French-Canadian, English, and German ancestry. When he was six years old, his parents divorced...
“ Mickey Rourke- The wrestler
How Rourke can show so muched with his slouched shoulders is amazing. A performance that made me cry and will always live long in my heart. ” - padjbyrne-1
 
6.
Heath Ledger
When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. Heath Ledger was born on the fourth of April 1979...
“ Heath Ledger- The Dark Knight
How sad that this was his last movie before he died. His performance as the psychopathic villain goes down as the best performance ina comic book movie.
RIP ” - padjbyrne-1
 
7.
Ian McKellen
Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (Sutcliffe) and Denis Murray McKellen, a civil engineer. He is of Scottish, Northern Irish, and English descent. During his early childhood, his parents moved with Ian and his sister Jean to the mill town of Wigan...
“ Ian Mckellen- The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
Mckellens fun and enthralling performance as 'Gandalf' The wizard made what is my Favourite movie ever a real treat. ” - padjbyrne-1
 
8.
Leonardo DiCaprio
Actor, Inception
Since the 2000s, DiCaprio has received critical acclaim for his work in a wide range of film genres. His subsequent films include The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), the biographical crime drama Catch Me If You Can (2002) and the epic historical drama Gangs of New York (2002) which also marked his first of many collaborations with director Martin Scorsese...
“ Leonardo Dicaprio- Blood Diamond
With his Faux South African accent Leonardo made me think he was actually from Africa. A truely great performance for a great Actor. ” - padjbyrne-1
 
9.
Mark Wahlberg
American actor Mark Wahlberg is one of a handful of respected entertainers who successfully made the transition from teen pop idol to respected actor. A Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee for The Departed who went on to receive positive critical reviews for his performance in The Fighter, Wahlberg also is a solid comedy actor, proven by his starring role in Ted...
“ Mark Wahlberg- The Departed
Mark Wahlbergs performance in 'The Departed' was by far the standout performance with his feisty attitude making a great film even better. ” - padjbyrne-1
 
10.
Joaquin Phoenix
Actor, Gladiator
Joaquin Phoenix is an American actor, producer, music video director, musician and activist. He started his career by appearing in episodes of television shows with his brother River Phoenix and sister Summer Phoenix. His first major film release was in the comedy-drama film Parenthood (1989). During his period as a child actor he was credited as Leaf Phoenix...
“ Joaquin Phoenix- Gladiator
As the jealous Prince in Gladiator Phoenix created a crazy and dillusioned character that sent chills up your spine and gave yoou the creeps everytime he was on stage. ” - padjbyrne-1