My Top Acting performances of all time

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Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson, an American actor, producer, director and screenwriter, is a three-time Academy Award winner and twelve-time nominee. Nicholson is also notable for being one of two actors - the other being Michael Caine - who have received Oscar nomination in every decade from the 1960s through the early 2000s...
“ Jake "J.J." Gittes, Chinatown.

This was tough for me, as I imagine it is for most people. I had it boiled down to this, Cuckoo's Nest and The Shining. I chose this one because Jack was able to put so much depth into this role. Typically, detective-type guys in movies are one-sided facades. Here, you can tell that more to this character than meets the eye. ” - the_almighty_tron
Robert De Niro
Actor, Goodfellas
Robert De Niro thought of as one of the greatest actors of all time, was born on August 17, 1943 in Manhattan, New York City, to artists Virginia (Admiral) and Robert De Niro Sr. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is English, Dutch, German, French and Irish. He was trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory and the American Workshop...
“ Travis Bickle, Taxi Driver.

Again, another tough one. De Niro's portrayal of Bickle stands out from the rest, because this character was just a normal man who descended into a downward spiral of sanity because of his environment. Most characters like this are already insane or just change their views on their environment when something bad happens. Not this one. ” - the_almighty_tron
Harvey Keitel
American actor and producer Harvey Keitel was born on May 13, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York City. An Oscar and Golden Globe Award nominee, he has appeared in films such as Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets and Taxi Driver, Ridley Scott's The Duellists and Thelma & Louise, Peter Yates' Mother, Jugs & Speed...
“ The Lieutenant, Bad Lieutenant.

No one has been able to duplicate a "dirty cop" role like this one. In this one, the cop drinks heavily. He has a drug addiction. He gambles frequently. The Lieutenant's breakdown in the church remains of the best-acted scenes of the past twenty years. ” - the_almighty_tron
Martin Sheen
Multiple Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner Martin Sheen is one of America's most celebrated, colorful, and accomplished actors. Moving flawlessly between artistic mediums, Sheen's acting range is striking. Sheen was born Ramón Antonio Gerard Estevez in Dayton, Ohio, to Mary-Ann (Phelan), an Irish immigrant (from Borrisokane...
“ Benjamin Willard- Apocalypse Now.

Martin Sheen is truly one of the most underrated actors of the past fifty years. In this film, Willard is hopeless, desperate, and haunted by what he's seen and afraid of what he will see. The opening scene with Willard in his room is probably the best-acted scene of the past thirty years, bar none. ” - the_almighty_tron
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Actress, Melancholia
Charlotte Gainsbourg was born in London, England in 1971. She is an Anglo-French actress and singer. The daughter of English actress Jane Birkin and French singer and songwriter Serge Gainsbourg, she was raised in Paris. Gainsbourg made her motion picture debut in 1984. In 1986, Gainsbourg won a César Award for "Most Promising Actress"...
“ She- Antichrist.

Words cannot describe how terrifying Gainsbourg became in this film. Her character, grieving after the lost of her son, retreats to cabin with her husband, only to spiral into a level of insanity that you cannot come back from. Truly haunting. ” - the_almighty_tron
John Goodman
John Stephen Goodman is a U.S. film, television, and stage actor. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Virginia Roos (Loosmore), a waitress and saleswoman, and Leslie Francis Goodman, a postal worker who died when John was a small child. He is of English, Welsh, and German ancestry. John is best known for his role as Dan Conner on the television series Roseanne...
“ Walter Sobchak- The Big Lebowski.

Truly the best comedic performance of the past twenty years, as well as Mr. Goodman's best performance. Walter is just one of those characters that sets up every scene no matter what he does. Goodman doesn't just interpret Walter, he becomes him, in a sense. ” - the_almighty_tron
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson is an American producer and highly prolific actor, having appeared in over 100 films, including Die Hard with a Vengeance, Unbreakable, Shaft, Formula 51, Black Snake Moan, Snakes on a Plane, and the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999-2005), as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe...
“ Jules Winfield- Pulp Fiction.

Jules Winfield borders the line between total badass and complete psychopath. Mr. Jackson embodies Jules perfectly, blending swagger and insanity into the perfect mixture. ” - the_almighty_tron
Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Lee Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California, to Lillian (Gold) and Harry Hoffman, who was a furniture salesman and prop supervisor for Columbia Pictures. He was raised in a Jewish family (from Ukraine, Russia-Poland, and Romania). Hoffman graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1955, and went to Santa Monica City College...
“ Benjamin Braddock- The Graduate.

This performance waved goodbye to the rugged hero protagonist and introduced the "normal guy" hero. Benjamin is awkward, he's confused about his future, he exemplifies everything that I became after high school. ” - the_almighty_tron
Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to June (Gamble), an Australian teacher and property developer, and Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., an American advertising executive, originally from Texas. She has an older brother and a younger sister. When she was ten years old...
“ Jude Quinn- I'm Not There.

Her role was so convincing and so intense, you almost feel as if she had morphed into Bob Dylan for that role. The voice, the mannerisms, etc., everything here is 100% Dylan. ” - the_almighty_tron
M. Emmet Walsh
Wonderfully talented, heavyset character actor (from New York, but regularly playing Southerners) M. Emmet Walsh has made a solid career of playing corrupt cops, deadly crooks, and zany comedic roles since the early 1970s. Michael Emmet Walsh was born in Ogdensburg, to Agnes Katharine (Sullivan) and Harry Maurice Walsh...
“ Loren Visser- Blood Simple.

How in the hell anyone could possibly be this sleazy is beyond me, and that's why this role was perfect. Walsh takes your regular P.I. and adds layers upon layers of greed, filth, corruption and sleaze. My favorite Coen Brothers character minus Walter Sobchak. ” - the_almighty_tron
Louise Fletcher
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, to Episcopal minister Robert Fletcher and his wife Estelle, both of whom were deaf, Louise Fletcher was introduced to performing at a young age by the aunt who taught her to speak. After graduating from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, she took a trip out west with her roommates...
“ Nurse Ratched- One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest.

In my opinion, Nurse Ratched remains one of the best villians portrayed on cinema and created in literature. The way Fletcher is able to express Ratched's blank rage is something of a marvel. Something about a character so calm yet so villianous is hard to explain. ” - the_almighty_tron
Dennis Hopper
Actor, Speed
With an amazing cinematic career of more than five decades, Dennis Hopper was a multi-talented and unconventional actor/director, regarded by many as one of the true "enfants terribles" of Hollywood. Hopper was born on May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas, to Marjorie Mae (Davis) and James Millard Hopper...
“ Frank Booth- Blue Velvet.

Truly the greatest psycho portrayed on cinema. If you remember Hopper by anything, it should be by this film and this performance. ” - the_almighty_tron
Al Pacino
One of the greatest actors in all of film history, Al Pacino established himself during one of film's greatest decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies. Alfredo James Pacino was born on April 25, 1940, in the Bronx, New York, to an Italian-American family...
“ Michael Corleone- The Godfather, Part. II

There are three words to describe Michael Corleone- calm, cool and calculated. An excellent foil to the brash and impulsive Sonny, Michael is patient, smart and keeps calm under pressure. ” - the_almighty_tron
Benicio Del Toro
Actor, Snatch
Benicio Del Toro emerged in the mid-1990s as one of the most watchable and charismatic character actors to come along in years. A favorite of film buffs, Del Toro gained mainstream public attention as the conflicted but basically honest Mexican policeman in Steven Soderbergh's Traffic. Benicio was born on February 19...
“ Dr. Gonzo- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Another amazing comedic portrayal, one that can rival Goodman's. The way Del Toro is able to complement his mannerisms with Depp's in this film is something spectacular. ” - the_almighty_tron
Frances McDormand
Actress, Fargo
Frances Louise McDormand was born on June 23, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. She was adopted by Canadian-born parents Noreen Eloise (Nickleson), a nurse from Ontario, and Vernon Weir McDormand, a minister from Nova Scotia, who raised her in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. She earned her B.A. in Theater from Bethany College in 1979 and her MFA from Yale in 1982...
“ Marge Gunderson- Fargo.

Marge Gunderson exemplifies the exact definition of the word "wholesome" without being schmaltzy. She's just a normal, everyday person that many can relate to, and I find that admirable. ” - the_almighty_tron
Yun-Fat Chow
Chow Yun Fat is a charismatic, athletically built and energetic Asian-born film star who first came to the attention of western audiences via his roles in the high-octane/blazing guns action films of maverick HK director John Woo. Chow was born in 1955 on the quiet island of Lamma, part of the then-British colony of Hong Kong...
“ Ah Jong- The Killer.

One of the few great performances in action films. Chow's Ah Jong is a hitman questioning his job, and is desperate for redemption after accidentally shooting a woman and blinding her. Chow puts pathos into a character that lacks pathos, and he does it brilliantly. ” - the_almighty_tron
Adam Sandler
Adam Richard Sandler was born September 9, 1966 in Brooklyn, New York, to Judith (Levine), a teacher at a nursery school, and Stanley Alan Sandler, an electrical engineer. He is of Russian Jewish descent. At 17, he took his first step towards becoming a stand-up comedian when he spontaneously took the stage at a Boston comedy club...
“ Barry Egan- Punch-Drunk Love.

It may come as a surprise to put Sandler on the list. Usually, his films call for him to yell swears and be an all-around dumbass. This role departs from that in a big way and allows Sandler to expose the depths he has as an actor. ” - the_almighty_tron
Jesse Eisenberg
Curly haired and with a fast-talking voice, Jesse Eisenberg is a movie actor, known for his Academy Award nominated role as Mark Zuckerberg in the 2010 film The Social Network. He has also starred in the films The Squid and the Whale, Adventureland, The Education of Charlie Banks, 30 Minutes or Less...
“ Mark Zuckerberg- The Social Network.

While Aaron Sorkin's script didn't cast Zuckerberg in a good light, Eisenberg pulls off the role of a guy too smart for his own good with ease. In a role that combined sarcasm, wit and uncertainty, this should've been the performance to take home the Oscar. ” - the_almighty_tron
Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn was born Audrey Kathleen Hepburn-Ruston on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. She was a blue-blood and a cosmopolitan from birth. Her mother, Ella van Heemstra, was a Dutch baroness; Audrey's father, Joseph Victor Anthony Hepburn-Ruston, was born in Úzice, Bohemia, of English and Austrian descent, and worked in business...
“ Holly Golightly- Breakfast at Tiffany's.

This was the movie (and role) that made me fall in love with Ms. Hepburn. Holly Golightly is perfect (in a sense)-beautiful, intelligent and classy. ” - the_almighty_tron
Robert Shaw
Actor, Jaws
Robert Archibald Shaw was born on August 9, 1927 in Westhoughton, Lancashire, England, the eldest son of Doreen Nora (Avery), a nurse, and Thomas Archibald Shaw, a doctor. His paternal grandfather was Scottish, from Argyll. Shaw's mother, who was born in Piggs Peak, Swaziland, met his father while she was a nurse at a hospital in Truro...
“ Quint- Jaws.

Everyone who's seen this film knows what I'm talking about when I mention the USS Indianapolis speech. One of the truly underrated perfomances I've seen in awhile. ” - the_almighty_tron
Daniel Craig
Actor, Skyfall
Daniel Craig is an English actor. Craig trained at the National Youth Theatre and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1991, before beginning his career on stage. His film debut was in the drama The Power of One. Other early appearances were in the Disney family film A Kid in King Arthur's Court and the biographical film Elizabeth...
“ James Bond- Casino Royale.

This is probably thes best, most honest portrayal I've seen of Bond. Usually Bond is this ultra-smooth, almost superhuman spy. Craig's Bond in this film is arrogant, inexperienced and impulsive. But what's most important is that this Bond is, above all, human. Also, the opening parkour scene is something no other Bond could do. ” - the_almighty_tron
Morgan Freeman
With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever popular American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Morgan was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Mayme Edna (Revere), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber. The young Freeman...
“ Red- The Shawshank Redemption.

Beyond wholesome. Freeman puts a smile on my face whenever I watch this film. ” - the_almighty_tron
Naomi Watts
Actress, King Kong
Naomi Ellen Watts was born on September 28, 1968 in Shoreham, England, to Myfanwy Edwards "Miv" (Roberts), an antiques dealer and costume/set designer, and Peter Watts (Peter Anthony Watts), the road manager to Pink Floyd. Her maternal grandfather was Welsh. Her father died when Naomi was seven and she began to follow her mother and her brother around England...
“ Betty- Mulholland Drive.

The audition scene alone in this film puts Watts on this list. Her portrayal of lost innocence in the false glitz and glamour in Hollywood is one for the ages. ” - the_almighty_tron
Ellen Burstyn
Actress, Interstellar
Ellen Burstyn was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Correine Marie (Hamel) and John Austin Gillooly. She is of mostly Irish, German, and French-Canadian descent. Ellen worked a number of jobs before she became an actress. At 14, she was a short-order cook at a lunch counter. After graduating from Detroit's Cass Technical High School...
“ Sara Goldfarb- Requiem for a Dream.

Truly heartbreaking. Goldfarb's desire to feel young is truly and beautifully tragic, and the ending is enough to move the toughest viewer to tears. ” - the_almighty_tron
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. has evolved into one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. With an amazing list of credits to his name, he has managed to stay new and fresh even after over four decades in the business. Downey was born April 4, 1965 in Manhattan, New York, the son of writer, director and filmographer Robert Downey Sr. and actress Elsie Downey (née Elsie Ann Ford)...
“ Kirk Lazarus as Lincoln Osirus- Tropic Thunder.

I put his role as such because this is the best "meta" performance I've ever seen. He portrays a character within a character, and does it brilliantly, not to mention hilariously. ” - the_almighty_tron
“ Withnail- Withnail and I.

The greatest drunk (for lack of a better word) to be portrayed on screen. There's something so tragically hilarious about this role, it gets me every time. Withnail is taken to the lowest of lows in this film but keeps his wit intact. ” - the_almighty_tron
Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem is the youngest member of a family of actors that has been making films since the early days of Spanish cinema. He was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, to actress Pilar Bardem (María del Pilar Bardem Muñoz) and businessman José Carlos Encinas Doussinague. His maternal grandparents were actors Rafael Bardem and Matilde Muñoz Sampedro...
“ Anton Chigurh- No Country for Old Men.

Nothing can really describe this performance other than "perfect villian". Bardem is cold, remorseless and terrifying in this role. There is no doubt he deserved that Oscar. ” - the_almighty_tron
Peter Sellers
Often credited as the greatest comedian of all time, Peter Sellers was born to a well-off English acting family in 1925. His mother and father worked in an acting company run by his grandmother. As a child, Sellers was spoiled, as his parents' first child had died at birth. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force and served during World War II...
“ Capt. Lionel Mandrake/President Merkin Muffley/Dr. Strangelove- Dr. Strangelove, or How I learned to stop worrying and Love the Bomb.

When in doubt, cast Peter Sellers in multiple roles. He will pull it off, and do a damn good job of doing it. ” - the_almighty_tron
Tom Hardy
With his breakthrough performance as Eames in Christopher Nolan's science fiction thriller Inception, English actor Tom Hardy has been brought to the attention of mainstream audiences worldwide. However, the versatile actor has been steadily working on both stage and screen since his television debut in the miniseries Band of Brothers...
“ Charles Bronson- Bronson.

Terrfying, intense, insane, outlandish. These are just a few words to describe the kind of character Tom Hardy portrayed in this film. He was clearly educated on this notorious English prisoner, and didn't shy away from opening up the soul of Mr. Bronson. ” - the_almighty_tron
Robert Mitchum
Robert Mitchum was an underrated American leading man of enormous ability, who sublimated his talents beneath an air of disinterest. He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Ann Harriet (Gunderson), a Norwegian immigrant, and James Thomas Mitchum, a shipyard/railroad worker. His father died in a train accident when he was two...
“ Reverend Harry Powell- The Night of the Hunter.

Terrifying is one of the many words that come to mind when talking about Mitchum's performance. By the end, he's not so much human as he is the prototypical bogeyman- a looming, unstoppable figure. ” - the_almighty_tron
Robin Williams
Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford Motor Company executive from Indiana...
“ Sean Maguire- Good Will Hunting.

This film (and performance) is the reason that Robin Williams is one of my favorite actors. He puts so much depth and pathos into this role. To the unassuming eye, Sean Maguire is just a normal, everyday guy. But then you notice underneath his unassuming facade is a man who's experienced great heartache, someone that everyone can connect with. ” - the_almighty_tron
Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz is an Austrian-German actor. He is known for his works with American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, receiving acclaim for portraying SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds and bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained. For each performance, he won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award...
“ Hans Landa- Inglourious Basterds.

Landa is so wonderfully evil, thanks to an electric performance by Waltz. The opening conversation with the dairy farmer is simply classic. ” - the_almighty_tron
“ Paul- Funny Games.

This is probably my top underrated performance of the last fifteen years. Frisch is brillaintly psychotic in this role, always one-upping his enemies with every chance he gets and making sure that he comes out as the winner. ” - the_almighty_tron
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Actor, Inception
Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt was born February 17, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, to Jane Gordon and Dennis Levitt. Joseph was raised in a Jewish family with his late older brother, Dan Gordon-Levitt, who passed away in October 2010. His parents worked for the Pacifica Radio station KPFK-FM and his maternal grandfather...
“ Brendan Frye- Brick.

You don't see many noirs take place in a high school, but this one is a success, largely thanks to Gordon-Levitt's turn as Brendan. His performance reminds of a classic Bogart-type detective, determined to find the truth no matter what it takes. ” - the_almighty_tron
“ Laura- The Orphanage.

I absolutely love this film, and it's partly to Rueda's performance as Laura. Here, you can see this woman is pretty desparate to start life anew, yet the past still haunts her. Overall, one of the better horror-film performance I've seen in recent years. ” - the_almighty_tron
Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton was born Diane Hall in Los Angeles, California, to Dorothy Deanne (Keaton), an amateur photographer, and John Newton Ignatius "Jack" Hall, a civil engineer and real estate broker. Her ancestry includes Irish, English, German, and Scottish. Keaton studied Drama at Santa Ana College before dropping out to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York...
“ Title Character- Annie Hall

Keaton plays this role with so much charm and grace, it's uncanny. She truly understood Allen's words and was able to interpret them exceptionally. ” - the_almighty_tron
Ryan Gosling
Actor, Drive
Canadian actor Ryan Gosling is the first person born in the 1980s to have been nominated for the Best Actor Oscar (for Half Nelson). He was born Ryan Thomas Gosling on November 12, 1980, in London, Ontario, Canada. He is the son of Donna (Wilson), a secretary, and Thomas Ray Gosling, a traveling salesman...
“ The Driver- Drive.

This character is comparable to The Man with no Name. He's a man of few words, and Gosling did just that. While he spoke few words, he spoke them in an epic fashion. ” - the_almighty_tron
Vincent Price
Actor, writer, and gourmet, Vincent Leonard Price, Jr. was born in St Louis, Missouri, to Marguerite Cobb (Wilcox) and Vincent Leonard Price, Sr., president of the National Candy Company. He traveled through Europe, studied at Yale and became an actor. He made his screen debut in 1938, and after many minor roles...
“ Edward Lionheart- Theater of Blood.

Vincent Price's best work, bar none. His turn at the vengeful failed Shakespeare actor is truly one to remember. Before/after each death, Lionheart recites a Shakespeare soliloquy and Price does this brilliantly. ” - the_almighty_tron
Bruce Campbell
In 1979 with his Detroit friends, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell raised $350,000 for a low-budget film, The Evil Dead, in which he starred and co-executive produced. Completed piecemeal over four years, the film first gained notoriety in England where it became the best-selling video of 1983...
“ Elvis Presley- Bubba Ho-Tep

Being a huge Bruce Campbell fan, this was tough for me. In this one, Campbell exposes a superb comic timing that's rarely seen these days. Why he isn't a more lauded-after actor is beyond me. ” - the_almighty_tron
Will Ferrell
John William Ferrell was born in Irvine, California, to Betty Kay (Overman), a teacher, and Roy Lee Ferrell, Jr., a musician. His parents were both originally from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. A graduate of the University of Southern California, Ferrell became interested in performing while a student at University High School in Irvine...
“ Buddy the Elf- Elf.

Will Ferrell is usually a comedic genius, but in this film, he's more than that. He shows depth as an actor by displaying adult naivety like no other. If elves were real, this is what they'd be like. ” - the_almighty_tron
Bill Murray
Bill Murray is an American actor, comedian, and writer. The fifth of nine children, he was born William James Murray in Wilmette, Illinois, to Lucille (Collins), a mailroom clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II, who sold lumber. He is of Irish descent. Among his siblings are actors Brian Doyle-Murray, Joel Murray...
“ Bob Harris- Lost in Translation.

I almost forgot to put this one in, which would've made this list incomplete in my opinion. Murray's turn as a washed-up former star of the silver screen is displayed with unwavering brilliance and depth. He's desperate and lonely, looking for his place in the world. ” - the_almighty_tron
“ Randal Graves- Clerks.

Jeff Anderson's turn as a disgruntled Video Store Clerk is great. He's pissed off, cynical, and hilarious all at the same time. The way he interacts with Dante Hicks is great. ” - the_almighty_tron
R. Lee Ermey
A talented character actor known for his military roles, Ronald Lee Ermey was in the United States Marine Corps for 11 years. He rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant, and later was bestowed the honorary rank of Gunnery Sergeant by the Marine Corps, after he served 14 months in Vietnam and later did two tours in Okinawa...
“ Gunnery Sergeant Hartman- Full Metal Jacket.

This was just excellent, that's I can say. Sharp-tongued and hilarious, Ermey improvised half of his dialogue and it's brilliant. ” - the_almighty_tron
Min-sik Choi
Actor, Oldeuboi
Choi Min-shik first made a name for himself in theater before breaking into the film world with a role in Park Chong-won's acclaimed film 'Our Twisted Hero' (1992). In the mid-nineties he continued to act in theater productions as well as in several TV dramas, including Moon Over Seoul with Han Seok-gyu...
“ Oh-Dae Soo- Oldboy.

It's stupid how good of a performance this was. Choi defined "method acting" with this role. The pain Soo went through, he went through. Whatever Soo did, he did. Not much more I can say about this besides brilliant. ” - the_almighty_tron
Pam Grier
Actress, Jackie Brown
Pam Grier was born in Winston-Salem, NC, one of four children of Gwendolyn Sylvia (Samuels), a nurse, and Clarence Ransom Grier Jr., an Air Force mechanic. Pam has been a major African-American star from the early 1970s. Her career started in 1971, when Roger Corman of New World Pictures launched her with The Big Doll House...
“ Title Character- Jackie Brown.

A blaxploitation legend, Grier made an excellent comeback with Jackie Brown. Sharp-tongued, fierce and tenacious, Brown makes for an excellent movie heroine. ” - the_almighty_tron
Brandon Lee
Actor, The Crow
Born in Oakland, California, USA, Brandon Lee spent the first eight years of his life in Hong Kong. By the time he was able to walk, he was already involved in learning about martial arts from his father, martial arts expert and famed actor Bruce Lee. After Bruce Lee's untimely death, Brandon...
“ Eric Draven- The Crow.

This was sadly Lee's last film. We all know the tragic accident of his death, and it was a damn shame. Lee was able put in so much depth to a character that probably wouldn't have much in the hands of someone else. Mysterious, heartbroken and emotionally tortured, Draven seeks vengeance on those who've wronged him, and it's just great. ” - the_almighty_tron
Brad Pitt
An actor and producer known as much for his versatility as he is for his handsome face, Golden Globe-winner Brad Pitt's most widely recognized role may be Tyler Durden in Fight Club. However, his portrayals of Billy Beane in Moneyball, and Rusty Ryan in the remake of Ocean's Eleven and its sequels, also loom large in his filmography...
“ Tyler Durden- Fight Club.

Fight Club is a modern-day masterpiece, and Pitt's turn as Tyler Durden is a good reason why. Durden is a brutal, charismatic, anarchist-everything Norton's character aspires to be. Pitt blends charisma, comedy, insanity and cool into one brilliant punch. ” - the_almighty_tron
Joe Pesci
Actor, Goodfellas
Compact Italian-American actor Joe Pesci was born February 9, 1943 in Newark, New Jersey, to Mary (Mesce), a part-time barber, and Angelo Pesci, a bartender and forklift driver. Pesci first broke into entertainment as a child actor, and by the mid-1950s, was starring on the series "Star Time Kids". In the mid-1960s...
“ Tommy DeVito- Goodfellas.

Another great movie psycho, one that could rival Hopper's Frank Booth. The "how am i funny?" scene has got to be one of the most tense scenes in movie history, thanks in part to Tommy's violent nature. ” - the_almighty_tron
Gary Cooper
Actor, High Noon
Born to Alice Cooper and Charles Cooper (not in film business). Gary attended school at Dunstable school England, Helena Montana and Iowa College, Grinnell, Iowa. His first stage experience was during high school and college. Afterwards, he worked as an extra for one year before getting a part in a two reeler by Hans Tissler (an independent producer)...
“ Marshal Will Kane- High Noon.

Will Kane is one of cinema's great heroes, this due in part to a dynamite performance by Cooper. He plays an aged Marshal that just wants to retire and settle down, but when trouble comes to his town, he puts back on his badge and his gun to save the day. ” - the_almighty_tron
Liv Ullmann
Actress, Persona
Liv Ullmann's father was a Norwegian engineer who used to work abroad, so as a child she lived in Tokyo, Canada, New York and Oslo. In the mid-'50s she made her stage debut and in 1957 made her film debut. She really became successful, however, when she began to work for Swedish director Ingmar Bergman in such films as Persona...
“ Elisabet the actress- Persona.

Ullmann barely has a line in this film, yet she delivers a groundbreaking performance. Her performance showed that acting is more than just reciting words. It's about emoting, creating depth, giving feeling. Ullmann does this better with barely any dialogue than most actors/actresses can do with full dialogue. ” - the_almighty_tron
Michael Rooker
Michael Rooker was born in 1955 in Jasper, Alabama. When he was 13 his parents divorced and he went with his mother to live in Chicago. He caught the acting bug while attending college, and began appearing in local stage productions. On first breaking into film, his intensity and "don't-mess-with-me" good looks were highlighted to chilling effect as the title character in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer...
“ Henry- Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.

Known by many nowadays as Merle from The Walking Dead, Rooker undoubtedly turns in the best performance of his career with his role as the Henry, a version of real-life serial killer Henry Lee Lucas. Rooker plays Henry with an intelligent, brutal and introverted nature; rest assured, he pulls it off. ” - the_almighty_tron
Leslie Nielsen
Leslie William Nielsen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and raised in Tulita (formerly Fort Norman), Northwest Territories. His mother, Mabel Elizabeth (Davies), was Welsh. His father, Ingvard Eversen Nielsen, was a Danish-born Mountie and a strict disciplinarian. Leslie studied at the Academy of Radio Arts in Toronto before moving on to New York's Neighborhood Playhouse...
“ Dr. Rumack- Airplane!

This performance, for me, defined true comedic acting. Nielsen delivers one-liners with charm and grace; an expert scene-stealer and is hilarious the whole way through. ” - the_almighty_tron
Kirk Douglas
Actor, Spartacus
Kirk Douglas is an American actor, producer, director, and author. After an impoverished childhood with immigrant parents and six sisters, he had his film debut in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) with Barbara Stanwyck. Douglas soon developed into a leading box-office star throughout the 1950s and 1960s...
“ Colonel Dax- Paths of Glory.

Kubrick always had a knack for getting solid performances from his actors, and this one is no different. Douglas plays Dax, a French WWI Colonel who's willing to risk a court-martial in order to save his troops from a suicidal mission. To me, this defined "integrity" in a character; someone who puts others before theirselves. ” - the_almighty_tron
Robert Ryan
Distinguished U.S. actor and longtime civil rights campaigner Robert Bushnell Ryan was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Mable Arbutus (Bushnell), a secretary, and Timothy Aloysius Ryan, whose wealthy family owned a real estate firm. His father was of Irish ancestry, and his mother was of English and Irish descent...
“ Deke Thornton- The Wild Bunch.

This was a tough one, because I was wondering whether to put Ryan or William Holden on this list. I ultimately chose Ryan because of what he had to work with. He was the competent leader of a incompetent gang. Their mission was essentially a wild-goose chase, yet Thornton was willing to see it through, mainly because he had to. To me, that's what separated him from Holden in this movie. ” - the_almighty_tron
Curtis Snow
Curtis Edward Snow is best known for the role he played of himself as an Atlanta robber and crack dealer in the controversial film, Snow On Tha Bluff. The film was a story of Curtis Snow and the harsh realities of living in one of the most dangerous streets in the US, the BLUFF in Atlanta GA. His performance and realism in this film have brought an amazing amount of attention.
“ Curtis Snow- Snow on Tha Bluff

This movie was incredibly, yet brutally honest, and part of that has to do with Snow's role in the film. To be honest, he really wasn't acting so much as he was being himself. He brought a sense of reality that's rather unheard of these days. With brutal honesty came untapped depth in his performance. ” - the_almighty_tron
Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Bhanji on December 31, 1943 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. His father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was a Kenyan-born medical doctor, of Gujarati Indian descent, and his mother, Anna Lyna Mary (Goodman), was an English actress. Ben began to act in stage plays during the 1960s...
“ Don Logan- Sexy Beast.

Another excellent movie psycho. Kingsley mixes equal parts sadistic/psychotic/hilarious into this truly excellent role. It's a shame he hasn't live up to this role since. ” - the_almighty_tron
Henry Fonda
Henry Jaynes Fonda was born in Grand Island, Nebraska, to Elma Herberta (Jaynes) and William Brace Fonda, who worked in advertising and printing. His recent ancestry included Dutch, English, and Scottish. Fonda started his acting debut with the Omaha Community Playhouse, a local amateur theater troupe directed by Dorothy Brando...
“ Frank- Once Upon a Time in America.

Fonda shed his image of the wholesome everyman in this film, portaying the ruthless contract killer Frank. In the film, Fonda is cold, remorseless and above all, brutal. Not only that, but he played this role with brilliant subtlety. ” - the_almighty_tron
Michael Caine
Michael Caine was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in London, to Ellen Frances Marie (Burchell), a charlady, and Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, a fish-market porter. He left school at age 15 and took a series of working-class jobs before joining the British army and serving in Korea during the Korean War...
“ Jack Carter- Get Carter.

This is Caine's best performance I've seen, by far. In this film, Caine plays a man who goes through the criminal underground of London to find out what happened to his dead brother. He combines a badass image and a deep, emotional interior. This performance shows that badasses have feelings, too. ” - the_almighty_tron
Leonardo DiCaprio
Actor, Inception
Few actors in the world have had a career quite as diverse as Leonardo DiCaprio's. DiCaprio has gone from relatively humble beginnings, as a supporting cast member of the sitcom Growing Pains and low budget horror movies, such as Critters 3, to a major teenage heartthrob in the 1990s, as the hunky lead actor in movies such as Romeo + Juliet and Titanic...
“ Calvin Candie- Django Unchained.

If DiCaprio ever wins an Oscar, it should be from this performance. Tarantino said this was the first villian he created which he absolutely hated, and for good reason. Candie's classy and charming, yet ruthless and brutal. The Phrenology speech is truly one to remember. ” - the_almighty_tron
Uma Thurman
Actress, Pulp Fiction
Uma Karuna Thurman was born in Boston, Massachusetts, into a highly unorthodox and Eurocentric family. She is the daughter of Nena Thurman (née Birgitte Caroline von Schlebrügge), a fashion model and socialite who now runs a mountain retreat, and of Robert Thurman (Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman)...
“ The Bride- Kill Bill,Vol. 1 and 2.

One of my favorite movie heroines. Tarantino has always done a good job of making strong female characters, examples being Mia Wallace and Jackie Brown, and the Bride is no exception. Aside from being a ruthless killer searching for retribution, the Bride is something else-human, and I think that's a good thing to expose. ” - the_almighty_tron
Woody Allen
Writer, Annie Hall
Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...
“ Alvy Singer- Annie Hall.

I always thought Woody Allen was a very underrated actor. Granted, in most of his movies, he's pretty much Woody Allen-neurotic and quick with one-liners. In this movie, though, he becomes more than that. He's a selfish, desperate romantic- trying to find out what went wrong the Annie, but he can't get seem to get over himself. ” - the_almighty_tron
Sylvester Stallone
Actor, Rocky
This athletically built, dark-haired American actor/screenwriter/director may never be mentioned by old-school film critics in the same breath as, say, Richard Burton or Alec Guinness; however, movie fans worldwide have been flocking to see Stallone's films for over 30 years, making "Sly" one of Hollywood's biggest-ever box office draws...
“ Rocky Balboa- Rocky.

It's really sad to see how bad Stallone got, because this film and his performance was great. He's an everyman with big dreams, burdened by his social status as well as many doubters. ” - the_almighty_tron
Gene Hackman
Actor, Unforgiven
Eugene Allen Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, the son of Anna Lyda Elizabeth (Gray) and Eugene Ezra Hackman, who operated a newspaper printing press. He is of Pennsylvania Dutch (German), English, and Scottish ancestry, partly by way of Canada, where his mother was born. After several moves...
“ Harry Caul- The Conversation.

Hackman's finest film and finest performance. He's perfect as an obsessive surveillance technician, combining a workaholic lifestyle with a loner personality. Paranoid, neurotic and desperate to stay hidden, he's a man trying to wipe the blood from his hands. ” - the_almighty_tron
Anthony Perkins
Actor, Psycho
Anthony Perkins was born April 4, 1932 in New York City to Janet Esselstyn (Rane) and Osgood Perkins, an actor of both stage and film. His paternal great-grandfather was noted engraver Andrew Varick Stout Anthony. Perkins attended the Brooks School, the Browne & Nichols School, Columbia University and Rollins College...
“ Norman Bates- Psycho.

A momma's boy with a dark side, this has been a rather overlooked performance. On the surface, Bates is just the shy, awkward boy-next-door. However, he's haunted by the split personality of his angry, vengeful mother. Perkins plays both sides brilliantly. ” - the_almighty_tron
John Travolta
John Joseph Travolta was born in Englewood, New Jersey, one of six children of Helen Travolta (née Helen Cecilia Burke) and Salvatore/Samuel J. Travolta. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of Irish ancestry. His father owned a tire repair shop called Travolta Tires in Hillsdale, NJ...
“ Jack Terry- Blow Out.

Travolta is always just so naturally funny and charismatic in his roles. Coming of Saturday Night Fever, he definitely kept it going with Blow Out. As a sound technician, he hears a sound of what sounds like a murder. As the movie goes along, he becomes more and more obsessed with the sound; you then realize he's in over his head and the situation's out of his control. ” - the_almighty_tron