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My favorite actor growing up was Edward G. Robinson. I was enthralled with the Warner Brothers gangster characterizations
of the great Eddie G., whether straight forward bad guys or
the many tongue in cheek characters. In real life, Mr. Robinson, was a discerning, tasteful, gentle patron of the arts and a great humanitarian and appreciator of beauty. In his film career, he was always excellent and quite prolific and hard working, and so listing 31 of his best films was quite effortless. So, here are 31 of the best films of the wonderful, Edward G. Robinson.
The consensus opinion among actors is that Robert Duvall is the most audacious, wild, free spirited character in Hollywood; nevertheless a flawless and wildly talented actor first and foremost. Ironically, Duvall earned his Oscar in the Best Actor category (Tender Mercies - 1983), while most of his quite memorable performances have been in supporting roles. From Boo Radley to Tom Hagen to Col Kilgore to Jerry Facher, Duvall has consistently elevated the films in which he appears to classics, in many cases. Duvall appears more than any other actor in the A.F.I., s top 100 movies. Coincidence? Not hardly. Duvall debuted in To Kill a Mockingbird and appeared in many popular films of the 60's, Bullitt, True Grit, The Chase; then went on to play the consumate Tom Hagen in both Godfather and Godfather II, followed by tour de force appearances in Network and Apocalypse Now. Then, his signature role in "The Great Santini" is just superb and my personal favorite. Just astonishing is the impact of Duvall's presence in the films in which he appeared. Here are 33 of the best of the wonderful Bobby Duvall.
This is a list of my favorite performances by year, for each year, in descending order, from the present, back through
1931. It is especially rewarding as the acting role is cited
irrespective of awards or nominations or even critical recognition, and is further not limited to a category of lead or supporting, male or female, small or large. In this sense, it is extremely liberating to just recall one great, haunting, delicious performance for each year, starting with the current year and going back through 1931. The only stress is choosing one of many notable performances. These are my favorites and not meant as a any further commentary aside from what was pleasing to myself. Hopefully, the reader willl enjoy! (Still working on the comments section.)
My favorite films by year from 1930 without regard to awards or critical acclaim, just my personal favorites. In three cases, 1943, 1963 and 2005, the "year" is counted for purposes of this list as the Oscar consideration year, and may not coincide with the actual release date. Enjoy!
One of the great actors of the 90's, the wonderful Kevin Spacey has appeared in many excellent films and has created a number of memorable screen characterizations since his debut in 1988. Here are 22 of his very best.
This list is supplemental to the first list (best actors of the golden age (1930-1969), and also supplemental to the next list (the actors of the 70's - 11 dynamic male actors.)
This is the third actor list which brings us forward for the last 30 years, from 1980 to present day!! I have included each actor's signature film; the actor's best individual performance, and not necessarily the best film in which he has appeared, nor the most awarded performance.
This is a list in order of my favorite movie actors, from the early days of the movies through the end of the sixties, the stars of my early years. It is strictly personal favorites list, without regard to talent or acting ability, just a fun tribute to the wonderful stars of the golden years. I've added each actor's "signature" film, that being the role that best embodies the persona of the veteran actor, and not necessarily the best film of his career. Enjoy!
Several excellent films have been made starting with the film year for 2010, and a new list reflecting the great start is warranted. Here are the best films from 2010 to the present day. Obviously, a work in progress, to be modified as new great films are released.
This list is supplemental to my list of historic movie actor favorites (from the early days of the talking picture through the end of the sixties). This is a bridge list, then, linking the Golden Age list of Actors with the Best Actors of today. (see lists.) The eleven actors dominated the dynamic, gritty and excellent 70's, and elevated the acting craft considerably. .
Listing the greatest 141 films of all time is a daunting, but rewarding task, and of course, highly subjective and personal. Nevertheless, here are mine and in order. I have augmented the original 100 to a total of 141 after reflection and in light of the wonderful film releases from 2010, 2011 2012, and 2013. Enjoy!
With the right role, and few breaks, these actors are destined to win an acting Oscar in the not too distant future.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman's acting ability is beyond excellent,
it's mind boggling. He is arguably the best actor working today and continues to turn in one sensational performance after another. Hoffman's redefining the acting skill is reminiscent of Brando and Clift in the 50's; Pacino, De Niro, Dustin Hoffman in the 70's; and Hanks, Spacey, and Penn a in the 90's; and, Spencer Tracy, all time and any time! It is a pleasure to watch this wonderful actor grow and stretch and set a very high standard with each performance. Here are 21 of his best. Added 3/26/14 -- RIP, Phillip Hoffman. A great tragedy and a huge loss. This one really hurts, and will haunt this writer for a long time. JCJ
This is a list of the all time greatest character actors in film from the dawn of talking pictures through the present. It is somewhat a subjective exercise in defining exclusively, "character actor", as opposed to leading actor, therefore, what might appear as glaring omissions, e.g., Michael Caine, Anthony Quinn, Walter Huston, P.S. Hoffman, may be categorized as predominantly lead actors and therefore missing from the list. But it's just for fun anyway. (I've included a memorable role or two for each). Enjoy!
The great Humphrey Bogart labored long and hard during the 30's as a contract player with Warner Brothers. During some years up to eight films were made in a single year. Bogart said it was difficult to remember which film he was working on on a day to day basis. After 1941, following breakthrough starring performances in two classics, High Sierra and Maltese Falcon, Bogart was at the pinnacle of the movie acting world, and remained on top until his tragic early passing in 1957. Bogart created many memorable, classic and indelible movie characterizations. Here are 31 of his very best.
This is a list of 30 of the most underrated or at least under appreciated, under the radar, cinematic treasures from the 30's through the present. The list is an assortment of screen gems, not necessarily unnoticed, but never appreciated to the extent of the quality of the entertainment, at least in the opinion of this writer. Enjoy!
The wonderful film, Twelve Angry Men is a true classic and the result of the the collaboration of, among others, the wonderful Henry Fonda, and first time Director, the brilliant Sidney Lumet, one of my very favorites. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" comes to mind, and there have been a few made for TV remakes since the original classic. Maybe the perfect cast, mood, score, acting and direction cannot be duplicated, but it is rewarding to suggest a pretty good modern day cast, which might give the original a run for the money! Here is, respectfully, my dream cast for the 2013 version of 12 Angry Men.
For those fans of the Ayn Rand classic, Atlas Shrugged, I have suggested a modern day dream cast for the vivid characters created in the mind of the gifted author, the late Ms. Rand. For the fans of the novel, enjoy!
The best female actor of all time is featured in this list of remarkable films, each featuring the wonderful Meryl in one of her many breathtaking performances. Meryl has created
many indelible screen characterizations since her debut in
1977. Here are 36 of her very best!
The Oscar for Best Picture did not always go to the Best Picture of the year. This is a list of the actual winners, ranked from the very best through all the rest in descending order. It's all subjective, and a matter of opinion, and one thousand listers would have 1000 different lists, and so here is mine. But it's just for fun, so hopefully the reader will enjoy!
My choice for the Best performance by a male actor in a supporting role by year from 1934 to the present date. In descending order from 2012.
The best films of my favorite actor, Richard Widmark, ranked from his best through all the rest. A brief review of each of Widmark's 72 films is included.
This is a list of the the very finest directors in the history of movie making. Daunting and difficult to synthesize into a list, it is highly personal and subjective and intended as a tribute to them all! I've included the very best of each legendary Director's films.
Jack Lemmon was indisputably one of the greatest and most beloved screen actors in history. His unique combination of raw acting talent, humility, humor and likeability were unparalleled. I remember my Father saying, "I just think of Jack
Lemmon, and I can't help but smile." That was Jack. Here is
a list of 15 of his best.
The astonishing Robert DeNiro is so immersed in his film roles,
it is difficult to glimpse his real person. DeNiro created some indelible characterizations on film and had three of the finest performances in a six year span; Godfather Part II,
The Deer Hunter, and Raging Bull. DeNiro is very prolific and
has made many films over his 40 year (and counting) career.
He has elevated the craft and is easily one of the greatest film actors of all time. Here are 30 of his very best.
Charismatic, blue eyed, Paul Newman, was horribly miscast in his film debut in 1955, in the silly biblical epic, The Silver Chalice. They must have learned quickly because the next nearly 50 years featured sheer brilliance, and one memorable film characterization after another for the wonderful Paul Newman. From Somebody Up There Likes Me to Road to Perdition, Newman, was likeable, magnetic and consistently
excellent. Here are 35 of his very best.
I grew up watching on television the Warner Brothers movies
of the 30's and early 40's, and especially the gangster films
with Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart and the wonderful
Jimmy Cagney. Cops and crooks -- I could not get enough. Cagney was the most magnetic, confident, likeable screen actor, and created many memorable screen characterizations over his career, with never a false note in any of his performances. Here are 21 of his very best!
Kind hearted, generous and wonderful Gregory Peck, in his
marvelous film career produced a number of indelible characters,
including Atticus Finch, in the timeless "To Kill a Mockingbird."
Each performance by Mr. Peck was sheer excellence. Eldred
Gregory Peck hails from my own hometown, San Diego, having been born and raised in the beautiful La Jolla district of San Diego. Along with gentle fellow citizens and actors, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer, Peck founded the wonderful La Jolla Playhouse. His memory is revered by his family, his many friends and his community. Here are 21 of my favorite films of the great Gregory Peck.
The wonderful, talented Montgomery Clift, appeared on the
movie scene in an auspicious debut in 1948, with "The Search", and acted on the screen until his death in 1966, tragically, at a young age. His film credits total 17, but each performance is pure excellence. His sensitivity transcended the screen. It would be difficult to imagine another actor in the role of George Eastman in "A Place in the Sun" or Robert E. Lee Pruitt in "From Here to Eternity". Flawless performances defined the film appearances of Monty Clift. Here are all 17 his films, and they are all quite excellent.
The wonderful Sidney Poitier made his fim debut auspiciously
in the 1950 Joe Mankiewicz drama, No Way Out. At 23 years old, Mr. Poitier showed acting brillliance beyond his years.
This brilliance continued over a 50 year film career. Sid Poitier
has always had a quiet dignity and elegance and his performances have been consistently excellent. This list was
a labor of joy and is meant as a tribute to the great Sidney Poitier. Here are 20 of his very best!
One of the greatest actors of all time, Tracy was so far ahead of his time and there was never a false note in any of his performances. He was the consumate movie actor and created many indelible screen characterizations over his wonderful career. Here are 30 of his very best, intended as a tribute to the great Spencer Tracy.
Forceful, confident actor with every man looks, Gene Hackman,
has been a power house in every performance. His breakthrough performance as Buck Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde placed Gene Hackman on the movie's actor's top shelf, where he has deservedly remained for many years and to the present day. Here are 20 of his very best films.
Maybe the most underrated of all actors of the golden era, quiet, shy and ernest, Henry Fonda, was, in retrospect, one of the best actors of all time, and belongs in the discussion of the best of the Hollywood film stars. Here are 30 of his best films.
Handsome, athletic, confident, and wildly talented, Burt Lancaster acted in some of the finest films and created many indelible characters over his 45 year film career. Lancaster
transitioned from leading man to mature character actor, to
senior roles flawlessly and always with excellence and style.
Here are 40 of his very best films.
An actor's actor, a perfectionist, and wildly talented, Dustin Hoffman is rightly regarded as one of the greatest film actors of all time. Along with several other 70's acting greats (see my list, "the actors of the 70's; ten guys who changed....everything", Nicholson, Pacino, De Niro and Hoffman affected acting and movie making in a new and profound way, elevating the acting craft to a new level of realism and excellence. Here are 15 of the very best films of Dustin Hoffman.
Since his breakthrough performance in Easy Rider (1969), Jack Nicholson has been at the top of every acting list of the best actors in film. He is revered as one of the finest screen actors of all time. Moreover, Jack is a unique character. His persona is quirky, playful, and always interesting. His acting talent is immense and he has created many indelible screen characterizations over his long career. Here are 21 of his very best.
The quintessence of elegance, grace and charm, was the affable Cary Grant. Mr. Grant created many memorable screen characterizations over his career and always with the utmost of charm and acting excellence. Here are 25 of his very best.
William Holden debuted in films at a very young age, in 1938 and went on to become one of the finest screen actors of all time. The films of William Holden dominated the 50's and Holden was the favorite actor of the great Billy Wilder, my favorite director and appeared in three of the very best of Wilder's wonderful films.
From Sunset Boulevard to Stalag 17 to Picnic to Bridge on the River Kwai, William Holden was at the top of the list in the decade of the 50's. Here are 25 of his very best.
Wonderful actor, Al Pacino, created some of the screen's most indelible images from the 70's to the present. Along with 70's icons (see my list: "The actors of the 70's; 10 guys who changed....everything"), Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman et. al., changed movie acting and movie making in a significant way. Pacino is one of the greatest movie actors of all time, and this list is 20 of my favorites.
Marlon Brando burst on the acting scene in the late 40's and redefined acting in a way that had never been approached before. He may very well be the greatest movie actor of all time, although that discussion is patently ridiculous, as there is no correct answer, only lively debate. But Brando is certainly deserving of being in the discussion and his movies are evidence of his immense talent. So I offer my top 15 of his films.
The wonderful and iconic Billy Wilder is my favorite director, and arguably the greatest of all time. Mr. Wilder was so far ahead of his time, absolutely brilliant in his writing and movie creating, he had the uncanny ability to entertain yet, subtly put on the audience and the whole world. His movie magic was intelligent, poignant, but with a wink and a smile. Wilder is the Mount Everest of movie directors!
Versatile actor, Rod Steiger, created several of the most indelible screen characterizations in movie history. From
Brando's sad, anxious older brother in On the Waterfront, to the morose, tormented holocaust survivor in The Pawnbroker, to the Southern Police Chief in In the Heat of the Night, Steiger always gave full throttle fearless performances. His acting in the great Doctor Zhivago was flawless, and my personal favorite. His acting was always excellent and always elevated the films in which he appeared. Here are 20 of his very best.
One of the greatest stars of the 30's, Fredric March was excellent and prolific and made many excellent movies in the decade. His transition to the 40's through the 70's even
elevated his stature in film, with memorable characterizations
including The Best Years of Our Lives, Death of a Saleman, and Inherit the Wind. Just flawless was the great Fredric March. Here are 25 of his very best films.
The wonderful Sidney Lumet is one of the greatest film directors of all time. His first project was the timeless
12 Angry Men, which was in collaboration with Henry Fonda
and a huge critical success. From his success on 12 Angry Men in 1957, Sidney Lumet has created many gritty, excellent, well crafted films for over 50 years. Here are 20 of his very best.
My favorite of the actors of today is the wonderful, likeable, wildly talented Tom Hanks. Since the early 80's, Tom Hanks has created many indelible film characterizations
and has been consistently excellent in every project. Moreover, Tom Hanks has made excellent decisions in his choice of roles, and creates for the screen one great film after another. Here are 20 of his very best.
Iconic and consistently excellent director, Alfred Hitchcock made 54 films during his remarkable career. Although the great Hitch never received the Oscar for Best director, his films are nearly always entertaining and excellent. This is my fun tribute listing my top 25 favorites!
The decade of the 30's was surprising in terms of the many
quality, excellent feature film entries, given that the film industry was in it's fledgling years, at least in terms of talking pictures. The great film makers learned quickly and we are fortunate as movie fans to have the considerable talents of Frank Capra, John Ford and Victor Fleming making movies, with the likes of William Wyler, John Huston and many others emerging as great talents as well. It's a pleasure to suggest just 30 of the very best. Enjoy.
The fabulous 40's featured some truly wonderful classic film releases. Even with the world being consumed with global war the first half of the decade, Hollywood managed to produce Citizen Kane, Casablanca and Double Indemnity.
It was a movie golden age at it's zenith. Here are 40 of the best of the 40's.
The decade of the 50's is unjustifiably labeled as overly commercial and sensational, in an attempt to surpass the new medium of televison, with releases in the genres of horror, sci - fi, space travel, rock and roll and teen rebellion.
But the 50's is actually one of the greatest decades for quality films and true classics, starting the decade with two of the all time greatest films in the same year, Sunset Boulevard and All About Eve, and ending the decade with four of the greatest, Anatomy of a Murder, North by Northwest, Ben-Hur, and Some Like it Hot. The 50's is thus beyond excellent, it's fabulous. Here are 50 of the best of the underrated decade.
The 60's produced a number of the finest films ever made and some true classics.. Three of my top ten films are from the 60's: Doctor Zhivago, The Graduate and To Kill a Mockingbird. Not as prodigious as 50's, 70's or 90's,
nonetheless a great decade of film. Here are 30 of the best.
My favorite decade for film, the 70's was, far and away, the most important, influential period for many classic and enduring film releases of any age. The 70's introduced the writers, the directors and the actors that elevated the craft in a significant way, and made excellence standard in film making. Here are 50 of the very best of the sensational 70's.
While certainly not a a par with the gems of the 70's or the
comeback 90's, the decade of the 80's introduced many memorable films and several legitimate classics, interspersed between the commercial exploitation and endless sequels that defined film making in the Reagan era. Still, the 80's gave us Raging Bull, Terms of Endearment, Platoon and Rain Man, among other classics. Here are 30 of the best of the 80's.
The decade of the 90's was a treasure trove of great film making. Each year featured one or more true classics in the wonderfully creative, entertaining decade. Here are 50 of the very best of the comeback 90's.
Everyone agrees that citizen Kane should have won best picture for 1941 over How green Was my Valley, and that Raging Bull was the best picture of 1980. This list expands that notion. It is my personal list of mortal omissions and questionable best picture winners! And, of course, what should have won!!
The latest decade produced some real gems and true classics including Traffic, Mystic River, Crash and The Departed. While not nearly as prolific in terms of number of excellent films, as the 90's,, nonetheless, the last decade had it's share of memorable films. Here are 50 of the best of them.
With the right role and a few breaks, these wonderful actresses should win an acting Oscar in the not too distant future. Updated following the Oscar awards for the wonderful films of 2012 and the Best Actress win for Jennifer Lawrence, and Supporting Actress award to Anne Hathaway. Congrats to both!
Wonderful American director created some of the greatest movies in history. Here are 15 of his best.
The modern dream cast for one of my favorite movies, with one of my favorite acting ensembles, is indeed, a fun project, and a joy to put together. Just for fun, here is the modern cast of Murder on the Orient Express (2011).
Robert Redford has established himself as one of the greatest Directors in history, as well as movie historian and founder of Sundance. Nevertheless, Robert Redford was and is a wonderful actor, and has produced many indelible film characterizations for nearly 50 years. From The Chase to Lions for Lambs, Mr. Redford has always entertained with
taste and excellence. Here are 25 of his best acting efforts.
Classic, intense, consumate professional Richard Burton created many indelible film characterizations over his brilliant career. Here are 20 of his best.
Wonderful actor, Richard Dreyfuss is one an amazing group
of artists who impacted the decade of the 70's in a significant manner. (See my list: The Actors of the 70's; 10 guys who changed....everything.) The performances of
the likebale Richard Dreyfuss have been consistently excellent. Here are 20 of his very best.
Wonderful actor, Anthony Hopkins, created many indelible
film characterizations over his career, from his debut in 1968,
and continuing through the present day. Here are 25 of his
Wonderful actor, Peter O'Toole, has been nominated for the
Oscar for Best actor an astounding eight times without one win. Mr. O'Toole is the ultimate runner up in this category, and could have won a number of times. His acting is sheer excellence since his film debut in 1960, followed by his
most remembered role of T.E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia(1962). Here are 15 of his very best films.
Wonderful, intense, consumately professional actor, Denzel Washington, has been deservedly at the top of the heap
of actors of today since the early 80's. it is a pleasure to
suggest 22 of his very best films.
It is difficult to synthesize this field into a list, nevertheless, here is my list of the greatest movie actresses of all time, from the early days of talking pictures to the present day.
Legendary director, John Huston, created many timeless
classics over his incredible career. His films were consistently timely, gritty, realistic and excellent. Here are 21 of the best of the great John Huston.
Wonderful, talented actor, William Hurt, burst on the movie acting scene in 1980 in his film debut, Altered States, followed by an amazing list of film characterizations over the decade. William Hurt, was arguably, the most popular and important actor of the decade of the 80's having appeared in several important and successful films, including Body Heat, The Big Chill, Broadcast News, Children of a Lesser God, The Accidental Tourist, and his Oscar winning turn in Kiss of the Spider Woman. His acting is consistently excellent. After one of my favorite roles in "The Doctor" (1991), his career fell off considerably. Nevetheless, Hurt's run in the 80's is remarkable. Here are 15 of his best films.
Consumately masculine and forceful, Robert Mitchum, seemed to be under the radar and almost terminally underrated his entire wonderful, 50 year acting career. Nevertheless, the performances of Mitchum were consistently excellent, and he produced many indelible screen characterizations over his marvelous career. Here are 25 of his best.
Iconic screen actor, Morgan Freeman, had a relatively late start at stardom, and was unrecognizable until after he was 50 years old in the late 80's. Since that time, he has deservedly been at the top of the heap of modern day actors. Mr. Freeman has created many indelible screen characterizations through his wonderful career. It is a
pleasure to suggest 21 of his best.
Talented, confident, brash but likeable actor, Michael Douglas, has created many indelible screen characterizations over his amazing career, always with absolute excellence.
The son of acting icon, Kirk Douglas, was also a savy, smart
and wildly successful producer. Here are 25 of his very best
acting efforts, indended as a tribute to the wonderful Michael Douglas.
This is a list of my favorite actresses of the golden age, dawn
of the talking picture through the sixties. Enjoy.
Wonderful, wildly talented actor, Albert Finney is certainly in the discussion of finest actors of all time. Finney's performances are consistently excellent with never a false note. Mr. Finney, along with Olivier, O'Toole, Hopkins and
Burton are the top five movie actors from Great Britain, but this group ranks toward the top in the all time list as well.
Finney has created some truly indelible characterizations on screen over his remarkable career. It is a pleasure to suggest 21 of his best!
The dream cast for a modern update of legal thriller and modern classic, Presumed Innocent (1990). Enjoy.
It is a pleasure to suggest a modern dream cast for the
wonderful early sixties classic, Judgment at Nuremberg,
brought to the screen by Stanley Kramer and featuring an
impressive alll star cast. Enjoy!
Modern dream cast for a 2012 remake of the immortal classic,
From Here to Eternity. This list is dedicated to fellow passionate movie fanatic, MPowell. Enjoy!
The wonderful Sean Connery has created many indelible screen characterizations over his very long career, having made his debut in 1958. Mr. Connery has spent a career proving that he was more than just the consummate James Bond, and succeeded marvelously. But, to most film lovers, including myself, Connery was the only Bond; there was Connery and then everyone else. Nevetheless, whether as the cool and Steely Bond, or in nearly all of his performances, Connery was consistently excellent. Here are 30 of his very best acting performances.
Charlton Heston has been described as a man from a different era, not of the present. Mr. Heston's list of film credits support this observation. However, Heston's performances have been consistently excellent, whether portraits of the past or the future. He has created many indelible film characterizatons over his long and distinguished career. Here are 25 of his very best.
This is a list of the wonderful actresses of the 70's who, along with the guys (see list), elevated the movie acting craft and continued the Anne Bancroft/Natalie Wood/Julie Christie realism started a decade before!