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Poll: Who Left the Biggest Impression in Their Acting Debut?

Some actors work their way up to fame with bit role after bit role, while others steal the spotlight their very first time on the screen. This list is dedicated to those first-time out-of-the-gate scene-stealers.

Which of these acting debuts left the biggest impression on you?

To keep this group of actors more special, I am not including actors who were previously credited for appearing in TV shows or TV movies prior to their 'big film debut'; the debut movie needs to have at least 2,000 votes for the actor to be included; and the actor needs to have at least appeared in one later credited role (otherwise they might be one-hit wonders).

Discuss here:

Make Your Choice

  1. Vote!

    Orson Welles in Citizen Kane (1941)

    Orson Welles as Kane in Citizen Kane (1941)
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    "The Maltese Falcon" Sidney Greenstreet and Humphrey Bogart 1941 Warner Bros.

    Sydney Greenstreet as Kasper Gutman in The Maltese Falcon (1941)
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    Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, and Angela Lansbury in Gaslight (1944)

    Angela Lansbury as Nancy in Gaslight (1944)
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    Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in "To Have and Have Not," 1945 Warner Bros.

    Lauren Bacall as Marie 'Slim' Browning in To Have and Have Not (1944)
  5. Vote!

    Harold Russell in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

    Harold Russell as Homer Parrish in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
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    Montgomery Clift, c. 1947.

    Montgomery Clift as Ralph Stevenson in The Search (1946)
  7. Vote!

    Woody Allen C. 1979

    Woody Allen as Victor in What's New Pussycat (1965)
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    "Funny Girl" Barbra Streisand 1968 Columbia

    Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl (1968)
  9. Vote!

    Randy Quaid

    Randy Quaid as Lester Marlow in The Last Picture Show (1971)
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    "Exorcist" Jason Miller & Max Von Sydow 1973 Warner

    Jason Miller as Father Karras in The Exorcist (1973)
  11. Vote!

    Ryan O'Neal and daughter Tatum circa 1970s

    Tatum O'Neal as Addie Loggins in Paper Moon (1973)
  12. Vote!

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Brad Dourif, William Redfield, Will Sampson, and Delos V. Smith Jr. in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

    Brad Dourif as Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
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    "King Kong" Jessica Lange 1976 Paramount

    Jessica Lange as Dwan in King Kong (1976)
  14. Vote!

    "Dune" Kyle MacLachlan

    Kyle MacLachlan as Paul Atreides in Dune (1984)
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    Johnny Depp in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

    Johnny Depp as Glen Lantz in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
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    Oprah Winfrey and Willard E. Pugh in The Color Purple (1985)

    Oprah Winfrey as Sofia in The Color Purple (1985)
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    Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, and Kerri Green in The Goonies (1985)

    Josh Brolin as Brand in The Goonies (1985)
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    "Academy Awards: 59th Annual," Marlee Matlin (Best Actress). 1987.

    Marlee Matlin as Sarah Norman in Children of a Lesser God (1986)
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    Natalie Portman and Jean Reno in Léon: The Professional (1994)

    Natalie Portman as Mathilda in Léon: The Professional (1994)
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    Luke Wilson in Bottle Rocket (1996)

    Luke Wilson as Anthony Adams in Bottle Rocket (1996)
  21. Vote!

    Owen Wilson in Bottle Rocket (1996)

    Owen Wilson as Dignan in Bottle Rocket (1996)
  22. Vote!

    Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, and Jason Statham in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

    Jason Statham as Bacon in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
  23. Vote!

    Michelle Rodriguez stars as Diana

    Michelle Rodriguez as Diana Guzman in Girlfight (2000)
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    Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, and Larry Miller in The Princess Diaries (2001)

    Anne Hathaway as Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries (2001)
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    Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, and Emma Watson in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

    Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
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    Freida Pinto in Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

    Freida Pinto as Latika in Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
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    Gabourey Sidibe in Precious (2009)

    Gabourey Sidibe as Precious Jones in Precious (2009)
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    Quvenzhané Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

    Quvenzhane Wallis as Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

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