Greatest Acting Performances of All Time


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1Jack Nicholson - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

For some reason, I knew he was going to be on this list. - MusicalPony

Probably because he's had so many great and memorable roles, done so well... - Billyv

2Tom Hanks - Forrest GumpV2 Comments
3Marlon Brando - The GodfatherMarlon Brando, Jr. was an American actor, film director, and activist. He is credited with bringing a gripping realism to film acting, and is often cited as one of the greatest and most influential actors of all time.
4Robert Deniro - Taxi Driver
5Jack Nicholson - The Shining

It wasn't scary but it was the funniest thing. And when I'm typing, cha ching, cha ching!

I really think he should have won the oscar for this. I really don't see why he didn't. - Beatlesboy9

6James Gandolfini - The Sopranos

While he arguably had a certain advantage over actors in movies in that he had approx 86 hours in 86 installments to develop and portray the character, it could alsot be considered an extraordinaiy feat in sustaining and building the depth over years and that amount of time on camera.
Anyway it's viewed, the performance should be considered as one of, if not the greatest performance. A magnificent and unique achievement. - Billyv

7Peter O'Toole - Lawrence of Arabia
8Leonardo DiCaprio - What's Eating Gilbert Grape
9Robert Deniro - Raging Bull
10Dustin Hoffman - The GraduateDustin Lee Hoffman is an American actor and director with a career in film, television, and theatre since 1960. He has been known for his versatile portrayals of antiheroes and vulnerable characters.

The Newcomers

?Eli Wallach - The Good, the Bad and the UglyEli Herschel Wallach was an American film, television and stage actor whose career spanned more than six decades, beginning in the late 1940s.

Lots of people agree that Wallach was snubbed for a Best Leading Actor Academy Award for his performance, and they're right. His performance was rich and multilayered. As Tuco, he is devious, yet vulnerable; strong, yet sympathetic; grotesque, yet glowing. There is as much menace to him as there is a warm and welcoming presence. One of the greatest movie performances ever.
People generally consider this film to be a Clint Eastwood film. It's an Eli Wallach film, through and through. - SourNote2014

The Contenders

11Anthony Hopkins - The Silence of the Lambs
12Gregory Peck - to Kill a Mockingbird

Incredibly difficult decision, but Gregory Peck is possibly my favourite actor. He WAS Atticus Finch. - PetSounds

13Paul Newman - Cool Hand LukePaul Leonard Newman was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, professional racing driver and team owner, environmentalist, activist and philanthropist.
14Daniel Day-Lewis - There Will Be Blood
15Morgan Freeman - The Shawshank Redemption
16Edward Norton - Fight ClubEdward Harrison Norton is an American actor, filmmaker and activist. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards for his work in the films Primal Fear, American History X and Birdman.
17Sean Penn - I Am Sam
18Kevin Spacey - American Beauty
19Peter Sellers - Dr. Strangelove
20Al Pacino - Scent of a Woman
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Top Remixes

1. James Gandolfini - The Sopranos
2. Jack Nicholson - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
3. Tom Hanks - Forrest Gump
1. Jack Nicholson - The Shining
2. Marlon Brando - The Godfather
3. Paul Newman - Cool Hand Luke
1. Jack Nicholson - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
2. Marlon Brando - The Godfather
3. Robert Deniro - Taxi Driver



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