Best Male Performance in a Movie

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1Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)

ERRR, the Joker. Hello! Why so serious? Let's put a smile on that face and vote Heath for top male performance!

The best male perfomance I have ever seen! We lost an awesome actor so early. A true talent. I watch the dark knight for only one reason. For Heath Ledger! That perfomance vanished Nicolson as the best Joker. The best Joker is Ledger and he will always be! We miss you so much! a greek fan...a fan of true talents...

fantastic performance I never knew that was heath R.I.P. you will be missed

Heath ledger was and still is my favorite actor of all time!

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2Orlando Bloom (Pirates Of The Caribbean)Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom is an English actor. After having his breakthrough as Legolas in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, he rose to fame by further appearing in epic fantasy, historical epic, and fantasy adventure films.V1 Comment
3Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl)

He is better than Orlando bloom, ESPECIALLY in pirates of the Caribbean

there is no one and I do mean no one that can beat johnny... he is without doubt the best actor ever. and this movie is the biggest piece of johnny. great acting - maddogg316

well there really arent and will never be any greater and more brilliant actor than johnny depp so I have to say that he deserves the number one spot

4James Stewart (It's a Wonderful Life)James Stewart (May 20, 1908 - July 2, 1997) is an American actor, who is widely considered to be one of the greatest actors. He is known for his roles in Rear Window, It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

He should be in 1! However, he is the best. James Stewart is such a man who acted because he wanted to, and played George Bailey so amorously that I fell in love with the pie. Smooches

He did a very amazing job in this movie. - moose4life19

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5Al Pacino (The Godfather)

The Best performance I've ever seen on Celluloid. "Tell me anything but don't tell me you are innocent.. because that insults my intelligence"... Love it! The Greatest of all time Al Pacino. I am mad about him. - redgedawson

Most of Heath Ledger's are just sympathy votes. Good acting but passing up on Marlon Brando and Al Pacino? Sad. So sad.

He should be on number 1 for this role. I mean he was good and no one would have really done without Al Pacino.

The greatest screen performance I've ever seen. - TheAlwaysClassyMaynard

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6Jack Nicholson (One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest)

What the heck! In one day, his performance dropped 5 spots! Just because Heath's Ledger Joker reinvented the character, Iit does not mean it is the best!

7Marlon Brando (On the Waterfront)Marlon 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.

Should be number 1, how does Depp and Bloom beat Brando. This the best performance of all time.

8Robert DeNiro (Raging Bull)

De Niro has less votes than Depp? Seriously...

9Humphrey Bogart (Casablanca)
10Leonardo DiCaprio (The Departed)

Like this leo is the best acting

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11Marlon Brando (The Godfather)Marlon 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.

Most influential acting performance - zxm

12Robert Pattinson (Twilight)

He's great actor. Good acting, Good looking, talented, gorgeous, lovely, he's PERFECT! - cho97

13Jack Nicholson (The Shining)

A man stuns the audience and he doesn't get a single oscar nomination for it.If critics are like these then there shouldn't be any critic.Great performance! - zxm

14Al Pacino (Scarface)
15Pierce Brosnan (Goldeneye)Pierce Brendan Brosnan is an Irish actor and film producer who after leaving comprehensive school at age 16, began training in commercial illustration.
16Charlie Sheen (Platoon)

He did fantastic but jaws is my Favourite movie and I could not find rob shaw (Jaws)

17Jack Nicholson (Batman)
18Al Pacino (The Godfather Part II)
19Ralph Fiennes (Schindler's List)
20Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James)
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List StatsUpdated 21 Oct 2016

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Top Remixes (7)

1. Charlie Sheen (Platoon)
2. Jack Nicholson (One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest)
3. Al Pacino (Scarface)
1. Al Pacino (The Godfather)
2. Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James)
3. Benicio del Toro (Traffic)
1. Marlon Brando (On the Waterfront)
2. Ralph Fiennes (Schindler's List)
3. Humphrey Bogart (Casablanca)

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