Greatest Acting Performances On Film


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21Leonardo DiCaprio - The Departed

An amazing realistic performance, kind of reminds you of the average person with debt problems and anxiety!

Just definitely the full package. This character feels so real it is not funny. Leo can really maintain his realism in this movie.

The most legendary role of Leo DiCaprio. The realism in this character is so intense and he keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Just A Gritty Performance From An Actor Well Over Due An Oscar. If He Doesn't Win For Shutter Island I'll Be Pissed.


22Malcolm McDowell - A Clockwork Orange

Such A Strange Movie, But One Of My Favourites, Alex Is A Freakish Twisted Character, And Malcolm Plays Him Dead On.


One of the greatest performances of all time. McDowell manages to find a middle ground between insane and charming, a charisma that is a pleasure to watch.

This one gets overlooked far to often, while agree with your #1 Alex should be in the top 10

23Michelle Williams - Take This Waltz
24Orlando Bloom - Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's ChestV1 Comment
25Russell Crowe - A Beautiful Mind
26Charlie Sheen - Platoon

The end speech, the war scenes and the Village scenes were all just... He couldn't of done better!

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27Jennifer Lawrence - The Hunger Games Series
28Peter O'Toole - Lawrence of Arabia
29Samuel L. Jackson - Pulp FictionSamuel Leroy Jackson is an American actor and film producer. He achieved prominence and critical acclaim in the early 1990s with films such as Jungle Fever, Patriot Games, Amos & Andrew, True Romance, Jurassic Park and his collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino including Pulp Fiction, Jackie more.V1 Comment
30Orlando Bloom - Pirates of the Caribbean - At World's End
31Ellen Burstyn - Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a dream is probably one of the most disturbing films you will ever see. If you still want to take drugs after watching this, nothing will stop you. This masterpiece is incredibly depressing yet simply amazing, both at the same time. Jared Leto made this film brilliant but Ellen Burstyn fitted the role of sara goldfarb so well. Her acting sucked you into her depressing dream world. When you watch this haunting film, the depression becomes so bad that you start feeling like some of the characters. Confused, lonely and desperate. Ellen Burstyn Is also one of my most favourite actresses, she has been in a lot of good movies but this film is one of the greatest. Well, it is the greatest. - Potbellypup3

A very disturbing film, with unbelievable consequences. But Ellen Burstyn steals the show
With her amazing performance in this movie!

32Jack Nicholson - The Shining

The remarkable performance by Nucholson should totally be up with De Niro in Taxi Driver and Raging Bull and Al Paccino in The Godfather 1 and 2 and Scarface.

33Roy Scheider - Jaws
34Gary Oldman - Léon: The Professional

I'm shocked I made it here. That being said Oldman deserved an Oscar for this.

35Javier Bardem - No Country For Old Men

His deadpan delivery of lines is genius.

36James Stewart - Rear Window
37Tatsuya Nakadai - Kagemusha
38James Stewart - It's a Wonderful Life
39Joe Pantoliano - Memento
40Barbara Stanwyck - Double Indemnity
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3. Robert De Niro - Taxi Driver
1. Malcolm McDowell - A Clockwork Orange
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