Greatest Acting Performances of All Time

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The Top Ten

1 Jack 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

2 Tom Hanks - Forrest Gump V 2 Comments
3 Marlon Brando - The Godfather Marlon 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.
4 Jack 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

5 Robert Deniro - Taxi Driver
6 James 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

7 Peter O'Toole - Lawrence of Arabia Peter O'Toole - Lawrence of Arabia
8 Robert Deniro - Raging Bull
9 Leonardo DiCaprio - What's Eating Gilbert Grape
10 Dustin Hoffman - The Graduate Dustin Hoffman - The Graduate Dustin 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 Contenders

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

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

13 Paul Newman - Cool Hand Luke Paul Newman - Cool Hand Luke Paul Leonard Newman was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, professional racing driver and team owner, environmentalist, activist and philanthropist.
14 Daniel Day-Lewis - There Will Be Blood
15 Morgan Freeman - The Shawshank Redemption
16 Edward Norton - Fight Club Edward Norton - Fight Club Edward 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.
17 Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight V 1 Comment
18 Sean Penn - I Am Sam
19 Kevin Spacey - American Beauty Kevin Spacey - American Beauty
20 Peter Sellers - Dr. Strangelove Peter Sellers - Dr. Strangelove
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List StatsUpdated 24 May 2017

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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
Billyv
1. Jack Nicholson - The Shining
2. Marlon Brando - The Godfather
3. Paul Newman - Cool Hand Luke
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1. Jack Nicholson - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
2. Marlon Brando - The Godfather
3. Robert Deniro - Taxi Driver
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