Greatest Acting Performances of All Time
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
3 Robert Deniro - Taxi Driver
4 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
5 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
6 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.
8 Leonardo DiCaprio - What's Eating Gilbert Grape
9 Sigourney Weaver - Aliens
Susan Alexandra "Sigourney" Weaver is an American actress and film producer. Following her film debut as a minor character in Annie Hall, she quickly came to prominence in 1979 with her first lead role as Ellen Ripley in Alien.
10 Peter O'Toole - Lawrence of Arabia
? Johnny Depp - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
John Christopher "Johnny" Depp II is an American actor, producer, and musician. He has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor.
His role in a movie is often rather big. His character is often on the "loopy side" and his character being in a darker state of mind, etc.
? Michael Fassbender - Prometheus
Michael Fassbender is a German-Irish actor of stage and screen whose career includes roles in both independent and blockbuster films, most notably; Hunger, Inglourious Basterds, Shame, X-Men: First Class, Prometheus, 12 Years a Slave, Frank, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Steve Jobs.
11 Al Pacino - Dog Day Afternoon
12 Robert Deniro - Raging Bull
13 Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad
14 Gregory Peck - to Kill a Mockingbird
Incredibly difficult decision, but Gregory Peck is possibly my favourite actor. He WAS Atticus Finch. - PetSounds
15 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.
16 Anthony Hopkins - The Silence of the Lambs
17 Morgan Freeman - The Shawshank Redemption
18 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.
19 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.
20 Daniel Day-Lewis - There Will Be Blood