Best Male Performance in a Movie

The Top Ten

1 Heath 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

How bout a magic trick! I'm going to make this pencil disappear.

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2 Orlando Bloom (Pirates Of The Caribbean) Orlando 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.

The Best.

3 Johnny 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


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4 Al Pacino (The Godfather) Al 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.

Any day that Robert Pattyson is voted higher than Al Pacino is considered an Apocalyptic Event in terms of film fans. In fact, Pattyson is can't be on this list at all.

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5 James Stewart (It's a Wonderful Life) James Stewart (It's a Wonderful Life) James Stewart (May 20, 1908 - July 2, 1997) was an American movie star, who is widely considered to be one of the greatest actors of all time. He is best remembered for his roles in Rear Window, It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Stewart was known for his distinctive drawl more.

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


6 Jack 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!

7 Marlon Brando (On the Waterfront) Marlon 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.

8 Robert DeNiro (Raging Bull)

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

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

Like this leo is the best acting

The Contenders

11 Jack 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

12 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.

Most influential acting performance - zxm

13 Al Pacino (Scarface) Al Pacino (Scarface)

Best acting I've ever seen. Truly amazing acting

His acting on this movie was so different than anything else he's done but he did it perfectly. Tony Montanna is my favorite movie character of all time. - GuitarGodSam

14 Robert Pattinson (Twilight)

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

15 Charlie Sheen (Platoon)

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

16 Jack Nicholson (Batman)
17 Al Pacino (The Godfather Part II)
18 Pierce Brosnan (Goldeneye) Pierce 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.
19 Ralph Fiennes (Schindler's List)
20 Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James)
21 Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump)
22 Benicio del Toro (Traffic)
23 Joaquin Phoenix (Gladiator)
24 Jeremy Irons (Dungeons and Dragons)
25 Russell Crowe (A Beautiful Mind)
26 Tom Hanks (Philadelphia)
27 Roy Scheider (Jaws)
28 Leonardo DiCaprio (The Man In The Iron Mask)

Honestly, I couldn't take him seriously until I saw this movie. You can actually see both the good and bad characters in his eyes. - alexa

29 Charlie Chaplin (City Lights)
30 Jared Leto (Requiem For A Dream)
31 Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People)
32 Bruce Lee (Enter the Dragon)
33 Michael Keaton (Batman) Michael Keaton (Batman)
34 James Dean (Rebel Without a Cause) James Dean (Rebel Without a Cause) James Byron Dean was an American actor. He is a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause, in which he starred as troubled teenager Jim Stark.
35 Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood)

Best actor of 2008 and probably gives one of the most emotional roles in the last decade or so.

36 Russell Crowe (Gladiator)
37 Liam Neeson (Schindler's List)
38 Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained)
39 Michael Keaton (Beetlejuice) Michael Keaton (Beetlejuice)
40 Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs) Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs)
41 R. Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket)

How can you forget him? FMJ was his best role, he should ve been nominated for an oscar - roblist

42 Robert DeNiro (Taxi Driver)
43 Paul Newman (Hud) Paul Newman (Hud) Paul Leonard Newman was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, professional racing driver and team owner, environmentalist, activist and philanthropist.
44 Jack Nicholson (Five Easy Pieces)
45 Gregory Peck (To Kill a Mockingbird)
46 Tom Hanks (Saving Private Ryan)
47 Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception)
48 Peter Sellers (Dr. Strangelove) Peter Sellers (Dr. Strangelove)

He played all his characters perfectly. - booklover1

49 Sean Penn (I'm Sam)
50 Dustin Hoffman (Rainman) Dustin Hoffman (Rainman) 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.
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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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