Best Male Performances in a Movie

The Top Ten Best Male Performances in a Movie

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

greatest acting performance I have ever seen - papaimahato8

2 Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl)

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

Without him no pirates
Nobody can beat him in this... Though he missed the oscars he did justice to his part

4 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.

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

5 James Stewart (It's a Wonderful Life)

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)

Jack stars as a rebellious, yet sane Randle McMurphy who is wrongly sentenced to a mental hospital. He won a well-deserved Academy Award for this portrayal, as did the villainous head nurse of the ward, Nurse Ratched, who was played by Louise Fletcher.

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)

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

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

Like this leo is the best acting

10 Robert De Niro (Raging Bull)

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

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11 Jack Nicholson (The Shining)

In this chilling tale of a family's stay at an equally-terrifying hotel, Jack Nicholson plays Jack Torrance, the cold patriarch who decides to take care of the hotel for the winter. The cherry on the cake for this wonderful horror movie is Jack's stunning performance, amazingly capturing Mr. Torrance's slow descent into homicidal madness.

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 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

13 Charlie Sheen (Platoon)

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

14 Marlon Brando (The Godfather)

Most influential acting performance - zxm

15 Jack Nicholson (Batman)
16 Robert Pattinson (Twilight)

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

17 Ralph Fiennes (Schindler's List)
18 Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James)
19 Benicio del Toro (Traffic)
20 Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump)
21 Pierce Brosnan (Goldeneye)
22 Al Pacino (The Godfather Part II)
23 Joaquin Phoenix (Gladiator)
24 Jeremy Irons (Dungeons & 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 Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People)
30 Bruce Lee (Enter the Dragon)
31 Michael Keaton (Batman)
32 Charlie Chaplin (City Lights)
33 Jared Leto (Requiem For A Dream)
34 Russell Crowe (Gladiator)
35 Liam Neeson (Schindler's List)
36 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.

37 Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained)
38 Michael Keaton (Beetlejuice)
39 James Dean (Rebel Without a Cause)
40 Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs)
41 Robert De Niro (Taxi Driver)
42 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

43 Gregory Peck (To Kill a Mockingbird)
44 Tom Hanks (Saving Private Ryan)
45 Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception)
46 Paul Newman (Hud)
47 Sean Penn (I Am Sam)
48 Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man)
49 Matt Damon (The Bourne Ultimatum)
50 Jamie Foxx (Collateral)
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