Greatest Acting Performances On Film


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21 Denzel Washington - Malcom X
22 Orlando Bloom - Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl

I don't even consider this a great performance, who does?

Are you kidding me?

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No. Just no. - BeatlesFan1964

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23 Michelle Williams - Take This Waltz
24 Peter O'Toole - Lawrence of Arabia
25 Jason Miller - The Exorcist
26 Russell Crowe - A Beautiful Mind
27 Vivien Leigh - Gone With the Wind

As much as I love Marilyn Monroe as well as others on this list, I don't see how they are ranked about Vivien Leigh's legendary performance as Scarlett O'Hara.

28 Orlando Bloom - Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest V 1 Comment
29 Tim Robbins - The Shawshank Redemption
30 Samuel L. Jackson - Pulp Fiction

"Say what again, I dare you, I double dare you motherf***er! " - BeatlesFan1964

Does he look like a b****?!? - xandermartin98

31 Jennifer Lawrence - The Hunger Games Series
32 Leonardo 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.


33 Jack 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.

34 Charlie Chaplin - The Great Dictator
35 Javier Bardem - No Country For Old Men

His deadpan delivery of lines is genius.

36 Orlando Bloom - Pirates of the Caribbean - At World's End
37 Ellen 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!

38 Gary Oldman - Léon: The Professional

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

39 James Stewart - Rear Window
40 Linda Blair - The Exorcist
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