Most Intense Actors of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Al Pacino Al Pacino Alfredo James "Al" Pacino is an American actor and filmmaker. Pacino has had a career spanning more than five decades, during which time he has received numerous accolades and honors.

I have seen more than 200 hollywood movies. AND never found anyone Clearer than Him. He Is the Best, this planet ever Had. THE Best ACTOR! - redgedawson

Al Pacino is the greatest of them all because of his intensity and true versitality as an actor. His performances talk of his sheer talent and hard work. He is one true legend. He does not need to brag as compared to his contemporaries.

The character becomes Al Pacino...

Scent of a Woman - he is such a SUPERB actor!

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2 Leonard Dicaprio

There are two types of acting 1. Method acting and natural acting... Though method acting is easy, the greatest challenge to an actor is finding his own character. Because when he/she is indulging in being someone he/she's not an actor has to find his own to mimic the features of the given film character. Which as an actor is mentaly challenging.

Just look at his performances in The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island, Inception and you will know why he is arguably the most intense actor there is.

Leonardo is ONE of the most dedicated actors I know. He has been acting by understanding the role and being the character. His dedication to what he does and how is does it is DOWN TO EARTH... I myself am an aspiring actor. Maybe one day you will see the name of VISHARAD in this list and I can assure you I am a force to be reckoned with.

Do I have to vote for Leo? I thought its well understood. Only he is the one who can really absorb the roles really beautifully...

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3 Christoph Waltz Christoph Waltz Christoph Waltz is an Austrian-German actor that has won 2 Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino in Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained.
4 Christian Bale Christian Bale Christian Charles Philip Bale is an English actor. He has starred in both blockbuster films and smaller projects from independent producers and art houses.

He was at 121 pounds for the Machinist, then gained 100 pounds, mostly of muscle for Batman Begins 5 months later. Then the Boston accent in the Fighter... Absolute dedication right there.

Christian bale has gone on a diet which even his nutritionist said is dangerous to get to his lean figure in the machinist.
His survived on apples, tuna and coffee during the making of this movie.
He has gained weight for the next movie and lost weight again, 3 times if I'm not mistaken. That's for rescue dawn, fighter and machinist (not in order).
Undoubtedly the greatest and most dedicated actor.

5 Hugh Jackman Hugh Jackman Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, producer and musician . Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters .

Just remember his performances in The Prestige, Deception and Les Miserables. Then, you'll never ask why.

He pwns at EVERYTHING especialy when playing as Wolverine

One of the talented actors

6 Jack Nicholson Jack Nicholson John Joseph Nicholson (born April 22, 1937) is an American actor and filmmaker, who has performed for over 60 years. Nicholson is known for playing a wide range of starring or supporting roles, including satirical comedy, romance and dark portrayals of antiheroes and psychopathic characters. In many ...read more.

The Shining - Jack Nicholson gives one of the most intense performances I've ever seen. Perfect casting! A Few Good Men - Jack Nicholson gives one of the greatest movie lines of all time, and one of the best monologues of all time; I've struggled not to root for him in a movie regardless of his role after that.

7 Robert De Niro Robert De Niro Robert Anthony De Niro Jr. is an American actor, producer, and director. De Niro was cast as the young Vito Corleone in the 1974 film The Godfather Part II, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Hugh Jackman! Intense? I would go with Pacino and DeNiro as my top two, hands down.

8 Samuel L. Jackson Samuel L. Jackson Samuel Leroy Jackson is an American actor and film producer. He achieved prominence and critical acclaim in the early 1990s with films such as Jungle Fever, Patriot Games, Amos & Andrew, True Romance, Jurassic Park and his collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino including Pulp Fiction, Jackie ...read more.
9 Liam Neeson Liam Neeson Liam John Neeson, OBE is an actor from Northern Ireland. In 1976, he joined the Lyric Players' Theatre in Belfast for two years. He then acted in the Arthurian film, Excalibur.
10 George Clooney George Clooney George Timothy Clooney is an American actor, filmmaker and activist. He has received three Golden Globe Awards for his work as an actor and two Academy Awards, one for acting and the other for producing.

The Contenders

11 John Travolta John Travolta John Joseph Travolta is an American actor, dancer, and singer. Travolta first became known in the 1970s, after appearing on the television series Welcome Back, Kotter and starring in the box office successes Saturday Night Fever and Grease.
12 Daniel Day-Lewis Daniel Day-Lewis Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is an English actor. He holds both British and Irish citizenship. He has won 3 Academy Awards for Best Actor for My Left Foot, There Will be Blood, and Lincoln.

In terms of his acting prowess, intensity, how much research he puts into his characters and how well he refines them, Daniel is unparalleled. It confounds me to see him placed so low on this list.

DD-L? Call him Bill the Butcher or Daniel Plainview.. hard to believe it's the same actor who played these roles.. deep and intense study of the characters he plays and the distinct voice patterns for each role. reportedly broke his ribs because he refused to get out of the wheel chair during the entire production of the movie 'My left foot'. enough said.. 'There will be Blood' proves his potential as a method actor! #respect

13 Tom Cruise Tom Cruise Tom Cruise is an American actor and filmmaker. Cruise has been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won three Golden Globe Awards.
14 Heath Ledger Heath Ledger Heath Andrew Ledger was an Australian actor and director. After performing roles in Australian television and film during the 1990s, Ledger left for the United States in 1998 to develop his film career.

He died for his role as the Joker!

Have you seen his Joker role!?

He locked himself away for a month to perfect his role. He is amazzing!

15 James Stewart James Stewart 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 ...read more.
16 Edward Norton Edward Norton 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 Shia Lebeouf
18 Jared Leto Jared Leto Jared Joseph Leto is an American actor, singer-songwriter, and director. He is well known for being the lead singer of Thirty Seconds to Mars.
19 Bryan Cranston Bryan Cranston Bryan Lee Cranston is an American actor, voice actor, screenwriter, director, ordained Pastor and producer.
20 Ralph Fiennes Ralph Fiennes Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes (born 22 December 1962) is an English actor, director and producer. A noted Shakespeare interpreter, he first achieved success onstage at the Royal National Theatre. ...read more.

Genius in cinema, and his roles in The English Patient, Red Dragon, Schindler’s List, and The Prince of Egypt and Harry Potter are enough to prove his intensity. Without a doubt, Al Pacino deserves the number 1 spot, but Ralph Fiennes deserves at least top 5.

21 Nicolas Cage Nicolas Cage Nicolas Kim Coppola, known professionally as Nicolas Cage, is an American actor and producer. He is well known for his roles in Raising Arizona, Moonstruck, Vampire's Kiss, Wild at Heart, Honeymoon in Vegas, Red Rock West, Leaving Las Vegas, The Rock, Con Air, Face/Off, City of Angels, 8MM, Bringing ...read more.
22 Robert Downey Jr
23 George C. Scott George C. Scott
24 Matt Damon Matt Damon Matthew Paige "Matt" Damon is an American actor, film producer and screenwriter. He is ranked among Forbes magazine's most bankable stars and is one of the highest-grossing actors of all time.
25 Chris Evans Chris Evans Christopher Robert Evans is an American actor. Evans is best known for his superhero roles as the Marvel Comics characters Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Human Torch in Fantastic Four.
26 Chris Pratt Chris Pratt Christopher Michael "Chris" Pratt is an American actor. He came to prominence from his television roles, including Bright Abbott in Everwood and Andy Dwyer in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation.
27 Jeremy Renner Jeremy Renner Jeremy Lee Renner is an American actor (born 1971) best known for his role as Clint Barton / Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
28 Anthony Hopkins Anthony Hopkins
29 Kevin Spacey Kevin Spacey Kevin Spacey Fowler is an American actor, producer and singer. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s before obtaining supporting roles in film and television.
30 Morgan Freeman Morgan Freeman Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937) is an American actor and narrator. Freeman won an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor with Million Dollar Baby (2004), and he has received Oscar nominations for his performances in Street Smart (1987), Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption and Invictus. ...read more.
31 Shah Rukh Khan Shah Rukh Khan Shah Rukh Khan, also known as SRK, is an Indian film actor, producer, and television personality. Referred to in the media as the "Badshah of Bollywood", "King of Bollywood", "King Khan", he has appeared in more than 80 Bollywood films, and earned numerous accolades, including 14 Filmfare Awards.
32 Bruce Lee Bruce Lee Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong American martial artist, action film actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do.

The most intense actor in the world

33 Johnny Depp Johnny Depp 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.
34 Ryan Gosling Ryan Gosling Ryan Thomas Gosling is a Canadian actor, musician, and producer. He began his career as a child star on the Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club and went on to appear in other family entertainment programs including Are You Afraid of the Dark?
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