The Ten Most Underrated Acting Performances In FilmThese are what I consider to be the most underrated acting performances ever in film history by man or woman.
The Top Ten
The 'are you talking to me? ' Line has been parodied so many times that people fail to realise how iconic it really is. If you sit and watch taxi driver, you see the declining pshyce of a man driven to desperation by lonliness and isolation. Travis bickle becomes so out of touch with society that he feels the only way to connect with others is through violence. And in his private moments we see him talking to himself in a mirror either envisoning, haullucinating or fantasizing but ultimately preparing himself how to react in a dangerous physical altercation. Robert de niro's improvising was what gave life to the iconic line and it has got to be the most iconic and recognizeable ad lib in film history. This is the reason why I think it is the most underrated, no one is able to grasp the seriousness of this line unless they have sat down and watched taxi driver without oscilating between there cell phones and the T.V. Robert de niro was phenominal in this film and it is by far the most ...more
Worst Batman ever
Love or hate the bat voice, Christian bale WAS Batman through and through. I personally like bales use of his gritty tone when beating up bad guy's in his cape and cowl for many reasons. For one his gritty tone of voice captures the gritty, reality based adaptaion of bob kanes work. Secondly Batman puts fear into the hearts of criminals and the voice would be scary to hear from the dark of an alley way, or right in your face as batmans got you bu the collar. (Hirdly it makes sense for batman to have a differnt voice than bruce Wayne because that way he is 100 percent unrecognizeable and it really brings gives us an auditory distinction in the duality of batman and bruce Wayne. Anyways he was awesome and he really played bruce Wayne perfectly as well both his play boy ruse and bruce Wayne to the core. A masterful, epic series of performances in this trilogy which will stand the test of time and the fact he only won a saturn award for his role in batman begins is severly underrated
Gary Oldman blew my mind in this movie. The opening scenes where he loses his faith in God and renounces him is one of the best acting scenes in horror films and in film period. His performance as Dracula is so convincing at times while watching the movie you forget it is even him, you just see him as Dracula and I'd even wager that Bram Stoker would applaud his performance if it was in some way possible for him to see it. He won a Saturn award for this role and deservedly so but there is no denying that Oldmans take on one of the most popular horror figures in fiction was and is severly underrated.
Definitely agree. It's one of the best performances I have seen in horror in general. Definitely underrated.
No actor in history has ever had a broader range than Robin Williams. This was a man who is the funniest person to ever walk this earth, and an even better comedic actor. He was a master of improvisational acting and he could give you jaw-droppingly convincing, in depth dramatic roles. He was the most wide range actor to ever hit the silver screen in Hollywood or in world cinema history. If you haven't seen Patch Adams I suggest you watch it because Williams is amazing, he walks the tightrope between comedian and dramatic acting by playing a genius intellect, enlightened, med school student with a sense of humor to a T. He gives us a master class level acting performance. The fact that he didn't win an academy award for best actor is why it is so underrated
It is so sad that Lee passed away during his prime and what would have suredly been the beginning of a legendary acting career, Brandon Lee showed us in the crow how talented of an actor he was. This performance was so ahead of its time that I'd argue had it have been released this year, Lee would have gotten a saturn award nomination and win, maybe even a golden globe or an oscar. Needless to say that it was made at the right time because it showed critics and moviegoers that a comic book/graphic novel based movie should be treated seriously and remain true to the source material. Brandon Lee's performance as Eric Draven in my opinion is one of the greatest of all time and the fact that it dosen't even crack any top 100 lists is why this performance is so underrated.
For those of you who read the books written by the genius author J. K Rowling, it is safe to say you would all agree that Alan Rickmans portrayal as the mysterious professer snape jumped from the books and onto the screen. Snape is a very complex character to say the least and Rickman made it seem effortless and completely natural to play such a layered character. Whether or not you think Alan Rickman deserved an oscar or a golden globe for any performance in the harry potter saga is debatable (personally I think he deserved an oscar nomination for the last three films in the saga) but there is no denying that his performance is sadly and truthfully underrated.
Can't imagine anyone who could have played Sam better than Sean Astin. He did a marvelous job.
Enough said. If you haven't seen this movie you are just experiencing the world beyond the hole you crawled out of.
What?!?! Marlon Brando? Underrated? I'd be thinking the same thing but of all of his performances this one is underrated, so underrated its not even funny. This is arguably the best performance ever and yet its never talked about when the best is being debated and discussed. He was so in depth in his character he was unrecognizeable, he really gave us the performance of a lifetime. It was too dark though for an awards but the performances that are ahead of there time never thrive when it comes to award nominations, they instead go on to inspire in years to come. Butit is irrefudable at how underatded this performance is.
This movie is legendary for so many reasons. Firstly the masterful, well structured screenplay written by Robert Towne, Roman Polanski's neo-noir approach to filming, jack nicholsons iconic performance as Jake Gitties and wait... What else is there... Oh ya... FAYE DUNAWAY! She gave us the most mysterious and sexy performance in Chinatown and she was at the same time able to make her equally as damaged. This movie had us guessing and when you watch Chinatown a second time you will notice the subtleties in her acting that point to the dark (spoiler alret... ) Gruesom ending she recieves. This is one of the greatest performances ever bestowed upon the big screen and is overshadowed by jack, roman, robert townes writing and john huston. Making it very underrated
He plays the role so well. As well as he can when he isn't playing Alfred Pennyworth from The Dark Knight Trilogy.
A great villain transformation performed very well by Aaron Eckhart. Overshadowed by Heath Ledger's joker performance.
Admittedly, he did do a pretty awesome job at playing Percy Wetmore
Highly under rated character actor
There will never be another "Percy"
One of the best performance of all time
It was her final film role, and her only chance to really shine as an actress. And while she got top billing (unlike her co-star Eli Wallach, who valiantly outshone the rest yet hardly got any), her looks are frequently capitalized on. Even her character gets constant disrespect from the other men in the film.
But she really does show that she can act in a dramatic role. I just wish she got the respect she deserved. - SourNote2014
Do you see? Ralph Fiennes was terrifying in Red Dragon, so scary in fact he even rivals-if not-surpasses his co-star Anthony Hopkins portrayal as Hannibal Lecter. Ralph Fiennes was so good he gave us a glimpse into the last strand of humanity of a man turned monster (or man dragon. ) Ralph Fiennes has been robbed at the acadamy awards on more than one occasion and he deserved a win for his portrayal as Francis Dollarhyde, and the fact that it will not be remembered in years to come is what makes this performance very underrated
How is she underrated? She's the lead role in that " succes " movie.
Just... Wow. I never heard of this film. I never heard of this actress. But when I started watching the movie, I was awestruck as to how this performance didn't win the Academy Award. The character isn't even that well written, but you barely notice because she is so phenomenally powerful - a performance for the ages.
Everybody's talking of Meryl Streep ( so overrated as an actress ) about this movie but it's Amy Adams who's the real talent in that movie. She really surpasses Meryl Streep in her acting. Amy Adams plays her character more subtle and believable ( even the real Julie said it in a interview! ) than Meryl Streep who only raise her voice in a high pitch ( and naturally everybody's thinks that's genius!? ). Amy Adams should have won a oscar for her performance.
I agree totally! Amy Adams is the real talent and eyecandy in this movie. Unbelievable that Meryl Streep did get a nomination for this movie and Amy Adams nothing.
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