The Ten Most Underrated Acting Performances In Film

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21 Tom Cruise in Magnolia
22 Ralph Fiennes In Red Dragon Ralph Fiennes In Red Dragon

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

23 Peter O'Toole In Lawrence of Arabia Peter O'Toole In Lawrence of Arabia
24 James Baskett In Song of the South
25 Tom Green in Freddy Got Fingered
26 Doug Hutchison in The Green Mile V 1 Comment
27 Marilyn Monroe in The Misfits

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

28 Neve Campbell in Scream V 1 Comment
29 Aaron Eckhart in The Dark Knight

A great villain transformation performed very well by Aaron Eckhart. Overshadowed by Heath Ledger's joker performance.

30 Kate Del Castillo in Under The Same Moon

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.

31 Joe Pantoliano in Memento
32 Leonardo DiCaprio In The Basketball Diaries

One of the best performance of all time

33 Edward Norton In Fight Club Edward Norton In Fight Club 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.
34 Amy Adams in Julie and Julia

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.

35 Danny Trejo in Machete Danny Trejo in Machete Danny Trejo is an American character actor . He is best known for his "tough guy" roles in various movies . He is also a frequent collaborator of director Robert Rodriguez in films such as Desperado (1995), From Dusk till Dawn (1996), the Spy Kids franchise (2001-2011), Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003), more.
36 Halle Berry in Cloud Atlas
37 Mark Wahlberg in Boogie Nights
38 Juanita Moore in Imitation of Life
39 Sandra Dee in Imitation of Life
40 Judith Anderson in Rebecca Judith Anderson in Rebecca Dame Judith Anderson, AC, DBE, born Frances Margaret Anderson (10 February 1897 – 3 January 1992) was an Australian-born British actress who had a successful career in stage, film and television. A preeminent stage actress in her era, she won two Emmy Awards and a Tony Award and was also nominated more.
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