The Ten Most Underrated Acting Performances In Film

These are what I consider to be the most underrated acting performances ever in film history by man or woman.

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21 Charlotte Gainsbourg in Nymphomaniac
22 Leonardo DiCaprio In The Basketball Diaries

One of the best performance of all time

23 Steve Buscemi in Reservoir Dogs
24 Ralph Fiennes In Red Dragon Ralph Fiennes In Red Dragon 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. more.

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

25 Peter O'Toole In Lawrence of Arabia Peter O'Toole In Lawrence of Arabia
26 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.
27 James Baskett In Song of the South
28 Tom Green in Freddy Got Fingered
29 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

30 Neve Campbell in Scream

How is she underrated? She's the lead role in that " succes " movie.

31 Aaron Eckhart in The Dark Knight

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

32 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.

33 Joe Pantoliano in Memento
34 Jack Nicholson In The Shining
35 Kevin Spacey In Seven Kevin Spacey In Seven
36 Michael Clarke Duncan in The Green Mile
37 Paul Newman In Cool Hand Luke Paul Newman In Cool Hand Luke Paul Leonard Newman was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, professional racing driver and team owner, environmentalist, activist and philanthropist.
38 Matthew Broderick In Ferris Bueller's Day Off
39 James Franco In 127 Hours
40 Johnny Depp In Ed Wood
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