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#4542645 - 10/29/20 05:14 PM Top 10 greatest film performances  
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So what are the top 10 greatest film performances you have ever seen? I'm talking about a performance so good that you were asking yourself "how the hell did they pull this off?" and also where you might have even gotten a few goosebumps from watching their magic on screen.

Here is my list,

1. F. Murray Abraham in "Amadeus".

2. George C. Scott in "Patton".

3. Jack Nicholson in 'The Shining".

4. Rutger Hauer in "Blade Runner".

5. Anthony Hopkins in "Silence of the Lambs".

6. Malcolm McDowell in "A Clockwork Orange".

7. Rod Steiger in "Waterloo".

8 and 9. A two-fer here! Joaquin Phoenix in "Gladiator" and in "The Joker".

10. Robert DeNiro in "Heat".


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#4542646 - 10/29/20 05:31 PM Re: Top 10 greatest film performances [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Any list without Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday is null and void.


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You forgot Peter Sellers in "Doctor Strangelove" ! He was one of the greatest actors of all time who never won an Oscar. frown

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Originally Posted by Mr_Blastman
You forgot Peter Sellers in "Doctor Strangelove" ! He was one of the greatest actors of all time who never won an Oscar. frown



And on a related note, Stanley Kubrick never won an Oscar for directing!


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#4542659 - 10/29/20 07:16 PM Re: Top 10 greatest film performances [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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#4542671 - 10/29/20 08:48 PM Re: Top 10 greatest film performances [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Predictably, Russell Crowe in «Master and Commander» wink

Stephen Lang as Stonewall Jackson in «Gods and Generals»

Both Morgan Freeman as Red and Tim Robbins as Andy in «Shawshank Redemption.» Man. That is one perfectly crafted movie.


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#4542672 - 10/29/20 08:57 PM Re: Top 10 greatest film performances [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Tom Berenger in "Platoon". He reminded me of sergeants I knew. And 30 years later my son said the same thing when I showed him the movie.


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Agree with most of your suggestions Panzer, 1, 8,9,10 not seen or recalled if viewed. Felt Steiger was a bit hammy in Waterloo.
Mine in no particular order.

1. George Harris Kennedy in "Cool Hand Luke".

2. George C. Scott in "Patton".

3. Jack Nicholson in 'The Shining".

4. Rutger Hauer in "Blade Runner".

5. Anthony Hopkins in "Silence of the Lambs".

6. Malcolm McDowell in "A Clockwork Orange".

7. Christopher Plummer in "Waterloo".

8 and 9.Harvey Keitel in 'The Duelists' and 'Grey Zone'.

10. Toshiro Mifune in 'Yojimbo'



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In no particular order, my 10 favorite acting performances are:
1: Humphrey Bogart - The Big Sleep

2: Hugo Weaving - V for Vendetta

3: Audrey Hepburn - Wait Until Dark

4: Denzel Washington - Glory

5: Tommy Wiseau - The Room

6: Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight

7: Humphrey Bogart - The Caine Mutiny

8: Gregory Peck - The Big Country

9: James Cagney - Mister Roberts

10: Bette Davis - Dark Victory


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Originally Posted by semmern


Stephen Lang as Stonewall Jackson in «Gods and Generals»


Definitely.


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Gawd, impossible for me to name a top ten of performances i love, some standouts that aren't the same old movies always at the top.


Ken Watanabe in The Last Samurai, awesome presence and you can't help but love his complete character.

Hiroyuki Sanada, same movie, you can't help but dislike him but understand his anger, resentment and hatred and then him growing to respect the one he hates and totally loving his arc. Great character.

Javier Bardum, No Country for old men, awesome. Loved him and hated him. He's a flesh and blood terminator.

DiCaprio in Wolf of Wall St, i think he enjoyed that role too much, just pulls you into that crazy world.

Michael Douglas in Falling Down. You think he's just had enough of this sh/t and goes, eff it, i'm doin' what i want. As the movie progresses you see a deeper troubled side that finally takes over that moment he snapped.

Sigourney Weaver, Alien. Soft girl gets tough and takes no prisoners, cliche maybe? but she did it the best.


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#4542701 - 10/30/20 10:35 AM Re: Top 10 greatest film performances [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Excellent picks all around from everyone who has posted so far.

@ Ajay - Concerning Ken Watanabe, I think he's one of the most grossly underrated actors out there. He was fantastic in "The Last Samurai" and also "Letters from Iwo Jima".


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Originally Posted by vonBaur
Tom Berenger in "Platoon". He reminded me of sergeants I knew. And 30 years later my son said the same thing when I showed him the movie.



"And when the machine breaks down, WE break down". By far this was Berenger's best performance IMHO.


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Dustin Hoffman in Rain man
And I agree with vonBaur Tom Berenger was like some of the Korean War Vet sergeants we had in the 60's Also a nod to Ken Watanabe in The Last Samurai and Letters From Iwo


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Brad Pitt in 12 Monkeys. He played it just crazy enough but not over the top, and very un-Brad-Pitt-like.


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Originally Posted by PanzerMeyer
Excellent picks all around from everyone who has posted so far.

@ Ajay - Concerning Ken Watanabe, I think he's one of the most grossly underrated actors out there. He was fantastic in "The Last Samurai" and also "Letters from Iwo Jima".


Yeah, I love his character in The Last Samurai. He played that role to perfection. Tom Cruise wasn’t bad either. One of the movies I haven’t seen in a while. Will have to watch it again soon.

Regarding Brad Pitt, I love his role in Snatch as Mickey the pikey. Probably the most quotable movie of all time! biggrin



In all my years I've never seen the like. It has to be more than a hundred sea miles and he brings us up on his tail. That's seamanship, Mr. Pullings. My God, that's seamanship!
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I saw "Snatch" way back when it was first released on DVD but I have not seen it since. Does anyone know what kind of accent that was supposed to be which was spoken by Pitt?


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Kenneth Branagh in Henry V.
Ian McShane in Deadwood, and really that whole cast did an excellent job.

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