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Greatest Film Performance of All Time?

In the comments, just write one name in one movie for who you think gave the greatest single film performance of all time.

by Anonymousreply 139May 27, 2024 5:39 PM

Peter O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia

by Anonymousreply 1May 23, 2024 10:11 PM

F. Murray Abraham in Amadeus

by Anonymousreply 2May 23, 2024 10:11 PM

Lauren Bacall in the High Point Coffee Commercials

by Anonymousreply 3May 23, 2024 10:11 PM

Sidney Poitier in In the Heat of the Night

by Anonymousreply 4May 23, 2024 10:12 PM

Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian Candidate

by Anonymousreply 5May 23, 2024 10:13 PM

Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird

by Anonymousreply 6May 23, 2024 10:13 PM

Toni Collette in Hereditary

by Anonymousreply 7May 23, 2024 10:13 PM

Beethoven - Beethoven

by Anonymousreply 8May 23, 2024 10:14 PM

The point is for everyone to share, and we like each individual comment. There are far too many to list in a poll.

by Anonymousreply 9May 23, 2024 10:23 PM

Gloria Swanson, "Sunset Boulevard"

But the OP is rather familiar in tone.

by Anonymousreply 10May 23, 2024 10:26 PM

Bette Davis in Now, Voyager

by Anonymousreply 11May 23, 2024 10:33 PM

Vivien Leigh in GWTW

by Anonymousreply 12May 23, 2024 10:38 PM

Derek Jacobi in I Claudius

by Anonymousreply 13May 23, 2024 10:43 PM

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by Anonymousreply 14May 23, 2024 10:44 PM

Naomi Watts in Mulholland Drive.

by Anonymousreply 15May 23, 2024 10:47 PM

Liv Ullmann in Face to Face

by Anonymousreply 16May 23, 2024 10:48 PM

Judy Garland - “A Star is Born”

by Anonymousreply 17May 23, 2024 10:48 PM

Mia Farrow - “Rosemary’s Baby”

by Anonymousreply 18May 23, 2024 10:49 PM

Heath Ledger in "Brokeback Mountain."

by Anonymousreply 19May 23, 2024 10:58 PM

Faye Dunaway, Mommie Dearest.

by Anonymousreply 20May 23, 2024 11:04 PM

Marc Short in Dawson's 50 Load Weekend, Part 2

by Anonymousreply 21May 23, 2024 11:06 PM

Falconetti in Joan of Arc

by Anonymousreply 22May 23, 2024 11:06 PM

Another vote for Gloria Swanson.

by Anonymousreply 23May 23, 2024 11:07 PM

DeNiro in Taxi Driver

by Anonymousreply 24May 23, 2024 11:13 PM

Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine

by Anonymousreply 25May 23, 2024 11:17 PM

Olivier in Hamlet

by Anonymousreply 26May 23, 2024 11:31 PM

DeNiro, Raging Bull

by Anonymousreply 27May 23, 2024 11:32 PM

MISS Barbra StreiSAND in Funny Girl!!!

by Anonymousreply 28May 23, 2024 11:34 PM

Maximillian Schell in Judgment at Nuremberg

by Anonymousreply 29May 23, 2024 11:37 PM

Vivien Leigh, Streetcar Named Desire

by Anonymousreply 30May 23, 2024 11:38 PM

Omar Sharif in Lawrence of Arabia

by Anonymousreply 31May 23, 2024 11:45 PM

Omar Sharif in Doctor Zhivago

by Anonymousreply 32May 23, 2024 11:46 PM

Greta Garbo in Camille

by Anonymousreply 33May 23, 2024 11:47 PM

Maggie Smith in The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie

by Anonymousreply 34May 23, 2024 11:52 PM

she was a ham, that maggie

by Anonymousreply 35May 23, 2024 11:53 PM

Madam Meryl Streep in Sophie’s Choice

by Anonymousreply 36May 23, 2024 11:54 PM

Rod Steiger In the Heat of the Night

by Anonymousreply 37May 23, 2024 11:55 PM

Spencer Tracy in Judgment at Nuremberg

by Anonymousreply 38May 23, 2024 11:56 PM

Katherine Hepburn in The Lion in Winter.

And an honourary mention, Helen Lawson in the WWII musical, Babes on the Front Lines.

by Anonymousreply 39May 23, 2024 11:59 PM

Charlize Theron In Monster.

by Anonymousreply 40May 24, 2024 12:04 AM

Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight

by Anonymousreply 41May 24, 2024 12:08 AM

Sophia Loren: "Two Women."

Unforgettable. Wrenching. Real.

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by Anonymousreply 42May 24, 2024 12:10 AM

Falconetti in "The Passion of Joan of Arc"

by Anonymousreply 43May 24, 2024 12:15 AM

Vivien Leigh in “A Streetcar Named Desire”.

by Anonymousreply 44May 24, 2024 12:19 AM

Bette Davis in Now, Voyager

by Anonymousreply 45May 24, 2024 12:22 AM

Ronald Colman in "A Tale of Two Cities."

by Anonymousreply 46May 24, 2024 12:41 AM

Geez, that's true, Colman was great.

by Anonymousreply 47May 24, 2024 12:42 AM

Fernanda Montenegro in “Central Station”

by Anonymousreply 48May 24, 2024 12:46 AM

Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

by Anonymousreply 49May 24, 2024 12:47 AM

Anna Magnani in Rome, Open City

by Anonymousreply 50May 24, 2024 12:48 AM

Sissy Spacek, Coal Miner’s Daughter

by Anonymousreply 51May 24, 2024 12:49 AM

R40? There was a woman I knew from my gay AA meeting "up home" whose mannerisms, movements, and voice were almost identical to Theron's in Monster She'd moved to FL years before I did -- probably late 80s, early 90s. The resemblance was so uncanny I often wondered if Charlize had run into this woman at some gay bar while doing research for the part.

It really creeped me out.

Of course, the woman I knew never killed anyone.

by Anonymousreply 52May 24, 2024 12:57 AM

Giulietta Massina in La Strada.

by Anonymousreply 53May 24, 2024 1:05 AM

Jack Lemmon in Some Like it Hot.

by Anonymousreply 54May 24, 2024 1:08 AM

Bette Davis in The Little Foxes

by Anonymousreply 55May 24, 2024 1:09 AM

Ann-Margret in “Kitten with a Whip”.

by Anonymousreply 56May 24, 2024 1:23 AM

Joan Crawford - “Mildred Pierce”

by Anonymousreply 57May 24, 2024 1:23 AM

Spencer Tracey, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

by Anonymousreply 58May 24, 2024 1:26 AM

Gene Tierney in "Leave Her to Heaven".

by Anonymousreply 59May 24, 2024 1:26 AM

Burt Lancaster in The Sweet Smell of Success

by Anonymousreply 60May 24, 2024 2:59 AM

Evelyn Keyes in Around The World in 80 Days.

by Anonymousreply 61May 24, 2024 3:06 AM

Jane Fonda in Klute

by Anonymousreply 62May 24, 2024 3:10 AM

Ellen Burstyn .. "Requiem For a Dream"

by Anonymousreply 63May 24, 2024 4:13 AM

Bette Davis in "All About Eve"

by Anonymousreply 64May 24, 2024 6:21 AM

Geraldine Page in "The Trip to Bountiful"

by Anonymousreply 65May 24, 2024 6:22 AM

Fiona Shaw in The Black Dahlia

by Anonymousreply 66May 24, 2024 6:25 AM

Zara Cully as Mother Jefferson on The Jeffersons.

by Anonymousreply 67May 24, 2024 12:15 PM

Jill Clayburgh as Erica in An Unmarried Woman.

by Anonymousreply 68May 24, 2024 12:31 PM

Update- Angela Lansbury for The Manchurian Candidate is winning

by Anonymousreply 69May 25, 2024 1:27 PM

Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men

by Anonymousreply 70May 25, 2024 2:41 PM

Michael Keaton in My Life.

by Anonymousreply 71May 25, 2024 2:57 PM

Helen Lawson in “Tomorrow and Forever”.

by Anonymousreply 72May 25, 2024 3:10 PM

It’s too bad The Manchurian Candidate didn’t come out a year later. Angela may have not been able to beat Patty Duke, but she would have probably won the next year, which had a very weak showing of Supporting Actresses.

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by Anonymousreply 73May 25, 2024 6:33 PM

Oh my God, who cares about Angela Lansbury and her fucking non-Oscar-winning performance? She wasn't another Great Garbo or Bette Davis. Get over it, people.

by Anonymousreply 74May 25, 2024 7:40 PM

She was another Jean Stapleton though. There is that.

by Anonymousreply 75May 25, 2024 8:46 PM

I can't decide between Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson in "A few Good Men".

by Anonymousreply 76May 25, 2024 9:06 PM

^Both performances hammy.

by Anonymousreply 77May 25, 2024 9:24 PM

Faye in Mommy Dearest

by Anonymousreply 78May 25, 2024 9:26 PM

Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard.

by Anonymousreply 79May 25, 2024 9:35 PM

Henry Fonda in The Grapes of Wrath

by Anonymousreply 80May 25, 2024 9:38 PM

Geez you guys are OLD !! Hardly any of these are less than a couple decades old and performances in THIS century are considered way, way more complex and critically acclaimed.

by Anonymousreply 81May 25, 2024 10:00 PM

Vivian Leigh “Gone with the Wind”. She had to live up to the hype, surpassed it and carried a four hour picture on her back as a virtual unknown in the U.S. I admire that performance tremendously. Scarlett is such a rotten, selfish belle, but Vivian makes her gloriously captivating.

by Anonymousreply 82May 25, 2024 10:03 PM

Oh, okay, R81 you can have Yoda or Gollum.

by Anonymousreply 83May 25, 2024 10:06 PM

R81 So have you named any?

by Anonymousreply 84May 25, 2024 10:06 PM

Sandrine Bonnaire in Vagabond

by Anonymousreply 85May 25, 2024 10:10 PM

Kathy Bates in Misery.

She hits the fine line between perfection and being over the top.

by Anonymousreply 86May 25, 2024 10:14 PM

She was fantastic r85.

by Anonymousreply 87May 26, 2024 5:27 AM

R81, Sez you. SOME of us aren't myopic like YOU. SOME of us recognize that movies have, you know, like, HISTORY.

Or do you refer to, like, Zendaya? Ryan Reynolds? The Marvel "Universe"?

Is"current" also your metric for judging greatness in art? Dance? Architecture? Music? I mean, I realize that Beethoven wasn't as rich as Tay-Tay, but......

by Anonymousreply 88May 26, 2024 9:56 AM

Tori Spelling, Mother May I Sleep With Danger?

by Anonymousreply 89May 26, 2024 10:14 AM

Olivia Newton John as Kira, roller disco muse in Xanadu.

by Anonymousreply 90May 26, 2024 10:39 AM

Vicky Krieps, Corsage

by Anonymousreply 91May 26, 2024 11:02 AM

Mark Ruffalo, You Can Count on Me

by Anonymousreply 92May 26, 2024 11:09 AM

Julianne Moore, Safe

by Anonymousreply 93May 26, 2024 11:09 AM

Cloris Leachman, The Last Picture Show

by Anonymousreply 94May 26, 2024 11:21 AM

Dustin Hoffman, Midnight Cowboy

by Anonymousreply 95May 26, 2024 11:27 AM

Ellen Burstyn, Resurrection

by Anonymousreply 96May 26, 2024 11:36 AM

The only Vivian I know is Vance and I didn't know she played Scarlett in GWTW. God she could do anything.

by Anonymousreply 97May 26, 2024 11:45 AM

R74 still a sock in it

by Anonymousreply 98May 26, 2024 11:57 AM

Al Pacino, The Godfather 1 and 2. A masterclass in understatement when he was young and hot.

Forever scratching my head over the screechy, scenery chewing performances that came later.

by Anonymousreply 99May 26, 2024 12:34 PM


by Anonymousreply 100May 26, 2024 12:42 PM

Olivia de Havilland in "The Heiress"/Joan Fontaine in "Rebecca."

by Anonymousreply 101May 26, 2024 8:32 PM

Julie Andrews leaps of the screen in TSOM. Judy in Oz. Julia in Pretty Woman is something special. Bette in Ruthless People. Doris Day I love me or leave me. Ewen Mcgregor in Moulis Rouge. ONJ in Grease. Kate in Titanic. Brad in Thelma and Louise.

by Anonymousreply 102May 27, 2024 12:42 AM

Another vote for Olivia in The Heiress.

by Anonymousreply 103May 27, 2024 12:43 PM

Patricia Neal, in Hud, or A Face in the Crowd.

by Anonymousreply 104May 27, 2024 12:54 PM


by Anonymousreply 105May 27, 2024 1:04 PM

Sharon Stone - Casino

by Anonymousreply 106May 27, 2024 1:09 PM

Isadora Burnwood in The Many Loves of Catherine The Great.

by Anonymousreply 107May 27, 2024 1:13 PM

Lillian Gish in The Birth of a Nation

by Anonymousreply 108May 27, 2024 1:16 PM

Jeff Stryker, Powertool

by Anonymousreply 109May 27, 2024 2:18 PM

r9 Unclench

by Anonymousreply 110May 27, 2024 2:21 PM

Meryl Steep - Sophie's Choice

by Anonymousreply 111May 27, 2024 2:30 PM

Rosalind Russell, The Women.

by Anonymousreply 112May 27, 2024 2:33 PM

Helen Mirren, The Queen

by Anonymousreply 113May 27, 2024 2:34 PM

[quote] Julie Andrews leaps of the screen in TSOM

I know, I had to get out of the way.

by Anonymousreply 114May 27, 2024 2:34 PM

It was the 3-D version.

by Anonymousreply 115May 27, 2024 2:35 PM

No votes for us?

by Anonymousreply 116May 27, 2024 2:36 PM

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant.

by Anonymousreply 117May 27, 2024 2:41 PM

Gary Oldman for 'Darkest Hour'

by Anonymousreply 118May 27, 2024 2:42 PM

Anthony Hopkins in “The Silence of the Lambs”

by Anonymousreply 119May 27, 2024 2:47 PM

John Wayne in The Searchers

by Anonymousreply 120May 27, 2024 2:49 PM

Toni Collette, in Muriel’s Wedding. A very complex performance, where the character gradually grows, emotionally and intellectually, from beginning to end. Sometimes you can’t stand her, other times you understand her, and at the end you just love her.

by Anonymousreply 121May 27, 2024 2:52 PM

Oh gosh how about Peter sellers in Dr Strangelove. He plays 3 of the characters by himself. George C. Scott is incredible too. This movie is a tour de force of cinema and as relevant today as the day it was made.

by Anonymousreply 122May 27, 2024 2:59 PM

R!20 John wayne only played himself. He wasn't acting in that respect.

by Anonymousreply 123May 27, 2024 3:00 PM

Whatever you think of John Wayne his personality was nothing like Ethan Edwards in The Searchers.

by Anonymousreply 124May 27, 2024 3:02 PM

Bruce the Shark from JAWS!

by Anonymousreply 125May 27, 2024 3:05 PM

DDL in My Left Foot

by Anonymousreply 126May 27, 2024 3:08 PM

Charles Laughton in Witness for the Prosecution. Most enjoyable, anyway.

by Anonymousreply 127May 27, 2024 3:09 PM

Kristen Stewart- Twilight

by Anonymousreply 128May 27, 2024 3:11 PM


R99, In the Limited Series "The Offer" (starring Miles Teller), about the making of "The Godfather," Anthony Ippolito is superb as the young Al Pacino, soft-spoken to the point of reluctance to take on Michael Corleone.

by Anonymousreply 129May 27, 2024 3:12 PM

R116 thinks he's funny, but he instead unwittingly shows the paucity of his and many other posts.

No-one before or since, e.g., had Lon Chaney's intensity of dedication to a role.

Read and learn, r116.

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by Anonymousreply 130May 27, 2024 3:22 PM

Meryl and Cher in Silkwood

by Anonymousreply 131May 27, 2024 3:24 PM

R128 as with all opinion threads about entertainment, we get the top 20 out the way soon enough then people just post random shit

by Anonymousreply 132May 27, 2024 3:25 PM

R130 I didn't think I was being funny. I was pointing out that nobody mentioned those three actors. I've seen plenty of Chaney and read about him. He was brilliant. Thanks for the condescension.

by Anonymousreply 133May 27, 2024 3:26 PM

Lillian Gish- “ The Wind”

Richard Burton - “ Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?”

by Anonymousreply 134May 27, 2024 3:41 PM

Another list thread

by Anonymousreply 135May 27, 2024 3:42 PM

I wonder why The Wind (an MGM movie) is not available from Warner Archive?

by Anonymousreply 136May 27, 2024 4:23 PM

Meryl's best performance was in A Cry In The Dark

by Anonymousreply 137May 27, 2024 4:37 PM

I apologize, r133. I thought you were piling on the "ageism" of another's post.

by Anonymousreply 138May 27, 2024 4:53 PM

Jean Arthur in Shane. A master class in subtlety.

by Anonymousreply 139May 27, 2024 5:39 PM
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