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What, in your opinion, is the greatest role ever delivered by an actor?

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FatewiththeLeadPiping Tue 05-Aug-14 14:20:15

... Or even a film that should be watched just because of the quality of one particular performance?

I recently watched A Beautiful Mind again, and had forgotten the level of good performance I think it delivered.

Judi Dench in Shakespeare in Love I remember from when I was little, for example, but I keep realising more, hence this thread.

What am I missing out on?!

sonlypuppyfat Tue 05-Aug-14 14:22:22

I love Javier Bardem in No Country For Old Men but there's hundreds I could think of.

I'm a bit scared of venturing a 'greatest ever' as I know I will cross post with someone suggesting something tonnes better!

But in the running for me....

Kevin Spacey as Keyser Soze in usual suspects.
Al Pacino in godfather 1&2
Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones.

Shia Tue 05-Aug-14 14:30:32

De Niro in Taxi driver and Raging Bull.

Not so in Rocky and Bullwinkle!

Fluffy40 Tue 05-Aug-14 14:31:15

Anthony Hopkins, silence of the lambs

elspethmcgillicuddy Tue 05-Aug-14 14:32:12

Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line

ender Tue 05-Aug-14 14:33:57

Marlon Brando in The Godfather. mesmerising IMO, love the whole film as well but he's the best bit. Didn't see it when it first came out but it's been on telly a lot and I never get tired of watching him

Shia Tue 05-Aug-14 14:34:21

Glenn Close in 101 Dalmations.

Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice- almost too hard to watch.

wigglesrock Tue 05-Aug-14 14:34:40

Michael Fassbender in Shame

MorphineDreams Tue 05-Aug-14 14:34:40

Anthony Hopkins, silence of the lambs

I came on here to write this!

He actually said it got very intense for him, so much so he wanted to be Hannibal

Not sure it qualifies as a best ever but I was really moved by Tom Hanks in Philadelphia.

I love Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones.

I loved Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain.

Shia Tue 05-Aug-14 14:36:31

Tim curry in. Kat things but especially It and the Rocky Horror picture show.

MorphineDreams Tue 05-Aug-14 14:37:07

Heath Ledger as Joker, amazing.

almapudden Tue 05-Aug-14 14:37:31

Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote in Capote.

MorphineDreams Tue 05-Aug-14 14:37:37

Jack Nicholson in The Shining

MorphineDreams Tue 05-Aug-14 14:38:07

Christian Bale in American Psycho

Shia Tue 05-Aug-14 14:38:12

Robin Williams in the Fisher King and one hour photo.

almapudden Tue 05-Aug-14 14:38:14

Oh oh and Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman in Midnight Cowboy. That film is a masterpiece.

Baddderz Tue 05-Aug-14 14:38:30

Meryl Streep - Sophie's choice
Sean penn - dead man walking

Anthony Hopkins in Shadowlands, I bawled my eyes out.

He was fantastic in that.

FatewiththeLeadPiping Tue 05-Aug-14 14:38:56

Yes, Heath Ledger - had forgotten, what an overwhelming range he had. Sad loss.

Emma Thompson in most things - but her performance as the mum in Love Actually always gets me. Understated but powerful.

MorphineDreams Tue 05-Aug-14 14:39:58

Jamie Foxx is Django, awesome film.

There's so many!

MorphineDreams Tue 05-Aug-14 14:40:52

Edward Norton in Fight Club and The Illusionist

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