My 100 Favorite Film Performances (In no particular order)

Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver

Diane Keaton in Annie Hall

Marion Cotillard in La Vie En Rose

Sean Penn in Milk

James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause

Bette Davis in All About Eve

Cary Grant in North by Northwest

Cary Grant in Notorious

Meryl Streep in Kramer vs. Kramer

Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate

Anne Bancroft in The Graduate

Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon

Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca

Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca

Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch

Gene Kelly in Singin’ in the Rain

Frances McDormand in Fargo

Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men

Jean Seberg in Breathless

Jean-Paul Belmondo in Breathless

Brad Pitt in Fight Club

Helena Bonham Carter in Fight Club

Robert De Niro in Raging Bull

Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire

Paul Newman in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Elizabeth Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Sigourney Weaver in Alien and Aliens

Ian McKellen in The Lord of the Rings

Mieko Harada in Ran

Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs

Jodie Foster in The Silence of the Lambs

Peter O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia

Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight

Giulietta Masina in Nights of Cabiria

Marlon Brando in The Godfather

Martina Gedeck in The Lives of Others

Kate Winslet in Little Children

Jackie Earle Haley in Little Children

Uma Thurman in Kill Bill

Kevin Spacey in American Beauty

Annette Benning in American Beauty

Shirley MacLaine in The Apartment

Warren Beatty in Bonnie and Clyde

Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde

Warren Beatty in Reds

Penelope Cruz in Volver

Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands

Henry Fonda in The Grapes of Wrath

Robert De Niro in Once Upon a Time in America

Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind

Marcello Mastroianni in 8 ½

Cate Blanchett in I’m Not There

Rinko Kikuchi in Babel

Viggo Mortensen in Eastern Promises

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Cate Blanchett in The Aviator

Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino

Tommy Lee Jones in In The Valley of Ellah

Jack Nicholson in The Shining

Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married

Angelina Jolie in Girl, Interrupted

Julianne Moore in Far From Heaven

Sissy Spacek in Carrie

Grace Kelly in Rear Window

Toshiro Mifune in Seven Samurai

Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction

Burt Lancaster in From Here to Eternity

Judie Garland in The Wizard of Oz

Ryan Gosling in Lars and The Real Girl

Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot

Jack Lemmon in Some Like it Hot

Reese Witherspoon in Election

Denzel Washington in Training Day

Ben Kingsley in Gandhi

Katherine Hepburn in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Sidney Poitier in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Rita Hayworth in Gilda

Halle Berry in Monster’s Ball

Anita Eckberg in La Dolce Vida

Sasha Baron Cohen in Borat

Natalie Wood in West Side Story

Ellen Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream

Ken Watanabe in Letters from Iwo Jima

Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood

Gael Garcia Bernal in The Motorcycle Diaries

Judi Dench in Notes on a Scandal

Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland

Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction

James Stewart in Vertigo

Dustin Hoffman in Midnight Cowboy

Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove

Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler

Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump

Robert Redford in The Sting

Mel Gibson in Braveheart

Christopher Walken in The Deer Hunter

Audrey Tautou in Amelie

Johnny Depp in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Christopher Waltz in Inglorious Basterds

George Clooney in Up in the Air

What are some of your favorite film performances?

EKL

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4 responses to “My 100 Favorite Film Performances (In no particular order)

  1. Ben

    These are some great picks. Here are a few of my favorites:

    Matthew Lillard in SLC Punk!

    Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in It Happened One Night

    Jack Lemmon in The Apartment

  2. Garrett

    Erik! You’re awesome! Also, I think Ellen Burstyn’s performance in Requiem for a Dream was probably one of the best performances ever. Maybe the best.

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