Thursday, February 18, 2010

My Ranking Of Best Actor CIRCA March 2008

I found this on an old computer I had, and it seems my opinion has been the same since March 2008.
  1. Daniel Day Lewis as Christy Brown in My Left Foot
  2. Robert DeNiro as Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull
  3. Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote in Capote 
  4. Marlon Brando as Terry Malloy in On The Waterfront
  5. William Hurt as Luis Molina in Kiss Of The Spider Woman
  6. Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence Of The Lambs 
  7. Peter Finch as Howard Beale in Network
  8. Henry Fonda as Norman Thayer in On Golden Pond
  9. Ernest Borgnine as Marty Piletti in Marty
  10. Laurence Olivier as Hamlet in Hamlet
  11. Ray Milland as Don Birnam in The Lost Weekend
  12. Art Carney as Harry Coombes in Harry and Tonto
  13. Charles Laughton as Henry The VII in The Private Life Of Henry The VIII
  14. Geoffrey Rush as David Helfgott in Shine
  15. Dustin Hoffman as Ted Kramer in Kramer vs. Kramer
  16. Robert Duvall as Mac Sledge in Tender Mercies
  17. Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin in The Last King Of Scotland 
  18. Tom Hanks as Andrew Becket in Philadelphia 
  19. Adrien Brody as Walysaw Spilzmen in The Pianist 
  20. Jon Voight as Luke Martin in Coming Home 
  21. George C. Scott as George Patton in Patton
  22. Sidney Poiter as Homer Smith in Lilies In The Field
  23. Jack Lemmon as Harry Stoner in Save The Tiger
  24. Ronald Colman as Anthony John in A Double Life
  25. Jeremy Irons as Claus Von Bulow in Reversal Of Fortune 
  26. Gary Cooper as Will Kane in High Noon
  27. Jack Nicholson as Raymond McMurphy in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
  28. Burt Lancaster as Elmer Gantry in Elmer Gantry
  29. Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird
  30. Clark Gable as Peter Warne in It Happened One Night
  31. Kevin Spacey as Lester Burnham in American Beauty
  32. Ben Kingsley as Mahatmas Gandhi in Gandhi
  33. Cliff Robertson as Charly Gordon in Charly
  34. Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street
  35. Lee Marvin as Tim Strawn/Kid Shellen in Cat Ballou  
  36. Emil Jannings as General Dolgourcki in The Last Command
  37. Fredric March as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  38. Paul Lukas as Kurt Muller in Watch On The Rhine
  39. Robert Donat as Mr. Chips in Goodbye Mr. Chips
  40. Fredric March as Al Stevenson in The Best Years Of Our Lives
  41. Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone in The Godfather
  42. Sean Penn as Jimmy Markum in Mystic River
  43. Tom Hanks as Forest Gump in Forest Gump 
  44. Warner Baxter as The Cisco Kid in In Old Arizona
  45. Victor McLaglen as Gypo Nolan in The Informer
  46. Broderick Crawford as Willie Stark in All The King's Men
  47. F. Murray Abraham as Antonio Saleri in Amadeus
  48. David Niven as Angus Pollock in Separate Tables
  49. Paul Scofield as Thomas More in A Man For All Seasons
  50. Rod Steiger as Bill Gillespie in In The Heat Of The Night
  51. Daniel Day Lewis as Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood 
  52. Alec Guinness as Colonel Nicholson in The Bridge On The River Kwai
  53. Lionel Barrymore as Stephen Ashe in A Free Soul
  54. Nicholas Cage as Ben Sanderson in Leaving Las Vegas 
  55. George Arliss as Benjamin Disraeli in Disraeli
  56. Paul Muni as Louis Pasteur in The Story Of Louis Pasteur 
  57. William Holden as JJ Sefton in Stalag 17
  58. Maximilian Schell as Hans Rolfe in Judgment At Nuremberg 
  59. Jose Ferrer as Cyrano De Bergenac in Cyrano De Bergenac
  60. Gene Hackman as Jimmy Doyle in The French Connection
  61. Jack Nicholson as Melvin Udall in As Good As It Gets
  62. Wallace Berry as Champ in The Champ
  63. James Stewart as Macaulay Conner in The Philadelphia Story
  64. Paul Newman as Eddie Felson in The Color Of Money
  65. Bing Crosby as Father O'Malley in Going My Way
  66. Dustin Hoffman as Raymond Babbitt in Rain Man
  67. Spencer Tracy as Father Flannigan in Boys Town
  68. Rex Harrison as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady
  69. Al Pacino as Frank Slade in Scent Of A Woman
  70. John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit
  71. James Cagney as George Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy
  72. Charlton Heston as Judah Ben-Hur in Ben-Hur
  73. Denzel Washington as Alonzo Harris in Training Day 
  74. Gary Cooper as Alvin York in Sergent York
  75. Yul Brynner as King Mongkut in The King and I 
  76. Spencer Tracy as Manuel in Captains Courageous
  77. Humphrey Bogart as Charlie Allnut in The African Queen
  78. Russell Crowe as Maximus Decimus Meriduis in Gladiator
  79. Richard Dreyfuss as Elliott Garfield in The Goodbye Girl
  80. Roberto Beningi as Guido in Life Is Beautiful
  81. Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in Ray


joe burns said...

Interesting! Surprised that Rush made it so high.

Sage Slowdive said...


Aww, he was good :)

joe burns said...

Where would you say when your worst list begins on the ranking? Like what number does the bad performances start?

Sage Slowdive said...

Well, since this is almost 2 years old, my opinion may have changed by now. But probably 65-81 are just bland, mediocre performances.

Twister said...

Brando in Waterfront is probably my fave, and as of now, these are the some of the changes I would have made:

* Finch was supporting in Network, and should have won supporting, but William Holden's performance I felt was greater and he was the lead and should have won.

* Scofield's fine, but you know about my love for Burton's perf...

* Hanks is a pretty overrated actor to begin with, and his performance in his turd of a film is just okay. Travolta gave a nuanced, textured performance that I love.

* Bogart's fine, but over Brando in Streetcar? No way!

Of course, there are more, but these just standout to me.

Also, do you think Donald Pleasence deserved a nomination for Halloween?

joe burns said...

Hanks was alright in Philadelphia, but his performance in Forest Gump is overdone. Did you like Travolta's performance?

Sage Slowdive said...

Finch is not supporting in Network, if anything he is the center of Network.

And no, I don't like Travolta in Pulp Fiction.

I'm surprised no one has mentioned my weird love for Art Carney in Harry and Tonto. He would probably make my Top 10 if I would rank again.

joe burns said...

What about Samuel L. Jackson? I haven't seen Harry And Tonto yet.

Sage Slowdive said...

Whenever someone brings up Pulp Fiction, I try to put my general disdain for the film aside, but I don't know, Jackson is fine, but again I don't find it amazing.

Twister said...

Screentime wise, Holden is the lead, and his performance had more depth to it.

Jackson is my favorite supporting actor performance, and the strength and articulation he projects is mind-blowing.

Although Landau is flawless in Ed Wood, my pick is Jackson.

Louis Morgan said...

Warner Baxter higher than so many. I would like to hear the explanation for his placement.

Sage Slowdive said...

Well, remember this was 2 years ago, so my opinion may have changed. But, I liked his performance for what it was :)