Best performances by an actor?

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Hugo Weaving - The Interview
Linda Fiorentino - The Last Seduction
Joe Pesci - Good Fellas
Henry Fonda - 12 Angry Men
Henry Fonda - Mr Robert's
Gary Cooper - High Noon
Doris Day - Calamity Jane
David Thewlis - Naked
Jodie Foster - Contact
June Allyson - Woman's World
 

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Ten of the Best;
Daniel Day Lewis-'There Will Be Blood'
Daniel Day Lewis-'My Left Foot'
Tom Noonan-'Manhunter'
Stephen Rae-'The Crying Game'
Klaus Kinski-"Aguirre:The Wrath Of God'
Robert DeNiro-'Heat'
Bruno Ganz-'Schwarz Und Weiss Wie Tag Und Nacht'
Michael Wincott-'Talk Radio'
Jon Voight-'Midnight Cowboy'
James Caan-'Thief'
Daniel Day Lewis was amazing in My Left Foot.
Also Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man.
2 amazing performances by 2 amazing actors.
 

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3 mentions of De Niro and no Raging Bull nomination?

Charlize Theron in Monster
Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master

Recent one for me is that Australian guy whose name I don't know who plays the psycho cop in Detroit.

There's one I can't think of.
 

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3 mentions of De Niro and no Raging Bull nomination?

Charlize Theron in Monster
Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master

Recent one for me is that Australian guy whose name I don't know who plays the psycho cop in Detroit.

There's one I can't think of.
Will Poulter. He is british though.
 

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Hard to go past Ledger in The Dark Knight.
Was totally bemused when I heard that they had cast him, however, I am yet to see a performance that has equaled his.

A couple of other really impressive performances:

Tom Hardy - Locke
The single most disappointing thing about The Dark Knight Rises was the under utilization of Hardy's Bane in the second half of the movie. Hardy has a few average movies in his resume but he keeps building and building. His performance in Locke is probably the most impressive execution of a single-actor movie that I've seen.

Sam Rockwell - Seven Psychopaths
In this rollicking black comedy Rockwell completely upstages and steals the limelight from Farrell, Harrelson and Walken.
This and his role in The Way Way Back are what sent him IMO to the top echelon of actors.
Can't believe that he's 50 already.
 

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One strong acting performance that I remember came from an actor often maligned in Adam Sandler.

The film was Click, and in the second half of the movie Sandler's character observes from afar the mess he has made of his life. His self-loathing at the way he has treated his family especially his son and elderly father was extremely powerful, and one of the most moving and convincing portrayals of a man who hates himself and is torn apart by regret I have seen.

People criticize much of Adam Sandler's work - sometimes justifiably (Jack and Jill anyone?) - but to have written and acted these scenes so well shows that he does have talent.
 
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I thought I would throw some in from left field.

Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast
Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting
Matthew McConaughey in True Detective series 1
James McAvoy in Split.
Juliette Lewis in Cape Fear
Kevin Spacey in K-Pax
Charlize Theron in Monster
Julianne Moore in The Hours
Chris Cooper in American Beauty
Christoph Waltz in Inglorious Basterds.
Anthony Hopkins in Westworld series 1
Great call on Cooper. He is absolutely brilliant.
 
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Rutger Hauer - Bladerunner
Javier Bardem - No Country for Old Men
Chris Cooper - American Beauty
Day Lewis - There will be blood
Robert Duvall - Apocolypse Now
Monty Montgomery - Mulholland Drive
Louise fletcher - one flew over the cuckoos nest
Dustin Hoffman - the graduate
Robert deniro - heat
Edward Fox - day of the jackal
Jack Nicholson - Chinatown
 

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Rutger Hauer - Bladerunner
Javier Bardem - No Country for Old Men
Chris Cooper - American Beauty
Day Lewis - There will be blood
Robert Duvall - Apocolypse Now
Monty Montgomery - Mulholland Drive
Louise fletcher - one flew over the cuckoos nest
Dustin Hoffman - the graduate
Robert deniro - heat
Edward Fox - day of the jackal
 
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Sam Rockwell - Seven Psychopaths
In this rollicking black comedy Rockwell completely upstages and steals the limelight from Farrell, Harrelson and Walken.
This and his role in The Way Way Back are what sent him IMO to the top echelon of actors.
Can't believe that he's 50 already.
Moon was the one that made people take notice, but IMO his best performance is Green Mile.
 

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For a 1992 movie in our own backyard, again, our home grown talent is exceptional. Did well in Gladiator too obviously. ******* stirring stuff.


As mentioned by legendary Media poster Chefmeister, Hardy was top class in Legend, amongst others.

Also Michael Douglas in Falling Down is a 5 star act.
 

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As for the best I couldn't say. Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs is up there. Hanks in Forrest Gump supreme. Bana in Chopper couldn't portray Reid anymore and any better. Dynamic role.
 
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