What is the single greatest performance by an actor or actress that you've ever seen?
No doubt whatsoever.
Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight.
The most intense amazing performance I have ever witnessed. I never knew he was capable of that. He is sadly missed.
Off the top of my head:
Robert DeNiro - "Raging Bull"
Jack Nicholson - "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
Anthony Hopkins - "Silence of the Lambs"
All awesome performances
I have to add one more:
Al Pacino - Scarface
You could add:
Al Pacino - Godfather II
Al Pacino - Dog Day Afternoon
He's had so many it's ridiculous
Tom Hanks: Philadelphia
The Green Mile
Saving Private Ryan
A League of Their Own
Old School Classic: The Money Pit
Robert Downey Jr. - Less Than Zero has to be his best performance ever.
RDJ as Chaplin was pretty spiffing.
Honestly though its too hard to say. Heath was good as Joker. he was also great as Skip in Lords of Dogtown.
Al Pacino - Carlito's way
Morgan Freeman / Tim Robbins - Shawshank Redemption
Kevin Spacey - Life of David Gale / American Beauty
Adam Sandler - Reign Over me
Roberto Benigni - Life is Beautiful
Yolande Moreau - Seraphine
Alan Rickman - Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves
If we threw in TV...
James Gandolfini - Sopranos
John Hamm - Madmen
Michael C Hall - Dexter
Hugh Laurie - House
Edward James Olmos / Mary McDonnell - Battlestar galactica
I would have said Chaplin, but Less Than Zero is a close second, especially considering his life followed a similar path.
i have to agree with Al Pacino in Carlito's Way. horrible Puerto Rican accent but well played. if that makes any sence. but what about Scent of a Woman. awesome...
Somehow I never saw Carlito's Way
serious check it out. Sean Penn plays his Lawyer good flick.
Will do. Thanks
I watched it only the other day
Ronald Reagan as President of the USA...
Damn man. Kicking a corpse. Damn.
Props on the funny though
Just to name one, Naomi Watts in Mulholland Dr. The scene where she is an actress auditioning for a part and she just transforms into another character before your eyes and you just believe it. Should be a clinic for acting students.
Liam Neeson - Taken & The Grey
He was stellar in Taken.
Guy Pierce in Memento
Charlie Sheen in Platoon
Brad Pitt in Fight Club
Micheal Caine in Harry Brown
I would have to add:
Edward Norton in Fight Club to your list
And Ed Norton in American History X
My bad, you are correct sir. Even better performance than Fight Club
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