50 Greatest Scene Stealing Performances

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    • Toursiveu

      Apr 2nd 2013, 7:07

      And if I had to pick one scene-stealer from the great Shutter Island, it would be the always underrated Ted Levine, who delivers a great speech about the violent nature of men to Leo Di Caprio. It's a bone-chilling scene with a perfect ending when he finally manages to prove his point and enrage Di Caprio : "That's the spirit"...

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    • Toursiveu

      Apr 2nd 2013, 7:10

      John Goodman? The ultimate scene-stealer! For two years in a row, the Oscar for Best Picture went to a film with Goodman in a supporting part : The Artist, then Argo... And he's never even been nominated. Flight could have been his first nomination for best supporting actor but they picked Alan Arkin instead...

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    • jeffamania

      Apr 2nd 2013, 8:58

      I think its a bad list......I don't think supporting actors are really qualified to scene stealers....and of the top of my head, there are better examples to use such as 1) Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder 2) Leo Dicrapio & Sam L Jackson in Django Unchained 3) Bruce Campbell in the Spiderman 1-3. I think these are examples of better scene stealers. I don't think supporting actors really count

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    • danwitherall

      Apr 2nd 2013, 9:13

      Can we all agree now to stop using the phrase, 'owned it', when what we really mean is, 'were competent?' You people are writers—some might even stretch to "journalists"—but you come across like this is a GCSE project for you. You also missed Anton Chigurh from No Country. Sorts yourselves out.

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    • SonnyRF

      Apr 2nd 2013, 11:10

      @danwitherall Using colloquial language such as "owned it" is indicative of the writers wanting to use a tone such that you feel like you're talking to your friends about movies, giving the article a more casual/friendly tone. You're reading an article about scene stealering in movies, not the situation on the Gaza strip.

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    • smellyhands

      Apr 2nd 2013, 11:11

      Got to agree with jeffmania.

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    • Hadouken76

      Apr 2nd 2013, 12:25

      R.Lee Emry's performance in Full Metal Jacket was so powerful, the rest of the movie could never measure up, and Christina Ricci in the first Addams family movie.

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    • haganosborne

      Apr 2nd 2013, 12:41

      Jesse Eisenberg in Social Network? McLovin in Superbad? Michael Shannon in Revolutionary Road?

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    • SiMan

      Apr 2nd 2013, 13:06

      I was initially going to agree with Jeffmania and smellyhands above, but thinking about it, i think TF is right. A supporting actor is exactly that - support. The 'main' actor is the one who is supposed to be the lead and the most memorable, that is why the story centres on them. Han is a perfect choice for this. The SW films should all be about the Skywalkers, but how many of us as kids always found Han cooler......if it wasn't for the lightsabre, i doubt we'd even remember Luke as fondly. One character i think is missing though, and may even give Han a run for his money for top spot, is Mr Hannibal Lecter. Where he be at?

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    • fadhilramadhani

      Apr 2nd 2013, 14:02

      you know, i can''t even think that leading roles are scenestealing, but i'm okay that supporting also categorized as scenestealing. btw, you forgot BEATRICE STRAIGHT in NETWORK, she's a real scene stealer, appeared mainly in just one scene and win oscar just for the scene where max confesses his infidelity to her alone

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    • Hadouken76

      Apr 2nd 2013, 14:30

      and Affleck was the bom in Phantoms :)

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    • SilverState

      Apr 2nd 2013, 14:36

      What about John Goodman in The Big Lebowski?

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    • maryjanepotson

      Apr 2nd 2013, 15:08

      A lot of good choices but also a lot of "WTF are you smoking crack" choices...

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    • Desperation

      Apr 2nd 2013, 15:54

      Dennis Hopper's scene in True Romance, alongside Christopher w is my favourite movie scene ever.

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    • Bickle

      Apr 2nd 2013, 20:32

      *ahem* Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now *ahem*

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    • circuit

      Apr 2nd 2013, 21:13

      What about Oliver Platt as Hector in LAKE PLACID; an underated actor in an underated film.

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    • circuit

      Apr 2nd 2013, 21:20

      Also, he might have already appeared once in the list but does anyone else think that Alec Baldwin was the best thing about THE DEPARTED?

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    • BeckyM84

      Apr 2nd 2013, 21:30

      What about Paul Bettany as Chaucer in A Knight's Tale? He virtually stole the whole film with his speeches.

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    • palladiosoldier

      Apr 3rd 2013, 10:18

      Zach Galifinakas in the Hangover; Jason Lee in Mallrats; Elias from Clerks 2; Tom Hardy in Inception; Ryan Reynolds in Wolverine/Blade Trinity

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    • palladiosoldier

      Apr 3rd 2013, 10:18

      Zach Galifinakas in the Hangover; Jason Lee in Mallrats; Elias from Clerks 2; Tom Hardy in Inception; Ryan Reynolds in Wolverine/Blade Trinity

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    • palladiosoldier

      Apr 3rd 2013, 10:18

      Zach Galifinakas in the Hangover; Jason Lee in Mallrats; Elias from Clerks 2; Tom Hardy in Inception; Ryan Reynolds in Wolverine/Blade Trinity

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    • FBGRedmond

      Apr 3rd 2013, 16:57

      I could have swore Sam Elliott was in 2 scenes in The Big Lebowski. Both of which are pretty good, but not scene stealing.

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    • LargoDeluxe

      Apr 4th 2013, 16:58

      Dean Stockwell for Blue Velvet is a good one, but you could as easily have included his portrayal of Howard Hughes in Tucker: The Man and His Dream. One scene - Oscar nomination. Booyah. For that matter, it would be easy to make a case for Harrison Ford as Martin Stett in The Conversation. He couldn't have been on screen for much more than 7 minutes, yet his presence haunts the film (and Gene Hackman's Harry Caul) from his first appearance to his devastating final words. The fact that Ford was at that time a young bit player holding his own with the greatest actor of his generation is the cherry on the sundae.

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    • Andy85

      Apr 4th 2013, 18:36

      @jeffamania - You have completely contradicted your own statement. You can't say supporting actors do not count as scene stealers and then put forward Leo DiCaprio and Sam Jackson for Django as they were both supporting actors in that film????? My ultimate scene stealer has to be Mark Wharlberg in The Departed legendry. I also agree with Christoph Waltz, I could pretty much watch a film with just him in it.

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    • Hadouken76

      Apr 5th 2013, 0:26

      I would avoid The Green Hornet**s not very good.

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    • meestersicko

      Apr 7th 2013, 4:38

      I would add Sam Rockwell in "Seven Psychopaths." Nobody saw that movie, but it doesn't detract from the fact Rockwell gave the best supporting performance of 2012.

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