The 200 Greatest Movie Performances Of All Time

Outstanding performances that won statues, plaudits and our hearts

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    • Bandit1

      Mar 19th 2012, 10:55

      What a list! Nice to see Giamatti in "Sideways" here, even I would rate him much higher. I would put John Candy in here, his performance in "Planes, Trains..." was awesome, funny and touching. He deserves to be here.

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    • FBKCooley

      Mar 19th 2012, 12:17

      I call shenanigans and I'm only on 180. Bowfinger? REALLY? And Kristen Stewart? Sheesh.

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    • FBKCooley

      Mar 19th 2012, 12:17

      I call shenanigans and I'm only on 180. Bowfinger? REALLY? And Kristen Stewart? Sheesh.

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    • FBKCooley

      Mar 19th 2012, 12:17

      I call shenanigans and I'm only on 180. Bowfinger? REALLY? And Kristen Stewart? Sheesh.

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    • FBKCooley

      Mar 19th 2012, 12:17

      I call shenanigans and I'm only on 180. Bowfinger? REALLY? And Kristen Stewart? Sheesh.

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    • FBKCooley

      Mar 19th 2012, 12:18

      And I only posted once - don't ask me why there's 4 of them. *eye roll*

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    • nkutzler

      Mar 19th 2012, 13:08

      Wait... Kristen Stewart is on this list? I DON'T THINK I CAN READ IT!!!

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    • MoodyMonkey

      Mar 19th 2012, 13:58

      Best feature in ages....and an exellent first choice.

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    • SiMan

      Mar 19th 2012, 14:06

      Excellent list, but 200..whew! I struggle with getting through the usual daily 50 on my lunchbreak. If i get told off at work for being late back form lunch, will TF write me a note please!

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    • Jrdnsans1792

      Mar 19th 2012, 15:21

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    • Jrdnsans1792

      Mar 19th 2012, 15:33

      Very good list, happy to see Paddy Conside, Tom Hardy, Michael Fassbender, Ray Winstone, Ryan Gosling, George Clooney and Edward Norton get the recognition that their roles really deserved. Also was glad to see Boris Karloff in there for Frankenstein. The only ones i would disagree with would be Rooney Mara's average at best performance in the average at best remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, especially when Noomi Rapace's performance was so much better. Also Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network, really? Not a great performance. Although it was inevitable that Anthony Hopkins was going to be on here for The Silence Of The Lambs, personally i've always thought that Brian Cox was the better Hannibal Lecter. Can't argue with the number 1 though, great choice.

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    • FBSCornwell

      Mar 19th 2012, 15:41

      A fantastic list of movies. I have no idea how you worked through them as you did. There's something really wrong though, I mean really really wrong. Where on Earth is Olvia Colman in Tyrannosaur? I demand a recount.

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    • CSB23

      Mar 19th 2012, 15:47

      This is completely wrong in so many ways. Seriously, George Clooney for The Descendants at 45? He displayed no emotion or acting skills in that film, and it was ahead of Jean Dujardin? Where is Leonardo DiCaprio for The Aviator? Where is Ryan Gosling for Lars and the Real Girl? and Blue Valentine? and Drive? Where is Robert DeNiro for Taxi Driver? and The King of Comedy? Woody Allen for Annie Hall? Jonah Hill for Superbad? Jack Nicholson for The Shining? Joaquin Phoenix for Gladiator and Walk The Line? Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman for Casablanca? Orson Wells for Citizen Kane? Yet.. Ellen Page is here for Juno..

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    • CSB23

      Mar 19th 2012, 15:48

      AND KRISTEN STEWART, SERIOUSLY!? However... I would like to state that I I do agree with the majority... It is just missing about 50 of the greatest performances of all time..

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    • Jrdnsans1792

      Mar 19th 2012, 16:01

      Dylan Baker should be higher too, amazing performance.

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    • Jrdnsans1792

      Mar 19th 2012, 16:04

      @CSB23 Jonah Hill for Superbad, really? lol i agree with some of your other choices but that was never gonna be on this list.

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    • Jrdnsans1792

      Mar 19th 2012, 16:06

      John Hurt in The Elephant Man should definitely be in there too.

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    • jkoopa

      Mar 19th 2012, 16:08

      So so happy that George Clooney for The Descendants was here, should've won the oscar, no matter how brilliant Jean Dujardin was. But, Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched. Where is she?!

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    • jkoopa

      Mar 19th 2012, 16:08

      So so happy that George Clooney for The Descendants was here, should've won the oscar, no matter how brilliant Jean Dujardin was. But, Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched. Where is she?!

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    • WalterWhite

      Mar 19th 2012, 16:20

      #84 - kerb =/= curb. who edited this!

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    • elleisfor

      Mar 19th 2012, 16:31

      I'm sorry, but Kristen Stewart in Adventureland should really, really NOT be on this list. I went to see it in the cinema and afterwards thought to myself that the film had so much potential to be a great, teen comedy with dramatic undertones CLASSIC, but Kristen Stewart's awfu performnce ruined it completely. Total Film you've really p****d me off haha.

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    • MikeyRix

      Mar 19th 2012, 16:46

      I'm gonna say what's basically alread been said: nice list, good mix here - but if you're going to put Mara on here, you should have put Rapace here too. Just saying.

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    • WalckerX

      Mar 19th 2012, 17:07

      #181 Typo guys! The head tilt was not in Big Sleep but in To Have and Have Not! Thought you should know.

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    • elleisfor

      Mar 19th 2012, 17:18

      Although big thumbs up for putting Daniel Plainview so high on the list.

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    • FBACross

      Mar 19th 2012, 17:31

      I disagree with so many of these on so many levels. most notably you've put Rooney Mara in there - I'm sorry but Noomi Rapace was far superior in that role

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    • FBALiscano

      Mar 19th 2012, 18:16

      I actually agree with most of the choices, specially with your number 1. That movie is amazing! And that's one incredible performance. I was very happy to see Rooney Mara on the list. I absolutley loved her in TGWTDT. I think she was so much better that the other girl.

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    • FBVRoebuck

      Mar 19th 2012, 18:45

      It's a very interesting list. Nice to see Paul Newman for 'The Hustler' rather than e.g. 'Cool Hand Luke' - and I think I agree, and very good to see Alan Rickman as Severus Snape in this distinguished company. Of course everyone will miss a particular favourite performance. Mine is Nargis as Radha in 'Mother India', another performance that had me sobbing in the cinema.

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    • JohnJDuffy

      Mar 19th 2012, 19:04

      Ellen Page? Juno? f**k off TF.

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    • geomistress

      Mar 19th 2012, 19:45

      136: "Bill" Durham? Really? Fire your editor for letting that one slip.

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    • nkutzler

      Mar 19th 2012, 20:46

      Maybe I'm being a little bit single-minded, but I'd like to see Leonardo Dicaprio for Inception or Guy Pearce for Memento.

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    • HannahG

      Mar 19th 2012, 22:37

      Where is Jeremy Renner on this list? His performance in Dahmer was incredible, but he blew my mind (no pun intended) in the Hurt Locker. The best actor around, IMO.

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    • Lagedor

      Mar 20th 2012, 1:04

      Cool list, bana should be higher (might encourage him 2 do more extreme roles) @walterwhite that is the correct use of kerb. if you want to learn word spelling, pick up a dictionary and don't troll a best acting list

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    • Hadouken76

      Mar 20th 2012, 10:24

      I reckon Stallones performace in Copland was a lot more worthy than Rocky, any one of the 3 leads in Platoon (Sheen, Dafoe and Berenger) as well, but I'm nit-picking. Anyway..Zach galifianakis.. OF ALL TIME?? The guy just phones in the same 'performance' in every film. YOu are having a bath. Then again, you thouhgt Ryan Dunn was a movie legend, so what do I know?

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    • duckofdeath73

      Mar 20th 2012, 14:07

      Kevin Spacey as Jack Vincennes in La. Confidential should be in there. Costner in Field of Dreams. Robert Carlyse as Begbie. Michael Caine as jasper in children of men. Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling. Russell Crowe in American Gangster should all be in. Pesci was amazing in Goodfella's but De Niro's Jimmy Conway was equally terrific in a more understated role. The bit with Karen Hill and the coats was scary as s**t. Best child role-Carrie Henn in Aliens - if JC had got that bit of casting wrong, Aliens would not be one of the greatest movies ever.

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    • Artem

      Mar 20th 2012, 18:42

      Total Film, i doubt you check the comments nevertheless: your incompetence/ignorance is appalling. Have you ever seen anything beyond your regular multiplex repertoire? No Julietta Masina in Nights Of Cabiria? No Marcello Mastroianni in 8 1\2? No Irene Jacob in Double Life of Weronika? No Bruno Ganz in Wings of Desire? No Alexander Kaidanovsky in Stalker? Why being pretentious and including Maria Falconetti then? Kirsten Stewart and Will Smith instead? Pathetic. Don't call yourself a Film magazine

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    • koreshek

      Mar 20th 2012, 20:45

      Hey, George Wales. Why do you hate the Italians that much? Not even Sofia Loren over Will Ferrell? Marcello? Gina? Claudia? Alberto Sordi? Go watch more movies.

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    • Bakstulewicz

      Mar 21st 2012, 14:21

      where's Hugo Weaving or Viggo Mortensen?

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    • Bakstulewicz

      Mar 21st 2012, 14:24

      and yeah Artem has a point, Marcello Mastroinni in 8 1/2...and what about Tony Leung in Lust, Caution?

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    • lachlanc

      Mar 21st 2012, 22:27

      A list always get a discussion/argument moving along, doesn't it? People always have their own thoughts on who should not have been excluded [mine are Sean Penn in I Am Sam and Guy Pearce in Memento] but the thing that annoys me most is that I think there are way too many films from the last 5-10 years. Are we in the middle of the golden age of the best cinematic acting ever? Or is it just that the people compiling the list mainly know films from the last 5-10 years? I'd say the latter. Maybe a better title is "The 200 Greatest Performances in Recent Cinema (with some old films thrown as well)".

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    • MoodyMonkey

      Mar 21st 2012, 23:34

      these lists are always infuriating because its some one else's opinion. there will never ever be definitive list so please just get over it. i try to take them as a snapshot of a publications state of mind at that time and move on. my own list would be very different but tomorrow it would change again. today i think The Terminator is the greatest film ever made, tomorrow it could be One Flew Over The Cuckoo's nest, the day after it's likely to be Are You Being Served The Movie (maybe not)... a blimmin good read this was though!

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    • francis123

      Mar 22nd 2012, 2:28

      Kristen Stewart... Really?! Did she even manage to utter 1 complete sentence in that film. Her version of acting is mumbling. Weird how some people would get about 5 other recommended 'characters' and others were minimal. Carey Mulligan - Drive? John Cusack - High Fidelity? Joseph Gordon Levitt - Inception? Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart & Fabulous Baker Boys? Daniel Craig - Layer Cake. Gary Oldman - Tinker, Tailor. To give others more credit is strange...

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    • Darvid

      Mar 22nd 2012, 4:16

      Am I going mad? Where is Daniel Day Lewis for My Left Foot? I can't see it in there? Sure, Ellen Page was great as Juno but it's not quite Christy Brown standard, Ah what do I know! Also performances I thought should have made it were, Jack Nicholson in The Shining, Anthony Hopkins for The Worlds Fastest Indian, Imelda Staunton for Vera Drake, Samuel L Jackson for Jungle Fever, John Hurt for The Elephant Man...... I could keep typing but the more I type the more I'm sure that some of these are actually in the list and I've missed them, 200 is a lot to get through, feel free to point out any I've missed and if you remember what numbers they made it to, thanks.

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    • Hadouken76

      Mar 22nd 2012, 10:44

      No Ryan Dunn? Im' shocked.

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    • Hadouken76

      Mar 22nd 2012, 10:45

      oops typed too fast.

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    • drbond1978

      Mar 22nd 2012, 16:47

      v good list

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    • daston498

      Mar 22nd 2012, 23:24

      Two biggest omissions for me have to be badass Denzel in Training Day and Casey Affleck in Gone Baby Gone. And De Niro for New Years Eve.

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    • DanRose

      Mar 23rd 2012, 16:49

      Decent list... but it does seem miss much world cinema here... What about Choi Min-sik in Oldboy. He is immense! Back to the English language films and and my personal favourite. Michael J Fox in Back To The Future. Perfect casting in a perfect movie... Oh @Darvid and a few others. The films are honourably mentioned, at he bottom. Did you not see?? They had to pick one per actor....

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    • firas76

      Mar 23rd 2012, 18:35

      How come there are no Mel Gibson roles they got to be high in like 200 performances!!! They gotta be kiddin us

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    • RAY0112010

      Mar 23rd 2012, 19:09

      Where the hell is Bob Hoskins for The Long Good Friday AND Mona Lisa.

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    • firas76

      Mar 24th 2012, 21:23

      Itotally agree with RAY and there are the Mad Max movies, Lethal Weapon movies the 1st two where amazing the thrid was pretty good his 'Nam movie and Mavrik was very funny he has done a great job even in chicken run and he was amazing again in The Beaver

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    • gwrwho

      Mar 26th 2012, 13:20

      I'm sorry, but for every outstanding (but, let's face it, fairly obvious) inclusion in this list, there are far more glaring, unforgivable omissions. I mean, seriously - where on earth is John Hurt for the Elephant Man?! I was genuinely shocked to find that, after trawling through 200 performances (some justifiably included, others mystifyingly so) he wasn't ranked anywhere! Also, no Forest Whitaker? Olivia Colman for Tyrannosaur? Tilda Swinton? And yet, Arnold Schwarzenegger AND Kristen Stewart somehow make the cut?! Maddening, utterly maddening. A handful of nice surprises (Andrew Garfield for Boy A) but otherwise, a wholly disappointing chart with far too many notable oversights. For shame, Total Film. For shame.

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    • icebadger

      Mar 26th 2012, 21:22

      It's a comprehensive list with a nice sprinkling of diverse performances but I'm dumbfounded that Anthony Hopkins greatest screen performance (Remains of the Day) does not feature. It is an absolute masterclass in screen acting.

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    • rmholtjr

      Apr 22nd 2012, 17:36

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    • rhcpeppers21

      Apr 24th 2012, 15:50

      ok, I signed up just to say this: If you're going to be making an all-time list including actors like Nicolas Cage and Elizabeth Olson, and movies like "Adventureland" & "Iron Man", then what the hell is with the omission of Tom Hanks in "Forrest Gump", and Dustin Hoffman in "Rain Man"? Those are just two extremely memorable performances I was hoping to see perhaps in the top 100 or 50...extremely disappointed they weren't included.

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    • FBRJohnny

      May 12th 2012, 15:49

      How the F did Brando not made that list!

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    • FBSSumaric

      May 12th 2012, 23:46

      Brando is at number 6!!!

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    • FBARobinso97

      May 14th 2012, 12:56

      Ahem. Rutger Hauer in Blade Runner...

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    • bradleyashworth

      Aug 1st 2012, 15:41

      what about nick nolte in warrior. Kristen Stewart what the hell? Jeremy Renner in Hurt Locker, him and Nick Nolte are both brilliant actors have done some brilliant performances and they don't make the list whereas Kristen Stewart does. Also Naomi Watts' performance in King Kong how can that not get a mention also where is Adrien Brody for the pianist. Why is Arnold Schwarzenegger on there he can't act, at all the one performance people praise is the one were you don't even act.

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    • Riggidy

      Aug 4th 2012, 7:59

      Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday in Tombstone... My all-time favorite...

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    • OMFGITSROHIT

      Aug 7th 2012, 19:43

      What a load of balls. You choose to recognize only one performance from the actor. This list says that Kirsten Stewart in Adventureland >>>>>> Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces. f**k you.

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    • charleycvercko

      Aug 8th 2012, 0:19

      See Cake Eaters before you dismiss Kristen Stewart. The weakness of Twilight isn't the actors; it's the roles. Meanwhile, where's Crissy Rock in Ladybird, Ladybird? Annette Bening in The Grifters? Bjork in Dancer in the Dark? Emil Jannings in The Last Laugh; Faust; The Blue Angel? These should be in the top 20.

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    • curtrage

      Aug 10th 2012, 1:12

      Kind of disappointed that Travis Bickle didn't make it.

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    • aaronlm

      Aug 16th 2012, 16:31

      I agree with this list mostly. It's great that it includes performances that are not so obvious or recognized. Some of the greatest performances are not identified as they should be. However, Robert De Niro should definitely be on this list for Travis Bickle.

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    • carrowsboy

      Aug 24th 2012, 18:40

      Where the *&%# is Joan Crawford??? Mildred Pierce, Sudden Fear, Grand Hotel, A Woman's Face, etc.... All better than c**p from Kristen Stewart, Halle Berry, etc...

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    • Dave4325

      Sep 30th 2012, 1:26

      Depressed now, apparently there have been at least 200 performances better than Bruno Ganz's portrayal of Hitler in Downfall and Steve Martin is one of them. I obviously have been wrong about films all along

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    • hansottesen

      Oct 6th 2012, 22:58

      This is a terrible list, UNLESS you rename it to "The 200 Greatest Movie PERFORMERS Of All Time", seeing as you (as far as I can tell) only added actors once on the list. You're not telling me that Emma Stone did a better job in Easy A than Klaus Kinski did in ANY of his films except Aguirre? I would have replaced Emma with Tim Robbins in Jacob's Ladder. Emma and Chloe from Kick-a*s are actually the only ones I have a huge problem with when it came to this list though.

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    • CitizenK

      Oct 14th 2012, 0:20

      Wait..No Robert DeNiro in Taxi Driver? No Gary Oldman in Leon The Professional? Aaron Ekhart in In the Company of Men? No Bjork in Dancer in the Dark? No Marlon Brando in The Godfather? No Orson Whelles in Citizen Kane? No John Hurt in Elephant Man? No James Steward In Its A Wonderful Life? Clint Eastwood in The Good The Bad and The Ugly? Alec Guiness in "Bridge on the River Kwai? Or Not even Harrison For in Indiana Jones? Yet you DO have Kirstin Stewart and Will Smith.....thats unforgivable!

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    • bubba

      Nov 29th 2012, 19:47

      Kristen Stewart ? Really ? Have you seen "Panic Room" ?

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    • WHSmith

      Dec 18th 2012, 22:18

      Did you just forget about George C. Scott in Patton? That's the only explanation I can think of for his not being on this list.

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    • UnjollyIrishman

      Dec 24th 2012, 15:46

      Nicole Kidman in Dogville is only 69, I'm afraid I must disagree.

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    • Eggman72

      Jan 1st 2013, 12:53

      Some classics in there but some absolute garbage in there...No Jean Reno for Leon ,No John hurt for elephant man,No Evita .....

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    • blakemueller

      Jan 1st 2013, 14:06

      The order of this list is so f****d to s**t that it's... Well... In the words of Walken, un-f*****g-believable.

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    • MathisBB

      Jan 1st 2013, 14:10

      Robert de Niro's performance as Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver should at least be in the top 5 !!! What the hell is this list? Brando's The Godfather and Joaquin Phoenix's performance in Gladiator or in Walk the Line should be there too...

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    • bradleyashworth

      Jan 1st 2013, 14:18

      What the hell TF. How can you possibly think that Kristen Stewert has delivered a better performance than Tom Hardy or Christian Bale ever have. Also what on earth were you thinking when you decided to put Stallone in your top 20. You're basically saying that Stallone has delivered better performances than Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Samuel L Jackson, Clint eastwood, Tom Hanks, Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen, Sigourney Weaver Andy Serkis etc.

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    • LSJShez

      Jan 1st 2013, 17:50

      I was never that bothered for Will Smith in Ali. I know he went method and bulked up. But he was still a bulked up Will Smith to me.

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    • henryjr

      Jan 1st 2013, 21:44

      i think Jim Carrey's finest moment in Eternal Sunshine has to be when Clementine goes missing at the parade - it was improvised too...

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    • desray

      Jan 1st 2013, 23:25

      Interesting list. Totally agree with Kristen Stewart's inclusion. Adventureland is a gem of a film and she was wonderful in it. Most of the people freaking out have most likely never seen it. I don't understand why people get SO upset over a freaking film list. Weird

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    • michaelscott

      Jan 2nd 2013, 1:27

      Really...... how old is the writer 18? how many movies have you really watched? no really,,,,this on of the worst list i have ever read, please do the list agian with someone who has seen for than 10 past the eighties......

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    • Jareth64

      Jan 2nd 2013, 13:06

      A good list, thank you, but have you never heard of Amadeus,? F. Murray Abrahim won a very deserved Oscar for his incredible performance. Steve Buscemi should be in for his turn in Fargo, too. I think Sharlto Copley should be in here for District 9's Wickus as well. Better not give this too much thought or I'll be pointing out hundreds more.

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    • sinemaestro

      Jan 2nd 2013, 17:29

      %80 2000s. and Clint's Dirty Harry for acting? are you kidding?

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    • Pearceyy96

      Jan 3rd 2013, 12:31

      jack Nicholson a worthy winner but you forgot a mention for him in the departed! I also felt heath ledger would be higher than 23

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    • lerryjohntemplo

      Jan 17th 2013, 15:59

      How about Kate Winslet in THE READER? It's actually worthy of mention.. I also think Heath Ledger as the Joker deserves a higher spot..

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    • johnness

      Jan 28th 2013, 17:06

      this list is pure nonesense only 1 daniel day lewis,and pacino the 2 best actors ever.really c**p list

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    • ademerath

      Feb 3rd 2013, 1:38

      Well, well, well. A few things... 1st - your #1 choice is so spot on that it almost pardons all the other "hip" or commercial inclusions that most commentators are whining about (though I'd agree w/ them on a good amount of those); 2nd - @hansottesman, couldn't be more accurate: "This is a terrible list, UNLESS you rename it to "The 200 Greatest Movie PERFORMERS Of All Time", seeing as you (as far as I can tell) only added actors once on the list." With the inclusion of a dozen or so real head-scratchers, this is actually a very GOOD list...under this revised title only. If one were reading into this, it would appear that your strategy for ranking these was to include as many big stars as possible and selecting only their singular best work. Why did you do this? To be fair, and give others a chance to place on your list? That's a ridiculous rule for something like this. If an actor has 10 performances that people argue over which is their best, then that is an actor, by all logic, who is THAT good THAT many times and at least deserves multiple mentions (however many it takes to recognize the ones worthy of ranking). It's understandable that if someone ranked a second or third time towards the back of your list, that eventually as other names get ranked above them they would fall off completely. That's fine. At least those achievements would have been considered and placed to begin with. But it's very clear that you didn't even allow for this - NO, 1 PER ACTOR, THAT'S IT! - which means to rank 200, then 200 actors have to make the cut. That way does not guarantee the "greatest of all time", only the greatest from each on the list. Personally, I don't give a damn if a bad (or even mediocre) actor gives one pleasantly surprising turn. If their reputation is consistent in spite of that, then it still can't be THAT much of a stretch for them to deserve mention alongside such luminaries who've helped shape the art form...more than once even. In 2006, Premier Mag released their list of the "Top 100 of All Time" and at least a dozen names on it received double nods. And although I agree with more of your choices, it was an outstanding, unbiased list. Anyway, 3rd - Please, please, you MUST release ANOTHER list (not in place of, just change the title of this one to more accurately describe what it is). The second list should absolutely allow for duplicates. Daniel Day-Lewis has only appeared in 19 films to date, but I think it is safe to say most people would rank at least two or three of his top five performances if they were choosing as many as 200 entries. There is NO WAY Kristen Stewart or Eddie Murphy or Emma Stone or Zach Galifianakis (although I'd maybe rank him for his comic brilliance) or many others you've listed have EVER outperformed ANY of Day-Lewis' work. Maybe their recognition here is for "personal best" in your opinion, but that is not the apparent purpose of this list, and it simply should not overwrite the singular mention of so many giants, each w/ a heaping handful of what so many consider classic performances: Brando (Streetcar, Godfather, Last Tango), Nicholson (Five Easy Pieces, Last Detail, Shining), De Niro (Taxi Driver [HUGE OMISSION AWARD!!], Mean Streets, Godfather II, King of Comedy, Cape Fear), Pacino (Serpico, Dog Day [HUGE OMISSION AWARD!!], Scarface); Hoffman (Midnight Cowboy, Tootsie [HUGE OMISSION AWARD!!], Rain Man); Streep (too many to count); and, of course, Day-Lewis (My Left Foot [HUGE OMISSION AWARD!!], Gangs of New York, and now Lincoln too). This is just scraping the surface, citing the "big ones", the obvious choices from only a few of the actors' actors. There are SOOOO many more game-changers out there to see, from the silver screen to modern day, from many highly accomplished creators. NONE of those I mentioned could find room on your list under this silly "1 per person" restriction. It's not justified. I think many of your readers would like you to change this, to see where some of these superiors might place here. Of course, many outstanding performances have to get left off - they can't ALL make it in. But it certainly reduces your credibility when someone so universally regarded as bad, like KRISTEN STEWART (clearly not a favorite according to all the comments), squeezes in over ANY of the ones I named. Finally...I WILL say that I tend to agree that most of the greatest are from the second half of the last century, rather than the first half. Great acting exploded all over in the late '60's and through the '70's, with the help of the class of actors I stated above, and all their contemporaries. That is still the finest generation of movie actors and I think what we see today is a result of them. Your list IS a little heavy with choices from the last decade or so, and I dunno about that. But I do like that there is a diverse mix of genre, main-stream & indie, and foreign recognition on your list. Again, just change the title or redo it without trying to give everyone a spot. Thanks for letting me rant, and bravo to anyone who reads the whole thing, haha.

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    • seannessman

      Mar 6th 2013, 14:03

      I was like, how can the great Moreau and Deneuve are beaten by Jennifer Lawrence or Reese. And where is Alain Delon, he was F-ing great in Le Samourai? And Julianne Moore and Orsen Welles are not even in their best film performance.

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    • elderyautija

      Mar 30th 2013, 12:05

      Wow, this list is complete madness. Or a very well crafted joke. Call me when these morons at Total Film have watched Lina Wertmuller's "Pasqualino Settebellezze" (Seven Beauties, 1975) and prove themselves intelligent enough to aknowledge Giancarlo Giannini's performance as Pasquale Frafuso as one of the 10 best in movie history. AT LEAST in the TOP10. Until then, these people have no call in even thinking they can make lists for other people to check out, like they're thinking they can teach us something. If movie lovers keep on listening to what these guys have to say, we'll all be missing on a whole world of great cinema. Javier Bardem in the list for "No Country..."? Really?? Wow. Was I expecting that. How about watching some really astonishing early Bardem, something few people on this planet can pull off, like Bigas Luna's "Huevos De Oro" , or even the later "Mar Adentro". Now THAT's Bardem at his best! You don't even have to go too deep into spanish cinema to get a glimpse of what Bardem really is about when on top of his game. Just go check "Before Night Falls" and see what a great actor he really is when he's not playing cartoonish baddies for the Coens. And I know De Niro is in the list, but so is Kristen Stewart, and forgive me if I say I'm not taking seriously a list that has Kristen Stewart in it and then fails to mention Travis Bickle. And has anyone ever seen an iranian movie internationally known as Taste Of Cherry? Yes? And a swedish one called "The Sevent Seal? Yes? Then you'll know who else is missing from the list. This list is a disgrace. Almost complete garbage. It says best movie performances of all times, but I read "most famous actors in their most famous roles, no matter how standard the performance is". Ridiculous. One last thing before I shut up: Arnie is an icon, one of my favourite movies of all time is "Predator", for all sorts of reason except for its great acting performances. I love Arnie's films, they're such great fun. But including his turn as the Terminator in this list is an insult to everything that is acting. If he's there, then Robert Patrick should too, and on a higher spot, cause he's much more convincing, much scarier as the T-1000 in T2, and he simply is a better actor than Schwarzenegger. But he isn't. Which makes my point about the title of this list even truer. Read this list at your own risk.

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    • soniabegm

      Apr 2nd 2013, 7:52

      lol no adrien brody from pianist? srsly? and you put in kristen stewart?

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    • freyy

      Apr 6th 2013, 23:50

      so let me get this straight, you are seriously saying that thE Kristen Stewart, the emotionless chick from t**tlight, is a better actress than Vivien Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire??????? THAT'S b******t!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • WayneCha

      Apr 7th 2013, 21:53

      I would've liked to have seen Judy Davis on the list for her performance in "High Tide," which is one of the best I've ever seen. I agree with others that Kristen Stewart shouldn't have even been considered despite a few decent roles. (I thought she was quite good as Joan Jett in "The Runaways," for example.) What I do like about this list is that it's neither overly pretentious nor overly populist, but it's by no means definitive, if such a thing could exist.

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    • zizzo

      May 10th 2013, 23:52

      Are you f*****g kidding me? No Marlon Brando in The Godfather???? No Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon? No Phillip Seymour Hoffman in Capote? And the most ridiculous of them all: F. MURRAY ABRAHAM FOR AMADEUS ISN'T EVEN THERE. THAT'S ONE OF THE 10 IF NOT 5 GREATEST MALE PERFORMANCES OF ALL TIME. THIS IS A JOKE.

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    • enriquesanchez

      Jun 20th 2013, 5:31

      Maria Falconetti - Joan of Arc, The Passion Of Joan Of Arc (1928) - IS the SINGLE MOST AMAZING PERFORMANCE IN ANY MOVIE OF ALL TIME. ALL OTHERS must defer to Maria.

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    • DearDexter

      Jun 23rd 2013, 10:12

      I nearly stop after Kirsten Stewart cause i thought it couldn't get worse and then Zac Gaylifilibilly (whatever his name is from Hangover) turns up. That's the performance he always gives, so he must be a amazing in everything. Needless to say I never made it any further.

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    • kickback04

      Jun 23rd 2013, 10:42

      mom makes $75 an hour on the computer.She has been out of work for 8 months last month income was $21583 on this site >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ---- WEP6.ℂOM

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    • jonathonkay

      Jun 23rd 2013, 15:43

      Please Total Film, tell me more about how Zach Galifianakis's portrayal of Alan in 'The Hangover' was superior to Stephen Graham as Combo in 'This is England' .

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    • ryallen

      Jun 23rd 2013, 16:09

      Where the hell is Tim Robbins? Andy? Anyone?

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    • barryc

      Jun 23rd 2013, 18:38

      Kirsten Stewart's performance in Adventurel;and is better than Olivia Coleman's in Tyrannosaur?????? Total Film, you are an absolute JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • jb72986

      Jun 23rd 2013, 20:39

      I love me a good list, especially when it comes to movies. Lists help me feel validated in my choices, but there are always times where I feel my opinions greatly vary. I like the range of actors and the fact all of them were only listed once (nothing worse than a list that puts the same guy in the top 10 positions). There were a bunch from 100-200 I would have moved higher up... at least put Mickey Rourke further down and move Robert Downey Jr. further up- his range of acting surpasses several in the top 100, except for the deserving ultra-greats like Nicholson, DeNiro, Hoffman and otherwise. And there's always some excuse in these lists to put Heath Ledger on some kind of pedestal... sure, he was great in "The Dark Knight"... the ONLY thing great about that movie, in my opinion...

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    • rebeccapope

      Jun 23rd 2013, 21:48

      I'm sorry kristen stewart? where's Joaquin Phoenix on this list as Johnny Cash?

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    • Ali1748

      Jun 24th 2013, 0:56

      For the love of god TF would it hurt you to use a list once in a while ? I am not going to scroll through 200 pages.

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    • michaelscott

      Jun 24th 2013, 1:48

      let me.... guess you are not ranking these in order you think the performances deserve, if you did you know nothing about movies !!!! go back to the drive thru window you use to work at.... what a horrible list

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    • Didier

      Jun 24th 2013, 6:30

      I agreed more than once. Stewart is in my opinion an excellent actress, just look at Welcome To The Rileys. Just disagreed on Schindler's List as Ralph Fiennes was so much better than Neeson?

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    • simonbuckle

      Jun 24th 2013, 10:09

      What a ridiculous list! I only looked at the first 100 and couldn't see Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind there. Yet Harrison Ford is there for Han Solo!! WTF!!

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    • cc1129

      Jun 24th 2013, 23:29

      Maury in Goodfellas didn't die from getting choked by piano wire, it was an ice pic in the back of the head! The choking to death by piano wire was Luca Brasi ib The Godfather!

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    • zeyadshaiboub

      Jun 26th 2013, 11:53

      where the hell is F.Murray Abraham in Amadeus? and Kristen Stewart? really?

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    • FBGKennelly

      Jun 26th 2013, 20:52

      the performances that made me serious about cinema.. David Thewlis NAKED Richard Gere INTERNAL AFFAIRS Benicio Del Toro 21 GRAMS

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    • ryanaarstad

      Jun 27th 2013, 5:53

      Really, you're going to make me click through 200 web pages? I don't think so. Ignorant.

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    • dex2010

      Jul 2nd 2013, 2:17

      NO BRUCE WILLIS, THE SIXTH SENSE! JOKERS

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    • jman500

      Jul 6th 2013, 7:46

      am i the only one who docent agree with this list?

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    • jman500

      Jul 6th 2013, 8:09

      no offense but i think this list sucks

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    • lavonwoods

      Jul 25th 2013, 3:08

      I like the list overall but have some serious problems with it. Christian Bale...His role in American Psycho is waaay too low. You have some ridiculous entries ranked above him. And perhaps his best role, Dicky Ecklund in the Fighter is not even on the list. He had by far the best performance in that movie.

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    • lloydsk

      Jul 26th 2013, 8:52

      I was looking for f murry Abraham as salieri in Amadeus I did expect it to be in the top five I would expect Vivien Leigh in streetcar to be up there esp for her unbreakable performance against Brando

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    • pyllyyn

      Nov 2nd 2013, 12:21

      Where is gary oldman in leon, Dustin hoffman in rain man,

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    • pyllyyn

      Nov 2nd 2013, 12:22

      Daniel day lewis in lincoln

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    • pyllyyn

      Nov 2nd 2013, 12:26

      where is woody harrelson in rampart

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    • pyllyyn

      Nov 2nd 2013, 12:29

      where is bruce willis, woody harrelson

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    • pyllyyn

      Nov 2nd 2013, 12:32

      Rocky balboa 6 better than joker

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    • pyllyyn

      Nov 2nd 2013, 12:33

      and 168 better than roarchach ou

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    • pyllyyn

      Nov 2nd 2013, 12:34

      MARK WAHLBERG IN DEPARTED WHERE IS HE

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    • diegoolucasz

      Jan 10th 2014, 23:26

      Where is Falconetti? That should seriously be number 1 never mind it should be definitely on the list Thats why these lists can never be credible

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    • justlikecrap

      Feb 3rd 2014, 11:08

      It's an amazing list. I still feel some are missing though - Leo in Blood Diamond - Ray Liotta in Goodfellas - Don Cheadle in Hotel Rwanda - Tilda Swinton in We need to talk about Kevin - Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump - Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook - Matthew in Dallas Buyers Club - Ryan Gosling in Driver - Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver - Johnny Depp in POTC series - Jim Carrey in The Truman Show - Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now - Natalie Portman in Black Swan

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    • stephenmack

      Mar 2nd 2014, 0:17

      Dustin Hoffman for Rain Man should be top 50. Ed Norton for fight club should be on this list. I give you points for effort but man, you should go home and try to color in between the lines first.

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    • barbaranikol

      Mar 15th 2014, 18:41

      WHERE IS TONY MONDANA? WHERE IS TYLOR DURDEN?????? WHERE IS TAXI f*****g DRIVER?

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    • scottdoxtator

      Jul 21st 2014, 8:18

      Philip Seymour Hoffman in "Capote". Obviously.

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    • mariananassar

      Aug 14th 2014, 21:48

      What about Sean Penn, in I Am Sam? De Niro in Taxi Driver? Marlon Brando in The Godfather? Denel Washington in The Hurricane? OMG I missed those in that list!

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