100 Greatest Male Acting Performances 1970-1989

 Movie Title - Movie Actor (Year)
1. Raging Bull - Robert DeNiro - 1980

2. The Godfather - Marlon Brando - 1972

3. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - Jack Nicholson - 1975

4. The Godfather Part II - Al Pacino - 1974

5. My Left Foot - Daniel Day Lewis - 1989

6. Rain Man - Dustin Hoffman - 1988

7. Patton - George C. Scott - 1970

8. Taxi Driver - Robert DeNiro - 1976

9. Gandhi - Ben Kingsley - 1982

10. Dog Day Afternoon - Al Pacino - 1975

11. The French Connection - Gene Hackman - 1971

12. Kramer vs. Kramer - Dustin Hoffman - 1979

13. Last Tango In Paris - Marlon Brando - 1972

14. Save the Tiger - Jack Lemmon - 1973

15. Rocky - Sylvester Stallone - 1976

16. The Deer Hunter - Christopher Walken - 1978

17. Coming Home - Jon Voight - 1978

18. Scarface - Al Pacino - 1983

19. Tender Mercies - Robert DuVall - 1983

20. Amadeus - F. Murray Abraham - 1984

21. The Deer Hunter - Robert DeNiro - 1978

22. A Clockwork Orange - Malcom McDowell - 1971

23. The Godfather - James Caan - 1972

24. Platoon - Willem Dafoe - 1986

25. Henry V - Kenneth Branagh - 1989

26. On Golden Pond - Henry Fonda - 1981

27. The Shining - Jack Nicholson - 1980

28. Serpico - Al Pacino - 1973

29. Wall Street - Micheal Douglas - 1987

30. The Color of Money - Paul Newman - 1986

31. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - Gene Wilder - 1971

32. A Fish Called Wanda - Kevin Kline - 1988

33. The Goodbye Girl - Richard Dryfuss - 1977

34. Annie Hall - Woody Allen - 1977

35. Once Upon A Time In America - Robert DeNiro - 1984

36. The Godfather - Al Pacino - 1972

37. Julius Caesar - Jason Robards - 1970

38. The Hospital - George C. Scott - 1971

39. Driving Miss Daisy - Morgan Freeman - 1989

40. Beetlejuice - Micheal Keaton - 1988

41. Network - Peter Finch - 1976

42. Blue Velvet - Dennis Hopper - 1986

43. Bladerunner - Harrison Ford - 1982

44. Rocky Horror Picture Show - Tim Cury - 1975

45. Young Frankenstein - Gene Wilder - 1974

46. Salvador - James Woods - 1986

47. The Great White Hope - James Earl Jones - 1970

48. Raiders of the Lost Ark - Harrison Ford - 1981

49. Deliverance - Jon Voight - 1972

50. Kiss of the Spider Woman - William Hurt - 1985

51. The Godfather Part 2 - Robert DeNiro - 1974

52. Chinatown - Jack Nicholson - 1974

53. Less Than Zero - Robert Downy Jr. - 1987

54. Sleuth - Micheal Caine - 1972

55. Harry and Tonto - Art Carney - 1974

56. Out Of Africa - Robert Redford - 1985

57. Tootsie - Dustin Hoffman - 1982

58. The Great Santini - Robert DuVall - 1979

59. Glory - Denzel Washington - 1989

60. The Natural - Robert Redford - 1984

61. Platoon - Tom Berenger - 1986

62. Glory - Morgan Freeman - 1989

63. Once Upon a Time in America - James Woods - 1984

64. The Godfather Part 2 - Robert DuVall - 1974

65. Star Wars - Sir Alec Guiness - 1977

66. The Legend of Hell House - Rody McDowall - 1973

67. Scarecrow - Gene Hackman - 1973

68. Mean Streets - Harvey Keitel - 1973

69. The Sting - Robert Redford - 1973

70. Runaway Train - Jon Voight - 1985

71. All the President's Men - Jason Robards - 1976

72. The Sunshine Boys - Walter Matthau - 1975

73. Lenny - Dustin Hoffman - 1974

74. Mississippi Burning - Gene Hackman - 1988

75. Apocalypse Now - Martin Sheen - 1979

76. Julia - Sir Jason Robards - 1977

77. Being There - Peter Sellers - 1979

78. Sleuth - Sir Lawrence Olivier - 1972

79. The Boys From Brazil - Sir Laurence Olivier - 1978

80. The Ruling Class - Peter O'Toole - 1972

81. Good Morning Vietnam - Robin Williams - 1987

82. Network - William Holden - 1975

83. Starman - Jeff Bridges - 1984

84. The Last Detail - Jack Nicholson - 1973

85. Witness - Harrison Ford - 1985

86. Fright Night - Rody McDowall - 1985

87. Julius Ceasar - Charlton Heston - 1970

88. Children of a Lesser God - William Hurt - 1986

89. Running On Empty - River Phoenix - 1988

90. Tribute - Jack Lemmon - 1980

91. Broadcast News - William Hurt - 1987

92. The China Syndrome - Jack Lemmon - 1979

93. Sunday, Bloody, Sunday - Peter Finch - 1971

94. The Stunt Man - Peter O'Toole - 1980

95. Missing - Jack Lemmon - 1982

96. Little Dorrit - Alec Guinness - 1988

97. The Elephant Man - John Hurt - 1980

98. Atlantic City - Burt Lancaster - 1981

99. Five Easy Pieces - Jack Nicholson - 1970

100. My Favorite Year - Peter O'Toole - 1982



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Last Updated: 2017-10-04
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Criteria: These perfomances are based on characterization, charisma, intensity, and mainly on how well the actor portrayed the role. The genre of the role has no affect on its placement. Comedy, drama, and action, as well as both leading roles and supporting roles were all given a fair consideration.