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Greatest Film Performances of the 2000s (US/UK)

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Criteria: Film Performances of the 2000s are ranked based on initial and lasting acclaim, popular and cultural recognition, plus influence. In order to qualify for this list the performance has to come from a predominately English-language film produced or co-produced by American or British production companies.

List Begun: 2019-10-22
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  Actor - Film Title (Year of Release)
  1. Daniel Day-Lewis - There Will Be Blood (2007)
  2. Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight (2008)
  3. Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote (2005)
  4. Charlize Theron - Monster (2003)
  5. Christoph Waltz - Inglourious Basterds (2009)
  6. Tom Hanks - Cast Away (2000)
  7. Daniel Day-Lewis - Gangs of New York (2002)
  8. Russell Crowe - A Beautiful Mind (2001)
  9. Ellen Burstyn - Requiem for a Dream (2000)
10. Julia Roberts - Erin Brockovich (2000)
11. Johnny Depp - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
12. Javier Bardem - No Country for Old Men (2007)
13. Adrien Brody - The Pianist (2002)
14. Denzel Washington - Training Day (2001)
15. Forest Whitaker - The Last King of Scotland (2006)
16. Jamie Foxx - Ray (2004)
17. Leonardo DiCaprio - The Aviator (2004)
18. Benicio del Toro - Traffic (2000)
19. Heath Ledger - Brokeback Mountain (2005)
20. Helen Mirren - The Queen (2006)
21. Russell Crowe - Gladiator (2000)
22. Hilary Swank - Million Dollar Baby (2004)
23. Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler (2008)
24. Sean Penn - Milk (2008)
25. Kate Winslet - The Reader (2008)
26. Nicolas Cage - Adaptation. (2002)
27. Jack Nicholson - About Schmidt (2002)
28. Naomi Watts - Mulholland Dr. (2001)
29. Kate Winslet - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
30. Julie Christie - Away from Her (2006)
31. Ryan Gosling - Half Nelson (2006)
32. Leonardo DiCaprio - The Departed (2006)
33. Meryl Streep - Doubt (2008)
34. Tilda Swinton - Michael Clayton (2007)
35. Julianne Moore - Far from Heaven (2002)
36. Meryl Streep - Adaptation. (2002)
37. Ian McKellen - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
38. Bill Murray - Lost in Translation (2003)
39. Sean Penn - Mystic River (2003)
40. Ben Kingsley - Sexy Beast (2000)
41. Colin Firth - A Single Man (2009)
42. Christian Bale - American Psycho (2000)
43. Gene Hackman - The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
44. Halle Berry - Monster's Ball (2001)
45. Nicole Kidman - The Hours (2002)
46. Philip Seymour Hoffman - Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
47. Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart (2009)
48. Robert Downey Jr. - Tropic Thunder (2008)
49. Reese Witherspoon - Walk the Line (2005)
50. Naomi Watts - 21 Grams (2003)
51. Jennifer Connelly - A Beautiful Mind (2001)
52. Judi Dench - Iris (2001)
53. Imelda Staunton - Vera Drake (2004)
54. Don Cheadle - Hotel Rwanda (2004)
55. Willem Dafoe - Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
56. Jim Carrey - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
57. Kate Winslet - Revolutionary Road (2008)
58. Philip Seymour Hoffman - Doubt (2008)
59. Rachel Weisz - The Constant Gardener (2005)
60. Joaquin Phoenix - Walk the Line (2005)
61. Meryl Streep - The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
62. Mo'Nique - Precious (2009)
63. Laura Linney - You Can Count on Me (2000)
64. Joaquin Phoenix - Gladiator (2000)
65. Gary Oldman - The Contender (2000)
66. Guy Pearce - Memento (2000)
67. Felicity Huffman - Transamerica (2005)
68. Carey Mulligan - An Education (2009)
69. Viggo Mortensen - A History of Violence (2005)
70. Will Smith - The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
71. Amy Adams - Junebug (2005)
72. Tim Robbins - Mystic River (2003)
73. Cate Blanchett - The Aviator (2004)
74. Renée Zellweger - Cold Mountain (2003)
75. Paul Dano - There Will Be Blood (2007)
76. Saoirse Ronan - Atonement (2007)
77. Renée Zellweger - Chicago (2002)
78. Russell Crowe - Cinderella Man (2005)
79. George Clooney - Up in the Air (2009)
80. Morgan Freeman - Invictus (2009)
81. Frank Langella - Frost/Nixon (2008)
82. Chris Cooper - Adaptation. (2002)
83. Johnny Depp - Finding Neverland (2004)
84. Sissy Spacek - In the Bedroom (2001)
85. Salma Hayek - Frida (2002)
86. Johnny Depp - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
87. Judi Dench - Notes on a Scandal (2006)
88. Jake Gyllenhaal - Brokeback Mountain (2005)
89. Tom Cruise - Collateral (2004)
90. Scarlett Johansson - Lost in Translation (2003)
91. Geoffrey Rush - Quills (2000)
92. Ed Harris - A History of Violence (2005)
93. Meryl Streep - Julie & Julia (2009)
94. Gabourey Sidibé - Precious (2009)
95. Sally Hawkins - Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
96. Robin Williams - One Hour Photo (2002)
97. Björk - Dancer in the Dark (2000)
98. Annette Bening - Being Julia (2004)
99. Paul Giamatti - Sideways (2004)
100. Ben Kingsley - House of Sand and Fog (2003)

101. Uma Thurman - Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
102. Charlize Theron - North Country (2005)
103. Keira Knightley - Pride and Prejudice (2005)
104. Brendan Gleeson - In Bruges (2008)
105. Sharlto Copley - District 9 (2009)
106. Angelina Jolie - Changeling (2008)
107. Tom Hardy - Bronson (2008)
108. Thomas Haden Church - Sideways (2004)
109. Kevin Bacon - The Woodsman (2004)
110. Peter Dinklage - The Station Agent (2003)
111. Keira Knightley - Atonement (2007)
112. Viggo Mortensen - Eastern Promises (2007)
113. Cate Blanchett - I'm Not There (2007)
114. Casey Affleck - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
115. Leonardo DiCaprio - Catch Me If You Can (2002)
116. Catherine Zeta-Jones - Chicago (2002)
117. Javier Bardem - Before Night Falls (2000)
118. Andy Serkis - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
119. Mélanie Laurent - Inglourious Basterds (2009)
120. Denzel Washington - American Gangster (2007)
121. Sam Rockwell - Moon (2009)
122. Anne Hathaway - Rachel Getting Married (2008)
123. Leonardo DiCaprio - Revolutionary Road (2008)
124. Michael Fassbender - Hunger (2008)
125. Benicio del Toro - 21 Grams (2003)
126. Uma Thurman - Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
127. Natalie Portman - Closer (2004)
128. Nicole Kidman - Birth (2004)
129. Tom Hanks - Road to Perdition (2002)
130. Steve Buscemi - Ghost World (2001)
131. Sandra Bullock - The Blind Side (2009)
132. Jennifer Hudson - Dreamgirls (2006)
133. Viggo Mortensen - The Road (2009)
134. Clint Eastwood - Million Dollar Baby (2004)
135. Tom Wilkinson - In the Bedroom (2001)
136. Adam Sandler - Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
137. Edward Norton - 25th Hour (2002)
138. Haley Joel Osment - A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)
139. Nicolas Cage - Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)
140. Saoirse Ronan - The Lovely Bones (2009)
141. Helen Mirren - The Last Station (2009)
142. Melissa Leo - Frozen River (2008)
143. Brad Pitt - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
144. Paul Giamatti - Cinderella Man (2005)
145. George Clooney - Syriana (2005)
146. Alan Arkin - Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
147. Ellen Page - Juno (2007)
148. Tommy Lee Jones - In the Valley of Elah (2007)
149. Kate Winslet - Little Children (2006)
150. Christian Bale - The Prestige (2006)
151. Morgan Freeman - Million Dollar Baby (2004)
152. Holly Hunter - Thirteen (2003)
153. Nicole Kidman - The Others (2001)
154. Billy Bob Thornton - Monster's Ball (2001)
155. Laura Harring - Mulholland Dr. (2001)
156. Clive Owen - Children of Men (2006)
157. Laura Linney - The Squid and the Whale (2005)
158. Marisa Tomei - The Wrestler (2008)
159. Robert Downey Jr. - Iron Man (2008)
160. Michael Douglas - Wonder Boys (2000)
161. Kate Hudson - Almost Famous (2000)
162. Cate Blanchett - Notes on a Scandal (2006)
163. Kelly Macdonald - No Country for Old Men (2007)
164. Peter O'Toole - Venus (2006)
165. Ed Harris - Pollock (2000)
166. Paul Giamatti - American Splendor (2003)
167. Jennifer Connelly - House of Sand and Fog (2003)
168. Sean Astin - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
169. Keisha Castle-Hughes - Whale Rider (2003)
170. Daniel Craig - Casino Royale (2006)
171. Leonardo DiCaprio - Blood Diamond (2006)
172. Bill Murray - Broken Flowers (2005)
173. Jeff Daniels - The Squid and the Whale (2005)
174. Laura Linney - The Savages (2007)
175. Ryan Gosling - Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
176. Ralph Fiennes - The Constant Gardener (2005)
177. Kathy Bates - About Schmidt (2002)
178. Dennis Quaid - Far from Heaven (2002)
179. Paul Newman - Road to Perdition (2002)
180. Michael Caine - The Quiet American (2002)
181. Michelle Williams - Brokeback Mountain (2005)
182. Zooey Deschanel - (500) Days of Summer (2009)
183. Christopher Plummer - The Last Station (2009)
184. Amy Ryan - Gone Baby Gone (2007)
185. Maggie Gyllenhaal - Sherrybaby (2006)
186. Toni Collette - Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
187. Thora Birch - Ghost World (2001)
188. Renée Zellweger - Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
189. Scarlett Johansson - Ghost World (2001)
190. Jack Nicholson - The Departed (2006)
191. Will Smith - Ali (2001)
192. Jude Law - A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
193. Joan Allen - The Contender (2000)
194. Ruby Dee - American Gangster (2007)
195. Catherine Zeta-Jones - Traffic (2000)
196. Laura Linney - Kinsey (2004)
197. Diane Keaton - Something's Gotta Give (2003)
198. Nicole Kidman - Dogville (2003)
199. Ewan McGregor - Big Fish (2003)
200. Helena Bonham Carter - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

scene from There Will Be Blood with Daniel Day-Lewis

scene from The Dark Knight with Heath Ledger

scene from Capote with Philip Seymour Hoffman

scene from Monster with Charlize Theron

scene from Inglourious Basterds with Christoph Waltz

scene from Cast Away with Tom Hanks








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