Best Acting Performance You've Ever Seen

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    KingEric7 Stupid Conspiracy Enthusiast Wanker

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    Been doing a fair bit of aimless Youtubing recently, and have found myself going through clips of De Niro et al. Fascinating to watch actors get so into character that there can be basically nothing left of them that carries over between characters (Daniel Day-Lewis), or to see them visibly taking on and developing this highly complicated and deep psychology of another person over time and really thinking in character (Gandolfini).

    I've not watched the film yet, but have been shocked recently by this clip of Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot:



    ?!

    What other acting performances would people see as being among the very best?
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    DWelbz19 Correctly predicted Portugal to win Euro 2016

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    DDL in anything is a pretty solid answer.

    Joaquin Phoenix in The Master
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    Will Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, when his biological dad leaves.
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    I think there's a few established top class performaces like Heath ledger in dark knight and Jack Nicholson in cuckoo's nest.

    Also, Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the lambs.
    Kevin spacey in the usual suspects.
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    Anthony Hopkins - Silence of the Lambs
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    James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano.

    Infact I only ever see him as Tony Soprano that it ruined anything else he ever did for me.
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    Jack Nicholson in most of his works, particularly cuckoo's nest. Probably Heath Ledger as the Joker too, though perhaps that one has been slightly distorted and exaggerated due to his (very tragic) death. Brando in the Godfather maybe?
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    Nicolas Cage in Face/Off.
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    On a serious note:

    Andre Royo as Reginald "Bubbles" Cousins in The Wire.

    Michael Imperioli as Christopher Moltisanti in The Sopranos.
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    Was going to say Daniel Day Lewis in There will be blood.
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    :( Poor Will...
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    In no particular order, my top 3 would be:

    Humphrey Bogart in 'Casablanca'.
    Marlon Brando in 'The Godfather'.
    Jack Nicholson in 'One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest'.
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    Brian Cranston in Breaking Bad is definitely worth a mention. Being able to shake off his Hal persona and transform from pathetic chemistry teacher to full on drug king pin was pretty impressive.
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    Javier Bardem in No Country For Old Men.
    Heath Ledger's Joker.
    Tom Hanks - Forrest Gump

    Anything by Leonardo Dicaprio
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    :( Makes me upset every time
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    Christoph Waltz in Inglorious Basterds.
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    Daniel Day Lewis in everything. The man is a legend
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    Some of those mentioned already would be in mine. I also think De Niro in Raging Bull deserves a shout.
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    John Cazale in all his films. Especially Dog Day Afternoon. Peter Sellers in Strangelove. Nicholson in Shining and Cuckoo's nest. Bale in American Psycho.

    Pacino in Godfather and De Niro in Raging Bull and Taxi Driver.
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    Joaquin Phoenix - 'The Master'
    Philip Seymour-Hoffman - 'The Master'
    Michael Fassbender - 'Shame'
    Matthew McConaughey - 'True Detective'
    Mads Mikkelsen - 'Hannibal' and 'The Hunt'
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    Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad
    Terry O'Quinn - LOST
    Tom Hanks - Cast Away
    Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf of Wall Street
    Kevin Spacey - American Beauty
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    Very good call! He's also brilliant in Hunger, but I thought the performance in Shame was even more difficult and required huge confidence in Steve McQueen's direction, it's quite rare to see an actor 'abandon' himself so fully to a role.
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    Apparently the story that his real dad left and this scene was a bit improvised isn't true .

    Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto.
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    Well his real dad never left, that's true.

    There are parts where it's improvised though and you can tell, because you can hear audience members sobbing, Uncle Phil tears up & is completely speechless, and Will's hat falls off too when they hug - none of that stuff is scripted or planned, and would have to be re-shot
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    The very definition of a powerhouse performance.
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    Pacino in the Godfather II.

    Also Song Kang-ho and Kim Sang-kyung in Memories of Murder.
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    Rivaldo in the 2002 World Cup.
    Michael Clarke Duncan in The Green Mile. Tom Hanks in that too as well as Forrest Gump.
    I liked Daniel Day Lewis in Gangs of New York.
    As well as Anthony Hopkins in Silence Of The Lambs, Jodie Foster did well too.
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    Gandolfini and Edie Falco fighting in the final episode of Season 4 Sopranos:





    06:08 in the first video, Tony goes to tell her the fingernail doesn't belong to the Russian before realizing he'd then have to tell Carmela about another woman - Gamdolfini at his very best.
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    Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon
    De Niro in Taxi Driver
    Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream
    Crowe in The Insider
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    Saw a thread on Reddit about under-watched films that were a 10/10 and after Dead Mans Shoes, "The Hunt" was highly recommended. I haven't seen it, but meant to be great.

    Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal is a brilliant piece of casting, plays that role incredibly well.
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    The Hunt is excellent yes.
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    Michael Clarke Duncan in The Green Mile (RIP)
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    Di Caprio as an 11 year old in 'What's eating Gilbert Grape' was fantastic although apparently too young to receive any awards at the time.
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    He was 18 at the time. And he was nominated for the Oscar for best supporting actor.
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    Came in here to say exactly this. The opening scene is one of the greatest scenes of all time. Superbly written and Waltz is amazing. He's also equally as good in Django Unchained.

    Daniel Day Lewis in almost anything he does, but I just love him as Butcher Bill in Gangs of New York.

    Bubbles In The Wire is one of the most accurate depictions of an addict struggling with not only addictions but his conscience too. Damn, It's haunting.

    Madds Mikkelson as Hannibal too. Until I watched that I always loved Hopkins as Lecter but after seeing the series It's not the same now. He was good, but not a patch on Madds.
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    Fair enough on his age. I thought I read somewhere he was much younger.
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    I enjoy when actors really "chew the scenery" and go for it.

    Not sure if it's really the best acting but it's the most captivating.