Best Acting [Ensemble] in Film History (in progress)

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Tags: 
  1. Inland Empire-Lynch (2006)
  2. Persona-Bergman (1966)
  3. The Kingdom-Von Trier (1994)
  4. Possession-Zulawski (1981)
  5. Breaking The Waves-Von Trier (1996)
  6. Cries & Whispers-Bergman (1972)
  7. The Traveling Players-Angelopoulos (1975)
  8. The Passion of Joan of Arc-Dreyer (1927)
  9. Metropolis-Lang (1926)
  10. Underground-Kusturica (1995)
  11. Brazil-Gilliam (1985)
  12. Nashville-Altman (1975)
  13. The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover-Greenaway (1989)
  14. Rashomon-Kurosawa (1950)
  15. Rosemary's Baby-Polanski (1968)
  16. What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?-Aldrich (1962)
  17. Stalker-Tarkovsky (1979)
  18. Nostalghia-Tarkovsky (1983)
  19. The Godfather, Part 2-Coppola (1974)
  20. The Godfather-Coppola (1972)
  21. Ikiru-Kurosawa (1952)
Author Comments: 

The main focus here is emotional conviction/expression, not so much "perfection of technique" (though many of these performances are amazing technically as well). Metropolis may be the best example of being absurd from the viewpoint of "technique" but overwhelming & awe-inspiring from the viewpoint of "emotional conviciton/expression".

Conviction and sincerity is what truly makes acting.

Whether it's improvisatory amateurs, or highly technical theatrical professionals-- the big difference in either case is conviction. The most "realistic" acting can seem false if the people don't seem to beleive in what they are saying/doing-- and the most mannered can seem absolutely natural if done with verve and genuineness.

I completely agree! :)