The 100 Greatest Acting Performances According To Me

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  1. Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream, 2000) (no Oscar???)
  2. Al Pacino (The Godfather, Part II, 1974)
  3. Gena Rowlands (A Woman Under the Influence, 1974)
  4. Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda, 1988)
  5. James Dean (East of Eden, 1955)
  6. Robert De Niro (Raging Bull, 1980) *
  7. Peter O'Toole (Lawrence of Arabia, 1962)
  8. Laurence Olivier (Marathon Man, 1976)
  9. Joe Pesci (Goodfellas, 1990) *
  10. Jack Nicholson (As Good As It Gets, 1997) *
  11. Robert De Niro (Taxi Driver, 1976)
  12. Humphrey Bogart (Casablanca, 1942)
  13. Gloria Swanson (Sunset Blvd., 1950)
  14. Alec Guinness (The Bridge on the River Kwai, 1957) *
  15. Richard Farnsworth (The Straight Story, 1999)
  16. Henry Fonda (Once Upon a Time in the West, 1968)
  17. Elizabeth Taylor (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, 1966) *
  18. Sal Mineo (Rebel without a Cause, 1955)
  19. Gena Rowlands (Opening Night, 1977)
  20. Katharine Hepburn (Bringing Up Baby, 1938)
  21. Toshiro Mifune (Throne of Blood, 1957)
  22. Jack Nicholson (The Shining, 1980)
  23. Alec Guinness (Murder by Death, 1976)
  24. Robert Mitchum (The Night of the Hunter, 1955)
  25. Robin Williams (Dead Poets Society, 1989)
  26. Sigourney Weaver (Death and the Maiden, 1994)
  27. Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects, 1995) *
  28. Anjelica Huston (The Witches, 1991)
  29. James Stewart (It's a Wonderful Life, 1946)
  30. Ruth Gordon (Harold and Maude, 1971)
  31. Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman, 1992) *
  32. Marlon Brando (The Godfather, 1972) *
  33. Alec Guinness (Lawrence of Arabia, 1962)
  34. James Dean (Rebel without a Cause, 1955)
  35. Kathy Bates (Misery, 1990) *
  36. Dustin Hoffman (Midnight Cowboy, 1969)
  37. Anne Bancroft (The Graduate, 1967)
  38. Claude Rains (Casablanca, 1942)
  39. Faye Dunaway (Bonnie and Clyde, 1974)
  40. Dustin Hoffman (The Graduate, 1967)
  41. Henry Fonda (12 Angry Men, 1957)
  42. Humphrey Bogart (The Maltese Falcon, 1941)
  43. Ingrid Bergman (Casablanca, 1942)
  44. Alec Guinness (Star Wars, 1977)
  45. Jean-Pierre LĂ©aud (The 400 Blows, 1959)
  46. Paul Henreid (Casablanca, 1942)
  47. Laurence Olivier (Sleuth, 1972)
  48. Gena Rowlands (Gloria, 1980)
  49. Orson Welles (Citizen Kane, 1941)
  50. Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, 1995) *
  51. Helen Hunt (As Good As It Gets, 1997) *
  52. Gary Cooper (High Noon, 1952) *
  53. Kevin Kline (The Ice Storm, 1997)
  54. Robert De Niro (The King of Comedy, 1983)
  55. Marcello Mastroianni (Eight and a Half, 1963)
  56. Fernanda Montenegro (Central Station, 1998)
  57. Kevin Spacey (American Beauty, 1999) *
  58. Gregory Peck (To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962) *
  59. John Cassavetes (Opening Night, 1977)
  60. James Stewart (Rear Window, 1954)
  61. Katharine Hepburn (African Queen, 1951)
  62. Roberto Benigni (Life is Beautiful, 1997)
  63. Daniel Day-Lewis (Gangs of New York, 2002)
  64. Jacques Perrin (Cinema Paradiso, 1989)
  65. Johnny Depp (Ed Wood, 1994)
  66. Humphrey Bogart (The Big Sleep, 1946)
  67. Katharine Hepburn (On Golden Pond, 1981) *
  68. Robert De Niro (Once Upon a Time in America, 1984)
  69. Donald Sutherland (Don't Look Now, 1973)
  70. Joseph Cotten (The Magnificent Ambersons, 1942)
  71. Morgan Freeman (Se7en, 1995)
  72. Peter Sellers (Murder by Death, 1975)
  73. Ben Kingsley (Death and the Maiden, 1994)
  74. Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 1975) *
  75. Marlene Dietrich (Witness for the Prosecution, 1957)
  76. Faye Dunaway (Network, 1976) *
  77. Griffin Dunne (After Hours, 1985)
  78. Robert Duvall (The Godfather, Part II, 1974)
  79. Burl Ives (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1958)
  80. Diane Keaton (Annie Hall, 1977) *
  81. David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck., 2005)
  82. Anthony Perkins (Psycho, 1960)
  83. Toshiro Mifune (Rashomon, 1950)
  84. Cary Grant (Bringing Up Baby, 1938)
  85. Jack Nicholson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 1975) *
  86. Paul Newman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1969)
  87. Buster Keaton (The General, 1927)
  88. Richard Burton (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, 1966)
  89. Charles Chaplin (The Gold Rush, 1925)
  90. Ruth Gordon (Rosemary's Baby, 1968) *
  91. Fernando Ramos Da Silva (Pixote, 1981)
  92. Christopher Lee (The Two Towers, 2002)
  93. Philippe Noiret (Cinema Paradiso, 1989)
  94. John Cassavetes (Rosemary's Baby, 1968)
  95. Dustin Hoffman (Marathon Man, 1976)
  96. Diane Keaton (Love and Death, 1975)
  97. Joseph Cotten (Citizen Kane, 1941)
  98. Bill Murray (Groundhog Day, 1993)
  99. Salvatore Cascio (Cinema Paradiso, 1989)
  100. Toshiro Mifune (The Seven Samurai, 1954)
Author Comments: 

I mostly disagree with Premiere Magazine's list.

Interesting top choice. I'd have picked Marlon Brando in The Godfather.

It's nice to see Bill Murray listed also, though I would've chosen his performance in Lost in Translation. Groundhog Day is certainly an excellent film, though.

I have Lost in Translation on DVD, and I once started it. But after an unbearable first hour, I just turned it off.

Aww. It's one of my favorite movies, and Bill Murray gives the best performance of his career.

I'm still mortified that Sean Penn won at the Oscars for Mystic River.