My Favorite Performances in Cinema History

ABOUT TIME.

Female or Male, Leading or Supporting, a performance remains a performance!

The title is self-explanatory. Descriptions are included in the spoiler-free notes section, suggestions are very welcome (particularly post-2010), and additions are based on purely personal preference. This list went through months of thought and rewatches, but you always forget about including "that" performance.

Unranked. Chronological.

The omission of a particular performance might not correlate with the popular consensus and viceversa, but please feel free to comment even if I have seen the film and not included a performance. I MIGHT be convinced....

Read notes
  • The Last Laugh
  • Metropolis
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • The Blue Angel
  • M
  • City Lights
  • Gone with the Wind
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • The Great Dictator
  • Citizen Kane
  • Ivan the Terrible, Part I
  • Rome, Open City
  • Late Spring
  • White Heat
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • All About Eve
  • Harvey
  • Early Summer
  • The Life of Oharu
  • Ikiru
  • Tokyo Story
  • Sound of the Mountain
  • A Star Is Born
  • On the Waterfront
  • Marty
  • Mr. Arkadin
  • Nights of Cabiria
  • Throne of Blood
  • The Music Room
  • Ivan the Terrible, Part II: The Boyars' Plot
  • The Naked Island
  • When a Woman Ascends the Stairs
  • Happiness of Us Alone
  • Mamma Roma
  • Harakiri
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • 8½
  • Woman in the Dunes
  • Red Beard
  • Persona
  • The Sword of Doom
  • The Cremator
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • The Devils
  • The Godfather
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God
  • The Exorcist
  • A Woman Under the Influence
  • The Godfather: Part II
  • Dog Day Afternoon
  • Taxi Driver
  • Kramer vs. Kramer
  • ...And Justice for All
  • Raging Bull
  • The Shining
  • Possession
  • Interrogation
  • Sophie's Choice
  • Scarface
  • Amadeus
  • Blue Velvet
  • Dangerous Liaisons
  • My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown
  • GoodFellas
  • Misery
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Bad Lieutenant
  • Malcolm X
  • Glengarry Glen Ross
  • Naked
  • The Fugitive
  • Queen Margot
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Leaving Las Vegas
  • Rob Roy
  • Secrets & Lies
  • The Big Lebowski
  • American History X
  • American Beauty
  • Dancer in the Dark
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • The Piano Teacher
  • Training Day
  • Vera Drake
  • Downfall
  • Be with Me
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Secret Sunshine
  • La Vie en Rose
  • No Country for Old Men
  • The Dark Knight
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Poetry
  • Shame
  • The Master