Favorite Performances in the History of Cinema Chosen by Members of Letterboxd

Hi everyone! I decided to make a list with help from you, my felllow Letterboxders (is that even a word? :D)
It's only gonna work with your help, so feel free to contribute.
I'm very curious as to what your favorite ever performances in movies are. I'm interested in your favorite performance (it can be both leading and supporting) and not your favorite movie.

If you like to contribute, feel free to leave a comment saying the actor's name and the movie he appears in and if you want to, a short (or long ;)) description as to why you chose that particular performance.
The character your chosen actor/actress plays doesn't necessarily have to be an iconic one; I'm more…

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  • There Will Be Blood
  • Five Easy Pieces
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Psycho
  • The Hunt
  • Cape Fear
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Schindler's List
  • Mildred Pierce
  • On the Waterfront
  • Anatomy of a Murder
  • Dancer in the Dark
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Harakiri
  • Malcolm X
  • Black Swan
  • Marriage Story
  • Raging Bull
  • Taxi Driver
  • The Verdict
  • The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans
  • The Shining
  • Man on the Moon
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • The Nice Guys
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Se7en
  • Paterson
  • Frances Ha
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Parasite
  • Trainspotting
  • The Lighthouse
  • Ghost World
  • Fargo
  • Brief Encounter
  • Ikiru
  • Marty
  • The Innocents
  • The Lives of Others
  • The Last Picture Show
  • The Dark Knight
  • Arrival
  • Black Narcissus
  • 10 Rillington Place
  • The Browning Version
  • The Master
  • Foxcatcher
  • Dog Day Afternoon
  • Capote
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Monster
  • Possession
  • Holy Motors
  • Naked
  • In the Mood for Love
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • A Woman Under the Influence
  • Shaft
  • Born Yesterday
  • Casablanca
  • Rebel Without a Cause
  • The Godfather
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • Seven Samurai
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • In the Heat of the Night
  • Collateral
  • Die Hard
  • The Fugitive
  • Witness
  • Driving Miss Daisy
  • Through a Glass Darkly
  • Opening Night
  • Bad Boy Bubby
  • The Human Condition I: No Greater Love
  • Bush Mama
  • Poetry
  • Autumn Sonata
  • Persona
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Red Beard
  • Central Station
  • The 400 Blows
  • Ida
  • Vertigo
  • Ace in the Hole
  • In a Lonely Place
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • The King of Comedy
  • A Separation
  • A Woman's Face
  • 3:10 to Yuma
  • Happy New Year
  • I Married a Witch
  • The Heiress