Many motion pictures get made every single year with some amazing performances and some not so amazing performances. There are so many great performances too many to mention but here is my top 5 performances.
5. Morgan Freeman – The Shawshank Redemption
Arguably not the lead of The Shawshank Redemption but he is the actor who steals the show in this film. Morgan Freeman has one of the greatest voices ever and in this film he shows his authoritative narration to the evolution of the story. This is a subtle performance but Morgan Freeman brings so much to the role and this is a role that is always remembered in film history.
4. Kevin Spacey – The Usual Suspects
The Usual Suspects in one of my favorite films of all time. The film is clever and the story is fantastic. Arguably the film has the best twist in film history ever. But Kevin Spacey carries this film. The piece works as an ensemble but Spacey shines above all the other actors in the film. We feel sorry for him as his character but at the same time we understand that he is a criminal and basically a scumbag. Its annoying that Spacey only received the Academy Award for supporting actor rather than lead for his Portrayal of Verbal Kint.
3. Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight
Controversial choice but Heath Ledger gave a stunning performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight. I remember when it was announced he was cast and people were outraged. They thought this heartthrob cannot play such an evil character. His performance shines and he is the best thing about The Dark Knight. Many people said he only won the oscar because he died but his performance is a classic and will be remembered forever. Its good to see a ‘superhero’ movie have such an interesting and evil character.
2. Robert De Niro – Taxi Driver
Considered by most people to be the greatest actor in the world. His performance in Taxi Driver is breathtaking. His character is at a breaking point and despite his sinister intentions we care so much about his character. His character is out of sync with reality but he is very believable due to his presence and how he reacts to the rest of the characters of the film. This is truly De Niro’s Best Performance.
1, Daniel Day Lewis – There Will Be Blood
This is my favorite performance given by any actor ever. It Daniel Day Lewis is a fantastic actor and I think he always gives fantastic performances. He is the only actor to win three Academy Awards for Leading actor. Other notable films he has started in include Lincoln, In the Name of the Father and My Left Foot. In There Will Be Blood he steals the show and creates one of the most believable characters ever to appear on our screens.
Do you agree with these 5 actors? Would you put them in a different order? Would you pick completely different ones? Please comment below if you want to. Thanks for reading.