Premiere Magazine
100 Greatest Movie Performances of All Time
by Premiere Magazine

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Premiere Magazine
100 Greatest Movie Performances of All Time

by Premiere Magazine

(part 2, by reverse ranking)

Character Name Played By Film Title The Performance
Diana Scott Julie Christie Darling (1965) A mercurial, spoiled, manipulative model/actress anti-heroine.
Lili Von Shtupp Madeline Kahn Blazing Saddles (1974) A slatternly, speech-impaired Germanic bar performer, billed as the "Teutonic Titwillow".
Tony Manero John Travolta Saturday Night Fever (1977) A strutting, cocky, narcissistic, intoxicating disco dancer.
Esther Blodgett/Vicki Lester Judy Garland A Star Is Born (1954) A vulnerable club singer with a fabulous voice and twitchy lips.
Karen Silkwood Meryl Streep Silkwood (1983) A suffering Texan whistle-blower at an unsafe nuclear plant.
Hannibal Lecter Anthony Hopkins The Silence of the Lambs (1991) A brilliant psychiatrist/serial killer with a taste for human flesh.
Norma Desmond Gloria Swanson Sunset Boulevard (1950) A washed-up, monomaniacal silent-film diva.
Dr. David Huxley Cary Grant Bringing Up Baby (1938) A strait-laced, bumbling paleontologist who stammers, cringes, walks into doors, bumps heads, sings with a dog, slips on an olive, dons a negligee, etc.
Henry Drummond Spencer Tracy Inherit the Wind (1960) A gruff, persuasive lawyer with leonine scowls who exposes the inanity and hatred behind a new law forbidding the teaching of evolution.
Jane Craig Holly Hunter Broadcast News (1987) An effervescent, complicated, and neurotic TV news producer.
Jerry/Daphne Jack Lemmon Some Like It Hot (1959) A grouchy Chicago bass player transformed into a Miami party girl dressed in comical drag.
'Fast' Eddie Felson Paul Newman The Hustler (1961) A cocky, perennially-losing pool shark.
Mabel Longhetti Gena Rowlands A Woman Under the Influence (1974) A eager-to-please housewife slowly going crazy.
Sid Vicious Gary Oldman Sid & Nancy (1986) A desperate, overdosing punk rock band member.
Amon Goeth Ralph Fiennes Schindler's List (1993) A depraved, driven and restless Nazi concentration camp commandant.
Annie Hall Diane Keaton Annie Hall (1977) A ditzy, loopy, nervous, complicated and intelligent woman.
Severine Serizy Catherine Deneuve Belle de Jour (1967, Fr.) An icily timid, haute-bourgeois wife with bizarre masochistic dreams who works afternoons at a brothel.
Ellen Ripley Sigourney Weaver Aliens (1986) A tough, buffed, bad-ass mama facing the otherworldly alien with assertive girl power.
Lasse Karlsson Max Von Sydow Pelle the Conqueror (1987) A Swedish widower who emigrated to Denmark with his beloved young son.
Sarah Tobias Jodie Foster The Accused (1988) A multi-faceted gang-rape victim with a sharp tongue and shady reputation.
Virgil Tibbs Sidney Poitier In the Heat of the Night (1967) A Philadelphia homicide detective embroiled in a murder case in the Deep South with a redneck police chief.
Tracy Lord Katharine Hepburn The Philadelphia Story (1940) A regal rich girl with a radiant, mischievous, sexy, and ebullient spirit.
Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting Daniel Day-Lewis Gangs of New York (2002) A murderous, boisterous, angry-eyed, passionate, and self-rightous overlord.
Miss Kenton Emma Thompson Remains of the Day (1993) A dutiful and gracefully-defiant head housekeeper of a 1930s English manor, involved with an emotion-smothering model butler.
Tom Joad Henry Fonda The Grapes of Wrath (1940) An ex-con Everyman forced on the Okie migration to California during the Great Depression.

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