100 Greatest Movie
Performances of All Time
by Premiere Magazine

Part 4

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100 Greatest Movie Performances of All Time
by Premiere Magazine

(part 4, by reverse ranking)

#
Character Name Played By Film Title The Performance
25
Ninotchka Greta Garbo Ninotchka (1939) A severe yet earthy Soviet envoy who falls in love with a French count.
24
Fred C. Dobbs Humphrey Bogart The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) An anxiously-desperate, paranoid gold-lusting prospector.
23
Jeffrey Wigand Russell Crowe The Insider (1999) A stressed-out, distrustful, paunchy, fifty-something tobacco executive-turned-whistleblower.
22
Edward Scissorhands Johnny Depp Edward Scissorhands (1990) A shy, sad, and innocent freak-newcomer to a town.
21
Cabiria Giulietta Masina Nights of Cabiria (1957) A tough-as-nails, yet very human heart-of-gold hooker.
20
Michael Corleone Al Pacino The Godfather, Part II (1974) A holl0w-eyed, evil, and dark successor to the role of gangster Don.
19
Frank Galvin Paul Newman The Verdict (1982) A world-weary alcoholic, ambulance-chasing lawyer who redeems himself by exposing the truth in a medical malpractice suit.
18

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Emily Watson Breaking the Waves (1996) An expressive, beguiling, wide-eyed, simple-minded woman who believes that her sexual degradation will save her paralyzed husband's life.
17
Malcolm X Denzel Washington Malcolm X (1992) A multi-faceted role: a smooth and ruthless Harlem hustler, a firebrand black nationalist and leading minister in the Nation of Islam, and a contemplative, controlled and convincing leader.
16
T.R. Devlin Cary Grant Notorious (1946) A cruel and pained government agent who subtly assaults the character of a socialite (Ingrid Bergman) that he eventually rescues.
15
Josh Baskin Tom Hanks Big (1988) A young teenage-boy whose dream comes true to be 'big' when he is morphed into the body of a toy-company executive.
14
Mac Sledge Robert Duvall Tender Mercies (1983) A broken-down, ex-country music legend who finds redemption in the love of a widow and her young son.
13
Eleanor of Aquitaine Katharine Hepburn The Lion in Winter (1968) A crafty, scheming and manipulative 12th-century queen.
12
"Badass" Buddusky Jack Nicholson The Last Detail (1973) A rebellious, steely-eyed, anti-authoritarian, combustible Navy man transporting a hapless young grunt (Randy Quaid) to prison.
11
Christy Brown Daniel Day-Lewis My Left Foot (1989) A lusty, complicated, and brilliant writer afflicted with cerebral palsy.
10
Jake La Motta Robert De Niro Raging Bull (1980) A blunt, ferocious, sinewy boxer and puffy-faced, overweight entertainer in his later years.
9
Frederick Frankenstein Gene Wilder Young Frankenstein (1974) A poor, doomed and frantic lunatic doctor - both sophisticated and childish.
8
George Bailey James Stewart It's a Wonderful Life (1946) An Everyman whose dreams slowly fade as his responsibilities preclude his ambitions.
7
"Ratso" Rizzo Dustin Hoffman Midnight Cowboy (1969) A persevering, slumping, filthy, sweaty, rodent-like tubercular street hustler.
6
George M. Cohan James Cagney Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) An exuberant and dazzling song-and-dance performer and 'grand old man'.
5
Margo Channing Bette Davis All About Eve (1950) An aging, threatened grand dame/diva of the theater.
4
Sonny Wortzik Al Pacino Dog Day Afternoon (1975) A strutting, raw, nervously inept bank robber who steals money to pay for his boyfriend's sex-change operation.
3
Sophie Zawistowski Meryl Streep Sophie's Choice (1982) An Auschwitz inmate faced with pure horror - and then a survivor's torment and guilt.
2
Terry Malloy Marlon Brando On the Waterfront (1954) A callow young boxer, a dumb and innocent pawn, who leads a defiant crusade as a stoic iconoclast.
1
T.E. Lawrence Peter O'Toole Lawrence of Arabia (1962) An unfathomable, desert leader legend, alternatingly self-confident, querulous, deeply wounded, or frighteningly vengeful.


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