Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > Entertainment Discussions > Movie Talk
Reload this Page >

Who is the best actor of the older generation?

Movie Talk A Discussion area for everything movie related including films In The Theaters
View Poll Results: Who is the best actor of the older generation?
Al Pacino
2
2.90%
Anthony Hopkins
3
4.35%
Gene Hackman
10
14.49%
Robert De Niro
12
17.39%
Jack Nicholson
6
8.70%
Dustin Hoffman
7
10.14%
Tom Hanks
2
2.90%
Jeremy Irons
0
0%
Jeff Bridges
4
5.80%
William Hurt
1
1.45%
Ben Kingsley
1
1.45%
Clint Eastwood
10
14.49%
Mel Gibson
0
0%
Robert Duvall
4
5.80%
Morgan Freeman
1
1.45%
Tommy Lee Jones
0
0%
Michael Caine
0
0%
Richard Dreyfuss
0
0%
Nick Nolte
0
0%
Sean Connery
2
2.90%
John Hurt
2
2.90%
Christopher Walken
1
1.45%
Michael Douglas
0
0%
Harvey Keitel
1
1.45%
Gerard Depardieu
0
0%
Voters: 69. You may not vote on this poll

Who is the best actor of the older generation?

Old 03-25-12, 08:33 PM
  #1  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Posts: 265
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Who is the best actor of the older generation?

Of the actors still around, from the 60's-90's, and not necessarily on top of their games today, but have legacies that are cinema hall of fame worthy...

who is the absolute best?
Old 03-25-12, 08:41 PM
  #2  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
JZ1276's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Long Island
Posts: 3,879
Likes: 0
Received 21 Likes on 18 Posts
Re: Who is the best actor of the older generation?

DeNiro
Old 03-25-12, 08:53 PM
  #3  
DVD Talk Hero
 
PopcornTreeCt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 25,913
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
Re: Who is the best actor of the older generation?

Marlon Brando
Old 03-25-12, 08:55 PM
  #4  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: MA
Posts: 17,000
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
Re: Who is the best actor of the older generation?

Why don't you rank them for us?
Old 03-25-12, 09:00 PM
  #5  
kd5
DVD Talk Legend
 
kd5's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Ohio, USA
Posts: 12,918
Received 372 Likes on 253 Posts
Re: Who is the best actor of the older generation?

It's hard to choose from some of those listed, but without actually voting just yet I'm going to say Anthony Hopkins for now. I may change my mind later... -kd5-
Old 03-25-12, 09:03 PM
  #6  
Banned
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Formerly known as "Solid Snake PAC"/Denton, Tx
Posts: 39,239
Likes: 0
Received 4 Likes on 4 Posts
Re: Who is the best actor of the older generation?

I'd argue that the 60s is probably a horrible era to include knowing that the 70s was next door. I can't answer this yet.

I'd probably say De Niro. He was a powerhouse.
Old 03-25-12, 09:38 PM
  #7  
DVD Talk Legend
 
JumpCutz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: south of heaven
Posts: 13,540
Likes: 0
Received 3 Likes on 3 Posts
Re: Who is the best actor of the older generation?

Max Von Sydow


Sorry can't pick just one....

Of those listed, in their prime, Deniro, Hackman, Keitel and Nicholson.

Anthony Hopkins is such a ham.

I don't think Gibson or Eastwood belong on that list.
Old 03-25-12, 09:43 PM
  #8  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 605
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Re: Who is the best actor of the older generation?

DENIRO...probably my pick for #1 all time. No one has put a run together like he did in the 70s and 80s. Goodfellas, Casino and Heat were just icing on the cake.
Old 03-25-12, 10:23 PM
  #9  
Suspended
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: California
Posts: 3,322
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: Who is the best actor of the older generation?

As much as I like DeNiro a lot of his roles are similar to me. His best being Goodfellas, Wag the Dog, Awakenings, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, and King of Comedy.

Which is why I went with Dustin Hoffman.

Also, where's Denzel Washington? Glory, Philadelphia, Training Day, The Hurricane, Inside Man, Malcolm X, Devil in a Blue Dress, all great performances. I'd rank him up there when he's not doing shitting Tony Scott movies.
Old 03-25-12, 11:12 PM
  #10  
En vacance
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 2,512
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Re: Who is the best actor of the older generation?

Pacino is solely for his 70s/early 80s stuff.
Old 03-26-12, 12:02 AM
  #11  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Numanoid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Down in 'The Park'
Posts: 27,881
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
Re: Who is the best actor of the older generation?

Although he's never been a "star", John Hurt can act rings around everyone else on that list.
Old 03-26-12, 12:23 AM
  #12  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
JZ1276's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Long Island
Posts: 3,879
Likes: 0
Received 21 Likes on 18 Posts
Re: Who is the best actor of the older generation?

Originally Posted by FRwL
Pacino is solely for his 70s/early 80s stuff.
Although a great actor, Pacino to me seems to only be able to play two types of characters. The crazy, over the top type like in Heat or Devil's Advocate or the quiet, shy type like in The Godfather, Serpico and And Justice for All.

Originally Posted by PenguinJoe
As much as I like DeNiro a lot of his roles are similar to me. His best being Goodfellas, Wag the Dog, Awakenings, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, and King of Comedy.
IMO DeNiro is much more versatile. Although he is widely known as the mobster type (Goodfellas, Casino), you can watch him in films like King of Comedy, Taxi Driver, Awakenings, Mean Streets, Cape Fear, Jacknife or Night and the City and he's so good that you almost forget it's Robert DeNiro on-screen
Old 03-26-12, 12:28 AM
  #13  
Banned
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Formerly known as "Solid Snake PAC"/Denton, Tx
Posts: 39,239
Likes: 0
Received 4 Likes on 4 Posts
Re: Who is the best actor of the older generation?

Let's not forget Godfather Part II, which he did pretty much the whole damn role in Italian, and Once Upon A Time in America (when the fuck are we going to get the full Leone cut?!?!)
Old 03-26-12, 12:28 AM
  #14  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Hazel Motes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 7,506
Received 398 Likes on 266 Posts
Re: Who is the best actor of the older generation?

When you included Michael Douglas didn't a bell go off in your head reminding you of someone you forgot?
Old 03-26-12, 12:34 AM
  #15  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Hokeyboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Posts: 20,405
Received 695 Likes on 429 Posts
Re: Who is the best actor of the older generation?

Peter O'Toole.
Old 03-26-12, 05:41 AM
  #16  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Ash Ketchum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 12,625
Received 276 Likes on 211 Posts
Re: Who is the best actor of the older generation?

Hello? Have none of you seen Robert Duvall in anything?
Old 03-26-12, 06:02 AM
  #17  
DVD Talk Godfather
 
The Bus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: New York
Posts: 54,916
Received 19 Likes on 14 Posts
Re: Who is the best actor of the older generation?

List needs more Gary Oldman.
Old 03-26-12, 06:34 AM
  #18  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Shannon Nutt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 18,355
Received 324 Likes on 242 Posts
Re: Who is the best actor of the older generation?

This list needs more Denzel Washington as well (he's not THAT old, but he's older than Tom Hanks!).
Old 03-26-12, 06:37 AM
  #19  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Shannon Nutt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 18,355
Received 324 Likes on 242 Posts
Re: Who is the best actor of the older generation?

Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum
Hello? Have none of you seen Robert Duvall in anything?
I saw him in The 6th Day and Deep Impact. Those were his two most notable performances, right?
Old 03-26-12, 07:11 AM
  #20  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Jaymole's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: N.Y, N.Y
Posts: 10,527
Received 443 Likes on 250 Posts
Re: Who is the best actor of the older generation?

Over the past 15 to 20 years, De Niro is such a pale shadow of his former self that it is hard to pick him even though I consider him the best actor of his generation.

I will thus exclude myself from picking anyone.
Old 03-26-12, 07:34 AM
  #21  
DVD Talk Godfather
 
inri222's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2001
Posts: 50,673
Received 182 Likes on 120 Posts
Re: Who is the best actor of the older generation?



1953: The Thick-Walled Room (Kabe atsuki heya) – d. Masaki Kobayashi
1956: Hi no tori – d. Umeji Inoue
1956: Fukuaki no seishun – d. Senkichi Taniguchi
1956: Sazae-san – d. Nobuo Aoyagi
1956: Oshidori no mon – d. Keigo Kimura
1957: Black River (Kuroi kawa) – d. Masaki Kobayashi
1957: Oban – d. Yasuki Chiba
1957: Untamed (Arakure) – d. Mikio Naruse
1957: Hikage no musume – d. Shūe Matsubayashi
1957: Zoku Oban: Fuun hen – d. Yasuki Chiba
1957: A Dangerous Hero (Kiken na eiyu) – d. Hideo Suzuki
1957: Zokuzoku Oban: Doto uhen – d. Yasuki Chiba
1957: Sazae's Youth (Sazae-san no seishun) – d. Nobuo Aoyagi
1958: A Boy and Three Mothers (Haha sannin) – d. Seiji Hisamatsu
1958: All About Marriage (Kekkon no subete) – d. Kihachi Okamoto
1958: Go and Get It (Buttuke honban) – d. Kozo Saeki
1958: Enjo – d. Kon Ichikawa
1958: The Naked Sun (Hadaka no taiyo) – d. Miyoji Ieki
1958: The Human Condition I (Ningen no jōken I) – d. Masaki Kobayashi
1959: Yaju shisubeshi – d. Eizo Sugawa
1959: Odd Obsession (Kagi) – d. Kon Ichikawa
1959: Three Dolls in Ginza (Ginza no onéchan) – d. Toshio Sugie
1959: Anyakoro – d. Shiro Toyoda
1959: The Human Condition II (Ningen no jōken II) – d. Masaki Kobayashi
1960: When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (Onna ga kaidan wo agaru toki) – d. Mikio Naruse
1960: Love Under the Crucifix (Oginsama) – d. Kinuyo Tanaka
1960: Daughters, Wives, and a Mother (Musume tsuma haha) – d. Mikio Naruse
1960: The Blue Beast (Aoi yaju) – d. Hiromichi Horikawa
1960: Get 'em All ("Minagoroshi no uta" yori kenju-yo saraba!) – d. Eizo Sugawa
1961: The Other Woman (Tsuma to shite onna to shite) – d. Mikio Naruse
1961: Immortal Love (Eien no hito) – d. Keisuke Kinoshita
1961: The Human Condition III (Ningen no jōken III) – d. Masaki Kobayashi
1961: Yojimbo (Yōjinbō) – d. Akira Kurosawa
1961: Kumo ga chigieru toki – d. Heinosuke Gosho
1962: Sanjuro (Tsubaki Sanjuro) – d. Akira Kurosawa
1962: The Inheritance (Karami-ai) – d. Masaki Kobayashi
1962: Harakiri (Seppuku) – d. Masaki Kobayashi
1962: Madame Aki (Yushu heiya) – d. Shiro Toyoda
1963: High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku) – d. Akira Kurosawa
1963: Pressure of Guilt (Shiro to kuro) – d. Hiromichi Horikawa
1963: The Legacy of the 500,000 (Gojuman-nin no isan) – d. Toshirō Mifune
1963: Miren – d. Yasuki Chiba
1963: A Woman's Life (Onna no rekishi) – d. Mikio Naruse
1964: Jigoku sakusen – d. Takashi Tsuboshima
1964: Kwaidan (Kaidan) – d. Masaki Kobayashi
1965: Saigo no shinpan – d. Hiromichi Horikawa
1965: Fort Graveyard (Chi to suna) – d. Kihachi Okamoto
1966: Illusion of Blood (Yotsuya kaidan) – d. Shiro Toyoda
1966: Cash Calls Hell (Gohiki no shinshi) – d. Hideo Gosha
1966: The Sword of Doom (Dai-bosatsu toge) – d. Kihachi Okamoto
1966: The Face of Another (Tanin no kao) – d. Hiroshi Teshigahara
1966: The Daphne (Jinchoge) – d. Yasuki Chiba
1967: The Age of Assassins (Satsujin kyo jidai) – d. Kihachi Okamoto
1967: Kojiro – d. Hiroshi Inagaki
1967: Samurai Rebellion (Joi-uchi: Hairyo tsuma shimatsu) – d. Masaki Kobayashi
1967: Tabiji – d. Shinji Murayama
1968: Today We Kill, Tomorrow We Die! (Oggi a me... domani a te!) – d. Tonino Cervi
1968: Kill! (Kiru) – d. Kihachi Okamoto
1968: Admiral Yamamoto (Rengo kantai shirei chokan: Yamamoto Isoroku) – d. Seiji Maruyama
1968: The Human Bullet (Nikudan) – d. Kihachi Okamoto
1969: Goyokin – d. Hideo Gosha
1969: Eiko’s 5000 Kilograms (Eiko e no 5,000 kiro) – d. Koreyoshi Kurahara
1969: Battle of the Japan Sea (Nihonkai daikaisen) – d. Seiji Maruyama
1969: Tenchu! (Hitokiri) – d. Hideo Gosha
1969: Blood End (Tengu-to) – d. Satsuo Yamamoto
1969: Portrait of Hell (Jigokuhen) – d. Shiro Toyoda
1970: Duel at Ezo (Ezo yakata no ketto) – d. Kengo Furusawa
1970: Bakumatsu – d. Daisuke Itō
1970: The Scandalous Adventures of Buraikan (Buraikan) – d. Masahiro Shinoda
1970: Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival (Zatoichi abare-himatsuri) – d. Kenji Misumi
1970: Will to Conquer (Tenkan no abarembo) – d. Seiji Maruyama
1971: Inn of Evil (Inochi bonifuro) – d. Masaki Kobayashi
1971: The Battle of Okinawa (film) (Gekido no showashi: Okinawa kessen) – d. Kihachi Okamoto
1972: The Wolves (Shussho Iwai) – d. Hideo Gosha
1973: Osho – d. Hiromichi Horikawa
1973: Belladonna (Kanashimi no Belladonna) – Eiichi Yamamoto
1973: The Human Revolution (Ningen kakumei) – d. Toshio Masuda
1973: Rise, Fair Sun (Asayake no uta)– d. Kei Kumai
1974: Karei-naru Ichizoku – d. Satsuo Yamamoto
1975: The Gate of Youth (Seishun no mon) – Kiriro Urayama
1975: Tokkan – d. Kihachi Okamoto
1975: I Am a Cat (Wagahai wa neko de aru) – d. Kon Ichikawa
1975: Kinkanshoku – d. Satsuo Yamamoto
1976: Banka – d. Yoshihiro Kawasaki
1976: Zoku ningen kakumei – d. Toshio Masuda
1976: Fumo chitai – d. Satsuo Yamamoto
1977: Sugata Sanshiro – d. Kihachi Okamoto
1978: Blue Christmas (Buru Kurisumasu) – d. Kihachi Okamoto
1978: Queen Bee (Jo-oh-bachi) – d. Kon Ichikawa
1978: Bandits vs. Samurai Squadron (Kumokiri nizaemon) – d. Hideo Gosha
1978: The Firebird (Hi no tori) – d. Kon Ichikawa
1979: Hunter in the Dark (Yami no karyudo) – d. Hideo Gosha
1980: Kagemusha – d. Akira Kurosawa
1980: Port Arthur (203 kochi) – d. Toshio Masuda
1981: Nihon no Atsui Hibi Bōsatsu: Shimoyama Jiken – d. Kei Kumai
1982: Onimasa (Kiruin Hanako no shogai) – d. Hideo Gosha
1983: Final Yamato (Uchū senkan Yamato: Kanketsuhen) – d. Tomoharu Katsumata / Yoshinobu Nishizaki / Takeshi Shirado / Toshio Masuda
1984: Kita no hotaru – d. Hideo Gosha
1985: Ran – d. Akira Kurosawa
1985: The Empty Table (Shokutaku no nai ie) – d. Masaki Kobayashi
1986: Atami satsujin jiken – d. Kazuo Takahashi
1987: Hachi-ko (Hachiko monogatari) – d. Seijirō Kōyama
1988: Return From the River Kwai – d. Andrew V. McLaglen
1988: Oracion (Yushun) – d. Shigemichi Sugita
1989: Four Days of Snow and Blood (Ni-ni-roku) – d. Hideo Gosha
1991: Heat Wave (Kagero) – d. Hideo Gosha
1992: The Wicked City (Yao shou du shi) – d. Mak Tai-Kit
1992: Basara – The Princess Goh (Goh-hime) – d. Hiroshi Teshigahara
1992: Faraway Sunset (Toki rakujitsu) – d. Seijiro Koyama
1993: Lone Wolf and Cub: Handful of Sand (Kozure Okami: Sono chiisaki te ni) – d. Akira Inoue
1993: Summer of the Moonlight Sonata (Gekko no natsu) – d. Seijiro Koyama
1995: East Meets West – d. Kihachi Okamoto
1996: Miyazawa Kenji sono ai – d. Seijiro Koyama
1996: A Son of the Good Earth (NHK Television series)
1999: After the Rain (Ame agaru) – d. Takashi Koizumi
1999: Spellbound (Kin'yu fushoku retto: Jubaku) – d. Masato Harada
2001: Vengeance for Sale (Sukedachi-ya Sukeroku) – d. Kihachi Okamoto
2002: To Dance With the White Dog (Shiroi inu to Waltz wo) – d. Takashi Tsukinoki
2002: Hi wa mata noboru – d. Kiyoshi Sasabe
2003: Like Asura (Ashura no gotoku) – d. Yoshimitsu Morita
2005: Yamato (Otoko-tachi no Yamato) – d. Junya Sato
2006: The Inugamis (Inugamike no ichizoku) – d. Kon Ichikawa
2007: Furin Kazan (NHK Taiga drama)
Old 03-26-12, 09:55 AM
  #22  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Ash Ketchum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 12,625
Received 276 Likes on 211 Posts
Re: Who is the best actor of the older generation?

Originally Posted by inri222

Agreed. Tatsuya Nakadai over everyone on that list, including Duvall.
Old 03-26-12, 09:59 AM
  #23  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Mr. Cinema's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Posts: 18,044
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Re: Who is the best actor of the older generation?

Bobby D.
Old 03-26-12, 10:50 AM
  #24  
DVD Talk Hero
 
GoldenJCJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Colorado
Posts: 27,247
Received 3,186 Likes on 2,054 Posts
Re: Who is the best actor of the older generation?

Originally Posted by Chadm
When you included Michael Douglas didn't a bell go off in your head reminding you of someone you forgot?
You're right! Where the hell is Danny DeVito on that list!?
Old 03-26-12, 10:54 AM
  #25  
DVD Talk Hero
 
TomOpus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Kansas City, MO
Posts: 40,138
Received 1,297 Likes on 942 Posts
Re: Who is the best actor of the older generation?

Originally Posted by The Bus
List needs more Gary Oldman.
He's over in the other Best Actor thread. He might an "oldman" but he's not part of the "older" generation

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.