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Old 07-05-20, 01:58 AM
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Who do you consider to be the best 10 actors of the last 50 years?

Who are the 10 best actors who have done the bulk of their work from the period of 1970 to 2020?


My list (alphabetical order):

Cate Blanchett
Robert DeNiro
Isabelle Huppert
Ben Kingsley
Daniel Day Lewis
Ian McKellan
Gary Oldman
Al Pacino
Meryl Streep
Denzel Washington

Just missed the cut: Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman.
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Re: Who do you consider to be the best 10 actors of the last 50 years?

I would argue to include

Chris cooper
Joaquin Phoenix
Tommy lee Jones
Joe Pesci
Sam Jackson
Jessica Lange
Kathy bates
Julianne Moore

Lots of white actors though...

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Re: Who do you consider to be the best 10 actors of the last 50 years?

Christian Bale has got to be up there.
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Re: Who do you consider to be the best 10 actors of the last 50 years?

So many choices. I'll just add

Viggo Mortensen
Benicio Del Toro
Gerard Depardieu
Juliette Binoche
Sean Penn
Penelope Cruz
Javier Bardem
Ralph Fiennes
Angela Bassett
Jeff Bridges
Michael Fassbender
Forest Whitaker
Don Cheadle
Willem Dafoe
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Jeffrey Wright
Nick Nolte
Antonio Banderas
Laurence Fishburne
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Re: Who do you consider to be the best 10 actors of the last 50 years?

Paul Newman
Jack Nicholson
Robert De Niro
Al Pacino
Gene Hackman
Tommy Lee Jones
George C. Scott
Robert Duvall
Denzel Washington
Peter Sellers
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Re: Who do you consider to be the best 10 actors of the last 50 years?

Don Cheadle
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Anthony Hopkins
Russell Crowe
Keith David
Denzel Washington
Christian Bale

I know, not 10 but I am sticking to the last 50 years (1970 on)
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Re: Who do you consider to be the best 10 actors of the last 50 years?

Just theatrical/movie actors, or actors on TV as well?
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Re: Who do you consider to be the best 10 actors of the last 50 years?

Is Michael Shannon on that list?

Daniel Day Lewis might be above this list as the "Michael Jordan" of actors and a level that nobody can reach or beat.

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Re: Who do you consider to be the best 10 actors of the last 50 years?

Ed Norton
Natalie Portman
Brie Larson
Marisa Tomei
Taraji P. Henson
Ryan Gosling
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Re: Who do you consider to be the best 10 actors of the last 50 years?

Iím going to include favorite performance as well

Jack Nicholson - Chinatown
Al Pacino - The Godfather Part II
Meryl Streep - Sophieís Choice
Susan Sarandon - Bull Durham
Robert DeNiro - Taxi Driver
Emma Thompson - Remains of the Day
Denzel Washington- Training Day
Daniel Day Lewis - There Will Be Blood
Frances McDormond - Fargo
Cate Blanchett - Elizabeth
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Re: Who do you consider to be the best 10 actors of the last 50 years?

I am not sure about Natalie Portman. Her last couple of movies it seems like she can't act.

Mark Ruffalo, Amy Adams, Kate Winslet, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Julianne Moore usually are at the top of their game in all the movies the appear in.

It is a crime Dafoe does not have a Oscar win for all the great work he has done

Saorse Ronan and Benedict Cumberbatch are two names who have done great work and Saorse has not realized their full potential yet since she is still young.

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Re: Who do you consider to be the best 10 actors of the last 50 years?

Bale
P. Henson
​​​​​​​Washington
Blanchett
Streep
Oldman
Viola Davis
L. Jackson (I actually think he's pretty unique in that he doesn't have a ton of range, but has perfected his persona so well that he can fit into nearly any film)
PSH

Darkhorse: Anne Hathaway
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Re: Who do you consider to be the best 10 actors of the last 50 years?

Originally Posted by inri222 View Post
So many choices. I'll just add

Viggo MortensenBenicio Del ToroGerard DepardieuJuliette BinocheSean PennPenelope CruzJavier BardemRalph FiennesAngela BassettJeff BridgesMichael FassbenderForest Whitaker
Don CheadleWillem DafoePhilip Seymour HoffmanJeffrey WrightNick NolteAntonio BanderasLaurence Fishburne
Someday I hope to have the chance to ask you to lend me ten dollars.
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Re: Who do you consider to be the best 10 actors of the last 50 years?

He may not be there yet but anytime one of these lists shows up I make sure to add Oscar Isaac. By the time his career is over heíll be mentioned alongside Daniel Day Lewis.
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Re: Who do you consider to be the best 10 actors of the last 50 years?

He is good though it seems like he mailed it in during those Star Wars movies
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Re: Who do you consider to be the best 10 actors of the last 50 years?

^ Ignoring the Star Wars movies should go without saying.

Instead look at Inside Llewyn Davis, Ex Machina, A Most Violent Year, Operation Finale etc. to see what a great actor he is.

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Re: Who do you consider to be the best 10 actors of the last 50 years?

He was also in Body of Lies and that HBO show about public housing.

He has played multiple nationalities too.

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Re: Who do you consider to be the best 10 actors of the last 50 years?

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^ Ignoring the Star Wars movies should go without saying.

Instead look at Inside Llewyn Davis, Ex Machina, A Most Violent Year, Operation Finale etc. to see what a great actor he is.
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Re: Who do you consider to be the best 10 actors of the last 50 years?

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Re: Who do you consider to be the best 10 actors of the last 50 years?

I know I made my list, but I'd like to throw in for discussion: Michael Keaton. Can do everything from Mr. Mom to Beetlejuice to Batman to Spotlight and even voice acting. I will admit that I don't think he's ever been an actor that "disappears" into his roles. But Olivier might say that that's a better display of acting than "the method".
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^ Iíve always maintained that Keaton should have at least been nominated for an Oscar for Beetlejuice.
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Re: Who do you consider to be the best 10 actors of the last 50 years?

Let's see, in no particular order...

Christian Bale
Gary Oldman
Daniel Day Lewis
Meryl Streep
Tom Hanks
Charlize Theron
Denzel Washington
Leonardo DiCaprio
Gene Hackman
Philip Seymour Hoffman (RIP)
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Re: Who do you consider to be the best 10 actors of the last 50 years?

Will Smith

Joaquin Phoenix surprised he was not mentioned.

Something about 1974 produces the best actors and actresses

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Re: Who do you consider to be the best 10 actors of the last 50 years?

Woody Harrelson

Maybe since he has done a lot of comedies he does not get the respect he is due but he has done so many different roles and you can't pigeon hole him.
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Re: Who do you consider to be the best 10 actors of the last 50 years?

Since I had to google the French actress in the original post I will stick to mainstream US actors in tiers

First note that John Cazale is not on the list because unfortunately he hasnt acted in 42 years or so but would likely be in Tier 1 if he survived

Daniel Day Lewis
Merryl Streep

Gene Hackman
Robert Duvall
Deniro

Dustin Hoffman

Anthony Hopkins
Al Pacino
Frances McDormand
Paul Newman


Just missed: Jack Nicholson Cate Blanchett, Emma Thompson. DiCaprio, Julianne Moore, Bale, Hanks

If we really hold to 50 years then the list would include Brando (Godfather is less than 50 years ago, as well as Apocalypse Now and he was great in The Score) and Sir Larry (though outside a couple things he was largely just casting checks but still Marathon Man, Boys from Brazil, A Little Romance, King Lear)

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