List: Greatest Male Acting Performances

Last summer, I posted a list of what I think to be the 25 best female acting performances. It’s been five months since that list and I’ve neglected the men, so here are my picks for the best male acting performances of all time.

 

25. Paul Muni, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)

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24. Humphrey Bogart, Casablanca (1942)

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23. Peter O’Toole, The Ruling Class (1972)

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22. Marlon Brando, On the Waterfront (1954)

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21. Peter O’Toole, Becket (1964)

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20. Anthony Quinn, Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)

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19. Sal Mineo, Rebel without a Cause (1955)

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18. Laurence Olivier, Wuthering Heights (1939)

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17. Jack Lemmon, Some Like It Hot (1959)

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16. George C. Scott, Patton (1970)

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15. Peter Lorre, M (1931)

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14. Spencer Tracy, Captains Courageous (1937)

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13. Humphrey Bogart, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

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12. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote (2005)

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11. Dustin Hoffman, Rain Man (1988)

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10. Henry Fonda, On Golden Pond (1981)

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9. Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump (1994)

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8. Brad Pitt, Inglourious Basterds (2009)

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7. Jack Nicholson, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

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6. Yul Brynner, The King and I (1956)

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5. Walter Huston, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

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4. Orson Welles, Citizen Kane (1941)

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3. Marlon Brando, A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

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2. Marlon Brando, The Godfather (1972)

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1. Charles Chaplin, The Great Dictator (1940)

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