100 Greatest Film Performances of All Time

Please enter in the name of the actor/actress. Character names and the films in which they appear are provided as clues.
As chosen by Premier magazine in 2006
Warning: some of these are a bit obscure
Some strange choices on this list perhaps, but overall it seems pretty good
http://www.filmsite.org/100greatperformances.html
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Rank
Character
Film (Year)
Actor/Actress
100
Alex DeLarge
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Malcolm McDowell
99
Navin Johnson
The Jerk (1979)
Steve Martin
98
Phyllis Dietrichson
Double Indemnity (1944)
Barbara Stanwyck
97
Don Logan
Sexy Beast (2001)
Ben Kingsley
96
Billie Dawn
Born Yesterday (1950)
Judy Holliday
95
Tina Turner
What's Love Got to Do With It?
Angela Bassett
94
Hans Beckert
M (1931)
Peter Lorre
93
Mildred Pierce
Mildred Pierce (1945)
Joan Crawford
92
"Dirty" Harry Callahan
Dirty Harry (1971)
Clint Eastwood
91
Bree Daniels
Klute (1971)
Jane Fonda
90
Jeffrey "the Dude" Lebowski
The BIg Lebowski (1998)
Jeff Bridges
89
Juxian
Farewell, My Concubine (1993)
Gong Li
88
Nick Chevotarevich
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Christopher Walken
87
Ethan Edwards
The Searchers (1956)
John Wayne
86
Bruno Anthony
Strangers on a Train (1951)
Robert Walker
85
Frances Farmer
Frances (1982)
Jessica Lange
84
Lilly Dillon
The Grifters (1989)
Anjelica Huston
83
Brandon Teena
Boys Don't Cry (1999)
Hilary Swank
82
General George S. Patton Jr.
Patton (1970)
George C. Scott
81
Clementine Kruczynski
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Kate Winslet
80
Catherine
Jules and Jim (1962)
Jeanne Moreau
79
Captain Jack Sparrow
Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Johnny Depp
78
Sanjuro Kuwabatake
Yojimbo (1961)
Toshiro Mifune
77
Leo Smalls Jr., a.k.a. Fast Black
Street Smart (1987)
Morgan Freeman
76
J.J. Hunsecker
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Burt Lancaster
75
Diana Scott
Darling (1965)
Julie Christie
74
Lili von Shtupp
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Madeline Kahn
73
Tony Manero
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
John Travolta
72
Esther Blodgett, a.k.a. Vicki Lester
A Star Is Born (1954)
Judy Garland
71
Karen Silkwood
Silkwood (1983)
Meryl Streep
70
Dr. Hannibal Lecter
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Anthony Hopkins
69
Norma Desmond
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Gloria Swanson
68
Dr. David Huxley
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Cary Grant
67
Henry Drummond
Inherit the Wind (1957)
Spencer Tracy
66
Jane Craig
Broadcast News (1987)
Holly Hunter
65
Jerry/Daphne
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Jack Lemmon
64
"Fast" Eddie Felson
The Hustler (1961)
Paul Newman
63
Mabel Longhetti
A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
Gena Rowlands
62
Sid Vicious
Sid & Nancy (1986)
Gary Oldman
61
Amon Goeth
Schindler's List (1993)
Ralph Fiennes
60
Annie Hall
Annie Hall (1977)
Diane Keaton
59
Severine Serizy
Belle de Jour (1967)
Catherine Deneuve
58
Ellen Ripley
Aliens (1986)
Sigourney Weaver
57
Lasse Karlsson
Pelle the Conqueror (1987)
Max von Sydow
56
Sarah Tobias
The Accused (1988)
Jodie Foster
55
Virgil Tibbs
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Sidney Poitier
54
Tracy Lord
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Katharine Hepburn
53
Bill "the Butcher" Cutting
Gangs of New York (2002)
Daniel Day-Lewis
52
Miss Kenton
The Remains of the Day (1993)
Emma Thompson
51
Tom Joad
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Henry Fonda
Rank
Character
Film (Year)
Actor/Actress
50
Sam Spade
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Humphrey Bogart
49
Elisabet Vogler
Persona (1966)
Liv Ullmann
48
Phil Connors
Groundhog Day (1993)
Bill Murray
47
Randle Patrick McMurphy
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Jack Nicholson
46
Chuck Noland
Cast Away (2000)
Tom Hanks
45
Tracy Flick
Election (1999)
Reese Witherspoon
44
the Tramp
City Lights (1931)
Charlie Chaplin
43
Jim Stark
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
James Dean
42
Travis Bickle
Taxi Driver (1976)
Robert De Niro
41
Jules Winnfield
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Samuel L. Jackson
40
Suzanne Stone Maretto
To Die For (1995)
Nicole Kidman
39
King Richard III
Richard III (1955)
Laurence Olivier
38
Maria Tura
To Be or Not to Be (1942)
Carole Lombard
37
Harry Caul
The Conversation (1974)
Gene Hackman
36
Evelyn Cross Mulwray
Chinatown (1974)
Faye Dunaway
35
Truman Capote
Capote (2005)
Philip Seymour Hoffman
34
Johnny Gray
The General (1927)
Buster Keaton
33
Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels
Tootsie (1982)
Dustin Hoffman
32
Holly Golightly a.k.a. Lula Mae Barnes
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Audrey Hepburn
31
Ray Charles
Ray (2004)
Jamie Foxx
30
John "Scottie" Ferguson
Vertigo (1958)
James Stewart
29
Chance the Gardener
Being There (1979)
Peter Sellers
28
Hildy Johnson
His Girl Friday (1940)
Rosalind Russell
27
Paul
Last Tango in Paris (1972)
Marlon Brando
26
Joan of Arc
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
Maria Falconetti
25
Ninotchka
Ninotchka (1939)
Greta Garbo
24
Fred C. Dobbs
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Humphrey Bogart
23
Jeffrey Wigand
The Insider (1999)
Russell Crowe
22
Edward Scissorhands
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Johnny Depp
21
Cabiria
Nights of Cabiria (1957)
Giulietta Masina
20
Michael Corleone
The Godfather Part II (1974)
Al Pacino
19
Frank Galvin
The Verdict (1982)
Paul Newman
18
Bess McNeill
Breaking the Waves (1996)
Emily Watson
17
Malcolm X
Malcolm X (1992)
Denzel Washington
16
T.R. Devlin
Notorious (1946)
Cary Grant
15
Josh Baskin
Big (1988)
Tom Hanks
14
Mac Sledge
Tender Mercies (1983)
Robert Duvall
13
Eleanor of Aquitaine
The Lion in Winter (1968)
Katharine Hepburn
12
"Badass" Buddusky
The Last Detail (1973)
Jack Nicholson
11
Christy Brown
My Left Foot (1989)
Daniel Day-Lewis
10
Jake La Motta
Raging Bull (1980)
Robert De Niro
9
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Gene Wilder
8
George Bailey
It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
James Stewart
7
"Ratso" Rizzo
MIdnight Cowboy (1969)
Dustin Hoffman
6
George M. Cohan
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
James Cagney
5
Margo Channing
All About Eve (1950)
Bette Davis
4
Sonny Wortzik
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Al Pacino
3
Sophie Zawistowska
Sophie's Choice (1982)
Meryl Streep
2
Terry Malloy
On the Waterfront (1954)
Marlon Brando
1
T.E. Lawrence
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Peter O'Toole
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Level 55
Nov 24, 2015
Is there a source for these rankings? Or they're just based on your opinion?
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Level 60
Apr 18, 2018
They're from Premier magazine in 2006. Here's the reference http://www.filmsite.org/100greatperformances.html
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Level 45
Oct 11, 2017
"Inherit the Wind" was 1957 not 1967.
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Level 60
Apr 18, 2018
You're right! That was a typo.
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Level 53
Oct 22, 2017
Great quiz. I got 90 out of 100. I've seen many of them and those I haven't, I was able to figure out from the name of the film and/or year.
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Level 60
Apr 18, 2018
Thanks, and great job!
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Level 67
Feb 16, 2018
I like this list if only for the fact that its top 10 includes Doctor Fronkensteen.
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Level 60
Apr 18, 2018
A brilliant performance, no doubt.