You have a lot to choose from.
In Your Opinion, Tell Us The Best Performance By an Actress in a Movie - Ever
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Sofia Copolla, Godfather III
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Diana Ross - Lady Sings The Blues
Jessica Lange - Frances
Cate Blanchette - Elizabeth
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Shirley MacLaine, Terms of Endearment
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Lillian Gish- Broken Blossoms (though The Wind is a close second)
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not ever, but.....
Judy Davis in a scene from "Husbands and Wives" when she shows up for a date and proceeds to call her estranged husband from her dates house
or Jennifer Tilly in Bullets over Broadway
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Bette Davis - All About Eve
Meryl Streep - Sophie's Choice
Vivian Leigh - Gone With the Wind
Angela Bassett - What's Love Got to Do With It
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Rosiland Russell in "The Trouble With Angels"
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Gloria Swanson's disturbing portrayal of Norma Desmond in "Sunset Boulevard."
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And the winner is....
Faye Dunaway in "Bonnie and Clyde."
|by Anonymous||reply 10||03/30/2012|
I have to assume that many of these are meant as jokes.
There is no discussion here. The greatest performance ever by an actress is Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara, and second place is Vivien Leigh as Blanche DuBois.
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Jane Fonda "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"
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Leigh was terrible as Blanche DuBois. She ruins the movie for me.
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Gena Rowlands, "A Woman Under the Influence"
Emily Watson, "Breaking the Waves"
Jessica Lange, "Frances"
Ellen Burstyn, "Requiem for a Dream"
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Sally Field "Sybil"
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Setsuko Hara, "Tokyo Story"
Best good "bad" performance- Lana Turner, "Imitation of Life"
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Cybill Shepherd "Cybill"
|by Anonymous||reply 17||03/30/2012|
Emma Thompson - Remains of the Day (Love, Actually as a runner up)
Vivien Leigh - Gone With The Wind
Anne Bancroft - The Graduate
Mary Tyler Moore in Ordinary People (People will say she's just playing herself, but coming out of perky Mary Richards, it was a good acting job)
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Katrin Cartlidge - "Claire Dolan"
|by Anonymous||reply 19||03/30/2012|
Sophia Loren 2 Women, Giulietta Messina La Strada, Davis in All About Eve, Streep in Sophie's Choice,
|by Anonymous||reply 20||03/30/2012|
One of the best performances I've ever seen is Sissy Spacek in Carrie. Sissy was 26 playing a teenager.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||03/30/2012|
Kathy Bates - Misery
Frances McDormand - Fargo
Holly Hunter - The Piano
Diana Ross - Lady Sings the Blues
|by Anonymous||reply 22||03/30/2012|
I agree with most of the serious posts but I want to mention one performance that I thought was amazing, and that was Miranda Richardson in Damage. She was nominated for a Supporting Oscar. I don't think I've ever seen anything so real.
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Giulietta Masina -- Cabiria
Lisbeth Morvin -- Day of Wrath
Lillian Gish -- The Wind
Delphine Seyrig -- Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
Victoire Thivisol -- Ponette
Setsuko Hara -- Early Summer
Barbara Stanwyck -- Stella Dallas
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Anne Bancroft- The Miracle Worker
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r25: sorry, that should Lisbeth Movin, not Morvin
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Charlize Theron - Monster
Liz Taylor - Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf
Judi Dench - Notes on a Scandal
Mink Stole - Desperate Living
Dianne Wiest - Hannah and Her Sisters
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Thx for mentioning Dench in Notes on a Scandal. If not for Mirren's showy turn as QEII - people would remember this as an incredible piece of work.
Theron in Monster
I loved Ingrid Bergman in Autumn Sonata
Gong Li in The Story of Qui Ju
Ellen Burstyn in Requim for a Dream
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Hilary Swank in Boys Don't Cry. She knocked it out of the park.
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Lillian Gish for the closet scene in "Broken Blossoms." Spinning, trapped and frantic, as he breaks in to kill her. She was inventing realistic film acting in that scene.
Gloria Swanson in "Sunset Boulevard." Perfectly balanced, nuanced, funny, absolutely fearless, brave, controlled, savage, self-lacerating, wise, and multi-layered.
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Elizabeth Taylor "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
Meryl Streep "Sophie's Choice"
Katharine Hepburn "The Lion In Winter"
Bette Davis "All About Eve"
Rosalind Russell "Auntie Mame"
Judi Dench in anything she is in
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Michelle Pfeiffer - Fabulous Baker Boys
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Rosie - Riding the bus with my sister.
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Meryl Streep - Sophie's Choice.
It is the pinnacle of screen acting. No one else compares.
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r26 and don't forget Patty Duke in the Miracle Worker
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Marilyn Chambers in Insatiable
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alicia silverstone in clueless is pure genius
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Vanessa Redgrave - The Devils
Glenda Jackson - The Music Lovers
Meryl Streep - Sophie's Choice
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Kim Stanley in The Goddess and Seance on a Wet Afternoon
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Sissy Spacek – Coal Miner’s Daughter
Geraldine Page – The Trip to Bountiful
Maggie Smith – The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
Brenda Blethyn – Secrets & Lies
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Meryl Streep - Sophie's Choice Gena Rowlands - A Woman Under the Influence Jane Fonda - Klute
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Bette Davis, All About Eve
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[quote]Geraldine Page – The Trip to Bountiful
Sorry, Lillian Gish's performance is 100% better. Even Horton Foote has said repeatedly that Lillian's performance was better than Geraldine Page's
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Jane Fonda - They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
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Olivia Newton John
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MTM Ordinary People.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||03/30/2012|
Another vote for Vivien Leigh in GWTW.
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Sissy Spacek- Coal Miner's Daughter Sally Field- Sybil Jessica Lange- Frances Ann Bancroft & Patty Duke- The Miracle Worker Shirley Mclaine- Terms of Endearment. And really Debra Winger too.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||03/30/2012|
Sigorney Weaver in Aliens followed closely by Holly Hunter in Broadcast News.
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R50, I loved Holly in Broadcast News
|by Anonymous||reply 51||03/30/2012|
Gone With The Wind is a great film, but it would have been half the film it was without Vivien Leigh. Even watching screen tests of other actresses makes you realize it would have been just another golden oldie without her. She's timeless. By far, the greatest performance captured to celluloid.
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Helen Lawson- "Twice is Too Much"
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Anna Magnani, The Rose Tattoo
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Vivian Leigh - GWTW
Meryl Streep - Sophie's Choice
Julie Christie - McCabe and Mrs. Miller
Liv Ullmann - Scenes From A Marriage
Judy Garland - The Wizard of Oz
Ingrid Bergman - Autumn Sonata
Charlize Theron - Monster
Hannah Schygulla - The Marriage of Maria Braun
Susan Sarandon/Geena Davis - Thelma and Louise
Jane Fonda - Klute
Liz - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Diane Wiest - Bullets Over Broadway
Sigourney Weaver - Aliens
But ultimately ...
Bette Davis - All About Eve
|by Anonymous||reply 55||03/30/2012|
Hitchcock may or may not have been a monster, but he certainly got amazing performances from his leading ladies -- ranked in order:
Ingrid Bergman in Notorious Kim Novak in Vertigo Eva Marie Saint in North by Northwest Tippi Hedren in The Birds Janet Leigh in Psycho Grace Kelly in To Catch A Thief
I agree that Miranda Richardson's performance was astonishing in Damage. She was also brilliant in Dance With A Stranger.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||03/30/2012|
Helen Lawson in "I'll Cry When My Eyes are Wet"
|by Anonymous||reply 57||03/30/2012|
[quote]Sorry, Lillian Gish's performance is 100% better. Even Horton Foote has said repeatedly that Lillian's performance was better than Geraldine Page's
Lillian Gish's performance in the role was for television, not for the movies.
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Falconetti in Passion of Joan of Arc
|by Anonymous||reply 59||03/30/2012|
Another one - Ellen Burstyn Resurrection
|by Anonymous||reply 60||03/30/2012|
Two more votes for:
Vivien Leigh -- Gone with the Wind
Jane Fonda -- They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
|by Anonymous||reply 61||03/30/2012|
Meryl Streep - Bridges of Madison County
|by Anonymous||reply 62||03/30/2012|
Always a sucker for a great Supporting performance. Doesn't get any better than:
Sandy Dennis in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
Susan Tyrrell in "Fat City"
Shelley Winters in "Lolita"
|by Anonymous||reply 63||03/30/2012|
I'd second some others, but...and I know I will be mocked for this...Whoopi Goldberg in The Color Purple.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||03/30/2012|
Sorry that the meds haven't helped your OCD, R55.
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Barbara Stanwick - Double Indemnity Judy Holliday - Born Yesterday Lee Remick - Days of Wine and Roses Gena Rowlands - A Woman Under the Influence
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Rosalind Russell-Auntie Mame
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Patty Lapone - Witness
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HOW DARE YOU, R69!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 70||03/30/2012|
R60 yes she was wonderful in that. And Eva Lagalliene in it too. The scenes with them together. Great movie, great actors.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||03/30/2012|
Take that back!
|by Anonymous||reply 72||03/30/2012|
great choices in here. maybe not critically "best" but best (and most memorable) to me...
Vivien Leigh in GWTW Judy Garland in Wizard of Oz Ellen Burstyn in The Exorcist or Alice Doesn't... Diane Keaton in Annie Hall, Something's Gotta Give Meryl Streep in Devil Wears Prada Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct and Casino Angelina Jolie in Gia/Girl Interrupted - same thing Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction or Kill Bills Susan Sarandon was great in Bull D/Client/Dead Man Walking. I love Melanie Griffinth in Working Girl And speaking of WG, love Sig Weaver in Alien series Nicole Kidman in To Die For - her best by far.
Okay, that;s enough - some may resent my populist choices. Go watch Breaking the Waves
|by Anonymous||reply 73||03/30/2012|
Bette Davis--The Little Foxes, Now Voyager, All About Eve
Barbara Stanwyck- Stella Dallas, Double Indemnity
Gloria Swanson--Sunset Boulevard
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[quote]Diane Wiest - Bullets Over Broadway
Good one! I have loved Diane Wiest in everything I've seen her in. She's great.
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Elizabeth Taylor - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Cher - Mask and Come Back to the Five & Dime Jimmy Dean
Sandy Dennis - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dea˜
Bette Davis - The Letter and The Little Foxes
Vivien Leigh - Streetcar Named Desire and GWTW
Meryl Streep - Sophie's Choice
Faye Dunaway - Bonnie and Clyde and Network
Geraldine Page - Trip to Bountiful and Toys in the Attic
Mia Farrow - Rosemary's Baby and Purple Rose of Cairo
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Susan Hayward "With A Song In My Heart"
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[quote]Gena Rowlands, "A Woman Under the Influence"
Emily Watson, "Breaking the Waves"
Jessica Lange, "Frances"
Ellen Burstyn, "Requiem for a Dream"
bitch knows what she's talking about! great list
|by Anonymous||reply 78||03/30/2012|
Bette Davis- "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" Joan Crawford -"Mildred Pierce" Elizabeth Taylor - "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe" Anne Bancroft - "The Graduate"
|by Anonymous||reply 79||03/30/2012|
kate winslet - eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
|by Anonymous||reply 80||03/30/2012|
Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind. No one else comes close.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||03/30/2012|
It's fascinating to see the range of tastes on this thread.
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Charlie - Monster
Meryl - Sophie's Choice
Mariah - Glitter
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[quote]Hannah Schygulla - The Marriage of Maria Braun
Thank you for mentioning it, R55. While I think it is impossible to name the best performance in all of film history, this one is really special. Schygulla plays a character that works on two levels; as a symbol and as a human. This is something I have never seen another actress do.
|by Anonymous||reply 84||03/30/2012|
Emily Watson - Hilary and Jackie
Emily Waston - Breaking the Waves
Hilary Swank - Boys Don't Cry
Sissy Spacek & Shelley Duvall - 3 Women
Isabelle Huppert - The Piano Teacher
Kate Winslet - Revolutionary Road
|by Anonymous||reply 85||03/30/2012|
r32, marry me.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||03/30/2012|
Judy Garland - Wizard of Oz
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Judy Garland, Star is Born
Sophia Loren, Two Women
Giulietta Masina, Nights of Cabiria
Jane Fonda, They Shoot Horses Don't They
Angela Bassett, What's Love Got To Do With It
Mary Tyler Moore, Ordinary People
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Jean Arthur, "The More the Merrier"
Barbara Stanwyck, "The Furies"
Bette Davis, "Now, Voyager"
|by Anonymous||reply 89||03/30/2012|
R55, please add another 30 names to your list of "an Actress."
When you take a multiple choice test, do you blacken in every box on the page?
|by Anonymous||reply 90||03/30/2012|
Shirley Temple - Heidi Judy Garland - Wizard of Oz Betty Davis - What Ever Happended to Baby Jane Anne Bancroft - The Graduate Gena Rowlands - Gloria Faye Dunaway - Bonnie & Clyde Madeline Kahn - Young Frankenstein Diana Ross - Mahogany Tatum O-Neil - Paper Moon Jessica Lange - Frances Angelina Jolie - Gia Halle Berry - Monster's Ball Jennifer Lopez - Selena Charlize Theron - Monster Gaboret Sidibe - Precious
|by Anonymous||reply 91||03/30/2012|
I'm tempted to go all in with Irene Dunne in "The Awful Truth". Yes, that settles it.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||03/30/2012|
Whenever I participate in games like this, I always get people to agree that GONE WITH THE WIND should be in its own little bubble. Agree with the poster who said it wouldn't be half the film it was without Viven Leigh.
Having said that, another vote for the great Barbara Stanwyck in STELLA DALLAS. Flawless. I hope "supporting actor/actresses" threads start popping up, because that's where some real action is. This kind of thread is classic DL.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||03/30/2012|
I'm willing to put GWTW in a bubble and take it out of the running. It is extraordinary on every level, not the least of which is Leigh's astonishing performance as Scarlett.
That done, here are my favorite great performances: Bette Davis (Now, Voyager; All About Eve) Katherine Hepburn (Alice Adams, The Lion In Winter); Sophia Loren (Two Women); Anna Magnani (Rome, Open City); Marion Cotillard (Piaf); Ingrid Bergman (Notorious); Geraldine Page (The Trip To Bountiful); Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl, The Way We Were); Jane Fonda (Julia); Cher (Moonstruck); Meryl Streep (Silkwood, A Cry In The Dark). These are just my favorites. It's by no means a complete list.
|by Anonymous||reply 94||03/30/2012|
meryl streep- sophie's choice
charlize theron- monster
hilary swank-boys don't cry
angela bassett- what's love got to do with it
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Jessica Lange - 'Francis'
Diana Ross - 'Lady Sings The Blues'
Meryl Streep - 'Sophie's Choice'
Shirley MacLaine - 'Terms Of Endearment'
Kim Stanley - 'The Goddess'
Judy Garland - 'A Star Is Born' (Take out the musical numbers, and it's still a brilliant performance)
|by Anonymous||reply 96||03/30/2012|
Sophie's Choice is unbeatable. Agree with the person who said it is the pinnacle of film acting.
I love many other performances, from Bette, Blanchett, Mc Dormand, Hunter, Davis, Cotillard, etc., but no one sustains the way Meryl can, or has the technical ability. It's a performance that can't be explained away with superlatives.
There won't be another like it.
|by Anonymous||reply 97||03/30/2012|
Gong Li - Raise The Red Lantern
Hilary Swank - Boys Don't Cry
Rooney Mara - Dragon Tattoo
Glenn Close - Dangerous Liaisons Michelle Pfeiffer
|by Anonymous||reply 98||03/30/2012|
Anyone mention Liza Minelli -- for me in "The Sterile Cuckoo" but also "Cabaret", of course. It's weird, sometimes feels like even in the gay community, we forget that she was once a truly great actress.
So good that "Lady Sings the Blues" finally got a nice release on DVD a couple years back so folks can see how amazing Diana Ross really was. If they had held the film back even one year, she'd have been the first black woman to win Best Actress (not Halle almost 20 years later). As is, she was destined to lose to... Liza, of course.
|by Anonymous||reply 99||03/30/2012|
Faye Dunaway - Network
Ellen Burstyn - Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Jessica Lange - Frances
Cher - Mask
Meryl Streep - Silkwood
Gena Rowlands - Gloria
Elizabeth Taylor - Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf
|by Anonymous||reply 100||03/30/2012|
Yeah, Liza in 'Sterile Cuckoo' was pretty amazing. Liza, actress, before she was "LIZA". She really captured that borderline personality edge, where they're calm one minute, and screaming the next, cause something sets them off. And why they're always alone, because they are exhusting. Her scene on the phone, on why she didn't go home for vacation, breaks your heart.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||03/30/2012|
I forgot to list Liza in Cabaret on my list. Truly great performance. Judy in Oz is like GWTW--it's greatness puts it in a bubble of its own.
|by Anonymous||reply 102||03/30/2012|
Ann-Margret in Carnal Knowledge. One of the most painful, heartbreaking characters in film. Faye Dunaway's performances in both Network and Chinatown were near perfect and haunting.I also loved Vannessa Redgrave as the deformed nun in The Devils.
|by Anonymous||reply 103||03/30/2012|
Brilliant choice, Ann-Margret... but you also brought up another one, the one that beat her for the Oscar (man, they were true competition back then, one classic performance against another against another):
Cloris Leachman in "The Last Picture Show." That shot of her alone on the bed, stood up like a jilted bride, broke my heart then and still does. Ditto, the ending.
|by Anonymous||reply 104||03/30/2012|
Damn, you bitches are good. You've managed to name nearly all my favourites. I'll add one more though. . .
Agnes Moorehead in The Magnificent Ambersons.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||03/30/2012|
Agnes Moorehead was a damn fine actress. I just watched TMA on TCM and was floored by what a great movie it is, despite that stupid ending the studio filmed and tacked on without the consent of Orson Welles.
|by Anonymous||reply 106||03/30/2012|
Agnes was brilliant. Is it me but it seems like the real golden age for women was the 70s? The performers like Burstyn, Fonda, Dunaway etc were able to play their roles without tons of makeup to alter their appearence or fake-sounding accents that Streep seems to rely on. Even in lesser films like Cinderella Liberty or A Touch Of Class with Mason and Jackson-those actresses were fantastic compared to today's leading ladies!
|by Anonymous||reply 107||03/30/2012|
I agree r107 - actresses in the 50s, 60s and 70s were a lot more daring and adventurous than today's bland lot - who is impressed by the winning performances of Bullock, Hunt, Reece, Julia et al - it seems they all win in turn, and don't get me started on Kate Winslet !
|by Anonymous||reply 108||03/30/2012|
ITA R106. RKO's deliberate sabotage of that film almost makes it more amazing in my opinion, because it still manages to outshine any number of "great" films. I even enjoy it more than Citizen Kane.
And for the hell of it, I'll add one more: Jean Arthur in anything. Great comedic timing, but able to bring such humanity to the quiet, small stuff too. She's so overlooked. Love her performances in Easy Living, The More the Merrier (her only Oscar nod, sadly), and the long forgotten History is Made At Night.
|by Anonymous||reply 109||03/30/2012|
Jane Fonda was totally stunning in They Shoot Horses, and Klute ...
Vanessa Redgrave - Isadora
Sophia Loren - Two Women, Marriage Italian Style, A Special Day
Genevieve Bujold - Obsession
Isabelle Adjani - History of Adele H - one of the most amazing debuts ever.
Simone Signoret - Room at the Top
Olivia De Havilland - The Heiress
Vivien Leigh - Streetcar
Patricia Neal - Hud, a small role but she totally ran with it and was tremendous.
Setsuko Hara - Tokyo Story.
|by Anonymous||reply 110||03/30/2012|
I am, frankly, astionished that not one person on this thread has singled out what is, inarguably, the greatest female performance in film history - Shirley Booth in Come Back, Little Sheba. Audiences had never seen such an honest, raw and heartbreaking depiction on the screen before. As was Brando in Streetcar, it was a benchmark moment in film and has never been equaled.
|by Anonymous||reply 111||03/30/2012|
More fearless performances:
Glenda Jackson in The Music Lovers
Ingrid Bergman in Autumn Sonata, and her last role as Golda Meir for tv - she wore a false nose and let herself look plain and ugly and she was dying and knew it was her last time before a camera and she is totally mesermising. She also dug into herself in Autumn Sonata to bring up the unlikeable part of herself.
Sophia Loren - not only the first actress to win the best actress oscar in a foreign language but in Two Women at 25 she was playing the mother of a teenage girl -- she also played the mother a teenage boy in The Black Orchid in '58 where she was 23, with just a bit of grey in her hair and was totally convincing.
Vanessa of course in most things, even those bit parts she does now. I am looking forward to seeing her in Coriolanus.
Dench - incredible in Notes On A Scandal, and even in the silly Ladies in Lavender she does it all with her eyes, creating a whole world in front of you.
Emma Thompson - I love her final scene in Sense & Sensibility (which she also wrote for the screen) when she finally gets her marriage proposal - and she is stunning too in Wit, dying of cancer, and even in Love Actually.
|by Anonymous||reply 112||03/30/2012|
Booth was great in that film...........too bad Hollywood didn't know what to do with her. Worst performance ever-Dyan Cannon in The Love Machine. Even worse than Patty Duke in Valley of The Dolls.
|by Anonymous||reply 113||03/30/2012|
Generally Geraldine Page and Anne Bancroft and Gena Rowlands in anything.
Julie Harris - I love her Abra in East of Eden (where according to Kazan she helped Dean a lot, she was just 5 years older than him), and her Sally Bowles in I Am A Camera.
Liza, as mentioned, in The Sterile Cuckoo and Cabaret.
Jane Fonda's Bree in Klute and Gloria in They Shoot Horses.
Beryl Reid was terrific in The Killing of Sister George, the film of her stage success - imagine the ham Bette Davis would have made of it if she had got the part, as she had wanted it.
Maggie Smith in her early roles like in The VIPs and of course Miss Brodie, one of the greatest performances ever, up there with Vivien Leigh.
Celia Johnson in Brief Encounter and This Happy Breed.
Wendy Hiller in I Know Where I'm Going
Deborah Kerr's pair of nuns: at 26 as Sister Clodagh in Black Narcissus, in '47 (Kathleen Byron is stunning here too, that amazing climax..), and Deb's much more simple Irish nun a decade later in Heaven Knows Mr Allison. Also, Kerr's governess in The Innocents, 1961; her Hannah Jelkes in Huston's Night of the Iguana in 64. She is also tremendous in The Sundowners in 1960, when she really should have won the oscar (along with Jean Simmons for Elmer Gantry - who was not even nominated), but of course Liz Taylor got sick.
Judy Garland for A Star Is Born. I finally saw The Country Girl a while ago and was not impressed with Grace here at all, though like her in her few other films.
The wrong Hepburn won in 1967 - it should have been Audrey for Two For The Road, a terrific performance by her, but they were so pleased to see Kate back ... she deserved it though the next year for The Lion in Winter.
Romy Schneider is stunning in the 1980 Death Watch, as a woman dying being filmed for a tv reality series (how advanced that was...) just 2 years before Schneider herself died in 1982.
|by Anonymous||reply 114||03/31/2012|
What, no love for me? You in danger, gurls.
|by Anonymous||reply 115||03/31/2012|
Lee Remick for Days of Wine and Roses - it was a great year in 1962 but she is my choice.
Gloria Swanson for Sunset Boulevard, its a real leading role - Bette's in All About Eve isn't as she is sharing screen time with Baxter and Holm as all 3 roles are about the same size.
Olivia may have been too pretty for The Heiress but she really nailed it. It needed an actress who looked like the great Eileen Atkins, a plain beauty.
Susan Hayward too for her 2 acclaimed roles in Ill Cry Tomorrow and I Want to Live.
|by Anonymous||reply 116||03/31/2012|
I used to want to get an MA in Film History just for fun....I feel like I've got it by reading the DL!
|by Anonymous||reply 117||03/31/2012|
I forgot about Maggie Smith in Jean Brodie! That was a flawless, perfect performance.Wow-that film is almost forgotten today. Way too literate for today's movie-goers. Anyone remember Tuesday Weld in Play it as it lays????
|by Anonymous||reply 118||03/31/2012|
Cloris Leachman was shockingly good, especially sine I only knew her as a comedic actress from MTM and Mel Brooks movies when I saw Last Picture Show.
|by Anonymous||reply 119||03/31/2012|
Julie Christie in Away From Her. It would have been tremendous if she had won best actress again 40 plus years after her Darling win in 1965 when she was just young and beautiful.
Faye Dunaway for Chinatown - for me its as much her film as Jack's.
Vivien is also mesmerising in The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone (its just the film isnt good enough to be really great), and even in her final appearance in Ship of Fools in 1965, where Simone Signoret is also tremendous as usual.
|by Anonymous||reply 120||03/31/2012|
An off the wall choice-Georgina Spelvin in The Devil In Miss Jones. Great acting even in a porn film. Georgina was so good it was scary plus the sexual chemistry she had with Harry Reems was beyond hot!
|by Anonymous||reply 121||03/31/2012|
Jean Hagen - Singin' In The Rain
Angela Lansbury - The Manchurian Candidate
Katherine Ross - The Stepford Wives
Bette Davis - The Letter
Diahann Carroll - Claudine
Deborah Kerr - The Innocents
Olivia DeHavilland - The Heiress
Catherine Deneuve - Repulsion
Diana Ross - Lady Sings The Blues
Andie MacDowell - sex, lies and videotape
Mia Farrow - Rosemary's Baby
Diane Lane - Unfaithful
|by Anonymous||reply 122||03/31/2012|
Cheers for the mentions of Gish, Moorehead, Lee Remick, Maggie Smith's Brodie, Glenda, Vanessa, and Julie Christie, and Faye's Evelyn Mulwray in Chinatown, and Ingrid in Autumn Sonata - where Liv Ullmann is also tremendous - I'd say Ingrid and Liv are the best double act in the movies, and if there was any justice should have jointly won that year, 1978.
Love that comment: the wrong Hepburn won in 1967.
I can now compile a top 20 greatest female performances.
If anyone is doing best male performances I want James Mason (A Star is Born), Peter Finch (Sunday Bloody Sunday) and Dirk Bogarde (The Servant or Death in Venice) in the top 10!
|by Anonymous||reply 123||03/31/2012|
Good to see Deborah Kerr appreciated too ... so many great roles.
|by Anonymous||reply 124||03/31/2012|
I know there is often a very indistinct line between a lead and supporting role, but I believe both Ann Margret in CARNAL KNOWLEDGE and Cloris Leachman in THE LAST PICTURE SHOW were considered supporting roles. Rosalind Russell made the mistake of campaigning for a Best Actress nom for PICNIC, when that was a supporting role. Which, by the way, she was fabulous in.
All the mentions of the great Anne Bancroft are for Mrs. Robinson, but I think her greatest performance is as Annie Sullivan in THE MIRACLE WORKER.
Love this thread-keep 'em coming! (Audrey in TWO FOR THE ROAD is a great choice!)
|by Anonymous||reply 125||03/31/2012|
I cannot believe that Andie MacDowell's name has been mentioned in a thread about great acting performances! Seriously, Andie MacDowell? Jesus, how low are we setting the bar for good acting?
|by Anonymous||reply 126||03/31/2012|
Thanks, R89, for mentioning Jean Arthur in The More the Merrier (she just barely beats out Irene Dunne for my favorite screwball actress). And, R114, I think I love you; I agree with every syllable of your post.
|by Anonymous||reply 127||03/31/2012|
Andie gave a good performance in sex, lies and videotape for a former model that is.
|by Anonymous||reply 128||03/31/2012|
R90 in "I Eat Shit"
|by Anonymous||reply 129||03/31/2012|
Bibi Andersson, "Persona"- fascinating portrayl of a young nurse whose personality is eaten vampirifically out of her by a patient in her charge who refuses to speak. The scene in particular where she relates a story about having group sex with some boys on the beach is astounding.
|by Anonymous||reply 130||03/31/2012|
Kelly Clarkson, "From Justin to Kelly."
|by Anonymous||reply 131||03/31/2012|
Maggie Smith - The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Katharine Hepburn - The Lion In Winter
Audrey Hepburn - Wait Until Dark
Rosalind Russell - Auntie Mame
Meryl Streep - The Devil Wears Prada
Bette Davis - All About Eve
Elizabeth Ashley - Coma
Elizabeth Taylor - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
|by Anonymous||reply 132||03/31/2012|
Vivien Leigh, GONE WITH THE WIND
|by Anonymous||reply 133||03/31/2012|
Has anyone considered Vivian Leigh for GWTW?
|by Anonymous||reply 134||03/31/2012|
Vivien leigh GWTW agree it is in a bubble though
Bette Davis All about Eve
Meryl Streep Sophie's Choice
Katherine Hepburn Lion in Winter
|by Anonymous||reply 135||03/31/2012|
"I'd say Ingrid and Liv are the best double act in the movies, and if there was any justice should have jointly won that year, 1978."
Agreed. Never have two great actresses played opposite each other on screen to such effect before or since, let alone two who also happened to be that rare thing, true movie stars. Watching Bergman and Ullmann's inimitable talents together is unlike anything else.
|by Anonymous||reply 136||03/31/2012|
My 10 favorite female performances in chronological order!
Jane Fonda - Klute (1971) Gena Rowlands - A Woman Under the Influence (1974) Liv Ullmann - Face to Face (1976) Sissy Spacek - Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) Jessica Lange - Frances (1982) Jennifer Jason Leigh - Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989) Holly Hunter - The Piano (1993) Isabelle Huppert - The Piano Teacher (2001) Miranda Richardson - Spider (2002) Laura Dern - Inland Empire (2006)
|by Anonymous||reply 137||03/31/2012|
U do all know that Patty Duke was the original choice to play the lead in the Sterile Cuckoo?
|by Anonymous||reply 138||03/31/2012|
Did NOT know that, R138. Much as I love her in "Miracle Worker" (one for this list big time), I'm glad it worked out the way it did. There is only Liza as Pookie Adams.
Not to pick a sore wound but why are the names on this list so much more exciting than modern day actresses? I just tried to watch Michele Williams in "Blue Valentine" and, sorry, don't get her, no charisma, a wan energy. It's the opposite of what Liza and almost every other actor on this thread brought to the screen -- honesty but a major star quality too. Right?
Such a friggin' cliche but true... we had stars then.
|by Anonymous||reply 139||03/31/2012|
It's the pictures that got small. (and the stars too)
|by Anonymous||reply 140||03/31/2012|
Charlotte Rampling in "Under the Sand" and Kristin Scott Thomas in "I've loved you so long" - both powerful, beautifully underplayed performances. Heartbreaking and profoundly sad, both are such memorable performances.
|by Anonymous||reply 141||04/01/2012|
Ingrid Bergman, Autumn Sonata (If that damn Academy hadn't given her an award for Orient Express she might have triumphed over turgid Jane Fonda in Coming Home, her worst performance.)
Jane Fonda, Klute
Katharine Hepburn, Long Day's Journey
Vivien Leigh in GWTW and Streep in Sophie's Choice are in a category by themselves.
|by Anonymous||reply 142||04/01/2012|
Vanessa Redgrave was pretty spectacular in the six or seven minutes of screen time that she had in "Atonement".
|by Anonymous||reply 143||04/01/2012|
Good call on Miranda Richardson, everyone. Fantastic work in Damage, Dance with a Stranger, Tom & Viv and Spider among others. She's great.
Agree with R141 on Charlotte Rampling in Under the Sand and Kristin Scott Thomas in I've Loved You So Long - yes! Beautiful double bill of low-key continental diva grief. Add in Juliette Binoche in Three Colors Blue.
Glenda Jackson - Women in Love
Judy Davis – Husbands and Wives
Naomi Watts - Mulholland Drive
Helena Bonham Carter - The Wings of the Dove (seriously - she should have won 1997's Best Actress Oscar for this; I'd forgotten that she was considered an early fave after winning the LA Film Critics and National Board of Review awards)
|by Anonymous||reply 144||04/01/2012|
the hollywood stars of today are not good enough to lick the icons of yesteryears boots.
|by Anonymous||reply 145||04/01/2012|
Gale Sondergaard - The Letter
|by Anonymous||reply 146||04/01/2012|
Miranda Richardson is also good in Dance with a Stranger
|by Anonymous||reply 147||04/01/2012|
I have to say that Miranda Richardson in Damage was incredible. Ripped your heart out.
Giulietta Masina in La Strada, an amazing performance.
Meryl Streep, Sophie's Choice, Kramer vs. Kramer, Devil/Prada all amazing.
But really, I thought Glenn Close's Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction was riveting, and she left me speechless. I am not throwing her name in the pot to start some silliness about Meryl, etc.
I just thought Glenn was a huge surprise in that role. A complete departure from anything she'd ever done and she was amazing, terrifying, and the characterization is iconic.
|by Anonymous||reply 148||04/01/2012|
Speaking of terrifying villainesses, check out Béatrice Dalle as a scissor-wielding psycho terrorizing a pregnant woman in the French horror film Inside (or À l' intérieur) - one of the scariest performances I've ever seen.
|by Anonymous||reply 149||04/01/2012|
Abbie Cornish in "Bright Star"
|by Anonymous||reply 150||04/01/2012|
I was blown away by Glenn in Dangerous Liaisons.
2 more europeans: Jeanne Moreau in Bay of Angels in '63 where she is a blond gambling obsessive, its a brilliant film by Jacques Demy, and Moreau is fully "the french Bette Davis" here (a label she hated).
Alida Valli - stunning back in Italy for Visconti in Senso (or The Wanton Countess) in 1954 as the married countess falling for wastrel Farley Granger, its a stunning hypnotic movie, maybe Visconti's best. The best performance of 1954 along with Garland in A Star is Born !
|by Anonymous||reply 151||04/01/2012|
Streep in SOPHIE'S CHOICE.
|by Anonymous||reply 152||04/01/2012|
Good choices r137 - but have you not seen any great performances before 1971 ? Those late 50s and early 60s years had sensational acting too, even if you are too young to remember, do check them out ...
|by Anonymous||reply 153||04/01/2012|
Judy Garland in JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBERG is a pretty raw performance. By this, I mean it is so painful to watch her character forced to relive her experiences that you squirm… making you forget that she is "judy Garland the Musical Star".
|by Anonymous||reply 154||04/01/2012|
I liked Streep in The French Lieutenant's Woman, but prefer her in comedy (no interest in seeing Out of Africa, Sophie's Choice etc), like her in Devil Wears Prada and Postcards From The Edge, but still won't be seeing The Iron Lady.
Another call for Julie Christie in Away From Her.
|by Anonymous||reply 155||04/01/2012|
Would you queens SHUT THE FUCK UP about Meryl in Sophie's Choice already.
|by Anonymous||reply 156||04/01/2012|
Sophia Loren is tremendous in Two Women - no wonder she got the best actress award, the first for a foreign language film. She was only 25 or 26.
I hated Anna Magnana in The Rose Tattoo when I finally saw it recently, such ham and so over the top, but I love her in Wild is The Wind, for Cukor, in '57, where he reins in her excesses, and she is splendid.
Loren was also great in Marriage Italian Style, and A Special Day in '77.
|by Anonymous||reply 157||04/01/2012|
There are five for me:
Jessica Lange - Blue Sky
Diane Keaton- Shoot The Moon
Fernando Montenegro- Central Station
Gena Rowlands- A Woman Under The Influence
Ellen Burstyn- Requiem For A Dream
|by Anonymous||reply 158||04/01/2012|
[quote]Katherine Ross - The Stepford Wives
Nah. Paula Prentiss- "The Stepford Wives."
She made that film. Do either one belong in this thread? Not really. But, Paula Prentiss set quite the standard for unique comedic roles and no one caught up with her until Geena Davis did "The Accidental Tourist."
Paula Prentiss has a well earned place within the history of cinema in terms of comedy. She also was one of the few actresses of her time to have gone from being a contract player to doing independent films and most everything in between. She just retired at far too young an age is all she did.
|by Anonymous||reply 159||04/01/2012|
Patricia Neal is staggeringly good in Hud, its a supporting role really, but as the only female in the movie she was nominated as best actress and won - there can't have been too much competition in 1963, unlike 1960, 61 and 62.
More on Autumn Sonata in '78: that long scene at the piano where Ingrid Bergman watches Liv Ullmann playing her daughter badly playing the piano is a masterclass in screen acting - every emotion flickers across Bergman's face ...
I love Lee Remick's performance as the alcoholic who can't give up the bottle in Days of Wine and Roses, its great screen acting.
Anne Bancroft in The Pumpkin Eater, is the equal of her role in The Miracle Worker or The Graduate.
|by Anonymous||reply 160||04/01/2012|
r157 Magnana - oh dear.
|by Anonymous||reply 161||04/01/2012|
Paula Prentiss is indeed terrific, from stuff like Where The Boys Are to The Parralax View, and highly comic in Whats New Pussycat, and of course she gets The Stepford Wives just right - she is also a great Hawks heroine opposite Hudson in Mans Favourite Sport.
|by Anonymous||reply 162||04/01/2012|
[quote]Good choices [R137] - but have you not seen any great performances before 1971 ? Those late 50s and early 60s years had sensational acting too, even if you are too young to remember, do check them out ...
Ha thanks, I'm a film studies postgrad working on post-classical/New Hollywood cinema so that's mainly what I know! Give me some recommendations for raw, intense performances in the 50s/60s? I really liked Anna Magnani in The Rose Tattoo, Carroll Baker in Baby Doll, Shelley Winters in A Place in the Sun, Piper Laurie in The Hustler, Dorothy Malone in Written on the Wind, and Kim Stanley in The Goddess and Séance on a Wet Afternoon...
|by Anonymous||reply 163||04/01/2012|
Let me add all 3 actresses of "Cries and Whispers" by Mr. Bergman.
|by Anonymous||reply 164||04/01/2012|
Another great double act I never tire of is Ava Gardner's Maxine and Deborah Kerr's Hannah in Huston's 1964 film of The Night of the Iguana, one for every gay's collection.
Geraldine Page in Sweet Bird of Youth.
Vivien Leigh's Roman Spring of Mrs Stone and Ship of Fools complete her quartet of great screen roles.
Katharine Hepburn in Long Days Journey into Night in 1962, along with her Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter.
|by Anonymous||reply 165||04/01/2012|
Ingmar Bergman's movies are indeed full of great roles for the likes of Ingrid Thulin, Liv Ullmann, Bibi Andersson, Harriet Andersson - Cries & Whispers, Persona, The Silence, Wild Strawberries, Autumn Sonata, Through A Glass Darkly, Summer with Monika.
|by Anonymous||reply 166||04/01/2012|
Brenda Blethyn - Secrets & Lies
|by Anonymous||reply 167||04/01/2012|
r137 - there's also Susan Hayward in I Want To Live in '58, Lee Remick in Days of Wine and Roses in 62, Sophia Loren in Two Women in '61, Simone Signoret in Room At The Top, Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard, and so many others.
|by Anonymous||reply 168||04/01/2012|
What's the matter with all the people who don't have the ability to post the name of one actress? Instead they post a long list of names.
Showoffs? Desire to derail the thread? Can't stand restrictions? Jealous of an OP who posts an interesting idea? Hate rules? Cuntiness? Stupidity? Look at me, I'm Sandra Dee? Fuck you OP? If that bitch can post five names, I'll post six? Jealous of Best Actress Oscar winners?
|by Anonymous||reply 169||04/01/2012|
Okay fucker, # 169.
Jessica Lange- Blue Sky.
|by Anonymous||reply 170||04/01/2012|
Julianne Moore - Safe
|by Anonymous||reply 171||04/01/2012|
Elisabeth Shue gave a one-off brilliant performance in Leaving Las Vegas. Everyone knew her as the lightweight 80s girlfriend from Karate Kid, Cocktail, Back to the Future II and III (though Adventures in Babysitting was good fun), but in LLV she acted with a harrowing honesty that reminded me of Jane Fonda in Klute. She's had a crap career otherwise so 1995's Best Actress Oscar would probably seem wasted on her if she had won, but purely in terms of merit, Shue gave the best nominated performance that year.
|by Anonymous||reply 172||04/01/2012|
My top ten in order of greatness:
10) Meryl Streep - The Devil Wears Prada
9) Faye Dunaway - Chinatown
8) Ingrid Thulin - The Silence
7) Glenn Close - Dangerous Liaisons
6) Juliette Binoche - Blue
5) Isabelle Huppert - The Piano Teacher
4) Naomi Watts - Mulholland Drive
3) Isabelle Adjani - Camille Claudel
2) Meryl Streep - A Cry in the Dark
1) Meryl Streep - Sophie's Choice
|by Anonymous||reply 173||04/01/2012|
Good call on Isabelle Adjani in Camille Claudel! Wonderful. I would add Isabelle Adjani in The Story of Adele H (should have won 1975's Best Actress Oscar over Louise Fletcher), and also her demented performance in Possession.
|by Anonymous||reply 174||04/01/2012|
I third the Isabel Adjani in Camile Claudel--brilliant choice.
|by Anonymous||reply 175||04/01/2012|
Shelley Winters - Lolita
Shelley Winters - The Diary of Anne Frank
Shelley Winters - A Patch of Blue
Shelley Winters - A Place in the Sun
Shelley Winters - The Night of the Hunter
Shelley Winters - The Poseidon Adventure
Shelley Winters - Alfie
Linda Fiorentino - The Last Seduction
|by Anonymous||reply 176||04/01/2012|
yeah! Linda Fiorentio in The Last Seduction!
|by Anonymous||reply 177||04/01/2012|
[quote]and also her demented performance in Possession.
That performance IS one of the bravest things I have ever seen in a film. But how many DLers have even see this film?
|by Anonymous||reply 178||04/01/2012|
Keep listing I want to see 169's head explode. Then I will list it as my favorite single performance by an actress.
|by Anonymous||reply 179||04/01/2012|
Ellen Burstyn- Requiem For A Dream
I finally was Requiem for a Dream. Ellen Burstyn, well what can one say.
The mind boggled.
Actually, the full force of her performance hit a day later when I woke up crying. I was becoming conscience and thinking about her on the train headed for the TV studio.
ow THAT’S a great screen performance.
|by Anonymous||reply 180||04/01/2012|
No love for Anjelica Huston in The Grifters? Amazing.
I also love several actresses who have done a lot of great work without having just one really career-defining performance - Debra Winger, Barbara Hershey, Tilda Swinton, Hanna Schygulla, Miranda Richardson, Judy Davis, Mia Farrow, Kathleen Turner, Laura Dern, Romy Schneider, Genevieve Bujold, Charlotte Rampling, Jennifer Jason Leigh.
|by Anonymous||reply 181||04/01/2012|
I did love Angelica in The Grifters!
|by Anonymous||reply 182||04/01/2012|
Tilda is someone who is always good, it's not just one role.
|by Anonymous||reply 183||04/01/2012|
She's amazing in Possession!!
Actually, # 3 should be a tie between her in CC and Possession.
Adele H. is good, but not as timeless as those other two performances.
She really needs to get her act together, and go for a big role again. The film world is missing her!
|by Anonymous||reply 184||04/01/2012|
Romy Schneider was great in so many films.
|by Anonymous||reply 185||04/01/2012|
Romy Schneider was mentioned twice, including her role in the 1980 sci-fi Death Watch. She also gave a stunningly intense performance as a depressed junkie porn actress trying to go legit doing a Shakespeare play in a wonderful 1975 film "L'important c'est d'aimer," also known as "The Most Important Thing is Love." It's by the insane Polish filmmaker Andrzej Żuławski, who later directed Isabelle Adjani to hysterical perfection in Possession. It's a masterclass in female screen acting, and one of the roles Almodovar dedicates All About My Mother to in the closing credits. She won the first ever César award for Best Actress (France's Oscar), a feat she repeated a few years later with Claude Sautet's "A Simple Story."
|by Anonymous||reply 186||04/01/2012|
Two wonderfully sensitive performances in forgotten 80s films about teenage girls coming of age:
Rosanna Arquette - Baby It's You Laura Dern - Smooth Talk
And the cinema's textbook portrayal of tortured, hormonal female adolescence:
Natalie Wood - Splendor in the Grass
|by Anonymous||reply 187||04/01/2012|
Angelica Huston in Crimes and Misdemeanors.
|by Anonymous||reply 188||04/01/2012|
Jane Fonda in KLUTE.
If I were forced to pick just one.
Which is an absurd challenge, but there you are - that's what jumped into my head first.
As for all you focacta motherfuckers who mentioned Vivien Leigh:
Jesus. Watch STREETCAR again, if you dare. She ruins the thing. If not for Brando, the movie would be undendurable, mostly because of Leigh's terrible, stagey, declamatory, over-the-top, aggressively 1940s-film-actressy performance. She's awful in the movie.
|by Anonymous||reply 189||04/01/2012|
And Jesus Fucking H. Christ, what is wrong with you cracker motherfuckers who like GONE WITH THE WIND?
GONE WITH THE WIND is second only to BIRTH OF A NATION in its appalling racism. It's a lie from beginning to end, that movie. A vile and dangerous and criminal lie. The sentimental bullshit about The Old Plantation and the ever-faithful Negro retainers, ugh, god. Malcolm X reports wanting to crawl under his seat in the movie theater when he saw that film - from humiliation and anger and shame and incredulity. It's the worst kind of white supremacist anti-black racist propaganda.
Heaven help poor Hattie McDaniel for being unable to get cast as anything but maids. McDaniel is the genius in WIND, and if anything makes the movie worth discussing, it's McDaniel's ability to allow her beauty and her genius and her gorgeous comic timing to shine through that criminally condescending and demeaning role.
Stop praising GONE WITH THE WIND.
Every print of the thing should be destroyed.
|by Anonymous||reply 190||04/01/2012|
Judy Garland – A Star is Born
Diana Ross – Lady Sings the Blues
Frances McDormand – Fargo
Sally Hawkins – Happy Go Lucky
Mary McDonnell – Passion Fish
Holly Hunter – Broadcast News, The Piano
Bette Midler – The Rose
Whoopi Goldberg – The Color Purple
Dianne Wiest – Hannah and Her Sisters, Bullets Over Broadway
|by Anonymous||reply 191||04/01/2012|
Juliette Binoche – The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Three Colors Blue
Irene Jacob - The Double Life of Véronique
Danielle Darrieux - The Earrings of Madame De
Audrey Hepburn - Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Nun's Story, Two for the Road
|by Anonymous||reply 192||04/01/2012|
Let's not forget great supporting performances too!
Thelma Ritter – Pickup on South Street Agnes Moorehead – The Magnificent Ambersons Gale Sondegaard – The Letter Piper Laurie - Carrie
|by Anonymous||reply 193||04/01/2012|
Vera Clouzot - Diabolique, her terror and anxiety seems so REAL.
|by Anonymous||reply 194||04/01/2012|
Deborah Kerr in "Black Narcissus," "The Sundowners," "The Innocents," "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison" - such a radiant, classy actress.
|by Anonymous||reply 195||04/01/2012|
Toni Collette in MURIEL'S WEDDING! Loved her.
|by Anonymous||reply 196||04/01/2012|
While we're veering back to Supporting performances again:
I love Jodie Foster's Iris in "Taxi Driver" more now than I did even then. Feels positively radical now in this day and age.
|by Anonymous||reply 197||04/01/2012|
[quote]No love for Anjelica Huston in The Grifters? Amazing.
She was also great in The Dead.
|by Anonymous||reply 198||04/01/2012|
Ingrid Bergman's two best performances were Notorious and Autumn Sonata, but she was also stunning in Gaslight, Anastasia, Spellbound, Casablanca and The Inn of the Sixth Happiness.
|by Anonymous||reply 199||04/01/2012|
Susan Kohner and Juanita Moore were brilliant in Douglas Sirk’s “Imitation of Life” (1959)
|by Anonymous||reply 200||04/01/2012|
Ronee Blakley is astonishingly good in NASHVILLE. So fragile, raw and honest. Her onstage breakdown is painful to watch.
|by Anonymous||reply 201||04/01/2012|
Could people stop saying someone's performance was a "master class" in film acting!? It's so annoying. Has anyone here ever actually been to a master class? Thanks.
|by Anonymous||reply 202||04/01/2012|
This is obscure BUT I love Lily Tomlin in The Late Show.
|by Anonymous||reply 203||04/01/2012|
IMO these are the best supporting performances:
Ann-Margret - Carnal Knowledge Cloris Leachman - The Last Picture Show Sandy Dennis - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf Karen Black - Five Easy Pieces Ronee Blakley AND Lily Tomlin - Nashville Gloria Grahame - The Big Heat Angela Lansbury - The Manchurian Candidate Valentina Cortese - Day for Night Anne Bancroft - The Graduate Linda Hunt - The Year of Living Dangerously Joan Allen - Nixon Chloë Sevigny – Boys Don't Cry
|by Anonymous||reply 204||04/01/2012|
I have been to masterclasses
|by Anonymous||reply 205||04/01/2012|
R202 could teach a master class in being a whiny bitch.
|by Anonymous||reply 206||04/01/2012|
There is absolutely no competition here. The single best performance by an actress, the single most memorable female character I've had the pleasure of experiencing in cinema is...
SHELLEY DUVALL as Millie Lammoreaux in Robert Altman's 3 WOMEN (1977)
|by Anonymous||reply 207||04/01/2012|
Another vote for Gena Rowlands in 'A Woman Under the Influence.' I've never seen anything like it on film or in the theatre.
|by Anonymous||reply 208||04/01/2012|
Fantastic choice # 207. Such and amazing and one of a kind film. She was outstanding.
|by Anonymous||reply 209||04/01/2012|
Go jump off a bridge R190. Do me a fucking favor.
|by Anonymous||reply 210||04/01/2012|
This is a very, very difficult request, OP. Picking just one actress is obviously for Mensa people not DLers.
In addition to R191's list for [bold]a[/bold] best actress, I can't make up my mind between Jessica Alba, Jane Alexander, Joan Allen, June Allyson, Gillian Anderson, Jennifer Aniston, Susan Anton, Beverly Archer, Jean Arthur, Elizabeth Ashley, Lauren Macall, Catherine Bach, Anne Bancroft, Ellen Barkin, Priscilla Barnes, Ethel Barrymore, Anne Baxter, Annette Bening, Candice Bergen, Mary Boland, Kate Bosworth, Clara Bow, Eileen Brennan, Abigail Breslin, Geraldine Brooks, Billie Burke and Amanda Bynes.
Of course, R192, there's also Dyan Cannon, Kate Capshaw, Barbara Carrera, Diahann Carroll, Stockard Channing, Jill Clayburgh, Claudette Colbert, Jeanne Crain, Joan Cusack, and Dorothy Dandridge.
R137, perhaps I should eliminate Claire Danes, Blythe Danner, Bette Davis, Geena Davis, Doris Day, Yvonne De Carlo, Ruby Dee, Angie Dickinson, Marlena Dietrich, Hilary Duff, Olympia Dukakis, Patty Duke, Faye Dunaway. Irene Dunne, or Kirsten Dunst.
Interesting list of [bold]a[/bold] best actress, r144. Of course one could always consider, Barbara Eden, Linda Evans, Angie Everhart, Morgan Fairchild, Mia Farrow, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Joan Fontaine, and Ava Gardiner.
R160 your list for [bold]the[/bold] best actress is nice, but you ignored Greer Garson, Janet Gaynor, Gina Gershon, the Gish sisters, Paulette Goddard, Ruth Gordon, Lee Grant, Virginia Grey, Linda Hamilton, Jean Harlow, Helen Hayes, Susan Hayward, Rita Hayworth, Tippi Hedren, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holiday, Linda Hunt, and Anjelica Huson.
|by Anonymous||reply 211||04/01/2012|
Thanks r186 for the Romy Schneider comments. She is wonderful in those Claude Sautet films like THE THINGS OF LIFE and MAX AND THE JUNKMEN, and a great movie with Montand CESAR & ROSALIE. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS LOVE is a tough one to watch. She was so prolific during the 60s and 70s in both French, English and American films. I like her too in Visconti's 1972 LUDWIG where she returns to her teen role as Sissi, Empress of Austria, but here she is a more mature Sissi and brings a lot of humour and insight to the role.
Julie Christie has been so marvellous too, Away From Her was probably her last main role though.
|by Anonymous||reply 212||04/02/2012|
Marlene Dietrich - Shanghai Express
Madonna - Shanghai Surprise
|by Anonymous||reply 213||04/02/2012|
Not nearly enough respect for Barbara Stanwyck here. She was as good an actress as ever came out of Hollywood – Stella Dallas, Ball of Fire, The Lady Eve, Baby Face, Double Indemnity, Sorry Wrong Number, Meet John Doe, The Bitter Tea of General Yen... RESPECT!
|by Anonymous||reply 214||04/02/2012|
A trio of mad/horny nuns!
Kathleen Byron - Black Narcissus
Vanessa Redgrave - The Devils
Lucyna Winnicka - Mother Joan of the Angels
|by Anonymous||reply 215||04/02/2012|
Brigitte Mira as the old German cleaning woman who finds new happiness with young black dick in ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL.
|by Anonymous||reply 216||04/02/2012|
Greta Garbo staring into the sea at the end of Queen Christina is the best performance by an actress in a movie ever (and yes she was also sublime in Anna Karenina, Anna Christie, Camille, Ninotchka, Grand Hotel, Romance and Two-Faced Woman).
|by Anonymous||reply 217||04/02/2012|
Maggie Smith in "The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne"
|by Anonymous||reply 218||04/02/2012|
Fernanda Montenegro, Central Station
|by Anonymous||reply 219||04/02/2012|
[quote]Brigitte Mira as the old German cleaning woman who finds new happiness with young black dick in ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL.
|by Anonymous||reply 220||04/02/2012|
Pam Grier in JACKIE BROWN!
|by Anonymous||reply 221||04/03/2012|
I have to agree with others, Jessica Lange in Frances!
|by Anonymous||reply 222||04/03/2012|
yes, Pam Grier in Jackie Brown!
|by Anonymous||reply 223||04/03/2012|
Judy Davis – High Tide (1987)
Brilliant, astounding performance in a little-seen Australian gem of a movie. Post more great female performances, you bitches! This thread died too soon.
|by Anonymous||reply 224||04/05/2012|
genevieve bujold - king of hearts
|by Anonymous||reply 225||04/05/2012|
Liv in Ullmann in _Face to Face_, little seen film from the '70s in which she plays a psychiatrist who's losing her mind. It's been re-released on DVD, but apparently the image is poor quality. Saw it once in a movie theatre and it has haunted me ever since.
|by Anonymous||reply 226||04/05/2012|
Not a movie, but Streep in Angels in America was amazing.
|by Anonymous||reply 227||04/05/2012|
There's nothing more tedious than some arrogant, old, queeny cineaste who proclaims that some nobody foreign actress who no one ever heard of or cared about gave the best film performances. If they were so damn good, Hollywood would have snapped them up, ala Greta Garbo and Ingrid Bergman, and we might actually give a shit about them today.
|by Anonymous||reply 228||04/05/2012|
I loved Isabel Adjani in Camille Claudel. She was brilliant and I was happy to see her named. But honestly, Marion Cotillard's searing performance as Edith Piaf, was a once in a lifetime experience.
It was remarkable. Brilliant. There is nothing to compare. Many fine actresses, many brilliant performances mentioned in this thread, but nothing comes close, IMO, to what she did with Edith Piaf.
|by Anonymous||reply 229||04/05/2012|
[quote]There's nothing more tedious than some arrogant, old, queeny cineaste who proclaims that some nobody foreign actress who no one ever heard of or cared about gave the best film performances. If they were so damn good, Hollywood would have snapped them up, ala Greta Garbo and Ingrid Bergman, and we might actually give a shit about them today.
You simply haven't lived until you've experienced the work of
Anita Bjork - Miss Julie
Oksana Akinshina - Lilya 4-Ever
Barbara Sukowa - Lola
Ida Kaminska - The Shop on Main Street
Nina Pens Rode - Gertrud
Lena Endre - Faithless
Delphine Seyrig - Jeanne Dielman
Alida Valli - Senso
|by Anonymous||reply 230||04/06/2012|
"If they were so damn good, Hollywood would have snapped them up, ala Greta Garbo and Ingrid Bergman, and we might actually give a shit about them today."
Oh, that makes sense. First of all it assumes, that everyone wants to work in the U.S. as if the rest of the world cinema is simply second rate. Second, it fails to consider that so often Hollywood fails to embrace (or seriously undervalues) even some of the greatest American actresses:
Margaret Sullavan (who did give a world class film performance in an American movie, The Shop Around the Corner, but only made a handful of movies)
Julie Harris (the first lady of the American theater's film performances have been rare)
Helen Hayes (who rarely made any movies between her first oscar as a young woman and her second as a very old one)
|by Anonymous||reply 231||04/06/2012|
R228 should just admit that she feels ignorant about foreign film.
|by Anonymous||reply 232||04/06/2012|
Kinuyo Tanaka, "The Life of Oharu"
Anyone else see this Kenji Mizoguchi film from the 1950's? A wonderful film about an upper-class woman in feudal Japan who is variously banished, sold into prostitution, made a royal concubine, and finally ending up a destitute beggar in old age.
|by Anonymous||reply 233||04/06/2012|
Apples and oranges. So many great ones. But some of my favs - vivien leigh "gone with the wind" jessica lange "frances" liz taylor and sandy dennis "virginia woolf" meryl streep "sophies choice" kate hepburn "lion in winter" etc !
|by Anonymous||reply 234||04/06/2012|
Tatum O'Neal, Paper Moon
Rosalind Russell, Gypsy
Anne Bancroft, The Graduate
Whoopie Goldberg, Color Purple
Oprah Winfrey, Color Purple
Angelina Jolie, Gia
Nicole Kidman, Moulin Rouge
Charlize Theron, Monster
|by Anonymous||reply 235||04/08/2012|
Vivien Leigh - GWTW Victoire Thivisol - Ponette Jeon Do-Yeon - Secret Sunshine
|by Anonymous||reply 236||04/08/2012|
Kathleen Turner needs more love, people! Terrific actress who never gets the respect she deserves. She made a sensational debut as the very Stanwyck femme fatale in Body Heat, gave a particularly daring performance as the prostitute China Blue in Crimes of Passion, was charming and sympathetic heroine in Romancing the Stone and Peggy Sue Got Married (I can't believe this was her only Oscar nomination), a real gift for black comedy in Prizzi's Honor, Serial Mom and especially The War of the Roses. I think she was born a few decades too late because she would have easily become a superstar in the classical studio era.
|by Anonymous||reply 237||04/09/2012|
Victoire Thivisol - Ponette
|by Anonymous||reply 238||04/09/2012|
What about Laura Dern in Inland Empire, Citizen Ruth, We Don't Live Here Anymore, Smooth Talk, Rambling Rose, Wild at Heart? Love that bitch.
|by Anonymous||reply 239||04/16/2012|
Sandrine Bonnaire & Isabelle Huppert - La Ceremonie
Jennifer Jones - Duel in the Sun
Wendy Hiller - Pygmalion
Alida Valli - Senso
Teresa Wright - Shadow of a Doubt
Maggie Cheung - In the Mood for Love
Jean Simmons - Elmer Gantry
Dorothy Dandridge - Carmen Jones
Gena Rowlands - Love Streams, Gloria, A Woman Under the Influence
Joanne Woodward - Rachel, Rachel
Joan Bennett - Scarlet Street
Dorothy Malone - The Tarnished Angels, Written on the Wind
Ruth Gordon - Harold & Maude
Everything by Ingmar Bergman's women: Liv Ullmann, Bibi Andersson, Harriet Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Ingrid Bergman (in Autumn Sonata)
|by Anonymous||reply 240||04/16/2012|
Ruth Chatterton in "Dodsworth."
I don't know if it really belongs on the same list as the stuff mentioned above, but the performance has always stuck in my mind.
A very brave portrayal of a woman unwilling to face middle age, by an actress basically facing the same situation in real life.
|by Anonymous||reply 241||04/16/2012|
Barbara Stanwyck, "The Lady Eve"
|by Anonymous||reply 242||04/16/2012|
Barbara Stanwyck, "Double Indemnity"
Olivia d'Haviland, "The Heiress"
Mary Tyler Moore, "Ordinary People"
Judi Dench, "Mrs. Brown"
Cate Blanchett, "Elizabeth"
Meryl Streep, "Sophie's Choice"
Katherine Hepburn, "The Lion In Winter"
Jean Hagen, "Singin' In The Rain"
|by Anonymous||reply 243||04/16/2012|
Meryl Streep – Sophie’s Choice Bette Davis – All About Eve, What Ever Happended to Baby Jane Liza Minnelli – Sterile Cuckoo, Tell me That you Love me, Junie Moon, Cabaret Judy Garland – A Star is Born, Shirley MacLaine - 'Terms Of Endearment' Sophia Loren - Two Women Gong Li - Raise The Red Lantern Marion Cotillard - La Vie en Rose Whoopi Goldberg – The Color Purple Genevieve Bujold – Obsession Faye Dunaway – Chinatown Fernanda Motenegro – Central Satation
|by Anonymous||reply 244||04/16/2012|
First the runners-up, then the winner:
20-11. (Honorable Mentions). Jessica Lange in "Blue Sky." She takes over this film. Also Liv Tyler in "Armageddon," and Jennifer Lopez in "Money Train" deserve mentions, as does Faye Dunaway in "Network.: Some obscure ones: Jenna Dewan-Tatum in "Tamara," and Melissa R. Martin in "The Surge." I'm also partial to Jessica Simpson in "Private Valentine," an otherwise awful film that she made watchable. Let's also add Courtney Love for "Man On The Moon" and "The People vs. Larry Flynt."
Now for the top ten:
10. Cate Blanchett in "Veronica Guerin." Great performance from start to finish. Brought the dead character to life amazingly well. Flawless and brilliant.
9. Sharon Stone in "Casino." Easily her best performance ever. It would have been so easy to go over the top with her, but Stone always reeled her in just in time. A fine balancing act.
8. Diane Keaton in "Somethingâs Gotta Give." One of the best dialogue-driven films of the past decade, and she plays brilliantly against Jack Nicholson.
7. Donna Pescow in "Saturday Night Fever." Her understated brilliance made John Travolta believable as a heterosexual nightclub dance king.
6. "Talia Shire" in Rocky. You think Stallone made it the best picture? She should have taken Best Actress, but it was a tough year.
5. Diane Lane in Judge Dredd. No actress has ever made Stallone look better, not even Shire. She humanized him in a way few could, while softening her normal shrewish performance just enough to bring out the best in Sly, in a fascinating film about alternate judicial systems in a civilized society.
4. Neve Campbell in Scream. This film dies quicker than Drew Barrymore in the opening credits without Campbell's brilliant leadership. She made C. Cox watchable!
3. Marisa Tormei in My Cousin Vinny. Easily a well-deserved Oscar for a role that most actresses would have butchered.
2. Margot Kidder in Superman. Lois Lane is not an easy character to play, yet she made it look effortless.
And the winner is...
1. Erika Eleniak in Under Seige! I give her the win because this former Playboy Playmate (Miss July, 1989) had relatively little acting experience, and was cast as "Miss July 1989," in what was supposed to be a bit part, yet she consistently takes over this suprise hit of a film, making Steven Seagal look better than he ever could. She has several great lines in this film, including "the safest place on this ship is right behind you!," but her performance is also incredibly nuanced. Her character evolves from vapid party girl into a full-fledged soldier saving her country, as she displays more courage than everyone but Seagal. In the final scene she is dressed in full Navy garb, saluting the dead, with a look of seriousness that should have won her Demi Moore's role in G.I. Jane.
|by Anonymous||reply 245||04/16/2012|
Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice
|by Anonymous||reply 246||04/16/2012|
Leigh in STREETCAR Maggie Smith in MISS JEAN BRODIE and JUDITH HEARN Olivia de Havilland in THE HEIRESS Judy Davis in HUSBANDS AND WIVES Bibi Andersson in PERSONA Katharine Hepburn in LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT Judi Dench in IRIS and NOTES ON A SCANDAL
With Vanessa Redgrave and Meryl Streep - the two greatest living English-speaking actresses - it's too hard to choose. Some of Redgrave's teeny performances (ATONEMENT, CORIOLANUS) are absolutely amazing.
Miss Bette Davis was a greatness; again, too hard to choose one performance.
|by Anonymous||reply 247||04/16/2012|
Lol @ R245.
And would everyone please, please, please shut the fuck up about Meryl Streep in "Sophie's Choice." She wasn't even the best performance that year (that would be Jessica Lange in "Frances," obviously), let alone of all time, and I get the distinct impression that a lot of these queens who keep repeating "Streep in Sophie's Choice" are just jumping on the Queen Meryl bandwagon without particularly giving a shit about her performance.
|by Anonymous||reply 248||04/16/2012|
Forget those whores.
Patricia Neal in HUD gave one of the best performances to win the Best Actress Oscar. Raw, natural, earthy, and just real. She also won the BAFTA, New York Film Critics and National Board of Review awards, yet it's a performance that rarely gets mentioned these days.
Anna Magnani in THE ROSE TATTOO is another great forgotten Oscar winner of that era.
|by Anonymous||reply 249||04/16/2012|
madonna- who's that girl?
|by Anonymous||reply 250||04/17/2012|
Audrey Hepburn in 'The Children's Hour'
Audrey's is one of the best performances a woman have ever giver for a role.
|by Anonymous||reply 251||11/11/2012|
Audrey Hepburn in 'The Children's Hour'
Audrey's is one of the best performances a woman has ever given for a role.
|by Anonymous||reply 252||11/11/2012|
Maria Falconetti in Passion of Joan of Arc. Simply wipes out every choice and would probably be the consensus pick of film critics for greatest performance.
|by Anonymous||reply 253||11/11/2012|
Maureen O'Hara The Quiet Man
|by Anonymous||reply 254||11/11/2012|
Irene Dunne- The Awful Truth
Judy Holliday- Born Yesterday
Both incredibly original.
|by Anonymous||reply 255||11/11/2012|
who's afraid of virginia wolf , elizabeth taylor
|by Anonymous||reply 256||11/11/2012|
[quote]Judy Garland for A Star Is Born. I finally saw The Country Girl a while ago and was not impressed with Grace here at all, though like her in her few other films.
The funny thing is, Judy Garland would have been sensational as Georgie in "The Country Girl". With a simple, straight forward, black and white melodrama with a small cast, I don't know why she wasn't offered it as well. They could have had it released in 1953, and Judy might have won two years in a row. Look at every scene Grace Kelly is in, and tell me you cannot imagine how brilliant Judy would have been in the same role, in which she would have been perfectly cast. Georgie is supposed to be a fairly young woman who seems aged and worn down by her sadness married to an alcoholic!
|by Anonymous||reply 257||11/11/2012|
I agree with this previously mentioned entry:
Maggie Smith in "The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne"
But for sheer entertainment value I can never get enough of Elizabeth Taylor in "Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf", Bette Davis in "All About Eve", or Vivien Leigh in "Streetcar Named Desire"
|by Anonymous||reply 258||11/11/2012|
I second Anne Bancroft for "The Miracle Worker"..just fabulous!
|by Anonymous||reply 259||11/11/2012|
Angela Bassett in the Tina Turner biopic. Case closed.
|by Anonymous||reply 260||11/11/2012|
Alice Faye... in EVERYTHING!
|by Anonymous||reply 261||11/11/2012|
Lana Turner in 'The Bad and the Beautiful'
|by Anonymous||reply 262||11/11/2012|
Julianne Moore..Far From Heaven. Still can't believe she lost to Nicole Kidman's fake nose.
Kidman WAS great in To Die For. Other recent great performances: Penelope Cruz in Volver, Amy Adams in Junebug, Julianne, again, in Boogie Nights.
Classics..Irene Dunne in The Awful Truth, Joan Fontaine in Rebecca, Kim Stanley in The Goddess, Tuesday Weld in Pretty Poison.
Leigh, Streep, Davis...in a category of their own.
|by Anonymous||reply 263||11/14/2012|
Jane Fonda in Klute and Bette Davis in All About Eve. The best performances by actresses ever.
|by Anonymous||reply 264||02/16/2013|
i really do not understand the hype about meryl streep's performance in sophie's choice. it simply did not move me. there are far better performances than that.
in my opinion, the best performance ever by an actress was by Jane Fonda in Klute, followed by Bette Davis in All About Eve.
|by Anonymous||reply 265||02/16/2013|
Jill Clayburgh - An Unmarried Woman
|by Anonymous||reply 266||02/16/2013|
Barbara Stanwyck, Double Indemnity
|by Anonymous||reply 267||02/16/2013|
Imelda Staunton "Vera Drake"
Rosalind Russell "Auntie Mame"
|by Anonymous||reply 268||02/16/2013|
It's still Meryl Streep in 'Sophie's Choice'.
Nobody was as good before or after that. Nor will anyone ever reach that kind of level in acting again.
End of story.
|by Anonymous||reply 269||02/16/2013|
It's not a movie but this you tube will convince even her biggest haters that she is ADORBS!
|by Anonymous||reply 270||02/16/2013|
Frances: Jessica Lange
|by Anonymous||reply 271||01/02/2014|
Vivian Leigh gave the best performance by anyone, actor or actress, in GONE WITH THE WIND.
|by Anonymous||reply 272||01/02/2014|
Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City 2
|by Anonymous||reply 273||01/02/2014|
Sylvia Kristel in EMMANUELLE
|by Anonymous||reply 274||01/02/2014|
Elizabeth Taylor "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
Rosalind Russell "Auntie Mame"
Vivien Leigh "Gone With the wind"
Bette Davis "All About Eve"
Katharine Hepburn "The Lion in Winter"
Charlize Theron "Monster"
Judi Dench "Mrs. Brown"
Helen Mirren "The Queen"
Frances McDormand "Fargo"
|by Anonymous||reply 275||01/02/2014|
|by Anonymous||reply 276||01/02/2014|
I think someone might have mentioned it, but Brenda Blethyn's performance in Secrets & Lies was one of my favorites.
|by Anonymous||reply 277||01/02/2014|
Gillian Anderson - House of Mirth
|by Anonymous||reply 278||01/02/2014|
Bjork- Dancer in the Dark.
|by Anonymous||reply 279||01/02/2014|
Patty Duke the miracle worker
|by Anonymous||reply 280||01/02/2014|
Julia Roberts - Pretty Woman
|by Anonymous||reply 281||01/02/2014|
They're so easily fooled, it's funny.
|by Anonymous||reply 282||01/02/2014|
What a queeny thread.
|by Anonymous||reply 283||01/02/2014|
Theron in Monster.
Shame that she's never really lived up to her potential (yet). Although, Young Adult came close.
|by Anonymous||reply 284||01/02/2014|
Maria Falconetti as Joan of Arc in Carl Theodor Dreyer's 1928 silent film, La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc - "widely considered one of the most astonishing performances ever committed to film"
|by Anonymous||reply 285||01/02/2014|
I second the poster that said Kim Stanley in The Goddess. Anyone who has seen it knows why.
|by Anonymous||reply 286||01/02/2014|
Ellen Burstyn in Requiem For A Dream.
I can't think of a performance that haunted me as much as that one.
|by Anonymous||reply 287||01/02/2014|
While not the best, it has not been seen by enough people: Jennifer Jason Leigh in "Georgia." Her extended singing scene was discomfortingly intimate. Well before Christian Bale and others, she lost significant weight for the role of the junkie sister.
|by Anonymous||reply 288||01/02/2014|
Patricia Neal in Hud.
|by Anonymous||reply 289||01/03/2014|
Jessica Lange in Frances. Heartbreaking & haunting performance.
|by Anonymous||reply 290||01/03/2014|
I totally agree with Falconetti in The Passion of Jeanne d'Arc and Kim Stanley in The Goddess.
|by Anonymous||reply 291||01/03/2014|
Frances Lee McCain as a Mother on a Gremlins-killing rampage in "Gremlins."
|by Anonymous||reply 292||01/03/2014|
Jennifer Lawrence - Winter's Bone
Such a strong, yet completely vulnerable performance. Heartbreaking and inspiring.
John Hawkes and Dale Dickey are also great in this. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend.
|by Anonymous||reply 293||01/03/2014|
Gotta give it to Charlize in Monster. Not my favorite actress, not my favorite movie -- but, I'm tellin' ya, I had a trailer-trash type lesbian friend in Newberry, FL who moved and talked exactly like Charlize in the movie. In fact, Theron's portrayal of the character Aileen in Monster could have been modeled after her.
At the time I saw that movie, I had no idea what Charlize Theron looked like. When I saw her without that makeup, and not in character, you could have knocked me over with a feather. She was beautiful! And after only having seen her in that movie, I never would have believed it was the same girl.
Now, that was ACTING.
|by Anonymous||reply 294||01/03/2014|
Elizabeth Taylor in Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf
|by Anonymous||reply 295||01/03/2014|
I hated The Goddess and thought Kim Stanley was miscast and kind of "meh" in the role.
|by Anonymous||reply 296||01/03/2014|
Streep - Sophie's Choice and Silkwood
Davis - All About Eve
Theron - Monster
Leigh - Street Car Named Desire and Gone With the Wind
Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
|by Anonymous||reply 297||01/03/2014|
Glenn Close, in I Can't Believe That's Not A Man.
|by Anonymous||reply 298||01/03/2014|
Carmen Maura - Law of Desire
Sophia Loren - A Special Day
Glenda Jackson - Sunday Bloody Sunday
Vanessa Redgrave - Howard's End
|by Anonymous||reply 299||01/03/2014|
Magnani - Rose Tattoo
|by Anonymous||reply 300||01/03/2014|
Sophia Loren was heartbreaking in "Two Women". One of the best.
|by Anonymous||reply 301||01/03/2014|
Vivien Leigh in GTWT
Bette Davis in All About Eve
Julianne Moore, Safe
Olivia De Haviland in The Heiress
Shirley Booth in Come Back Little Sheba
Katherine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby
Rosalind Russel in His Girl Friday
Naomi Watts, Mulholland Drive
Kim Stanley in The Goddess
Olivia Colman, Tyrannosaur
Anna Magnani in The Rose Tattoo
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Angela Bassett, What's Love Got to Do With It
Nicole Kidman, To Die For
Penelope Cruz, Volver
Gena Rowlands, Gloria
M, A Cry in the Dark
G, Fatal Attraction
Jessica Lange, Sweet Dreams
Sissy Spacek, Carrie
Holly Hunter, Broadcast News
Julianne Moore, Far From Heaven
M, Sophie's Choice
Jodie Foster, Silence of the Lambs
Parker Posey, House of Yes
Gloria Swanson, Sunset Boulevard
Maggie Smith, Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Barbara Stanwyck, Double Idemnity
Julie Harris, The Haunting
Deborah Kerr, Black Narcissus
Amy Adams in Junebug
Diane Keaton, Annie Hall
Irene Dunne, the Awful Truth
Laura Linney, You Can Count on Me
Faye Dunaway, Bonnie and Clyde
Jane Fonda, Klute
Ellen Burstyn, Resurrection
Reese Witherspoon, Election
Emma Thompson, Howards End
|by Anonymous||reply 302||01/03/2014|
The Elaborate List Troll has arrived, I see.
|by Anonymous||reply 303||01/03/2014|
[quote]Amy Adams in Junebug
I was so happy to see Weisz get an Oscar but part of me will always be sad that Adams didn't deservedly win for this performance. It's perfect.
|by Anonymous||reply 304||01/03/2014|
emma watson in breaking the waves gave an AMAZING performance.
|by Anonymous||reply 305||01/03/2014|
Ellen Burstyn in The Last Picture Show.
|by Anonymous||reply 306||01/04/2014|
R115 Ha! Oh god, this place make me laugh.
|by Anonymous||reply 307||01/05/2014|
I nominate Datalounge best site EVER.
|by Anonymous||reply 308||01/05/2014|
245 was the best post ever.
A few years ago we had a colleague who was, by all accounts, insane (he was also a chartered accountant - but I digress). He had his one favourite movie ever (which no one had ever heard of), and it also starred Erika Eleniak. He had several copies and would GIVE them to people upon request, the movie was that good.
From the dustjacket, I would say it was a sexy/comedy/thriller, possibly 1995-2005 (hard to tell really). Cannot find the title anymore.
|by Anonymous||reply 309||01/05/2014|
After all this time, I still giggle picturing what R7 looks like.
|by Anonymous||reply 310||01/05/2014|
I read only the first page and hopped on to post Amy Adams in Junebug and Naomi Watts in Mulholland Drive and see r302 already beat me to it! I agree with your others, but for the few I haven't seen.
|by Anonymous||reply 311||01/05/2014|
Some of the best I've ever seen were actually supporting performances:
Tilda Swinton in Michael Clayton
Cate Blanchett in The Talented Mr Ripley
Patricia Collinge in Shadow of a Doubt
|by Anonymous||reply 312||01/05/2014|
Are R310 is it this?
[quote]When the body of Gabrielle Garrett (Carrie Stevens) is found on Lake Mead on a Christmas day, the coroner rules it as suicide. However, her three sisters (Eleniak, Brenda Epperson Doumani, Monika Schnarre) begin their own investigation, which leads them to Byron Lord (John Taylor) and the dark Las Vegas underworld.
|by Anonymous||reply 313||01/05/2014|
Bibi Andersson in the Ingmar Bergman film The Touch, chiefly because of the way she made her unfaithful young wife a fully-realized human being, so alluring that any red-blooded male would long to take her to bed, so vulnerable in her genuine anguish at being torn between the devoted hubby she cuckolds and the feral but fascinating outsider she takes as a lover.
|by Anonymous||reply 314||05/29/2014|
My personal favorite: Natalie Portman in Black Swan. I'm a gay female fwiw.
|by Anonymous||reply 315||05/29/2014|
Bette Davis Now Voyager Judi Dench Philomena Vivian Leigh Streetcar Joan Crawford Mildred Pierce Cate Blanchette Elizabeth Hattie McDaniel Gone With the Wind Doris Day Young at Heart Shirley Booth Come Back, Little Sheba and probably others I forgot but the best ever is:
Dame Maggie Smith in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie great performances from everyone in this 1969 classic
|by Anonymous||reply 316||05/29/2014|
Patty Duke in any Lifetime movie. She's really terrific...why doesn't someone give her an Ellen Burstyn or Kathy Bates or Gena Rowlands old lady role?
|by Anonymous||reply 317||05/29/2014|
Claudia Jennings in anything.
|by Anonymous||reply 318||05/29/2014|
Pia Zadora-Lonely Lady
|by Anonymous||reply 319||05/29/2014|
No one has mentioned the staggeringly good performance of Imelda Staunton in "Vera Drake."
It belongs with the finest of the performances already mentioned here.
|by Anonymous||reply 320||05/29/2014|
Naomi Watts in Mulholland Drive.
|by Anonymous||reply 321||05/29/2014|
Amanda Knox - The Murder of Meredith Kercher
|by Anonymous||reply 322||05/29/2014|
Why can't Johnny read? OP asked for one performance. The best performance, not twenty best performances. Vivian Leigh, GWTW.
|by Anonymous||reply 323||05/29/2014|
Vivien Leigh in GWTW. It is probably the most famous female leading role.
|by Anonymous||reply 324||05/29/2014|
Another vote for Fernanda Montenegro in Central Station.
Runners up - Emily Watson in Breaking the Waves and Naomi Watts in Mulholland Drive.
|by Anonymous||reply 325||05/30/2014|
Diane Lane in Unfaithful. The subway scene was brilliant.
|by Anonymous||reply 326||05/30/2014|
Angelina Jolie in Changeling
|by Anonymous||reply 327||05/30/2014|
Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind. Perfect casting and perfect performance.
|by Anonymous||reply 328||10/02/2015|
R328 you dug this thread up for that unoriginal post?
|by Anonymous||reply 329||10/02/2015|
Yes, it's my prerogative.
|by Anonymous||reply 330||10/03/2015|