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In Your Opinion, Tell Us The Best Performance By an Actress in a Movie - Ever

You have a lot to choose from.

by Anonymousreply 33110/03/2015

Sofia Copolla, Godfather III

by Anonymousreply 103/30/2012

Diana Ross - Lady Sings The Blues

Jessica Lange - Frances

Cate Blanchette - Elizabeth

by Anonymousreply 203/30/2012

Shirley MacLaine, Terms of Endearment

by Anonymousreply 303/30/2012

Lillian Gish- Broken Blossoms (though The Wind is a close second)

by Anonymousreply 403/30/2012

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

by Anonymousreply 503/30/2012

Charlize, "Monster"

by Anonymousreply 603/30/2012

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

by Anonymousreply 703/30/2012

Rosiland Russell in "The Trouble With Angels"

by Anonymousreply 803/30/2012

Gloria Swanson's disturbing portrayal of Norma Desmond in "Sunset Boulevard."

by Anonymousreply 903/30/2012

And the winner is....

Faye Dunaway in "Bonnie and Clyde."

by Anonymousreply 1003/30/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 1103/30/2012

Jane Fonda "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"

by Anonymousreply 1203/30/2012

Leigh was terrible as Blanche DuBois. She ruins the movie for me.

by Anonymousreply 1303/30/2012

Gena Rowlands, "A Woman Under the Influence"

Emily Watson, "Breaking the Waves"

Jessica Lange, "Frances"

Ellen Burstyn, "Requiem for a Dream"

by Anonymousreply 1403/30/2012

Sally Field "Sybil"

by Anonymousreply 1503/30/2012

Setsuko Hara, "Tokyo Story"

Best good "bad" performance- Lana Turner, "Imitation of Life"

by Anonymousreply 1603/30/2012

Cybill Shepherd "Cybill"

by Anonymousreply 1703/30/2012

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)

by Anonymousreply 1803/30/2012

Katrin Cartlidge - "Claire Dolan"

by Anonymousreply 1903/30/2012

Sophia Loren 2 Women, Giulietta Messina La Strada, Davis in All About Eve, Streep in Sophie's Choice,

by Anonymousreply 2003/30/2012

One of the best performances I've ever seen is Sissy Spacek in Carrie. Sissy was 26 playing a teenager.

by Anonymousreply 2103/30/2012

Kathy Bates - Misery

Frances McDormand - Fargo

Holly Hunter - The Piano

Diana Ross - Lady Sings the Blues

by Anonymousreply 2203/30/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 2303/30/2012

Mary Wickes.

White Christmas

by Anonymousreply 2403/30/2012

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

by Anonymousreply 2503/30/2012

Anne Bancroft- The Miracle Worker

by Anonymousreply 2603/30/2012

r25: sorry, that should Lisbeth Movin, not Morvin

by Anonymousreply 2703/30/2012

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

by Anonymousreply 2803/30/2012

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

by Anonymousreply 2903/30/2012

Hilary Swank in Boys Don't Cry. She knocked it out of the park.

by Anonymousreply 3003/30/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 3103/30/2012

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

by Anonymousreply 3203/30/2012

Michelle Pfeiffer - Fabulous Baker Boys

by Anonymousreply 3303/30/2012

Rosie - Riding the bus with my sister.

by Anonymousreply 3403/30/2012

Meryl Streep - Sophie's Choice.

It is the pinnacle of screen acting. No one else compares.

by Anonymousreply 3503/30/2012

r26 and don't forget Patty Duke in the Miracle Worker

by Anonymousreply 3603/30/2012

Marilyn Chambers in Insatiable

by Anonymousreply 3703/30/2012

alicia silverstone in clueless is pure genius

by Anonymousreply 3803/30/2012

Vanessa Redgrave - The Devils

Glenda Jackson - The Music Lovers

Meryl Streep - Sophie's Choice

by Anonymousreply 3903/30/2012

Kim Stanley in The Goddess and Seance on a Wet Afternoon

by Anonymousreply 4003/30/2012

Sissy Spacek – Coal Miner’s Daughter

Geraldine Page – The Trip to Bountiful

Maggie Smith – The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne

Brenda Blethyn – Secrets & Lies

by Anonymousreply 4103/30/2012

Meryl Streep - Sophie's Choice Gena Rowlands - A Woman Under the Influence Jane Fonda - Klute

by Anonymousreply 4203/30/2012

Bette Davis, All About Eve

by Anonymousreply 4303/30/2012

[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

by Anonymousreply 4403/30/2012

Jane Fonda - They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

by Anonymousreply 4503/30/2012

Olivia Newton John

"The Heiress"

by Anonymousreply 4603/30/2012

MTM Ordinary People.

by Anonymousreply 4703/30/2012

Another vote for Vivien Leigh in GWTW.

by Anonymousreply 4803/30/2012

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 Anonymousreply 4903/30/2012

Sigorney Weaver in Aliens followed closely by Holly Hunter in Broadcast News.

by Anonymousreply 5003/30/2012

R50, I loved Holly in Broadcast News

by Anonymousreply 5103/30/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 5203/30/2012

Helen Lawson- "Twice is Too Much"

by Anonymousreply 5303/30/2012

Anna Magnani, The Rose Tattoo

by Anonymousreply 5403/30/2012

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 Anonymousreply 5503/30/2012

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 Anonymousreply 5603/30/2012

Helen Lawson in "I'll Cry When My Eyes are Wet"

by Anonymousreply 5703/30/2012

[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.

by Anonymousreply 5803/30/2012

Falconetti in Passion of Joan of Arc

by Anonymousreply 5903/30/2012

Another one - Ellen Burstyn Resurrection

by Anonymousreply 6003/30/2012

Two more votes for:

Vivien Leigh -- Gone with the Wind

Jane Fonda -- They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

by Anonymousreply 6103/30/2012

Meryl Streep - Bridges of Madison County

by Anonymousreply 6203/30/2012

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 Anonymousreply 6303/30/2012

I'd second some others, but...and I know I will be mocked for this...Whoopi Goldberg in The Color Purple.

by Anonymousreply 6403/30/2012

Sorry that the meds haven't helped your OCD, R55.

by Anonymousreply 6503/30/2012

Barbara Stanwick - Double Indemnity Judy Holliday - Born Yesterday Lee Remick - Days of Wine and Roses Gena Rowlands - A Woman Under the Influence

by Anonymousreply 6603/30/2012

Rosalind Russell-Auntie Mame

by Anonymousreply 6703/30/2012

Vivian Leigh-Streetcar

by Anonymousreply 6803/30/2012

Patty Lapone - Witness

by Anonymousreply 6903/30/2012


by Anonymousreply 7003/30/2012

R60 yes she was wonderful in that. And Eva Lagalliene in it too. The scenes with them together. Great movie, great actors.

by Anonymousreply 7103/30/2012


Take that back!

by Anonymousreply 7203/30/2012

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 Anonymousreply 7303/30/2012

Bette Davis--The Little Foxes, Now Voyager, All About Eve

Barbara Stanwyck- Stella Dallas, Double Indemnity

Gloria Swanson--Sunset Boulevard

by Anonymousreply 7403/30/2012

[quote]Diane Wiest - Bullets Over Broadway

Good one! I have loved Diane Wiest in everything I've seen her in. She's great.

by Anonymousreply 7503/30/2012

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

by Anonymousreply 7603/30/2012

Susan Hayward "With A Song In My Heart"

by Anonymousreply 7703/30/2012

[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 Anonymousreply 7803/30/2012

Bette Davis- "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" Joan Crawford -"Mildred Pierce" Elizabeth Taylor - "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe" Anne Bancroft - "The Graduate"

by Anonymousreply 7903/30/2012

kate winslet - eternal sunshine of the spotless mind

by Anonymousreply 8003/30/2012

Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind. No one else comes close.

by Anonymousreply 8103/30/2012

It's fascinating to see the range of tastes on this thread.

by Anonymousreply 8203/30/2012

Charlie - Monster

Meryl - Sophie's Choice

Mariah - Glitter

by Anonymousreply 8303/30/2012

[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 Anonymousreply 8403/30/2012

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 Anonymousreply 8503/30/2012

r32, marry me.

by Anonymousreply 8603/30/2012

Judy Garland - Wizard of Oz

by Anonymousreply 8703/30/2012

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

Nazimova, Camille

by Anonymousreply 8803/30/2012

Jean Arthur, "The More the Merrier"

Barbara Stanwyck, "The Furies"

Bette Davis, "Now, Voyager"

by Anonymousreply 8903/30/2012

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 Anonymousreply 9003/30/2012

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 Anonymousreply 9103/30/2012

I'm tempted to go all in with Irene Dunne in "The Awful Truth". Yes, that settles it.

by Anonymousreply 9203/30/2012

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 Anonymousreply 9303/30/2012

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 Anonymousreply 9403/30/2012

meryl streep- sophie's choice

charlize theron- monster

hilary swank-boys don't cry

angela bassett- what's love got to do with it

by Anonymousreply 9503/30/2012

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 Anonymousreply 9603/30/2012

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 Anonymousreply 9703/30/2012

Gong Li - Raise The Red Lantern

Hilary Swank - Boys Don't Cry

Rooney Mara - Dragon Tattoo

Glenn Close - Dangerous Liaisons Michelle Pfeiffer

by Anonymousreply 9803/30/2012

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 Anonymousreply 9903/30/2012

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 Anonymousreply 10003/30/2012

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 Anonymousreply 10103/30/2012

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 Anonymousreply 10203/30/2012

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 Anonymousreply 10303/31/2012

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 Anonymousreply 10403/31/2012

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 Anonymousreply 10503/31/2012

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 Anonymousreply 10603/31/2012

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 Anonymousreply 10703/31/2012

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 Anonymousreply 10803/31/2012

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 Anonymousreply 10903/31/2012

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 Anonymousreply 11003/31/2012

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 Anonymousreply 11103/31/2012

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 Anonymousreply 11203/31/2012

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 Anonymousreply 11303/31/2012

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 Anonymousreply 11403/31/2012

What, no love for me? You in danger, gurls.

by Anonymousreply 11503/31/2012

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 Anonymousreply 11603/31/2012

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 Anonymousreply 11703/31/2012

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 Anonymousreply 11803/31/2012

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 Anonymousreply 11903/31/2012

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 Anonymousreply 12003/31/2012

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 Anonymousreply 12103/31/2012

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 Anonymousreply 12203/31/2012

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 Anonymousreply 12303/31/2012

Good to see Deborah Kerr appreciated too ... so many great roles.

by Anonymousreply 12403/31/2012

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 Anonymousreply 12503/31/2012

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 Anonymousreply 12603/31/2012

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 Anonymousreply 12703/31/2012

Andie gave a good performance in sex, lies and videotape for a former model that is.

by Anonymousreply 12803/31/2012

R90 in "I Eat Shit"

by Anonymousreply 12903/31/2012

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 Anonymousreply 13003/31/2012

Kelly Clarkson, "From Justin to Kelly."

by Anonymousreply 13103/31/2012

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 Anonymousreply 13203/31/2012


by Anonymousreply 13303/31/2012

Has anyone considered Vivian Leigh for GWTW?

by Anonymousreply 13403/31/2012

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 Anonymousreply 13503/31/2012

"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 Anonymousreply 13603/31/2012

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 Anonymousreply 13703/31/2012

U do all know that Patty Duke was the original choice to play the lead in the Sterile Cuckoo?

by Anonymousreply 13803/31/2012

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 Anonymousreply 13903/31/2012

It's the pictures that got small. (and the stars too)

by Anonymousreply 14003/31/2012

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 Anonymousreply 14104/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 14204/01/2012

Vanessa Redgrave was pretty spectacular in the six or seven minutes of screen time that she had in "Atonement".

by Anonymousreply 14304/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 14404/01/2012

the hollywood stars of today are not good enough to lick the icons of yesteryears boots.

by Anonymousreply 14504/01/2012

Gale Sondergaard - The Letter

by Anonymousreply 14604/01/2012

Miranda Richardson is also good in Dance with a Stranger

by Anonymousreply 14704/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 14804/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 14904/01/2012

Abbie Cornish in "Bright Star"

by Anonymousreply 15004/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 15104/01/2012


by Anonymousreply 15204/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 15304/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 15404/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 15504/01/2012

Would you queens SHUT THE FUCK UP about Meryl in Sophie's Choice already.

by Anonymousreply 15604/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 15704/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 15804/01/2012

[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.

Thank you.

by Anonymousreply 15904/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 16004/01/2012

r157 Magnana - oh dear.

by Anonymousreply 16104/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 16204/01/2012

[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 Anonymousreply 16304/01/2012

Let me add all 3 actresses of "Cries and Whispers" by Mr. Bergman.

by Anonymousreply 16404/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 16504/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 16604/01/2012

Brenda Blethyn - Secrets & Lies

by Anonymousreply 16704/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 16804/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 16904/01/2012

Okay fucker, # 169.

Jessica Lange- Blue Sky.

by Anonymousreply 17004/01/2012

Julianne Moore - Safe

by Anonymousreply 17104/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 17204/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 17304/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 17404/01/2012

I third the Isabel Adjani in Camile Claudel--brilliant choice.

by Anonymousreply 17504/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 17604/01/2012

yeah! Linda Fiorentio in The Last Seduction!

by Anonymousreply 17704/01/2012

[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 Anonymousreply 17804/01/2012

Keep listing I want to see 169's head explode. Then I will list it as my favorite single performance by an actress.

by Anonymousreply 17904/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 18004/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 18104/01/2012

I did love Angelica in The Grifters!

by Anonymousreply 18204/01/2012

Tilda is someone who is always good, it's not just one role.

by Anonymousreply 18304/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 18404/01/2012

Romy Schneider was great in so many films.

by Anonymousreply 18504/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 18604/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 18704/01/2012

Angelica Huston in Crimes and Misdemeanors.

by Anonymousreply 18804/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 18904/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 19004/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 19104/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 19204/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 19304/01/2012

Vera Clouzot - Diabolique, her terror and anxiety seems so REAL.

by Anonymousreply 19404/01/2012

Deborah Kerr in "Black Narcissus," "The Sundowners," "The Innocents," "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison" - such a radiant, classy actress.

by Anonymousreply 19504/01/2012

Toni Collette in MURIEL'S WEDDING! Loved her.

by Anonymousreply 19604/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 19704/01/2012

[quote]No love for Anjelica Huston in The Grifters? Amazing.

She was also great in The Dead.

by Anonymousreply 19804/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 19904/01/2012

Susan Kohner and Juanita Moore were brilliant in Douglas Sirk’s “Imitation of Life” (1959)

by Anonymousreply 20004/01/2012

Ronee Blakley is astonishingly good in NASHVILLE. So fragile, raw and honest. Her onstage breakdown is painful to watch.

by Anonymousreply 20104/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 20204/01/2012

This is obscure BUT I love Lily Tomlin in The Late Show.

by Anonymousreply 20304/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 20404/01/2012

I have been to masterclasses

by Anonymousreply 20504/01/2012

R202 could teach a master class in being a whiny bitch.

by Anonymousreply 20604/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 20704/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 20804/01/2012

Fantastic choice # 207. Such and amazing and one of a kind film. She was outstanding.

by Anonymousreply 20904/01/2012

Go jump off a bridge R190. Do me a fucking favor.

by Anonymousreply 21004/01/2012

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.

[bold]I WIN!!!!!!![/bold]

Thread closed!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 21104/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 21204/02/2012

Marlene Dietrich - Shanghai Express

Madonna - Shanghai Surprise

by Anonymousreply 21304/02/2012

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 Anonymousreply 21404/02/2012

A trio of mad/horny nuns!

Kathleen Byron - Black Narcissus

Vanessa Redgrave - The Devils

Lucyna Winnicka - Mother Joan of the Angels

by Anonymousreply 21504/02/2012

Brigitte Mira as the old German cleaning woman who finds new happiness with young black dick in ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL.

by Anonymousreply 21604/02/2012

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 Anonymousreply 21704/02/2012

Maggie Smith in "The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne"

by Anonymousreply 21804/02/2012

Fernanda Montenegro, Central Station

by Anonymousreply 21904/02/2012

[quote]Brigitte Mira as the old German cleaning woman who finds new happiness with young black dick in ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL.


by Anonymousreply 22004/02/2012

Pam Grier in JACKIE BROWN!

by Anonymousreply 22104/03/2012

I have to agree with others, Jessica Lange in Frances!

by Anonymousreply 22204/03/2012

yes, Pam Grier in Jackie Brown!

by Anonymousreply 22304/03/2012

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 Anonymousreply 22404/05/2012

genevieve bujold - king of hearts

by Anonymousreply 22504/05/2012

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 Anonymousreply 22604/05/2012

Not a movie, but Streep in Angels in America was amazing.

by Anonymousreply 22704/05/2012

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 Anonymousreply 22804/05/2012

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 Anonymousreply 22904/05/2012

[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 Anonymousreply 23004/06/2012

"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:

Uta Hagen

Cherry Jones

Laurette Taylor

Jayne Atkinson

Elizabeth McGovern

Marian Seldes

Angela Bassett

Barbara Harris

Ruby Dee

Stockard Channing

Maureen Stapleton

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 Anonymousreply 23104/06/2012

R228 should just admit that she feels ignorant about foreign film.

by Anonymousreply 23204/06/2012

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 Anonymousreply 23304/06/2012

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 Anonymousreply 23404/06/2012

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 Anonymousreply 23504/08/2012

Vivien Leigh - GWTW Victoire Thivisol - Ponette Jeon Do-Yeon - Secret Sunshine

by Anonymousreply 23604/09/2012

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 Anonymousreply 23704/09/2012

Victoire Thivisol - Ponette


by Anonymousreply 23804/09/2012

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 Anonymousreply 23904/16/2012

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 Anonymousreply 24004/16/2012

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 Anonymousreply 24104/16/2012

Barbara Stanwyck, "The Lady Eve"

by Anonymousreply 24204/16/2012

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 Anonymousreply 24304/16/2012

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 Anonymousreply 24404/16/2012

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 "Something’s 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 Anonymousreply 24504/16/2012

Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice

by Anonymousreply 24604/16/2012

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 Anonymousreply 24704/16/2012

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 Anonymousreply 24804/16/2012

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 Anonymousreply 24904/16/2012

madonna- who's that girl?

by Anonymousreply 25004/17/2012

Audrey Hepburn in 'The Children's Hour'

Audrey's is one of the best performances a woman have ever giver for a role.

by Anonymousreply 25111/11/2012

Audrey Hepburn in 'The Children's Hour'

Audrey's is one of the best performances a woman has ever given for a role.

by Anonymousreply 25211/11/2012

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 Anonymousreply 25311/11/2012

Maureen O'Hara The Quiet Man

by Anonymousreply 25411/11/2012

Irene Dunne- The Awful Truth


Judy Holliday- Born Yesterday

Both incredibly original.

by Anonymousreply 25511/11/2012

who's afraid of virginia wolf , elizabeth taylor

by Anonymousreply 25611/11/2012

[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 Anonymousreply 25711/11/2012

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 Anonymousreply 25811/11/2012

I second Anne Bancroft for "The Miracle Worker"..just fabulous!

by Anonymousreply 25911/11/2012

Angela Bassett in the Tina Turner biopic. Case closed.

by Anonymousreply 26011/11/2012

Alice Faye... in EVERYTHING!

by Anonymousreply 26111/11/2012

Lana Turner in 'The Bad and the Beautiful'

by Anonymousreply 26211/11/2012

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, a category of their own.

by Anonymousreply 26311/14/2012

Jane Fonda in Klute and Bette Davis in All About Eve. The best performances by actresses ever.

by Anonymousreply 26402/16/2013

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 Anonymousreply 26502/16/2013

Jill Clayburgh - An Unmarried Woman

by Anonymousreply 26602/16/2013

Barbara Stanwyck, Double Indemnity

by Anonymousreply 26702/16/2013

Imelda Staunton "Vera Drake"

Rosalind Russell "Auntie Mame"

by Anonymousreply 26802/16/2013

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 Anonymousreply 26902/16/2013

It's not a movie but this you tube will convince even her biggest haters that she is ADORBS!

by Anonymousreply 27002/16/2013

Frances: Jessica Lange

by Anonymousreply 27101/02/2014

Vivian Leigh gave the best performance by anyone, actor or actress, in GONE WITH THE WIND.

by Anonymousreply 27201/02/2014

Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City 2

by Anonymousreply 27301/02/2014

Sylvia Kristel in EMMANUELLE

by Anonymousreply 27401/02/2014

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 Anonymousreply 27501/02/2014


by Anonymousreply 27601/02/2014

I think someone might have mentioned it, but Brenda Blethyn's performance in Secrets & Lies was one of my favorites.

by Anonymousreply 27701/02/2014

Gillian Anderson - House of Mirth

by Anonymousreply 27801/02/2014

Bjork- Dancer in the Dark.

by Anonymousreply 27901/02/2014

Patty Duke the miracle worker

by Anonymousreply 28001/02/2014

Julia Roberts - Pretty Woman

by Anonymousreply 28101/02/2014


They're so easily fooled, it's funny.

by Anonymousreply 28201/03/2014

What a queeny thread.

by Anonymousreply 28301/03/2014

Theron in Monster.

Shame that she's never really lived up to her potential (yet). Although, Young Adult came close.

by Anonymousreply 28401/03/2014

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 Anonymousreply 28501/03/2014

I second the poster that said Kim Stanley in The Goddess. Anyone who has seen it knows why.

by Anonymousreply 28601/03/2014

Ellen Burstyn in Requiem For A Dream.

I can't think of a performance that haunted me as much as that one.

by Anonymousreply 28701/03/2014

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 Anonymousreply 28801/03/2014

Patricia Neal in Hud.

by Anonymousreply 28901/03/2014

Jessica Lange in Frances. Heartbreaking & haunting performance.

by Anonymousreply 29001/03/2014

I totally agree with Falconetti in The Passion of Jeanne d'Arc and Kim Stanley in The Goddess.

by Anonymousreply 29101/03/2014

Frances Lee McCain as a Mother on a Gremlins-killing rampage in "Gremlins."

by Anonymousreply 29201/03/2014

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 Anonymousreply 29301/03/2014

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 Anonymousreply 29401/03/2014

Elizabeth Taylor in Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf

by Anonymousreply 29501/03/2014

I hated The Goddess and thought Kim Stanley was miscast and kind of "meh" in the role.

by Anonymousreply 29601/03/2014

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 Anonymousreply 29701/03/2014

Glenn Close, in I Can't Believe That's Not A Man.

by Anonymousreply 29801/03/2014

Carmen Maura - Law of Desire

Sophia Loren - A Special Day

Glenda Jackson - Sunday Bloody Sunday

Vanessa Redgrave - Howard's End

by Anonymousreply 29901/03/2014

Magnani - Rose Tattoo

by Anonymousreply 30001/03/2014

Sophia Loren was heartbreaking in "Two Women". One of the best.

by Anonymousreply 30101/03/2014

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 Anonymousreply 30201/03/2014

The Elaborate List Troll has arrived, I see.

by Anonymousreply 30301/03/2014

[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 Anonymousreply 30401/03/2014

emma watson in breaking the waves gave an AMAZING performance.

by Anonymousreply 30501/03/2014

Ellen Burstyn in The Last Picture Show.

by Anonymousreply 30601/04/2014

R115 Ha! Oh god, this place make me laugh.

by Anonymousreply 30701/05/2014

I nominate Datalounge best site EVER.

by Anonymousreply 30801/05/2014

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 Anonymousreply 30901/05/2014

After all this time, I still giggle picturing what R7 looks like.

by Anonymousreply 31001/05/2014

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 Anonymousreply 31101/05/2014

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 Anonymousreply 31201/05/2014

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 Anonymousreply 31301/05/2014

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 Anonymousreply 31405/29/2014

My personal favorite: Natalie Portman in Black Swan. I'm a gay female fwiw.

by Anonymousreply 31505/29/2014

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 Anonymousreply 31605/29/2014

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 Anonymousreply 31705/29/2014

Claudia Jennings in anything.

by Anonymousreply 31805/29/2014

Pia Zadora-Lonely Lady

by Anonymousreply 31905/29/2014

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 Anonymousreply 32005/29/2014

Naomi Watts in Mulholland Drive.

by Anonymousreply 32105/29/2014

Amanda Knox - The Murder of Meredith Kercher

by Anonymousreply 32205/29/2014

Why can't Johnny read? OP asked for one performance. The best performance, not twenty best performances. Vivian Leigh, GWTW.

by Anonymousreply 32305/29/2014

Vivien Leigh in GWTW. It is probably the most famous female leading role.

by Anonymousreply 32405/29/2014

Another vote for Fernanda Montenegro in Central Station.

Runners up - Emily Watson in Breaking the Waves and Naomi Watts in Mulholland Drive.

by Anonymousreply 32505/30/2014

Diane Lane in Unfaithful. The subway scene was brilliant.

by Anonymousreply 32605/30/2014

Angelina Jolie in Changeling

by Anonymousreply 32705/30/2014

Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind. Perfect casting and perfect performance.

by Anonymousreply 32810/02/2015

R328 you dug this thread up for that unoriginal post?

by Anonymousreply 32910/02/2015

Yes, it's my prerogative.

by Anonymousreply 33010/03/2015
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