- Roger Deakins: The Shawshank Redemption, Fargo, No Country For Old Men, Sicario, Prisoners, The Assassination of Jesse James, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Doubt, True Grit.
- Emmanuel Lubezki: The Revenant, Gravity, Children of Men, Birdman, The Tree of Life, Sleepy Hollow, Y Tu Mama Tambien, A Little Princess, Ali, The New World.
- Haskell Wexler: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, American Graffiti, In The Heat of The Night, Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?, Bound For Glory, Days of Heaven, The Thomas Crown Affair, Coming Home, 61*, Colors.
- Vittorio Storaro: Apocalypse Now, Reds, The Last Emperor, The Conformist, Dick Tracy, Last Tango in Paris, Dune, The Sheltering Sky, Ishtar, Goya en Burdeos.
- Robert Elswit: There Will Be Blood, Good Night and Good Luck, Punch Drunk Love, Boogie Nights, Nightcrawler, Salt, The Town, Magnolia, 8mm, Inherent Vice.
- Conrad Hall: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, American Beauty, Cool Hand Luke, Road to Perdition, In Cold Blood, Searching For Bobby Fischer, A Civil Action, Marathon Man, The Day of the Locust, Tequila Sunrise.
- Janusz Kamiński: Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, War of the Worlds, Lincoln.
- Robert Richardson: JFK, The Aviator, Hugo, Platoon, Salvador, The Hateful Eight, Born of the Fourth of July, Inglorious Basterds, Snow Falling On Cedars, Django Unchained.
- John Toll: Braveheart, Legends of the Fall, The Thin Red Line, Almost Famous, Gone Baby Gone, Vanilla Sky, The Last Samurai, Tropic Thunder, The Rainmaker, Breaking Bad pilot.
- Wally Pfister: Inception, The Dark Knight, Memento, The Italian Job, Moneyball.
- Joel and Ethan Coen: Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country For Old Men, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Inside Llewyn Davis, Bridge of Spies, Raising Arizona, Blood Simple.
- Woody Allen: Midnight in Paris, Hannah and Her Sisters, Annie Hall, Manhattan, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Blue Jasmine, Deconstructing Harry, Broadway Danny Rose, Husbands and Wives.
- Quentin Tarantino: Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown, Django Unchained, True Romance, Natural Born Killers, From Dusk Till Dawn, Kill Bill, Inglorious Basterds, The Hateful Eight.
- Charlie Kaufman: Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Synecdoche New York, Anomalisa, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Human Nature.
- P.T. Anderson: Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love, The Master, Hard Eight, Inherent Vice.
- Wes Anderson: Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr. Fox.
- Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu: Birdman, 21 Grams, Amores perros, Babel, The Revenant.
- Oliver Stone: Platoon, Wall Street, JFK, Salvador, Talk Radio.
- Christopher Nolan: Memento, The Prestige, Inception, The Dark Knight, Following, Interstellar.
- David O. Russell: American Hustle, Three Kings, Silver Linings Playbook, Joy, Flirting With Disaster.
- Martin Scorsese: Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, The Departed, Mean Streets, Gangs of New York, Casino, Shutter Island, The Last Waltz, The Wolf of Wall Street, Cape Fear, The Color of Money, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Aviator, The Age of Innocence.
- Steven Spielberg: Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E:T: The Extra Terrestrial, Jaws, Lincoln, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jurassic Park, Poltergeist, Catch Me if You Can, Minority Report, The Color Purple, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Amistad, Munich.
- Francis Ford Coppola: The Godfather, The Godfather II, Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, You're A Big Boy Now.
- Christopher Nolan: Memento, The Dark Knight, Inception, Interstellar, The Prestige, Batman Begins, Insomnia.
- Joel/Ethan Cohen: No Country For Old Men, The Big Lebowski, Fargo, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Barton Fink, Miller's Crossing, Raising Arizona, True Grit, The Man Who Wasn't There, Blood Simple, A Serious Man, The Hudsucker Proxy.
- P.T. Anderson: There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, The Master, Punch-Drunk Love.
- Alejandro González Iñárritu: The Revenant, 21 Grams, Birdman, Amores Perros, Babel.
- Quentin Tarantino: Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown, Django Unchained, Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds.
- James Cameron: Terminator 2, Avatar, Titanic, Aliens, The Abyss.
- David Fincher: Se7en, Fight Club, Zodiac, The Social Network, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
- Roman Polanski: Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby, The Pianist, Tess, Pirates.
- Darren Aronofsky: Requiem For a Dream, The Wrestler, Black Swan, Pi, The Fountain.
- Woody Allen: Annie Hall, Bullets Over Broadway, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Purple Rose of Cairo.
- Oliver Stone: Platoon, Wall Street, JFK, Born on the Fourth of July, Natural Born Killers.
- Clint Eastwood: Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Mystic River, The Bridges of Madison County.
- Ridley Scott: Alien, Gladiator, Blade Runner, Black Hawk Down, The Martian, Thelma and Louise, American Gangster.
- Robert Zemeckis: Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, Cast Away, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Romancing the Stone.
- Peter Jackson: The Return of the King, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, King Kong, The Lovely Bones.
- David Lynch: Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, The Elephant Man, Wild at Heart, The Straight Story.
- Milos Forman: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Ragtime, Man on the Moon.
- Terrence Malick: The Thin Red Line, Badlands, The Tree of Life, Days of Heaven.
- Steven Soderbergh: Traffic, Erin Brockovich, Ocean's Eleven, Che, Out of Sight.
- Brian De Palma: Scarface, Carlito's Way, Mission: Impossible, The Untouchables, Carrie.
- Ang Lee: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi, Sense and Sensibility, The Ice Storm.
- David Cronenberg: A History of Violence, The Fly, Eastern Promises, Dead Ringers, Videodrome.
- Tim Burton: Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Ed Wood, Batman, Big Fish.
- Wes Anderson: The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore, Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr. Fox.
- George Lucas: Star Wars: A New Hope, American Graffiti, TXH 1138, The Phantom Menace, Revenge of the Sith.
- Terry Giliam: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Brazil, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
- Michael Mann: Heat, The Insider, The Last of the Mohicans, Collateral, Manhunter.
- Gus Van Sant: Good Will Hunting, Milk, Finding Forrester, Drugstore Cowboy, Elephant.
- David O. Russell: American Hustle, The Fighter, Three Kings, Silver Linings Playbook, Flirting With Disaster.
- Edward Zwick: Glory, Blood Diamond, Courage Under Fire, The Last Samurai, The Siege.
- Sam Mendes: American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Revolutionary Road, Skyfall, Jarhead.
- John Carpenter: Halloween, The Thing, Assault on Precinct 13, The Fog, Big Trouble in Little China.
- Sydney Pollack: Out of Africa, Tootsie, Jeremiah Johnson, They Shoot Horses Don't They?, The Way We Were.
- Barry Levinson: Rain Man, Good Morning Vietnam, The Natural, Sleepers, Bugsy.
- Ron Howard: A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man, Frost/Nixon, Cocoon, Apollo 13.
- Alfonso Cuaron: Children of Men, Gravity, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, A Little Princess.
- Danny Boyle: Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, Steve Jobs, 127 Hours, 28 Weeks Later.
- Steve McQueen: 12 Years a Slave, Hunger, Shame.
- Peter Weir: Witness, Master and Commander, The Truman Show, Dead Poets Society, Green Card.
- Curtis Hanson: L.A. Confidential, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, 8 Mile, Wonder Boys, Too Big To Fail.
- Kathryn Bigelow: The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, Strange Days.
- Ben Affleck: Argo, Gone Baby Gone, The Town.
- Richard Linklater: Boyhood, Dazed and Confused, Slacker, Before Sunset.
- Spike Lee: Malcolm X, Clockers, Do the Right Thing, Inside Man, 25th Hour.
- Rob Reiner: A Few Good Men, This is Spinal Tap, Stand By Me, The Princess Bride, Misery.
- Alexander Payne: The Descendants, Election, Nebraska, Sideways, About Schmidt.
- Bennet Miller: Foxcatcher, Capote, Moneyball
*Best Director Academy Award winners in italics
Warning: consider this your spoiler alert to end all spoiler alerts. Read on at your own peril. (But seriously, if you haven't seen any one of these movies, just shame on you. Honestly now...)
- The shower scene. Done aaaaaand done. -Psycho
- Fredo breaks Michael's heart; pays dearly -The Godfather II
- Tony Montana introduces Sosa's men to his little friend; meets a few dozen of their own -Scarface (1983)
- The wood chipper.... -Fargo
- Daniel Plainview drinks Eli's milkshake; bludgeons him to death with a bowling pin -There Will Be Blood
- Vader conquers his dark side; gives Palpatine the shaft (or vice versa) -Return of the Jedi
- Serial bank robbers discover that karma is a bitch -Bonnie and Clyde
- David Mills "becomes wrath" -Se7en
- After futile attempts to hang, rack, and dismember the Scottish warrior, William Wallace finally finds freeeeedooommm!!!! -Braveheart
- Hannibal Lector escapes his cell; borrows a face for the ride -Silence of the Lambs
- And you will know my name is the LORD when I lay my vengeance upon thee" -Pulp Fiction
- Travis Bickle reaches his breaking point; murders Sport and his two bodyguards in the bloodbath of a finale -Taxi Driver
- Willard terminates Kurtz with extreme prejudice (ie. a machete); gives him a true taste of "the horror..." -Apocalypse Now
- Bambi's mother gets capped by "man" -Bambi
- Scorpio asks himself one question; finds his luck to be lacking -Dirty Harry
- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid finally reach the end of the line; go out guns a blazing -Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
- Smiegol strangles Diegol; gives himself the worst birthday present ever -Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
- Tommy and Jimmy go to town on Billy Batts; load him into Henry's trunk for eventual disposal -Goodfellas
- "...Howard Beale, the first known instance of a man who was killed because he had lousy ratings" -Network
- Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes -The Godfather
- A raincoat-donning Patrick Bateman axe-murders his colleague to the "clear, crisp sound" of Huey Lewis and The News -American Psycho
- Drago breaks Apollo-Rocky IV
- Holly Martins shoots his old mate Lime; puts an end to a truly epic sewer chase -The Third Man
- Mola Ram rips out his sacrificial victim's beating heart; lowers the poor bastard into lava pit. Kali maaaaa..... -Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Kaizer Soze cleans house. And like that, he's gone... -The Usual Suspects
- "Put your mouth on the curb..." -American History X
- Bill killed... -Kill Bill 2
- Raymond shakes his mother's spell; commits matri, step-patricide -The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
- The Joker makes a pencil "disappear" -The Dark Knight
- Charlie gets hung out to dry -On The Waterfront
- McClane wishes Hans happy trails. Yippie-ki-yay indeed... -Die Hard
- Leonard gets sniped; plunges off Mount Rushmore -North By Northwest
- Carla Jean Moss (presumably) finds out just how much one can lose on a coin toss -No Country For Old Men
- Death by paint... -Goldfinger
- The Moe Greene special -The Godfather
- Hal opts not to open the pod bay doors after all -2001: A Space Odyssey
- The McManus brothers dispose of nine Russian crime bosses in Nomeni Patri Et Fili Spiritus Sancti -The Boondock Saints
- Leonard Shelby murders in reverse -Memento
- Vizzini pulls the old switcheroo, dies anyway -The Princess Bride
- William Munny goes postal on Little Bill, henchmen; respectfully declines his offer for a rendezvous in hell -Unforgiven
Marlin Brando once said "To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty, to interpret it is his problem, and to express it his dedication." Just a short generation later, Jim Carrey would observe "Until Ace Ventura, no actor had considered talking through his ass." Yes, there is no recipe for what makes great acting and no surefire way to distinguish it from the talking asses of the world, perhaps in no small part because when it's at it's best, it doesn't seem like acting at all. Ranking artistry is never easy, if not downright impossible. It's undeniably subjective, contentious, and almost sure to offend. Of course, that's never stopped us before.
Rankings were made taking into account overall ability and range, strength of the roles taken, longevity, influence, and awards won. Listed alongside are each actor's best works, also loosely ranked according to how each exemplifies their talents. Actors must have appeared in at least one 21st century feature film for consideration as "modern."
- Robert De Niro: The Godfather II, The Deer Hunter, Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Jackie Brown, Once Upon a Time in America, Mean Streets, Heat, Cape Fear, Casino, The King of Comedy, Brazil, The Mission, Silver Linings Playbook.
- Al Pacino: The Godfather II, The Godfather, Scarface, Heat, Scent of a Woman, Carlito's Way, Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, Donnie Brasco, The Insider.
- Daniel Day-Lewis: There Will Be Blood, Lincoln, Gangs of New York, My Left Foot, The Last of the Mohicans, In the Name of the Father, The Age of Innocence, The Crucible, The Boxer, Nine.
- Jack Nicholson: The Departed, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Shining, Easy Rider, Chinatown, Batman, A Few Good Men, As Good As It Gets, Terms of Endearment, The Little Shop of Horrors, The Pledge.
- Peter O'Toole (D): Lawrence of Arabia, Beckett, The Ruling Class, Goodbye Mr. Chips, The Stunt Man.
- Tom Hanks: Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile, Road to Perdition, Cast Away, A League of Their Own, Big, Philadelphia, Apollo 13, Captain Phillips.
- Dustin Hoffman: Rain Man, Midnight Cowboy, The Graduate, Kramer vs. Kramer, Tootsie, Lenny, Marathon Man, All the President's Men, Papillon, Sleepers.
- Paul Newman (D): Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Cool Hand Luke, Hud, The Sting, The Hustler, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Color of Money, Road To Perdition, The Verdict, Nobody's Fool.
- Robert Duvall: The Godfather, The Apostle, Apocalypse Now, Network, Tender Mercies, The Great Santini, Get Low, To Kill a Mockingbird, M*A*S*H, The Natural.
- Anthony Hopkins: Silence of the Lambs, The Remains of the Day, Shadowlands, Nixon, Amistad.
- Denzel Washington: Malcolm X, Training Day, Glory, American Gangster, Inside Man, Remember The Titans, Courage Under Fire, Philadelphia, The Hurricane, Crimson Tide, Flight, Fences, The Bone Collector, The Manchurian Candidate, The Siege, Antwone Fisher.
- Gene Hackman: The French Connection, Bonnie and Clyde, Unforgiven, The Conversation, Mississippi Burning, Hoosiers, Superman, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Poseidon Adventure, Get Shorty.
- Phillip Seymour Hoffman (D): Capote, The Master, Synecdoche New York, Magnolia, Doubt, Almost Famous, Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, Charlie Wilson's War, The Talented Mr. Ripley.
- Leonardo DiCaprio: The Departed, The Revenant, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Basketball Diaries, Django Unchained, Shutter Island, Gangs of New York, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Blood Diamond, Inception, The Aviator, Catch Me If You Can, Titanic, Revolutionary Road.
- Clint Eastwood: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, Dirty Harry, Gran Torino, Escape from Alcatraz, In the Line of Fire, The Bridges of Madison Country, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Hang Em High.
- Morgan Freeman: The Shawshank Redemption, Unforgiven, Se7en, Million Dollar Baby, Glory, The Dark Knight, Gone Baby Gone, Driving Miss Daisy, Street Smart, The Sum of All Fears, Batman Begins, Outbreak, Amistad, Along Came a Spider, High Crimes.
- Robert Redford: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Jeremiah Johnson, All is Lost, The Sting, Out of Africa, The Natural, All the President's Men, Three Days of the Condor, The Candidate, Tell Them Willie Boy is Here.
- Sean Penn: Mystic River, 21 Grams, Milk, Dead Man Walking, Carlito's Way, The Thin Red Line, I Am Sam, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Colors, Sweet and Lowdown.
- Michael Caine: Sleuth, Alfie, The Dark Knight, The Cider House Rules, Educating Rita, Hannah and Her Sisters, Little Voice, The Quiet American, The Italian Job, Harry Brown.
- Ben Kingsley: Gandhi, Schindler's List, House of Sand and Fog, Sexy Beast, Shutter Island.
- Gary Oldman: Leon, JFK, The Dark Knight, Harry Potter, Sid and Nancy.
- Harrison Ford: Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Fugitive, Blade Runner, Witness.
- Geoffrey Rush: Shine, The King's Speech, Quills, Pirates of the Caribbean.
- Kevin Spacey: Se7en, The Usual Suspects, American Beauty, LA Confidential, The Negotiator, A Time to Kill, Glengarry Glen Ross, Outbreak, Superman Returns, The United States of Leland.
- Russell Crowe: LA Confidential, Gladiator, The Insider, Cinderella Man, A Beautiful Mind, Romper Stomper, 3:10 to Yuma, American Gangster, Master and Commander, Blood Oath.
- Willem Defoe: Platoon, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Boondock Saints, Shadow of the Vampire, To Live and Die in L.A.
- Dennis Hopper (D): Easy Rider, Blue Velvet, Hoosiers, Speed, Apocalypse Now.
- Jon Voight: Coming Home, Midnight Cowboy, Deliverance, Runaway Train, Ali.
- Martin Sheen: Apocalypse Now, The Departed, Badlands, The American President, Wall Street.
- Richard Dreyfus: Jaws, American Graffiti, The Goodbye Girl, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Mr. Holland's Opus.
- Matt Damon: Good Will Hunting, Saving Private Ryan, The Departed, Rounders, The Martian, The Bourne Identity, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ocean's 11, Syriana, School Ties.
- Brad Pitt: Se7en, Fight Club, The Assassination of Jessie James, Twelve Monkeys, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, Sleepers, Ocean's Eleven, Babel, Inglourious Basterds, Snatch, True Romance, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Legends of the Fall, Interview with the Vampire.
- Christian Bale: The Machinist, American Hustle, The Prestige, The Fighter, The Dark Knight, American Psycho, Batman Begins, 3:10 to Yuma, Empire of the Sun, Rescue Dawn.
- Joaquin Pheonix: The Master, Gladiator, Walk the Line, Her, Inherent Vice.
- Ian McKellan: Gods and Monsters, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Richard III, X-Men, Apt Pupil.
- Johnny Depp: Edward Scissorhands, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Blow, Finding Neverland, Donnie Brasco, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Platoon, Sleepy Hollow, Ed Wood.
- Sean Connery: James Bond films, The Untouchables, The Hunt For Red October, Murder on the Orient Express, The Rock.
- Ralph Fiennes: Schindler's List, Harry Potter Franchise, The English Patient, The Constant Gardener, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
- Edward Norton: Fight Club, American History X, Rounders, The Illusionist, 25th Hour, Primal Fear, Birdman, Keeping the Faith, The Italian Job, Red Dragon.
- Liam Neeson: Schindler's List, Kinsey, Batman Begins, Taken, Michael Collins.
- Tom Cruise: Magnolia, Rain Man, A Few Good Men, Born on the Fourth of July, Minority Report, Risky Business, The Color of Money, Jerry Maguire, The Last Samurai, The Firm, Mission Impossible, Tropic Thunder, Top Gun, Vanilla Sky, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicle.
- Christopher Walken: The Deer Hunter, Catch Me If You Can, A View to Kill, The Dead Zone, At Close Range.
- Tommy Lee Jones: The Fugitive, No Country For Old Men, Lincoln, JFK, In the Valley of Elah.
- Harvey Keitel: Mean Streets, Bugsy, Reservoir Dogs, Taxi Driver, Pulp Fiction.
- Samuel L. Jackson: Pulp Fiction, A Time to Kill, Django Unchained, Jackie Brown, The Negotiator.
- John Malkovich: Places in the Heart, The Killing Fields, In the Line of Fire, Of Mice and Men, Being John Malkovich.
- James Earl Jones: The Great White Hope, Field of Dreams, Jack Ryan Franchise, Coming to America, Star Wars.
- Jeff Bridges: The Big Lebowski, Crazy Heart, True Grit, Hell or High Water, Starman.
- Ed Harris: Pollock, Apollo 13, The Truman Show, A Beautiful Mind, The Hours, Gone Baby Gone, A History of Violence, Empire Falls, The Rock, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Abyss.
- William Hurt: Kiss of the Spider Woman, Children of a Lesser God, Broadcast News, A History of Violence, Too Big to Fail.
- Benicio Del Toro: The Usual Suspects, Traffic, 21 Grams, Che, Sicario, Sin City, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Snatch, Guerrilla, The Argentine, The Pledge.
- Michael Fassbender: Steve Jobs, 12 Years a Slave, Shame, Hunger, A Dangerous Method.
- Warren Beatty: Bonnie and Clyde, Heaven Can Wait, Reds, Bugsy, Bulworth.
- Javier Bardem: No Country For Old Men, Biutiful, Before Night Falls, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Mondays in the Sun.
- James Caan: The Godfather, Misery, Thief, A Bridge Too Far, Brian's Song.
- Alan Arkin: Wait Until Dark, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Catch-22, Little Miss Sunshine, Argo.
- Mel Gibson: Braveheart, The Patriot, Lethal Weapon, Ransom, Mad Max.
- Christopher Plummer: The Sound of Music, The Insider, Malcolm X, Beginners, The Last Station.
- Nick Nolte: Affliction, The Thin Red Line, Warrior, The Prince of Tides, Cape Fear.
- Christoph Waltz: Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, Carnage.
- Jake Gyllenhaal: Nightcrawler, Donnie Darko, Prisoners, Brokeback Mountain, Zodiac, Southpaw.
- Mark Ruffalo: Spotlight, Foxcatcher, The Kids are Alright, The Normal Heart, Infinitely Polar Bear, Shutter Island, Zodiac, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, You Can Count On Me, Avengers.
- Casey Affleck: Manchester by the Sea, Gone Baby Gone, The Assassination of Jesse James, Good Will Hunting, Out of the Furnace.
- Will Smith: The Pursuit Of Happiness, Ali, Six Degrees of Separation.
- Robin Williams (D): Good Will Hunting, Good Morning Vietnam, One Hour Photo, Dead Poets Society, Mrs. Doubtfire.
- Don Cheadle: Hotel Rwanda, Traffic, Crash, Devil in a Blue Dress, Ocean's Eleven.
- Kevin Costner: Dances with Wolves, Field of Dreams, JFK, The Untouchables, Bull Durham.
- Michael Douglas: Wall Street, Traffic, Wonder Boys, The American President, Basic Instinct.
- John Hurt: The Elephant Man, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Alien, Scandal, The Hit.
- Bruce Willis: The Sixth Sense, Die Hard, Pulp Fiction, 12 Monkeys, Sin City.
- Kevin Bacon: The Woodsman, Sleepers, Apollo 13, Mystic River, Animal House.
- Robert Downey Jr.: Chaplin, Tropic Thunder, Less than Zero, Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes.
- Max von Sydow: The Seventh Seal, The Exorcist, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Three Days of the Condor, Never Say Never Again.
- Paul Giamatti: Sideways, Cinderella Man, American Splendor, The Illusionist, Cold Souls.
- Billy Bob Thorton: Monster's Ball, Sling Blade, A Simple Plan, The Man Who Wasn't There, Friday Night Lights.
- George Clooney: O Brother Where Art Thou?, Syriana, Good Night and Good Luck, Michael Clayton, Up in the Air.
- James Woods: Salvador, Once Upon a Time in America, Ghosts of Mississippi, Casino, Contact.
- Bill Murray: Lost in Translation, Groundhog Day, Caddyshack, Rushmore, Ghostbusters.
- Joe Pesci: Goodfellas, Raging Bull, My Cousin Vinny, Casino, Lethal Weapon, Home Alone.
- Kenneth Branagh: Henry V, My Week with Marilyn, Hamlet, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing.
- Heath Ledger: (D) The Dark Knight, Brokeback Mountain, The Patriot, 10 Things I Hate About You, Candy.
- Woody Allen: Annie Hall, Manhattan, Hannah and Her Sisters, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Deconstructing Harry.
- Nicholas Cage: Leaving Las Vegas, Adaptation, The Rock, Raising Arizona, Face/Off.
- Josh Brolin: No Country for Old Men, W., Milk, True Grit, Sicario.
- Tim Robbins: The Shawshank Redemption, Mystic River, The Player, Bull Durham, Bob Roberts.
- Forest Whitaker: The Last King of Scotland, Good Morning Vietnam, Bird, Panic Room, American Gun.
- Donald Sutherland: M*A*S*H, JFK, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Ordinary People, The Dirty Dozen.
- Colin Firth: The King's Speech, A Single Man, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
- Martin Landau: Ed Wood, North By Northwest, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Tucker: The Man and His Dream, Rounders.
- Viggo Mortenson: Lord of the Rings, A History of Violence, The Road, Eastern Promises, Captain Fantastic.
- Steve Buschemi: Fargo, Reservoir Dogs, Ghost World, Living in Oblivion, The Big Lebowski.
- Albert Finney: Murder on the Orient Express, Tom Jones, The Dresser, Under the Volcano, Erin Brockovich.
- Gary Sinise: Forrest Gump, Of Mice and Men, Ransom.
- Laurence Fishbourne: The Matrix, Apocalypse Now, What's Love Got to Do with It.
- Ryan Gosling: Half-Nelson, Lars and the Real Girl, Blue Valentine, Drive, The Ides of March.
- John Turturro: Barton Fink, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Quiz Show, The Big Lebowski, Miller's Crossing.
- Tom Hardy: Warrior, The Dark Knight Rises, Bronson, Max Max: Fury Road, Locke, The Drop, Inception.
- William H. Macy: Fargo, Seabiscuit, Boogie Nights.
- Daniel Craig: Skyfall, Casino Royale, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Road to Perdition, Defiance.
- Jim Carrey: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Man on the Moon, The Truman Show, Ace Ventura, Dumb and Dumber.
*Best Actor/Supporting Actor Academy Award winning performances appear in italics
The Devil in the White City (2017) Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo Dicaprio. An architect works to build up the 1893 Worlds Fair,while a serial killer uses the fair to attract and kill women.
Tells the story of the Dunkirk evacuation, which took place at the beginning of World War II.
Suburbicon (2017) Directed by George Clooney, written by the Coen Brothers, and starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac and Josh Brolin. A crime mystery set in the 1950's.
Going Places (2017) Directed by John Turturro. Starring John Turturro, Susan Sarandon, and Bobby Cannavale. A spin-off of The Big Lebowski centered on notable bowler Jesus Quintana.
Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Directed by Denis Villenueve and starring Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling and Jared Leto.
The Irishman (2018) Directed by Martin Scorsese. Screenplay by Steven Zaillian. Starring Robert Deniro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel and Bobby Cannavale. A mob hit man recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.
Untitled Fashion Project (???) Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Daniel Day Lewis. Drama about the New York fashion industry in the 1950's.
Mute (2017) Directed by Duncan Jones. Starring Alexander Skarsgard, Paul Rudd, Sam Rockwell and Justin Theroux. A mute bartender goes up against the city's gangsters in an effort to find out what happened to his missing partner.
Mother! (2017) Written and directed by Darren Aronofsky. Starring Jennifer Lawrence Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Harris, and Domhall Gleeson. Centers on a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
Widows (2018) Directed by Steve McQueen. Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Liam Neeson, Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez. When a crew of crooks are killed during a robbery, their widowed spouses pick up where they left off.
First Man (???) Directed by Damien Chazelle. Starring Ryan Gosling. A look at the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the moon.
Soldado (2017) Directed by Stefano Sollima. Starring Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin. A follow up to the 2015 film Sicario.
Darkest Hour (2017) Directed by Joe Wright. Starring Gary Oldman, Ben Mendelssohn, Lily James, and John Hurt. Winston Churchill leads a charge against Adolf Hitler's army in the early days of World War I.
War Machine (2017 on Netflix) Directed by David Michod and starring Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, Ben Kingsley, and Topher Grace. A satire of America's war with Afghanistan with a focus on the people running the campaign.
Logan Lucky (2017) Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Starring Daniel Craig, Channing Tatum, Seth McFarlane, Hilary Swank, Katie Holmes, and Adam Driver. Two Brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina.
Ballad of Richard Jewell (???) Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. American security guard, Richard Jewell, heroically saves thousands of lives from an exploding bomb at the 1996 Olympics, but is unjustly vilified by journalists and the press who falsely report that he was a terrorist.
Far Bright Star (2018) Directed by Casey Affleck and starring Joaquin Phoenix. Set in 1916, an aging cavalryman leads a team of men to hunt down the Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa. However, after an ambush in which most of the men are killed, the cavalryman must struggle to survive in the desert.
Stronger (2017) Directed by David Gordon Green and starring Jake Gyllenhaal. A victim of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 helps the police track down the killers while struggling to recover from devastating trauma.
Okja (2017) Directed by Joon-ho Bong (Snowpiercer). Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton, Giancarlo Esposito, and Paul Dano. A young girl named Mija risks everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend - a massive animal named Okja.
Wind River (2017) Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan (Hell and High Water, Sicario). Starring Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, and Martin Sensmeier. An FBI agent teams with the town's veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation.
Holmes and Watson (2018) Directed by Etan Cohen. Starring Will Ferrell, John C Reily, Ralph Fiennes, and Kelly Macdonald. A humorous take on Sherlock Holmes.
Enzo Ferrari (2018) Directed by Michael Mann. The life story of Italian sports car entrepreneur, Enzo Ferrari.
The Snowman (2017) Directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One in) and starring Michael Fassbender, Val Kilmer and JK Simmons. Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.
The Current War (2017) Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, and Nicholas Hoult. Electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse compete to create a sustainable system and market it to the American people.
Free Fire (2107) Directed by Ben Wheatley and starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, and Cilian Murphy. Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival.
Mosaic (2017) Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Starring Sharon Stone, Garrett Hedlund, and Paul Reubens. Plot kept under wraps.
Light of My Life (2018) Written, directed and starring Casey Affleck. A father and his young daughter find themselves trapped in the woods.
The Man Who Made it Snow (???) Directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Jake Gyllenhaal. The true story of Max Mermelstein, a Jewish hotel engineer, who transforms a small mom and pop drug organization into a billion-dollar enterprise.
Ready Player One (2018) Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Mark Rylance, Olivia Cooke, TJ Miller, Simon Pegg, and Ben Mendelsohn. When the creator of an MMO called the Oasis dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all Oasis users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the find his fortune.
The Old Man and the Gun (2017) Directed by David Lowery. Starring Casey Affleck, Robert Redford, and Sissy Spacek. An elderly bank robber, who had managed to escape from prison over a dozen times in his life before moving to a retirement community, looks to spice things up with another heist.
The Son (2018) Directed by Denis Villeneuve. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal. A son questions his father's suicide, and seeks out those who killed him.
A Season in the Congo (???) Directed by Joe Wright. A look at the events surrounding the Congo rebellion in 1960.
High Wire Act (2017) Directed by Brad Anderson. Written by Tony Gilroy. Starring Rosamund Pike, Jon Hamm, and Dean Norris. A former US diplomat returns to service in order to save a former colleague in Beirut.
Wildlife (2017) Written and directed by Paul Dano. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan. A boy witnesses his parent's marriage falling apart after his mom finds another man.
Raven (???) Directed by Michelle MacLaren. Written by Vince Gilligan, based on the book by Tim Reiterman. Cult leader Jim Jones lures his followers to a mass murder-suicide in Jonestown Guyana.
Inner City (???) Written and directed by Dan Gilroy. Starring Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, and Ashton Sanders. An attorney for a big LA law firm discovers some unfavorable things about his late partner and decides to right his wrongs.
The Black Hand (2018) Starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Police office Joe Petrofina seeks justice against a ruthless Italian-American gang in New York. Based on the Stephan Talty book of the same name.
Blonde (2018) Directed by Andrew Dominic (Assassination of Jesse James). A chronicle of the inner life of Marilyn Monroe.
Sinatra (???) Directed by Martin Scorsese. The life story of legendary singer and actor Frank Sinatra.
Untitled Panama Papers Project (???) Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Based on the book Secrecy World by Jake Bernstein. Follows a group of journalists who take part in unearthing 11.5 million files linking the world's most powerful political figures to secret banking accounts to avoid taxes.
Smash and Grab (???) Directed by Danny Boyle. Based on the documentary Smash and Grab, which followed the most successful diamond thieves in the world.
Thrilla in Manilla (2108) Directed by Ang Lee.
Hold the Dark (2018) Directed by Jeremy Saulnier. Written by Macon Blair. Starring Alexander Skarsgard, Riley Keough, James Badge Dale, and Jeffrey Wright. A wolf hunter tracks down a young child in the Alaskan wilderness.
Untitled David O Russell Project (2017) Crime series written and directed by David O Russell. Starring Robert DeNiro and Juliane Moore.
The Romanoffs (???) Created and written by Matthew Weiner (Mad Men).
American Lion (2017) Starring Sean Penn. The story of Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States.
Godless (2017) Executive Produced and partially created by Steven Sodergergh. Written and directed by Scott Frank (Logan, Minority Report) Frank Griffin, an outlaw terrorizing the 1880s American West, hunts down Roy Goode, his partner turned enemy. Roy hides out at a ranch as Frank's chase leads him to La Belle, New Mexico- a town made up entirely of women.
Napoleon (???) Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, based on the original screenplay by Stanley Kubrick. 6 part miniseries covering the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Maniac (2017) Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and starring Jonah Hill and Emma Stone. An institutionalized man dreams of a new life in a fantasy world.
Succession (???) Executive produced by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell. A drama about a dysfunctional media family dynasty in the 21st century.
Snowfall (2017) From John Singleton. A look at the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic in LA during the early 1980s.
Trust (2017) Directed by Danny Boyle
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Here are the 100 most memorable, well-crafted, mesmerizing, hilarious, or just plain bad-ass characters of the past 50 years.
- Vito Corleone-The Godfather
- Hannibal Lector- Silence of the Lambs
- James Bond- Goldfinger
- The Joker- The Dark Knight
- Jules Winnfield- Pulp Fiction
- Gollum- Lord of the Rings
- Daniel Plainview- There Will Be Blood
- The Dude- The Big Lebowski
- John Doe- Se7en
- Luke- Cool Hand Luke
- Darth Vader- Star Wars
- Rocky- Rocky
- The Man With No Name- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
- Michael Corleone- The Godfather
- Forrest Gump- Forest Gump
- Indiana Jones- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Tony Montana- Scarface
- Marty McFly- Back to the Future
- Keyser Soze/Verbal Kint- The Usual Suspects
- Anton Chigurh- No Country For Old Men
- Travis Bickle- Taxi Driver
- Han Solo- Star Wars
- Wooderson- Dazed and Confused
- Hal 9000- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Ron Burgundy- Anchorman
- Frank Booth- Blue Velvet
- Beatlejuice- Beatlejuice
- Dr. Strangelove- Dr. Strangelove
- Frank Costello- The Departed
- Jake LaMotta- Raging Bull
- Tyler Durden- Fight Club
- Hans Landa- Inglourious Bastards
- The Terminator- The Terminator
- Harry Callahan- Dirty Harry
- Ellen Ripley-Alien
- Edward Scissorhands- Edward Scissorhands
- RP McMurphy- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
- Detective Alonzo Harris- Training Day
- Butch Cassidy- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
- Jack Torrence- The Shining
- Carl Spackler- Caddyshack
- Mr. Miyagi- The Karate Kid
- Mr. Blonde- Reservoir Dogs
- Walter E. Kurtz- Apocalypse Now
- Ferris Bueller- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Derek Zoolander- Zoolander
- Bluto- Animal House
- Tommy DeVito- Goodfellas
- Vinny Gambini- My Cousin Vinny
- Max Cady- Cape Fear
- Lee Grossman-Tropic Thunder
- Shaft- Shaft
- Kevin McCallister- Home Alone
- William Wallace- Braveheart
- Spicoli- Fast Times at Ridgemont High
- John McClain- Die Hard
- Oskar Schindler-Schindler's List
- Marge Gunderson- Fargo
- Alex Forrest- Fatal Attraction
- E.T.- E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial
- Red Redding- The Shawshank Redemption
- Howard Beale- Network
- Amelie- Amelie
- Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting- Gangs of New York
- Axel Foley- Beverly Hills Cop
- Michael- The Deer Hunter
- Alan- The Hangover
- Patrick Bateman- American Psycho
- Harmonica- Once Upon a Time in the West
- Frank Serpico- Serpico
- Ace Ventura- Ace Venture: Pet Detective
- Raymond Babbitt- Rain Man
- Wall-E- Wall-E
- Phil Conners- Grounydhog Day
- Freddy Krueger- A Nightmare on Elm Street
- Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade- Scent of a Woman
- Rooster Cogburn- True Grit
- Ratso Rizzo- Midnight Cowboy
- Stifler- American Pie
- Austin Powers- Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
- William 'Bill' Munny- Unforgiven
- General George S. Patton- Patton
- The Bride- Kill Bill
- Quint- Jaws
- Alex Delarge- A Clockwork Orange
- Ben Braddock- The Graduate
- Napoleon Dynamite- Napoleon Dynamite
- Leonard Shelby- Memento
- Sgt. Elias Grodin- Platoon
- Raoul Duke- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- FBI Special Agent Paul Smecker- The Boondock Saints
- Jake Gittes- Chinatown
- Mad Max- Mad Max
- V- V for Vendetta
- George Hanson- Easy Rider
- Peter Venkman- Ghostbusters
- Max Fischer- Rushmore
- Derek Vinyard- American History X
- Popeye Doyle- The French Connection
- Annie Wilkes- Misery
Back to the Future
2) Shooter McGavin
---"Damn you people. Go back to your shanties."
3) Sensei John Kreese
The Karate Kid
---"Sweep the Leg"
4) Walter Peck
---"Frankly there have been a lot of wild stories in the media and we want to assess any possible environmental impact from your operation like the presence of noxious, possibly hazardous waste chemicals in your basement. Now either you show me what is down there or I come back with a court order."
5) Fred O'Bannion
Dazed and Confused
---"Y'all ready to bust some ass?"
Good Will Hunting
---"I was just hoping you might give me some insight into the evolution of the market economy in the southern colonies. My contention is that prior to the Revolutionary War, the economic modalities, especially in the southern colonies, could most aptly be characterized as agrarian precapitalism..."
7) Bill Lumbergh
---"Oh, oh, and I almost forgot. Ahh, I'm also gonna need you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too..."
The Green Mile
---"I didn't know the sponge was supposed to be wet."
9) Ernie McCracken
---"Do me a favor, will you? Would you mind washing off that perfume before you come back to our table?"
10) Eric Gordon
---"Well, 'sorry' doesn't put the Triscuit crackers in my stomach now, does it Carl?"
11) Caledon Hockley
---"Where are you going? To him? To be a whore to a gutter rat?"
12) Charlie Dillon
13) Harry Ellis
---"Hey babe, I negotiate million dollar deals for breakfast. I think I can handle this Eurotrash. "
---"I am the VP of the biggest executive helicopter leasing company on the western seaboard. I haven't had a carb since 2004. Check these out."
The Princess Bride
---"Tyrone, you know how much I love watching you work, but I've got my country's 500th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder and Guilder to frame for it; I'm swamped."
16) Sack Lodge
"I hunt quail, Jeremy. They're overpopulated in this region and they're decimating the grubworm population. You got a fucking problem with that?"
17) Principal Ed Rooney
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
---"I did not achieve this position in life by having some snot-nosed punk leave my cheese out in the wind."
18) Judge Smails
---"Well, the world needs ditch diggers, too."
19) Dean Gordon 'Cheese' Pritchard
---"This is me leaving."
20) White Goodman
Carter Burke- Aliens, Douglas C. Neidermeyer- Animal House, Buzz McCallister- Home Alone, Mike Damone- Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Richard- Van Wilder, Stifler- American Pie, Ace Merrill- Stand By Me, Pat Healy- There's Something About Mary, Tony Perkis- Heavyweights, Stan Gable- Revenge of the Nerds, Col. William Tavington- The Patriot, Dave Harken- Horrible Bosses.
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