A SmallNumberOfMyTopPerformancesOfAllTime

by matooriyan | created - 02 Mar 2015 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

*Studied "film" at a U.S. university! *This list is not final; hence, it will be updated every once in a while! *This is a 'PERSONAL LIST'; MY idea; MY opinion; MY list! It is a plain simple 'PERSONAL LIST' just like 'ANY OTHER PERSONAL LIST/LISTS'! SO, PLEASE TREAT IT JUST AS SUCH!!!

1. Maria Falconetti

Actress | La passion de Jeanne d'Arc

Renée Jeanne or Maria Falconetti, born in Pantin (not in Sermano, Corsica, as many film dictionaries wrongly attest) on July 21, 1892 and died in Buenos Aires on December 12, 1946, is a French actress of theater and cinema. Joining the troupe of the Odeon theater in 1916, she made her debut in "...

Jeanne d'Arc, The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

My rating: 100/100

The single top performance of all time (La passion de Jeanne d'Arc) among the thousands of lead and support performances that I have seen by either an actor or an actress; in a very difficult role in a very difficult silent film with lots of close-ups! PRACTICALLY HER ONLY PERFORMANCE IN CINEMA THE OTHER TWO BEING NEGLIGIBLE ONES IN 1917!

2. Irene Papas

Actress | The Guns of Navarone

Irene Papas was born on September 3, 1929 in Chilimodion, Corynth, Greece as Eiríni Lelékou. She is an actress and director, known for The Guns of Navarone (1961), The Message (1976) and Electra (1962).

Elektra, Electra (1962)

My rating: 100/100

WATCH THIS SUPERB MASTERPIECE IF ONLY BECAUSE OF IRENE PAPAS'S PERFORMANCE! MAGNIFICENT ACTING BY THE LEGENDARY GREEK ACTRESS THAT IS EXTREMELY RARE AT THIS LEVEL OF EXCELLENCE IN THE WHOLE HISTORY OF CINEMA FROM THE LATE 19TH CENTURY TO 2021! AWESOME PRESENTATION! UNBELIEVABLE WHAT AN ACTOR CAN DO ON THE SCREEN! SHE IS SIMPLY MAJESTIC!

Federico Fellini was a huge admirer of her work! She was a close friend of Katharine Hepburn, with whom she starred in The Trojan Women (1971). Hepburn, also, once said that "she is one of the best actresses in the history of cinema!"

3. Charles Chaplin

Writer | The Great Dictator

Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the ...

The Lone Prospector, The Gold Rush (1925)

My rating: Perfect/Perfect

4. Charles Chaplin

Writer | The Great Dictator

Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the ...

The Little Tramp, City Lights (1931)

My rating: Perfect/Perfect

5. Charles Chaplin

Writer | The Great Dictator

Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the ...

A factory worker, Modern Times (1936)

My rating: Perfect/Perfect

6. Max Schreck

Actor | Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens

Max Schreck was born in Berlin. He worked in an apprenticeship until his father's death before enrolling into a school for acting. He toured the country with his peers and was a member of several theaters until he became a part of Max Reinhardt's group of innovative German actors. He played mostly ...

Count Orlok, Nosferatu (1922)

7. Nikolay Cherkasov

Actor | Aleksandr Nevskiy

The preeminent Russian actor, at least in Western eyes, of the first half of the twentieth century. He became interested in the theatre as a teenager and joined the Teatr Mariinskij as a stagehand in 1918. He apprenticed with various traveling companies and therein learned ballet, pantomime, and ...

Aleksandr Nevsky, Alexander Nevsky (1938)

8. Nikolay Cherkasov

Actor | Aleksandr Nevskiy

The preeminent Russian actor, at least in Western eyes, of the first half of the twentieth century. He became interested in the theatre as a teenager and joined the Teatr Mariinskij as a stagehand in 1918. He apprenticed with various traveling companies and therein learned ballet, pantomime, and ...

Czar Ivan IV; Ivan the Terrible, Part I (1945)

9. Nikolay Cherkasov

Actor | Aleksandr Nevskiy

The preeminent Russian actor, at least in Western eyes, of the first half of the twentieth century. He became interested in the theatre as a teenager and joined the Teatr Mariinskij as a stagehand in 1918. He apprenticed with various traveling companies and therein learned ballet, pantomime, and ...

Czar Ivan IV; Ivan the Terrible, Part II (1958)

10. Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy

Actor | Gamlet

Innokenti Smoktunovsky (birth name Smoktunovich) was born in Siberian village of Tatianovka near Tomsk in 1925. There were some speculations that his ancestors were of Polish nobility or of Jewish ethnicity and that they were exiled to Siberia for participating in the January Uprising of 1863. But,...

Hamlet, Hamlet (1964)

11. Jüri Järvet

Actor | Solyaris

Jüri Järvet (born as Georgi Kuznetsov) was a highly prolific and respected Estonian screen and stage actor. He was born in Tallinn. His mother moved to Moscow in 1920. Jüri stayed to live in family's friend who later gave him into an orphanage. At the age of five he was taken into a family with ...

King Lear, King Lear (1971)

12. Tatsuya Nakadai

Actor | Seppuku

Japanese leading man, an important star and one of the handful of Japanese actors well known outside Japan. Nakadai was a tall handsome clerk in a Tokyo shop when director Masaki Kobayashi encountered him and cast him in The Thick-Walled Room (1956). Nakadai was subsequently cast in the lead role in...

Lord Hidetora Ichimonji, Ran (1985)

13. Klaus Maria Brandauer

Actor | Out of Africa

Gave his debut as an actor in 1962. Member of the 'Wiener Burgtheater' in Vienna since 1972. Played at the 'Salzburger Festspiele' since 1975. Directed plays since 1977. Debuted as a movie actor in 1972.

Hendrik Hoefgen, Mephisto (1981)

14. Klaus Maria Brandauer

Actor | Out of Africa

Gave his debut as an actor in 1962. Member of the 'Wiener Burgtheater' in Vienna since 1972. Played at the 'Salzburger Festspiele' since 1975. Directed plays since 1977. Debuted as a movie actor in 1972.

Oberst Redl, Colonel Redl (1985)

15. Klaus Maria Brandauer

Actor | Out of Africa

Gave his debut as an actor in 1962. Member of the 'Wiener Burgtheater' in Vienna since 1972. Played at the 'Salzburger Festspiele' since 1975. Directed plays since 1977. Debuted as a movie actor in 1972.

Klaus Schneider/Eric Jan Hanussen, Hanussen (1988)

16. Giulietta Masina

Actress | Le notti di Cabiria

Born in San Giorgio di Piano, Giulietta Masina spent part of her teenage years living with a widowed aunt in Rome, where she cultivated a passion for the theater and studied for a degree in Philosophy. She began her career on the radio with the program "Terzoglio" (1942), about the adventures of ...

Gelsomina, The Road (1954)

17. Anna Magnani

Actress | Roma città aperta

Anna Magnani was born in Rome, Italy (not in Egypt, as some biographies claim), on March 7, 1908. She was the illegitimate child of Marina Magnani and an unknown father, often said to be from Alexandria, Egypt, but whom Anna herself claimed was from the Calabria region of Italy although she never ...

Serafina Delle Rose, The Rose Tattoo (1955)

18. Monica Vitti

Actress | L'avventura

Monica Vitti was born on November 3, 1931 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Maria Luisa Ceciarelli. She is an actress and writer, known for L'Avventura (1960), Red Desert (1964) and L'Eclisse (1962). She has been married to Roberto Russo since 1995.

Claudia, L'Avventura (1960)

19. Sophia Loren

Actress | La ciociara

Sophia Loren was born as Sofia Scicolone at the Clinica Regina Margherita in Rome on September 20, 1934. Her father Riccardo was married to another woman and refused to marry her mother Romilda Villani, despite the fact that she was the mother of his two children (Sophia and her younger sister ...

Cesira, Two Women (1960)

20. Vanessa Redgrave

Actress | Coriolanus

On January 30, 1937, renowned theatre actor Michael Redgrave was performing in a production of Hamlet in London. During the curtain call, the show's lead, Laurence Olivier, announced to the audience: "tonight a great actress was born". This was in reference to his co-star's newborn daughter, ...

Leonie Delt, Morgan! (1966)

21. Vanessa Redgrave

Actress | Coriolanus

On January 30, 1937, renowned theatre actor Michael Redgrave was performing in a production of Hamlet in London. During the curtain call, the show's lead, Laurence Olivier, announced to the audience: "tonight a great actress was born". This was in reference to his co-star's newborn daughter, ...

Isadora Duncan, Isadora (1968)

22. Vanessa Redgrave

Actress | Coriolanus

On January 30, 1937, renowned theatre actor Michael Redgrave was performing in a production of Hamlet in London. During the curtain call, the show's lead, Laurence Olivier, announced to the audience: "tonight a great actress was born". This was in reference to his co-star's newborn daughter, ...

Julia, Julia (1977)

23. Aldo Fabrizi

Actor | Guardie e ladri

Beloved, hugely popular Italian comic character actor/writer/director, in music halls and variety shows for much of his early career. Fabrizi entered films in 1942 and often wrote and directed his vehicles, winning international acclaim in the Roberto Rossellini's neorealist drama Rome, Open City (...

Don Pietro Pellegrini; Rome, Open City (1945)

24. Walter Huston

Actor | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

For many years Walter Huston had two passions: his career as an engineer and his vocation for the stage. In 1909 he dedicated himself to the theatre, and made his debut on Broadway in 1924. In 1929 he journeyed to Hollywood, where his talent and ability made him one of the most respected actors in ...

Howard, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

25. Sterling Hayden

Actor | Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Born to George & Frances Simonson Walter, and named Sterling Relyea Walter. Father died in 1925. Adopted by stepfather 'James Hayden' renamed Sterling Walter Hayden. Grew up in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., and Maine. Though very poor, attended prep school at ...

Brig. Gen. Jack D. Ripper, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

26. Lee Marvin

Actor | The Dirty Dozen

Prematurely white-haired character star who began as a supporting player of generally vicious demeanor, then metamorphosed into a star of both action and drama projects, Lee Marvin was born in New York City, the son of Courtenay Washington (Davidge), a fashion writer, and Lamont Waltman Marvin, an ...

Kid Shelleen/Tim Strawn, Cat Ballou (1965)

27. Rod Steiger

Actor | In the Heat of the Night

Rodney Stephen Steiger was born in Westhampton, New York, to Augusta Amelia (Driver) and Frederick Jacob Steiger, both vaudevillians. He was of German and Austrian ancestry. After his parents' divorce, Steiger was raised by his mother in Newark, New Jersey. He dropped out of Westside High school at...

Sheriff William O. 'Bill' Gillespie, In the Heat of the Night (1967)

28. Katharine Hepburn

Actress | The Lion in Winter

Katharine Hepburn was born on May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut to a suffragist and a doctor who both always encouraged her to speak her mind, develop it fully, and exercise her body to its full potential. An athletic tomboy as a child, she was very close to her brother Tom; at 14 she was ...

Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Lion in Winter (1968)

29. George C. Scott

Actor | Patton

George C. Scott was an immensely talented actor, a star of the big screen, stage and television. He was born on October 18, 1927 in Wise, Virginia, to Helena Agnes (Slemp) and George Dewey Scott. At the age of eight, his mother died, and his father, an executive at Buick, raised him. In 1945, he ...

George S. Patton, Patton (1970)

30. Louise Fletcher

Actress | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, to Episcopal minister Robert Fletcher and his wife Estelle, both of whom were deaf, Louise Fletcher was introduced to performing at a young age by the aunt who taught her to speak. After graduating from the University of North Carolina, she took a trip out west with her...

Nurse Ratched, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

31. Marlon Brando

Actor | Apocalypse Now

Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in ...

Don Vito Corleone, The Godfather (1972)

32. Robert Duvall

Actor | The Apostle

Veteran actor and director Robert Selden Duvall was born on January 5, 1931, in San Diego, CA, to Mildred Virginia (Hart), an amateur actress, and William Howard Duvall, a career military officer who later became an admiral. Duvall majored in drama at Principia College (Elsah, IL), then served a ...

Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore, Apocalypse Now (1979)

33. Robert De Niro

Actor | Cape Fear

One of the greatest actors of all time, Robert De Niro was born on August 17, 1943 in Manhattan, New York City, to artists Virginia (Admiral) and Robert De Niro Sr. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is Irish, English, Dutch, German, and French. He was trained ...

Jake La Motta, Raging Bull (1980)

34. Robert De Niro

Actor | Cape Fear

One of the greatest actors of all time, Robert De Niro was born on August 17, 1943 in Manhattan, New York City, to artists Virginia (Admiral) and Robert De Niro Sr. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is Irish, English, Dutch, German, and French. He was trained ...

Vito Corleone, The Godfather: Part II (1974)

35. Jennifer Lawrence

Actress | The Hunger Games

As the highest-paid actress in the world in 2015 and 2016, and with her films grossing over $5.5 billion worldwide, Jennifer Lawrence is often cited as the most successful actress of her generation. She is also thus far the only person born in the 1990s to have won an acting Oscar.

Jennifer Shrader ...

Ree, Winter's Bone (2010)

36. Jackie Coogan

Actor | The Kid

Jackie Coogan was born into a family of vaudevillians; his father was a dancer and his mother had been a child star. On the stage by age 4, Jackie was touring at age 5 with his family in Los Angeles, California.

While performing on the stage, he was spotted by Charles Chaplin, who then and there ...

The Child, The Kid (1921)

37. Tatum O'Neal

Actress | Paper Moon

Tatum O'Neal was born on November 5, 1963 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Tatum Beatrice O'Neal. She is an actress and producer, known for Paper Moon (1973), The Runaways (2010) and Little Darlings (1980). She was previously married to John McEnroe.

Addie Loggins, Paper Moon (1973)

38. Danny Lloyd

Actor | The Shining

Danny Lloyd was selected for the role of Danny Torrance in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980) because of his ability to concentrate for extended periods of time. Because of his age (6) and the genre of The Shining (1980) Danny was closely guarded by Kubrick during filming and didn't know it was a...

Danny Torrance, The Shining (1980)



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