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Posted 01 September 2010 - 05:08 PM

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 05:43 PM

We had the S&S Top Directors thread where my results are (I'll modify a little bit below):

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2 features is a figure far too small to use as a basis for determining a favorite director. I will use a self-imposed limit of 9 films in a director's oeuvre. There are many directors that I have not seen enough (or any) to rank them including Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Tsai Ming-liang, Andrei Tarkovsky, Krzysztof Kie_lowski, Pedro Almodóvar, Otto Preminger, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Satyajit Ray, Werner Herzog, Budd Boetticher, Fritz Lang to name a few. And there are a few directors that I love that are not quite up to my cutoff point like Wong Kar-wai (8) and Kenji Mizoguichi (6).

Akira Kurosawa (1910, Japan): An entertaining director for most of his career yet it was always done with superlative style. His films helped pushed my interest into cinema and I still enjoy rewatching most of them. His movies are critic canon fodder and I constantly refer to them and, of course, lend them out.

Buster Keaton (1895, US): Brilliant comedian who would risk his life to entertain. His film aesthetics at the time were more advanced than many realized and helped keep his work diverse and always interesting.

Charles Chaplin (1889, US): Certainly the most popular figure in the 20s, but also one of the most important filmmakers of all time. His perfection was the result of take after take. I love his Mutuals and his later full length features which are among the best and most endearing cinema. He is funny and poignant.

Alfred Hitchcock (1899, England/US): The more you get to know a director the more you see his early works and his flawed works, but the core classics like Vertigo and Psycho are amongst my favorite films. Warning to those new to Hitchcock: do not watch too many of his later films all in a row.

Yasujiro Ozu (1903, Japan): One of the most humanistic of directors whose sublime characterization comes in the smallest of details while eschewing melodramatic tendencies and, later in his career, camera movement.

Billy Wilder (1906, US): While I still need to see many of his movies there are several of his films like Stalag 17 which I have seen over and over. I love the characters and the writing in his movies.

Hayao Miyazaki (1941, Japan): While I wait for Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea to be released this year I ponder the beautiful animation, storytelling, characters that populate the wonderful world of Miyazaki-san.

Johnnie To (1955, Hong Kong): Everything that needed to be said was written at the following link (and more will come henceforth): http://www.criterion...?showtopic=657.

Mel Brooks (1926, US): If you count the amount of times I have seen his films he would be the director I have seen the most. His work in the 1970s is amongst the best material for comedies of all time. His humor rises below vulgarity. "For what we are about to see next, we must enter quietly into the realm of genius."

Jackie Chan (1954, Hong Kong): He has only directed 11 films, but amongst them include some of the greatest action cinema of all time with Project A, Police Story being two of the most important films for HK action cinema. His style of direction would be so involved in his projects that he would constantly be over budget, over time and never be satisfied with his takes (it has been stated that a few times he has gone over a thousand takes for a single scene.

Coming close and may make it in the top 10 (10-20) includes directors such as (I've seen 9 or more features from these directors):

John Ford
Zhang Yimou
John Huston
Louis Malle
Martin Scorsese
Chang Cheh
Anthony Mann
Howard Hawks
Federico Fellini
Luis Buñuel
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Posted 01 September 2010 - 07:43 PM

In lieu of the rest of you, mine on the first page is updated. Trying actually ordering them, even though I could never really say I have one "favorite" director. The last two always seem to be changing. Tarr Béla, Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet, and Hou Hsiao-hsien should probably be on there but I don't know where. Artur Aristakisyan and Ishikawa Hiroshi would be on there but they've only made two movies.

Another ten "projects" I still am missing some key stuff from:
Semih Kaplanoğlu
Bruno Dumont
Andrzej Żuławski
Johan van der Keuken
Hans-Jürgen Syberberg
Theo Angelopoulos
Raúl Ruiz
Hara Kazuo
Ôshima Nagisa
Lisandro Alonso

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 06:50 AM

I didn't participate in that Top 10 Directors list because I couldn't limit it to just 10. Here's the shortest list I can come up with of my favorites, alphabetical after the first two:

Billy Wilder
Nicholas Ray

Pedro Almodovar
Robert Altman
Wes Anderson
Hal Ashby
Charlie Chaplin
Jules Dassin
Samuel Fuller
Howard Hawks
Alfred Hitchcock
Hong Sang-soo
John Huston
Shohei Imamura
Fritz Lang
Spike Lee
Ernst Lubitsch
Anthony Mann
Michael Mann
Jean-Pierre Melville
Otto Preminger
Martin Scorsese
Preston Sturges
Orson Welles
Wong Kar-wai

And beyond that there's always Ford, Powell & Pressburger, Oshima, Malle, Truffaut, Bresson, Aldrich, Fellini, Peckinpah, Lumet, Ozu, Sirk, Bergman, Teshigahara, Tourneur, Bunuel, Allen, Lynch, Fassbinder, Jarmusch, the Coens, Kubrick, Kurosawa, Kieslowski and on and on. I'm not sure why I even try.

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 12:14 PM

I didn't participate in that Top 10 Directors list because I couldn't limit it to just 10. Here's the shortest list I can come up with of my favorites, alphabetical after the first two:
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That's why I added the additional criteria of nine features watched. If I didn't do that it would get huge (like yours with many of those same directors like Orson Welles, Hal Ashby (well not Wes Anderson), Fritz Lang, Jean-Pierre Melville and Otto Preminger. And I would think of others mentioned in the top of my posting.

On a side note my appreciation of Buster Keaton as a director keeps growing as I gone over many of his films for the second time. There is such a huge distance between his silent work and his later non-directed comedies, but after going over some of his Educational (and all of his Columbia shorts I think those hold up well and I found better than the Three Stooges shorts of the same time) I feel that is a bit underrated as well.
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Posted 02 September 2010 - 04:00 PM

In lieu of the rest of you, mine on the first page is updated. Trying actually ordering them, even though I could never really say I have one "favorite" director. The last two always seem to be changing. Tarr Béla, Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet, and Hou Hsiao-hsien should probably be on there but I don't know where. Artur Aristakisyan and Ishikawa Hiroshi would be on there but they've only made two movies.

With Straub and Huillet, would this be a good place to start, or can you recommend another? I've seen nothing, and they've been sitting on my backburner for quite a while.
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Posted 02 September 2010 - 04:42 PM

With Straub and Huillet, would this be a good place to start, or can you recommend another? I've seen nothing, and they've been sitting on my backburner for quite a while.


I think Sicilia! might actually be a pretty good starting place. It's only a little over an hour. The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach is one of my least favorites by them, but is also good. Une visite au Louvre is very very challenging, but rewarding. The Edition Filmmuseum release of Class Relations is also highly recommended.

If you can find some of their shorts on YouTube or the like, it might be a good introduction also. One of my favorites is En rachâchant. Their style is very austere and strange, but those used to Bresson and Dreyer will probably be able to handle it.

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 05:14 PM

Thanks for the help! I'll have to check out Class Relations.

Their style is very austere and strange, but those used to Bresson and Dreyer will probably be able to handle it.

Frequently hearing this comparison is how they landed on my to-watch list. Plus Costa's citing them as an influence. Speaking of which, have you seen Où gît votre sourire enfoui? I can't track down a copy for the life of me. Ugh. My to-watch list and lack of disposable income are NOT getting along. :(
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Posted 08 September 2010 - 04:49 PM

Top 200 Japanese Films

As always, you're going to disagree with a lot and scratch your head at a lot, but this is a damn fine list, and certainly one that strays away from the traditional canon more often than not.

My thoughts:

Nice to see Battles Without Honor or Humanity on there. And really, nice to see so much Fukasaku.

Twenty-Four Eyes in the top 10, however, I cannot get behind.

Ouch, only 35 of 200. I do own a few that I haven't watched yet though, and several others are available on DVD.

Is the '83 Crazed Fruit a remake of the '50s version that appears like ten rankings later on the list?

I was very, very pleasantly surprised to see that The Human Vapor a truly great horror movie from Ishiro Honda made the list, and higher than his more lauded Gojira, no less! I'd still replace it with Matango, but I think that film is a masterpiece.

Also nice to see so much Suzuki, a director I love even though I've only ever gotten around to three of his films. Furthermore, I smiled wide when I saw the phenomenal A Colt is My Passport on there, which is one of the finest Yakuza movies I've seen.

Teshigahara is way too low on the list, and far too underrepresented.


Surprised at the lack of Anime on the list. No Akira (which I don't mind as I find it insanely overrated), no Grave of the Fireflies, and Miyazaki's only got four: Naussica, Totoro, Castle of Cagliostro - which is asinine, the film is perfectly good, but nowhere near the level of others - and Castle in the Sky. Spirited Away, arguably his greatest achievement, is MIA.

They didn't shy away from recent films, either, like most of these lists tend to. I do, however, lament the absence of Miike, as I think he's got many films deserving of consideration.

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 05:05 PM

^ The top 100 from 1999 is on listsofbests. I've seen about the same amount as you have from the 200, but it is way too low. The problem is that there is a lot of 70s and 80s films where I tend to prefer 50s and 60s from Japanese cinema.

Hmmm, no Mr. Thank You (1936, Japan, Hiroshi Shimizu) one of my favorites. Grave of the Fireflies is another of my favs missing there.
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Posted 08 September 2010 - 05:08 PM

Are you familiar with the Battles Without Armor and Humanity series?

Two Kobayashis: Harakiri and The Human Condition. Both are masterpieces, but my two favorites are Samurai Rebellion, which I think is one of the most perfect films ever made, and Kwaidan.

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 05:28 PM

Are you familiar with the Battles Without Armor and Humanity series?

Two Kobayashis: Harakiri and The Human Condition. Both are masterpieces, but my two favorites are Samurai Rebellion, which I think is one of the most perfect films ever made, and Kwaidan.


I have not seen that series and have not yet started on The Human Condition. I agree with Harakiri (easily one of my top 50 Japanese films), Samurai Rebellion (still sad about that ending :D also in top 50) and to a lesser extent Kwaidan.
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Posted 08 September 2010 - 05:30 PM

On a purely visual level, filmmaking does not get better than in Samurai Rebellion. If the film is rather slow-moving, that's never bothered me in the slightest.

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 03:51 PM

Here is a post I made here on:

Top 75 Male Acting Performances:

These are my top 75 male acting performances. To make things more fun I also decided to do one choice per actor. I ordered this list by year and added the director of the film. If I get a chance to redo the list I will add character name, but as time was somewhat of a factor… Of course as a prerequisite I had to have watched the film. I tried to choose the performance and not the movie, but many times a great film will sometimes persuade you into thinking that all the performances are good. But I hope I was able to overlook it. For example I choose Marcello Mastroianni’s performance in Divorce Italian Style over his in 8 ½. I consider the Fellini film to be one of the best of all time, but I just love Marcello’s performance as the scheming husband. There is also a tendency to try to not repeat from the above list, but I have to go with my personal feeling. For example Peter Lorre in M: while I love him in many roles and Mad Love is a close second however his performance as Hans Beckert is still my favorite.

There are also many actors I like from Jackie Chan, Stephen Chow, Jerry Lewis and others that their personality works and they can make great films, but I choose not to add here.

I am sure I missed good performances and all mistakes are my own, but I’m tired of thinking about this.

Top 75 acting performances (one per actor; in chronological order):

1. Buster Keaton: The Playhouse (1921: Buster Keaton/Eddie Cline)
2. Harold Lloyd: The Freshman (1925: Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor)
3. Lon Chaney: Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928: Herbert Brenon)
4. Emil Jannings: The Last Command (1928: Josef Von Sternberg)
5. Fredric March: Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1931: Rouben Mamoulian)
6. Peter Lorre: M (1931: Fritz Lang)
7. James Cagney: The Public Enemy (1931: William A. Wellman)
8. Edward G. Robinson: Little Caesar (1931: Mervyn LeRoy)
9. Charles Chaplin: City Lights (1931: Charles Chaplin)
10. Charles Laughton: The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933: Alexander Korda)
11. Harry Baur: Les misérables (1934: Raymond Bernard)
12. Groucho Marx: A Night at the Opera (1935: Sam Wood)
13. W.C. Fields: Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935: Clyde Bruckman, W.C. Fields)
14. Boris Karloff: Bride of Frankenstein (1935: James Whale)
15. Chishû Ryû: The Only Son (1936: Yasuijiro Ozu: Japan)
16. Henry Fonda: Grapes of Wrath (1940: John Ford)
17. Humphrey Bogart: The Maltese Falcon (1941: John Huston)
18. Roger Livesey: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943: Powell & Pressburger)
19. Laird Cregar: The Lodger (1944: John Brahm)
20. Nikolai Cherkasov: Ivan The Terrible Part I,II (1945-46, Sergei M. Eisenstein)
21. Cary Grant: Notorious (1946: Alfred Hitchcock)
22. Laurence Olivier: Hamlet (1948: Laurence Olivier)
23. Alec Guinness: Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949: Robert Hamer)
24. Orson Welles: The Third Man (1949: Carol Reed)
25. Kirk Douglas: Ace in the Hole (1951: Billy Wilder)
26. Alistair Sim: Scrooge (1951: Brian Desmond Hurst)
27. Montgomery Clift: A Place in the Sun (1951: George Stevens)
28. Takashi Shimura: Ikiru (1952: Akira Kurosawa)
29. William Holden: Stalag 17 (1953: Billy Wilder)
30. Vincent Price: House of Wax (1953: André De Toth)
31. Marlon Brando: On The Waterfront (1954: Elia Kazan)
32. Jean Gabin: Touchex Pas au Grisbi (1954: Jacques Becker)
33. Robert Mitchum: Night of the Hunter (1955: Charles Laughton)
34. John Wayne: The Searchers (1956: John Ford)
35. Lee Marvin: Seven Men From Now (1956: Budd Boetticher)
36. Burt Lancaster: Sweet Smell of Success (1957: Alexander Mackendrick)
37. James Stewart: Vertigo (1958: Alfred Hitchcock)
38. Charlton Heston: Ben-Hur (1959: William Wyler)
39. Albert Sharpe: Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959: Robert Stevenson)
40. Anthony Perkins: Psycho (1960: Alfred Hitchcock)
41. Jack Lemmon: The Apartment (1960: Billy Wilder)
42. Max von Sydow: The Virgin Spring (1960: Ingmar Bergman)
43. Toshiro Mifune: Yojimbo (1961: Akira Kurosawa)
44. Marcello Mastroianni: Divorce Italian Style (1961: Pietro Germi)
45. Peter O’Toole: Lawrence of Arabia (1962: David Lean)
46. Tatsuya Nakadai: Harakiri (1962: Masaki Kobayashi)
47. Tom Courtenay: Billy Liar (1963: John Schlesinger)
48. Maurice Ronet: The Fire Within (1963: Louis Malle)
49. Paul Scofield: A Man for All Seasons (1966: Fred Zinnemann)
50. Alain Delon: Le Samourai (1967: Jean-Pierre Melville)
51. Sidney Poitier: In The Heat of the Night (1967: Norman Jewison)
52. Paul Newman: Cool Hand Luke (1967: Stuart Rosenberg)
53. Steve McQueen: Bullitt (1968: Peter Yates)
54. Jack Nicholson: Five Easy Pieces (1970: Bob Rafelson)
55. Jean-Louis Trintignant: The Conformist (1970: Bernardo Bertolucci)
56. George C. Scott: Patton (1970: Franklin J. Schnaffner)
57. Gene Hackman: The Conversation (1974: Francis Ford Coppola)
58. Al Pacino: Dog Day Afternoon (1975: Sidney Lumet)
59. Robert De Niro: Taxi Driver (1976: Martin Scorsese)
60. Klaus Kinski : Fitzcarraldo (1982: Werner Herzog)
61. Woody Allen: Zelig (1983: Woody Allen)
62. Albert Finney: Under the Volcano (1984: John Huston)
63. Jonathan Price: Brazil (1985: Terry Gilliam)
64. Gary Oldman: Sid & Nancy (1986: Alex Cox)
65. Chow Yun-fat: The Killer (1989: John Woo)
66. Leslie Cheung: Farewell my Concubine (1993: Chen Kaige)
67. Johnny Depp: Ed Wood (1994: Tim Burton)
68. Morgan Freeman: The Shawshank Redemption (1994: Frank Darabont)
69. Tony Leung Chiu Wai: Happy Together (1997: Wong Kar-wai)
70. Jim Carrey: Man on the Moon (1999: Milos Forman)
71. Francis Ng: Infernal Affairs II (2003: Andrew Lau Wai-Keung, Alan Mak Siu-Fai)
72. Bruno Ganz: Downfall (2004: Oliver Hirschbiegel)
73. Christian Bale: The Prestige (2006: Christopher Nolan)
74. Daniel Day-Lewis: There Will Be Blood (2007: Paul Thomas Anderson)
75. Mickey Rourke: The Wrestler (2008: Darren Aronofsky)

Some Additional Performances that I could easily add above:

William Powell: My Man Godfrey (1936: Gregory Lxa Cava)
Dustin Hoffman: Little Big Man (1970: Arthur Penn)
Jacques Tati: M Hulut’s Holiday (1953: Jacques Tati)
Carlo Battisti: Umberto D. (1952: Vittorio De Sica)
Clint Eastwood: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966: Sergio Leone)
Gene Wilder: Young Frankenstein (1974: Mel Brooks)
Lau Ching-wan: Mad Detective (2007: Johnnie To, Wai Kai-fai)
Hurd Hatfield: The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945: Albert Lewin)
Simon Yam: PTU (2003: Johnnie To: Hong Kong)
Bela Lugosi: Dracula (1931: Tod Browning)
Anthony Hopkins: Nixon (1995: Oliver Stone)
Tom Hanks: Forrest Gump (1994: Robert Zemeckis)
Victor McLaglen: The Informer (1935: John Ford)
Nicholas Cage: Leaving Las Vegas (1995: Mike Figgiss)
Frank Sinatra: The Man With The Golden Arm (1955: Otto Preminger)
Paul Muni: The Life of Emile Zola (1937: William Dieterle)
Tony Curtis: The Defiant Ones (1958: Stanley Kramer)
Spencer Tracy: Judgment at Nuremberg (1961: Stanley Kramer)
Robert Walker: Strangers on a Train (1951: Alfred Hitchcock)
Richard E. Grant: Withnail & I (1987: Bruce Robinson)
River Phoenix: My Own Private Idaho (1991: Gus Van Sant)
Jackie Earle Haley: Watchmen (2009: Zach Synder)
John Hurt: The Elephant Man (1980: David Lynch)

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 08:35 PM

Clint's performance in The Bridges of Madison County is my fav of his. I haven't seen Five Easy Pieces in a while, but I think Nicolson's performance in The Passenger is staggering for how little he does with it. Grant was great in Notorious, but I don't know. I don't think I'd feel right singling that out as his best performance even if it is just because it's not what springs to mind when I think of Grant. I'm not sure what other performance anyone would pick as Depp's best other than Ed Wood. Jack Sparrow? Paul Reubens in Pee-wee's Big Adventure is the best performance in a Burton film, dammit. That or Martin Landeu in Ed Wood. Or, you know, Nicholson in Batman(just kidding). I haven't seen The Life of Emile Zola, but I thought Muni was terrific in Scarface. I know a lot of people thought Jackie Earle Haley gave the best performance in Watchmen, but I preferred Billy Crudup's. Out of recent stuff, I love Brad Pitt in Benjamin Button.
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Posted 02 May 2011 - 09:21 PM

Nice to see Sinatra on your also-rans list, though I'd go with Some Came Running, I think.

As for Eastwood, Unforgiven all the way.

I'm also happy to see some Watchmen love.

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 10:54 AM

Clint's performance in The Bridges of Madison County is my fav of his. I haven't seen Five Easy Pieces in a while, but I think Nicolson's performance in The Passenger is staggering for how little he does with it. Grant was great in Notorious, but I don't know. I don't think I'd feel right singling that out as his best performance even if it is just because it's not what springs to mind when I think of Grant. I'm not sure what other performance anyone would pick as Depp's best other than Ed Wood. Jack Sparrow? Paul Reubens in Pee-wee's Big Adventure is the best performance in a Burton film, dammit. That or Martin Landeu in Ed Wood. Or, you know, Nicholson in Batman(just kidding). I haven't seen The Life of Emile Zola, but I thought Muni was terrific in Scarface. I know a lot of people thought Jackie Earle Haley gave the best performance in Watchmen, but I preferred Billy Crudup's. Out of recent stuff, I love Brad Pitt in Benjamin Button.


I haven't seen The Bridges of Madison County nor The Passenger so I cannot comment on them. I actually liked his performance in Batman. I'll agree with Paul Reubens (not kidding here). I've seen that film so many freakin times, can quote from it. I like Brad Pitt, just didn't know what to put for him: Fight Club, 12 Monkeys

Muni is a good actor. I had to pick something with him in it.

I still prefer Jackie Earle Haley in Watchmen :D. But then again I have a preference for psychotic loners (looking at my list there is quite a few).

Nice to see Sinatra on your also-rans list, though I'd go with Some Came Running, I think.

As for Eastwood, Unforgiven all the way.

I'm also happy to see some Watchmen love.


I was debating on Some Came Running since it is a movie I prefer to the one I picked. But I was concentrating on performance so, well ultimately it was a toss up and I had spent way too much time yesterday on it.

Of course these lists are highly subjective. I already had one response chiding my pick of Charlton Heston as one of the worst nominations in Academy Award History (I hate hyperbole) and calling him a porno actor (I hate Ad Hominem). Ultimately I hate those type of lists there because no one seems to know it is a subjective thing (or the fact that so many people ignore the comments. Hell, I like Heston. I know not everyone does, but its my list dammit. But I thought it would be fun. This is one of the those type of lists I don't think you get much "bang for your buck", but if it encourages anyone to watch at least one film :D. I can see someone looking through it and wondering who the heck Francis Ng is.

One I missed that I would add: Andy Griffith: A Face in the Crowd
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Posted 03 May 2011 - 12:36 PM

Wait, there's been a mistake! You left off Peter Sellers mastero! (And Bob Hope!)

Besides that, an interesting list of performances and actors. (You've opted mostly for lead roles, I see.) After some thinking I don't believe I could do one of these with any real accuracy. I'm sure we'd share a few picks like O'Toole, Ronet, Mastroianni, McQueen, Douglas and probably Delon, Fonda, Holden, Lemmon and Cagney. Other actors would overlap but I might've gone in a different direction. Tom Courtenay instead in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, for example, or Bogart for In a Lonely Place. Lee Marvin in Point Blank. Biggest surprise omissions from your list that I see would be Gary Cooper and Denzel Washington. No James Dean either. Or Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck

Some other actors that would have definitely made my list but didn't pop up on yours: Elliott Gould in The Long Goodbye, Don Cheadle in Devil in a Blue Dress, John Cazale in The Godfather Part II, Richard Burton in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Sterling Hayden in Johnny Guitar, Robert Ryan in On Dangerous Ground, Richard Widmark in Night and the City, Ralph Meeker in Kiss Me Deadly, Rock Hudson in Seconds, Harvey Keitel in Mean Streets, David Thewlis in Naked, Ryan Gosling in Half Nelson ... and so on. It's maddening. Plus I'd have to make room for Warren Oates.

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 01:02 PM

Wait, there's been a mistake! You left off Peter Sellers mastero! (And Bob Hope!)

Besides that, an interesting list of performances and actors. (You've opted mostly for lead roles, I see.) After some thinking I don't believe I could do one of these with any real accuracy. I'm sure we'd share a few picks like O'Toole, Ronet, Mastroianni, McQueen, Douglas and probably Delon, Fonda, Holden, Lemmon and Cagney. Other actors would overlap but I might've gone in a different direction. Tom Courtenay instead in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, for example, or Bogart for In a Lonely Place. Lee Marvin in Point Blank. Biggest surprise omissions from your list that I see would be Gary Cooper and Denzel Washington. No James Dean either. Or Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck

Some other actors that would have definitely made my list but didn't pop up on yours: Elliott Gould in The Long Goodbye, Don Cheadle in Devil in a Blue Dress, John Cazale in The Godfather Part II, Richard Burton in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Sterling Hayden in Johnny Guitar, Robert Ryan in On Dangerous Ground, Richard Widmark in Night and the City, Ralph Meeker in Kiss Me Deadly, Rock Hudson in Seconds, Harvey Keitel in Mean Streets, David Thewlis in Naked, Ryan Gosling in Half Nelson ... and so on. It's maddening. Plus I'd have to make room for Warren Oates.


Where the hell is Being There? Great, good catch, though I'm pissed at myself since I thought it was on the list. I even had a conversation on best Sellers performance on another site. As much as I love Bob Hope, I could never in good conscious put him on there. I really can't differentiate his performance between too many of his films :D.

So many of those films you mention in the bottom I need to see, but I have no issue with Harvey Keitel, Richard Widmark (whom I'm forgot to put on there), Sterling Hayden, Robert Ryan and John Cazale whom I like quite a lot. I spent too many hours on it, but good reason to post it here so I could get some feedback on what to watch and what I missed.

I was debating Lee Marvin in Point Blank, a film I enjoy quite a lot (and was one I had picked but changed it at the last minute). Same goes with In a Lonely Place, but I had to choose one of my favorite characters of all-time. Some of these it is just impossible for me to pick one so I just choose what I feel might be overlooked. I need to see The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.

Here's some that I missed:

Peter Sellers: Being There (1979: Hal Ashby): Dr. Strangelove is quite close though. So is Inspect Clouseau (the character not the film).
James Dean: Giant (1956: George Stevens): Yes over Rebel Without A Cause :D
Richard Widmark: Night and the City (1950: Jules Dassin)
Gary Cooper: Man of the West (1958: Anthony Mann) Yes over Sergeant York, though I like the film.
Andy Griffith: A Face in the Crowd(1957: Elia Kazan): repeating again but I am keeping these together for later use.
Gregory Peck: To Kill A Mockingbird (1962: Robert Mulligan)

I didn't choose Robert Duvall because there are a few films like Tender Mercies and The Great Santini I have not seen yet. Same with Denzel Washington since I have not seen Malcom X (I know it is in your top 50 of that decade).

It is maddening which is why I went crazy looking for info yesterday. The good thing was I worked on my top 300 films in the meantime, memorized a bunch more directors per film and got some ideas on what to watch next.

I don't think I'm doing any real accuracy either, I just wanted to have a little fun with this and get some conversation going.
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Posted 03 May 2011 - 01:50 PM

I'm also happy to see some Watchmen love.



But do you really think that it's Haley's best performance? His turn as "Ronnie" in Little Children was pure brilliance.
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