The Greatest Screen Performances of All Time

The Greatest Screen Performances of All Time

In making the following list of the greatest screen performances of all time, almost all major actors and actresses globally in the leading or supporting roles were evaluated. The greatest performances are colored in red, great performances in green and if needed in ranking and differentiating between performances, the good performances that colored in blue were also considered. One sole greatest performance could not include in this greatest 100 screen performance of all time, but a career of such superb acting. But such great performances though not in this list are acknowledged here: Vanessa Redgrave in Julia, Anne Bancroft in Graduate, Ezzatolah Entezami in The Cow, Ali MacGraw in Love Story, John Turturro in Barton Fink, John Gazale in Dog day afternoon, Peter Finch in Network, Sylvester Stallone in Rocky, Christopher Walken in The Deer Hunter, Nastassja Kinski in Tess, Kevin Klein in Sophie’s choice, Nicholas Cage in Leaving Las Vegas, Lee Ermey in Full Metal Jacket, Kevin Costner in Dances with wolves, Willem Dafoe in The Last Temptation of Christ, Winona Ryder in Girl, Interrupted, Juliette Lewis in Natural Born Killers, Jennifer Jason Leigh in Single white female, Woody Harrelson in Natural Born Killers, Billy Bob Thornton in Sling Blade, Roberto Benigni in Life is beautiful, Angelina Jolie in Girl, Interrupted, Will Smith in Ali, Jamie Foxx in Ray, Marion Cotillard in La Vie en Rose, and Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl.  

Ranking Points Actor/Actress For the Films
1 50 Marlon Brando

A streetcar named Desire/ Julius Caesar/On the waterfront/The wild one/ Guys and Dolls / Viva Zapata/The Godfather/ Last Tango in Paris/A dry white season/ The young lions/ Apocalypse now/ The Formula/ The island of Dr. Moreau
2 46 Robert De Niro

Mean Streets/ The Godfather Part II/ Taxi driver/ New York, New York/ The Deer Hunter/ Raging Bull/ The King of Comedy/ Once upon a time in America/ The Mission/ The Untouchables/ Goodfellas/ Awakenings/Cape Fear
3 42 Al Pacino

The Godfather/ Serpico/ The Godfather Part II/ Dog day afternoon/ And justice for all/ Scarface/ The Godfather Part III/ Scent of a woman/ Carlito’s Way/ Donnie Brasco/ The devil’s advocate
4 38 Charles Chaplin  

The Kid/The Gold Rush / The Circus/ City lights/Modern Times/The Great Dictator/ Monsieur Verdoux/ Limelight /A King in New York
5 36 Orson Welles:

 

Citizen Kane/Macbeth/ The Third Man/ Othello/King Lear/ Moby Dick/ Touch of Evil/ Chimes at midnight
6 34 Toshiro Mifune

Drunken Angel/ Rashomon/ Seven Samurai/ Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto/ Throne of blood/ The hidden fortress/ Yojimbo/ Sanjuro/ Red beard
7 32 Dustin Hoffman

The Graduate/ Midnight cowboy/ Little Big Man/ Papillion/ Kramer vs. Kramer/ Tootsie/ Death of a Salesman/ Rain Man
8 32 Meryl Streep

Deer Hunter/Kramer vs. Kramer/ The French Lieutenant’s Woman/ Silkwood/ Sophie’s choice/ Out of Africa/ Death becomes her/ Ironweed/ The Bridges of Madsion County/ The Hours/ Doubt/ Adaptation/ Julie & Julia/ The Iron Lady
9 32 Daniel Day-Lewis

The Unbearable Lightness of Being/ My left foot/ The last of the Mohicans/ The Age of Innocence/ In the name of the father/ The Boxer/ Gangs of New York/ There will be Blood/ Nine/ Lincoln/ Phantom Thread
10 28 Jack Nicholson

Easy Rider/ Five Easy Pieces/ Chinatown/One flew over the Cuckoo’s nest/ The Shinning/ The postman always rings twice/Hoffa/ As good as it gets
11 24 Henry Fonda                         

Jezebel/Jess James/Young Mr. Lincoln/ The grapes of wrath/ My darling Celmentine/12 angry men/ Once upon a time in the west/ On Golden Pond
12 24 Ingrid Bergman

Casablanca/For the whom the bell tolls/ Gaslight/ Spellbound/The bells of St. Mary/Anastasia/ Notorious/ Autumn Sonata/ Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words
13 22 Leonardo Di Caprio

What’s eating Gilbert Grape/ Titanic/ Gangs of New York/ The Aviator/ The Departed/ Shutter Island/The Revenanat
14 21 Jean Gabin     

  

               

La Grand illusion/ Pepe le Moko/La bête humanie/ Le jour se leve/Le plaisir
15 19 Humphrey Bogart

Casablanca/to have and have not/The Big Sleep/ The treasure of Sierra Madre The African Queen/ Sabrina
16 19 Liv Ullmann

Shame/Persona/The passion of Anna/ Cries and Whispers/ Autumn Sonata/ Saraband
17 18 Laurence Olivier

Wuthering heights/ Henry V/ Hamlet/ Richard III/ Othello
18 17 Katharine Hepburn

The African Queen/ Guess who’s coming to dinner/ The Lion in the winter/ On Golden Pond/ Suddenly last summer
19 17 Elizabeth Taylor

Cat on a hot tin roof/  Cleopatra/ Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf?/ Butterfield 8/The taming of the shrew
20 17 Max von Sydow

The seventh seal/ The virgin spring/Through a glass darkly/Shame/Winter Light/Hour of the Wolf/ The passion of Anna/ The exorcist/Pelle the Conqueror
21 15 James Dean

Rebel without a cause/ East of Eden/ Giant
22 15 Robert Mitchum

Out of the past/ The Night of the Hunter/ Cape fear(1962)/ The Yakuza
23 14 Vivien Leigh

Gentlemen’s agreement/Gone with the wind/ A streetcar named Desire
24 14 Buster Keaton      

                 

Sherlock Jr./The General/The Cameraman
25 14 Jack Lemon

Some like it hot/ The apartment/ Save the Tiger
26 14 Bela Lugosi

Dracula/The Black Cat /Son of Frankenstein
27 14 Boris Karloff

 

Frankenstein/The Bride of Frankenstein/ Son of Frekenstein
28 14 Gunnar Bjorstrand

The seventh seal/ Wild Strawberries/The virgin spring/Through a glass darkly/Winter Light/Shame/Fanny and Alexander
29 14 Faye Dunaway

Bonnie and Clyde/ Chinatown / Network
30 13 Bette Davis
 
Jezebel/All about Eve/ Whatever happened to baby Jane?
31 13 Warren Beatty

Splendor in the grass/ Bonnie and Clyde/ Reds
32 13 Anthony Hopkins

The Elephant Man/The silence of the Lambs/ Nixon
33 13 Hilary Swank

Boys don’t Cry/ Million dollar baby/ Amelia
34 13 Russell Crowe

Gladiator/ A Beautiful Mind/ Cinderella Man
35 13 Ingrid Thulin

Wild strawberries/ The Silence/ Winter Light/ Hour of the Wolf/ Cries and Whispers
36 13 Anna Magnani

Rome, Open City/ The Rose Tattoo /The Fugitive Kind/ Mamma Roma/L’Amore
37 13 Audrey Hepburn

Roman holiday/ Sabrina/ War and peace/ Funny face/ Breakfast at Tiffany’s/ Charade/ My Fair Lady/ Wait until dark
38 13 James Stewart
 
You can’t take it with you/ It’s a wonderful life/The Philadelphia Story/ Rear window/ Vertigo/ Anatomy of a murder
39 13 Tom Hanks

Philadelphia/Forest Gump/ Apollo 13/ Saving private Ryan/ The Green Mile/ Cast Away/ Road to Perdition
40 13 Monica Vitti

L’Avventura/ La Notte/ L’Eclisse/Red Desert/ The girl with the pistol
41 13 Cary Grant

The awful truth/ Bringing up baby/ Arsenic and old lace/ Notorious/ To catch a thief/An affair to remember/ North by Northwest/ Charade
42 12 Marx Brothers

Duck soup/ A night at the opera
43 12 Gene Kelly

An American in Paris/Singin’ in the rain
44 12 Sophia Loren

Two women/ Yesterday, today and tomorrow/ Marriage Italian style/Man of La Mancha
45 12 Marlene Dietrich        

 

The Blue Angel/The devil is a woman/ Shanghai Express /Touch of Evil/Desire
46 12 Yves Montand

The wages of fear/ Z/ Le Circle Rouge/State of Siege
47 12 Bibi Andersson

The seventh seal/ Wild strawberries/ Persona/ The passion of Anna
48 12 Brigitte Bardot

And God created woman/The Truth/ Contempt/ Viva Maria
49 12 Montgomery Clift

A Place in the Sun/From here to eternity/ Judgment at Nuremberg/ Freud: The secret passion
50 12 Jean-Louis Trintignant

And God created woman/ A man and a woman/Z/ Three Colors: Red/ Amour
51 12 Greta Garbo                  

        

Anna Christie/ Grand Hotel/ Anna Karenina/ Camille/ Ninotchka
52 12 Peter O’Toole

Lawrence of Arabia/ Becket/ The lion in the winter/ Man of La Mancha
53 12 Kirk Douglas

Out of the past/Ace in the hole/Paths of glory/Spartacus
54 12 Erich von Stroheim      

Intolerance/Greed/La Grand illusion/ Sunset Boulevard
55 12 Diane Keaton

The Godfather/The Godfather Part II/ Annie Hall/ Manhattan/ Reds
56 12 Mia Farrow

Rosemary’s baby/ Hannah and her sisters/ September/ Crimes and Misdemeanors/ Shadows and Fog
57 12 Burt Lancaster

The Killers/From here to eternity/ Elmer Gantry/ Birdman of Alcatraz/ The Leopard/ Atlantic City
58 12 Catherine Deneuve

The umbrellas of Cherbourg/ Repulsion/ Belle de Jour/ Tristana/ The last metro/ Indochine
59 12 Joan Crawford

Mildred Pierce/Possessed/Sudden Fear/Grand Hotel/Autumn Leaves/ Whatever happened to baby Jane?
60 12 Robin Williams

The World according to Garp/ Good Morning Vietnam/ Dead poets society/ Awakenings/Mrs. Doubtfire/ Good will hunting
61 12 Richard Burton

The robe/Cleopatra/Camelot/Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf?/The taming of the shrew/ Doctor Faustus/ Nineteen-Eighty-Four
62 12 Paul Newman

Cat on a hot tin roof/ Sweet bird of youth/ Torn Curtain/ Cool Hand Luke/ Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid/The Verdict/ Road to Perdition
63 12 John Wayne

Stagecoach/ Red River/ Rio Grande/The quiet man/ The Searchers/ The man who shot Liberty Valance/ The Sands of Iwo Jima/True Grit/The Shootist
64 12 Claudia Cardinale

Rocco and his brothers/Un maledetto imbroglio/8 1/2/ Il bell’Antonio/Girl with a suitcase/The Leopard/ Lost command/ The Pink Panther/ Nell’anno del Signore/I guappi/Once upon a time in the west
65 11 Marcello Mastroianni

La Dolce Vita/La Notte/8 1/2/ Yesterday, today and tomorrow
66 11 Grace Kelly

High Noon/Dial M for Murder/Rear window/To catch a thief
67 11 Steve McQueen

The Great Escape/ The sand pebbles/Bullitt/ Papillion
68 11 Marilyn Monroe

The asphalt jungle/ Gentlemen prefer blondes/The seven year itch/ Some like it hot
69 11 Anthony Quinn

La Strada/ Viva Zapata/ Barabbas/ Zorba the Greek
70 11 Jane Fonda

They shoot horses, don’t they?/ Klute/ Julia/ On Golden Pond
71 11 Alain Delon

Rocco and his brothers/ L’Eclisse/ Le Samurai/ Le cercle rouge
72 11 Rita Hayworth

Gilda/Only angles have wings/The lady from Shanghai/Separate tables
73 11 Jean-Paul Belmondo

Breathless/ A woman is a woman/ Pierrot le fou/ Les Miserables
74 11 Jodie Foster

Taxi driver/ The Accused/ The silence of the Lambs/ Contact
75 11 Kate Winslet

Sense and sensibility/ Hamlet/ Titanic/ The Life of David Gale/ The Reader
76 11 Nicole Kidman

To Die For/ Eyes Wide Shut/ Moulin Rouge/ The Hours
77 11 Gary Oldman

Leon: The Professional/ Immortal beloved/Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy/ Darkest Hour
78 11 Michael Caine

 Alfie/ The man who would be King/ The Cider House Rules/ Harry Brown
79 11 Gerard Depardieu

1900/ The last metro/ Mon oncle d’Amerique/ Under the Sun of Satan/ Cyrano de Bergerac
80 11 Jeremy Irons

The French Lieutenant’s Woman/ The Mission/ Reversal of Fortune/ Damage
81 11 Juliet Binoche

The Unbearable Lightness of Being/ Damage/ Three Colors: Blue/ The English Patient/ Chocolat
82 11 Joaquin Phoenix

Gladiator/ Walk the Line /We own the night/Her/Joker
83 11 Judy Garland

The wizard of Oz/ Meet Me in St. Louis/ A star is born
84 10 Gloria Swanson

Sadie Thompson/ The trespasser/ Sunset Boulevard
85 10 Julie Andrews

Mary Poppins/ The sound of music/ Torn Curtain
86 10 Sidney Poitier

Lilies of the field/ In the heat of the night/ Guess who’s coming to dinner
87 10 Natalie Wood

Rebel without a cause/ West side story/ Splendor in the grass
88 10 Ginger Rogers  

 

42nd Street/Top Hat/ Swing time/Kitty Foyle
89 10 Kathy Bates

Misery/Shadows and Fog/ Fried Green Tomatoes/ Dolores Clairborne
90 10 Natalie Portman

Leon: The Professional/The other Boleyn girl/ Black Swan/ Jackie
91 10 Sean Penn

Casualties of War/ Dead Man Walking/ I am Sam/ Mystic river/21 Grams
92 10 Philip Seymour Hoffman

The Talented Mr. Ripley/ Magnolia/ Almost Famous/ Capote/ Doubt
93 10 Michael Douglas

Wall Street/ Basic instinct/ Falling down/Traffic
94 10 Johnny Depp

Edward Scissorhands/ What’s eating Gilbert Grape/ Don Juan DeMarco/Donnie Brasco/ Pirates of the Caribbean: The curse of the black pearl:Dead Man’s Chest/ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory/ Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of the Fleet Street/ Alice in Wonderland
95 10 Lee J. Cobb

Tn the waterfront/12 angry men/ The exorcist
96 8 Fred Astaire                

Top Hat/ Swing time
97 8 John Gazale

The Godfather Part II/ Dog day afternoon/ The Deer Hunter
98 8 Charlize Theron

Monster/North Country/ Bombshell
99 8 Roberto Benigni

The Little Devil/Son of the Pink Panther/Life is beautiful
100 8 Marion Cotillard  

           

Allied/The Immigrant/La Vie en Rose 
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