Movies Who is the 4 best male lead Oscar winning performances in the past 40 years?

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What's your picks?

  1. Robert De Niro - Raging Bull

    37.6%
  2. Ben Kingsley - Gandhi

    5.0%
  3. F. Murray Abraham - Amadeus

    10.9%
  4. Dustin Hoffman - Rain Man

    11.9%
  5. Daniel Day-Lewis - My Left Foot

    15.8%
  6. Anthony Hopkins - The Silence of the Lambs

    42.6%
  7. Al Pacino - Scent of a Woman

    9.9%
  8. Tom Hanks - Forrest Gump

    25.7%
  9. Nicolas Cage - Leaving Las Vegas

    9.9%
  10. Russell Crowe - Gladiator

    23.8%
  11. Denzel Washington - Training Day

    24.8%
  12. Sean Penn- Mystic River

    7.9%
  13. Jamie Foxx - Ray

    3.0%
  14. Philip Seymour-Hoffman - Capote

    5.9%
  15. Daniel Day-Lewis - There Will Be Blood

    41.6%
  16. Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club

    5.9%
  17. Leonardo Dicaprio - The Revenant

    6.9%
  18. Gary Oldman - Darkest Hour

    6.9%
  19. Joaquin Phoenix - Joker

    28.7%
  20. Other (specify)

    7.9%
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  1. bootsy and elsewhere

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    Affleck as Robert Ford was a crushing performance.
    I think William Macy should’ve got the Oscar for Fargo.
     
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    Nicolas Cage in Leaving Las Vegas and Denzel Washington in Training Day.
     
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    Peter Finch -- Network -- an iconic role. One of those rare times when A+ material is matched with an A+ performance. Similarly...

    Anthony Hopkins -- Silence of the Lambs -- It's a testament to his genius that he did so much with so little material. A watch/rewatch of Manhunter, which is Lambs' predecessor, really hammer shome how brilliant Hopkins performance was.

    Denzel Washington -- Training Day -- This was like Denzel's Home Run Derby. The script just served him fastball after fastball and Denzel just fucking crushed every minute of it. Love it when a great actor gets great material that they can just sink their teeth into.

    Russell Crowe -- Gladiator -- i get the sense that some people are sleeping on this performance. Idk maybe some of y'all are younger but when this came out, nobody outside of Oz or the 10 people outside of Oz who'd seen Romper knew who the fuck Russel Crowe was. And he instantly, and i mean instantly, became an A-List movie star with this performance. Now don't get me wrong, Joaquin Phoenix was better, but Crowe's Maximus was a classic man's man 'movie star' role. The kind of masculine show stopping role that 99% of actors could only dream of carrying, and Crowe fucking killed it. The fact that he's become an embittered fat fuck doesn't change the fact that he was essentially on his way to becoming the next Steve McQueen.

    Exactly. Which is why i far preferred him in Gangs of New York, which he freaking carried and should've won his Oscar for. He was good in Their Will Be Blood but that was a makeup Oscar for the Gangs snub. Everyone in the building that night knew it.
     
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    Leo is a fantastic actor
     
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    Nolan is my Leo. And Leo's not that horrible, just overrated by people.
     
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    From the movies i have seen.
    Anthony Hopkins - The Silence of the Lambs
    Tom Hanks - Forrest Gump
    Robert De Niro - Raging Bull
    Joaquin Phoenix - Joker
     
  8. Madmick Zugzwang Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    Yeah, I don't get the love for Training Day. He just yelled a lot. Denzel's best performance is in Flight, IMO.
    Crowe was better in The Insider.

    Network was 1976.
    Agreed, that's his best, but that was a Supporting role. Or did he just not win?

    That was the year he got two, wasn't it. For that and Gone, Baby, Gone.
     
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    Holy shit... i have no idea why my mind went back to Network, lol. Maybe it's cause all the ones from 80 on up with exception to the aforementioned were either makeup Oscars, career Oscars, or have just plain not aged well.

    And i liked Crowe in the Insider... but again. it's one thing to put on a great performance in a small fim and a whole nother to carry a huge tentpole and set the world alight. Crowe's performance in Gladiator is the best by any leading man in that type of film since.. probably charlton Heston in the Ten Commandments. While loads of actors have had really good-to-great performances in dramas. But whatever...

    This is why Lame-o performances and films win oscars every year. Most people are easily impressed with 'drama,' and look past genre work unless it's a lifetime achievement award or make up win like it was for Joaquin Phoenix (Joker) or Guillermo Del Toro (Shape of Water). If awards voters would just award people based on actual merit regardless of genre or pretense we wouldn't have crap like Scorsese getting Best Picture for The Departed, a remake of a korean movie, over Pan's Labyrinth.
     
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    When you look at the winners around the decade of the 90's the genius of Tropic Thunder crystallizes.

    1989: Dustin Hoffman, Rain Man
    1992: Daniel Day-Lewis, My Left Foot
    1995: Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump
    1997: Geoffrey Rush, Shine

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    He lost to Adrien Brody in The Pianist.

    John Hurt actually gave just about as equal performance in The Elephant Man. Really heart breaking performance. He would've won almost any other year. Unfortunately for him he was put up against De Niro.

    Peter Finch Oscar win for Network was about 44 years ago. That's why he's not on the poll. Excellent performance by him. His speech monologue is one of the greatest in screen history.
     
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    I don't get the love for Denzel. Training Day was a solid Hollywood Action movie and that's about it. His performance was good but greatest ever ...<{vega}>
     
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    DDL - There Will Be Blood
    Denzel - Training Day
    Hopkins - Hannibal Lecter
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    Cage - Leaving Las Vegas
     
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    De Niros performance in Raging Bull blows away everyone on that list. Most of that list is nothing special. DDL in TWBB is one of the most overrated performances ever. I can't take Hopkins seriously after watching NBC Hannibal. Mads Mikkelsen completely owns that character
     
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    The DDL performance is certainly very "mannered" which probably isn't to everyones taste but generally I tend to think the Oscars are often a bit of a popularity contest, De Niro winning for Raging Bull is a rare case of someone getting the nod for a peak performance.

    If your limiting it to US/UK films rather than foreign releases then my picks would be...

    1980 - De Niro - Raging Bull
    1981 - James Caan - Thief
    1982 - Harrison Ford - Blade Runner
    1983 - Matt Dillion - Rumblefish
    1984 - Harry Dean Stanton - Paris, Texas
    1985 - Jonathan Pryce - Brazil
    1986 - James Woods - Salvador
    1987 - Mickey Rouke - Angel Heart
    1988 - Daniel Day Lewis - Unbearable Lightness of Being
    1989 - Michael Gambon - The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
    1990 - Gabriel Byrne - Millers Crossing
    1991 - Jeff Bridges - The Fisher King
    1992 - Denzel Washington - Malcome X
    1993 - Bill Murray - Groundhog Day
    1994 - John Travolta - Pulp Fiction
    1995 - Bruce WIllis - 12 Monkeys
    1996 - Ewan McGregor - Trainspotitting
    1997 - John Cusack - Grosse Pointe Blank
    1998 - John Goodman - The Big Lebowski
    1999 - Edward Norton - Fight Club
    2000 - Ray Winston - Sexy Beast
    2001 - Denzel Washington - Training Day
    2002 - Ralph Fiennes - Spider
    2003 - Bill Murray - Lost In Translation
    2004 - Tom Cruise - Collateral
    2005 - Nick Cage - Lord of War
    2006 - Clive Owen - Children of Men
    2007 - Daniel Day Lewis - There Will Be Blood
    2008 - Philp Seymore Hoffman - Synecdoche, New York
    2009 - Sam Rockwell - Moon
    2010 - Jeff Bridges - True Grit
    2011 - Gary Oldman - Tinker, Taylor, Solider, Spy.
    2012 - Joaquin Phoenix - The Master
    2013 - Joaquin Phoenix - Her
    2014 - Brendan Gleeson - Calvary
    2015 - Colin Farrell - The Lobster
    2016 - Jake Gyllenhaal - Nocturnal Animals
    2017 - Ryan Gosling - Blade Runner 2049
    2018 - Woody Harrelson - Three Billboards
    2019 - Leonardo DiCaprico - Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

    Yes I'm bord.
     
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    For me its Daniel Day Lewis
     
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    It's okay if you were bored, you compiled a great list there. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Casey Affleck- Manchester by the Sea
    Robert De Niro - Raging Bull
    Daniel Day Lewis - There Will Be Blood

    Everything else ranges from severe overracting (Pacino, Denzel, Whittaker Penn, Redmayne), your time has come even though your performance isn’t even top 5 in your career (Di Caprio, Pacino, Phoenix, Bridges, Oldman) to truly awful (Rami Malek).

    How Casey Affleck won for a such a subtle performance against the kicking and screaming of Denzel, is a minor miracle.
     
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    Hard to see Harrison Ford when he was outshined badly by Rutger. Wonder if there's a better lead

    I'll start from 2000

    Guy Pearce for Memento

    01 I'll agree with Denzel. Can't even think of anyone special that year

    02 Sandler in Punch Drunk Love. By far his best performance of his career and 2nd best film to Uncut Gems

    Choi min sik in Oldboy easily over Murray in LIT. I don't care if it's Korean, Murray's performance there shouldn't be leading best of in a year

    DDL wasn't even the best performance of that year. Hawke might've been the lead technically but everyone knows Barden as Anton was the show runner and a better performance and character than DDL as Plainview

    Tahar for A Prophet 09, Stuhlburg Serious Man was better than Rockwell too

    Gosling Blue Valentine for 2010

    Agree with Oldman for Tinker.

    dont have Phoenix for 2013 but he deserved it for Master. In 2013 Leo in WOWS, Gyllenhaal in Prisoners, Mcchaonahey in DBC, Hawke in Before Midnight and Isaac in ILD were all better performances

    Gyllenhaal easily for Nightcrawler in 2014 very arguably the best performance of the decade. I'm taking Jake 1 and Phoenix 2 for Master

    2015 prolly was Farrel. Prolly the lone shining light in an overhyped and B or C rate black comedy/satire film. Direction and script were severely lacking

    Shannon outshined Jake in Nocturnal Animals. Can't have my lead winner being outshun by supporting actors

    2018 was a bad year for Murrican film don't even know who to pick

    Dafoe or Pattinson for Lighthouse last year for sure. Leo was great and had some tough scenes to pull off but he wasn't acting on a higher level than Dafoe or Pattinson
     
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    Severe overacting is DDLs speciality and why so many love his TWBB performance so it's curious why you'd use that reasoning and even out that performance anyone near the same breath as De Niro in Raging Bull (it isn't close BTW, De Niro in King of Comedy was a better performance as well, not to mention Heat, Taxi Driver, Godfather 2 altho not a lead). His prime acting performances are at a far greater level than DDL could muster. In reality he's more of a B rate Toshiro Mifune in his style of acting
     
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