Your Spin: The Most Memorable Cinematic Performance by an Actor

It’s time yet again to put The Spin in your hands!

This is the latest round of a recurring feature where you, the reader, get to vote.

The winner of the last round, where tasked with choosing The Most Memorable Cinematic Performance by an Actress, was Maria Falconetti for The Passion of Joan of Arc.

Your next decision point:  The Most Memorable Cinematic Performance by an Actor…EVER.  Yup, ever.

Actor - Greek Mask

And the nominees are:

  • All kidding aside, Charlie Chaplin in The Kid
  • For ripping off the mask, Lon Chaney in The Phantom of the Opera
  • Because frankly he didn’t give a damn, Clark Gable in Gone with the Wind
  • Because we’d like to think he killed a man, it’s the romantic in us, Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca
  • For bringing out the killer in all of us, Joseph Cotten in Shadow of a Doubt
  • For STELLLLLLLLLLLLA, Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire
  • For flying the coop, Jack Nicholson in One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • For being mad as hell and not taking it anymore, Peter Finch in Network
  • For being a contender, Robert De Niro in Raging Bull
  • Because, well, he rules, and we don’t get to tell him what to do ever again, Kevin Spacey in American Beauty
  • For drinking our collective milkshake, Daniel Day Lewis in There Will be Blood

Think we left someone out?  Start the debate in the comments form and then vote!


  1. I would add the memorable performances of:
    Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
    Gregory Peck in To Kill A Mockingbird
    Dustin Hoffman in Kramer vs Kramer

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