5. Paul Winfield in Sounder- Winfield is okay with his short performance but he does not go anywhere beyond what his role requires.
4. Peter O'Toole in The Ruling Class- O'Toole's first half is a bit too over the top and repetitive, but he is enjoyable to watch. The second half of his performance is brilliant, giving a very dark and incredibly convincing performance of a man who has gone truly insane.
3. Marlon Brando in The Godfather- Brando is brilliant and gives an iconic performance. A great performance and does everything with the time he is given. He is incredibly memorable in an incredibly memorable movie.
2. Michael Caine in Sleuth- Caine is brilliant in every scene in Sleuth. He plays a dual role of sorts which he handles very well. A interesting performance with a large range which Caine handles as well as possible.
1. Laurence Olivier in Sleuth- Both Olivier and Caine are brilliant in Sleuth and work incredibly well together. Olivier also has a wide range in this role and handles all of it just as well. I pick Olivier though because all the risky accents and mannerisms all pay off, and I find his performance is just one of the most entertaining performances I have ever seen.
Deserving Performances:Al Pacino in The Godfather
Robert Redford in The Candidate