5. Woody Allen in Annie Hall- Woody Allen does his usual routine, but this
is certainly one of his better variations, since the character fits his
standard character more, and gives a little more depth to his persona
4. Richard Dreyfuss in The Goodbye Girl- Richard Dreyfuss is almost deathly
annoying at the beginning, but he eventually gives a very good, and
very charming performance as the film continues.
3. Richard Burton in Equus- Richard Burton does his best as he can without the very bad film he is in. He makes the monologues powerful despite the fact that the writing is so bad.
2. Marcello Mastroianni in A Special Day-Mastroianni is very good here creating a fascinating portrait of a very much repressed man who, slowly breaks open. Mastroianni is terrific all the way through.
1. John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever- Travolta really is great in his star making performance. Travolta gives a strong charismatic performance. I will admit this year is incredibly close for me. It was incredibly hard for me to chose between these top two performances, since they are both strong in fairly different ways.