5. Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman- Pacino's performance creates a very mixed feeling, in a lot of moments I think he gives a very charming, and effective performance, but other times he goes too over the top and becomes overly calculated.
4. Denzel Washington in Malcolm X- He is strong in many scenes, and has the right manner for Malcolm X in the speeches, and the right dread infused with a passion in his final scenes.
3. Robert Downey Jr. in Chaplin- Downey is downright outstanding in replicating Chaplin style, as he never feels like a replication but rather a true embodiment of the men. Although the film does not offer an excessively complex portrayal of Chaplin, Downey takes his performance as far as it can possibly go within those limits.
2. Stephen Rea in The Crying Game- In every re-watch Rea's portrait of this man has only resonated more,
creating such a emotional impact in every scene, that makes the film a
far deeper and richer experience than the one suggested by the twist
that defined its original notoriety.
1. Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven- Eastwood's performance in Unforgiven might be his best performance. He knows exactly his range in this performance, as well the history of himself as an actor, and brilliantly uses both these aspects to create a very compelling portrait of a man's chilling degradation back into the vicious killer he once was.
Jack Lemmon in Glengarry Glen Ross