5. Rex Harrison in Cleopatra- Harrison is the only performance that stands far apart from the others, which is a bad thing. Harrison is miscast as Caesar, and his at ease style may work well for Henry Higgins but as Julius Caesar it leaves much to be desired.
4. Albert Finney in Tom Jones- Finney gives a brilliantly charming performance that is winning during every moment that he has.
3. Richard Harris in This Sporting Life- Harris gives a complex and powerful performance, which shows the depth of what may seem like the depth less. Sure he channels Brando, but he channels Brando well.
2. Sidney Poitier in Lilies of the Field- Poitier gives a wonderful
performance, filled with charm, and charisma. I love every minute of
this performance, and I really could watch this particular performance
over and over again.
1. Paul Newman in Hud- Paul Newman gives another complex realistic
performance that never takes an easy solution in the development of his
character. He shows Hud as the amoral man he is, and whenever he does
show more about Hud, it is always well placed and within Hud's realm.
Sean Connery in From Russia With Love