5. Jon Finch in Macbeth - The film purposefully restricts his ability to explore the character, but Finch still manages to give an effective portrayal of the transformation of Macbeth particularly in the way he suggests his misdeeds age him.
Best Scene: Learning about the Lady
4. Al Pacino in The Panic in Needle Park - Pacino, unlike the film itself, creates an understanding in his character's disjointed nature effectively showing the different sides of such a man whether he's revealing an abundance of charm, or simply wasting away.
Best Scene: Bobby asks Helen to score for him.
3. Max von Sydow in The Emigrants -I apologize as I did not mean to shortchange this great actor, but I chose not to review the performance only because I felt I could not add anything to what I wrote about his work in the sequel where I felt he had a more dynamic character arc to realize since everything that's great in this performance can be seen there as well he only gets to explore the character further. This is also a very strong performance though that once again works through the sheer simple honesty he brings to the role, along with his marvelous chemistry with Liv Ullmann(who once again is perfection by the way) that works so in tandem with the wonderful vision realized by the film.
Best Scene: Watching over his sick wife.
2. Oliver Reed in The Devils - Reed gives a great performance as he stands as a needed straight man for the film, but also creates an affecting portrait of a priest devoted to his specific ideals.
Best Scene: Defending himself in court.
1. Paul Scofield in King Lear - Good Predictions RatedRStar, Michael Patison and Luke. Scofield more than proves his ability with the words of the bard, through his daring and truly powerful portrayal of the tragic king.