5. Martin Stephens in Village of the Damned - Stephens gives an effectively creepy kid performance, though it feels but a warm up for his more impressive work in The Innocents a year later.
Best Scene: The kids tear down the "brick wall"
4. Robert Mitchum in Home From the Hill - Mitchum avoids falling into overblown melodrama by giving an unassuming yet commanding turn that successfully realizes the two conflicting sides of his character.
Best Scene: The captain tries to win back his wife.
3. John Mills in Tunes of Glory - Mills gives perhaps his best performance, in his tragic portrayal of a soldier being slowly broken down by his own men.
Best Scene: The final party.
2. Peter Sellers in Never Let Go - Sellers more than proves his merit in a wholly dramatic role, through his compelling portrayal of a vicious and desperate criminal.
Best Scene: The final fight.
1. Renato Salvatori in Rocco and his Brothers - Salvatori gives a powerful performance as he realizes the descent of a simple man into a form of madness in chilling detail.