5. Steve McQueen in An Enemy of the People - McQueen doesn't fail entirely in his against type performance, but at the same time it isn't a complete success.
Best Scene: Speech.
4. Elliott Gould in The Silent Partner - Gould delivers a terrific atypical turn as the lead to a thriller who is a bit more calculating than the average "wrong man".
Best Scene: Needing a new key.
3. Harvey Keitel in Fingers - Keitel delivers a fantastic turn of a man defined by a strange pull between a world of art and a world of violence.
Best Scene: Visiting his mother.
2. Alan Bates in The Shout - Bates delivers a wholly a captivating portrayal of a man seemingly empowered by a life of mistakes, and a man broken by them.
Best Scene: The shout.
1. Richard Pryor in Blue Collar - Good predictions Michael McCarthy and GM. Pryor proves his abilities are far greater than he was given credit for, in his dynamic, intense, and downright powerful portrayal of a man fed-up by the system he is stuck in.