The 33rd Best Actor of All-Time: Kirk Douglas

best film:  I’m overdue for a Kubrick retrospective and haven’t seen Paths of Glory in years but I think I’m giving the edge here to Jacques Tourneur’s Out of the Past. Out of the Past

The 34th Best Actor of All-Time: Bill Murray

best film:  Lost in Translation. I had Sofia Coppola’s masterpiece one slot above Wes Anderson’s (Royal Tenenbaums) towards the back end of my top 100 of all-time when I last updated it (#88 and #89

The 35th Best Actor of All-Time: Sean Connery

best film:  The Hill which I’ve seen twice and don’t understand why it’s not held in a higher regard amongst cinephiles and critics. It’s skillfully shot, features a large set piece (title of the film),

The 36th Best Actor of All-Time: Tom Hanks

best film:  Saving Private Ryan and now that we’ve had a little bit of distance between now and Hanks’ best work I don’t think this one is particularly close. I think there are a number

The 37th Best Actor of All-Time: Denzel Washington

best film:  Malcolm X is a masterpiece. It’s different than David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia in some ways (lush 70mm exteriors, how much of the life is covered) but similar in others (aggressively stylistic from

The 38th Best Actor of All-Time: Clark Gable

best film:  Gone With the Wind is a masterpiece of epic movie-making. Whether it’s the gorgeous color photography, crane shots (in combination with a myriad of extras to provide proper scope), writing or acting—it’s a

The 39th Best Actor of All-Time: Sean Penn

best film:  It’s tempting to forget Sean Penn is in The Tree of Life. That’s not a good sign for him in terms of his impact on the film’s masterpiece status. I think of Jessica

The 40th Best Actor of All-Time: Joseph Cotton

best film:  Citizen Kane by an eyelash over The Magnificent Ambersons and The Third Man (I don’t count Touch of Evil really because Cotton’s role is a small cameo). Cotton has been in four of

The 41st Best Actor of All-Time: Jean-Louis Trintignant

best film:  The Conformist is a visual high-wire act from Bertolucci. It’s easily Bertolucci’s strongest effort (and that’s saying something because 1900 and Last Tango in Paris are excellent films). However, it doesn’t work nearly

The 42nd Best Actor of All-Time: Edward Norton

best film: I think Norton has been in 12 archiveable films and five of them are masterpieces. I’m throwing out his work with Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom and Grand Budapest) as he’s just not a

The 43rd Best Actor of All-Time: Harrison Ford

best film:  I’m going with Blade Runner because Ford is in Apocalypse Now for about 5 minutes and he’s the fourth most important/impressive actor during that five minute sequence. Blade Runner is the seventh best

The 44th Best Actor of All-Time: Takashi Shimura

best film:  Seven Samurai but when you’re in 10 Kurosawa films (Rashoman the closest) it’s never easy—Yojimbo and Throne of Blood are right there, too. Outside of the Kurosawa universe Shimura is at least in

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