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

The 45th Best Actor of All-Time: Joe Pesci

best film:  Raging Bull but Pesci has been in the 4th best movie of all-time (Raging Bull), 19th (Goodfellas) and 87th (JFK) not to mention one of the best 10 films of the 1980’s with

The 46th Best Actor of All-Time: Laurence Olivier

best film:  It’s either Rebecca or Spartacus and this is Olivier’s problem. These films are with Kubrick and Hitchcock—the best two directors of all-time. But—and it’s a big but—I have these two films as Kubrick’s

The 47th Best Actor of All-Time: Emil Jannings

best film:  Blue Angel but to be fair I’ve only seen Faust and The Last Laugh (the two Murnau films with Jannings) once so I look forward to revisiting. Blue Angel is Von Sternberg’s most

The 48th Best Actor of All-Time: Harvey Keitel

best film:  Pulp Fiction by an eyelash over Taxi Driver,  I’m sticking to my top 100 list and I have Pulp Fiction #25 and Taxi Driver #34. Those two masterpieces are so close it’s not

The 49th Best Actor of All-Time: Joaquin Phoenix

best film:  The Master. Anderson seems to believe that The Master is the best (or hinting at that by saying it’s the film he’s most proud of) film he’s made. I’m not there (at least

The 50th Best Actor of All-Time: Christian Bale

best film:  Three options here, The Dark Knight, American Psycho (yes, American Psycho) and The New World. I wouldn’t have said this five years ago but subsequent viewings of Malick’s 2005 masterpiece have me believe

The 51st Best Actor of All-Time: Paul Muni

best film: Scarface with Hawks behind the helm is slightly superior to I Am A Fugitive From a Chain Gang. The opening of Hawks’ Scarface is so stylistically audacious and memorable. It sticks with you.

The 52nd Best Actor of All-Time: Ryan Gosling

best film: La La Land. With 18 months left I have La La Land as the second best film of the 2010’s decade. Obviously if that holds up, with approximately 10 decades worth of cinema

The 53rd Best Actor of All-Time: Ralph Fiennes

best film: For now it’s Schindler’s List. It’s still relatively new out there so I’m not ready to say Wes Anderson’s gorgeous Grand Budapest is superior to Spielberg’s (equally gorgeous) 1993 masterpiece. This was Fiennes’

The 54th Best Actor of All-Time: Chishû Ryû

best film: Tokyo Story is known as Ozu’s masterpiece and righty so- but Ozu’s work was so consistent (and consistently brilliant) that he’s a body of work auteur—not an auteur that’s stature is built on

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