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My Favorite Movie Performances of the Decade

This post comes from Buzz Best of the Decade group member Whiplash.

In No Particular Order:
1. Gene Hackman as Royal Tenenbaum in The Royal Tenenbaums

2. Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho

3. Daniel Day-Lewis as Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood

3. Paul Giamatti as Miles Raymond in Sideways

4. Mickey Rourke as Randy "The Ram" Robinson in The Wrestler

5. Bill Murray as Bob Harris in Lost in Translation

6. Christoph Waltz as Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds

7. Kate Winslet as Clementine Kruczynski in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

8. Sean Penn as Harvey Milk in Milk

9. Felicity Huffman as Bree in Transamerica

10. Meryl Streep as Susan Orlean in Adaptation

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11. Amy Adams as Ashley Johnsten in Junebug

12. Morgan Freeman as Eddie "Scrap-Iron" Dupris in Million Dollar Baby

13. Alan Arkin as Edwin Hoover in Little Miss Sunshine

14. Michelle Williams as Alma del Mar in Brokeback Mountain

15. Steve Carell as Andy Stitzer in The 40-Year-Old Virgin

16. Heath Ledger as the Joker in The Dark Knight

17. Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men

18. Robert Downey Jr as Kirk Lazarus in Tropic Thunder

19. Maria Bello as Edie Stall in A History of Violence

20. Maggie Gyllenhaal as Lee Holloway in Secretary

21. Mark Wahlberg as Sean Dignam in The Departed

22. Jack Black as Barry in High Fidelity

23. Uma Thurman as Beatrix Kiddo/The Bride in Kill Bill Vol. I and II

24. Audrey Tautou as Amelie Poulain in Amelie

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blondie829 blondie829 7 years
Great picks! I know he is underrated, but I would add Jim Carrey from The Truman Show. That movie is amazing.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 7 years
Great choices!!! My picks would've been exactly the same, with Mickey Rourke's performance as my favorite. The Wrestler was one of the most difficult movies to watch because it reminded me so much of my relationship (or lack thereof) with my dad.
new new 7 years
Great choices. I would add Jared Leto in Requiem for a Dream, Adrien Brody in The Pianist and James McAvoy in Atonement
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Great choices! Every time I watch The Wrestler, I think Mickey Rourke should have won the Oscar, then I see Milk and think that the academy was correct and Sean Penn's win was justified. I think those were two of the best performances of all time! (Your other choices are great, too.)
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