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Old September 21 2012, 11:07 PM   #81
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Re: The Top 40 Male Film Lead Actors of all Time

I doubt we could justify having movie quality as the ONLY deciding factor. Their PERFORMANCES in great movies are of course determining elements. But if we restricted it to actors who never had bad direction or gave weak performances, few besides James Dean or John Cazale would likely make the cut. (And for a valid example of great actors in an awful film, check out the DESPERATE HOURS remake from 1990 with Anthony Hopkins. Even Lindsay Crouse was bad!)

Some of my replies are intentionally flip when I justify one actor over or under another. My true favorites are mostly the final 17 and we'll see how well that goes over. But bringing up specific films, even bad ones, sounds like a good way to keep the debating flowing. There will be some explanations why I chose who I chose after all 40 are revealed.

Now for the real incomings....

40. Arnold Schwarzenegger
39. Spencer Tracy
38. Steve McQueen
37. Gary Cooper
36. Daniel Craig
35. Errol Flynn
34. Sean Penn
33. Richard Burton
32. Tom Hanks
31. Edward Norton
30. Paul Newman
29. Michael Caine
28. William Holden
27. Clive Owen
26. Samuel L. Jackson
25. Marlon Brando
24. Al Pacino
23. Charlton Heston
22. Burt Lancaster
21. Frank Sinatra
20. Tom Cruise
19. Clint Eastwood
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