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Greatest American actor, actress, and film director of last 50 years ? (MERGED)

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by LouisHMartinez, Jun 21, 2004.

  1. And you can define greatness.
  2. LordJeffBuck

    LordJeffBuck Illuminatus Emeritus Staff Member

    Director: Kubrick (no one else is close)
    Actor: Brando (Eastwood, Nicholson, Hackman, Duvall, and Lemmon rate honorable mention)
    Actress: Thurman (by default - most of the great American actresses flourished pre-1950)
  3. USCemper

    USCemper The bicycle thief

    Director: Wells' best work was before the 50 year limit, so I also go for Kubick. Mike Nichols close second.

    Actor: Robert DeNiro.
    Wells, Peck, Duvall, Brando, Nicholson and Hanks honarable mention.

    Actress: Meryl Streep.
  4. Bucklion

    Bucklion Throwback Staff Member

    Director: Kubrick and David Lynch (John Carpenter was on the list, but his last few have sucked)

    Actor: Jimmy Stewart may have been before the limit, so I'll go with Tom Hanks and Jack Nicholson (Ed Harris is also very underrated)

    Actress: Talent (not looks): Kathy Bates (Michelle Pfifer has also done some good things, as has Uma; they look better, but I like Kathy's talent)
  5. DaytonBuck

    DaytonBuck I've always liked them

    greatest chimp actor of our time

  6. DiHard

    DiHard Guest

    Director: my top....Alfred Hitchcock...he is in the fifty year window and is pure classic.
    second: early spielberg

    Actor: Jimmy Stewart...rear window was 1954 and that makes the fifty year goody....Leonardo Howeveryouspellit was unbelievable in Whats Eating Gilbert Grape....tom hanks has done a million different roles and that kind of separates and others simply play the same character, just in different roles...

    Actress: Juliette Lewis is good...she doesnt give a crap about hollywood....sally field was good....meryl strepthroat is good.....the ladies are handicapped as their careers are shorter and they are less able to take on controversial roles....
  7. BuckBackHome

    BuckBackHome Wolverine is largest member of weasel family

    I don't watch some of the classics you guys are referring to, so I will go with the ones that I grew up with.

    Director - Spielberg. Has the "duds" every once in a while, but even his bad ones are better than most directors' best ones.

    Actor - Sean Penn. Watched him recently in Mystic River. It was amazing to think that Spicoli has matured to this point. Closely in second place is Tom Hanks, but he seems to play the safe choices anymore.

    Actress - Toughest category to pick. I would have to give the nod to Nicole Kidman with Renee Zelwegger (sp?) a very close second.
  8. stxbuck

    stxbuck Woody wore Sambas

    Director-Scorsese Hon. mention-Kubrick,Michael Mann

    Actor-DeNiro Honorable mention-Pacino,Nicholson,Duvall, Eastwood,Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Kingsley is unbelieveable when he chooses
    Actress-tough one. Meryl Streep rates up there as does Nicole Kidman
  9. LoKyBuckeye

    LoKyBuckeye I give up. This board is too hard to understand. Staff Member

    Taking away all the usual suspects I think one of the most underrated actors is Edward Norton. He should have won the Oscar for American History X, IMHO. Sean Penn FINALLY got recognition this year for Mystic River but should have won a long time ago for movies like I Am Sam.
  10. Brutus1

    Brutus1 Don't be penurious, donate to the BP Spring Dr.

    I just don't get the fascination with 'A Clockwork Orange' and that one with Mr. and Mrs Kidman.
  11. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Director: Francis Ford Coppola or Martin Scorsese
    Actor: Marlon Brando, Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino

    Actress: Dianne Keaton, Talia Shire (Michael!!! You killed my husband!!!)

    Prop: Severed horse head

    Did you expect anything less from Luca Brasi?
  12. tibor75

    tibor75 Banned

    Pacino is good, but overrated. Like it really requires great skill to play the same role time and time and time and time again. Maybe in his next movie he won't yell. sure....

    The best performances in the Godfather series were by James Caan and John Cazale. Khartoum had a good cameo.

    Not sure why anybody would idolize a retarded gangster who proved incredibly easy to kill.
  13. BuckNutty

    BuckNutty Hear The Drummer Get Wicked Staff Member Bookie

    Are you talking about Pacino? :lol: :p
  14. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    I won't take your bait...but I would suggest reading Mario Puzo's novel to learn the entire story of Luca.

    Caan's performance was solid, but the depth of Sonny's character was not revealed enough in the movie.

    Like I said, read the book for an enhanced appreciation of the tale
  15. tibor75

    tibor75 Banned

    Was Johnny Fontane based on Frank Sinatra. "You can act like a man!!"

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