Jack Nicholson as Jake Gittes in Chinatown (1974)

So at the end of a long weekend, we have the final Top 10 Acting Post: The 10 Best Performances by an Actor in a Leading Role.

It’s been a surprising weekend, as our blog has had far more hits this week than ever before, so we appreciate everyone who comes by to read this. We hope you find it interesting.

I will continue the 100 Best Novels list later this week, but here, for now, is Best Actor:

1941 – Orson Welles (Citizen Kane)

“I run a couple of newspapers.”

1943 – Humphrey Bogart (Casablanca)

Rick: I came to Casablanca for the waters.

Renault: But we are in the middle of a desert.

Rick: I was misinformed.

1951 – Marlon Brando (A Streetcar Named Desire)

“You know what luck is? Luck is believing you’re lucky, that’s all.”

1957 – Alec Guinness (The Bridge on the River Kwai)

“Without law, Commander, there is no civilization.”

1962 – Peter O’Toole (Lawrence of Arabia)

“The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts.”

1966 – Richard Burton (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf)

“Let’s play Hump the Hostess.”

1973 – Marlon Brando (Last Tango in Paris)

“Beauty of mine, sit before me. Let me peruse you and remember you… always like this.”

1974 – Jack Nicholson (Chinatown)

“He died two weeks ago and he bought the land a week ago. That’s unusual.”

1980 – Robert De Niro (Raging Bull)

“I remember those cheers. They still ring in my ears.”

1991 – Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs)

Clarice Starling: If you didn’t kill him, then who did, sir?
Hannibal Lecter: Who can say. Best thing for him, really. His therapy was going nowhere.