Best Actor in a Leading Roleby soak0383 | created - 28 Mar 2013 | updated - 18 Oct 2018 | Public
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1. Biutiful (2010)
R | 148 min | Drama, Romance
This is the story of Uxbal, a man living in this world, but able to see his death, which guides his every move.
Votes: 81,723 | Gross: $5.10M
2. 127 Hours (2010)
R | 94 min | Biography, Drama
A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.
Votes: 330,893 | Gross: $18.34M
3. Crazy Heart (2009)
R | 112 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A faded country music musician is forced to reassess his dysfunctional life during a doomed romance that also inspires him.
Votes: 80,790 | Gross: $39.46M
4. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
PG-13 | 166 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.
Votes: 552,177 | Gross: $127.51M
5. The Visitor (I) (2007)
PG-13 | 104 min | Drama
A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.
Votes: 40,500 | Gross: $9.42M
6. Eastern Promises (2007)
R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A Russian teenager living in London who dies during childbirth leaves clues to a midwife in her journal that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family.
Votes: 217,758 | Gross: $17.11M
7. In the Valley of Elah (2007)
R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A retired military investigator works with a police detective to uncover the truth behind his son's disappearance following his return from a tour of duty in Iraq.
Votes: 66,694 | Gross: $6.78M
Tommy Lee Jones
8. Venus (I) (2006)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Life for a pair of veteran actors gets turned upside down after they meet a brash teenager.
Votes: 12,080 | Gross: $3.34M
9. Blood Diamond (2006)
R | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
A fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond.
Votes: 471,775 | Gross: $57.37M
10. Hustle & Flow (2005)
R | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Music
With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee.
Votes: 37,244 | Gross: $22.20M
11. House of Sand and Fog (2003)
R | 126 min | Crime, Drama
An abandoned wife is evicted from her house and starts a tragic conflict with her house's new owners.
Votes: 62,700 | Gross: $13.01M
12. The Quiet American (2002)
R | 101 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
An old British reporter vies with a young U.S. doctor for the affections of a beautiful Vietnamese woman.
Votes: 26,384 | Gross: $12.99M
13. In the Bedroom (2001)
R | 130 min | Crime, Drama
A New England couple's college-aged son dates an older woman who has two small children and an unwelcome ex-husband.
Votes: 36,236 | Gross: $35.93M
14. Ali (2001)
R | 157 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
A biography of sports legend Muhammad Ali, focusing on his triumphs and controversies between 1964 and 1974.
Votes: 89,265 | Gross: $58.20M
15. I Am Sam (2001)
PG-13 | 132 min | Drama
A mentally handicapped man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter and in the process teaches his cold-hearted lawyer the value of love and family.
Votes: 137,728 | Gross: $40.31M
16. Training Day (2001)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes beyond a full work day in training within the narcotics division of the L.A.P.D. with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears to be.
Votes: 364,812 | Gross: $76.63M
17. Quills (2000)
R | 124 min | Biography, Drama
In a Napoleonic era insane asylum, an inmate, the irrepressible Marquis De Sade, fights a battle of wills against a tyrannically prudish doctor.
Votes: 49,728 | Gross: $7.06M
18. Cast Away (2000)
PG-13 | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
A FedEx executive undergoes a physical and emotional transformation after crash landing on a deserted island.
Votes: 485,177 | Gross: $233.63M
19. Before Night Falls (2000)
R | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
The life of Cuban poet and novelist, Reinaldo Arenas.
Votes: 23,091 | Gross: $4.22M
20. The Hurricane (1999)
R | 146 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.
Votes: 87,572 | Gross: $50.67M
21. Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
In the 1930s, jazz guitarist Emmet Ray idolizes Django Reinhardt, faces gangsters and falls in love with a mute woman.
Votes: 30,911 | Gross: $4.20M
22. The Straight Story (1999)
G | 112 min | Biography, Drama
An old man makes a long journey by lawnmower to mend his relationship with an ill brother.
Votes: 76,251 | Gross: $6.20M
23. The Insider (1999)
R | 157 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a 60 Minutes (1968) exposé on Big Tobacco.
Votes: 152,342 | Gross: $28.97M
24. Affliction (1997)
R | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A deeply troubled small town cop investigates a suspicious hunting death while events occur that cause him to mentally disintegrate.
Votes: 14,161 | Gross: $6.30M
25. Wag the Dog (1997)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama
Shortly before an election, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to fabricate a war in order to cover up a Presidential sex scandal.
Votes: 75,663 | Gross: $43.02M
26. Ulee's Gold (1997)
R | 113 min | Drama
A reclusive beekeeper slowly pulls his dysfunctional family back together, but not without having to fight his son's previous dastardly cohorts.
Votes: 6,539 | Gross: $9.05M
27. The Apostle (1997)
PG-13 | 134 min | Drama
After his happy life spins out of control, a preacher from Texas changes his name, goes to Louisiana and starts preaching on the radio.
Votes: 12,847 | Gross: $20.73M
28. Sling Blade (1996)
R | 135 min | Drama
Karl Childers, a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, is released to start a new life in a small town.
Votes: 83,269 | Gross: $24.48M
Billy Bob Thornton
29. The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
R | 129 min | Biography, Drama
The story of a controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech.
Votes: 83,959 | Gross: $20.19M
30. Shine (1996)
PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim.
Votes: 49,281 | Gross: $35.81M
31. Il Postino (1994)
PG | 108 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering mail to a famous poet; he uses this to woo local beauty Beatrice.
Votes: 31,273 | Gross: $21.85M
32. Nixon (1995)
R | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History
A biographical story of former U.S. President Richard Milhous Nixon, from his days as a young boy, to his eventual Presidency, which ended in shame.
Votes: 27,430 | Gross: $13.56M
33. Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
PG | 143 min | Drama, Music
A frustrated composer finds fulfillment as a high school music teacher.
Votes: 34,000 | Gross: $82.57M
34. Nobody's Fool (1994)
R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama
A stubborn man past his prime reflects on his life of strict independence and seeks more from himself.
Votes: 17,356 | Gross: $39.49M
35. Forrest Gump (1994)
PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance
The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.
Votes: 1,667,944 | Gross: $330.25M
36. What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)
R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Votes: 15,968 | Gross: $39.10M
37. Philadelphia (1993)
PG-13 | 125 min | Drama
When a man with HIV is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit.
Votes: 210,877 | Gross: $77.32M
38. Malcolm X (1992)
PG-13 | 202 min | Biography, Drama, History
Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.
Votes: 77,554 | Gross: $48.17M
39. Chaplin (1992)
PG-13 | 143 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
A movie about the troubled and controversial life of the master comedy filmmaker Charlie Chaplin.
Votes: 50,724 | Gross: $9.49M
Robert Downey Jr.
40. Cape Fear (1991)
R | 128 min | Crime, Thriller
A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him.
Votes: 158,898 | Gross: $79.10M
Robert De Niro
41. The Field (1990)
PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Thriller
When a field (which has been farmed by the McCabe family for generations) goes up for auction, the patriarch of the McCabe family will stop at nothing to prevent a rich American from buying it.
Votes: 5,181 | Gross: $1.41M
42. Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)
PG | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, History
Embarrassed by his large nose, a romantic poet/soldier romances his cousin by proxy.
Votes: 21,177 | Gross: $15.14M
43. Dances with Wolves (1990)
PG-13 | 181 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.
Votes: 225,803 | Gross: $184.21M
44. Reversal of Fortune (1990)
R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Mystery