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on 21 Oct 2009 05:00

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Best Male Performances - 1950s

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1. James Stewart

#1

as Scottie Ferguson in "Vertigo" (1958)

#8

as LB 'Jeff' Jefferies in "Rear Window" (1954)

#13

as Elwood P. Dowd in "Harvey" (1950)

#25

as Paul Biegler in "Anatomy of a Murder" (1959)

#56

as Charles Augustus 'Slim' Lindbergh in "The Spirit of St. Louis" (1957)

#68

as Dr. Benjamin McKenna in "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1956)

#70

as Glenn Miller in "The Glenn Miller Story" (1953)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (204 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating
2. Gene Kelly

#2

as Don Lockwood in "Singin' in the Rain" (1952)

#14

as Jerry Mulligan in "An American in Paris" (1951)

#42

as Barry Nichols in "Les Girls" (1957)

#69

as Joe D. Ross in "Summer Stock" (1950)

#94

as Tommy Albright in "Brigadoon" (1954)

#109

as Ted Riley in "It's Always Fair Weather" (1955)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (801 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating
3. Marlon Brando

#3

as Terry Malloy in "On the Waterfront" (1954)

#15

as Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951)

#36

as Sky Masterson in "Guys and Dolls" (1955)

#71

as Mark Antony in "Julius Caesar" (1953)

#96

as Lt. Christian Diestl in "The Young Lions" (1958)

#118

as Emiliano Zapata in "Viva Zapata!" (1952)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (253 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating
4. Henry Fonda

#4

as Juror #8 in "12 Angry Men" (1957)

#22

as Christopher 'Manny' Balestrero in "The Wrong Man" (1956)

#48

as Lt. JG Douglas A. Roberts in "Mister Roberts " (1955)

#82

as Pierre Bezukhov in "War and Peace" (1956)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (132 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
5. William Holden

#5

as Sgt. J.J. Sefton in "Stalag 17" (1953)

#9

as Joe Gills in "Sunset Boulevard" (1950)

#18

as Shears in "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957)

#43

as Paul Verrall in "Born Yesterday" (1950)

#64

as Bernie Dodd in "The Country Girl" (1954)

#84

as David Larrabee in "Sabrina" (1954)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (422 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating
6. Cary Grant

#6

as Roger O. Thornbill in "North By Northwest" (1959)

#32

as John Robie in "To Catch a Thief" (1955)

#95

as Dr. Barnaby Fulton in "Monkey Business" (1952)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (91 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
7. Bing Crosby

#7

as CK Dexter-Haven in "High Society" (1956)

#39

as Frank Elgin in "The Country Girl" (1954)

#57

as Bob Wallace in "White Christmas" (1954)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (403 ratings) 8.7  IMDB Rating
8. Humphrey Bogart

#10

as Linus Larrabee in "Sabrina" (1954)

#17

as Charlie Allnut in "The African Queen" (1951)

#98

as Lt. Cmdr. Philip Francis Queeg in "The Caine Mutiny" (1954)

#120

as Harry Dawes in "The Barefoot Contessa" (1954)

#37

as Eddie Willis in "The Harder They Fall" (1956)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (142 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating
9. Spencer Tracy

#11

as The Old Man/Narrator in "The Old Man and the Sea" (1958)

#46

Stanley Banks in "Father of the Bride" (1950)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (146 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating
10. Burt Lancaster

#12

as Bill Starbuck, a.k.a. Bill Smith, Bill Harley, Tornad in "The Rainmaker" (1956)

#53

as Lt. Jim Bledsoe in "Run Silent, Run Deep" (1958)

#76

as Sidney Falco in "Sweet Smell of Success" (1957)

#88

as Sgt. Milton Warden in "From Here to Eternity" (1953)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (305 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating
11. Gregory Peck

#16

as Joe Bradley in "Roman Holiday" (1953)

#19

as General Savage in "Twelve O'Clock High" (1950)

#31

as Cmdr. Dwight Lionel Towers, USS Sawfish in "On the Beach" (1959)

#67

as Captain Ahab in "Moby Dick" (1956)

#79

as Harry Street in "The Snows of Killimanjaro" (1952)

#97

as James McKay in "The Big Country" (1958)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (320 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
12. Frank Sinatra

#20

as Mike Connor in "High Society" (1956)

#40

as Dave Hirsch in "Some Came Running" (1958)

#44

as Pvt. Angelo Maggio in "From Here to Eternity" (1953)

#65

as Nathan Detroit in "Guys and Dolls" (1955)

#81

as Tony Manetta in "A Hole in the Head" (1959)

#99

as Joey Evans in "Pal Joey" (1957)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (144 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating
13. Gary Cooper

#21

as Marshal Will Kane in "High Noon" (1952)

#107

as Frank Flannagan in "Love in the Afternoon" (1957)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (274 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating
14. Jack Lemmon

#23

as Jerry/Daphne in "Some Like it Hot" (1959)

#131

as Ens. Frank Thurlowe Pulver in "Mister Roberts" (1955)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (123 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
15. David Niven

#24

as Phileas Fogg in "Around the World in 80 Days" (1956)

#63

as Major Angus Pollock in "Separate Tables" (1958)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (471 ratings) 8.7  IMDB Rating
16. Paul Newman

#26

as Brick Pollitt in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1958)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (30 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
17. Danny Kaye

#27

as Hans Christian Andersen in "Hans Christian Andersen" (1952)

#105

as Phil Davis in "White Christmas" (1954)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (646 ratings) 8.8  IMDB Rating
18. Charles Chaplin

#28

as Calvero in "Limelight" (1952)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (257 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
19. Clark Gable

#29

as Cmder. 'Rich' Richardson in "Run Silent, Run Deep" (1958)

#50

as Victor Marswell in "Mogambo" (1953)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (301 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating
20. Alec Guinness

#30

as Col. Nicholson in "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (451 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating
21. James Dean

#33

as Jim Stark in "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955)

#74

as Cal Trask in "East of Eden" (1955)

#130

as Jett Rink in "Giant" (1956)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (220 ratings) 8.8  IMDB Rating
22. Buster Keaton

#34

Calvero's Partner in "Limelight" (1952)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (145 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
23. Tony Curtis

#35

as Joe/Josephine in "Some Like it Hot" (1959)

#54

as John 'Joker' Jackson in "The Defiant Ones" (1958)

#91

as Sidney Falco in "Sweet Smell of Success" (1957)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (354 ratings) 8.7  IMDB Rating
24. Orson Welles

#38

as Harry Lime in "The Third Man" (1950)

#66

as Police Captain Hank Quinlan in "Touch of Evil" (1958)

#108

as Othello in "Othello" (1952)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (86 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
25. Joseph Cotten

#41

as Holly Martins in "The Third Man" (1950)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (109 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating
26. Montgomery Clift

#45

as Noah Ackerman in "The Young Lions" (1958)

#58

as George Eastman in "A Place in the Sun" (1951)

#110

as Dr. Cukrowicz in "Suddenly, Last Summer" (1959)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (80 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
27. Karl Malden

#47

as Father Barry in "On the Waterfront" (1954)

#122

as Harold 'Mitch' Mitchell in "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (251 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
28. John Wayne

#49

as Sean Thornton in "The Quiet Man" (1952)

#61

as Ethan Edwards in "The Searchers" (1956)

#83

as Sheriff John T. Chance in "Rio Bravo" (1959)

#103

as Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke in "Rio Bravo" (1950)

#135

as Sgt. John M. Stryker in "Sands of Iwo Jima" (1950)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (153 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating
29. Sidney Poitier

#51

as Noah Cullen in "The Defiant Ones" (1958)

#75

as Gregory W. Miller in "Blackboard Jungle" (1955)

#124

as Porgy in "Porgy and Bess" (1959)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (215 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating
30. Kirk Douglas

#52

as Vincent Van Gogh in "Lust for Life" (1956)

#60

as Jim Deakins in "The Big Sky" (1952)

#89

as Det. James McLeod in "Detective Story" (1951)

#126

as Jonathan Shields in "The Bad and the Beautiful" (1952)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (279 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating
31. Charlton Heston

#55

as Ramon Miguel 'Mike' Vargas in "Touch of Evil" (1958)

#77

as Judah Ben-Hur in "Ben-Hur" (1959)

#112

as Steve Leech in "The Big Country" (1958)

#133

as Moses/God (Voice) in "The Ten Commandments" (1956)

#139

as Brad Braden in "The Greatest Show on Earth" (1952)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (193 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating
32. Robert Mitchum

#59

as Harry Powell in "The Night of the Hunter" (1955)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (129 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating
33. George C. Scott

#72

as Asst. State Atty. Gen. Claude Dancer in "Anatomy of a Murder" (1959)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (91 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
34. Rod Steiger

#73

as Charley 'The Gent' Malloy in "On the Waterfront" (1954)

#106

as Nick Benko in "The Harder They Fall" (1956)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (208 ratings) 8.8  IMDB Rating
35. ToshirĂ´ Mifune

#78

as Kikuchiyo in "The Seven Samurai" (1956)

#132

as Tajomaru in "Rashomon" (1950)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (49 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
36. George Sanders

#80

as Addison DeWitt in "All About Eve" (1950)

#119

as De Bois-Guilbert in "Ivanhoe" (1952)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (49 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
37. Alan Ladd

#85

as Shane in "Shane" (1953)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (142 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
38. Anthony Quinn

#86

as Paul Gauguin in "Lust for Life" (1956)

#92

as Zampano in "La Strada" (1954)

#121

as Eufemio Zapata in "Viva Zapata!" (1952)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (76 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
39. Lloyd Bridges

#87

as Noah Curry in "The Rainmaker" (1956)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (28 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
40. Maurice Chevalier

#90

as Claude Chavasse in "Love in the Afternoon" (1957)

#129

as Honore Lachaille in "Gigi" (1958)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (58 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
41. Ray Milland

#93

as Tony Wendice in "Dial 'M' for Murder" (1954)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (128 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating
42. James Cagney

100

as Capt. Morton in "Mister Roberts" (1955)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (35 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
43. Trevor Howard

#101

as Major Calloway in "The Third Man" (1950)

#136

as Denis Fallentin in "Around the World in 80 Days" (1956)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (168 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating
44. Fred Astaire

#102

as Dick Avery in "Funny Face" (1957)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (47 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
45. Fredric March

#104

as Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman" (1951)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (34 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
46. Donald O'Connor

#111

as Cosmo Brown in "Singin' in the Rain" (1952)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (45 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
47. Fred MacMurray

#113

as Lt. Thomas Keefer in "The Caine Mutiny" (1954)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (72 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating
48. Takashi Shimura

#114

as Kanbe Shimada in "The Seven Samurai" (1956)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (94 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
49. Rock Hudson

#115

as Jordan 'Bick' Benedict Jr. in "Giant" (1956)
Stehako's rating:

Average listal rating (23 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating
50. Robert Walker

#116

as Bruno Anthony in "Strangers on a Train" (1951)
Stehako's rating:


 

Too many celebrated performances to contain within only 100; so here are the top 100 of the decade... and a few more worthy acts, for good measure.

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Comments

Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Oct 28 22:18
Marlon in the best
Posted: 2 weeks, 2 days ago at Dec 6 5:37
What about the string of dark Westerns that James Stewart made with director Antony Mann in the 50's

Henry Fonda should also be noted for Fort Apache.

John Wayne Played Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke in "Rio Grande"

Robert Mitchum should be noted for Thunder Road.

Dennis Hopper was also in Rebel Without a Cause.

Marlon Brando in The Wild One.

Walter Matthau in King Creole.

Rod Steiger starred as "Al Capone" in 1959.

Paul Newman in "Somebody Up There Likes Me" , "The Left Handed Gun" , and "The Long, Hot Summer"(Where he met Joanne Woodward)


Posted: 2 weeks, 1 day ago at Dec 7 11:56
Yes, some of those are good performances, no doubt. They just didn't make the list. Some of those I have yet to see. Thanks for sharing!

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