Actors/actresses at their best

This is my personal list of actors/actresses at their best - especially their impressive, empathic and profound performances added a wonderful personality in their work in certain movies and TV series that I've seen so far (listed in alphabetical order after first names). By the way, I'll keep updating the list.

  • Adam Brody in The O.C. (TV series)
  • Adam Driver in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Alicia Vikander in Testament of Youth, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and The Danish Girl
  • Amanda Abbington in Mr Selfridge (TV series), Sherlock (TV series) and Case Histories (TV series)
  • Angela Lansbury in Gaslight and Death on the Nile
  • Anthony Hopkins in Shadowlands
  • Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, The Nun’s Story, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Robin and Marian (and everything else she is in)
  • Ava Gardner in Mogambo
  • Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl
  • Barret Oliver in The NeverEnding Story
  • Beah Richards in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
  • Becki Newton in Ugly Betty (TV series)
  • Benecio del Toro in Excess Baggage and Sicario
  • Benedict Cumberbatch in Star Trek Into Darkness and Sherlock (TV series)
  • Bette Davis in Now Voyager, Dark Victory and Of Human Bondage
  • Bette Midler in Big Business and Down and Out in Beverley Hills
  • Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, Lost in Translation and all of Wes Anderson's films
  • Bill Pullman in Sibling Rivalry, While You Were Sleeping and Casper
  • Brad Pitt in 12 Monkeys, Snatch and Burn After Reading
  • Brian Aherne in Hired Wife and The Swan
  • Brian Keith in The Rare Breed and The Parent Trap
  • Bruce Willis in Moonlighting (TV series), RED, Looper and Death Becomes Her
  • Carole Lombard in Nothing Sacred, My Man Godfrey, Twentieth Century and To Be or Not to Be
  • Cary Grant in The Philadelphia Story, Arsenic and Old Lace and Bringing Up Baby
  • Cate Blanchett in The Aviator, Elizabeth, Blue Jasmine and Carol (and everything else she is in)
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones in Chicago
  • Chris Evans in the Fantastic Four films, The First Avenger: Captain America, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Snowpiercer
  • Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained
  • Christopher Heyerdahl in Hell onWheels (TV series)
  • Christopher Reeve in Superman
  • Claire Trevor in Key Largo
  • Clark Gable in Gone With The Wind, It Happened One Night and The Misfits
  • Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Dane Clark in Hollywood Canteen
  • Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood and Lincoln
  • David Tennant in Fright Night (2011)
  • Debra Winger in Terms of Endearment and Shadowlands
  • Diana Rigg in On Her Majesty's Secret Service and Game of Thrones (TV series)
  • Ed Harris in Pollock, The Truman Show and Just Cause
  • Edward Norton in Primal Fear and American History X
  • Elizabeth McGovern in Ragtime
  • Elizabeth Taylor in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Emily Blunt in The Devil Wears Prada, The Young Victoria, Edge of Tomorrow and Sicario
  • Emma Chambers in Notting Hill
  • Emma Thompson in Sense and Sensibility and Saving Mr. Banks
  • Emma Watson in the Harry Potter film series
  • Evan Peters in X-Men: Days of Future Past and American Horror Story: Hotel (TV series)
  • Fiona Shaw in Three Men and a Little Lady and the Harry Potter film series
  • Gene Hackman in The Royal Tenenbaums and Heartbreakers
  • Gene Kelly in Anchors Aweigh, The Pirate, Singin' In The Rain and An American in Paris
  • George Sanders in Rebecca
  • Glenn Close in 101 Dalmatians and 102 Dalmatians
  • Glenn Ford in Gilda
  • Grace Kelly in Rear Window
  • Greta Garbo in Camille
  • Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit
  • Hank Azaria in The Birdcage
  • Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones series, Blade Runner, Working Girl and the Star Wars series
  • Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
  • Helen Hayes in Anastasia
  • Helen Ryan in Hannah and The Elephant Man
  • Henry Fonda in Tales of Manhattan, The Lady Eve, Once Upon a Time in the West and On Golden Pond
  • Henry Thomas in E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Heydon Prowse in The Secret Garden
  • Hugo Weaving in The Matrix and V for Vendetta
  • Humphrey Bogart in The African Queen
  • Ian Bannen in Hope And Glory
  • Ingrid Bergman in The Yellow Rolls-Royce and Anastasia
  • J. K. Simmons in the Spider-Man film series
  • Jack Davenport in Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Jack Lemmon in Some Like It Hot, The Great Race, The Apartment, Days of Wine and Roses and The Odd Couple
  • Jack Oakie in The Call of the Wild and The Great Dictator
  • Jack O'Connell in '71, Starred Up and Skins Redux
  • James D'Arcy in Hitchcock
  • James Dreyfus in Notting Hill
  • James Marsters in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV series)
  • James Stewart in The Philadelphia Story, The Shop Around The Corner and Rear Window
  • James Whitmore in The Shawshank Redemption
  • Jamie Bell in Billy Elliot
  • Jane Lynch in Glee (TV series)
  • Jean Harlow in Red Dust
  • Jean Peters in Pickup on South Street
  • Jean Reno in Léon
  • Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski and True Grit
  • Jennifer Lawrence in Winter's Bone, Silver Linings Playbook, The Hunger Games film series and American Hustle
  • Jerry Levine in Teen Wolf
  • Jim Carrey in The Truman Show, The Majestic, Man on the Moon, Liar Liar, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Joan Cusack in Working Girl and In&Out
  • Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver and Bugsy Malone
  • John Hannah in Four Weddings and A Funeral, The Mummy and The Mummy Returns
  • John Hawkes in Winter's Bone
  • John McEnery in Romeo and Juliet (1968)
  • Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Jon Cryer in Pretty in Pink
  • Jon Lovitz in A League of Their Own
  • Josh Brolin in Sicario
  • Judith Anderson in Rebecca
  • Judy Garland in The Pirate, The Clock and Meet Me in St. Louis
  • Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music
  • June Allyson in Little Women
  • Kate Maberly in The Secret Garden
  • Katharine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story, Bringing Up Baby, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and On Golden Pond (and everything else she is in)
  • Keenan Wynn in The Clock and My Dear Secretary
  • Keira Knightley in Pride & Prejudice, The Duchess and Anna Karenina
  • Kenneth Branagh in Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, Much Ado About Nothing and My Week with Marilyn
  • Kevin Kline in French Kiss, A Fish Called Wanda and In&Out
  • Lana Turner in Imitation of Life and The Three Musketeers
  • Lance Percival in Darling Lili
  • Lauren Bacall in The Big Sleep, Dark Passage and To Have and Have Not
  • Lee Marvin in Cat Ballou
  • Lee Remick in Days of Wine and Roses
  • Leonardo DiCaprio in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
  • Lily Tomlin in All of Me and Big Business
  • Lisa Gay Hamilton in A House Divided (TV 2000)
  • Louis Hilyer in Modigliani
  • Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years a Slave
  • Maggie Smith in Travels with My Aunt, Young Cassidy, the Harry Potter series, California Suite, The V.I.P.s, Hot Millions and Downton Abbey (TV series)
  • Mandy Patinkin in Ragtime and The Princess Bride
  • Margaret O'Brien in Meet Me in St. Louis and The Secret Garden
  • Marilyn Monroe in The Misfits
  • Martha Raye in Billy Rose's Jumbo
  • Martin Freeman in The Hobbit film series and Sherlock (TV series)
  • Martin Short in Father of The Bride
  • Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting, The Talented Mr. Ripley, True Grit and the Bourne series
  • Maureen O'Hara in The Quiet Man, The Rare Breed and The Parent Trap
  • Meg Ryan in French Kiss
  • Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice, Kramer vs. Kramer, She-Devil, The Hours, Julie & Julia and The Devil Wears Prada
  • Michael Urie in Ugly Betty (TV series)
  • Miranda Richardson in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Blackadder (TV series)
  • Montgomery Clift in The Misfits
  • Morgan Freeman in The Shawshank Redemption
  • Natalie Portman in Léon and V for Vendetta
  • Natalie Wood in Splendor in the Grass, Gypsy, Inside Daisy Clover, Love with the Proper Stranger and This Property is Condemned
  • Nathan Lane in The Birdcage and The Lion King (voice)
  • Norma Shearer in A Free Soul
  • Pamela Tiffin in Come Fly with Me
  • Paul Dano in There Will Be Blood, 12 Years a Slave and War & Peace (TV) 
  • Paul Newman in The Sting, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid
  • Peter Finch in The Nun’s Story
  • Peter Sellers in The Pink Panther series and Dr. Strangelove
  • Peter Stormare in Constantine
  • Peter Ustinov in Spartacus, Hot Millions and Quo Vadis
  • Renée Zellweger in Bridget Jones's Diary, Cold Mountain and Chicago
  • Rhys Ifans in Notting Hill
  • Richard Dreyfuss in Jaws and Down and Out in Beverley Hills
  • Richard Widmark in Kiss of Death and Pickup on Southstreet
  • Rita Hayworth in Gilda
  • Robert Benchley in China Seas and Hired Wife
  • Robert Donat in Goodbye Mr. Chips and The 39 Steps
  • Robert Redford in The Sting and Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid
  • Robert Taylor in Camille, Magnificent Obsession and Personal Property 
  • Robin Hughes in The Flame and The Arrow
  • Rod Taylor in Sunday In New York and The Birds
  • Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday, The Women and Hired Wife
  • Rupert Grint in the Harry Potter film series and Wild Target
  • Ruth Wilson in Jane Eyre (2006 miniseries) and Luther (TV series)
  • Sally Hawkins in Happy-Go-Lucky and Blue Jasmine
  • Samantha Eggar in The Collector
  • Sean Connery in the James Bond series and The Untouchables (and everything else he is in)
  • Shirley MacLaine in Some Came Running, Terms of Endearment and Sweet Charity
  • Skandar Keynes in The Chronicles of Narnia series
  • Steve Martin in All of Me, The Man with Two Brains, Roxanne and Father of the Bride
  • Thelma Ritter in Rear Window, All About Eve, Pillow Talk and The Misfits
  • Tilda Swinton in Orlando, Constantine, We Need to Talk About Kevin and Snowpiercer (and everything else she is in)
  • Tom Hanks in A League Of Their Own, Cast Away and Saving Mr. Banks
  • Tony Randall in Pillow Talk and Lover Come Back
  • Val Kilmer in Real Genius and Tombstone
  • Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind, A Streetcar Named Desire and That Hamilton Woman
  • Walter Matthau in The Odd Couple
  • Wendy Hiller in Pygmalion
  • Will Smith in Made in America
  • Yul Brynner in The Journey