All Oscar-winning male lead performances, ranked

This is a ranking of the performances that won the Academy Award for Best Actor, excluding the sole winner ('The Way of All Flesh') classified as a lost film. Remember it is NOT a ranking of the films in question please! Also remember -- and I shouldn't have to say this, but this is the internet -- the ranking and my comments are entirely subjective, with no apologies made for personal biases and such.

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  • The French Connection

    1

  • Gandhi

    2

  • Stalag 17

    3

  • Coming Home

    4

  • Lincoln

    5

  • Ray

    6

  • Manchester by the Sea

    7

  • Sergeant York

    8

  • The Best Years of Our Lives

    9

  • Tender Mercies

    10

  • Network

    11

  • The Private Life of Henry VIII

    12

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    13

  • The Pianist

    14

  • Milk

    15

  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    16

  • Patton

    17

  • Yankee Doodle Dandy

    18

  • A Man for All Seasons

    19

  • The Last Command

    20

  • Elmer Gantry

    21

  • The Last King of Scotland

    22

  • The Champ

    23

  • Amadeus

    24

  • Capote

    25

  • There Will Be Blood

    26

  • Goodbye, Mr. Chips

    27

  • The Bridge on the River Kwai

    28

  • All the King's Men

    29

  • Captains Courageous

    30

  • It Happened One Night

    31

  • Separate Tables

    32

  • Marty

    33

  • Save the Tiger

    34

  • The African Queen

    35

  • The Philadelphia Story

    36

  • The Theory of Everything

    37

  • The Informer

    38

  • The Story of Louis Pasteur

    39

  • Lilies of the Field

    40

  • The Color of Money

    41

  • Philadelphia

    42

  • Harry and Tonto

    43

  • American Beauty

    44

  • Boys Town

    45

  • Hamlet

    46

  • My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown

    47

  • Charly

    48

  • On the Waterfront

    49

  • The Artist

    50

  • High Noon

    51

  • Training Day

    52

  • Crazy Heart

    53

  • The Lost Weekend

    54

  • A Free Soul

    55

  • Kramer vs. Kramer

    56

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    57

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    58

  • Kiss of the Spider Woman

    59

  • Darkest Hour

    60

  • The Goodbye Girl

    61

  • The King's Speech

    62

  • A Double Life

    63

  • Rain Man

    64

  • Mystic River

    65

  • As Good as It Gets

    66

  • Shine

    67

  • Judgment at Nuremberg

    68

  • Cyrano de Bergerac

    69

  • Dallas Buyers Club

    70

  • Reversal of Fortune

    71

  • Ben-Hur

    72

  • Disraeli

    73

  • Watch on the Rhine

    74

  • Leaving Las Vegas

    75

  • The King and I

    76

  • Raging Bull

    77

  • The Revenant

    78

  • Wall Street

    79

  • Life Is Beautiful

    80

  • In Old Arizona

    81

  • In the Heat of the Night

    82

  • True Grit

    83

  • On Golden Pond

    84

  • The Godfather

    85

  • Scent of a Woman

    86

  • Going My Way

    87

  • My Fair Lady

    88

  • Forrest Gump

    89

  • Cat Ballou

    90

  • Gladiator

    91