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Top Ten 1979


The performance I find the most riveting in 1979 is the work done by Jack Lemmon in James Bridges’ superb masterpiece The China Syndrome.  Lemmon already had two Oscars by this point so it is no surprise that he was not crowned yet again, but his journey from Keep-Your-Head-Down minute man to morally outraged whistleblower is compelling and provides this terrifying movie with its vulnerable moral centre.

Honour Roll: Robert Duvall, The Great Santini; Dustin Hoffman, Kramer Vs. Kramer; Klaus Kinski, Woyzeck; Al Pacino, …And Justice For All


Forget the brilliance with which she delivers the dialogue and singlehandedly navigates the dramatic power of the movie; very few people have stood silent with a sign above…

There are no mystery films in this list released in the 1890s.