Top Ten 1980

BIL'S BEST ACTOR

It’s one of the most overly discussed performances in history and usually for the wrong reasons: wow! Robert De Niro got fat for Raging Bull!  What’s actually impressive is the intensity with which he plays Jake LaMotta throughout the entire film, a perfectly pitched, unapologetic intensity that, quite frankly, is exhausting. As much as I admire his work and fully agree with the choice, I’m much more likely to watch Taxi Driver repeatedly and explore his quietly disturbing psychotic side than watch De Niro and Scorsese work out their relentless male aggression.

Honour Roll: Bob Hoskins, The Long Good Friday; John Hurt, The Elephant Man; Burt Lancaster, Atlantic City; Peter O’Toole, The Stunt Man

BIL'S BEST ACTRESS…

  • The Long Good Friday

    1

  • The Stunt Man

    2

  • Raging Bull

    3

  • Coal Miner's Daughter

    4

  • Kagemusha

    5

  • The Elephant Man

    6

  • Breaker Morant

    7

  • Private Benjamin

    8

  • Atlantic City

    9

  • Resurrection

    10