The 100 Best Acting Performances by Musicians in Movies


It's onerous to recollect a film the Billboard employees has ever been extra excited for than this week's A Star Is Born remake. The trailers, the memes, the newspaper profiles, and naturally, the "Shallow" — it's all performed an enormous half in Star getting written in bigger, bolder font on our launch calendar than principally any correct musical launch in 2018. 

But in fact, the most important cause we're so pumped remains to be pop-related: the long-hyped emergence of Lady Gaga, Leading Lady. There's one thing inherently gleeful about seeing stars like Gaga on the massive display for the primary time, in roles each massive and small — including new shades to their long-developed personas, and making them much more inextricable to our shared popular culture. Even when it goes clearly unhealthy, it's nonetheless fairly nice. And when it goes nice, it may be downright spectacular.    

And so, as A Star Is Born hits theaters, we wished to have a look again at 100 of our all-time favourite musician appearances in characteristic movies. They vary from Oscar-winning starring turns in status classics to split-second cameos in cult favorites, from artists who’ve come to be as synonymous with movie as with music to artists whose IMDB pages may simply be a pair entries lengthy. We solely had three onerous guidelines for eligibility:   

1. The artist needed to be well-known for music earlier than they have been well-known for movie performing. (Apologies to Jamie Foxx, Lindsey Lohan and — most painfully — Jennifer Lopez.)     

2. The artist couldn't be starring as themselves within the efficiency, even in a considerably fictionalized rendering. (Further regrets to Alice Cooper, The Spice Girls, and The Beatles.) 

Three. Only one efficiency per musician-actor. 

Besides these, our listing encompasses practically a century of hitmakers-gone-Hollywood historical past, from the very starting of the sound period all the way in which as much as this 12 months — and sure, Gaga made our listing, although you'll should learn on to see simply the place she ranked. Come dive in to the deep finish with us. 

100. Britney Spears, Crossroads (2003)

Crossroads stays Britney Spears’ solely characteristic movie starring position – a disgrace, as a result of for a pop star’s (admittedly uncooked) first concentrated stab at performing, the 20-year-old held her personal amongst Zoe Saldana, Dan Aykroyd and extra. Remember, this got here at a time when Spears was going for a slight rebrand to shed her teen pop pores and skin; “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman” stars in Crossroads’ closing moments, and “Overprotected” pops up on the soundtrack. To that finish, the movie discovered Spears at a crossroads of her personal, and although she didn’t keep on the thespian path, it stays an integral a part of her pre-In the Zone period. — KEVIN RUTHERFORD

99. Dave Grohl, Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny (2006)

Part of what makes Dave Grohl so good in Tenacious D is that his character is totally excessive, however he actually commits to the ridiculousness. Grohl cameos within the penultimate scene as Beelzeboss, a large Satan-esque monster who turns into "full" with the Pick of Destiny — however who should first face a problem from the group's Jack Black and Kyle Gass to a superb ol' original rock off earlier than getting to maintain it. What follows is probably the most legendary scene within the traditional stoner movie, the place Grohl's singing, drumming and guitar shredding prowess are on full show. The solely response Black and Gass can muster is to "bust a large monster mamajam" for the ages. And that they do. — XANDER ZELLNER

98. Vicente Fernandez, La Ley del Monte (1974)

The ranchera king starred in over 30 movies courting again to the early 1970s, however we have now a selected smooth spot for 1976’s La Ley del Monte, a narrative of ill-fated love, set towards the backdrop of the Mexican revolution. With wealthy historic and sophistication references, this isn’t a frivolous movie. The title track alone — which refers to 2 lovers engraving their names within the stems of a maguey plant (suppose engraving a coronary heart on an oak tree) — makes it a worthwhile watch, in the event you can nonetheless discover a copy mendacity round. — LEILA COBO

97. Tunde Adebimpe, Rachel Getting Married (2006)

Director Jonathan Demme's household drama Rachel Getting Married was so alive with music at each flip that you simply may've missed the precise musician within the forged: Tunde Adebimpe, frontman for Brooklyn indie heroes TV on the Radio, because the title character's groom-to-be. He's clearly in his component unexpectedly singing Neil Young as a part of his vows within the movie's marriage ceremony climax, however extra attention-grabbing is him quietly however confidently difficult the household patriarch to an impromptu dishwasher-loading competitors: uncomfortable, however getting hotter. — ANDREW UNTERBERGER

96. Harry Styles, Dunkirk (2017)

What do boy bands and World War II have in frequent? Not a lot — until you’re Harry Styles, the One Directioner who made his performing debut final summer season taking part in a weary British soldier alongside Tom Hardy in Christopher Nolan’s nail-biting struggle drama Dunkirk. It’s little question an intimidating position for a first-timer, however Styles earned critics’ reward with a gripping show of the grim realities of struggle, stealing a few of the largely silent movie’s greatest traces. (Example quote: “Survival's not honest. That’s the value.") Plus, he manages to make us overlook (even when only for a second!) that we’re watching *Harry Styles* — a tough feat for a world-famous former bandleader with these misty blue-green eyes. — TATIANA CIRISANO

95. Alicia Keys, Smokin' Aces (2008)

The star-studded murderer free-for-all that was Smokin' Aces ought to've made for an eternally rewatchable cable traditional, however the one legitimately compelling a part of it ended up being the chemistry between hitwomen Sharice (Taraji P. Henson) and Georgia Sykes (Alicia Keys, eminently profitable in a wide range of wigs and hoop earrings). The latter finally ends up falling for crime lieutenant Sir Ivy (Common) — leaving the previous's emotions crushingly unrequited — however we endlessly ship TarajKeys. — A.U.

94. Phil Collins, Hook (1991)

Remember that scene within the Peter Pan-based Hook the place the children go lacking and the cops come to the home to research, and Robin Williams and his spouse are exasperated, and the cop questioning them is Phil Collins, and — what? Phil Collins was in Hook? He was! Collins performs the priggish police officer who suggests, with a heel increase, that the kids’s disappearance is a “prank.” It is a credit score to Collins’ performing chops that he didn’t stick out in a room full of pros, taking part in the position with a light-weight (or dare we are saying, invisible) contact. — CHRISTINE WERTHMAN

93. Rihanna, Ocean's eight (2018)

For too lengthy, Rihanna’s aptitude for performing has both been buried in box-office flops (Battleship, Valerian) or restricted to characters which might be, nicely, merely Rihanna (Bring It On: All or Nothing, This Is The End). No extra! Ocean’s eight — this summer season’s all-female addition to Steven Soderbergh's heist sequence, set across the Met Gala — modifications that, enlisting Rih to play stoner-hacker “Nine Ball,” a side-eyeing, tech-savvy badass who wears sun shades indoors and might disable a constructing’s complete electrical system like that. The movie’s wink to Rihanna’s real-life rep because the Met Gala queen delivers, and she or he’s arguably probably the most fun-to-watch a part of the tepidly-received flick — a lot in order that Ocean's was largely criticized for underusing her. — T.C.

92. Paul Simon, Annie Hall (1977)

Although he acquitted himself as a number one man nicely sufficient in One-Trick Pony, Paul Simon’s transient performing profession is greatest remembered for his hilarious sliver of a job in Annie Hall. Playing a sleazy, superficial music producer with prodigious quantities of cocaine, Simon helps fellow New Yorker Woody Allen vilify every thing he hates about Los Angeles — and all inside about two minutes of display time. — JOE LYNCH

91. Brandy, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)

As Jamie Kennedy's Scream character would fortunately clarify at size, one of the best buddy of the feminine protagonist within the meta-horrorverse of the late-'90s hardly ever fared nicely — until you have been performed by Brandy Norwood, who in 1998 was just too massive and too likeable a star to not improbably survive to the tip of I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. Her flip as Jennifer Love Hewitt's trip companion Karla earned her an MTV Movie Awards nomination for breakthrough feminine; if the greatest frightened efficiency class had existed on the time, she'd have it sewn up. — A.U.

90. James Taylor, Two-Lane Blacktop (1970)

A heat, inviting singer-songwriter with boundless mainstream enchantment, James Taylor tapped into the darkness effervescent beneath the floor of his lyrics for his main position within the bleak, existential street film Two-Lane Blacktop. Playing a person merely often known as The Driver, Taylor’s minimalist efficiency and clean, quiet dissatisfaction spoke to the muted aimlessness many a disillusioned hippie felt after the counterculture revolution of the ‘60s started to peter out on the high of a brand new decade. — J. Lynch

89. Yasiin Bey, The Italian Job (2003)

Acclaimed New York rapper Yasiin Bey (previously Mos Def) has lengthy loved a profitable facet profession as an affable supporting actor, bringing unassuming appeal and sneaky gravity to a wide range of movies starting from the weighty to the supremely foolish. He's had larger roles than heist crewmember Left Ear in The Italian Job, however few that deployed him so expertly; even in a movie stuffed with gigantic stars keying dazzling set items, probably the most replayable second stays his refusing to reveal particulars to Mark Wahlberg's ringleader about why he's freaked out by canines: "I HAD… A BAD… EXPERIENCE!" — A.U.

88. Jack White, Walk Hard (2007)

The 2007 music-biopic parody Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story boasts a laundry listing of left-field cameos, however none shock fairly like Jack White as Elvis Presley. White, whose songwriting reveals a penchant for tongue-twisters and gibberish, deftly embodies The King’s larger-than-life persona with an incomprehensible, strung-out stream of mumbo jumbo. With some shock Elvis strikes in hand — suppose karate chops, not pelvic thrusts — White interprets his sharp, tongue-in-cheek wit into slapstick silliness. — BRYAN KRESS

87. Keith Richards, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

Somehow, a way, Keith Richards’ cameo position as Edward Teague, Jack Sparrow’s father, in 2007’s At World’s End become a return for its sequel 4 years later. Like his earlier look however just a little extra snug, we’re principally simply speaking Keith Richards Dresses Up As a Pirate and Talks to Johnny Depp for a Few Minutes; performing depth there ain’t. But in fact, Depp’s inspiration for Sparrow was Richards himself, so the fan service on show is simple — and for a movie sequence primarily based on a Disney theme park experience, that's just about the title of this sport to start with. — Okay.R.

86. Sting, Quadrophenia (1979)

As the sneering, leather-jacketed Mods gang chief Ace Face, Sting all however paved the way in which for Billy Idol's '80s MTV dominance along with his movie debut within the film adaptation of The Who's Quadrophenia rock opera — certainly, Idol would later play the position himself on stage. An anti-establishment hero to the movie's protagonist at film's starting, Sting additionally finally ends up crushing the lead's spirit with the later reveal that he's offered out and turn out to be a subservient resort bellhop; simply think about how the dude would've felt about "Desert Rose" a pair many years later. — A.U.

85. Andre 3000, Jimi: All Is By My Side (2013)

Andre Benjamin has positively picked his spots since OutKast’s 2007 hiatus. After dipping his toe in performing within the rap duo’s middling 2006 movie/album Idlewild (and cameos in popcorn flicks like Be Cool and Semi Pro), he’s dropped dozens of rap options, however seemingly poured most of his vitality into channeling Jimi Hendrix on this 2013 biopic in regards to the rock icon’s early profession — disappearing into the position like he did into his boho ATLien rap persona. From the spacey voice and laconic, lanky stroll, to the quiet, non secular seeker persona and paisley-splashed wardrobe, Benjamin disappears into the position he appears born to play. Plus, in a profession of left turns, this proper heel-turn into rock biopic makes no excellent sense. — GIL KAUFMAN

84. Bobby Darin, Captain Newman, M.D. (1963)

Gregory Peck performed it protected because the sturdy, affable lead on this 1963 struggle dramedy, however genre-hopping singer Bobby Darin stretched his performing chops as a shell-shocked soldier with a wry, suggestive sneer who spits out insults at those that attempt to assist him. The threat paid off for the previous teen idol, who earned a greatest supporting actor Oscar nom for his acclaimed efficiency. — J. Lynch

83. LL Cool J, Any Given Sunday (1999)

This 1999 Oliver Stone-directed soccer drama boasted a star-studded lineup that includes the likes of Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, Jamie Foxx and James Woods. Despite the stiff competitors for display time, rapper LL Cool J managed to show in a memorable efficiency as veteran working again Julian "J-Man" Washington, along with his behind-the-mic swagger translating simply as nicely behind an offensive line. The rapper could have taken his methodology performing a step too far, although, as a struggle scene with Foxx (taking part in the staff's hothead new QB) really escalated right into a real-life melee between the 2 hybrid stars, full with police involvement. — MATT MEDVED

82. Marc Anthony, El Cantante (2007)

In 2007, Marc Anthony, the main salsa singer of his era, confronted the problem of taking part in the best salsa singer of all time: Hector Lavoe. As a local Nuyorican, Anthony was weaned on the music of Fania, the label that took the Puerto Rican singer born Hector Juan Pérez Martinez to fame. With his then-wife Jennifer Lopez co-starring as Lavoe’s spouse, Anthony embodied the late Latino icon in each physique and voice. The film soundtrack — on which Anthony sang Lavoe’s hits with musicians that included a few of the legend's contemporaries — debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart, and went on to win a Latin Grammy. — JUDY CANTOR-NAVAS

81. Josh Groban, Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)

From musically dramatizing Kanye’s tweets to delivering an uncanny impression of Michael Buble, Josh Groban has turn out to be an unlikely burst of comedic vitality. His expertise have been on full show in his position as Emma Stone’s egocentric boyfriend in 2011’s Crazy, Stupid, Love. After a romantic public proposal devolves right into a condescending job supply, Groban’s pitch excellent dismissiveness towards Stone ("I didn't notice you thought that we have been… there…. but") seals the deal as she walks out on him for good. — ERIC FRANKENBERG

80. Joey Fatone, My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

You actually wouldn't have recognized Joey Fatone was a part of one of the crucial profitable teams in pop music historical past from his look as Cousin Angelo in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, a job that principally tells you all you want to know within the character title. The Italian-American Fatone couldn't look extra at dwelling mixing in as one of many prolonged Portokalos clan, having the time of his life bickering along with his sister on the household diner, and offering the grinning punchline to the brother of the bride's prolonged groom-hazing: "Hey Ian! WE'RE GONNA KILL YA!" — A.U. 

79. George Strait, Pure Country (1992)

The King of Country can be the primary to confess that his performing chops are stilted, however on this 1992 low-key charmer, Strait convincingly performs Wyatt “Dusty” Chandler, a rustic famous person who goes off the grid. The film was a modest field workplace success, however the soundtrack was a monster, having been licensed 6X Multi-Platinum by the RIAA. Perhaps figuring out his limits, Strait did not seem in both of the non-theatrical sequels. — MELINDA NEWMAN

78. Christina Aguilera, Burlesque (2010)

It ought to come as a shock to nobody that vocal powerhouse Aguilera slays her musical numbers as Ali, a small-town woman who breaks out of her shell in a Los Angeles burlesque lounge, on this flamboyant film musical. But can she act? Though the movie got here off extra chaste than some anticipated — you’re extra prone to discover traces of Aguilera’s Mickey Mouse Club period than “Dirrty” alter ego Xtina right here — watching Aguilera remodel right into a fishnets-clad diva alongside co-star Cher is irresistibly enjoyable, and her catty fights with on-screen rival Kristen Bell are deliciously ridiculous (Bell: “I can’t be upstaged by some chick with mutant lungs!"). But in the event you got here solely to see Aguilera showcase her full vocal vary in a Swarovski crystal bustier, you received’t be dissatisfied, both. — T.C.

77. Lyle Lovett, The Player (1992) 

Lyle Lovett's Robert Altman-facilitated transition from nation star to character actor within the early '90s couldn't have been extra seamless — his face alone appears to inform 100 tales in its angles and creases. His position as Detective DeLongpre within the 1992 comedic meta-noir The Player was completely destabilizing; as he quote-chants "One of us!" in flat monotone at Tim Robbins' murder-suspect movie producer, he appears to be like like he's dropping his thoughts, and we're proper there with him. — A.U.

76. DMX, Belly (1998)

Every 12 months or so on Twitter the controversy re-emerges as as to if cult favourite Belly is definitely a traditional or simply trash, and naturally each are true — the Hype Williams-directed crime flick is attractive, incoherent, horribly dated and completely iconic of its period. The actors, led by various turn-of-the-century hip-hop and R&B stars, largely function stage props, however DMX's unstable gangster Tommy "Buns" Bundy is the lone efficiency soulful and imposing sufficient to face out among the many widescreen set items — resulting in a profitable second profession for the rapper starring in B-movie fare like Exit Wounds and Never Die Alone. — A.U.

75. Iggy Pop, Dead Man (1995)

The rocker born Jim Osterberg has spent a half-century taking part in the larger-than-life punk character Iggy Pop, logging movie cameos galore (Cry-Baby, Tank Girl) within the course of. But his first actual performing occurred on this black-and-white Jim Jarmusch psychedelic western — a spirit world thoughts journey starring Johnny Depp — wherein he performs Salvatore “Sally” Jenko, donning a skirt as a cross-dressing, Bible-thumping fur dealer enamored with Depp’s flaxen hair. In a movie filled with performing icons and funky B-listers, Pop — sporting a bonnet and crouching within the grime like a frontier Gollum — steals his scene with a low-key, rambling monologue in regards to the cruelty of Roman emperor Nero, delivered whereas cooking up possum for his fellow vacationers. Just Iggy being Iggy, actually. — G.Okay.

74. Harry Connick, Jr., Copycat (1995)

Harry Connick Jr.’s first roles let him lean on his musical expertise, like performing “Danny Boy” in 1990’s Memphis Belle and pounding the keys alongside the titular character in 1991’s Little Man Tate. However, he tossed that crutch for the 1995 thriller Copycat. With crazed eyes, a nasal Southern drawl and a unclean sneer, Connick was convincingly psychotic as a serial killer who turns Sigourney Weaver’s character into an agoraphobic, after terrorizing her within the film’s surprising opening sequence. — CHRISTA TITUS

73. T.I., ATL (2006)

For his first foray into the movie world, T.I. drew upon his personal experiences of rising up in Atlanta for 2006’s coming-of-age flick ATL. Playing Rashad, the rapper’s Southern appeal and searing depth helped the primary character’s story of making an attempt to escape the hood alive really feel extra genuine. T.I. additionally contributed to the movie’s music, whose soundtrack later turned his fourth album King, and blessed us with the seminal (and double-Platinum) “What You Know” single. — BIANCA GRACIE

72. 50 Cent, Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)

It’s a little bit of a cheat to get props for principally taking part in your self in a unfastened biopic. But, like mentor Eminem a number of years earlier, 50 blew out of the gate along with his first position as if he’d spent his complete life getting ready to play conflicted small timer Marcus “Young Caesar” Greer. From getting shot 9 occasions to hustling medicine as a teen and transitioning to a rap profession, 50 is convincing and pure, taking part in to sort whereas believably hiding a layer of emotion and sensitivity beneath Greer’s hard-ass exterior. — G.Okay.

71. Lenny Kravitz, The Hunger Games (2012)

In The Hunger Games, Cinna is Katniss Everdeen’s gifted stylist, so it made sense to have somebody with a definite type his personal — Kravitz, natch — play the position within the sequence’ first two movies. The star brings a little bit of a charismatic rock star swagger to the position, and the delicacy of his one-on-one scenes with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) present the movie with welcome breaths of contemporary air: in contrast to the brightly coloured, extravagant, unfamiliar individuals round Katniss, Cinna is calm, cool and picked up, a better hyperlink to dwelling than a lot of the Capitol. — Okay.R.

70. A$AP Rocky, Dope (2015)

It's not possible to not sympathize with A$AP Rocky within the position of Dom on this coming-of-age crime dramedy. His big-screen debut sees the New York rapper taking part in a younger, profitable drug kingpin, into whose orbit protagonist Malcolm — a highschool nerd who likes '90s hip-hop — will get combined up. Rocky’s intuitive efficiency and innate cleverness persuades the viewers that there’s good in Dom's world. — PAMELA BUSTIOS 

69. Snoop Dogg, Starsky & Hutch (2004)

The rapper’s pimped-out efficiency as Huggy Bear isn’t a lot of a stretch from his personal on-record persona — simply take a look at the title. But the identical laidback comedian timing that makes him certainly one of hip-hop’s most iconic MCs additionally is useful as right here as he walks away with the movie’s most memorable one-liners. In truth, "I do know some those that know some those that robbed some individuals" is perhaps the one memorable factor about this tepidly obtained remake of the '70s motion sequence. — NOLAN FEENEY

68. Tina Turner, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

Cunning however not merciless, calculating however honorable, the position of post-apocalyptic villain was performed with uncommon depth and ethical complexity by Tina Turner within the completely bonkers '80s sci-fi motion traditional Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Whether bellowing “bust a deal and face the wheel” within the titular thunderdome, or explaining her long-game for rebuilding civilization complete, Turner’s Amazonian Aunt Entity is among the most wildly authentic not-so-evil unhealthy guys in a decade stuffed with off-the-wall antagonists. — J. Lynch

67. Tyrese, 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

Tyrese made an indelible mark on the Fast & Furious franchise in its second installment, 2 Fast 2 Furious. Playing towards the late Paul Walker's straight-faced Bryan, Tyrese's cackling, shit-stirring Roman brings levity lacking from the primary movie. Brought in after Vin Diesel turned down the prospect to make the sequel, Tyrese used his flip to finally turn out to be a key member of the Fast staff — and his return appearances, starting in Fast Five, cemented his standing because the funniest member of the ensemble. — DENISE WARNER

66. Vanessa Williams, Soul Food (1997)

The star-studded '90s drama Soul Food, which has turn out to be a staple for black households, helped Vanessa Williams show she was greater than only a Miss America winner-turned-pop star. Her position as Teri — a.okay.a everybody’s uptight auntie with cash — represented the turmoil some ladies undergo when pressured to be their kin’ supplier. The position additionally birthed one of the crucial memorable knife-wielding movie scenes up to now, which served as a lesson for dishonest husbands in all places. — B.G.

65. Carmen Miranda, The Gang's All Here (1943)

One of the highest-paid actresses of the ‘40s, Portuguese singer Carmen Miranda was usually forged as a Brazilian by Hollywood (which, contemplating how badly different films have been whitewashed, was virtually progressive). In 1943's The Gang’s All Here, Miranda is scintillating as Dorita, in a wildly entertaining mishmash of showbiz and romantic scheming from director/choreographer Busby Berkeley — and her eye-popping efficiency within the banana-and-innuendo-laden “The Lady In the Tutti Frutti Hat” is among the most celebrated (and spoofed) in film historical past. — J. Lynch

64. Aaliyah, Romeo Must Die (2000)

Part of what made Aaliyah such an enrapturing determine as her fame and presence crested within the late ‘90s was her quiet means to disclose a spectrum of expertise: first singing and dancing, then, albeit briefly, performing. In her massive display debut, the late musician confirmed a seasoned confidence in inhabiting the position of Trish, who’s caught up in a bitter mob rivalry that performs out as a up to date Romeo & Juliet paean. Aaliyah helped carry the movie with each sensitivity and ferocity, in addition to the form of mystique that solely true film stars possess. — STEVEN J. HOROWITZ

63. Tom Waits, Down By Law (1986)

Zack, the character Tom Waits performs in Jim Jarmusch’s Down By Law, is a DJ within the Big Easy, good at rising a goatee and growling his means via standard oldies like “Crying,” however unfortunate in love and with the legislation. He’s within the clink on a frame-up — a physique confirmed up within the trunk of the automobile he was driving — which is a powerful rap, particularly because it requires buying and selling in his hip plaid pants and pork pie hat for state property. (At a lean 37, Waits stays good-looking in all conditions and lighting, regardless.) At first blush you’re considering, oh, it’s Tom Waits taking part in himself — however the deeper fact is that it’s Tom Waits taking part in the form of man Waits writes track about. Big distinction. — ROSS SCARANO

62. Miguel Bosé, High Heels (1991)

Pop star Miguel Bosé was recognized early in his profession as Spain’s reply to David Bowie. Often performing onstage in skirts, his voice revealed his reverence for Ziggy Stardust. With his normal genius for casting, legendary director Pedro Almodovar forged Bosé as a drag queen in his 1991 melodrama Tacones Lejanos (High Heels). Bosé, whose character is a court docket choose by day, walked away with the image in a scene wherein he placed on stilettos and lip-synched to Luz Casal singing “Un Año de Amor.” — J.C-N

61. Erykah Badu, The Cider House Rules (1999)

R&B star Erykah Badu's quiet, restrained efficiency as Rose Rose, the daughter in a household of transient apple pickers, does extra than simply serve most important character Homer's (Tobey Maguire) evolution. As a lady raped and impregnated by her father, Badu's Rose is tragic, however not with out hope. She barely speaks within the scene the place Homer performs her abortion, however the heartbreak and resignation in her face says all of it. — D.W.

60. Debbie Harry, Videodrome (1983)

Debbie Harry introduced her marmoreal cool and Lower East Side edge to her portrayal of an S&M-loving psychiatrist in David Cronenberg’s deeply bizarre techno-fetish flick Videodrome. Whether placing out a cigarette on her chest or eerily popping up on a TV display on an deserted boat, the Blondie frontwoman’s indifferent aura gels completely with the movie’s witches’ brew of UHF TV, softcore core, mind tumors, conspiracy theories and hallucinations. — J. Lynch

59. David Johansen, Scrooged (1987)

For his portrayal of the reckless cab-driving Ghost of Christmas Past, David Johansen exchanges the frontman glam of his early New York Dolls days for a fresh-out-the-dumpster look: ashen pores and skin, yellow enamel, dusty garments. He’s received the looks of the ghoulish tour information down pat, however his supply actually sells it. Johansen throws some further gravel onto his pure Staten Island accent as he cackles within the face of Bill Murray’s concern and comfortably shouts a line at one other driver that any native New Yorker has most likely mentioned earlier than: “Go again to Jersey, ya moron!” — C.W.

58. Awkwafina, Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu wasn’t positive if rapper-actor Awkwafina — who broke out with 2012’s viral “My Vag” and dropped her newest venture, the In Fina We Trust EP, earlier this summer season — would “destroy the film or take the film to a different stage.” As Goh Peik Lin, the new-money school BFF of protagonist Rachel (Constance Wu), she unquestionably does the latter, guiding Rachel and viewers via the world of Singapore’s uber-wealthy with rapsy irreverence and 5-Hour-Energy pep. You’ll discover that very same vitality in her music: When Awkwafina’s personal grandmother noticed the movie's trailer, she informed the star, “It’s identical to you’re speaking regular.” — N.F.

57. Aretha Franklin, The Blues Brothers (1980)

The late Queen of Soul solidified her place as probably the most commanding voice within the room for a brand new era along with her performing debut as diner matriarch Mrs. Murphy within the 1980 comedy The Blues Brothers. Once once more proving her means to maneuver with the occasions, Franklin repurposed her 1968 hit “Think” into a superbly choreographed verbal tongue-lashing. With her hand on her hips and a closing finger wag, Franklin reminds her companion and audiences alike to suppose once more earlier than counting her out. — B.Okay.

56. Redman & Method Man, How High (2001)

It's onerous to select only one second or scene that basically sums up this twisted, feature-length weed joke — which options every thing from hotboxing Harvard to hashish chemistry to the 2 MCs' useless buddy Ivory who exhibits as much as assist them go the THCs (I do know, I do know) after they smoke a selected model of manufactured marijuana. But all nice partnerships have an origin story, and Meth & Red's within the movie is becoming in its simplicity: "Got blunt?" "Got weed?" The relaxation is historical past. — Dan Rys

55. Childish Gambino, Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Thanks to starring roles in Community and Atlanta, we already knew getting in that Donald Glover (a.okay.a. Childish Gambino) might act, however his movie potential had gone largely untested previous to his position as Han Solo's smuggler frenemy Lando Calrissian on this summer season's Solo. The movie obtained combined opinions from critics, however Glover introduced a much-needed swagger and charisma to the long-lasting position that made even the harshest of Star Wars followers proud. Though we (clearly) don't see Gambino's musical facet within the movie, we do see Glover channeling his inside Billy Dee Williams — together with a spot-on vocal imitation — which had followers wishing for his personal spinoff. — X.Z.

54. Bow Wow, Like Mike (2002)

Like Mike might have turn out to be a cable-TV staple solely for the early-2000s NBA nostalgia; up to date superstars like Jason Kidd, Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady and Michael Finley all present as much as marvel on the younger phenom who can hoop with one of the best of ‘em due to magical sneakers. But Bow Wow (again when he was Lil, each professionally and bodily) attracts within the non-basketball nerds with precocious appeal, studying precious off-court classes whereas dunking on his bully Ox (a younger Jesse Plemons!) and Allen Iverson with equal aplomb. — JASON LIPSHUTZ

53. "Weird Al" Yankovic, UHF (1989)

"Weird Al" Yankovic superfans make up its loudest proponents, however UHF's cult following isn't solely as a result of enduring musical reputation of its comedic star. The movie as a complete is gleefully, unapologetically goofy — and Yankovic leads the cost, from the second his neck swivels 180 levels to face an impossibly massive boulder heading straight towards him after stealing the very Academy Award that ought to’ve been his. It’s a rattling disgrace this stays Weird Al’s solely lead movie position. Now, who desires to drink from the hearth hose?! — Okay.R.

52. Alanis Morissette, Dogma (1999)

In the mid-90s, Alanis Morissette re-shaped trendy pop/rock in her personal picture. It is sensible then, that she was forged as God herself in Kevin Smith’s 1999 non secular comedy Dogma — although she was initially speculated to play the movie's lead, earlier than dropping out resulting from touring exhaustion. In a wordless position, she makes probably the most of her transient time on display, in the end destroying Ben Affleck’s Bartleby with a scream as defiant because the yelps from “You Oughta Know.” — E.F.

51. Maurice Chevalier, The Love Parade (1929)

French cabaret singer Maurice Chevalier turned a serious Hollywood star along with his Oscar-nominated flip in Ernst Lubitsch's delightfully suggestive Pre-Code musical comedy The Love Parade. As a retired playboy/bored royal consort, Chevalier is nice, endearing and effervescent whether or not he's wooing or whining, incomes the primary of his two Academy Award nominations within the course of. — J. Lynch

50. Dwight Yoakam, Panic Room (2002)

Country star Dwight Yoakam had already proven his items for taking part in malevolent lowlifes in 1996's acclaimed Sling Blade, however David Fincher's cramped thriller Panic Room noticed him dripping with a lot sleazy menace he didn't even want to indicate his face till midway via the film. In a film the place established stars Forest Whitaker and Jared Leto appear to have the plot's villainy lined, Yoakam improbably emerges as the first antagonist, with no rationalization wanted past his skin-crawling two-word drawl: "I'm Raoul." — A.U.

49. Diddy, Monster's Ball (2001)

In his flip of the century pursuit to grasp all disciplines recognized to man, Diddy proved an immediately profitable character actor within the Oscar-winning Monster's Ball, the place he performed the demise row inmate executed by Billy Bob Thornton's lead with spectacular humanity and nil pressured the Aristocracy. He exits the film barely a half-hour in, however his affect is felt all through — the scene of him barely capable of stroll to his execution is perhaps probably the most brutal second of an impossibly bleak film, a doomed man unable to mentally or bodily course of his imminent destiny. — A.U.

48. Art Garfunkel, Carnal Knowledge (1971)

In Carnal Knowledge’s good opening, Sandy, performed by Art Garfunkel, confesses to his buddy Jonathan (Jack Nicholson), “I’ve by no means been capable of discuss to any woman.” Director Mike Nichols lets the dialogue run over the credit, rendering them disembodied voices towards a black display. They’re Amherst college students within the ’40s, and what follows is a shrewd, formally difficult and bitterly satirical portrait of misogyny, stunted emotional progress, and impotence. Garfunkel brings tender cowardice to his Golden Globe-nominated portrayal of a guileless loser whose central male friendship is as poisonous as may very well be. During an early scene, at Jonathan’s urging, Sandy repeatedly tries to the touch the breasts of his first girlfriend, Susan, performed by Candice Bergen, whereas they’re kissing. She resists repeatedly, every time eradicating his hand earlier than lastly asking, exasperated, “How might it’s any enjoyable for you if you recognize I don’t need it?” His reply: “I didn’t say it was enjoyable.” — R.S.

47. Mandy Moore, Saved! (2004)

In the pantheon of turn-of-the-century teen pop queens, Mandy Moore was often the sweetest, typically cloyingly so. She had moved away from that picture by 2004, however she resurrected — and amplified — it in her flip because the goody-goody, Jesus-loving excessive schooler Hilary Faye within the film Saved. Her character’s self-righteousness can be insufferable if it weren’t so hilarious: “I’m full of Christ’s love!” she shouts, hurling a Bible behind her co-star Jena Malone. The throw is nearly onerous sufficient to knock the reminiscence of 2002’s schmaltzy A Walk to Remember out of individuals’s heads. — C.W.

46. Elvis Presley, Jailhouse Rock (1957)

In his greatest film position (which, admittedly, will not be saying a ton), Presley is the dwelling embodiment of rock and roll rebel as ex-jailbird Vince Everett. Throughout, he oozes a darkish intercourse enchantment, and the efficiency of the title monitor along with his former cellmates stays as exhilarating as ever greater than 60 years later — and serves as a precursor to the modern-day music video that has seldom been surpassed. — M.N.

45. Ludacris, Hustle & Flow (2005)

Playing a personality so true to your profession comes with the complication of emulating who you’re in actual life. But Ludacris, on the heels of constructing his Hollywood debut in The Wash in 2001 and forward of his first go within the Fast & Furious franchise two years later, put his performing chops to work with unquestionable success in 2005’s Hustle & Flow. In it, he performed a rapper named Skinny Black, driving excessive in hip-hop's higher echelon and forgetting how onerous it was to get there, leading to a climactic confrontation with star Terrence Howard's aspiring MC DJay. It’s a stark distinction to the jol, animated persona Ludacris embodies in actual life — and a testomony to his talents past the mic. — S.J.H.

44. Lena Horne, Cabin In the Sky (1943)

In this closely non secular story of fine and evil preventing for a condemned man’s soul, Lena Horne is the unwitting software of Lucifer because the seductive, worldly Georgia Brown. Oozing secular appeal, one wink from the deliciously devilish Horne will ship you working to the confessional sales space. In a less-racist model of American historical past, Horne would have been a main main woman — however as it’s, her flip in Cabin In the Sky stands as a testomony to her smoldering, luminescent on-screen presence. — J. Lynch

43. Flea, The Big Lebowski (1998)

If the definition of a terrific efficiency is to overlook that the actor is a real-life particular person outdoors the character they're taking part in on the display, then Flea's flip as one-third of a hapless group of faux-kidnapping, arguably-German nihilists suits the invoice. It's not a lot that Flea's position stood out in any means, it's extra the truth that it didn't — the famed Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist slipped into the surrealism of the half completely, all over his closing scene, when he took a flying bowling ball to the abdomen within the pursuit of… one thing. This film guidelines. — D.R.

42. Rubén Blades, Crossover Dreams (1985)

Rubén Blades showcased his musical and dramatic expertise in 1985’s Crossover Dreams. Set within the gritty NYC of the '70s, the film follows his alter ego Rudy Veloz’s wrestle to make his title within the cutthroat music business past the Latin membership scene. While his character didn’t succeed, Blades’ personal crossover, propelled by his track “Pedro Navaja,” stays unprecedented for a salsa artist. This indie movie, directed by Leon Ichaso, additionally foreshadowed Blades’ success as a Hollywood actor – he’s at present recognized to TV audiences as Daniel Salazar in AMC's Fear the Walking Dead. — J. C.-N.

41. Bing Crosby, Going My Way (1944)

One of probably the most worthwhile singer-turned-actors of all time, Bing Crosby received a greatest actor Oscar for his portrayal of a younger priest who connects with the straying youth of an inner-city NYC parish whereas irking the church elders. Instead of taking part in towards sort, Crosby leans into the imperturbable affability and aw-shucks appeal that endeared him to audiences in every thing from smash musicals to the ‘Road’ comedies alongside Bob Hope. But with Going My Way’s combination of drama, comedy and music, it stands as his most interesting on-screen second. — J. Lynch

40. Selena Gomez, Spring Breakers (2012)

Gosh, keep in mind Spring Breakers? Harmony Korine’s neon-splashed tackle American youth drew shock earlier than it was even launched for its promise of flashy violence, rampant drug use and James Franco in beaded cornrows, however largely for its Disney-gone-bad forged — which stars Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine as 4 bored school college students who rob a hen shack to afford a Florida trip. Gomez’s character Faith — a churchgoing girl-next-door who hightails it again dwelling midway via the movie — is probably the most attention-grabbing of the in any other case largely exchangeable bunch, and Gomez, a religious Catholic herself, appears to carry her personal experiences to the position. Lest we overlook, this was 2014, a time when Gomez had simply begun to shed her Disney star picture — making her sturdy efficiency within the riskiest of roles all of the extra satisfying. — T.C.

39. John Denver, Oh, God! (1977)

It’s onerous to think about now, however at one level squeaky-clean John Denver was one of many largest pop stars on the planet. His affable, approachable folks hits paved the way in which for him to land high billing as a mousy grocery store supervisor tapped by God (the irrepressible George Burns) to unfold His gospel of affection to a cynical world. With a screenplay by veteran sitcom legend Larry Gilbert (M*A*S*H) and Carl Reiner (The Jerk) behind the digicam, kind-eyed Denver is eminently plausible and sympathetic as an earnest, perpetually flustered everyman prepared to threat all of it on his unshakable perception within the kindly little previous Man solely he can see. — G.Okay.

38. Lauryn Hill, Sister Act 2: Back within the Habit (1993)

Somehow, starring within the sequel to a Whoopi Goldberg nun musical didn't take away any of Lauryn Hill's avenue cred: She transitioned virtually instantly afterward to her profitable run with The Fugees after which to her landmark 1998 debut solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Perhaps that's as a result of it was so simple whereas watching the 1993 film, wherein Hill performed a rebellious high-schooler with a heavenly voice when she was simply 17, that she was meant to be a famous person. The material doesn't actually matter: The movie was a terrific introduction to Hill's peerless voice and soulful supply. — KATIE ATKINSON

37. Michael Jackson, The Wiz (1978)

Just earlier than bursting into solo superstardom with Off the Wall in 1979, MJ performed the Scarecrow to Diana Ross' Dorothy on this New York City-centric retelling of The Wizard of Oz. Michael's smooth sincerity is an ideal match for the position, and his love for Charlie Chaplin is obvious all through each wobbling leg and wiggling arm in his bodily expressive efficiency. — J. Lynch

36. Ann-Margaret, Bye Bye Birdie (1962)

She had us at hiya: The opening scene of Bye Bye Birdie options the 22-year previous ingenue — then largely often known as the pop singer behind singles just like the Billboard Hot 100 high 20 hit "I Just Don't Understand" — singing the title monitor in entrance of a blue display, relying solely on her appreciable charisma and mix of innocence and sexuality as excessive schooler Kim MacAfee. Inspired by the devastation skilled by teenage ladies when Elvis Presley was drafted into the military, the musical led to Ann-Margret and Presley starring in 1964’s Viva Las Vegas a 12 months later. — M.N.

35. Beyoncé, Dreamgirls (2006)

Bey nabbed a Golden Globe nomination for her Dreamgirls portrayal of Deena Jones, a singer primarily based on pop legend Diana Ross, who eclipses co-vocalist Effie (Jennifer Hudson) to steer woman group The Dreamettes. Deena’s star energy comes with apparent parallels to Beyoncé’s real-life position in Destiny’s Child, and the singer lends admirable self-awareness to the advanced character — whereas serving up straight appears to be like within the course of. Audiences will probably root for Effie all the way in which (significantly after Hudson’s show-stealing “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”), however the Queen Bee's sudden flip because the rival presents an enchanting problem. Plus, her dazzling efficiency of her co-written authentic “Listen" — Deena’s declaration of independence from her supervisor — is assured to attract you to your toes. — T.C.

34. Dean Martin, Rio Bravo (1959)

While maybe greatest remembered acting-wise for taking part in the straight man to Jerry Lewis in a comedic partnership that spanned radio, TV and movie, Dean Martin’s most interesting thespian second got here within the 1959 Western Rio Bravo, alongside director John Ford and co-star John Wayne. As a washed-up lawman struggling to keep up order (and his personal sobriety), Martin dropped the gregarious crooner persona the general public beloved him for and dove headfirst right into a gritty, empathetic portrayal of a person strolling a razor-thin line between his catastrophic previous and a doubtlessly redemptive future. — J. Lynch

33. Janet Jackson, Poetic Justice (1993)

At her early-'90s peak, Janet Jackson had reworked into an unattainable famous person that exuded confidence and intercourse enchantment. But with Poetic Justice, the icon settled right into a titular position that many younger ladies might relate to: the ‘round-the-way woman (with a knack for poetry) itching to discover a higher life outdoors the hood. Jackson acts alongside fellow artist Tupac, whose character Lucky joins the defensive Justice on a street journey. It begins along with her refusal to carry her emotional guard down, and ends as a journey to self-discovery and romance. — B.G.

32. Harry Belafonte, Carmen Jones (1954)

Harry Belafonte is perhaps greatest recognized in 2018 as a civil rights champion, however within the 1950s, he was additionally one of many brightest multi-platform stars in leisure, along with his movie bona fides cemented his starring position within the opera adaptation Carmen Jones. Though the calypso hitmaker had his singing vocals dubbed — his voice was deemed unsuitable for the register the rating demanded — his vary as an actor was simple, so expressive along with his eyes and actions that by the point he's turned murderous with lust and fury, you utterly overlook how believable he was simply an hour earlier because the dutiful soldier desperately making an attempt to withstand temptation. — A.U.

31. Kris Kristofferson, A Star Is Born (1976)

With Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper lighting up screens within the fourth model of this story, it’s value revisiting 1976 and remembering how nation star Kristofferson greater than held his personal towards megawatt, soft-focus icon Barbra Streisand. With a handful of movie credit beneath his belt by then, the perpetually grizzled nation outlaw chewed up surroundings as on-the-skids, DGAF rock star John Norman Howard. From his flowing hair to his hypnotic, liquid eyes, Kristofferson tears away the highlight as a self-destructive hellraiser who by no means met a chance he couldn’t squander (peep the scene the place he drunkenly performs in a monster masks), as he gazes at life via the underside of a bottle. Not a stretch on the floor, Kristofferson brings such simmering pathos to his tackle Howard it makes you overlook for a minute that these have been roads he’d already blasted down and lived to inform about. — G.Okay.

30. Mariah Carey, Precious (2009)

Few pop stars are as intently related to glamour and glitter (to not point out precise Glitter) as Mariah Carey, so it is sensible that her look because the cubicle-bound social employee Ms. Weiss in Lee Daniels’ Precious turned a headline obsession: “Unrecognizable.” “Diva Went Dowdy.” “Mariah Carey Shows Her Ugly Side.” “Mariah Carey’s Hardest ‘Precious’ Challenge: Going With No Makeup.” (Technically, she was sporting make-up: “It simply wasn’t meant to look good,” she clarified a number of years later.) Yet it’s a disgrace there weren’t extra headlines about simply how impressively layered her efficiency is — significantly within the movie’s climax, when she confronts Mary (Mo’Nique) over the abuse she inflicted on her daughter (Gabourey Sidibe). She’s indignant and disturbed over the horrors she’s uncovering, but making an attempt to be straight-faced and strategic as she extracts solutions from a hostile topic — a difficult balancing act for any actor, diva or not. — N.F.

29. Meat Loaf, Fight Club (1999)

Meat Loaf considerably actually busts onto display in his first scene because the downtrodden Robert “Bob” Paulson within the 1999 mind-bending thriller Fight Club, and his maintain on viewers’s hearts stays as agency as Big Bob’s hugs for the remainder of the movie. Though most of the characters lack primary human empathy, Meat Loaf’s supporting position serves because the emotional core of the story that symbolizes a tragic corruption of innocence, making his demise within the film's latter half a pivotal level within the film's arc. The movie is an abrasive and relentless grind, however Meat Loaf’s smothering presence helps to maintain the mayhem grounded. — B.Okay.

28. Courtney Love, The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

Courtney Love might have fallen sufferer to extreme typecasting when she auditioned to be Althea Flynt — the stripper-turned-wife of Penthouse founder Larry Flynt ruined by habit — in 1996’s The People vs. Larry Flynt. Not solely did the previous dancer kick her personal drug behavior to land the position, she imbued Althea with a renegade temperament threaded with a bruising vulnerability that earned Love a prestigious New York Films Critics Circle award for greatest supporting actress. — C.T.

27. Whitney Houston, The Bodyguard (1992)

One of the defining traits of Whitney Houston as a singer was how a lot she put every thing she had into her music, from the emotive subtlety of her extra restrained moments to the full-force, from-the-rafters blowouts that outlined a few of her greatest work. That identical depth and dedication to craft drive her position in The Bodyguard, the place she fittingly stars as a diva named Rachel Marron on the peak of her stardom. Though she performs to sort, it’s the realism that she brings to the position — the arrogance, the panic and the concern — that makes it such a fascinating efficiency, one which safely holds a spot amongst musician debuts on the massive display. — S.J.H

26. Diana Ross, Lady Sings the Blues (1972)

"This isn't any 'display debut' by a Top 40 star," Roger Ebert wrote of Diana Ross' lead efficiency in the Billie Holiday biopic Lady Sings the Blues. "This is performing." True story: Ross was one of many largest pop stars on the planet when she lobbied to play the long-lasting Holiday in Motown's movie manufacturing of the singer's story, however there's no ego in her efficiency: She subsumes herself in Lady Day, to the purpose the place you even cease noticing that her singing voice nonetheless seems like Diana Ross. It's a flip of great emotional and bodily vary — equally convincing as a frightened 15-year-old waif hiding from unhealthy males and as a grown addict, pulling a razor on her man for getting in the way in which of her repair — and rightly earned the singer her first Oscar nod in as many tries. — A.U.

25. Tim McGraw, Friday Night Lights (2004)

Country famous person Tim McGraw utterly inhabits the position of an alcoholic, abusive and demanding father of a highschool soccer star in Peter Berg's massive display Friday Night Lights. (Those who reward the TV present ought to watch the movie, too.) McGraw's Charles Billingsley first rampages onto the display throughout apply, berating and beating his son Don (performed by Garrett Hedlund) for dropping a catch, completely unrecognizable because the beloved entertainer behind "I Like It, I Love It." Billingsley is bloated, indignant and wistful for the times when he reigned on a state championship soccer staff himself and believes his son will remorse not making the identical recollections, and McGraw's nuanced portrayal of the father or mother pissed off along with his personal life, elevating his son in the one means he is aware of how, is beautiful. — D.W.

24. Janelle Monae, Moonlight (2016)

In the autumn of 2016, Janelle Monae co-starred in a pair of Best Picture nominees, Hidden Figures and Moonlight, and whereas the previous featured the R&B star within the flashier position because the quick-witted mathematician Mary, the latter gave Monae extra detailed, and in the end extra spectacular, story beats to hit. As Teresa, the girlfriend of a drug vendor who turns into the de facto caretaker of the movie’s protagonist, Monae wields a stern exterior and refined gentleness to supply a younger Chiron, and the viewers, a way of refuge amidst a chaotic setting. Teresa is in the end given restricted display time, however Monae represents the quiet energy on the coronary heart of the movie. — J. Lipshutz

23. Bette Midler, The Rose (1979)

Based loosely on the lifetime of Janis Joplin, the story of a bawdy ‘60s self-destructive rock star understandably introduced Midler an Oscar nomination for greatest actress in her first film position. Midler slices open an emotional vein and bleeds everywhere in the position in one of the crucial susceptible performances ever dedicated to display. And in fact, that's all earlier than even getting to her singing, which is predictably intestine wrenching — and produced a pop perennial ballad within the No. Three-peaking title monitor. — M.N.

22. Mary J. Blige, Mudbound (2017)

As Florence Jackson, Mary J. Blige performed the position of the even-keeled matriarch in Dee Rees’ Academy Award-nominated Mudbound. But whereas Florence doesn’t show the form of overflowing volcanic vitality we’re used to from Ms. Blige, the Grammy winner drew from her personal life to imbue the character with a robust calm that translated ache and historical past. Blige earned an Academy Award nomination for greatest supporting actress, in addition to a greatest authentic track nod for “Mighty River,” making her the primary particular person to ever be nominated for performing and music Oscars in the identical 12 months. — E.F.

21. Doris Day, Pillow Talk (1959)

An enormous band singer earlier than Hollywood got here calling, Doris Day turned one of the crucial profitable singer-actor crossovers in Hollywood historical past. Opposite Rock Hudson in Pillow Talk, Day introduced quiet confidence and droll comedy to the madcap Technicolor smash. Playing an impartial Manhattan profession girl who low-key desires romance even when she doesn’t have time for it, Day’s efficiency stays surprisingly relatable some six many years later — and her comedic timing as she reacts to her perpetually hungover housekeeper or her playboy neighbor (Hudson, who she naturally finally ends up with) demonstrates that the so-called straight man is usually the funniest position of all. — J. Lynch

20. Ice-T, New Jack City (1991)

Way earlier than Fin Tutuola made him one of the crucial recognizable legislation enforcement figures in 21st century leisure, let's not overlook that Ice-T taking part in 5-Zero in 1991's New Jack City was form of a factor; one of many formative figures in gangsta rap historical past donning the protect in a blockbuster illustration of why crime doesn't pay. It helped that his Scotty Appleton was practically as charismatic as Wesley Snipes' drug kingpin Nino Brown, with Ice looming massive sufficient as a display presence that even having an ex-Brat Packer taking part in his companion didn't boring his shine. And for as a lot as Nino idolizes Tony Montana, probably the most Scarface quote within the film belongs to Scotty: "I wanna shoot you so unhealthy my dick's onerous!" — A.U.

19. Oli Newton-John, Grease (1978)

Four many years after its field workplace debut, Grease stays a cultural phenomenon. The movie’s traditional songs helped make it one of the crucial beloved film musicals of all time, however the chemistry between leads John Travolta and Oli Newton-John stays on the movie's core. Portraying the healthful change scholar, Sandra Dee-turned-Pink Lady Sandy, Newton-John is especially stellar, along with her charming persona and spotless soprano voice making the movie the apotheosis of her '70s superstardom. — P.B.

18. David Bowie, The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

It’s most likely becoming that David Bowie’s first movie position discovered the eccentric pop star portraying an alien; in spite of everything, he was just some years faraway from the introduction of the Ziggy Stardust persona that helped rocket him to superstardom. But The Man Who Feel to Earth wasn’t just a few feature-length business for Bowie’s musical ventures — it merely launched one other side of his singular expertise. Perhaps nobody however Bowie might have performed the character: Thomas Jerome Newton, an extraterrestrial who involves Earth in the hunt for water for his dwelling planet, solely to be swept up in earthly pursuits like alcohol and tv. Other actors may need been caught up in weirdness for weirdness’ sake or a peculiarity that distracts from the remainder of the plot. The forever-uncanny Bowie seemed the half, acted the half – he was the half. — Okay.R.

17. Will Smith, Ali (2002)

Before the flip of the brand new millennium, actor/rapper Will Smith was basking within the peak of his visibility, the world's largest hybrid star as he entered his thirties. And earlier than the after-effects of the Vietnam War and Civil Rights motion kicked in, Ali was establishing himself as the best boxer of all time by the point he hit age 30. Those similarities transferred to the massive display, as Smith absolutely encapsulated the charisma, cockiness and mind of Ali — all the way in which right down to his distinctive vocal inflections. Of course biographical movies weren’t a brand new idea in Hollywood throughout this time, however Smith’s Academy Award-nominated portrayal raised the bar for lead performances in future acclaimed 21st-century biopics like Ray and Walk the Line. — B.G.

16. Eminem, eight Mile (2002)

Sure, Marshall Mathers is actually telling his personal life story in eight Mile, buying and selling his Eminem moniker for "B-Rabbit" within the Curtis Hanson-directed flick — however there was no assure again in 2002 that the mega-selling rapper might really carry a characteristic movie. Any doubts have been erased when the gritty movie was launched and followers noticed Em in a complete new mild (and a complete new hair colour). There have been some acquainted touchstones that we knew about from his lyrics — the grim Detroit setting, the trailer park on the unsuitable facet of the tracks, the less-than-ideal mother and beloved little woman (although within the movie it's his child sister, not his daughter) — however we had by no means seen Eminem in a romantic mild, or actually in any form of susceptible state of affairs till eight Mile. His largest achievement on the massive display, nevertheless, was his means to construct suspense for the climactic battle-rap scenes — as if the whole viewers didn't already know what he was able to on the mic. — Okay.A.

15. Frank Sinatra, From Here to Eternity (1953)

However Sinatra received the position of a lifetime — rumor has it he pulled a few of his connections to scare studio boss Harry Cohn into providing it — ‘Ol Blue Eyes proved his mettle alongside established stars Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr and Ernest Borgnine as unhappy sack WWII non-public Angelo Maggio. Three years after his as soon as red-hot profession had seemingly hit the skids — sending him to headline to typically half-empty Las Vegas showrooms — Sinatra landed a job within the much-anticipated blockbuster about Army troopers stationed in Hawaii earlier than the Pearl Harbor assault. With a haunted, hungry look in his eyes and a rail-thin look that made him seem emaciated subsequent to the hunky Clift, balanced by that 1,000-watt smile and appeal, Sinatra greater than earned his greatest supporting actor Oscar for his heart-rending demise scene alone. With every thing to show and nothing to lose, the crooner confirmed Hollywood that he nonetheless had what it took to mild up the display, and shortly sufficient, the charts as nicely. — G.Okay.

14. Björk, Dancer within the Dark (2000)

Björk has all the time been a multi-threat expertise, however this tragic 2000 Lars Von Trier movie marked her ascent to silver-screen acclaim. Her spellbinding efficiency as a naive and nearly-blind manufacturing unit employee who goals of Hollywood musicals earned her the Palme d'Or and Best Actress awards at Cannes, and her soundtrack contribution "I've Seen it All" with Thom Yorke earned an Oscar nomination for greatest track. The movie unexpectedly made headlines once more in October 2017 after Björk accused a "Danish director" — assumed by some to be Von Trier, although the director denies any wrongdoing — of on-set sexual harassment. — M.M.

13. Queen Latifah, Chicago (2002)

When you’re good to mama, mama’s good to you, and Queen Latifah was excellent as tough-as-nails, corrupt jail matron “Mama” Morton within the 2002 movie adaption of Chicago. In the film which turned the primary musical to take dwelling the Best Picture Oscar since 1968, the screen-commanding Latifah dispelled any notion that she couldn’t belt out a musical quantity as impressively as she might rap — although she ended up dropping one of the best supporting actress Oscar to her co-star, Catherine Zeta-Jones. — M.N.

12. Mark Wahlberg, Boogie Nights (1997)

Mark Wahlberg launched himself to the general public in 1991 as rapper Marky Mark, chief of The Funky Bunch, and style critics howled over the group’s bubble-gum aesthetics regardless of its scoring the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit “Good Vibrations.” But Wahlberg professionally redeemed himself with 1997’s Boogie Nights, when he portrayed John Holmes-inspired porn star Dirk Diggler as a compelling mix of naivety, coke-deluded bravado and anxious approval-seeking. Wahlberg expertly traversed the arc of nubile rookie to fallen idol that concluded with flinty-eyed self-acceptance discovered via hitting all-time low. Unlike most artists on this listing, he completely traded music for films, and have become an A-list star alongside the way in which. — C.T.

11. Tupac Shakur, Juice (1992)

As Bishop in Ernest Dickerson’s Juice, Tupac Shakur performs a Harlem teen who loses his technique to turn out to be the embodiment of that establishing Prodigy line in Mobb Deep’s “Survival of the Fittest”: “I’m falling and I can’t flip again.” Bishop loses his soul, is possessed by stress and animated by violence, by the non permanent rush of energy a gun grants you; his pals now not acknowledge him after his first style of crime, they’re solely afraid of him. Shakur was 20 years previous when the movie was launched in 1992, simply two months after his debut album dropped, and he performs the half like he understands it from the within out. His eyes are vibrant and huge and his grin is identical because the satan’s when, revealed instantly behind a closing locker door in school, he tells his former buddy: “I am loopy. But you recognize what else? I don’t give a fuck. I don’t give a fuck about you. I don’t give a fuck about Steel… I don’t give a fuck about myself!” By promoting the final line, Shakur transforms the efficiency from horror story to tragedy. — R.S.

10. Justin Timberlake, The Social Network (2010)

Don't let his unsurprising skilled ease taking part in King Bro of Silicon Valley mislead you about his significance to Facebook chronicle The Social Network's success. The movie's portrayal of Napster co-founder Sean Parker leans so closely on our familiarity with Justin Timberlake's model of 90 % appeal and 10 % BS that when he really will get busted and ousted at movie's finish it's legitimately surprising — we'd by no means seen JT get caught earlier than. And in the event you're nonetheless unconvinced that anybody moreover Timberlake might've performed Parker with related verve, ask your self what number of different actors you'd belief to ship a line like "Drop the 'the'" with the self-impressed profundity of a man who's simply found the system for penicillin — or what number of might make a catchphrase out of a quote they by no means really say in full out loud. — A.U.

9. Dolly Parton, 9 to five (1980)

Setting apart how disturbingly topical this 1980 movie feels now — central themes embrace the all-too-relevant problems with sexual harassment within the office and the gender wage hole — let's as an alternative deal with how completely forged Dolly Parton is within the position of Doralee Rhodes. Parton was already a rustic music famous person by 1980, however 9 to five marked her first-ever film position, taking part in one-third of a trio of ladies (joined by Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin) who stay out their darkest revenge fantasies towards a misogynistic, vile boss (Dabney Coleman).

Fonda and Tomlin's characters initially consider all of the workplace gossip that Parton's Doralee is concerned with the boss, what along with her curve-hugging outfits, sky-high hair and fire-engine-red fingernails, however identical to with Parton herself, there's far more than meets the attention. She channeled her feisty fireplace and profession of resounding accomplishments into Doralee, and particularly into her pitch-perfect warning to her boss ought to he ever get handsy along with her once more: "Look, I received a gun on the market in my purse, and thus far, I've been forgivin' and forgettin' due to the way in which I used to be introduced up, however I'll inform you one factor: If you ever say one other phrase about me or make one other indecent proposal, I'm gonna get that gun of mine, and I'm gonna change you from a rooster to a hen with one shot." — Okay.A.

eight. Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls (2006) 

By now it's accepted apply that the breakout star of a TV expertise competitors isn't all the time the winner: Just take a look at One Direction and Fifth Harmony, who each positioned third on their respective iterations of The X Factor and in the end outperformed the "true" winners. But when Jennifer Hudson, who positioned seventh on the third season of American Idol, beat out lots of of different actresses (together with her season's winner, Fantasia Barrino) for the position of Effie White within the 2006 movie adaptation of 1981's Dreamgirls musical — and walked away with a greatest supporting actress Oscar within the course of — she rewrote the foundations of actuality stardom. After all, it's what you do with the platform, not the place you place, that makes a profession.

And Hudson did lots with hers, imbuing the supply materials's signature showstopper, "And I Am Telling You I Am Not Going," with a contemporary urgency, shaking and waving her arms wildly as if she have been bodily pulling each little bit of vitality out of the room to maintain her marathon belt-off. When she wasn't singing in a scene, she appeared possessed by the spirit of Effie, taking on the display with a royal bluster that makes her common voice and presence appear startlingly tame by comparability. In Dreamgirls' most climactic second, Hudson swore you have been gonna love her; viewers had no cause to query it. — N.F.

7. Prince, Purple Rain (1984)

With 5 albums already beneath his sparkly belt, Prince had established himself as an immensely gifted musician means earlier than 1984's Purple Rain. But the movie, which was his performing debut, confirmed that his abilities expanded means past the studio. Granted, the plot mirrored his personal life, following a troubled singer making an attempt to juggle strained household relationships and a budding profession. Yet it additionally brilliantly translated Prince’s rock star depth onto the massive display, each in his romantic scenes alongside real-life musical protege Apollonia and in his blistering performances on stage at Minnesota's iconic First Avenue membership. It didn’t matter in the event you have been a fan or not; his presence was merely mesmerizing. If the film wasn’t sufficient, Prince set his musical customary even increased by anchoring it with the eponymous, award-winning soundtrack album, thought-about his magnum opus by followers and critics alike. — B.G.

6. Madonna, A League of Their Own (1992)

By the early 1990s, Madonna was, within the phrases of A League of Their Own producer Robert Greenhut, “sizzling stuff.” “She was Madonna,” mentioned lead actress Geena Davis. “We puzzled if we have been going to have the ability to discuss to her.” Not solely did Madonna discuss with them (and allegedly make everybody Rice Krispies Treats on her birthday), she greater than held her personal within the eventual basic-cable traditional whereas performing — and sliding — alongside her fellow Rockford Peaches because the wisecracking, man-slaying “All the Way” Mae Mordabito. Much like Madonna's personal persona on the time, Mae was performed with a sure toughness and flirtation, as convincing making spotlight performs on the diamond as she was stealing hearts in a bar stuffed with GIs. She additionally had an opportunity to indicate off her comedic timing alongside Rosie O’Donnell, Mae’s greatest buddy within the movie. Their playful, scene-stealing chemistry was no act: The two have remained friends ever since. — C.W.

5. Judy Garland, The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Given that her position as Dorothy Gale is among the most indelible in celluloid historical past, it’s virtually inconceivable that MGM initially wished Shirley Temple for the a part of the younger woman swept away by a Kansas twister to a magical land (alongside, in fact, along with her canine, Toto). Regardless of the place she got here within the pecking order, the magnetic Garland — who was simply 18 when she shot the 1939 launch — made it her personal, in addition to the film’s signature track, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” At the 1940 Academy Awards ceremony, she was introduced with a particular Juvenile Oscar for her efficiency in Oz — in addition to that 12 months's Babes in Arms — and she or he would go on to be certainly one of Hollywood's best stars over the subsequent twenty years, together with a towering efficiency in 1954's first musical remake of A Star Is Born. — M.N.

four. Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born (2018)

It won’t seem to be a lot of a stretch for Lady Gaga's massive display breakout to return as an aspiring pop star. It can be a mistake, nevertheless, to imagine that Gaga is taking part in a Hollywood-ified model of herself in A Star Is Born. While there are actually parallels between the "Just Dance" singer and her alter ego Ally, this isn't the story of Lady Gaga's rise. It's the story of an insecure girl plucked for stardom by a weary alcoholic who simply desires to take one other take a look at her. Stefani Germanotta willed herself into being Lady Gaga, till Lady Gaga turned the famous person we all know and love. Her Ally, nevertheless, is resigned to her unremarkable life, till the sudden occurs. But from the second Gaga takes the stage with Edith Piaf eyebrows to belt out "La Vie En Rose," she electrifies these within the theaters as a lot as she enchants Bradley Cooper's Jackson Maine character.

That's no shock, in fact: We've seen Gaga mild up a lot larger levels for a decade already. However, Gaga's performing artistry — which is able to stun even her diehard Little Monsters — is what actually shines via in Star, significantly as a drunk Jackson tells Ally she's ugly and the ache of her worst insecurity flashes throughout her face. Gaga brings to life Ally's quiet dedication to seek out herself as an artist in a world obsessive about attractive pop stars who sing frothy however in the end forgettable tunes — a wrestle that Gaga herself is intimately conversant in — whereas battling her fierce devotion to her struggling husband. Together, Cooper and Gaga make a wonderful, exhilarating, and heartbreaking however by no means altogether unhealthy romance. And when Gaga takes her closing bow, introducing herself as Mrs. Ally Maine, her star as a bona fide actress is born. — D.W.

Three. Ice Cube, Boyz N the Hood (1991)

If there's a thesis assertion to the primary half-decade of Ice Cube's leisure profession, it may very well be certainly one of Doughboy's most well-known traces: "Either they don't know, don't present, or don't care about what's goin' on within the hood." That was the spine of N.W.A and the underlying theme of Boyz N the Hood, and the rapper born O'Shea Jackson Jr. embodied it, whether or not in his lyrics or his performing. Maybe one of the best factor that may be mentioned of Cube's efficiency in Boyz is that it hardly looks as if performing in any respect. Just 22 years previous when the movie was launched, Cube was barely faraway from the life the movie was depicting, and the character — which John Singleton wrote with him particularly in thoughts — match him like a glove: charismatic, vaguely threatening, loyal to a code, questioning why all of it makes so little sense. It's Straight Outta Compton in characteristic movie type — much more so than the biopic titled after that traditional album many years later — with Cube's authenticity shining via. — D.R.

2. Barbra Streisand, The Way We Were (1973)

A single scene is sufficient to show the purpose: On a type of New York nights, Barbra Streisand’s Katie runs into the uber-WASP Hubble, performed by Robert Redford, who she had a factor for in school, out at a bar. She takes him dwelling; he’s wasted. They go to mattress collectively, and Streisand’s face as she reclines again onto the pillow subsequent to this man of her goals toggles between nerves and aid. It’s taking place, this inconceivable state of affairs she’s fantasized about, solely he’s handed out. Extending a manicured hand, she teases his hair in a gesture that’s as candy as it’s gently creepy — till he shifts in his sleep and cuddles as much as her, pinning down her arm. Now she’s aggravated. Now he’s dimly stirring and urgent his lips to her neck and her eyes shut in expectant bliss. Then he’s on high of her and her face smooths placid. Cut to her in close-up and Streisand’s expression is unreadable; her eyes appear someplace else, like a part of her is within the daydream of how this was speculated to be even whereas she’s really there, in her mattress, figuring out the load of him.

The scene unfolds comparatively early in Sydney Pollack’s sprawling romantic drama, set towards the backdrop of World War II and, later, McCarthyism. It’s received shades of The Great Gatsby and Play It As It Lays; it’s an American epic about love, marriage and the films. It is a automobile for an incandescent and stricken Barbra Streisand, portraying a lady caught in love with a person who is simply too intimidated by her spirit and intelligence to stick with her, too cowardly to develop sufficient to make it work. It’s a job she had performed earlier than — she received an Oscar for it with 1968's Funny Girl — however by no means higher than this. Can it’s that it was all so easy then? Never is. — R.S.

1. Cher, Moonstruck (1987)

Someone like Judy Garland actually had a extra impactful Hollywood profession general, however in terms of a single efficiency from an performing singer or a singing actor or no matter you wanna name it, Cher’s Oscar-winning flip within the 1987 romcom Moonstruck stays the usual by which you mentally verify all others. As an Italian-American widow doing her greatest to withstand falling for her fiance’s estranged bad-boy brother (Nic Cage), Cher carries herself with a way of downtrodden exasperation, seemingly bested by life’s myriad disappointments. But when Loretta Castorini’s brassy spark rears its head via a superbly executed slap or an are-you-kiddin’-me glare, be careful… significantly in the event you’re Cage’s cheek.

Moonstruck is a story about discovering the braveness to really feel hopeful about life after the world brings you to your knees, and Cher brings that combination of reluctance and romantic recklessness to the display with a self-effacing realism and millisecond-sharp comedic timing. Few performances are this irresistible, hysterical and believably low-key — and the truth that it got here from one of many 20th century’s largest pop stars leaves us unable to snap out of loving Cher in her deservedly Oscar-winning efficiency greater than 30 years later. — J. Lynch