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Top 10 Method Actors

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Rony Ramdan (23 hours ago)
Definitely agree with CHOI MIN-SIK
sebastian alegria (1 day ago)
my favorite is Marlon Brando, the biggest referent from method actor
Nolan Nalon (2 days ago)
nobody can be great actor like politicians
Neeparr (3 days ago)
DDL # 1.....yes!
Crashburn 32 (3 days ago)
What?? Heath Ledger, Lebeouf and Bale are ahead of Brando, Pacino and Deniro? How was this list made? Did you only poll people 25 and under? ALSO, why no female actors?
Milan Pavlović (3 days ago)
WhachMojo.com is an ispiration for good movies. I got 10 ideas from this one video alone
Gleep Wurp (3 days ago)
Holy smokes, James Dean wasn't even a honorable mention?
Placeholder Name (4 days ago)
Agree with Daniel Day Lewis as #1, Gary Oldman nowhere to be found, and not even a mention? You crazy WatchMojo. I guess most only know him from fucking Batman. And dont even get me started on Meryl Streep which should be on this list too.
Colin Kirkpatrick (4 days ago)
How does method acting differ from acting?
Sentry Ward (4 days ago)
put Heath Ladger over De Niro, Al Pacino and Marlon Brando? thats just stupid
jim ulery (5 days ago)
James Woods
Desi Rocker (5 days ago)
Should have mentioned Michael Shannon
Jason Lassiter (5 days ago)
I'm very suprised that Tom Hanks wasn't number 1...😲 Jack Nicholson should've received more than just an honorable mention.
Miguel. (6 days ago)
Adrian Brody is arguable; Gary Oldman is fare more of a method actor than Brody. Shia LaBeouf has no business in this list. DiCaprio, on the other hand, is inexplicably not there…
¿Do you imagine if Shia LaBeouf wins an Oscar for Best Actor?
Some comedians should do this if they break typecasting.
Zoran Milisic (7 days ago)
Vincent D'Onofrio is also method actor. Love that guy
steven lerch (7 days ago)
What about tom hanks getting type 2 diabetes for castaway
Monika With A K (7 days ago)
What about Leo DiCaprio, Gary Oldman and Vincent D’Onofrio?!?!
Jeffrey Collier (7 days ago)
Great list, however I would have included Sam Rockwell...
Lisa L (8 days ago)
What, no clip of The Last of the Mohicans? Unforgivable.
JamesMMcCann (8 days ago)
As soon as you see Brando at 5 you know the list is bullshit.
sanjay jadhav (8 days ago)
Who is the actor on that thumbnail picture
Double Barrel Podcast (9 days ago)
method acting is total bullshit. you begin with your lines. you pick an archetype and then build something fun/relatable.
LE Şantaş (10 days ago)
what about Mehmet Cerrahoğlu?
Trevor Walsh (10 days ago)
Christian Bale is Welsh
Lupa 444 (10 days ago)
LMFAO!!!!
w0bbl3r (10 days ago)
Most of these aren't actual "method actors". I mean De Niro is, we all know that. Brando was. Bale is to a large degree, and has used method acting for a lot of roles. But method acting is a certain type of acting where you pretty much never break character during filming. You become the actor. It's been known for decades that De Niro does it, or used to do it, for every film. But Pacino, even though (in my opinion) he's a better actor than all of these others (or he was, not so much now, he lost it), is not a method actor.
MrBoomslang88 (11 days ago)
Christian bale is welsh not English
Cytron1515 (11 days ago)
No black people on this list... WTF?
Gerald Herrmann (11 days ago)
the list is good, but here´s two points i wanna make: 1) nicholson does not belong in the honorable mentions. actually, he belongs among the top five i think, anyway way before ledger. 2) and among the top three belongs gene hackman, whom you didn´t even mention. if at all, hackman might bow only to ddl. there´s NO ONE who got his range.
shia labeouf is overrated and a scumbag
Becaangel PR (12 days ago)
Al Pacino John Cazale (RIP) Denzel Washington Tom Hardy Robert Deniro
Ellison P (12 days ago)
What a load of popularistic drivel! Brody, Pheonix, Le beouf, Leto, Bale before Denzel Washington? Rod Steiger? Orson Wells?...just watch Malcom X then Glory or Manchurian candidate...watch Heat of the night or Dr Zhivago..watch Citizen Kane or Original War of the World's...then ask yourselves if more than 3 of the top 10 listed could have done half as good a job as these...Mojo? MoRubbish more like.
Ayman Shabban (13 days ago)
Ok, Al Pacino was 6 but Heath Ledger is 3rd. I’m sorry I LOVE Heath Ledger and the Joker performance but Pacino’s rap sheet is legendary. The person I could place above him and De Niro is most likely Christian Bale especially for Psycho & American Hustle. But Ledger either way is a top 5 method actor. But DDL is not the best. Neither is Shia Lebouf worthy of that list. Jack Nicholson should be there.
DDL is best Actor of all Time
javi rob (13 days ago)
Where in the fuck is Jim Carrey, fuck this list, come on now, Andy Kaufman, Grinch, cable guy, dumb and dumber, 23, Mojo on some other shit, for sure
MJ B (13 days ago)
What about Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson?
Kenar bia (13 days ago)
1 Marlon Brando
make you crazy (13 days ago)
Leonardo must be at first
Lars Romundstad (14 days ago)
We can argue about alot of the choices, but I must say after watching first place. I got to agree. Daniel Day-Lewis is the greatest.
Dale Chawkins (14 days ago)
heath ledger, the joker, just otherworldly . it was almost too much
Mik1248 (14 days ago)
Adam Sandler?
Ahmed Samir (14 days ago)
Mmm,Watchmojo completely disagree with you about Pacino spot he should be higher and he is in reality greatest actor,I like the whowa mean him in arabic هو.
Andy Swatland (15 days ago)
Where's Gary Oldman???
Adrienne Harper (16 days ago)
Harvey Keitel should've been on here. Ellen Berstin, too.
תמר באסל (16 days ago)
Ok, so u can c here 5 jewish out of 10. Dont tell me it isnt somthing.
Thomas LaSala (16 days ago)
Top ten Clint Eastwood scenes
joe jones (19 days ago)
I have a simple question that I hope someone out there can answer: Just what the hell is method acting? A simple definition will do, and please, mature responses only.
joe jones (12 days ago)
+StrasbergProtégé Thanks ...that was very helpful!
StrasbergProtégé (12 days ago)
Instead of simply imagining how a character would react to a situation, you use various techniques on your spare time to trigger a genuine reaction to it. (so no, method acting is not something you use in the performance itself like many people falsely believe). For example, if I was to play a social activist, then I would on my spare time research the topic and immerse myself so much in it that when my character gets provoked, then it's actually me being genuinely provoked rather than pretending to be that. And if I was to play a lover, then I would figure out a way to feel genuinely love for my partner rather than pretending to love her.
Ludwig Hampel (20 days ago)
This list makes me laugh. Heath Ledger and Christian Bale are totally overrated. Where are three of the all time greatest method actors, Rod Steiger, Gene Hackman and Peter Sellers?
Rajeshwar Shrivastav (20 days ago)
Forget Leonardo DiCaprio
Freddie _49 (23 days ago)
No way Al Pachino should be 2nd
Anup Thapa (23 days ago)
Honourable mentions dont mean bad. They just mean out of this world.
Jabir Nakhkhaly (24 days ago)
Daniel day lewis
Krishnan unni (25 days ago)
That's like your opinion.. K
River Phoenix dabbled in method acting for My Own Private Idaho
Dionisis Chaleplis (25 days ago)
Pacino is number 1.He is the best actor ever guys....
Caliban at large (26 days ago)
gary oldman literally played a black guy with no makeup but heath ledger who played one good role ever is on the list?
MrBrokentowels (26 days ago)
Shia Lebouf? You have to be kidding me. Whoever made this list doesn’t know much about acting.
Team Castiel Novak (27 days ago)
Wheres Heath Ledger or Christian bale
zul helmee (30 days ago)
where is denzel washington
Abiel Brinkley (30 days ago)
Ledger isn't better than Pacino, De Niro or Brando . Cut it out. lol. If he didn't die, people wouldn't revere him the same. Similar to James Dean, who was just a poor man's Brando, but died extremely young.
meme currry (30 days ago)
Where is Mohanlal
Gee Man (1 month ago)
DDL solidly deserves #1. Stunned that Tom Hardy and Meryl Streep weren’t listed. Shia Labeouf???
Arnold Mojados (1 month ago)
DDL is the goat
miloedo (1 month ago)
Tom Hanks?? Gary Oldman?? Javier Bardem??
Arslaan Askari (1 month ago)
Heath Ledger (number 3) Jack Nicholson (honorablemention) Jared Leto (honorable mention) The Joker is truly a psychotic character which can only be played by great actors. #jokerfan
The Joker (1 month ago)
+Arslaan Askari do you know cameron monaghan joker.This guy play the joker as good as heath ledger
Arslaan Askari (1 month ago)
+The Joker im not denying that. I'm just saying that jared leto is a great actor that's why they chose him to play the joker. In other words the Joker could be only be played by the best. (It's entirely their fault if they screw-up)
The Joker (1 month ago)
Jared leto joker was dogshit like everything in suicide squad.You forgot joaquin phoenix.He is in this list too
Frank Lopez (1 month ago)
Tom hardy Benicio Del torro joe pesci ed harris Michael shannon Anthony hopkins James caan James gandolfini Michael douglas christoph waltz Robert Duvall Ray liotta gene hackman John cázale christopher walken Denzel Washington
Frank Lopez (6 days ago)
Becaangel PR Tom hardy is a tricky one, he did venom for money and that hurt him, he was amazing in the drop but it’s like he can’t break the glass ceiling, let’s see.
Becaangel PR (12 days ago)
I asking where were Tom Hardy, Denzel Washington and John Cazale (rip)...
Frank Lopez (1 month ago)
Pretty good list but not in great order and missing some actors. First of all Brando is #1 he practically was the first method actor . Phillip Seymour Hoffman alone is a better actor than everyone in the list except ledger, Brando, day Louis and Pacino. Where is Gary old man? Mickey Rourke? Ralph Finnes? Montgomery Clift?
Roblox guy TV (1 month ago)
1 Dustin Hoffman 1 The graduate 1967 2 Rain man 1988 3 Tootsie 1982 4 Marathon Man 1976 2 Al Pacino 1 Scarface 1983 2 The godfather 2 1974 3 Serpico 1973 4 Scent Of a Woman 1992 3 Marlon Brando 1 a Street Car named Desire 1951 2 The godfather 1972 3 On The Waterfront 1954 4 Last Tango in Paris 1972 4 Robert De Niro 1 The Deer hunter 1972 2 Taxi Driver 1976 3 Raging Bull 1980 4 The godfather 2 1974 5 Jack Nicholson 1 One Flew Over The Cuckoo's nest 1975 2 Chinatown 1974 3 The Missouri Breaks 1976 4 Easy Rider 1969
Chlxe (1 month ago)
Jared Leto should have gotten more than just an honourable mention
rubesh rups (1 month ago)
Tom hardy he is missing
Rom Milazzo (1 month ago)
Brando , brando and brando.
amirhosein tahery (1 month ago)
This list is facked ! Except Day-Lewis
LiaThePrincess (1 month ago)
Why is Shia Labeouf even on this list. There are so many more actors that could have had a spot on the list.
Michael H. (1 month ago)
Ledger was a good actor who's career was definitely cut short, but no way he topped actors with full careers like De Niro, Brando, or Pacino.
Navneet Ojha (1 month ago)
Daniel day Lewis don't act, he transforms himself into the character for months.. years...
Em Are (1 month ago)
Leo didnt even get a mention 😞😞😞😞
Enceladus Eve (1 month ago)
Daniel Washington, Gary Oldman, Sean Penn, Michael McConaughey..
I am Psycho (1 month ago)
1.മോഹൻലാൽ😂
Guitfiddlejase (1 month ago)
You put people like Ledger.Bale & Daniel Day Lewis in front of Pacino.DeNiro & Marlon Brando? Are you all crazy? This is so crazy ..so unaccountable..so ridiculous that I am going to look in the mirror and ask myself "Why do I even watch "Watchmojo"??? I need to get a life..because I am now nothing more than a troll in my mother's basement and I know that I'm better than this! LOL unsubscribed
Kshitij Thapa (1 month ago)
What kind of a retarded fuck puts Heath Ledger above De Niro and Brando? The one who made this list is a wasted sperm. You should be fucking ashamed of yourself.
Billy G (1 month ago)
Philip Seymour Hoffman. He would be on my top 10 list.
Trent Villarora (1 month ago)
My favourite Brando performance that you missed was the island of Dr Moreau
jose pantojas (2 months ago)
Brando was , is and will ever be the best method actor . And in my humble opinion Pacinoand Deniro are the ones who fallow him.
Shailendra Sharma (2 months ago)
where is Edward norton , kevin spacy
DEtta Mason (2 months ago)
#1. Daniel Day-Lewis #2. Gary 0ldman #3. Marlon Brando Anything else is wrong.
SeemsLogical (2 months ago)
I think that this is the first watch mojo video I can't find any fault in the choices.
RrD Studioz (2 months ago)
American movies and artists are so great...so much authenticity and rawness in the execution of scenes and performances. So well analysed and crafted scenes.
calo10able (2 months ago)
I wouldn't put Shia on the list but Philip Seymore Hoffman instead
broderick (2 months ago)
Ryan Gosling is so underrated smh. Him, Michelle Williams, and the child actor who played their daughter in Blue Valentine lives together in a house for a month, had a fake Christmas, made legitimate homemade family videos, and Ryan and Michelle even argued every day to make their family seem as real as possible. He also did a bunch of weird shit for that one movie where his character falls in love with a sex doll. So underrated smh. He has brilliant performances in Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines, and Blade Runner 2049. Lmk if I forgot any.
Didier Bizimana (2 months ago)
Pretty great list... De Niro is so good that he manage to get scary through the screen!!! Heath Ledger got same effect as the Joker, a very discomfort feeling that gives you chills. Agreed, Brando is the Godfather of method acting from his beginning in the business
T Galacticus (2 months ago)
Fassbender
CobyGamer 27 (2 months ago)
These method actors are truly qualified to make the list of Chameleonic actors. I'm surprised on a few of them made that list
Azadeh Akhavan (2 months ago)
Top 3 are my favorites
Sean Mulloy (2 months ago)
Nobody comes close to Brando..
Nefera Ali (2 months ago)
Gary Oldman and Philip Seymour Hoffman??
Barraq Ali (2 months ago)
Daniel Day Lewis is my favourite !
Aaron Ruesch (2 months ago)
Shia Labaeiough, a method actor? ok I'm unsubscribing, that's just nonsense.
jenniferkeyfrahm (2 months ago)
I agree with a couple comments below, as Gary Oldman should have been high on this list, Leonardo deserves a nod as well as Sean Penn, and at quick glance, I didn't assume I would see Michael Sheen, but he deserved at least a mention as well.
Souro Mukherjee (2 months ago)
Jim Carrey should be under honourable mention list too.

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