15 People Share the Actors They Think Were So Good in Roles That No One Will Ever Outdo Them

What roles do you think are so great by actors that they still stick out in your mind?

I’ll rattle off a few that I think are outstanding to get you in the mood: Charlize Theron in Monster, Robert De Niro in Raging Bull, Sean Penn in Mystic River, Billy Bob Thornton in Sling Blade, Daniel Day-Lewis in…well, pretty much everything he’s done.

There are so many to consider!

Folks on AskReddit talked about the greatest acting roles they’ve ever seen.

Let’s take a look.

1. Did you know this?

“Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly in Back to the Future.

They literally shot half of the movie with a different actor (Eric Stoltz) and it just wasn’t working.

They had to start shooting the movie over from the very beginning. It was a bet that definitely paid off, though.”

2. A great role.

“Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley.

The best part of Alien and Aliens. The hero is a woman and no one cares.

Any man or woman would follow Ripley to the ends of the earth.”

3. I’ll be back.

“Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator.

It’s weird to think that role almost went to OJ Simpson. True story.”

4. Hello, Clarice.

“Jody Foster as Clarice Starling.

I particularly love the scene where she looks at Buffalo Bill’s victim and you hear her voice crack during the first part of the description, where she is looking at tiny personal details like painted fingernails, but then go clinical and determined when she sees the wounds on the girl’s back.

Playing bada** women often veers either towards emotionless and stalwart, or basically aping a 1980s action male role. Foster nailed the emotional vulnerability, ambition, and courage of that character in minute, but profound ways.

No one compares.”

5. Perfect.

“Patrick Stewart as Professor X.

And everyone knew it would happen a decade before the first X-Men movie.”

6. Very memorable.

“Steve Carell as Michael Scott.

He played that role so perfectly — cringy and naïve while still being likable enough to root for.”

7. Agreed!

“Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones.

He’s so deeply connected to that character that I feel it would be impossible for anyone else to fill the fedora.”

8. Wonderful.

“Joaquin Phoenix as Commodus in Gladiator.

I have never h**ed a character so much till I saw him in that movie. He is so cowardly, despicable, and creepy.

Phoenix did such a good job in making you loathe his character.”

9. Great movie.

“Have you seen J.K. Simmons in Whiplash?

His performance in that movie is one of the most convincing that I’ve ever seen.”

10. Quite a transformation.

“Bryan Cranston as Walter White in Breaking Bad.

He begins as sympathetic and ends up terrifying.”

11. Loki.

“Tom Hiddleston as Loki.

I cannot envision any other person playing Loki.

And the way Tom talks and how much he cares about the character I don’t even want to imagine him played by anyone else.”

12. Love it!

“Eli Wallach as Tuco in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

The man should have been nominated for an Academy Award for his performance.”

13. Brilliant.

“Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning, Alison Hendrix, Cosima Niehaus, Helena, Rachel Duncan and several other clones in Orphan Black.

I can’t imagine too many actors pulling off what she did. She not only convincingly played multiple characters that looked and felt like different people, but you could even tell when she was one of them disguised as another one of them.

Absolutely amazing work and underappreciated.”

14. She was amazing!

“Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor.

Especially in Terminator 2.”

15. A few to think about.

“Hugh Jackman as Wolverine

Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man

Andy Serkis as Gollum

Alan Rickman as Severus Snape

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins

Gary Oldman as Dracula.”

Now we want to hear from you.

In the comments, tell us what you think are the best acting roles you’ve ever seen.

Please and thank you!