10 Of The Greatest Acting Performances​ Of All Time

10 Of The Greatest Acting Performances​ Of All Time

In my personal belief these are the 10 greatest acting performances ever.

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Acting truly is one of the best art forms in the world. Actors go through intense work to build these characters and provide entertainment for us. I spend a lot of time watching movies and have witnessed some jaw-dropping performances and it makes me wonder what is the greatest I have ever seen? I was sitting around one night with this question in my head and with award season about to go into full swing, it seems fitting. I know movies are subjective and not everyone will agree, but hey I will allow you to challenge me on any of these. Let's do this.

1. Daniel Day- Lewis: My Left Foot

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This was the first performance that popped into my mind. Not only was My Left Foot an amazing film, but Daniel Day-Lewis took the role of Christy Brown to a whole new level. Lewis portrayed the artist and writer Christy Brown who had cerebral palsy. He truly looked as though he had the rare disease. Lewis would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Actor. Lewis would go on to prove that he is the best method actor in the game. Undoubtedly the best I have ever seen.

2. Robert De Niro: Raging Bull

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In a film which might be the finest by director Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro was absolutely brilliant playing middleweight champ, Jake LaMotta. De Niro got into great shape to take on the boxing aspect of the film and then put his body through a massive physical change to an overweight man in the later years. Everyone should see this film and if you are a boxing fan or movie fan in general, this is a masterpiece.

3. Marlon Brando: Godfather Part 1&2

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I combined these two because they were both so great and iconic to it be insulting to say one was better than the other. Marlon Brando was amazing in the Godfather and if you have seen these two fine films you would agree. Some would call both of these films the best ever, but once again that is very subjective. Anyway, Brando was amazing and totally earned a slot right here for both performances.

4. Jack Nicholson: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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To some, this may seem a little high, but I think Jack Nicholson was phenomenal. Playing the part of Randale McMurphy, Jack was amazing and this movie was selected for preservation at the National Library of Congress. Most reading this probably never knew this film existed, but go watch and see why it deserves to be within the top 5.

5. Daniel Day- Lewis: There Will Be Blood

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Yes, I'm putting Daniel Day-Lewis in the top 5 twice, but because this performance was epic. There Will Be Blood is another film that is thought of as a masterpiece. Daniel Day-Lewis took on the role of playing a mad oil business man Daniel Plainview and he went full method into this role as well. Lewis captured another Oscar for this role.

6. Denzel Washington: Malcolm X

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Denzel Washington's finest work and that is saying something considering some of the other films he has stared in. But, Malcolm X was great and this role took his career to new heights. Malcolm X was outspoken and Washington handles it with grace, could have put this in the top 5 but hey this field is loaded right now.

7. Russell Crowe: The Insider

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Another film where most may or may not remember, but Russell Crowe put in his best work in this intelligent thriller. Crowe played Jeffrey Wigand a scientist who turned into a whistleblower to expose what the big tobacco companies would not tell the people. You gotta go and watch this one, it will leave you on the edge of your seat throughout the film.

8. Adrien Brody: The Pianist

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I think this is one of the most under-appreciated performance of all time. Adrien Brody played Wladyslaw Szipilman a brilliant composer who escaped the hand of the Nazis in the Warsaw ghetto. Brody went under a dramatic transformation to play the part and learned the piano in order to play the part. Once again, this performance was amazing and I think under appreciated. He also took home an Oscar for this film.

9. Charlize Theron: Monster

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I'll say this another performance that some forget, but Charlize Theron was so epic and evil in this film to the point of greatness. She plays the serial killer Aileen Wuornes and she changed her body to fit this role and it was incredible. I truly praise this one and I think more people need to see this film.

10. Heath Ledger: The Dark Knight

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I had a hard time finding where to rank this performance. Heath, hands down, was the best joker of all time and might be this version of the character might be the greatest villain in superhero movie history. Ledger went all out for this role, it is a shame that he never got the chance to see his performance on the big screen. As great as he was, I just couldn't put him ahead of some these fantastic actors.

This was truly a loaded field and all of these actors that made the list all won Oscars. What are some of your favorite acting performances? Maybe this list will get the thoughts going.

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100 Throwback Songs Every Nostalgic '00s Kid Will STILL Jam To

Here's to never growing up.
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If you were anything like me, you came home from school, plopped on the couch and jammed to Radio Disney. You've heard these songs at school dances, parties and on the radio, and you probably still know all the words. Despite most of your favorite childhood artists pursuing different careers (or different styles of music), these throwback hits will always be there to comfort you!


1. "SexyBack" - Justin Timberlake

2. "Oops!... I Did It Again" - Britney Spears

3. "Party in the USA" - Miley Cyrus

4. "Replay" - Iyaz

5. "Dynamite" - Taio Cruz

6. "Girlfriend" - Avril Lavigne

7. "Beautiful Girls" - Sean Kingston

8. "Party Rock Anthem" - LMFAO

9. "Stereo Hearts" - Gym Class Heros ft. Adam Levine

10. "Titanium" - David Guetta ft. Sia

11. "Classic" - MKTO

12. "Call Me Maybe" - Carly Rae Jepsen

13. "California Gurls" - Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg

14. "Down" - Jay Sean ft. Lil Wayne

15. "Teenage Dream" - Katy Perry

16. "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" - Beyonce

17. "I Gotta Feeling" - Black Eyed Peas

18. "Umbrella" - Rihanna ft. Jay Z

19. "Fergalicious" - Fergie

20. "Moves Like Jagger" - Maroon 5

21. "Drive By" - Train

22. "Hoedown Throwdown" - Miley Cyrus

23. "Want U Back" - Cher Lloyd

24. "Love You Like A Love Song" - Selena Gomez & The Scene

25. "Bad Romance" - Lady Gaga

26. "TTYLXOX" - Bella Thorne

27. "Firework" - Katy Perry

28. "Low" - Flo Rida ft. T-Pain

29. "Halo" - Beyonce

30. "Tik Tok" - Ke$ha

31. "Animal" - Neon Trees

32. "Mr. Brightside" - The Killers

33. "We Are Young" - fun. ft. Janelle Monáe

34. "Airplanes" - B.o.B ft. Hayley Williams

35. "Hollaback Girl" - Gwen Stefani

36. "Payphone" - Maroon 5 ft. Ludacris

37. "Pumped Up Kicks" - Foster the People

38. "Hey, Soul Sister" - Train

39. "Ain't it Fun" - Paramore

40. "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love" - Usher ft. Pitbull

41. "Boyfriend" - Justin Bieber

42. "We R Who We R" - Ke$ha

43. "Forget You" - CeeLo Green

44. "Starships" - Nicki Minaj

45. "Say My Name" - Destiny's Child

46. "Baby One More Time" - Britney Spears

47. "Hips Don't Lie" - Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

48. "Hey Ya!" - Outkast

49. "Bye Bye Bye" - *NSYNC

50. "Poker Face" - Lady Gaga

51. "Last Friday Night (TGIF)" - Katy Perry

52. "Bring Me To Life" - Evanescence

53. "Teenage Dirtbag" - Wheatus

54. "You Belong With Me" - Taylor Swift

55. "Seven Nation Army" - The White Stripes

56. "Thnks fr th Mmrs" - Fall Out Boy

57. "Empire State of Mind" - Jay Z ft. Alicia Keys

58. "Crazy in Love" - Beyonce & Jay Z

59. "Mine" - Taylor Swift

60. "Toxic" - Britney Spears

61. "Since U Been Gone" - Kelly Clarkson

62. "Milkshake" - Kelis

63. "Part of Me" - Katy Perry

64. "Yeah!" - Usher, Lil Jon and Ludacris

65. "Wannabe" - Spice Girls

66. "Don't Stop Believin'" - Journey

67. "Stayin' Alive" - Bees Gees

68. "Survivor" - Destiny's Child

69. "Beautiful Soul" - Jesse McCartney

70. "Moves Like Jagger" - Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera

71. "Just Dance" - Lady Gaga ft. Colby O'Donis

72. "Break Your Heart" - Taio Cruz ft. Ludacris

73. "Just The Way You Are" - Bruno Mars

74. "The Climb" - Miley Cyrus

75. "Price Tag" - Jessie J ft. B.o.B

76. "You Make Me Feel..." - Cobra Starship ft. Sabi

77. "Don't Stop the Music" - Rihanna

78. "Paper Planes" - M.I.A

79. "In Da Club" - 50 Cent

80. "Get the Party Started" - P!nk

81. "That's Not My Name" - The Ting Tings

82. "Hot N Cold" - Katy Perry

83. "Umbrella" - Rihanna ft. Jay Z

84. "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" - Soulja Boy

85. "So What" - P!nk

86. "Hit 'Em Up Style" - Blu Cantrell ft. Foxy Brown

87. "Bootylicious" - Destiny's Child

88. "Baby" - Justin Beiber ft. Ludacris

89. "On The Floor" - Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull

90. "The One That Got Away" - Katy Perry

91. "All Star" - Smash Mouth

92. "Jenny from the Block" - Jennifer Lopez

93. "Superbass" - Nicki Minaj

94. "Tonight Tonight" - Hot Chelle Rae

95. "Only Girl (In The World)" - Rihanna

96. "Like a G6" - Far East Movement ft. The Cataracs & DEV

97. "What Makes You Beautiful" - One Direction

98. "We Found Love" - Rihanna

99. "Mr. Saxobeat" - Alexandra Stan

100. "Here's To Never Growing Up" - Avril Lavigne

Did I miss any of your favorites? Comment below!

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Women's Rights And Music: A Great Hypocrisy

"Turn the objectifying and sexist music down, I need to shout something about how women are equal and powerful!"

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As with any divisive piece of writing, one must always remember two things: First, this is my opinion. Second, I am not the most knowledgeable source on this subject; I am purely writing my own thoughts and logic down. There could be plenty of problems with my stance, and I am more than open to listen and try to understand.

Also it should be noted that there is some strong language in this article. I'm not one to cuss or use such language, and the only reason it is included here is to make a point; I would never use this language in normal conversation.

But one thing that has always bothered me is how down-right awful some music can be in regards to women and who they are/what they represent.

I've always been a proponent of women and what they can accomplish. I believe God created us equally, yet with distinctive traits, characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses.

Gender Roles are not popular nowadays, but they exist, and they always will. Not because that is what we should only be doing as male or female. A women should have the freedom to have a job as a mechanic just like a man should be able to write poetry, etc. But these roles are ingrained in us for good reason. If I asked you which gender was more than likely to help plan and decorate for a wedding shower, who would you pick? That's not being sexist; that's being smart! You don't want any man planning a wedding shower.

That being said, we have this push for women's rights nowadays (which is great), but I feel like we are lacking in our push to respect and treat women right. A lot of people have been against this type of respect because it lowers women or makes them feel like they are the "weaker" sex, etc. But respecting women isn't something we should do because they are helpless.

We should do it because it's the right thing to do.

Our sons need to be taught to open doors, hold hands, talk sweetly and gently, don't cuss around them, etc.

Not because a woman can't open her own door or because women are some angelic creatures who don't ever curse, cause I've hear some women drop 'em better than sailors!

But simply because it's what they deserve.

We can all agree on rights and stuff... until it comes to our music. Then we throw it all out the window.

We fight for women, but are okay with them being called hoes and bitches.

We says women are equals, but talks about their titties and asses like they are personal property or a means to an end.

We say they are smart and powerful, but make songs about their pussies instead.

Does this make sense? Where is the respect? Instead of creating a generation of respect, we are creating one of misogyny.

Of course, this music doesn't give sexual predators, rapists, or down right disrespectful people a pass. What they do is their own decision; the music didn't make them do it.

But maybe the music helped plant an idea.

To me, it's all about what you are surrounded by.

Spend time listening to music that talks about romance and treating women right and calling them beautiful, well then you want to pick her flowers and take her out and treat her right.

Spend time listening to music that talks about screwing like dogs because she's so tight, well then, you get the picture.

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