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Robert DeNiro 7 38.89%
Jack Nicholson 6 33.33%
Al Pacino 5 27.78%
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Old 04-12-2009, 04:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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DeNiro, Nicholson, or Pacino?

When it comes to great actors, people come up with a list of names but it seems like on everyones list atleast one of these three come up, along with the exception of the likes of Brando, Jimmy Stewart, some even say Depp, etc.

However, when it comes to living actors today, it's these three. Now, if you only look at it by what they've done recently, logic would say any self respectable human being would go with Jack. If it weren't for the name, Pacino and DeNiro's films would be damn close to straight-to-dvd. With the exception of DeNiro's small part in the somewhat entertaining "Stardust" and Pacino's role in the brilliant TV series "Angels in America" as far as careers go, these have closely reached Paris Hilton level. And what a perfect way to sum it all up by having the two star in the same film in yet another overly cliche, predictable, flawed cop thriller from director Jon Avnet, "Righteous Cop".

However, this isn't about the now, it's about who is really the best actor of the 3. Arguably, I believe DeNiro is one of the greatest actors of all time. His versitility completely over matches that of Pacino and perhaps Nicholson, but especially Pacino. DeNiro's wide range of performances include that of Goodfellas, The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver, Cape Fear, Brazil, The Deer Hunter, Raging Bull, Angel Heart, Meet the Parents, Awakenings, The Untouchables, and the lost goes on. Even a subtle performance in "Jackie Brown" showed DeNiro's talents and a real knack for comedy with the "less is more" stragedy. While I strongly admire Pacino's great performances, he was pretty one dimensional, atleast less dimensional than DeNiro or Nicholson. As far as Jack, it's hard to find a better crazy f*cker, but again, it comes back to the dimensions. We think of Nicholson as being as whacky lunatic but what else do we know him for? Well, he won the Academy award for "As Good As It Gets" and while it was a comedic and heartfelt performance, it wasn't Academy worthy. Chinatown, again, good performance, but not great. However, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is not only one of my favorite films of all time, but has one of my favorite characters of all time. As far as Jack being known for being a wacko, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest stands at the top as being the best.

In conclusion, I think DeNiro has had the more overall better career. He's been in better films, given more veristile performances to which he doesn't have to retrack to his old roots to make the character work. Easily one of the top 3 actors to ever work in the business. Again, it's not about who you like the most, but who is the best actor of the three. MacMurphy
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It's gotta be Nicholson .
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DeNiro was my pick. I think top five imo in no order would be this.

1.DeNiro
2.Mel Gibson
3.Anthony Hopkins
4.Tommy Lee Jones
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As far as your favorite or best actors?
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As far as your favorite or best actors?
I like all the ones I posted. Yes for their pure acting abilities and for some their directing abilities. You could easily make a top 15 or 20 list of the best actors imo.
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Of those three I think that De Niro has the best body of work, De Niro has my favourite individual films and Pacino, at his best, has the best performances.

However I would put Paul Newman above them for all time. I understand that this is a best living actor list but had to mention him anyway.
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I like all the ones I posted. Yes for their pure acting abilities and for some their directing abilities. You could easily make a top 15 or 20 list of the best actors imo.
I understand it's your opinion but if you're going by pure acting ability and best of all time, that's quite insulting towards other actors.

DeNiro is fine, Gibson no way as far as the second best pure actor of all time and not even in the top 20, Hopkins is good but aside from a few great performances he hasen't done anything groundbreaking. Lee Jones, same as Hopkins. Will Smith is the knife in the heart. And just so you know I like all of the actors you mentioned, but as far as the best of all time, not even close.
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I understand it's your opinion but if you're going by pure acting ability and best of all time, that's quite insulting towards other actors.

DeNiro is fine, Gibson no way as far as the second best pure actor of all time and not even in the top 20, Hopkins is good but aside from a few great performances he hasen't done anything groundbreaking. Lee Jones, same as Hopkins. Will Smith is the knife in the heart. And just so you know I like all of the actors you mentioned, but as far as the best of all time, not even close.
Ok hows this list for ya then? (in no order)

1.Paul Newman
2.Burgess Merideth
3.Sean Connery
4.Sylvester Stallone
5.Christopher Walken

Runner ups
1.Robert Duvall
2.Tom Hanks
3.Robert DeNiro
4.Al Pacino
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Newman you could make a great case for. Connery maybe. That's all in that list. I hope you threw in Stallone as a joke. I love Walken but aside from Deer Hunter and Dead Zone, his track record is less than impressive.

All 4 of your runners up are easily top 20.
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Newman you could make a great case for. Connery maybe. That's all in that list. I hope you threw in Stallone as a joke. I love Walkin but aside from Deer Hunter and Dead Zone, his track record is less than impressive.

All 4 of your runners up are easily top 20.
I would love to see your top 5-10 list.
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