#10) Andy Garcia in Godfather III: As Vincent Mancini, the illegitimate and equally temperamental son of Michael’s long-dead brother Sonny, Andy Garcia was stunning in this film. As Vincent he desperately wants in to the family (both literally and figuratively), and at the urging of his sister Connie, played by the amazing Talia Shire, Michael (Pacino) welcomes the young man and allows him to adopt the Corleone name.
#9) Joe Pesci in Goodfellas: Tommy DeVito, the funny-but-psychopathic mobster in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas, Joe Pesci was at his best.
#8) Al Pacino in Godfather III & Dick Tracy: No one could be Michale Corlene except for Pacino. A powerful riveting performance that takes up some years after Godfather II, when Michael is alone and looking for a successor. Then his role in Dick Tracy as Big Boy Caprice shows just how great and versatile of an actor he really is.
#7) Paul Newman in Mr. & Mrs. Bridge: Along with his wife in Mr. & Mrs. Bridge, Paul Newman shines.
#6) John Cusack in The Grifters: One of Hollywood’s most under-rated actors, Cusack gave a powerful and stirring performance, one of his best as Roy Dillon, a grifter whose loyalties are split between his con-artist girlfriend (Annette Bening) and his estranged mother (Anjelica Huston) in a tangled web of deceit with bloody consequences.
#5) Robert DeNiro in Goodfellas & Awakenings: By far one of the greatest actors of my generation, Robert DeNiro plays a gangster better than anyone, except maybe Pacino. Then in Awakenings DeNiro deftly handles all the emotional and physical challenges of his role as Leonard Lowe being awakened after years in a coma.
#4) Campbell Scott in Longtime Companion: One of the first films to deal with AIDS and gay relationships, Scott Campbell plays Willy in one of his first big roles on the big screen and gave us a great example of his ability to play a somewhat lost soul.
#2) Kevin Costner in Dances With the Wolves: The big winner of 1990 was Costner’s epic movie, however not a winner at the Academy Awards, at least not for acting. But this was by far one of his most difficult and long roles. Plus you get to see a good shot of his ass!
#1) Tom Hanks in Joe vs. the Volcano: My favorite actor of the year, as this movie was hilarious! Tom played Joe Banks, a man who thought he was dying so he set off to find a volcano to jump into, but along the way finds the love of his life. This was before his dramatic roles starting coming, and before his Oscar wins, but in my book he was always an Oscar winner.