I would just like to add something to the comment about Hopkins being the Tracy of our day. When he was just getting started he was in a movie with Katharine Hepburn-The Lion In Winter- I believe, and she told him to stop trying so hard and she told him to take notes from Spencer. She told him Spencer's philosophy "Remember your lines and don't run into the furniture." That is one of my favorites and I can often see a connection between the styles of the two actors.....they just don't make them like that any more.
*Motion Picture* Limelight but how could you not love Guess Who's Coming To Dinner *Actor* Spencer Tracy....but now days you can't be Anthony Hopkins *Actress* Katharine Hepburn, with Tracy or without-but in my opinion she is at her best WITH him. ....and I couldn't even begin with my favorite director, it all depends on the type of movie I'm watching.