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What actors and actresses are your favorites by decade? They should be judged by their output decade by decade specifically. Meaning, when considering the 1930's, Cary Grant should only be considered for the films that he made from the 1930's, and not from subsequent decades. If you feel someone is your favorite for more than one decade, then list them for each decade. Also, it's fine if you wish to skip some decades that you are less familiar with. I'm sure we've all done this before a hundred times, but I'm bored, and there's not much happening.

1920's = Lon Chaney & Lillian Gish

1930's = James Cagney & Myrna Loy

1940's = Humphrey Bogart & Ingrid Bergman

1950's = Marlon Brando & Deborah Kerr

1960's = Sean Connery & Jane Fonda

1970's = Jack Nicholson & Diane Keaton

1980's = Robert De Niro & Meryl Streep

1990's = Gary Oldman & Emma Thompson

2000's = Daniel Day-Lewis & Cate Blanchett

2010's = Joaquin Phoenix & Amy Adams

 

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I'll admit that I don't have the biggest knowledge of the 1920s films, I haven't seen very many:

20s- Charlie Chaplin & Louise Brooks*

*-I really have no female star to choose.  I haven't seen very many films of the 1920s and haven't actually seen any of Brooks' films, but do have Pandora's Box recorded.  I chose Brooks because she seems pretty cool. 

30s- Errol Flynn & Myrna Loy

40s- Errol Flynn & Barbara Stanwyck

50s- Gene Kelly & Lucille Ball

60s- Jack Lemmon & Hayley Mills

70s- Robert Redford & Sally Field

80s- John Candy & Molly Ringwald

90s- Robin Williams & Alicia Silverstone

00s- Ewan McGregor & Keira Knightley

10s- John C. Reilly & Cate Blanchett

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This was harder than I thought :(

1920's - Rudolph Valentino -  Louise Brooks

1930's - Fred Astaire - Marlene Dietrich

1940's - Humphrey Bogart - Judy Garland/Ginger Rogers

1950's - James Stewart -  Doris Day

1960's - Sidney Poitier - Liz Taylor

1970's -  Clint Eastwood/ Burt Reynolds - Pam Grier

1980's -  Mickey Rourke -  Kathleen Turner

1990's -  Denzel Washington -  Emma Thompson

2000's - Tom Hanks - Rosario Dawson

2010's - ??

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37 minutes ago, GGGGerald said:

This was harder than I thought :(

1920's - Rudolph Valentino -  Louise Brooks

1930's - Fred Astaire - Marlene Dietrich

1940's - Humphrey Bogart - Judy Garland/Ginger Rogers

1950's - James Stewart -  Doris Day

1960's - Sidney Poitier - Liz Taylor

1970's -  Clint Eastwood/ Burt Reynolds - Pam Grier

1980's -  Mickey Rourke -  Kathleen Turner

1990's -  Denzel Washington -  Emma Thompson

2000's - Tom Hanks - Rosario Dawson

2010's - ??

I like that you mention Pam Grier, Mickey Rourke, and Rosario Dawson. I like all 3 quite a bit.

Denzel Washington would be in my top 3 or 4 faves from the 90's, too.

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5 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

I like that you mention Pam Grier, Mickey Rourke, and Rosario Dawson. I like all 3 quite a bit.

Denzel Washington would be in my top 3 or 4 faves from the 90's, too.

It gave me an opportunity to look at filmographies by the decade. Some actors like Denzel, really had some hot streaks where they made some very interesting films.

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45 minutes ago, GGGGerald said:

This was harder than I thought.

For me, it was toughest settling on the 50's, 60's, and 70's actresses. I was also surprised at how tough it was settling on either for the 1990's, a decade that I know the films of quite thoroughly.

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1930's = Boris Karloff & Olivia de Havilland

1940's = Cary Grant & Bette Davis

1950's = Ernest Borgnine & Deborah Kerr

1960's = Sidney Poitier & Natalie Wood

1970's = Walter Matthau & Shelley Winters

1980's = Robert De Niro & Debra Winger

1990's = Tim Robbins & Emma Thompson

2000's = Jake Gyllenhaal & Tilda Swinton

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20s: Buster Keaton & Marion Davies

30s: Clark Gable & Ginger Rogers (Greta Garbo, Myrna Loy, and Bette Davis right behind)

40s: Humphrey Bogart & either Bette Davis or Greer Garson

50s: Cary Grant & Deborah Kerr

60s: Rock Hudson & Doris Day

70s: Gene Hackman & Jane Fonda

80s: Jeff Bridges & Meryl Streep (Jessica Lange would also be a fine pick, ditto Debra Winger)

90s: Ralph Fiennes & either Susan Sarandon or Emma Thompson (Julianne Moore and Julia Roberts are  pretty strong challengers too)

00s: Phillip Seymour Hoffman & Renee Zelweger

10s: Domhnall Gleeson & hmmm. Keira Knightley or Carey Mulligan

 

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1920s: I'm not that well-versed in this decade, unfortunately. 

1930s: Myrna Loy & Fred Astaire 

1940s: Bette Davis & Cary Grant 

1950s: Debbie Reynolds & Gene Kelly 

1960s: Julie Andrews & Audrey Hepburn 

1970s: Gene Wilder & Madeline Kahn 

1980s: Dustin Hoffman & Tom Hanks (Winona Ryder a runner-up) 

1990s: Morgan Freeman & Robin Williams (Parker Posey a runner-up) 

2000s: Cate Blanchett & George Clooney (Kathy Bates & Patricia Arquette are runners-up) 

2010s: Rachel Weisz & Amy Adams (Paul Rudd a runner-up)

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On 4/17/2019 at 10:22 PM, LawrenceA said:

They should be judged by their output decade by decade specifically. Meaning, when considering the 1930's, Cary Grant should only be considered for the films that he made from the 1930's, and not from subsequent decades.

That would take too much research, I honestly don't remember the dates of films. I'll take a stab at it though anyway for what it's worth.

1920s Charlie Chaplin - Clara Bow

1930s Paul Muni - Stan Laurel - Oliver Hardy - William Powell - Kay Francis - Myrna Loy - James Cagney

1940s James Stewart - Joan Bennett - Susan Hayward - Ida Lupino - Gary Cooper

1950s Charles McGraw - Marie Windsor - Edmund O'Brien - Gloria Grahame - Richard Conte - Sterling Hayden

1960s Paul Newman - Clint Eastwood - Jane Fonda - Audrey Hepburn - Gregory Peck - Natalie Wood

1970s Robert De Niro - Warren Oates - Giancarlo Giannini - no actresses stand out for me

1980s Kathleen Turner - Mickey Rourke - Ellen Barkin - Rosanna Arquette

1990s Gary Oldman - Linda Fiorentino - Patricia Arquette - Samuel L. Jackson - Bill Pullman 

2000s- Michael Shannon - no actresses stand out for me

2010s- John Hawkes - no actresses stand out for me

 

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1930's:  William Powell - Myrna Loy - Bette Davis - Walter Huston - Robert Montgomery - Edna May Oliver

1940's:  Cary Grant - Barbara Stanwyck - Humphrey Bogart - Claude Rains - Gene Tierney

1950's:  Paul Newman - Thelma Ritter - William Holden - Jean Simmons

1960's:  Sidney Poitier - Lee Remick - Sean Connery - Julie Andrews

1970's:  Robert Duvall - Robert DeNiro - Diane Keaton

1980's: Gene Hackman - Meryl Streep - Bill Murray - Harrison Ford 

1990's:  Harrison Ford - Julia Roberts - Tom Hanks - Jodi Foster - Kevin Bacon - Tom Cruise

2000's:  George Clooney - Sandra Bullock - Liam Neeson - Helen Mirren - Rachel Weisz

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If we're listing multiples for each decade, then I'll add other choices. Here are the guys:

1920's - Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Charlie Chaplin, Conrad Veidt, Emil Jannings

1930's - Edward G. Robinson, Clark Gable, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Paul Muni

1940's - Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, Gary Cooper, Peter Lorre, Claude Rains

1950's - Robert Mitchum, Toshiro Mifune, John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, William Holden

1960's - Peter O'Toole, Peter Sellers, Lee Marvin, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen

1970's - Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Bruce Lee

1980's - Harrison Ford, Kurt Russell, Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Jack Nicholson

1990's - Ralph Fiennes, Denzel Washington, Anthony Hopkins, Johnny Depp, Edward Norton

2000's - Christian Bale, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Benicio Del Toro, Matt Damon, Russell Crowe

2010's - Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, Ryan Gosling

 

Now the additional gals:

1920's - Louise Brooks, Greta Garbo, Clara Bow, Gloria Swanson, Renee Jeanne Falconetti

1930's - Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford, Joan Blondell

1940's - Gene Tierney, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Jean Arthur, Barbara Stanwyck

1950's - Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Thelma Ritter, Setsuko Hara, Giulietta Masina

1960's - Catherine Deneuve, Claudia Cardinale, Vanessa Redgrave, Barbara Steele, Deborah Kerr

1970's - Jane Fonda, Glenda Jackson, Liv Ullmann, Faye Dunaway, Madeline Kahn

1980's - Sigourney Weaver, Jessica Lange, Kathleen Turner, Susan Sarandon, Glenn Close

1990's - Judy Davis, Susan Sarandon, Jodie Foster, Kathy Bates, Salma Hayek

2000's - Laura Linney, Kate Winslet, Judi Dench, Samantha Morton, Scarlett Johansson

2010's - Emma Stone, Saoirse Ronan, Jessica Chastain, Sally Hawkins, Margot Robbie

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One thing i will say is that this experient really does have to make one think on their toes. Sometimes there were people who missed out for me (say Michelle Pfeiffer for example in the 80s/90s, who was on a true roll from 1988 through 1993) because their best work kind of strattled two decades and wasn't really there in the first half of the one decade or the latter half of the other

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1920's = Lon Chaney and Lillian Gish (I agree with you)

1930's = James Cagney and Joan Blondell

1940's = Humphrey Bogart and Barbara Stanwyck

1950's = James Stewart & Marilyn Monroe

1960's = Paul Newman & Elizabeth Taylor

1970's = Al Pacino & Meryl Streep

1980's = Michael J. Fox & Sigourney Weaver

1990's = Tom Hanks & Julia Roberts/Meg Ryan (tie)

2000's = no opinion

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20s-- Charlie Chaplin and Lillian Gish ( Runners-up)

30s-- Fred Astaire and Katharine Hepburn ( Cary Grant and Carole Lombard) ( Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi)

40s-- Cary Grant and Bette Davis/ Judy Garland( Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman)

( Toshiro Mifune and Peter Lorre)

50s-- William Holden and Doris Day ( James Dean/ Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor)( Maysayuki Mori and Setsuko Hara/Haruko Sugimura)

60s-- Audrey Hepburn and Sidney Poitier ( Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty)( Richard Widmark and Barbra Streisand)

70s--William Holden and Faye Dunaway ( Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton)

*80s-- Al Pacino 

90s-- Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert ( Daniel Auteuil and Fabrice Luchini) (Naoto Takenaka and Johnny Depp)

2000s-- Takeshi Kitano and Morgan Freeman ( Leonardo DiCaprio and Laurence Fox)

2010s-- Maggie Smith and Ian McKellen (Benedict Cumberbatch and Rob James-Collier)

               (Audrey Fleurot and Iain Glen/Alfred Molina)

 

* In a decade all by himself

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