15 Best Acting Performances of This Decade (2010-2016)

April 22, 2017
7 min read

The below list of 15 performances consists of a variety of roles from a variety of films. Some performances will move you, some will make you laugh, some will frighten you, and some will thrill you. Irrespective of how you feel after watching these performances, they all have an essence that will leave an indelible impression on your mind. So, without further adieu, here’s the list of 15 best acting performances of this decade (2010-2016) so far.


15. Jared Leto, ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

Jared Leto Dallas Buyers Club

Leto is endearing and truly breathtaking as the doomed young man dying of AIDS yet willing to devote his life to fighting it for those he cannot. His huge liquid eyes allow you to see into his gentle soul and when his character dies, the heart and soul leave the film. He deserved the Oscar, and won it.


14. Jessica Chastain, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’


In one word her performance – and role — in the film is: ass-kicking. ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ is without question the best film made on heroism this century – hello, reality check, superhero fans. Chastain plays Maya, the real life hero, with such chutzpah and sensitivity that she owns every frame of the film.


13. Eddie Redmayne, ‘The Theory of Everything’ (2014)

Eddie Redmayne, with an unparalleled brilliance enacts this transition, resurrecting the past and crawling into the wheelchair later. The more silent he became, the louder he sounded. The Theory of Everything might not be the best biopic made, but Eddie Redmayne stood out, his dedication and commitment to the role he was asked to portray clearly visible. One of the strongest performances ever, he deserves every accolade he received, including the coveted golden statuette. Stephen Hawking in his computerized tone simply applauded him.


12. Matthew McConaughey, ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

dallas-buyers-club-matthew-mcconaughey-most-extreme-measures-taken-by-actorsMcConaughey plays the lead role of Ron Woodroof, who was diagnosed with AIDS in mid-80s which motivated him to form a buyers’ club to smuggle and sell and use unapproved pharmaceuticals to treat AIDS. For the role, McConaughey lost an incredible 47 pounds, but that’s not why this performance deserves the mention in this list. It’s because he’s astoundingly believable in a role of dying man with a cause.


11. Tilda Swinton, ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’

tilda-swinton-as-eva-in-we-need-to-talk-aboutSwinton is not afraid to take on risky roles. To play the role of a mother of a teenage psychopathic mass murderer wouldn’t have been easy, but Swinton is exceptional in handling every difficult scene – and there are loads of them in the film. She proves why she should be regarded as one of the best of her generation.