Where shall we start ? There are so many great performances to choose from. Geoirge C. Scott in Patton (1970). Glenda Jackson in Women in Love (1971), Ellen Burstyn in The Last Picture Show (1971), Malcolm MacDowell in A Clockwork Orange (1971), Glenda Jackson in Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), Robert Duvall in Tomorrow (1972), Jon Vought in Deliverance (1972), Cicely Tyson in Sounder (1972), Al Pacino in The Godfather (1972), Robert Redford in Jeremiah Johnson (1972), Susan Tyrell in Fat City (1972), Jack Nicholson in The Last Detail (1973), Al Pacino in Serpico (1973), Liv Ullman in Cries and Whispers (1973), Ellen Burstyn in The Exorcist (1973), Jack Niocholson and Faye Dunaway in Chinatown (1974), Ruichard Dreyfuss in The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974), Gene Hackman in The Conversation (1974), Dustin Hoffman and Valerie Perrine in Lenny (1974), Gene Wilder and Madelaine Kahn in Young Frankenstein (1974), Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek in Badlands (1974), Isabelle Adjani in The Story of Adele H. (1975), Liv Ullman in Face to Face (1975),Sean Connery and Michael Caine in The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Warren Beatty in Shampoo (1975), Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Gene Hackman in French Connection II (1975), John Wayne in The Shootist (1976), Sylvester Stallone and Talia Shire in Rocky (1976), Dustin Hoffman in Marathon Man (1976), Diane Keatoin in Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977), Jane Fonda in Julia (1977), Richard Burton in Equus (1977), Bruce Dern in Black Sunday (1977), Jill Clayburgh in An Unmarried Woman (1978), Dustin Hoffman in Straight Time (1978), Dustin Hoffman in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now (1979) and many more.
Those are the ones that I, unfortunately, could not include on the ten best list. Here are the 10 best ..
1. Marlon Brando, Last Tango in Paris (1973)
2. Jack Nicholson, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
3. Jane Fonda, Klute (1971)
4. Al Pacino, The Godfather Part II (1974)
5. Robert De Niro, Taxi Driver (1976)
6. Sally Field, Norma Rae (1979)
7. Marlon Brando, The Godfather (1972)
8. Ellen Burstyn, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974)
9. Jon Voight, Coming Home (1978)
10. Liza Minnelli, Cabaret (1972)