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"Charlie Wilson's War": Spy game
The rant: Gust Avrokotos commands respect (and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor) in a heated discussion with his boss, CIA director of European operations Henry Cravely.
The analysis: We have some fine thespians in this rundown, but I'll say it: This is the best-acted throwdown on the list. The moment of shocking violence adds to the dramatic heft; "Greek soda pop maker" is such a classically Sorkinesque moment of grim sarcasm.