With 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' heading to theaters, we look at the actor's best work
10. "Prick Up Your Ears" (1987)
Oldman was overshadowed by Alfred Molina in Stephen Frears's 1987 biopic of playwright Joe Orton, "Prick Up Your Ears." His co-star had the showier role (and nailed the performance), while Oldman dialed it back a touch. He was no-less mesmerizing, though, for his natural embodiment. Oldman's blasé Orton taking to talent and success like a duck to water perfectly winds the timer on an ill-fated relationship.