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1. Forest Whitaker, "Bird" (1988)
You get a good dose of what Forest Whitaker has to offer in "Bird" right out of the gate in an emotionally charged scene with Diane Venora revealing the complexities of Charlie "Bird" Parker's relationship with his wife Chan. It's a largely mannered performance but one that is absolutely controlled by Whitaker, who goes all out and commits fully to the character. It's the best performance of any Eastwood film.