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7. Elias Koteas in "Crash" (1996)
It took a while for the hullabaloo over Cronenberg's icy adaptation of J.G. Ballard's novel about car collision fetishism to die down enough for some critics to notice how curiously, unsettlingly humane it is. The hand-picked ensemble has much to do with that: the brittle sensuality of Deborah Kara Unger nearly made the list, but it's Elias Koteas's broken cult leader that lingers longest – a performance so good he practically parodied it in Olivier Dahan's dire “My Own Love Song.”
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