Poll: What was Philip Seymour Hoffman’s greatest performance?

Sure, Phillip Seymour Hoffman won an Oscar for starring as Truman Capote in “Capote,” but was that really his greatest screen turn ever? Nobody argues that “The Color of Money” was the crowning performance of Paul Newman‘s career or that Al Pacino really deserved that chunk of academy gold for “Scent of a Woman.”


12 thoughts on “Poll: What was Philip Seymour Hoffman’s greatest performance?

  1. Philip Seymour Hoffman went from an Oscar winning actor to another victim of the number one problem in America….drugs.

  2. All of the above titles are good performances for sure but I think his earlier work in ‘Boogie Nights’ & especially ‘Flawless’ really showed his depth and commitment to the craft. He was definitely one of the finest actors living. His work will speak for itself. Tragic loss for the acting community at large. RIP Mr. Hoffman. You left us great work and gave us film watchers great memories to always re-live you in your fine fine work.

  3. Love every performance I have ever witnessed of his.
    Top 5:
    Boogie Nights, Magnolia, the Master, Flawless, Synecdoche

    In this clip he reminds me so much of a an old friend of mine

  4. Along Came Polly should be here! I think that performance warranted an Oscar nomination or at least a Golden Globe nod for best supporting actor… In the same vein as Melissa McCarthy, Kevin Kline and Robert Downey Junior and their Oscar noms, this was a master class in a supporting comedy role.

  5. Loved him in “Charlie WIlson’s War” but “Capote” and “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” are close for me too. Surprised that “Flawless” (which is my mom’s favorite Hoffman performance) since he got a SAG nomination for Best Actor for it.

  6. Oh, come now, Randall. Don’t go getting all sanctimonious on us. A simple Google search proves your statment about drugs to be incorrect. For example, while drug abuse is bad, did you know that tobacco and alcohol abuse cost U.S. taxpayers anywhere from 3 to 10 times more in healthcare costs? Drugs are *not* America’s number one problem–not by a long shot.

  7. I picked Capote because it truly was a masterful, transformative performance. However, so many of his best performances were left off this list. Where is Boogie Nights? Happiness? Flawless? Almost Famous? If allowed to pick one movie out of them all, I’d go with Boogie Nights.

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