I voted for THE GRAPES OF WRATH, of course, but I might have voted for Fonda’s malicious playing-against-type performance in ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST.
One of the most solid lineups I’ve yet seen for this type of poll…kudos. While I admit that I always think of it as a Barbara Stanwyck vehicle first, I do think an honorable mention for Fonda’s wonderfully underplayed boob in “The Lady Eve” is in order… the best comic performance he ever gave.
Once Upon a Time in the West is my favourite film, but 12 Angry Men is also in my top 5 and probably a better overall performance since he’s a bigger part of the film. The Grapes of Wrath and Mister Roberts are way up there too.