"I try to do the things that speak to me in one way or another, and sometimes I'm even drastic. I like extremes. I like to change things up and keep from getting complacent or stale." -Mark Ruffalo
  1. Inspector Dave Toschi (Zodiac)
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    Ruffalo is really stern in this role compared to the charisma he usually has in every other performance. The scene where he questions Arthur Leigh Allen at Allen's place of work is extremely tense and well done.
  2. David Schultz (Foxcatcher)
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    I think this is his saddest role to date. The scene where he has to say on camera that John du Pont was like a mentor to him is some of the best acting of the last few years.
  3. Stan (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
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    The scene of him and Kirsten Dunst dancing in their underwear over Jim Carrey's sleeping body is iconic.
  4. Paul (The Kids are All Right)
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    This is his most effortless performance. The character has a lot of issues and does some questionable things and yet Ruffalo remains cool and charismatic throughout all of it.
  5. Terry Prescott (You Can Count on Me)
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    An extremely real performance.