In 2019, the range of stories being depicted on the silver screen continues to grow. Cutting-edge companies like A24 and streaming service giants Netflix and Amazon Studios are producing more diverse content. These films are providing Hollywood’s most seasoned actors with opportunities to extend to the full reaches of their talents.

Some movies are star vehicles, others are ensemble pieces. But in nearly every movie, certain performances rise above the others, creating a memorable character that stays in our minds long after the movie is over. From ridiculously funny to bone-chillingly creepy to effortlessly natural, these actors brought something electric to their roles. Here are 12 standout performances from actors at the top of their game.

The 12 Best Film Performances of 2019

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