9. All Is Lost
Robert Redford has always been one of our most unknowable leading men a golden-haired sphinx. Now, at 77, he's stepped forward and revealed his soul. In J.C. Chandor's grueling one-man show, All Is Lost, Redford plays a man sailing solo in the Indian Ocean whose hull is ripped open by a stray shipping container. Almost silently, the film chronicles the snap life-or-death decisions he makes as panic and resignation slowly set in. There aren't any fancy monologues here, just the existential dread writ large on Redford's weathered face. This is a master class in acting from a man whose quiver of tricks we thought was exhausted a long time ago. Who knew he was keeping his greatest one in reserve all this time?