The Masters: 30 Best Paul Thomas Anderson Actors

From 'Hard Eight' to 'Inherent Vice,' we've ranked the MVPs of PTA's movies

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17. Emily Watson

As Adam Sandler's object of desire in Punch Drunk Love, Watson got to play a rare romantic lead. (No, we are not counting her role in Breaking the Waves as a romantic lead.) But this isn't just a stock girlfriend part: Her character, while marginally more confident than Sandler's, is nervous and emotionally bruised in her own ways. There's an elemental attraction going on between them: He's bizarre and larger-than-life, whereas she's quietly grounded, shy but perceptive and caring. These two are meant for each other, and Watson is the heart and soul of this most unlikely love story.

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