15. Jamie Foxx, 'Ray'
It's impossible to get past how superb Jamie Foxx's physical transformation into Ray Charles was. Not just duplicating his mannerisms but locking into the man's edgy, sexy energy, Foxx embodied the music and the pain that Charles carried with him until his death in 2004. So why does he end up so low on this list? Because Ray itself is only a so-so music biopic, harking back to an era where every cinematic portrait of a genius had to be a rote cradle-to-grave, greatest-hits affair. (Since then, we've been treated to innovative, daring biographies such as I'm Not There, Jimi: All Is by My Side and Love & Mercy.) Foxx gives his all, but the movie too often strands him in a blandly inspirational tale of a vibrant life best with tragedies and eventual triumphs.