8. 'Starman' (1984)
One of Bridges' greatest strengths is his ability to
look thoroughly bewildered, and in John Carpenter's romantic sci-fi drama about an alien stranded on Earth (who's assumed the body of Karen Allen's
dead husband), he manages to combine confusion, calm and resolute befuddlement. His man who fell to Earth is lost in a
world where everything is totally unknown to him. The result is one of his most
compelling performances -- and well-deserving of the Oscar nomination he
received for it.