7. The Fighter (2010)
After years of building up a name, Bale finally won an Academy Award for his role in The Fighter. Playing the crack-addicted brother to Mark Wahlburg’s depiction of real-life champ Mickey Ward, Bale knocked this performance out of the park as a scoundrel that audiences couldn’t help but love. His acting chops really don’t need further promotion. Watch any of the numerous crack abuse scenes, and Bale’s stature as one of his generation’s best goes without question.