5. Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck / The Joker, Joker
Despite their many accolades over the years, The Who occupy a somewhat curious place in the rock and roll realm. There is no doubt that at least three of their albums (Tommy, Who's Next, and Quadrophenia) are among the best rock and roll albums of all time, or that songs like "Pinball Wizard," "Won't Get Fooled Again," and "My Generation" are indisputable classics, or that guitarist Pete Townshend is one of rock's most revolutionary players and songwriters, and vocalist Roger Daltrey one of its most powerful singers.
The Irishman, Martin Scorsese's latest, has been described as his 'magnum opus.' It has been in development hell since at least 2004, but it wasn't until Netflix brought the rights to it in 2015 for an astronomical 159 million dollars, that the project finally took flight. It drew further attention by reuniting the legendary director with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci for the first time since 1995's Casino, and more still with the addition of Al Pacino, who had never worked with Scorsese or Pesci before. This titanic assembly of talent built up a tidal wave of expectations for the finished product, and given Scorsese's remarkably consistent track record and reputation as arguably the greatest American director of all time, it was likely that the film would be on par with previous works such as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas.