5 Most Captivating Russell Crowe Performances A Beautiful Mind
A Beautiful Mind (2001): Crowe's transformation into tortured math genius John Forbes Nash Jr. is stunning -- reminiscent of the one he'd pulled off two years earlier in "The Insider," but even more effective because Nash's story is so much more personal. It's almost too bad that he won the best-actor Oscar for "Gladiator," because he deserved the award even more for his work here. Aging on screen over a period of nearly 50 years, Crowe turns Nash from a swaggering genius to a shaken shell of a man, and the disintegration is believable and compelling. Prior to "Frost/Nixon," this was director Ron Howard's crowning achievement.