11. Sharon Stone -- ‘Casino’
Sometimes the most irksome performance is the one that loiters under your skin days and weeks after viewing. Sharon Stone personified that as the loathsome Ginger McKenna, a pickpocket junky with a myopic obsession for furs, fashion, and bling. In “Casino,” Stone shucked her usual femme fatale typecast to give the performance of her career. The leggy, high-dollar call girl is a modern succubus whose degenerative allegiance to a former pimp (a dynamite James Woods), as well as, her exacerbated alcoholism, leave her a paranoid shell of a woman. There are simply no limits to Ginger’s mercenary habits as she ruptures the delicate fabric of childhood friends Sam Rothstein (De Niro) and Chicago mob enforcer Anthony Spilotro (Pesci). “Casino” has often been compared to “Goodfellas” and “Mean Streets,” but the heart of the film is really the toxic relationship between Rothstein and Ginger, which puts an end to Mafia ownership in Vegas and which leaves the Nevada desert a pockmarked cemetary of unmarked graves.