Sunday, March 3, 2024

List: Top 3 Dual Performances

This week on Episode 318 of the InSession Film Podcast, inspired by Jordan Peele’s Us, we thought it would be fun to dive into our favorite doppelganger or dual performances in film. Whether you’re talking about doppelganger’s explicitly or twins or clones or doubles, there are many examples of one actor playing dual characters in film. It can be tricky, but cinematically it’s usually a treat to see how distinct these varying characters can be despite the visual symmetry. So, it was fun to dive into this topic and talk about these great performances. That said, here are our lists:

(Note: Please keep in mind that we each had different criteria for our selections)


1) Kim Novak – Vertigo
2) Jake Gyllenhaal – Enemy
3) Sam Rockwell – Moon


1) Sam Rockwell – Moon
2) Jeremy Irons – Dead Ringers
3) Lindsay Lohan – The Parent Trap


1) Jeremy Irons – Dead Ringers
2) Natalie Portman / Mila Kunis – Black Swan
3) Kim Novak – Vertigo

Honorable Mentions (Combined)

Performances in Us, Adaptation, The Prestige, The Double Life of Veronique, The Social Network, The Double, The Great Dictator, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Solaris, Kagemusha, Dr. Strangelove, Spider-Man, Face/Off, The One I Love, Legend, Logan, Split, Glass, Cam, Being John Malkovich

Hopefully you guys enjoyed our lists and if you agree or disagree with us, let us know in the comment section below. As noted above, there are a many great options for this list and there’s a good chance that we didn’t get to mention a film that you like. That being said, what would be your Top 3? Leave a comment in the comment section or email us at [email protected].

For the entire podcast, click here or listen below.

For more lists done by the InSession Film crew and other guests, be sure see our Top 3 Movie Lists page.

JD Duran
JD Duran
InSession Film founder and owner. I love film. Love art. Love how it intersects with our real lives. My favorite movies include Citizen Kane, The 400 Blows, Modern Times, The Godfather and The Tree of Life. Follow me on Twitter @RealJDDuran. Follow us @InSessionFilm.

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