John Cusack: five best moments

Our pick of some of the actor's most memorable performances. What would you add to the list?

John Cusack, star of The Paperboy (read Peter Bradshaw's review here), is one of the few 80s teen stars to have made a genuinely successful transition to adult cinema. From early supporting roles in Sixteen Candles and Stand By Me, through critically acclaimed turns in The Grifters and The Player, to parodying his 80s-self in Hot Tub Time Machine, he's consistently sought out roles that play to his strengths as an actor.

Here are some highlights from his film career, including recommendations from @guardianfilm Twitter followers @Hollywdbabylon, @owenkeats, ‏@missalison, @workdick, ‏@Daniel_Moores, @mwarrilow and @grantcollinson.

What would you add to the list?

1. Roadside Prophets

In this cult film from 1992, Ad-Rock from the Beastie Boys and John Doe of the LA punk band X play a pair of bikers on a road trip to dispose of a friend's ashes. In a diner, they meet a familiar-looking "Symbionese" rebel.

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2. High Fidelity

In this scene from Stephen Frears' adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel, Rob (Cusack) is confronted by the dreadful Ian (Tim Robbins) – and ponders on how best to respond to his nemesis.

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3. Grosse Point Blank

As conflicted hitman Martin Blank, Cusack has a brief but life-changing moment at his high school reunion, with Queen and David Bowie providing the soundtrack.

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4. Tapeheads

Security guards turned music video producers Ivan (Cusack) and Josh (Tim Robbins – him again) have a musical moment on a rooftop, listening to the Swanky Modes.

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5. Say Anything

Any list of Cusack's most memorable moments wouldn't be complete without the frequently parodied "boombox scene".

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Adam Boult

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