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The Best Actors in Film History

List Criteria: Male actors only! Vote based on each actor's FILM career only.

The best actors ever are ranked here in this list of the best actors in film history. These are the greatest actors ever to appear on the silver screen - male only (to vote on both genders, check out this list of the greatest film actors and actresses). These gentlemen were part of some of the greatest movies of all time (or were perhaps the reason they were the best movies ever), with countless Academy Awards between them.

What are the qualities of the best actors of all time? Is it the raw emotion they show, the parts they choose, their acting methods, or simply their effortless charm and charisma? There's no denying some of these amazing actors belong on the list of the hottest male celebrities, but behind the 1000 watt smiles lies the talent that defines generations of actors.

Who is the best actor of all time? Is it a classic actor like Marlon Brando, a comedic genius like Charlie Chaplin, a double-threat like Clint Eastwood, or a method actor like Daniel Day Lewis? There are so many choices for the greatest movie actor ever that you may have a hard time choosing just one (although you can vote for as many of the actors on this list of the greatest actors ever as you'd like). If your favorite leading man isn't on the list, make sure to add him so others can vote for him to receive the title of best actor in film history.

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  1. 1
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    the people's #1 The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Scarface

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  2. 2
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    Goodfellas, The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver

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  3. 3
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    most listed The Shining, The Departed, Batman

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    The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Superman

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  5. 5
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    The Silence of the Lambs, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

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  6. 6
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    Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story

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    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, The Shawshank Redemption

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    Gangs of New York, The Last of the Mohicans, Lincoln

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  9. 9
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    Titanic, Inception, The Departed

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  10. 10
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    It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, Rear Window

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  11. 11
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    Remember the Titans, Glory, Training Day

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  12. 12
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    Rain Man, The Graduate, Being John Malkovich

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  13. 13
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    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Cars

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  14. 14
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Edward Scissorhands

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  15. 15
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    ranked low on reranks The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven

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  16. 16
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    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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    Superman, Hoosiers, Unforgiven

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  19. 19
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    The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now

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  20. 20
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen

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    Goldfinger, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Untouchables

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    To Kill a Mockingbird, Cape Fear, The Omen

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    The Dark Knight Rises, Schindler's List, Batman Begins

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  24. 24
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    North by Northwest, The Philadelphia Story, His Girl Friday

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  25. 25
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    Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Blade Runner

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    ranked low on reranks American Beauty, Seven, The Usual Suspects

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    Pulp Fiction, Annie Hall, Wedding Crashers

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    Once Upon a Time in the West, 12 Angry Men, The Grapes of Wrath

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    Fight Club, American History X, The Incredible Hulk

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    ranked low on reranks Aladdin, Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society

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    Spartacus, Rebecca, Clash of the Titans

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    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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    Ratatouille, Lawrence of Arabia, Prometheus

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    Gladiator, Man of Steel, A Beautiful Mind

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    ranked low on reranks The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

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  36. 36
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    In the Heat of the Night, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Sneakers

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    ranked low on reranks Captain America: The First Avenger, No Country for Old Men, Men in Black ...

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  38. 38
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    often listed Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Being John Malkovich, The Thin Red Line

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  39. 39
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    City Lights, The Gold Rush, Modern Times

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    Fight Club, The Departed, Seven

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The ...

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    Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the ...

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    The Avengers, Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas

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    Schindler's List, Iron Man 3, Shutter Island

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  45. 45
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    The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven, Bullitt

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  46. 46
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    added by daker The Searchers, The Longest Day, Stagecoach

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    Spartacus, Cinema Paradiso, Paths of Glory

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  48. 48
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    Planet of the Apes, Any Given Sunday, Ben-Hur

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    Amélie, Cinema Paradiso, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

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  50. 50
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    Braveheart, Lethal Weapon, The Passion of the Christ

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