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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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    most listed
    Jack Nicholson

    1937 More
    100
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    1943 More
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    1940 More
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    the people's #1
    Marlon Brando

    1924 More
    99
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    1937 More
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  6. 6
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    1956 More
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    1957 More
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    1937 More
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    1925 More
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    1937 More
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  11. 11
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    1954 More
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    1908 More
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    1963 More
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    1974 More
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    1930 More
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    1933 More
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    1899 More
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    1958 More
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    1904 More
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    1969 More
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    1959 More
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    1932 More
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    1907 More
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    1927 More
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    Sean Penn

    1960 More
    71
  35. 35
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    1964 More
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    ranked low on reranks
    Tommy Lee Jones

    1946 More
    71
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  38. 38
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    1916 More
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    1965 More
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    1948 More
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    1951 More
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    1900 More
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    1923 More
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    1914 More
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