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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 Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Scarface

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 4064
    - 1519

    Goodfellas, The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 3608
    - 1437

    most listed
    The Shining, The Departed, Batman

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 3478
    - 1271

    the people's #1
    The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Superman

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 3778
    - 1239

    Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 2975
    - 1051

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

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 3149
    - 1133

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

    ) open
  8. 8
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    - 1152

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

    ) open
  9. 9
    + 3477
    - 1301

    Titanic, Inception, The Departed

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 2180
    - 964

    Rain Man, The Graduate, Being John Malkovich

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 2814
    - 1068

    Remember the Titans, Glory, Training Day

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 1903
    - 934

    It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, Rear Window

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 2124
    - 905

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Cars

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 2902
    - 1341

    A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Edward Scissorhands

    ) open
  15. 15
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    - 827

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

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 1996
    - 908

    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

    ) open
  17. 17
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    - 759

    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

    ) open
  18. 18
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    - 812

    Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 1726
    - 763

    Superman, Hoosiers, Unforgiven

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 1613
    - 618

    The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now

    ) open
  21. 21
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    - 646

    American Beauty, Seven, The Usual Suspects

    ) open
  22. 22
    + 1474
    - 584

    To Kill a Mockingbird, Cape Fear, The Omen

    ) open
  23. 23
    + 1987
    - 746

    Goldfinger, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Untouchables

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 1482
    - 697

    North by Northwest, The Philadelphia Story, His Girl Friday

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 1734
    - 853

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

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 1737
    - 804

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

    ) open
  27. 27
    + 1777
    - 847

    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 1662
    - 814

    Fight Club, American History X, The Incredible Hulk

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 1953
    - 700

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

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 1204
    - 633

    Once Upon a Time in the West, 12 Angry Men, 12 Angry Men

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  31. 31
    + 1501
    - 681

    Pulp Fiction, Annie Hall, Wedding Crashers

    ) open
  32. 32
    + 1155
    - 623

    Spartacus, Rebecca, Clash of the Titans

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  33. 33
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    - 744

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

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  34. 34
    + 1538
    - 760

    Gladiator, Man of Steel, A Beautiful Mind

    ) open
  35. 35
    + 1152
    - 653

    Ratatouille, Lawrence of Arabia, Prometheus

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 1529
    - 815

    Fight Club, The Departed, Seven

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  37. 37
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    - 520

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

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 1091
    - 630

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

    ) open
  39. 39
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    - 892

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Being John Malkovich, The Thin Red Line

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 1379
    - 641

    City Lights, City Lights, City Lights

    ) open
  41. 41
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    - 772

    The Avengers, Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas

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  42. 42
    + 989
    - 582

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

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  43. 43
    + 907
    - 473

    Schindler's List, Iron Man 3, Shutter Island

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  44. 44
    + 1106
    - 543

    The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven, Bullitt

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  45. 45
    + 904
    - 515

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

    ) open
  46. 46
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    - 669

    added by daker
    The Searchers, The Longest Day, Stagecoach

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 1155
    - 606

    The Dark Knight, Brokeback Mountain, 10 Things I Hate About You

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 888
    - 526

    Braveheart, Braveheart, Braveheart

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 971
    - 638

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

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 890
    - 471

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

    ) open
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