popular opinion The Best Actors in Film History

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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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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Tom Hanks Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story - See The Best Tom Hanks Movies

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Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Al Pacino The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Scarface - See The Best Al Pacino Movies

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Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Jack Nicholson The Shining, The Departed, Batman - See The Best Jack Nicholson Movies

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Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Robert De Niro Goodfellas, The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver - See The Best Robert De Niro Movies

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Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Marlon Brando The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Superman - See The Best Marlon Brando Movies

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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Morgan Freeman The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins - See The Best Morgan Freeman Movies

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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Anthony Hopkins The Silence of the Lambs, Thor, Thor: The Dark World - See The Best Anthony Hopkins Movies

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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Leonardo DiCaprio Titanic, Inception, The Departed - See The Best Leonardo DiCaprio Movies

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Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Dustin Hoffman The Graduate, Being John Malkovich, Rain Man - See The Best Dustin Hoffman Movies

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James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
James Stewart It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, Rear Window - See The Best James Stewart Movies

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Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Paul Newman The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Cars - See The Best Paul Newman Movies

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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Clint Eastwood Good, Unforgiven, Dirty Harry - See The Best Clint Eastwood Movies

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Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Kevin Spacey American Beauty, Seven, The Usual Suspects - See The Best Kevin Spacey Movies

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Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Gene Hackman Superman, The French Connection, Young Frankenstein - See The Best Gene Hackman Movies

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Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Michael Caine The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins -  See The Best Michael Caine Movies

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Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Daniel Day-Lewis Gangs of New York, The Last of the Mohicans, There Will Be Blood - See The Best Daniel Day-Lewis Movies

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Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Humphrey Bogart Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen - See The Best Humphrey Bogart Movies

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Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Gary Oldman The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins - See The Best Gary Oldman Movies

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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Johnny Depp A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Edward Scissorhands - See The Best Johnny Depp Movies

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Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Denzel Washington Remember the Titans, Glory, Training Day - See The Best Denzel Washington Movies

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Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Robert Duvall The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now - See The Best Robert Duvall Movies

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Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Edward Norton Fight Club, The Incredible Hulk, American History X -  See The Best Edward Norton Movies

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+ - 4,461 1,857
Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Henry Fonda Once Upon a Time in the West, 12 Angry Men, The Grapes of Wrath - See The Best Henry Fonda Movies

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+ - 4,184 1,727
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Christopher Walken Pulp Fiction, Annie Hall, Batman Returns - See The Best Christopher Walken Movies

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+ - 4,218 1,560
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Gregory Peck To Kill a Mockingbird, Cape Fear, The Omen -  See The Best Gregory Peck Movies

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Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Harrison Ford Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Blade Runner - See The Best Harrison Ford Movies

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Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Cary Grant North by Northwest, Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday - See The Best Cary Grant Movies

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Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Sean Connery Goldfinger, The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - See The Best Sean Connery Movies

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Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Christian Bale The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins - See The Best Christain Bale Movies

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Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Liam Neeson The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins, Schindler's List - See The Best Liam Neeson Movies

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Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Robin Williams Aladdin, Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society -  See The Best Robin Williams Movies

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Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Russell Crowe Gladiator, Man of Steel, A Beautiful Mind - See The Best Russell Crowe Movies

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Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Tommy Lee Jones No Country for Old Men, Men in Black, Captain America: The First Avenger - See The Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies

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Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Laurence Olivier Spartacus, Clash of the Titans, Rebecca - See The Best Laurence Oliver Movies

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Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Samuel L. Jackson The Avengers, Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas - See The Best Samuel L. Jackson Movies

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Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Ian McKellen The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, X-Men - See The Best Ian McKellen Movies

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Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Sidney Poitier In the Heat of the Night, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Sneakers - See The Best Sidney Poitier Movies

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Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Brad Pitt Fight Club, Seven, The Departed - See The Best Brad Pitt Movies

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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Robert Downey Jr. The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3 - See The Best Robert Downey Jr. Movies

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Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Charlie Chaplin City Lights, The Gold Rush, Modern Times - See The Best Charlie Chaplin Movies

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Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Ben Kingsley Schindler's List, Iron Man 3, Shutter Island - See The Best Ben Kingsley Movies

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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Alan Rickman Die Hard, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

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Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Heath Ledger The Dark Knight, Brokeback Mountain, The Patriot - See The Best Heath Ledger Movies

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Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Peter O'Toole Lawrence of Arabia, Ratatouille, Prometheus - See The Best Peter O'Toole Movies

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Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Matt Damon Saving Private Ryan, The Departed, Good Will Hunting - See The Best Matt Damon Movies

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Philip Seymour Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Philip Seymour Hoffman The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, The Big Lebowski - See The Best Philip Seymour Hoffman Movies

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Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Mel Gibson Braveheart, Lethal Weapon, Pocahontas - See The Best Mel Gibson Movies

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Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Ralph Fiennes Schindler's List, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - See The Best Ralph Fiennes Movies

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Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Robert Redford Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - See The Best Robert Redford Movies

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Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Jeff Bridges Iron Man, The Big Lebowski, Tron - See The Best Jeff Bridges Movies