The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time People In Film
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The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time

List Criteria: Both male and female - See above for separate lists for each

The best actors and actresses of all time, male and female, ranked by film fans worldwide. This list of greatest actors and actresses attempts to answer the question "Who are the best actors of all time?" by incorporating the views and opinions of all members of the Ranker Community. Keep in mind, as you vote or add a top actor or actress you see missing, that we are rating these actors on their body of work, not just what they have done recently! Some of the greatest actors of all time have not necessarily acted in a project in the past 5 years, but they still deserve to be on this greatest actresses and actors of all time list.

Top actors and actresses in films are judged by their acting ability and their mastery of roles that they have played over the years. Many of these great actors have videos of their best roles for you to view so you can refresh yourself on the best works of your favorite actors as you consider your votes for top thespians of all time. Nominate your picks for the top actors & actresses by making a list of your own. Then come back to the Master List and vote up your favorites!

For lists separated by gender, check out our lists of the best actors of all time and the best actresses in film history.
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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    1937 More
    100
  2. 2
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Robert De Niro

    1943 More
    100
  3. 3
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    1956 More
    97
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    1940 More
    96
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    95
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    92
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    1949 More
    89
    added by: NickPeek
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Johnny Depp

    1963 More
    88
  9. 9
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    1954 More
    87
  10. 10
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    1957 More
    85
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Leonardo DiCaprio

    1974 More
    84
  12. 12
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    1937 More
    84
  13. 13
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    84
  14. 14
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    83
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    82
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    81
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  20. 20
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    1958 More
    75
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    75
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    often listed
    Brad Pitt

    1963 More
    73
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    73
  31. 31
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    1929 More
    73
  32. 32
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    ranked low on reranks
    Gregory Peck

    1916 More
    73
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    1969 More
    73
  34. 34
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    72
  35. 35
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Robin Williams

    1951 More
    72
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    1943 More
    72
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Christian Bale

    1974 More
    71
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    Tommy Lee Jones

    1946 More
    71
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Russell Crowe

    1964 More
    71
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    69
    added by: vivian
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Matt Damon

    1970 More
    69
  42. 42
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    ranked low on reranks
    Judi Dench

    1934 More
    69
  43. 43
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Kate Winslet

    1975 More
    69
  44. 44
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    1925 More
    68
  45. 45
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    1907 More
    68
  46. 46
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    1927 More
    67
  47. 47
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    1948 More
    67
  48. 48
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    1945 More
    67
  49. 49
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    1979 More
    67
  50. 50
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    66
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