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The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

List Criteria: Vote up and add all of the actors and actresses who you think are the very best.

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.

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  1. 1
    + 4980
    - 1793

    most listed
    The Shining, The Departed, Batman

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 4748
    - 1766

    the people's #1
    Goodfellas, The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 4618
    - 1712

    Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 4214
    - 1643

    The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Scarface

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 4033
    - 1245

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

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 4506
    - 1263

    ranked low on reranks & added by NickPeek
    The Deer Hunter, Out of Africa, Kramer vs. Kramer

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 4054
    - 1424

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

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 3735
    - 2289

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Edward Scissorhands

    ) open
  9. 9
    + 3852
    - 1831

    Titanic, Inception, The Departed

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 3360
    - 1608

    Remember the Titans, Glory, Training Day

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 3421
    - 1423

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Million Dollar Baby

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 2931
    - 1193

    Rain Man, The Graduate, Being John Malkovich

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 2987
    - 1349

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

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 2882
    - 1016

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Cars

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 3030
    - 1209

    The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Superman

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 2693
    - 910

    It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, Rear Window

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 2435
    - 1002

    Superman, Hoosiers, Unforgiven

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 2466
    - 1276

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Dark Knight Rises, Schindler's List, Batman Begins

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 2680
    - 1304

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Blade Runner

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 2923
    - 1056

    Goldfinger, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Untouchables

    ) open
  21. 21
    + 2537
    - 939

    The Philadelphia Story, The African Queen, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner ...

    ) open
  22. 22
    + 2336
    - 879

    The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now

    ) open
  23. 23
    + 2661
    - 1122

    Aladdin, Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 2300
    - 936

    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 2050
    - 1133

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Silence of the Lambs, Taxi Driver, Elysium

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 2541
    - 1363

    The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

    ) open
  27. 27
    + 2059
    - 883

    Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 2383
    - 993

    American Beauty, Seven, The Usual Suspects

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 2238
    - 1558

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Fight Club, The Departed, Seven

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 2078
    - 1046

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 2355
    - 838

    Breakfast at Tiffany's, My Fair Lady, Roman Holiday

    ) open
  32. 32
    + 2111
    - 731

    To Kill a Mockingbird, Cape Fear, The Omen

    ) open
  33. 33
    + 2065
    - 814

    North by Northwest, The Philadelphia Story, His Girl Friday

    ) open
  34. 34
    + 2109
    - 760

    Captain America: The First Avenger, No Country for Old Men, Men in Black ...

    ) open
  35. 35
    + 1875
    - 1047

    Fight Club, American History X, The Incredible Hulk

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 1705
    - 809

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

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 1839
    - 1213

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Gladiator, Man of Steel, A Beautiful Mind

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 1917
    - 889

    Pulp Fiction, Annie Hall, Wedding Crashers

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 1854
    - 1269

    Saving Private Ryan, The Departed, Good Will Hunting

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 1886
    - 1190

    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

    ) open
  41. 41
    + 1664
    - 656

    ranked low on reranks
    Casino Royale, Skyfall, Shakespeare in Love

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 1788
    - 1123

    often listed
    Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland

    ) open
  43. 43
    + 1916
    - 1268

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Dark Knight, Brokeback Mountain, 10 Things I Hate About You

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 1778
    - 844

    added by vivian
    All About Eve, P.S. I Love You, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? The Letter, What ever happened to Baby Jane, Jezabel

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 1674
    - 948

    City Lights, City Lights, City Lights

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 1667
    - 753

    ranked low on reranks
    JFK, Some Like It Hot, The Apartment

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 1489
    - 697

    Monsters University, RED, Excalibur

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 1570
    - 852

    Spartacus, Rebecca, Clash of the Titans

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 1582
    - 946

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

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 1771
    - 1154

    The Avengers, Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas

    ) open
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