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

The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time

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

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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Robert De Niro

    1943 More
    100
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    1937 More
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    1940 More
    97
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    1956 More
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    1937 More
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    Johnny Depp

    1963 More
    89
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    1949 More
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    Denzel Washington

    1954 More
    86
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    1957 More
    85
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    1925 More
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    1958 More
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    1965 More
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    Jodie Foster

    1962 More
    76
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    1959 More
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    1904 More
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    Gregory Peck

    1916 More
    74
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    Brad Pitt

    1963 More
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    1969 More
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    1943 More
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    Christian Bale

    1974 More
    72
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    Tommy Lee Jones

    1946 More
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    Russell Crowe

    1964 More
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    1951 More
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    Matt Damon

    1970 More
    69
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    1925 More
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    1975 More
    68
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    1948 More
    67
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    1979 More
    67
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    Judi Dench

    1934 More
    67
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    1927 More
    67
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    Helen Mirren

    1945 More
    66
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