The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History People In Film
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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
    + 4680
    - 1665

    most listed
    The Shining, The Departed, Batman

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 4459
    - 1671

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

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 4339
    - 1601


    Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 3963
    - 1544


    The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Scarface

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 3824
    - 1152


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

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 4224
    - 1171

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

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 3808
    - 1360


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

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 3502
    - 2168

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

    ) open
  9. 9
    + 3597
    - 1721


    Titanic, Inception, The Departed

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 3148
    - 1513


    Remember the Titans, Glory, Training Day

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 3221
    - 1352


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

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 2772
    - 1127


    Rain Man, The Graduate, Being John Malkovich

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 2841
    - 1257


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

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 2745
    - 966


    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Cars

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 2850
    - 1136


    The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Superman

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 2536
    - 860


    It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, Rear Window

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 2313
    - 947


    Superman, Hoosiers, Unforgiven

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 2310
    - 1185

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

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 2202
    - 816


    The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 2391
    - 884


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

    ) open
  21. 21
    + 2762
    - 999


    Goldfinger, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Untouchables

    ) open
  22. 22
    + 2519
    - 1222


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

    ) open
  23. 23
    + 2163
    - 881


    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 1935
    - 1053

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

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 2447
    - 1062


    Aladdin, Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 2385
    - 1276

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

    ) open
  27. 27
    + 1945
    - 826


    Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 2230
    - 934


    American Beauty, Seven, The Usual Suspects

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 2096
    - 1463

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

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 1960
    - 983

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

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 2191
    - 787


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

    ) open
  32. 32
    + 1980
    - 687


    To Kill a Mockingbird, Cape Fear, The Omen

    ) open
  33. 33
    + 1947
    - 771


    North by Northwest, The Philadelphia Story, His Girl Friday

    ) open
  34. 34
    + 1976
    - 704


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

    ) open
  35. 35
    + 1627
    - 752


    Once Upon a Time in the West, 12 Angry Men, The Grapes of Wrath

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 1759
    - 973


    Fight Club, American History X, The Incredible Hulk

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 1744
    - 1139


    Gladiator, Man of Steel, A Beautiful Mind

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 1788
    - 829


    Pulp Fiction, Annie Hall, Wedding Crashers

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 1740
    - 1192

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Saving Private Ryan, The Departed, Good Will Hunting

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 1767
    - 1128


    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

    ) open
  41. 41
    + 1544
    - 607

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

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 1692
    - 798

    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
  43. 43
    + 1670
    - 1061

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 1498
    - 805


    Spartacus, Rebecca, Clash of the Titans

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 1580
    - 905


    City Lights, The Gold Rush, Modern Times

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 1401
    - 647


    Monsters University, RED, Excalibur

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 1574
    - 716

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

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 1500
    - 900


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

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 1811
    - 1196


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

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 1666
    - 1088


    The Avengers, Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas

    ) open
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