The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History People In Film

The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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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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    most listed
    The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Superman

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  2. 2
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    - 3749


    The Shining, Batman, The Departed

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  3. 3
    + 7986
    - 3505


    Goodfellas, The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver

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  4. 4
    + 7730
    - 3207


    Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story

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  5. 5
    + 7036
    - 2944


    The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Scarface

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  6. 6
    + 3752
    - 1741

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, The African Queen

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  7. 7
    + 4048
    - 1338

    the people's #1 but ranked low on reranks
    Breakfast at Tiffany's, My Fair Lady, Roman Holiday

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  8. 8
    + 8311
    - 2551

    added by NickPeek
    The Deer Hunter, Out of Africa, Kramer vs. Kramer

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  9. 9
    + 6074
    - 2376


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

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  10. 10
    + 3917
    - 1655


    It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, Rear Window

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  11. 11
    + 2990
    - 1525

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen

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  12. 12
    + 6480
    - 2546


    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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  13. 13
    + 4270
    - 2070


    The Graduate, Being John Malkovich, Rain Man

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  14. 14
    + 3072
    - 1211


    North by Northwest, Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday

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  15. 15
    + 2701
    - 1206

    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

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    + 3041
    - 1110

    ranked low on reranks
    To Kill a Mockingbird, Cape Fear, The Omen

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  17. 17
    + 2522
    - 1396


    City Lights, The Gold Rush, Modern Times

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  18. 18
    + 5463
    - 3759

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Edward Scissorhands

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  19. 19
    + 6044
    - 3269


    Titanic, Inception, The Departed

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  20. 20
    + 4978
    - 2340


    Good, Unforgiven, Dirty Harry

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  21. 21
    + 4915
    - 2674


    Remember the Titans, Glory, Training Day

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  22. 22
    + 4286
    - 1449

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    The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Cars

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  23. 23
    + 4023
    - 2385

    often listed
    Gangs of New York, The Last of the Mohicans, There Will Be Blood

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  24. 24
    + 4445
    - 2221


    Aladdin, Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society

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  25. 25
    + 3429
    - 1416


    The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now

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  26. 26
    + 3482
    - 1669


    Superman, The French Connection, Young Frankenstein

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  27. 27
    + 2098
    - 1142


    Spartacus, Clash of the Titans, Rebecca

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  28. 28
    + 4331
    - 1723

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    Goldfinger, The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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  29. 29
    + 3989
    - 2104


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

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  30. 30
    + 3391
    - 1508


    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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  31. 31
    + 3586
    - 2068


    The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins, Schindler's List

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    + 1587
    - 827


    Casablanca, Notorious, Cinema Paradiso

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    + 3114
    - 1848

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    The Silence of the Lambs, Taxi Driver, Contact

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  34. 34
    + 2405
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    ranked low on reranks
    Once Upon a Time in the West, 12 Angry Men, The Grapes of Wrath

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  35. 35
    + 3710
    - 2307

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

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  36. 36
    + 3623
    - 1686


    American Beauty, Seven, The Usual Suspects

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  37. 37
    + 2990
    - 1479


    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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  38. 38
    + 2779
    - 1500


    Fight Club, The Incredible Hulk, American History X

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  39. 39
    + 3007
    - 1350


    Pulp Fiction, Annie Hall, Batman Returns

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  40. 40
    + 3241
    - 1192

    ranked low on reranks
    No Country for Old Men, Men in Black, Captain America: The First Avenger ...

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  41. 41
    + 3249
    - 2520

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Fight Club, Seven, The Departed

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  42. 42
    + 2815
    - 1726


    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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  43. 43
    + 2522
    - 1030

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

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  44. 44
    + 2586
    - 1641


    Gladiator, Man of Steel, A Beautiful Mind

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  45. 45
    + 2797
    - 1808


    Saving Private Ryan, The Departed, Good Will Hunting

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  46. 46
    + 2626
    - 1566


    Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland

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  47. 47
    + 2740
    - 1657


    The Avengers, Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas

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  48. 48
    + 2237
    - 1052


    Monsters University, The Prince of Egypt, Excalibur

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    + 2297
    - 1017

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

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  50. 50
    + 2762
    - 1757


    The Dark Knight, Brokeback Mountain, The Patriot

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