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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.
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Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Heath Ledger Died at 29 (1979-2008)

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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Alan Rickman age 71

53
+ - 2,960 1,352
Jack Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Jack Lemmon Died at 76 (1925-2001)

54
+ - 2,497 1,587
Philip Seymour Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Philip Seymour Hoffman Died at 47 (1967-2014)

55
+ - 2,129 922
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Maggie Smith age 83

56
+ - 2,238 1,304
Elizabeth Taylor is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Elizabeth Taylor Died at 79 (1932-2011)

57
+ - 2,241 1,194
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

58
+ - 2,294 1,161
Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sally Field age 71

59
+ - 2,420 1,406
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Bill Murray age 67

60
+ - 1,802 1,016
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Emma Thompson age 58

61
+ - 2,111 1,102
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ben Kingsley age 74

62
+ - 1,883 1,009
Spencer Tracy is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Spencer Tracy Died at 67 (1900-1967)

63
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Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Kathy Bates age 69

64
+ - 2,578 1,488
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

65
+ - 1,706 1,038
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ralph Fiennes age 55

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+ - 2,408 1,245
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Hugh Jackman age 49

67
+ - 2,515 1,157
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Julie Andrews age 82

68
+ - 1,991 1,106
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Steve Buscemi age 60

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+ - 2,233 1,284
Susan Sarandon is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

70
+ - 2,012 1,166
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ian McKellen age 78

71
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Kirk Douglas is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Kirk Douglas age 101

72
+ - 2,224 1,643
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Mel Gibson age 61

73
+ - 2,219 1,667
Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Julia Roberts age 50

74
+ - 2,243 983
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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+ - 1,800 1,073
Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Glenn Close age 70

76
+ - 2,620 2,042
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Bruce Willis age 62

77
+ - 1,984 1,022
Clark Gable is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Clark Gable Died at 59 (1901-1960)

78
+ - 2,079 1,513
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Jeff Bridges age 68

79
+ - 1,646 885
Vivien Leigh is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Vivien Leigh Died at 54 (1913-1967)

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Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Peter O'Toole Died at 81 (1932-2013)

81
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Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Alec Guinness Died at 86 (1914-2000)

82
+ - 2,230 1,561
John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
John Wayne Died at 72 (1907-1979)

83
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Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ed Harris age 67

84
+ - 1,877 1,296
John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

85
+ - 1,991 1,115
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

86
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Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

87
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Willem Dafoe is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Willem Dafoe age 62

88
+ - 1,813 1,450
Nicole Kidman is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Nicole Kidman age 50

89
+ - 1,908 1,180
Donald Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

90
+ - 1,724 1,077
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

91
+ - 2,267 1,825
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Will Smith age 49

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Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Judy Garland Died at 47 (1922-1969)

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Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Gene Wilder is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gene Wilder age 84

95
+ - 1,464 1,061
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ewan McGregor age 46

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Lauren Bacall is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Lauren Bacall Died at 90 (1924-2014)

97
+ - 1,716 1,054
Forest Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

98
+ - 2,205 1,585
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

99
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Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Jeremy Irons age 69

100
+ - 2,031 1,701
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History