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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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  1. 51
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    In the Heat of the Night, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Sneakers

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  2. 52
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The ...

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  3. 53
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    - 776


    Forrest Gump, The Amazing Spider-Man, Mrs. Doubtfire

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  4. 54
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    Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the ...

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  5. 55
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    - 926


    Cleopatra, National Velvet, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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  6. 56
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    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, The Big Lebowski

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  7. 57
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    Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Caddyshack

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  8. 58
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    - 780


    Schindler's List, Iron Man 3, Shutter Island

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  9. 59
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    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the ...

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  10. 60
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    The Blind Side, Gravity, Crash

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  11. 61
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    Die Hard, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the ...

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  12. 62
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    The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Shrek 2

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  13. 63
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    The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Thelma & Louise, Bull Durham

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  14. 64
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    Pulp Fiction, Die Hard, The Sixth Sense

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  15. 65
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    added by SteveNicewanger
    Amélie, It's a Mad, Mad

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  16. 66
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    Braveheart, Lethal Weapon, Pocahontas

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  17. 67
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    Pretty Woman, Ocean's Eleven, Hook

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  18. 68
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    Schindler's List, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry ...

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  19. 69
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    X-Men, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: The Last Stand

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  20. 70
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    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly ...

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  21. 71
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    ranked low on reranks & added by MissTempeste
    Titanic, Misery, The Blind Side

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  22. 72
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    Lawrence of Arabia, Ratatouille, Prometheus

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  23. 73
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    Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, The Lion King

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  24. 74
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    - 668


    Spartacus, Paths of Glory, 20

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  25. 75
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    added by Jabapac
    Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, The Big Lebowski

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  26. 76
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    Guardians of the Galaxy, Tarzan, Mars Attacks!

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  27. 77
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    The Searchers, The Longest Day, Stagecoach

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  28. 78
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The ...

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  29. 79
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    ranked low on reranks
    Gone with the Wind, It Happened One Night, Mutiny on the Bounty

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  30. 80
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    Iron Man, The Big Lebowski, Tron

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  31. 81
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    Gone with the Wind, A Streetcar Named Desire, Ship of Fools

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  32. 82
    + 1252
    - 678


    Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the ...

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  33. 83
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    Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Gravity

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  34. 84
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    - 917


    Juno, Being John Malkovich, Transformers: Dark of the Moon

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  35. 85
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    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, The ...

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  36. 86
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    South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Batman & Robin

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  37. 87
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    - 753


    Alien, Ghostbusters, Avatar

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  38. 88
    + 1642
    - 1059


    Prometheus, The Italian Job, The Devil's Advocate

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  39. 89
    + 1068
    - 556


    Cape Fear, Scrooged, The Night of the Hunter

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  40. 90
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    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, National Lampoon's Animal House

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  41. 91
    + 1291
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    Finding Nemo, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2

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  42. 92
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    - 752


    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct

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  43. 93
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    Men in Black, Independence Day, Men in Black 3

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  44. 94
    + 1166
    - 618


    The Wizard of Oz, P.S. I Love You, Judgment at Nuremberg

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  45. 95
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    Misery, The Big Sleep, Murder on the Orient Express

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  46. 96
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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Being John Malkovich, Mystic River

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  47. 97
    + 1146
    - 635


    High Noon, Cinema Paradiso, The Pride of the Yankees

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  48. 98
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    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, The Big Lebowski

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  49. 99
    + 1239
    - 754


    Platoon, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Good Morning

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  50. 100
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    - 833


    X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men 2

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