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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 1,351
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 1,584
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
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Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Maggie Smith age 83

56
+ - 2,236 1,303
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
+ - 2,240 1,193
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

58
+ - 2,293 1,160
Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sally Field age 71

59
+ - 2,419 1,404
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Bill Murray age 67

60
+ - 1,801 1,014
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Emma Thompson age 58

61
+ - 2,111 1,101
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ben Kingsley age 74

62
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Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Kathy Bates age 69

63
+ - 1,881 1,008
Spencer Tracy is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Spencer Tracy Died at 67 (1900-1967)

64
+ - 2,577 1,486
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

65
+ - 1,706 1,036
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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+ - 2,406 1,242
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Hugh Jackman age 49

67
+ - 2,512 1,156
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Julie Andrews age 82

68
+ - 1,991 1,103
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Steve Buscemi age 60

69
+ - 2,012 1,164
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ian McKellen age 78

70
+ - 2,232 1,282
Susan Sarandon is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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
+ - 2,223 1,642
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Mel Gibson age 61

73
+ - 2,216 1,665
Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Julia Roberts age 50

74
+ - 2,242 981
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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+ - 1,800 1,071
Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Glenn Close age 70

76
+ - 2,620 2,040
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Bruce Willis age 62

77
+ - 1,982 1,021
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
+ - 2,078 1,512
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Jeff Bridges age 68

79
+ - 1,644 884
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
+ - 2,229 1,560
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 1,294
John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

85
+ - 1,991 1,113
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
+ - 1,731 1,245
Willem Dafoe is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Willem Dafoe age 62

88
+ - 1,812 1,448
Nicole Kidman is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Nicole Kidman age 50

89
+ - 1,908 1,177
Donald Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

90
+ - 1,724 1,075
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

91
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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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Gene Wilder is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gene Wilder age 84

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Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

95
+ - 1,463 1,059
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)

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+ - 1,715 1,052
Forest Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Jeremy Irons age 69

99
+ - 2,204 1,583
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

100
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George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History