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The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time

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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.

List Criteria: Both male and female - See above for separate lists for each

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    Helen Mirren

    1945 More
    66
  2. 52
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    1935 More
    65
  3. 53
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    1943 More
    64
  4. 54
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    1915 More
    63
  5. 55
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jeff Bridges

    1949 More
    63
  6. 56
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    often listed &controversial
    Philip Seymour Hoffman

    1967 More
    63
  7. 57
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    1932 More
    62
  8. 58
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    1900 More
    62
  9. 59
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    Donald Sutherland

    1935 More
    62
  10. 60
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    Cate Blanchett

    1969 More
    62
  11. 61
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    1907 More
    62
  12. 62
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    Sean Penn

    1960 More
    62
  13. 63
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    Clark Gable

    1901 More
    62
  14. 64
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    1981 More
    62
  15. 65
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    Ian McKellen

    1939 More
    62
  16. 66
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    1968 More
    62
  17. 67
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    Julia Roberts

    1967 More
    62
  18. 68
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    George Clooney

    1961 More
    61
  19. 69
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    Ed Harris

    1950 More
    61
  20. 70
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    John Malkovich

    1953 More
    61
  21. 71
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    Peter O'Toole

    1932 More
    61
  22. 72
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    1936 More
    61
  23. 73
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    Mel Gibson

    1956 More
    61
  24. 74
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    1955 More
    61
  25. 75
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    Alec Guinness

    1914 More
    61
  26. 76
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    Will Smith

    1968 More
    61
  27. 77
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    Bill Murray

    1950 More
    61
  28. 78
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    1901 More
    60
  29. 79
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    Sally Field

    1946 More
    60
  30. 80
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    Susan Sarandon

    1946 More
    60
  31. 81
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    1957 More
    60
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  32. 82
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    Vivien Leigh

    1913 More
    60
  33. 83
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    Charlize Theron

    1975 More
    60
  34. 84
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    Geoffrey Rush

    1951 More
    60
  35. 85
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    1974 More
    60
  36. 86
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    1943 More
    59
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  37. 87
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    1948 More
    59
  38. 88
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    Tom Cruise

    1962 More
    59
  39. 89
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    Nicolas Cage

    1964 More
    59
  40. 90
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    James Earl Jones

    1931 More
    59
  41. 91
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    Alan Rickman

    1946 More
    59
  42. 92
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    Sandra Bullock

    1964 More
    59
  43. 93
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    Jim Carrey

    1962 More
    59
  44. 94
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Peter Sellers

    1925 More
    59
  45. 95
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    Kirk Douglas

    1916 More
    59
  46. 96
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ralph Fiennes

    1962 More
    58
  47. 97
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    Kathy Bates

    1948 More
    58
    added by: MissTempeste
  48. 98
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    Robert Mitchum

    1917 More
    58
  49. 99
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    1929 More
    58
  50. 100
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    Forest Whitaker

    1961 More
    58
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