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The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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

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  2. 52
    + 1416
    - 749


    Casablanca, Notorious, Cinema Paradiso

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  3. 53
    + 1447
    - 792


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

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  4. 54
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    - 855


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

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  5. 55
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    - 1129

    often listed
    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, The Big Lebowski

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  6. 56
    + 1479
    - 718


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

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  7. 57
    + 1712
    - 792

    ranked low on reranks
    The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Shrek 2

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  8. 58
    + 1507
    - 1071

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    Braveheart, Lethal Weapon, Pocahontas

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  9. 59
    + 1734
    - 989


    The Blind Side, Gravity, Crash

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  10. 60
    + 1967
    - 1503

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    Pulp Fiction, Die Hard, The Sixth Sense

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  11. 61
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    - 947


    Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Caddyshack

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  12. 62
    + 1373
    - 740

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    Schindler's List, Iron Man 3, Shutter Island

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  13. 63
    + 1530
    - 1141

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Pretty Woman, Ocean's Eleven, Hook

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  14. 64
    + 1556
    - 1041

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    The Searchers, The Longest Day, Stagecoach

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  15. 65
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    - 845


    The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Thelma & Louise, Bull Durham

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  16. 66
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    - 844


    X-Men, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: The Last Stand

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  17. 67
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    - 636

    added by SteveNicewanger
    Amélie, It's a Mad, Mad

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  18. 68
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    - 611


    Spartacus, Paths of Glory, 20

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  19. 69
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    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the ...

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  20. 70
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    - 709


    Gone with the Wind, It Happened One Night, Mutiny on the Bounty

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  21. 71
    + 1581
    - 706


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

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  22. 72
    + 1290
    - 771


    Lawrence of Arabia, Ratatouille, Prometheus

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  23. 73
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    - 645


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

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  24. 74
    + 1250
    - 703


    Guardians of the Galaxy, Tarzan, Mars Attacks!

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  25. 75
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    - 640

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

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  26. 76
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    - 677


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

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  27. 77
    + 1241
    - 667


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

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  28. 78
    + 1318
    - 747

    added by Jabapac
    Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, The Big Lebowski

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  29. 79
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    - 865


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

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  30. 80
    + 1482
    - 1143


    Iron Man, The Big Lebowski, Tron

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  31. 81
    + 1292
    - 854


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

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  32. 82
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    - 674


    Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Gravity

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  33. 83
    + 1235
    - 697


    Alien, Ghostbusters, Avatar

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  34. 84
    + 1508
    - 987


    Prometheus, The Italian Job, The Devil's Advocate

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  35. 85
    + 1566
    - 1225


    Men in Black, Independence Day, Men in Black 3

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  36. 86
    + 1416
    - 1189

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Batman & Robin

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  37. 87
    + 986
    - 503

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    Cape Fear, Scrooged, The Night of the Hunter

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  38. 88
    + 1276
    - 1158

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

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  39. 89
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    - 690

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

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  40. 90
    + 1159
    - 638


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

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  41. 91
    + 1089
    - 559


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

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  42. 92
    + 1282
    - 803


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

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  43. 93
    + 1071
    - 571


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

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  44. 94
    + 1196
    - 892

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    Finding Nemo, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2

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  45. 95
    + 927
    - 520


    Misery, The Big Sleep, Murder on the Orient Express

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  46. 96
    + 1064
    - 580


    High Noon, Cinema Paradiso, The Pride of the Yankees

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  47. 97
    + 1322
    - 787


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

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  48. 98
    + 916
    - 638


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

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  49. 99
    + 1055
    - 619


    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, The Big Lebowski

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  50. 100
    + 1428
    - 1107

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    Thor, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: ...

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