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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
    + 762
    - 412

    Casablanca, Cinema Paradiso, Notorious

    ) open
  2. 52
    + 1141
    - 910

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Pulp Fiction, Die Hard, The Sixth Sense

    ) open
  3. 53
    + 767
    - 502

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

    ) open
  4. 54
    + 722
    - 407

    Ratatouille, Lawrence of Arabia, Prometheus

    ) open
  5. 55
    + 745
    - 438

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Out of Africa

    ) open
  6. 56
    + 740
    - 581

    Braveheart, Lethal Weapon, The Passion of the Christ

    ) open
  7. 57
    + 743
    - 451

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

    ) open
  8. 58
    + 850
    - 653

    The Big Lebowski, Almost Famous, Boogie Nights

    ) open
  9. 59
    + 773
    - 516

    The Searchers, The Longest Day, Stagecoach

    ) open
  10. 60
    + 666
    - 416

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

    ) open
  11. 61
    + 732
    - 429

    Prometheus, Snow White and the Huntsman, The Devil's Advocate

    ) open
  12. 62
    + 676
    - 385

    Schindler's List, Iron Man 3, Shutter Island

    ) open
  13. 63
    + 823
    - 419

    The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Shrek 2

    ) open
  14. 64
    + 679
    - 375

    The Blind Side, Crash, Gravity

    ) open
  15. 65
    + 717
    - 576

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Pretty Woman, Ocean's Eleven, Hook

    ) open
  16. 66
    + 673
    - 368

    added by SteveNicewanger Amélie, Cinema Paradiso, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

    ) open
  17. 67
    + 663
    - 438

    Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, Groundhog Day

    ) open
  18. 68
    + 732
    - 665

    often listed Argo, From Dusk till Dawn, Ocean's Eleven

    ) open
  19. 69
    + 722
    - 352

    ranked low on reranks Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, The Lion King

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  20. 70
    + 841
    - 717

    Iron Man, The Big Lebowski, True Grit

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  21. 71
    + 716
    - 351

    ranked low on reranks Gone with the Wind, It Happened One Night, Cinema Paradiso

    ) open
  22. 72
    + 753
    - 629

    Independence Day, Men in Black, I Am Legend

    ) open
  23. 73
    + 708
    - 532

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

    ) open
  24. 74
    + 698
    - 472

    The Hunger Games, National Lampoon's Animal House, The Hunger Games: ...

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  25. 75
    + 623
    - 462

    often listed & ranked high on reranks The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The ...

    ) open
  26. 76
    + 728
    - 722

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Being John Malkovich, The Thin Red Line

    ) open
  27. 77
    + 648
    - 376

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

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  28. 78
    + 694
    - 400

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

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  29. 79
    + 695
    - 367

    Forrest Gump, The Amazing Spider-Man, Lincoln

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  30. 80
    + 624
    - 381

    Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Gravity

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  31. 81
    + 617
    - 370

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

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  32. 82
    + 479
    - 274

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the ...

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  33. 83
    + 573
    - 277

    Mars Attacks!, Hook, Tarzan

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  34. 84
    + 638
    - 778

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Top Gun, Rain Man, Jerry Maguire

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  35. 85
    + 506
    - 259

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the ...

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  36. 86
    + 528
    - 358

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

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  37. 87
    + 626
    - 348

    High Noon, Cinema Paradiso, The Pride of the Yankees

    ) open
  38. 88
    + 642
    - 345

    ranked low on reranks Spartacus, Cinema Paradiso, Paths of Glory

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  39. 89
    + 625
    - 513

    often listed & added by OmeraMaeili Batman Forever, Moulin Rouge!, Eyes Wide Shut

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  40. 90
    + 658
    - 416

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Bull Durham, Enchanted

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  41. 91
    + 556
    - 309

    Gone with the Wind, A Streetcar Named Desire, Fire Over England

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  42. 92
    + 579
    - 456

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Gladiator, Signs, Hotel Rwanda

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  43. 93
    + 558
    - 236

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

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  44. 94
    + 584
    - 352

    The Lion King, Die Hard with a Vengeance, The Time Machine

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  45. 95
    + 626
    - 512

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Finding Nemo, Spider-Man, Platoon

    ) open
  46. 96
    + 601
    - 362

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

    ) open
  47. 97
    + 615
    - 348

    Die Hard, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and ...

    ) open
  48. 98
    + 511
    - 349

    added by Jabapac Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Home Alone

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  49. 99
    + 567
    - 377

    Platoon, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Good Morning, Vietnam

    ) open
  50. 100
    + 624
    - 544

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Dumb and Dumber, Batman Forever

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