The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time People In Film
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The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time

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

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 is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 51
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    1915 More
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  2. 52
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    Bruce Willis

    1955 More
    63
  3. 53
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    1932 More
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  4. 54
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    1969 More
    62
  5. 55
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    1956 More
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  6. 56
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    1900 More
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    added by: SteveNicewanger
  7. 57
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    1907 More
    62
  8. 58
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    1967 More
    62
  9. 59
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    1932 More
    61
  10. 60
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    ranked low on reranks
    Julie Andrews

    1935 More
    61
  11. 61
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    1943 More
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  12. 62
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    1953 More
    61
  13. 63
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    1936 More
    61
  14. 64
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    Jeff Bridges

    1949 More
    61
  15. 65
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    Sean Penn

    1960 More
    60
  16. 66
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    1939 More
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  17. 67
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    1950 More
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  18. 68
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    ranked low on reranks
    Sandra Bullock

    1964 More
    60
  19. 69
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  20. 70
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    1914 More
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  21. 71
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  22. 72
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  23. 73
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    often listed
    George Clooney

    1961 More
    60
  24. 74
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    1968 More
    60
  25. 75
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    1975 More
    59
  26. 76
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    1981 More
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  27. 77
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    1957 More
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    added by: Jabapac
  28. 78
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  29. 79
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  30. 80
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  31. 81
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  32. 82
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    1946 More
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  33. 83
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    1948 More
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  34. 84
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    1901 More
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  35. 85
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    1959 More
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  36. 86
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  37. 87
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  38. 88
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    added by: OmeraMaeili
  39. 89
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    1974 More
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  40. 90
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tom Cruise

    1962 More
    57
  41. 91
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  42. 92
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    1934 More
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  43. 93
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  44. 94
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    1971 More
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  45. 95
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  46. 96
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  47. 97
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    1961 More
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  48. 98
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Nicolas Cage

    1964 More
    56
  49. 99
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    1940 More
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  50. 100
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    1955 More
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