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
    64
  2. 52
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bruce Willis

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

    1935 More
    61
  10. 60
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    1932 More
    61
  11. 61
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    1953 More
    61
  12. 62
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    1943 More
    61
  13. 63
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    1936 More
    61
  14. 64
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jeff Bridges

    1949 More
    61
  15. 65
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ian McKellen

    1939 More
    60
  16. 66
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sean Penn

    1960 More
    60
  17. 67
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    ranked low on reranks
    Sandra Bullock

    1964 More
    60
  18. 68
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    ranked low on reranks
    Alec Guinness

    1914 More
    60
  19. 69
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    ranked low on reranks
    James Earl Jones

    1931 More
    60
  20. 70
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    1935 More
    60
  21. 71
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    1950 More
    60
  22. 72
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    1901 More
    60
  23. 73
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    often listed
    George Clooney

    1961 More
    60
  24. 74
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    1975 More
    59
  25. 75
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    1968 More
    59
  26. 76
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    1957 More
    59
    added by: Jabapac
  27. 77
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    1950 More
    59
  28. 78
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    1955 More
    59
  29. 79
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    1968 More
    59
  30. 80
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Natalie Portman

    1981 More
    59
  31. 81
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Julia Roberts

    1967 More
    59
  32. 82
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    ranked low on reranks
    Sally Field

    1946 More
    58
  33. 83
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    1948 More
    58
  34. 84
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    1901 More
    58
  35. 85
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    1959 More
    58
  36. 86
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    1913 More
    58
  37. 87
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    1967 More
    58
    added by: OmeraMaeili
  38. 88
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    1974 More
    58
  39. 89
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    ranked low on reranks
    Kirk Douglas

    1916 More
    58
  40. 90
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tom Cruise

    1962 More
    57
  41. 91
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    1962 More
    57
  42. 92
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    1934 More
    57
  43. 93
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    1946 More
    57
  44. 94
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    1946 More
    57
  45. 95
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    1971 More
    57
  46. 96
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    1925 More
    57
  47. 97
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    Down 254
    1961 More
    56
  48. 98
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    ranked low on reranks
    Patrick Stewart

    1940 More
    56
  49. 99
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Nicolas Cage

    1964 More
    56
  50. 100
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Geoffrey Rush

    1951 More
    56
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