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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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1955

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    1915

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  3. 53
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    1969

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  4. 54
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    1932

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  5. 55
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    1956

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    1936

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    1932

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  8. 58
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    1967

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  9. 59
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    1953

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  10. 60
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    added by SteveNicewanger 1900

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  11. 61
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    1907

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  12. 62
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    1943

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  13. 63
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    1935

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  14. 64
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    1939

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  15. 65
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    1964

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    1935

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    1950

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    often listed 1960

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    ranked low on reranks 1931

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  20. 70
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1968

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1967

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1981

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  23. 73
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    added by Jabapac 1957

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  24. 74
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    ranked low on reranks 1914

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    1950

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    1968

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    1975

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1949

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  29. 79
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    1901

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    1959

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    often listed 1961

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    1946

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    1934

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    1901

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    1948

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1962

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    1913

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    1962

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    1916

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    1974

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  41. 91
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    added by OmeraMaeili 1967

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    1955

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  43. 93
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    1946

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  44. 94
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    ranked low on reranks 1946

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1962

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  46. 96
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    1940

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    1961

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  48. 98
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    1947

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    1971

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    1955

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