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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
    + 991
    - 529

    Casablanca, Cinema Paradiso, Notorious

    ) open
  2. 52
    + 1060
    - 625

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

    ) open
  3. 53
    + 992
    - 581

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

    ) open
  4. 54
    + 964
    - 569

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

    ) open
  5. 55
    + 1104
    - 796

    The Big Lebowski, Almost Famous, Boogie Nights

    ) open
  6. 56
    + 1078
    - 521

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

    ) open
  7. 57
    + 1378
    - 1097

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

    ) open
  8. 58
    + 920
    - 570

    Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, Groundhog Day

    ) open
  9. 59
    + 950
    - 529

    The Blind Side, Crash, Gravity

    ) open
  10. 60
    + 867
    - 548

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

    ) open
  11. 61
    + 926
    - 536

    Ratatouille, Lawrence of Arabia, Prometheus

    ) open
  12. 62
    + 1003
    - 662

    The Searchers, The Longest Day, Stagecoach

    ) open
  13. 63
    + 979
    - 759

    often listed
    Braveheart, Braveheart, Braveheart

    ) open
  14. 64
    + 975
    - 573

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

    ) open
  15. 65
    + 953
    - 756

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

    ) open
  16. 66
    + 870
    - 471

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

    ) open
  17. 67
    + 893
    - 508

    Schindler's List, Iron Man 3, Shutter Island

    ) open
  18. 68
    + 923
    - 457

    Gone with the Wind, It Happened One Night, Cinema Paradiso

    ) open
  19. 69
    + 788
    - 399

    Mars Attacks!, Hook, Tarzan

    ) open
  20. 70
    + 684
    - 392

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

    ) open
  21. 71
    + 1051
    - 867

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Iron Man, The Big Lebowski, True Grit

    ) open
  22. 72
    + 867
    - 575

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

    ) open
  23. 73
    + 894
    - 477

    Forrest Gump, The Amazing Spider-Man, Lincoln

    ) open
  24. 74
    + 728
    - 390

    Alien, Avatar, Ghostbusters

    ) open
  25. 75
    + 924
    - 453

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

    ) open
  26. 76
    + 917
    - 884

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

    ) open
  27. 77
    + 868
    - 516

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Bull Durham, Enchanted

    ) open
  28. 78
    + 717
    - 354

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

    ) open
  29. 79
    + 921
    - 819

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Argo, From Dusk till Dawn, Ocean's Eleven

    ) open
  30. 80
    + 724
    - 469

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

    ) open
  31. 81
    + 956
    - 520

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

    ) open
  32. 82
    + 813
    - 487

    Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Gravity

    ) open
  33. 83
    + 816
    - 476

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

    ) open
  34. 84
    + 760
    - 332

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

    ) open
  35. 85
    + 993
    - 813

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Independence Day, Men in Black, I Am Legend

    ) open
  36. 86
    + 814
    - 480

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

    ) open
  37. 87
    + 936
    - 672

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

    ) open
  38. 88
    + 879
    - 582

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

    ) open
  39. 89
    + 823
    - 450

    Spartacus, Cinema Paradiso, Paths of Glory

    ) open
  40. 90
    + 753
    - 407

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

    ) open
  41. 91
    + 766
    - 442

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

    ) open
  42. 92
    + 797
    - 450

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

    ) open
  43. 93
    + 792
    - 475

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

    ) open
  44. 94
    + 685
    - 365

    Cape Fear, Scrooged, The Longest Day

    ) open
  45. 95
    + 812
    - 662

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

    ) open
  46. 96
    + 840
    - 969

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

    ) open
  47. 97
    + 784
    - 439

    High Noon, Cinema Paradiso, The Pride of the Yankees

    ) open
  48. 98
    + 537
    - 326

    The Longest Day, Where Eagles Dare, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    ) open
  49. 99
    + 817
    - 651

    Finding Nemo, Spider-Man, Platoon

    ) open
  50. 100
    + 619
    - 371

    Misery, The Shootist, Dogville

    ) open
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