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List Rules 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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Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Heath Ledger Died at 29 (1979-2008)

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Jack Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Jack Lemmon Died at 76 (1925-2001)

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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Alan Rickman age 71

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Philip Seymour Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Philip Seymour Hoffman Died at 47 (1967-2014)

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Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Maggie Smith age 83

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Elizabeth Taylor is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Elizabeth Taylor Died at 79 (1932-2011)

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Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sally Field age 71

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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Bill Murray age 67

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Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Emma Thompson age 58

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Spencer Tracy is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Spencer Tracy Died at 67 (1900-1967)

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Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Kathy Bates age 69

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Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ben Kingsley age 74

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Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ralph Fiennes age 55

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Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Steve Buscemi age 60

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Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Julie Andrews age 82

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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Hugh Jackman age 49

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Susan Sarandon is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Mel Gibson age 61

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Kirk Douglas is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Kirk Douglas age 101

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Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ian McKellen age 78

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Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Julia Roberts age 50

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James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Glenn Close age 70

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Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Bruce Willis age 62

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Clark Gable is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Clark Gable Died at 59 (1901-1960)

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Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Jeff Bridges age 68

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Vivien Leigh is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Vivien Leigh Died at 54 (1913-1967)

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Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Peter O'Toole Died at 81 (1932-2013)

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Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Alec Guinness Died at 86 (1914-2000)

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John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
John Wayne Died at 72 (1907-1979)

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Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ed Harris age 67

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John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Willem Dafoe is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Willem Dafoe age 62

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Nicole Kidman is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Nicole Kidman age 50

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Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Judy Garland Died at 47 (1922-1969)

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Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Donald Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Will Smith age 49

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Lauren Bacall is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Lauren Bacall Died at 90 (1924-2014)

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Gene Wilder is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gene Wilder age 84

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Forest Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Robert Mitchum is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Robert Mitchum Died at 80 (1917-1997)

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Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ewan McGregor age 46

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Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sean Penn age 57

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Peter Sellers is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Peter Sellers Died at 55 (1925-1980)