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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
    + 959
    - 578


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

    ) open
  2. 52
    + 906
    - 495


    Casablanca, Cinema Paradiso, Notorious

    ) open
  3. 53
    + 907
    - 536


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

    ) open
  4. 54
    + 887
    - 533


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

    ) open
  5. 55
    + 1298
    - 1027

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

    ) open
  6. 56
    + 1016
    - 745

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Big Lebowski, Almost Famous, Boogie Nights

    ) open
  7. 57
    + 906
    - 509


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

    ) open
  8. 58
    + 800
    - 500


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

    ) open
  9. 59
    + 862
    - 491


    Ratatouille, Lawrence of Arabia, Prometheus

    ) open
  10. 60
    + 998
    - 485

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

    ) open
  11. 61
    + 870
    - 691

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

    ) open
  12. 62
    + 898
    - 704

    often listed
    Braveheart, Lethal Weapon, The Passion of the Christ

    ) open
  13. 63
    + 915
    - 612


    The Searchers, The Longest Day, Stagecoach

    ) open
  14. 64
    + 856
    - 474


    The Blind Side, Crash, Gravity

    ) open
  15. 65
    + 817
    - 464


    Schindler's List, Iron Man 3, Shutter Island

    ) open
  16. 66
    + 793
    - 438

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

    ) open
  17. 67
    + 829
    - 524


    Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, Groundhog Day

    ) open
  18. 68
    + 616
    - 342


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

    ) open
  19. 69
    + 726
    - 346


    Mars Attacks!, Hook, Tarzan

    ) open
  20. 70
    + 983
    - 828

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

    ) open
  21. 71
    + 858
    - 822

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

    ) open
  22. 72
    + 844
    - 423


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

    ) open
  23. 73
    + 828
    - 439

    ranked low on reranks
    Forrest Gump, The Amazing Spider-Man, Lincoln

    ) open
  24. 74
    + 790
    - 532

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The ...

    ) open
  25. 75
    + 643
    - 316


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

    ) open
  26. 76
    + 663
    - 419


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

    ) open
  27. 77
    + 748
    - 447


    Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Gravity

    ) open
  28. 78
    + 848
    - 426

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

    ) open
  29. 79
    + 854
    - 769

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

    ) open
  30. 80
    + 796
    - 478


    The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Bull Durham, Enchanted

    ) open
  31. 81
    + 755
    - 448


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

    ) open
  32. 82
    + 916
    - 748

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

    ) open
  33. 83
    + 742
    - 439

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

    ) open
  34. 84
    + 814
    - 543


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

    ) open
  35. 85
    + 867
    - 483


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

    ) open
  36. 86
    + 683
    - 296

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

    ) open
  37. 87
    + 870
    - 625

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Thor, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: ...

    ) open
  38. 88
    + 684
    - 371


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

    ) open
  39. 89
    + 698
    - 407


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

    ) open
  40. 90
    + 753
    - 417


    Spartacus, Cinema Paradiso, Paths of Glory

    ) open
  41. 91
    + 658
    - 342


    Alien, Avatar, Ghostbusters

    ) open
  42. 92
    + 753
    - 610

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

    ) open
  43. 93
    + 739
    - 406


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

    ) open
  44. 94
    + 619
    - 331


    Cape Fear, Scrooged, The Longest Day

    ) open
  45. 95
    + 764
    - 901

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

    ) open
  46. 96
    + 732
    - 432

    ranked low on reranks
    X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men 2

    ) open
  47. 97
    + 607
    - 451

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, The ...

    ) open
  48. 98
    + 719
    - 416


    High Noon, Cinema Paradiso, The Pride of the Yankees

    ) open
  49. 99
    + 477
    - 291


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

    ) open
  50. 100
    + 567
    - 331


    Misery, The Shootist, Dogville

    ) open
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