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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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bruce Willis

    1955 More
    64
  2. 52
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    1915 More
    64
  3. 53
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    1967 More
    63
  4. 54
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    1935 More
    63
  5. 55
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    1943 More
    63
  6. 56
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    1900 More
    62
    added by: SteveNicewanger
  7. 57
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    1969 More
    62
  8. 58
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    1949 More
    62
  9. 59
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    1907 More
    62
  10. 60
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    1956 More
    62
  11. 61
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    1953 More
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  12. 62
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    1932 More
    62
  13. 63
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    1935 More
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  14. 64
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    1950 More
    62
  15. 65
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ian McKellen

    1939 More
    62
  16. 66
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    Sean Penn

    1960 More
    61
  17. 67
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    ranked low on reranks
    Clark Gable

    1901 More
    61
  18. 68
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    George Clooney

    1961 More
    61
  19. 69
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    Peter O'Toole

    1932 More
    61
  20. 70
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    Natalie Portman

    1981 More
    61
  21. 71
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    1968 More
    61
  22. 72
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    1914 More
    61
  23. 73
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    1936 More
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  24. 74
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    1967 More
    60
  25. 75
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    1950 More
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  26. 76
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    Will Smith

    1968 More
    60
  27. 77
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    1955 More
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  28. 78
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    1957 More
    60
    added by: Jabapac
  29. 79
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    1964 More
    60
  30. 80
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    ranked low on reranks
    James Earl Jones

    1931 More
    60
  31. 81
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    1948 More
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    1901 More
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  33. 83
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    1946 More
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  34. 84
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    1975 More
    59
  35. 85
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    1913 More
    59
  36. 86
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    often listed
    Joaquin Phoenix

    1974 More
    59
  37. 87
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    1946 More
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  38. 88
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    1967 More
    58
    added by: OmeraMaeili
  39. 89
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    1934 More
    58
  40. 90
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    1916 More
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  41. 91
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    1962 More
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  42. 92
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    1959 More
    58
  43. 93
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    1951 More
    58
  44. 94
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tom Cruise

    1962 More
    58
  45. 95
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    1961 More
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  46. 96
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    ranked low on reranks
    Alan Rickman

    1946 More
    58
  47. 97
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Nicolas Cage

    1964 More
    58
  48. 98
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    1925 More
    58
  49. 99
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    1962 More
    57
  50. 100
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    Kathy Bates

    1948 More
    57
    added by: MissTempeste
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