The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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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
    + 3,268
    - 2,017


    Died at 29 (1979-2008)

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  2. 52
    + 2,715
    - 1,207

    ranked low on reranks
    Died at 76 (1925-2001)

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  3. 53
    + 2,224
    - 1,413

    often listed
    Died at 47 (1967-2014)

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  4. 54
    + 1,922
    - 854

    ranked low on reranks
    age 69

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  5. 55
    + 2,003
    - 1,037


    age 78

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  6. 56
    + 2,000
    - 1,134


    Died at 79 (1932-2011)

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  7. 57
    + 1,823
    - 798


    age 81

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  8. 58
    + 2,068
    - 998


    age 69

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  9. 59
    + 1,563
    - 871


    age 56

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  10. 60
    + 2,145
    - 1,231


    age 65

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  11. 61
    + 2,291
    - 1,298


    age 51

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  12. 62
    + 1,889
    - 840

    ranked low on reranks & added by MissTempeste
    age 67

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  13. 63
    + 1,889
    - 967


    age 72

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  14. 64
    + 1,673
    - 858

    added by SteveNicewanger
    Died at 67 (1900-1967)

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  15. 65
    + 1,476
    - 893


    age 53

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  16. 66
    + 2,254
    - 1,003


    age 80

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  17. 67
    + 1,993
    - 1,114


    age 69

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  18. 68
    + 2,098
    - 1,094


    age 47

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  19. 69
    + 1,973
    - 1,431

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    age 59

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  20. 70
    + 1,975
    - 1,459

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    age 48

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  21. 71
    + 1,603
    - 829


    age 99

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  22. 72
    + 1,751
    - 944

    added by Jabapac
    age 58

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  23. 73
    + 1,750
    - 1,045


    age 76

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  24. 74
    + 1,629
    - 917


    age 68

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  25. 75
    + 1,995
    - 870

    ranked low on reranks
    age 84

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  26. 76
    + 2,401
    - 1,852

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    age 60

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  27. 77
    + 1,755
    - 898


    Died at 59 (1901-1960)

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  28. 78
    + 1,647
    - 1,055


    Died at 81 (1932-2013)

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  29. 79
    + 1,439
    - 750

    ranked low on reranks
    Died at 54 (1913-1967)

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  30. 80
    + 1,841
    - 1,380

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    age 66

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  31. 81
    + 1,482
    - 817


    Died at 86 (1914-2000)

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  32. 82
    + 1,534
    - 867


    age 65

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  33. 83
    + 1,967
    - 1,410

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Died at 72 (1907-1979)

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  34. 84
    + 1,666
    - 1,146


    age 62

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  35. 85
    + 1,737
    - 982


    age 75

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  36. 86
    + 1,293
    - 732


    age 93

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  37. 87
    + 1,596
    - 901

    ranked low on reranks
    age 66

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  38. 88
    + 1,535
    - 1,110

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    age 60

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  39. 89
    + 1,177
    - 718


    age 68

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  40. 90
    + 1,465
    - 762


    Died at 47 (1922-1969)

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  41. 91
    + 1,517
    - 931


    age 71

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  42. 92
    + 1,245
    - 701


    Died at 90 (1924-2014)

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  43. 93
    + 1,272
    - 918


    age 44

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  44. 94
    + 1,509
    - 914


    age 54

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  45. 95
    + 1,988
    - 1,601

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    age 47

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  46. 96
    + 1,186
    - 857


    Died at 55 (1925-1980)

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  47. 97
    + 1,679
    - 1,057


    age 80

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  48. 98
    + 1,824
    - 1,520

    often listed
    age 54

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  49. 99
    + 1,432
    - 828

    ranked low on reranks
    age 55

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  50. 100
    + 1,366
    - 714

    ranked low on reranks
    Died at 80 (1917-1997)

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