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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
    + 1012
    - 591

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

    ) open
  2. 52
    + 952
    - 505

    Casablanca, Cinema Paradiso, Notorious

    ) open
  3. 53
    + 953
    - 551

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

    ) open
  4. 54
    + 927
    - 550

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

    ) open
  5. 55
    + 1058
    - 762

    The Big Lebowski, Almost Famous, Boogie Nights

    ) open
  6. 56
    + 944
    - 528

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

    ) open
  7. 57
    + 1333
    - 1059

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

    ) open
  8. 58
    + 898
    - 505

    Ratatouille, Lawrence of Arabia, Prometheus

    ) open
  9. 59
    + 832
    - 516

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

    ) open
  10. 60
    + 1037
    - 498

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

    ) open
  11. 61
    + 963
    - 630

    The Searchers, The Longest Day, Stagecoach

    ) open
  12. 62
    + 901
    - 496

    The Blind Side, Crash, Gravity

    ) open
  13. 63
    + 936
    - 731

    often listed
    Braveheart, Braveheart, Braveheart

    ) open
  14. 64
    + 874
    - 543

    Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, Groundhog Day

    ) open
  15. 65
    + 905
    - 722

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

    ) open
  16. 66
    + 834
    - 452

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

    ) open
  17. 67
    + 855
    - 481

    Schindler's List, Iron Man 3, Shutter Island

    ) open
  18. 68
    + 762
    - 362

    Mars Attacks!, Hook, Tarzan

    ) open
  19. 69
    + 888
    - 431

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

    ) open
  20. 70
    + 655
    - 359

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

    ) open
  21. 71
    + 1016
    - 838

    often listed
    Iron Man, The Big Lebowski, True Grit

    ) open
  22. 72
    + 834
    - 547

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

    ) open
  23. 73
    + 888
    - 846

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

    ) open
  24. 74
    + 858
    - 458

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

    ) open
  25. 75
    + 888
    - 437

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

    ) open
  26. 76
    + 694
    - 442

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Schindler's List, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry ...

    ) open
  27. 77
    + 833
    - 490

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Bull Durham, Enchanted

    ) open
  28. 78
    + 682
    - 328

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

    ) open
  29. 79
    + 727
    - 305

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

    ) open
  30. 80
    + 777
    - 462

    Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Gravity

    ) open
  31. 81
    + 914
    - 497

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

    ) open
  32. 82
    + 787
    - 457

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

    ) open
  33. 83
    + 883
    - 790

    often listed
    Argo, From Dusk till Dawn, Ocean's Eleven

    ) open
  34. 84
    + 949
    - 776

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

    ) open
  35. 85
    + 776
    - 455

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

    ) open
  36. 86
    + 696
    - 358

    ranked low on reranks
    Alien, Avatar, Ghostbusters

    ) open
  37. 87
    + 846
    - 559

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

    ) open
  38. 88
    + 719
    - 382

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

    ) open
  39. 89
    + 790
    - 430

    Spartacus, Cinema Paradiso, Paths of Glory

    ) open
  40. 90
    + 732
    - 420

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

    ) open
  41. 91
    + 901
    - 645

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

    ) open
  42. 92
    + 770
    - 420

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

    ) open
  43. 93
    + 655
    - 342

    Cape Fear, Scrooged, The Longest Day

    ) open
  44. 94
    + 761
    - 448

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

    ) open
  45. 95
    + 515
    - 301

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

    ) open
  46. 96
    + 803
    - 931

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

    ) open
  47. 97
    + 785
    - 632

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

    ) open
  48. 98
    + 596
    - 347

    Misery, The Shootist, Dogville

    ) open
  49. 99
    + 750
    - 425

    High Noon, Cinema Paradiso, The Pride of the Yankees

    ) open
  50. 100
    + 785
    - 627

    Finding Nemo, Spider-Man, Platoon

    ) open
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