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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
    + 897
    - 549

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

    ) open
  2. 52
    + 853
    - 470

    Casablanca, Cinema Paradiso, Notorious

    ) open
  3. 53
    + 852
    - 506

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

    ) open
  4. 54
    + 1250
    - 987

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

    ) open
  5. 55
    + 835
    - 502

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

    ) open
  6. 56
    + 810
    - 463

    Ratatouille, Lawrence of Arabia, Prometheus

    ) open
  7. 57
    + 842
    - 662

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

    ) open
  8. 58
    + 963
    - 708

    The Big Lebowski, Almost Famous, Boogie Nights

    ) open
  9. 59
    + 749
    - 472

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

    ) open
  10. 60
    + 860
    - 585

    The Searchers, The Longest Day, Stagecoach

    ) open
  11. 61
    + 939
    - 462

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

    ) open
  12. 62
    + 826
    - 480

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

    ) open
  13. 63
    + 817
    - 648

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

    ) open
  14. 64
    + 798
    - 434

    The Blind Side, Crash, Gravity

    ) open
  15. 65
    + 762
    - 436

    Schindler's List, Iron Man 3, Shutter Island

    ) open
  16. 66
    + 763
    - 497

    Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, Groundhog Day

    ) open
  17. 67
    + 933
    - 763

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

    ) open
  18. 68
    + 803
    - 396

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

    ) open
  19. 69
    + 744
    - 415

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

    ) open
  20. 70
    + 816
    - 782

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

    ) open
  21. 71
    + 816
    - 587

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

    ) open
  22. 72
    + 868
    - 698

    Independence Day, Men in Black, I Am Legend

    ) open
  23. 73
    + 724
    - 508

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

    ) open
  24. 74
    + 811
    - 398

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

    ) open
  25. 75
    + 805
    - 734

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

    ) open
  26. 76
    + 778
    - 517

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

    ) open
  27. 77
    + 718
    - 422

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

    ) open
  28. 78
    + 564
    - 318

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

    ) open
  29. 79
    + 653
    - 320

    Mars Attacks!, Hook, Tarzan

    ) open
  30. 80
    + 703
    - 423

    Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Gravity

    ) open
  31. 81
    + 618
    - 399

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

    ) open
  32. 82
    + 695
    - 418

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

    ) open
  33. 83
    + 795
    - 456

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

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  34. 84
    + 775
    - 417

    Forrest Gump, The Amazing Spider-Man, Lincoln

    ) open
  35. 85
    + 588
    - 296

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

    ) open
  36. 86
    + 719
    - 854

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

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  37. 87
    + 637
    - 349

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

    ) open
  38. 88
    + 743
    - 454

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Bull Durham, Enchanted

    ) open
  39. 89
    + 715
    - 391

    Spartacus, Cinema Paradiso, Paths of Glory

    ) open
  40. 90
    + 712
    - 566

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

    ) open
  41. 91
    + 690
    - 403

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

    ) open
  42. 92
    + 703
    - 554

    often listed Finding Nemo, Spider-Man, Platoon

    ) open
  43. 93
    + 685
    - 393

    High Noon, Cinema Paradiso, The Pride of the Yankees

    ) open
  44. 94
    + 648
    - 502

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Gladiator, Signs, Hotel Rwanda

    ) open
  45. 95
    + 640
    - 273

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

    ) open
  46. 96
    + 650
    - 384

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

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  47. 97
    + 532
    - 304

    Misery, The Shootist, Dogville

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  48. 98
    + 721
    - 595

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Dumb and Dumber, Batman Forever

    ) open
  49. 99
    + 685
    - 386

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

    ) open
  50. 100
    + 578
    - 396

    added by Jabapac Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Home Alone

    ) open
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