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List Rules 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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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Tom Hanks age 61

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Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Marlon Brando Died at 80 (1924-2004)

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Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
James Stewart Died at 89 (1908-1997)

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Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Bette Davis Died at 81 (1908-1989) - The Letter, What ever happened to Baby Jane, Jezabel

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Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Katharine Hepburn Died at 96 (1907-2003)

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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Audrey Hepburn Died at 64 (1929-1993)

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Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Humphrey Bogart Died at 58 (1899-1957)

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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Al Pacino age 77

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Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Cary Grant Died at 82 (1904-1986)

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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Meryl Streep age 68

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Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gregory Peck Died at 87 (1916-2003)

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Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Charlie Chaplin Died at 88 (1889-1977)

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Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Paul Newman Died at 83 (1925-2008)

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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Laurence Olivier Died at 82 (1907-1989)

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Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ingrid Bergman Died at 67 (1915-1982)

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Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gene Hackman age 87

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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Michael Caine age 84

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Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Robert Duvall age 86

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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Johnny Depp age 54

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Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Jodie Foster age 55

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Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Henry Fonda Died at 77 (1905-1982)

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Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Kevin Spacey age 58

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Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gary Oldman age 59

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Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sean Connery age 87

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Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Liam Neeson age 65

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Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Robin Williams Died at 63 (1951-2014)

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Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Harrison Ford age 75

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Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Edward Norton age 48

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Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Judi Dench age 83

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Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Helen Mirren age 72

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Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Brad Pitt age 54

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Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Matt Damon age 47

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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Kate Winslet age 42

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Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Russell Crowe age 53

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Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History