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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. 1
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    most listed The Shining, The Departed, Batman

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  2. 2
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    the people's #1 Goodfellas, The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver

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  3. 3
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    Down 1352

    Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story

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  4. 4
    Up 3368
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    The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Scarface

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  5. 5
    Up 3280
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    The Silence of the Lambs, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

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  6. 6
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    added by NickPeek The Deer Hunter, Out of Africa, Kramer vs. Kramer

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  7. 7
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    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, The Shawshank Redemption

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  8. 8
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Edward Scissorhands

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  9. 9
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    Remember the Titans, Glory, Training Day

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  10. 10
    Up 2956
    Down 1474

    Titanic, Inception, The Departed

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  11. 11
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    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven

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  12. 12
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    Down 1059

    Gangs of New York, The Last of the Mohicans, Lincoln

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  13. 13
    Up 2351
    Down 956

    Rain Man, The Graduate, Being John Malkovich

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  14. 14
    Up 2427
    Down 986

    The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Superman

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  15. 15
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    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Cars

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  16. 16
    Up 2209
    Down 701

    It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, Rear Window

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  17. 17
    Up 2001
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    Superman, Hoosiers, Unforgiven

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  18. 18
    Up 1951
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks The Dark Knight Rises, Schindler's List, Batman Begins

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  19. 19
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    Goldfinger, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Untouchables

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  20. 20
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    Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Blade Runner

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  21. 21
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    The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now

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  22. 22
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    The Philadelphia Story, The African Queen, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner ...

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  23. 23
    Up 1967
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    Aladdin, Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society

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  24. 24
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks The Silence of the Lambs, Taxi Driver, Elysium

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  25. 25
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    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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  26. 26
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    The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

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  27. 27
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    Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen

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  28. 28
    Up 1870
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    American Beauty, Seven, The Usual Suspects

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  29. 29
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Fight Club, The Departed, Seven

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  30. 30
    Up 1701
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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  31. 31
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    Breakfast at Tiffany's, My Fair Lady, Roman Holiday

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  32. 32
    Up 1717
    Down 562

    To Kill a Mockingbird, Cape Fear, The Omen

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  33. 33
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    ranked low on reranks North by Northwest, The Philadelphia Story, His Girl Friday

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  34. 34
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    Fight Club, American History X, The Incredible Hulk

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  35. 35
    Up 1430
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    Once Upon a Time in the West, 12 Angry Men, The Grapes of Wrath

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  36. 36
    Up 1542
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    Pulp Fiction, Annie Hall, Wedding Crashers

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  37. 37
    Up 1677
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    Captain America: The First Avenger, No Country for Old Men, Men in Black ...

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  38. 38
    Up 1509
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    Gladiator, Man of Steel, A Beautiful Mind

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  39. 39
    Up 1492
    Down 974

    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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  40. 40
    Up 1473
    Down 1031

    Saving Private Ryan, The Departed, Good Will Hunting

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  41. 41
    Up 1416
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    Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland

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  42. 42
    Up 1293
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    ranked low on reranks Casino Royale, Skyfall, Shakespeare in Love

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  43. 43
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks The Dark Knight, Brokeback Mountain, 10 Things I Hate About You

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  44. 44
    Up 1453
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    added by vivian All About Eve, P.S. I Love You, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? The Letter, What ever happened to Baby Jane, Jezabel

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  45. 45
    Up 1423
    Down 936

    often listed The Avengers, Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas

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  46. 46
    Up 1323
    Down 687

    Spartacus, Rebecca, Clash of the Titans

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  47. 47
    Up 1305
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    In the Heat of the Night, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Sneakers

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  48. 48
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    JFK, Some Like It Hot, The Apartment

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  49. 49
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    Monsters University, RED, Excalibur

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  50. 50
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    City Lights, The Gold Rush, Modern Times

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