The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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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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    Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story

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  2. 2
    + 11,316
    - 7,810

    most listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Shining, Batman, The Departed

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  3. 3
    + 7,620
    - 5,486

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Superman

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  4. 4
    + 10,379
    - 6,951

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Goodfellas, The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver

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  5. 5
    + 5,986
    - 2,425

    ranked low on reranks
    It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, Rear Window

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  6. 6
    + 6,640
    - 2,865

    ranked low on reranks
    The Graduate, Being John Malkovich, Rain Man

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  7. 7
    + 4,536
    - 2,580

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, The African Queen

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  8. 8
    + 5,523
    - 2,068

    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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  9. 9
    + 5,472
    - 2,354

    the people's #1
    Breakfast at Tiffany's, My Fair Lady, Roman Holiday

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  10. 10
    + 7,308
    - 3,069


    The Silence of the Lambs, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

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  11. 11
    + 3,818
    - 2,076

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen

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  12. 12
    + 7,630
    - 3,145


    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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  13. 13
    + 9,523
    - 6,420

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Scarface

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  14. 14
    + 4,390
    - 1,814

    ranked low on reranks
    North by Northwest, Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday

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  15. 15
    + 10,973
    - 6,051

    often listed & added by NickPeek
    The Deer Hunter, Out of Africa, Kramer vs. Kramer

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  16. 16
    + 4,338
    - 1,719

    ranked low on reranks
    To Kill a Mockingbird, Cape Fear, The Omen

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  17. 17
    + 3,313
    - 2,044

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    City Lights, The Gold Rush, Modern Times

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  18. 18
    + 6,059
    - 1,732

    ranked low on reranks
    The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Cars

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  19. 19
    + 6,577
    - 2,994

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    Good, Unforgiven, Dirty Harry

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  20. 20
    + 3,857
    - 1,311


    Casablanca, Notorious, Cinema Paradiso

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  21. 21
    + 4,393
    - 1,635


    Spartacus, Clash of the Titans, Rebecca

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  22. 22
    + 8,335
    - 6,240

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Titanic, Inception, The Departed

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  23. 23
    + 5,952
    - 2,137


    Superman, The French Connection, Young Frankenstein

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  24. 24
    + 5,506
    - 1,848


    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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  25. 25
    + 7,201
    - 6,686

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

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  26. 26
    + 5,419
    - 1,785

    ranked low on reranks
    The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now

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  27. 27
    + 5,089
    - 2,306

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Silence of the Lambs, Taxi Driver, Contact

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  28. 28
    + 6,107
    - 4,546

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Remember the Titans, Glory, Training Day

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  29. 29
    + 4,577
    - 1,487

    ranked low on reranks
    Once Upon a Time in the West, 12 Angry Men, The Grapes of Wrath

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  30. 30
    + 5,415
    - 1,990

    ranked low on reranks
    American Beauty, Seven, The Usual Suspects

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  31. 31
    + 4,186
    - 2,382

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

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  32. 32
    + 4,395
    - 1,784


    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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  33. 33
    + 4,955
    - 1,970


    Goldfinger, The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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  34. 34
    + 5,764
    - 3,865

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Aladdin, Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society

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  35. 35
    + 4,182
    - 1,603


    Pulp Fiction, Annie Hall, Batman Returns

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  36. 36
    + 4,510
    - 1,416

    ranked low on reranks
    No Country for Old Men, Men in Black, Captain America: The First Avenger ...

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  37. 37
    + 4,772
    - 3,209

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Blade Runner

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  38. 38
    + 5,185
    - 4,585

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Gangs of New York, The Last of the Mohicans, There Will Be Blood

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  39. 39
    + 3,447
    - 1,766


    Fight Club, The Incredible Hulk, American History X

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  40. 40
    + 3,506
    - 1,982


    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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  41. 41
    + 3,143
    - 1,215

    ranked low on reranks
    Casino Royale, Skyfall, Shakespeare in Love

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  42. 42
    + 3,812
    - 2,976

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

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  43. 43
    + 2,898
    - 1,220

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    Monsters University, The Prince of Egypt, Excalibur

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  44. 44
    + 4,445
    - 3,289

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

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  45. 45
    + 3,276
    - 1,808


    Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland

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  46. 46
    + 2,438
    - 1,190

    ranked low on reranks
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The ...

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  47. 47
    + 3,363
    - 2,184


    Saving Private Ryan, The Departed, Good Will Hunting

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  48. 48
    + 3,148
    - 1,916


    Gladiator, Man of Steel, A Beautiful Mind

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  49. 49
    + 3,339
    - 1,924


    The Avengers, Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas

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  50. 50
    + 2,617
    - 1,477


    In the Heat of the Night, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Sneakers

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