The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History People In Film
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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
    + 4955
    - 1776

    most listed
    The Shining, The Departed, Batman

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 4723
    - 1753

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

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 4597
    - 1700

    Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 4192
    - 1630

    The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Scarface

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 4014
    - 1231

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

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 4480
    - 1249

    ranked low on reranks & added by NickPeek
    The Deer Hunter, Out of Africa, Kramer vs. Kramer

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 4038
    - 1414

    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, The Shawshank Redemption

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 3720
    - 2270

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

    ) open
  9. 9
    + 3831
    - 1814

    Titanic, Inception, The Departed

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 3346
    - 1592

    Remember the Titans, Glory, Training Day

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 3406
    - 1415

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Million Dollar Baby

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 2918
    - 1186

    Rain Man, The Graduate, Being John Malkovich

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 2972
    - 1336

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

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 2872
    - 1009

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Cars

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 3012
    - 1196

    The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Superman

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 2674
    - 904

    It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, Rear Window

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 2423
    - 997

    Superman, Hoosiers, Unforgiven

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 2457
    - 1258

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

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 2664
    - 1290

    often listed
    Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Blade Runner

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 2907
    - 1044

    Goldfinger, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Untouchables

    ) open
  21. 21
    + 2528
    - 925

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

    ) open
  22. 22
    + 2325
    - 866

    The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now

    ) open
  23. 23
    + 2647
    - 1109

    Aladdin, Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 2290
    - 921

    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 2039
    - 1115

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

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 2529
    - 1347

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

    ) open
  27. 27
    + 2047
    - 869

    Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 2370
    - 980

    American Beauty, Seven, The Usual Suspects

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 2228
    - 1542

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

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 2342
    - 826

    ranked low on reranks
    Breakfast at Tiffany's, My Fair Lady, Roman Holiday

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 2066
    - 1034

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

    ) open
  32. 32
    + 2104
    - 722

    To Kill a Mockingbird, Cape Fear, The Omen

    ) open
  33. 33
    + 2054
    - 807

    North by Northwest, The Philadelphia Story, His Girl Friday

    ) open
  34. 34
    + 2095
    - 745

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

    ) open
  35. 35
    + 1864
    - 1031

    Fight Club, American History X, The Incredible Hulk

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 1699
    - 801

    Once Upon a Time in the West, 12 Angry Men, 12 Angry Men

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 1908
    - 872

    Pulp Fiction, Annie Hall, Wedding Crashers

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 1832
    - 1196

    Gladiator, Man of Steel, A Beautiful Mind

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 1874
    - 1177

    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 1845
    - 1254

    Saving Private Ryan, The Departed, Good Will Hunting

    ) open
  41. 41
    + 1652
    - 646

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

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 1781
    - 1108

    often listed
    Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland

    ) open
  43. 43
    + 1910
    - 1253

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

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 1772
    - 832

    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

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 1667
    - 936

    City Lights, City Lights, City Lights

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 1483
    - 682

    Monsters University, RED, Excalibur

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 1564
    - 841

    Spartacus, Rebecca, Clash of the Titans

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 1659
    - 745

    JFK, Some Like It Hot, The Apartment

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 1575
    - 938

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

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 1761
    - 1141

    The Avengers, Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas

    ) open
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