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
    + 4513
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    most listed The Shining, The Departed, Batman

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 4271
    - 1608

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

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 4151
    - 1536

    Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 3803
    - 1483

    The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Scarface

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 3695
    - 1090

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

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 4053
    - 1127

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

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 3656
    - 1309

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

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 3361
    - 2075

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

    ) open
  9. 9
    + 3022
    - 1463

    Remember the Titans, Glory, Training Day

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 3435
    - 1636

    Titanic, Inception, The Departed

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 3110
    - 1290

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

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 2658
    - 1083

    Rain Man, The Graduate, Being John Malkovich

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 2738
    - 1214

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

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 2746
    - 1098

    The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Superman

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 2665
    - 931

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Cars

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 2455
    - 827

    It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, Rear Window

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 2235
    - 915

    Superman, Hoosiers, Unforgiven

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 2679
    - 958

    Goldfinger, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Untouchables

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 2211
    - 1127

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

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 2121
    - 781

    The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now

    ) open
  21. 21
    + 2430
    - 1173

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

    ) open
  22. 22
    + 2306
    - 850

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

    ) open
  23. 23
    + 2333
    - 1025

    Aladdin, Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 1859
    - 1013

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

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 2075
    - 853

    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 2291
    - 1228

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

    ) open
  27. 27
    + 1881
    - 796

    Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 2127
    - 903

    American Beauty, Seven, The Usual Suspects

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 2005
    - 1402

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

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 1890
    - 944

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

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 2109
    - 758

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

    ) open
  32. 32
    + 1916
    - 654

    To Kill a Mockingbird, Cape Fear, The Omen

    ) open
  33. 33
    + 1888
    - 738

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

    ) open
  34. 34
    + 1687
    - 934

    Fight Club, American History X, The Incredible Hulk

    ) open
  35. 35
    + 1685
    - 1086

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Gladiator, Man of Steel, A Beautiful Mind

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 1904
    - 672

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

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 1726
    - 796

    Pulp Fiction, Annie Hall, Wedding Crashers

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 1573
    - 725

    Once Upon a Time in the West, 12 Angry Men, The Grapes of Wrath

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 1684
    - 1090

    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 1670
    - 1147

    Saving Private Ryan, The Departed, Good Will Hunting

    ) open
  41. 41
    + 1608
    - 1018

    Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 1747
    - 1157

    The Dark Knight, Brokeback Mountain, 10 Things I Hate About You

    ) open
  43. 43
    + 1477
    - 582

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

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 1626
    - 775

    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
    + 1444
    - 783

    Spartacus, Rebecca, Clash of the Titans

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 1604
    - 1056

    The Avengers, Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 1526
    - 878

    City Lights, The Gold Rush, Modern Times

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 1447
    - 875

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

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 1515
    - 697

    ranked low on reranks JFK, Some Like It Hot, The Apartment

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 1336
    - 629

    Monsters University, RED, Excalibur

    ) open
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