The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time People In Film
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The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time

List Criteria: Both male and female - See above for separate lists for each

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.
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 1
    Up 3189
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    most listed
    Jack Nicholson

    1937 More
    100
  2. 2
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    Down 1161

    the people's #1
    Robert De Niro

    1943 More
    97
  3. 3
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    Down 1030
    1956 More
    96
  4. 4
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    Down 715
    1937 More
    93
  5. 5
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    1940 More
    93
  6. 6
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    1949 More
    89
    added by: NickPeek
  7. 7
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    Down 927
    1937 More
    89
  8. 8
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    Down 1440

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Johnny Depp

    1963 More
    86
  9. 9
    Up 2041
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    often listed
    Denzel Washington

    1954 More
    85
  10. 10
    Up 2213
    Down 843
    1930 More
    84
  11. 11
    Up 1992
    Down 777
    1957 More
    83
  12. 12
    Up 2280
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Leonardo DiCaprio

    1974 More
    83
  13. 13
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    Down 713
    1937 More
    82
  14. 14
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    1925 More
    82
  15. 15
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    1924 More
    80
  16. 16
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    1908 More
    80
  17. 17
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    1930 More
    79
  18. 18
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    78
  19. 19
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    1942 More
    77
  20. 20
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    1907 More
    77
  21. 21
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    1952 More
    76
  22. 22
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    1931 More
    76
  23. 23
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    1933 More
    76
  24. 24
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jodie Foster

    1962 More
    75
  25. 25
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    Down 868
    1965 More
    74
  26. 26
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    1899 More
    74
  27. 27
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    1959 More
    73
  28. 28
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    1958 More
    73
  29. 29
    Up 1421
    Down 734

    often listed
    Robin Williams

    1951 More
    72
  30. 30
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    Down 977

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Brad Pitt

    1963 More
    72
  31. 31
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    ranked low on reranks
    Cary Grant

    1904 More
    72
  32. 32
    Up 1440
    Down 506
    1929 More
    72
  33. 33
    Up 1371
    Down 399

    ranked low on reranks
    Gregory Peck

    1916 More
    71
  34. 34
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    1905 More
    71
  35. 35
    Up 1190
    Down 616
    1969 More
    71
  36. 36
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    Down 493
    1943 More
    71
  37. 37
    Up 1282
    Down 408
    1946 More
    70
  38. 38
    Up 1175
    Down 753
    1974 More
    70
  39. 39
    Up 1189
    Down 751
    1964 More
    70
  40. 40
    Up 1155
    Down 811

    often listed
    Matt Damon

    1970 More
    68
  41. 41
    Up 1167
    Down 511
    1908 More
    68
    added by: vivian
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  42. 42
    Up 1114
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Kate Winslet

    1975 More
    68
  43. 43
    Up 923
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    ranked low on reranks
    Judi Dench

    1934 More
    67
  44. 44
    Up 1120
    Down 441
    1925 More
    67
  45. 45
    Up 1062
    Down 520
    1907 More
    67
  46. 46
    Up 880
    Down 382
    1945 More
    66
  47. 47
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    1979 More
    66
  48. 48
    Up 1039
    Down 597
    1927 More
    66
  49. 49
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    1948 More
    66
  50. 50
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    1889 More
    65
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