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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
    + 4123
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    most listed The Shining, The Departed, Batman

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 3891
    - 1498

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

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 3781
    - 1401

    Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 3480
    - 1369

    The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Scarface

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 3393
    - 1002

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

    ) open
  6. 6
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    - 1044

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

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 3309
    - 1209

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

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 3060
    - 1921

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

    ) open
  9. 9
    + 2771
    - 1353

    Remember the Titans, Glory, Training Day

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 2882
    - 1182

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

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 3076
    - 1528

    Titanic, Inception, The Departed

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 2430
    - 996

    Rain Man, The Graduate, Being John Malkovich

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 2543
    - 1111

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

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 2518
    - 1025

    The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Superman

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 2470
    - 858

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Cars

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 2274
    - 745

    It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, Rear Window

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 2059
    - 842

    Superman, Hoosiers, Unforgiven

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 2452
    - 864

    Goldfinger, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Untouchables

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 2233
    - 1077

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

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 1957
    - 706

    The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now

    ) open
  21. 21
    + 2012
    - 1034

    The Dark Knight Rises, Schindler's List, Batman Begins

    ) open
  22. 22
    + 2128
    - 789

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

    ) open
  23. 23
    + 2064
    - 945

    Aladdin, Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 1700
    - 928

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

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 1908
    - 786

    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 1753
    - 732

    Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen

    ) open
  27. 27
    + 2095
    - 1144

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

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 1942
    - 824

    American Beauty, Seven, The Usual Suspects

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 1828
    - 1320

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

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 1751
    - 877

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

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 1936
    - 703

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

    ) open
  32. 32
    + 1776
    - 598

    To Kill a Mockingbird, Cape Fear, The Omen

    ) open
  33. 33
    + 1755
    - 681

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

    ) open
  34. 34
    + 1557
    - 864

    Fight Club, American History X, The Incredible Hulk

    ) open
  35. 35
    + 1474
    - 651

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

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 1740
    - 613

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

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 1589
    - 723

    Pulp Fiction, Annie Hall, Wedding Crashers

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 1554
    - 1012

    Gladiator, Man of Steel, A Beautiful Mind

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 1540
    - 1019

    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 1526
    - 1073

    Saving Private Ryan, The Departed, Good Will Hunting

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  41. 41
    + 1470
    - 957

    Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 1615
    - 1094

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

    ) open
  43. 43
    + 1352
    - 526

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

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 1507
    - 721

    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
    + 1467
    - 978

    often listed The Avengers, Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 1366
    - 722

    Spartacus, Rebecca, Clash of the Titans

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  47. 47
    + 1352
    - 809

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

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 1428
    - 627

    JFK, Some Like It Hot, The Apartment

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 1227
    - 577

    Monsters University, RED, Excalibur

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 1413
    - 816

    City Lights, The Gold Rush, Modern Times

    ) open
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