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List Rules Male actors only!

The very best actors of our time, and of previous ages if you believe they fit.

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Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Gary Oldman The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises Batman Begins

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Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Al Pacino The Godfather, The Godfather Part II Scarface

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Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Brad Pitt Fight Club, Seven The Departed

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Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Jack Nicholson The Shining, Batman The Departed

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Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Edward Norton Fight Club, The Incredible Hulk American History X

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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Johnny Depp A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon Edward Scissorhands

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Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Robert De Niro Goodfellas, The Godfather Part II Taxi Driver

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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Tom Hanks Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan Toy Story

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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Anthony Hopkins The Silence of the Lambs, Thor Thor: The Dark World

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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Leonardo DiCaprio Titanic, Inception The Departed

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Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Peter O'Toole Lawrence of Arabia, Ratatouille Prometheus

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Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Christian Bale The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises Batman Begins

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Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Marlon Brando The Godfather, Apocalypse Now Superman

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Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Denzel Washington Remember the Titans, Glory Training Day

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Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Dustin Hoffman The Graduate, Being John Malkovich Rain Man

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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Morgan Freeman The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises Batman Begins

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Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Paul Newman The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Cars

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George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
George Clooney South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut Batman & Robin

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Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Sean Penn Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Being John Malkovich Mystic River

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Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Tom Cruise Top Gun, Jerry Maguire Rain Man

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Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Humphrey Bogart Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon The African Queen

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Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Cary Grant North by Northwest, Bringing Up Baby His Girl Friday

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Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Laurence Olivier Spartacus, Clash of the Titans Rebecca

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Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Heath Ledger The Dark Knight, Brokeback Mountain The Patriot

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Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Gene Hackman Superman, The French Connection Young Frankenstein

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Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Sidney Poitier In the Heat of the Night, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Sneakers

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Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Christopher Walken Pulp Fiction, Annie Hall Batman Returns

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Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Daniel Day-Lewis Gangs of New York, The Last of the Mohicans There Will Be Blood

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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Will Smith Men in Black, Independence Day Men in Black 3

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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
Hugh Jackman X-Men, X-Men: First Class X-Men: The Last Stand