Film actor My Actors of the 00s

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These are the actors (male and female) who I've enjoyed the most in movies made this decade. This isn't quite the same as "favorite actors". For example, I like Angelina Jolie, but for the most part, I don't actually like her movies. To make this list, you've got to be in movies I like, and be part of the reason I like the movies.

It's also a bit of a wake up call formalizing this list. I'd have thought Kate Winslet would be on the list, but turns out, over recent years I've *meant* to see a lot more of her movies than I actually saw.
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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list My Actors of the 00s
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Hands down the top actor around right now for me. Great talent, and great choice of movies.

Took what I thought would be a joke of a movie in Pirates of the Caribbean and made the most iconic performance I've seen in years out of it.

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#16 on The Best Actors Working Today

#36 on The Best American Actors Working Today

#41 on The Best Living American Actors

#25 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Maggie Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list My Actors of the 00s
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Pretty amazing she rates so highly. An actor can have great talent and great taste, but if they don't have clout, it's not easy for them to climb on a list like this. But Maggie's managed to consistently be in movies I love, and often playing roles that absolutely stuck with me. Secretary and Stranger than Fiction stand out particularly.

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#56 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#156 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#670 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#69 on The Best Actresses Working Today

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Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list My Actors of the 00s
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Has been on possibly my two favorite TV shows of this decade (Daily Show and Office), and has done some great work in theaters. Most known for 40 Year Old Virgin which was great, but his performance in Little Miss Sunshine is my favorite.

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#65 on The Best Actors Working Today

#68 on The Best American Actors Working Today

#362 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#88 on The Most Overrated Actors of All Time

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Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list My Actors of the 00s
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Ferrell snuck up on me. I've seen more of his movies this decade than any other performer. Typically he'll provide a good enjoyable time, without what I'd call excellence, but he's still gotten up there some, particularly if you include his non-movie theater performances on SNL and online.

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#92 on The Best Actors Working Today

#355 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#64 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

#35 on The Most Overrated Actors of All Time

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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list My Actors of the 00s
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One of the most talented guys around. Glad to see him getting more attention now with Iron Man, but he's been doing great work for quite a while. A Scanner Darkly is my personal fave, but Zodiac was great, and Tropic Thunder was crazy.

Here's hoping Sherlock Holmes is as good as it should be.

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#14 on The Best Actors Working Today

#39 on The Best American Actors Working Today

#43 on The Best Living American Actors

#44 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list My Actors of the 00s
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One of the greats. He's slowed down a bit from the 90s, but he's still doing some great work. Cast Away and Ladykillers are good enough that we'll just not talk about Dan Brown.

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#1 on The Best Actors Working Today

#1 on The Best American Actors Working Today

#1 on The Best Living American Actors

#1 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list My Actors of the 00s
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I realize I've seen more of her movies than any other actress this decade, despite the fact that I've missed some I meant to see. She'd rank even higher if I were generous and included Fight Club as part of this decade.

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#22 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#5 on The Best Living English Actresses

#106 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#11 on The Best Actresses Working Today

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Nicole Kidman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list My Actors of the 00s
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I feel a little bit awkward having her on this list because she hasn't done much lately, but earlier in the decade she was on fire. Others and Moulin Rouge were great, and the Hours was fantastic.

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#46 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#104 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#13 on The Best Actresses Working Today

#54 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

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