The Best Actors Working Today

Originally By 748k votes 36k voters 379k views 225 items tags f p @

List Criteria: Working actors who have starred in major films or TV series in the last ~5 years

The best actors working today include Hollywood legends, Academy Award winners and many of the top up and coming actors in the world right now. These talented and beautiful men grace the big and small screen with brilliant performances in our favorite movies and TV shows and do it really, really well. There's no question that many of these top current actors, if they aren't already, will long be remembered among the best actors of all time.

For many of these best male actors, being part of Hollywood's elite is nothing new as they've been starring in our favorite titles for many years. The likes of George Clooney, Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Christopher Walken have been around for decades and lost little of that spark that made them favorites.

Moving into a slightly younger crowd, many of these best current actors are quickly becoming legendary as they continue to see success. Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, and Johnny Depp are not just all hot, but among the best Hollywood has to offer today. But there's another generation of young actors looking for their turn in the spotlight too with up and comers like Aaron Paul, Michael Fassbender, Chris Hemsworth and Henry Cavill all on track to be the next big thing.

How do you compare the newcomers and the veterans to the greatest actors of all time? However you rank them, do so below on this list of the best actors working today!
Collection Photo: user uploaded image
  • 109 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • 2 See list ranked by
G Options B Comments & Embed 2rerank list
  1. 1
    + 11,676
    - 3,278

    most listed
    The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks is an American film actor, director, voice-over artist, writer and film producer. Hanks worked in television and family-friendly comedies before achieving success

  2. 2
    + 8,559
    - 3,801

    The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en, Driving Miss Daisy Morgan Freeman is an American actor, film director, and narrator. Freeman has received Academy Award nominations for his performances in Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption and

  3. 3
    + 7,082
    - 2,391

    added by augie
    American Beauty, L.A. Confidential, The Usual Suspects Kevin Spacey Fowler, better known as Kevin Spacey, is an American actor, film director, writer, producer, and comedian. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s, before being cast in

  4. 4
    + 10,417
    - 7,047

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street, Titanic Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio is an American actor and film producer. He has been nominated for ten Golden Globe Awards, winning two, and five Academy Awards. DiCaprio began his career by appearing in

  5. 5
    + 6,522
    - 3,050

    The Dark Knight, The Prestige, American Psycho Christian Charles Philip Bale is an English actor. He has starred in both blockbuster films and smaller projects from independent producers and art houses. Bale first caught the public eye at the age

  6. 6
    + 7,554
    - 3,784

    added by zxray
    Goodfellas, The Godfather: Part II, Casino Robert De Niro is an American actor and film producer who has starred in over 90 films. His first major film roles were in the sports drama Bang the Drum Slowly and the Martin Scorsese-directed crime

  7. 7
    + 7,058
    - 4,501

    Training Day, American Gangster American Gangster, Man on Fire Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. is an American actor and filmmaker. Washington has received much critical acclaim for his film work since the 1990s, including his portrayals of real-life figures such as

  8. 8
    + 11,115
    - 4,552

    the people's #1 & added by LizabethCSB
    Hannibal, Black Hawk Down, King Arthu Hugh Michael Horace Dancy is an English actor and model. He is best known for his roles as Will Graham in the television series Hannibal and as Prince Charmont in Ella Enchanted. In 2006, he was

  9. 9
    + 5,894
    - 3,136

    The Shining, The Departed, As Good as It Gets John Joseph "Jack" Nicholson is an American actor, film director, producer, and writer. Throughout his career, Nicholson has portrayed unique and challenging roles, many of which include

  10. 10
    + 5,417
    - 2,578

    Hannibal, Red Dragon, The Elephant Man Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins, CBE is a Welsh actor of film, stage, and television, and a composer and painter. After graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 1957, he trained at

  11. 11
    + 5,998
    - 2,722

    Schindler's List, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins ... Liam John Neeson, OBE is an Irish actor. In 1976, he joined the Lyric Players' Theatre in Belfast for two years. He then acted in the Arthurian film, Excalibur. Between 1982 and 1987, Neeson starred

  12. 12
    + 4,933
    - 2,534

    added by augie
    Fight Club, American History X, The Illusionist Edward Harrison Norton is an American actor, screenwriter, director, producer and activist. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards for his work in the films Primal Fear, American History X and

  13. 13
    + 5,036
    - 2,866

    The Godfather, Scarface, Heat Alfredo James "Al" Pacino is an American actor and filmmaker. He is well known for playing mobsters, especially Michael Corleone in The Godfather films and Tony Montana in Scarface, and

  14. 14
    + 5,172
    - 2,666

    The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight, Léon: The Professional Gary Leonard Oldman is an English actor, filmmaker, and musician. Oldman rose to prominence in the United Kingdom with his portrayals of Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy and Joe Orton in Prick Up Your

  15. 15
    + 8,357
    - 4,819

    The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3 Robert John Downey Jr. is an American actor, producer, and singer, whose career has included critical and popular success in his youth, followed by a period of substance abuse and legal troubles, and

  16. 16
    + 7,359
    - 5,220

    Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street Johnny Depp is an actor.

  17. 17
    + 6,319
    - 3,844

    Inglourious Basterds, Fight Club, World War Z William Bradley "Brad" Pitt is an American actor and producer. He has received a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and three Academy Award nominations in acting categories,

  18. 18
    + 4,772
    - 2,510

    added by augie
    Kramer vs. Kramer, Tootsie, Rain Man Dustin Lee Hoffman is an American actor with a career in film, television, and theatre since 1960. He has been known for his versatile portrayals of antiheroes and vulnerable characters. He first drew

  19. 19
    + 6,260
    - 3,742

    The Bourne Identity, Saving Private Ryan, Good Will Hunting Matthew Paige "Matt" Damon is an American actor, screenwriter and producer. His career was launched with the success of his and Ben Affleck's Academy Award-winning screenplay, Good Will

  20. 20
    + 4,924
    - 3,746

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    There Will Be Blood, Lincoln, Gangs of New York Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is an English actor. He holds both British and Irish citizenship. Born and raised in London, he excelled on stage at the National Youth Theatre, before being

  21. 21
    + 3,331
    - 1,513

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Hobbit: An ... Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CH, CBE is an English actor. He is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn

  22. 22
    + 4,523
    - 1,602

    ranked low on reranks
    Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Captain America: The Winter Soldier Samuel Leroy Jackson is an American actor and film producer. He achieved prominence and critical acclaim in the early 1990s with films such as Jungle Fever, Patriot Games, Amos & Andrew, True

  23. 23
    + 2,390
    - 1,514

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Django Unchained^! Inglourious Basterds^! Spectre^! Carnage Christoph Waltz is an German-Austrian actor. He is best known for his works with American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, receiving acclaim for portraying SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in

  24. 24
    + 4,425
    - 2,077

    added by wiabux
    The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, The Prestige Sir Michael Caine, CBE, is an English actor and author. Renowned for his distinctive Cockney accent, Caine has appeared in over 115 films and is one of the UK's most recognisable actors. He made his

  25. 25
    + 4,425
    - 2,043

    The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction, Catch Me If You Can Christopher Walken is an American actor. He has appeared in more than 100 films and television shows, including The Deer Hunter, Annie Hall, The Prophecy trilogy, The Dogs of War, Brainstorm, The Dead

  26. 26
    + 4,600
    - 2,256

    Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: ... Harrison Ford is an American actor and film producer. He gained worldwide fame for his starring roles as Han Solo in the original Star Wars epic space opera trilogy and the title character of the

  27. 27
    + 5,104
    - 2,255

    Silver Linings Playbook, The Hangover, American Hustle Bradley Charles Cooper is an American actor and producer. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards, three for acting and one for producing. He was named the "Sexiest Man Alive" by

  28. 28
    + 2,939
    - 1,765

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, L.A. Confidential Russell Ira Crowe is an actor, film producer and musician. Although a New Zealand citizen, he has lived most of his life in Australia and identifies himself as an Australian. He came to international

  29. 29
    + 5,469
    - 2,002

    The Prestige, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, producer, and singer who is involved in film, musical theatre and television. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films,

  30. 30
    + 4,670
    - 1,854

    added by WarrenMitchell
    Interstellar, The Wolf of Wall Street, Dallas Buyers Club Matthew David McConaughey is an American actor and producer. He first gained notice for his breakout role in the coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused, and went on to appear in films such as the

  31. 31
    + 3,205
    - 1,540

    added by augie
    The Big Lebowski, Iron Man, True Grit Jeffrey Leon "Jeff" Bridges is an American actor, singer, and producer. He comes from a well-known acting family and began his televised acting in 1958 as a child with his father, Lloyd

  32. 32
    + 2,384
    - 1,307

    added by augie
    The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, Apocalypse Now Robert Selden Duvall is an American actor and director. He has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, six Golden Globes, and has multiple nominations and one win each of the BAFTA, Screen Actors

  33. 33
    + 3,701
    - 1,789

    added by augie
    Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Lost in Translation William James "Bill" Murray is an American actor and comedian. He first gained exposure on Saturday Night Live for which he earned an Emmy Award and later went on to star in comedy films,

  34. 34
    + 3,952
    - 1,686

    added by augie
    Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Unforgiven Clinton "Clint" Eastwood, Jr. is an American actor, film director, producer, musician, and politician. He rose to international fame with his role as the Man with No Name in Sergio Leone's

  35. 35
    + 2,306
    - 1,289

    added by wiabux
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, The Grand Budapest Hotel, ... Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, is an English actor. A noted Shakespeare interpreter, he first achieved success onstage at the Royal National Theatre. Fiennes' portrayal of Nazi war

  36. 36
    + 3,304
    - 1,936

    Gravity, Ocean's Eleven, Up in the Air George Timothy Clooney is an American actor, writer, producer, director, and activist. He has received three Golden Globe Awards for his work as an actor and two Academy Awards, one for acting and the

  37. 37
    + 3,942
    - 1,520

    ranked low on reranks & added by augie
    No Country for Old Men, Men in Black, Men in Black II Tommy Lee Jones is an American actor and film director. He has received four Academy Award nominations, winning one as Best Supporting Actor for his performance as U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard in the

  38. 38
    + 2,267
    - 1,308

    Inglourious Basterds, Prometheus, X-Men: Days of Future Past Michael Fassbender is a German-Irish actor and producer. His first screen role was in the 2000 TV miniseries, Hearts and Bones, followed by the 2001 television miniseries Band of Brothers. He then

  39. 39
    + 3,418
    - 1,647

    Breaking Bad, Argo, Malcolm in the Middle Bryan Lee Cranston is an American actor, voice actor, screenwriter, director and producer. Cranston is best known for portraying Walter White in the AMC crime drama series Breaking Bad, Hal in the Fox

  40. 40
    + 3,635
    - 1,877

    added by dlewisxc
    Boogie Nights, The Fighter, Lone Survivor Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg is an American actor, producer, and former model and rapper. He was known as Marky Mark in his earlier years, becoming famous for his 1991 debut as frontman with the band

  41. 41
    + 2,549
    - 1,288

    added by augie
    Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, Trainspotting, Star Wars: ... Ewan Gordon McGregor, OBE is a Scottish actor who has had success in mainstream, indie, and art house films. His first professional role was in 1993, when he won a leading role in the Channel 4 series

  42. 42
    + 2,498
    - 1,585

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Gladiator, Walk the Line, The Master Joaquin Phoenix, known formerly as Leaf Phoenix, is a Puerto Rican-born American actor, producer, music video director, musician and activist. He has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards,

  43. 43
    + 3,081
    - 1,264

    added by rom0618
    No Country for Old Men, Cheers, Zombieland Woodrow Tracy "Woody" Harrelson is an American actor, activist, and playwright. He is a double Academy Award nominee, seven time Emmy Award nominee and one time winner. His breakout role

  44. 44
    + 3,168
    - 1,188

    added by VivianDedousi
    Donnie Darko, Nightcrawler, Zodiac Jacob Benjamin "Jake" Gyllenhaal is an American actor. The son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner, Gyllenhaal began acting at the age of ten. Following his first

  45. 45
    + 2,560
    - 1,150

    added by rom0618
    Shutter Island, The Avengers, Spotlight Mark Alan Ruffalo is an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. He portrayed the Marvel Comics character, Bruce Banner / The Hulk in The Avengers, and will reprise his role in Avengers:

  46. 46
    + 2,234
    - 1,342

    The King's Speech, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Love Actually Colin Andrew Firth, CBE is an English film, television, and theatre actor. His films have grossed more than $3 billion from 42 releases worldwide. He has received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, two

  47. 47
    + 3,253
    - 1,303

    added by Booksflavia
    Star Trek: The Next Generation, X-Men, X-Men 2 Sir Patrick Stewart OBE is an English film, television, and stage actor, who has had a distinguished career on stage and screen. He is most widely known for his roles as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in

  48. 48
    + 2,459
    - 1,118

    Mad Max: Fury Road, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises Tom Hardy is an actor.

  49. 49
    + 2,757
    - 1,541

    added by wiabux
    Skyfall, Casino Royale, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Daniel Wroughton Craig is an English actor. Cast as the fictional British secret agent James Bond 007 in October 2005, his first film in the role, Casino Royale, was released in theatres worldwide in

  50. 50
    + 2,036
    - 1,236

    added by augie
    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: ... Viggo Peter Mortensen, Jr. is a Danish American actor, poet, musician, photographer and painter. He made his film debut in Peter Weir's 1985 thriller Witness, and subsequently appeared in many notable

226 +

Something missing? Add it!

L List Options 2 Rerank List B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >