2017 The Best Actors Working Today

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List Rules 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!

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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Tom Hanks The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan

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Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Kevin Spacey American Beauty, L.A. Confidential, The Usual Suspects

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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Morgan Freeman The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en, Driving Miss Daisy

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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Leonardo DiCaprio Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street, Titanic

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Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Christian Bale The Dark Knight, The Prestige, American Psycho

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Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Robert De Niro Goodfellas, The Godfather: Part II, Casino

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Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Jack Nicholson The Shining, The Departed, As Good as It Gets

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Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Denzel Washington Training Day, American Gangster American Gangster, Man on Fire

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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Anthony Hopkins Hannibal, Red Dragon, The Elephant Man

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Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Edward Norton Fight Club, American History X, The Illusionist

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Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Hugh Dancy Hannibal, Black Hawk Down, King Arthu

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Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Liam Neeson Schindler's List, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins

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Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Gary Oldman The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight, Léon: The Professional

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Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Al Pacino The Godfather, Scarface, Heat

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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Robert Downey Jr. The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

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Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Dustin Hoffman Kramer vs. Kramer, Tootsie, Rain Man

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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Johnny Depp Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

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Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Daniel Day-Lewis There Will Be Blood, Lincoln, Gangs of New York

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Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Ian McKellen The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Matt Damon The Bourne Identity, Saving Private Ryan, Good Will Hunting

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Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Christopher Walken The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction, Catch Me If You Can

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Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Michael Caine The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, The Prestige

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Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Brad Pitt Inglourious Basterds, Fight Club, World War Z

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Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Harrison Ford Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

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Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Samuel L. Jackson Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Bradley Cooper Silver Linings Playbook, The Hangover, American Hustle

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Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Russell Crowe Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, L.A. Confidential

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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Bill Murray Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Lost in Translation

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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Hugh Jackman The Prestige, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men

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Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Jeff Bridges The Big Lebowski, Iron Man, True Grit

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Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Robert Duvall The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, Apocalypse Now

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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Clint Eastwood Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Unforgiven

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Christoph Waltz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Christoph Waltz Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds, Spectre

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Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Tommy Lee Jones No Country for Old Men, Men in Black, Men in Black II

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Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Matthew McConaughey Interstellar, The Wolf of Wall Street, Dallas Buyers Club

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Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Ralph Fiennes Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Schindler's List

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Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Bryan Cranston Breaking Bad, Argo, Malcolm in the Middle

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Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Michael Fassbender Inglourious Basterds, Prometheus, X-Men: Days of Future Past

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George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
George Clooney Gravity, Ocean's Eleven, Up in the Air

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Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Ewan McGregor Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, Trainspotting, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

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Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Woody Harrelson No Country for Old Men, Cheers, Zombieland

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Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Colin Firth The King's Speech, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Love Actually

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Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Mark Wahlberg Boogie Nights, The Fighter, Lone Survivor

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Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Joaquin Phoenix Gladiator, Walk the Line, The Master

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Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Jake Gyllenhaal Donnie Darko, Nightcrawler, Zodiac

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Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Mark Ruffalo Shutter Island, The Avengers, Spotlight

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Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Tom Hardy Mad Max: Fury Road, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises

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Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Patrick Stewart Star Trek: The Next Generation, X-Men, X-Men 2

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Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Viggo Mortensen The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, A History of Violence

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J.K. Simmons is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
J.K. Simmons Whiplash, Spider-Man, Juno