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I only included on this list the actors and actresses I was familiar with. Many of the older actors like greta garbo and Julie Andrews are not on my list. I realize that some of those actors and actresses are on many people's lists. I simply am not familiar with there work or I have not seen any films they appeared in. I'm not into old films, by old films I mean films of the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and early 60's. The extent of "old" films I am familiar with are, PRIDE OF THE YANKEES, MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, 12 ANGRY MEN, and MR SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON. There are plenty of actors that did not make my list that I like but in my opinion are not worthy of being on a list of GREATEST FILM ACTORS & ACTRESSES OF ALL TIME, after all that is the category not favorite actors. There some of the actors on this list I do not like, an example would be Meryl Streep.

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James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
James Stewart It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, Rear Window

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Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Jack Nicholson The Shining, Batman, The Departed

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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Meryl Streep The Deer Hunter, Out of Africa, Kramer vs. Kramer

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Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Robert De Niro Goodfellas, The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver

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Claire Danes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Claire Danes Princess Mononoke, Stardust, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

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Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Katharine Hepburn Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, The African Queen

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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Tom Hanks Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story

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Gary Cooper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Gary Cooper High Noon, Cinema Paradiso, The Pride of the Yankees

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Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Al Pacino The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Scarface

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Clive Owen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Clive Owen Sin City, The Bourne Identity, Children of Men

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Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Helen Mirren Monsters University, The Prince of Egypt, Excalibur

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Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Judi Dench Casino Royale, Skyfall, Shakespeare in Love

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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Anthony Hopkins The Silence of the Lambs, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

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Gwyneth Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Gwyneth Paltrow The Avengers, Iron Man, Seven

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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Johnny Depp A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Edward Scissorhands

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Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Jeremy Irons The Lion King, Die Hard with a Vengeance, The Time Machine

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Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Colin Firth The English Patient, The King's Speech, Shakespeare in Love

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Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Sean Penn Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Being John Malkovich, Mystic River

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Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Charlize Theron Prometheus, The Italian Job, The Devil's Advocate

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Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Denzel Washington Remember the Titans, Glory, Training Day

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Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Kate Winslet Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland

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Donald Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Donald Sutherland The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, National Lampoon's Animal House

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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Clint Eastwood Good, Unforgiven, Dirty Harry

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Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Michael Caine The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Robert Downey Jr. The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

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Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Dustin Hoffman The Graduate, Being John Malkovich, Rain Man

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Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Natalie Portman Thor, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Morgan Freeman The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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Renée Zellweger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Renée Zellweger Dazed and Confused, Jerry Maguire, Chicago

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John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
John Malkovich Juno, Being John Malkovich, Transformers: Dark of the Moon

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Forest Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Forest Whitaker Platoon, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Good Morning

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Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Robert Duvall The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now

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George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
George Clooney South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Batman & Robin

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Keira Knightley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Keira Knightley Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

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Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Jodie Foster The Silence of the Lambs, Taxi Driver, Contact

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Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Heath Ledger The Dark Knight, Brokeback Mountain, The Patriot

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Billy Bob Thornton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Billy Bob Thornton Armageddon, Love Actually, Princess Mononoke

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Harvey Keitel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Harvey Keitel Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Taxi Driver

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Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Marisa Tomei My Cousin Vinny, The Wrestler, Crazy

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Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Angelina Jolie Kung Fu Panda, Maleficent, Mr. & Mrs. Smith

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Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Steve Buscemi Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, The Big Lebowski

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Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Winona Ryder Star Trek, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice

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Hilary Swank is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Hilary Swank Million Dollar Baby, Insomnia, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
James Earl Jones Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, The Lion King

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Matt Dillon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Matt Dillon There's Something About Mary, Crash, The Outsiders

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Ray Liotta is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Ray Liotta Goodfellas, Field of Dreams, Identity

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James Caan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
James Caan The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Misery

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Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Kevin Costner Dances with Wolves, Man of Steel, Field of Dreams

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Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
Uma Thurman Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2

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James Franco is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Film Actors & Actresses of All Time
James Franco Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3