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The Best Actors in Film History  

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List Rules Male actors only! Vote based on each actor's FILM career only.

The best actors ever are ranked here in this list of the best actors in film history. These are the greatest actors ever to appear on the silver screen - male only (to vote on both genders, check out this list of the greatest film actors and actresses). These gentlemen were part of some of the greatest movies of all time (or were perhaps the reason they were the best movies ever), with countless Academy Awards between them.

What are the qualities of the best actors of all time? Is it the raw emotion they show, the parts they choose, their acting methods, or simply their effortless charm and charisma? There's no denying some of these amazing actors belong on the list of the hottest male celebrities, but behind the 1000 watt smiles lies the talent that defines generations of top actors.

Who is the best actor of all time? Is it a classic actor like Marlon Brando, a comedic genius like Charlie Chaplin, a double-threat like Clint Eastwood, or a method actor like Daniel Day Lewis? There are so many choices for the greatest movie actor ever that you may have a hard time choosing just one (although you can vote for as many of the actors on this list of the greatest actors ever as you'd like). If your favorite leading man isn't on the list, make sure to add him so others can vote for him to receive the title of best actor in film history.

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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
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Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
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Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
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Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
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Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
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James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
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Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
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Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
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Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
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Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
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Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
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Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
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Spencer Tracy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
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Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
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Gary Cooper is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
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Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
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Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
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Jack Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
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John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
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Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
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Burt Lancaster is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors in Film History
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Robert Mitchum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors in Film History