Cool The Coolest Actors Ever  

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
430.1k votes 23.6k voters 211.2k views 358 items

As movie fans, we like to think of our favorite actors as being larger than life. With all of the coverage that these stars get, these cool customers know how to function both on and off the screen. Often times we think of our favorite actors as being fairly close in personality to our favorite characters to whom which they portray. Obviously it's impossible for them to be a lot like their famous portrayals, but that doesn't mean that these guys aren't cool. In fact, most of these guys epitomize what cool is. Beginning with actors like Humphrey Bogart and Cary Grant during the Golden Age of Film, the best leading men have had a certain aura about them. James Dean, Marlon Brando and Steve McQueen are other actors who are considered some of the coolest guys ever.

More recently, tough guy actors like Bruce Willis and Daniel Craig mix brains with brawn in their iconic roles as John McClane and James Bond each. While they each exemplify a different kind of cool, people are still attracted to these actors because this coolness factor. These actors of the guys who you'd want to hang out with, talk shop and maybe down an adult beverage or two with.

Vote for who you think is the coolest actor ever. If you don't see a name on this list and the actor is cool, feel free to add a name to the legendary list of the coolest people history

1
5,675 5,916
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Clint Eastwood Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Unforgiven

2
4,165 4,817
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Paul Newman Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting

3
4,219 5,199
Steve McQueen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Steve McQueen The Great Escape, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Papillon

4
4,193 4,957
James Dean is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
James Dean Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden, Giant

5
3,827 2,703
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Harrison Ford Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

6
6,952 2,635
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Tom Hanks The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan

7
3,722 3,567
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
wiabux added Jack Nicholson The Shining, The Departed, As Good as It Gets

8
4,116 2,884
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
wiabux added Sean Connery Dr. No, The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

9
4,067 2,743
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Morgan Freeman The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en, Driving Miss Daisy

10
3,836 2,836
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Robert De Niro Goodfellas, The Godfather: Part II, Casino

11
2,602 2,231
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Humphrey Bogart Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

12
3,642 2,647
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Robert Downey Jr. The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

13
3,183 2,398
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Al Pacino The Godfather, Scarface, Heat

14
3,086 2,341
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Samuel L. Jackson Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The Best Actors in Film History

15
2,619 1,831
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Cary Grant His Girl Friday, Notorious, North by Northwest

16
2,536 1,994
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Bruce Willis The Sixth Sense, Die Hard, The Fifth Element

17
2,694 1,526
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Hugh Jackman The Prestige, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men

18
2,933 1,824
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Christopher Walken The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction, Catch Me If You Can

19
3,395 2,024
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Denzel Washington Training Day, American Gangster American Gangster, Man on Fire

20
1,979 746
Sam Elliott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
slaft added Sam Elliott Hulk, Up in the Air, Tombstone

21
2,605 1,758
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
wiabux added Marlon Brando The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Superman

The Best Current Historical Drama Series

22
1,929 1,117
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added Robert Redford Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, All the President's Men

23
3,069 2,307
John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
John Wayne The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Rio Bravo

24
2,598 2,016
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Brad Pitt Inglourious Basterds, Fight Club, World War Z

25
2,569 1,428
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Liam Neeson Schindler's List, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins

26
1,739 864
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
slaft added Alan Rickman Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Die Hard

27
3,307 3,072
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Johnny Depp Edward Scissorhands^!Sweeney Todd^! The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street^! Alice in Wonderland^! Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

28
1,925 845
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added Michael Caine The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, The Prestige

The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

29
2,226 1,439
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Leonardo DiCaprio Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street, Titanic

30
2,211 1,427
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
PeteBoyle added Tommy Lee Jones No Country for Old Men, Men in Black, Men in Black II

31
2,006 863
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
wiabux added Anthony Hopkins Hannibal, Red Dragon, The Elephant Man

32
2,135 1,395
Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Bruce Lee The Big Boss, The Way of the Dragon, The Chinese Connection

33
2,033 1,362
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Bill Murray Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Lost in Translation

34
1,488 764
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
abhijeetyadav4132 added Gary Oldman The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight, Léon: The Professional

35
1,418 645
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Trioxin245 added James Earl Jones The Lion King, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

15 Famous People Who Went to Med School

36
2,192 1,204
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
jesstaaaaa added Dean Martin The Dean Martin Show, The Colgate Comedy Hour, Goodfellas

37
1,619 689
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added Jeff Bridges The Big Lebowski, Iron Man, True Grit

38
1,751 1,214
Charles Bronson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Charles Bronson Once Upon a Time in the West, The Great Escape, The Dirty Dozen

39
1,404 611
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Trioxin245 added Kurt Russell The Thing, Stargate, Death Proof

40
1,533 895
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added Matthew McConaughey Interstellar, The Wolf of Wall Street, Dallas Buyers Club

41
1,604 1,245
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Daniel Craig Skyfall, Casino Royale, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

42
1,670 1,191
Jason Statham is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
PeteBoyle added Jason Statham Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch

Things That Are Not As Cool As People Think They Are

43
1,393 965
Robert Mitchum is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Robert Mitchum The Night of the Hunter, Cape Fear, Out of the Past

44
1,198 585
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Countermoon added James Stewart Rear Window, It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo

45
1,813 1,510
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
George Clooney Gravity, Ocean's Eleven, Up in the Air

46
1,496 650
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added Robert Duvall The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, Apocalypse Now

47
1,502 1,201
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Dustin Hoffman Kramer vs. Kramer, Tootsie, Rain Man

48
1,683 1,514
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Will Smith Men in Black, I Am Legend, I

49
1,208 573
James Garner is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added James Garner The Rockford Files, The Notebook, The Great Escape

50
1,903 1,040
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
m0000 added Keanu Reeves The Matrix, Speed, John Wick