cool The Coolest Actors Ever  

Ranker Community
Originally by
287.6k votes 16.1k voters 154.2k views 312 items Embed

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. 

list ordered by

1
3,944 3,665
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Clint Eastwood Million Dollar Baby^! Gran Torino^! Unforgiven^! Rawhide

The Best Actors in Film History The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s

2
3,036 3,246
Steve McQueen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Steve McQueen The Great Escape^! Wanted: Dead or Alive^! Papillon^! Bullitt

3
2,765 1,739
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
wiabux added Sean Connery Dr. No, The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

4
3,048 3,157
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
2,953 3,188
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Paul Newman Cool Hand Luke^! Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid^! The Sting^! Cars

6
1,875 1,151
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Cary Grant His Girl Friday, Notorious, North by Northwest

7
2,103 1,535
John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
John Wayne The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Rio Bravo

8
2,614 1,916
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Morgan Freeman The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en, Driving Miss Daisy

9
3,942 1,621
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Tom Hanks The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan

10
2,374 1,901
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 10 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

11
2,507 2,558
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
wiabux added Jack Nicholson The Shining^! The Departed^! As Good as It Gets^! Chinatown

12
1,927 1,656
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Humphrey Bogart Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

13
2,619 2,114
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Robert De Niro Goodfellas, The Godfather: Part II, Casino

14
2,180 1,478
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Denzel Washington Training Day, American Gangster American Gangster, Man on Fire

15
1,185 666
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added Robert Redford Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid^! The Sting^! All the President's Men^! Out of Africa

The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History Celebrities With Heterochromia Iridis

16
1,921 1,358
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Christopher Walken The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction, Catch Me If You Can

17
994 362
Sam Elliott is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
slaft added Sam Elliott Hulk, Up in the Air, Tombstone

18
1,631 1,435
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Bruce Willis The Sixth Sense, Die Hard, The Fifth Element

19
1,769 1,271
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
wiabux added Marlon Brando The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Superman

20
2,190 1,919
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Al Pacino The Godfather, Scarface, Heat

21
2,370 2,162
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Robert Downey Jr. The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

22
968 459
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 22 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^!Galaxy Quest

23
1,664 1,047
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Liam Neeson Schindler's List, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins

24
1,951 1,871
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Samuel L. Jackson Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

25
1,629 1,512
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Brad Pitt Inglourious Basterds, Fight Club, World War Z

26
1,148 534
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added Michael Caine The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, The Prestige

27
1,592 1,139
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Hugh Jackman The Prestige, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men

28
1,662 861
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
jesstaaaaa added Dean Martin The Dean Martin Show, The Colgate Comedy Hour, Goodfellas

29
1,495 1,086
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
PeteBoyle added Tommy Lee Jones No Country for Old Men, Men in Black, Men in Black II

Things That Are Not As Cool As People Think They Are Things Your Mother Told You... That She Was Right About

30
1,334 946
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Bill Murray Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Lost in Translation

31
1,245 595
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
2,388 2,557
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Johnny Depp Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

33
1,420 1,036
Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Bruce Lee The Big Boss, The Way of the Dragon, The Chinese Connection

34
1,304 975
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Leonardo DiCaprio Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street, Titanic

35
813 423
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
abhijeetyadav4132 added Gary Oldman The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight, Léon: The Professional

36
1,225 901
Charles Bronson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Charles Bronson Once Upon a Time in the West, The Great Escape, The Dirty Dozen

37
830 410
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 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

38
1,106 816
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Dustin Hoffman Kramer vs. Kramer, Tootsie, Rain Man

39
1,002 664
Robert Mitchum is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Robert Mitchum The Night of the Hunter^! Cape Fear^! Out of the Past^! Ryan's Daughter

40
946 420
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added Robert Duvall The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, Apocalypse Now

41
762 363
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Trioxin245 added Kurt Russell The Thing^! Stargate^! Death Proof^! The Hateful Eight

42
955 462
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added Jeff Bridges The Big Lebowski, Iron Man, True Grit

43
1,141 863
Jason Statham is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
PeteBoyle added Jason Statham Lock^! Stock and Two Smoking Barrels^! Snatch^! The Transporter^! Crank

Celebrities Who Have Had Miscarriages The Best Current NBC Dramas

44
718 343
James Garner is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added James Garner The Rockford Files, The Notebook, The Great Escape

45
731 370
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Gene Hackman Unforgiven, The Royal Tenenbaums, Enemy of the State

46
674 365
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Countermoon added James Stewart Rear Window, It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo

47
1,246 1,123
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
George Clooney Gravity, Ocean's Eleven, Up in the Air

48
851 563
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added 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

49
1,084 933
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Daniel Craig Skyfall, Casino Royale, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

50
848 576
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added Matthew McConaughey Interstellar, The Wolf of Wall Street, Dallas Buyers Club