Popular Opinion The Coolest Actors Ever  

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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. 

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1
9,375 3,447
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan

2
2,722 972
Sam Elliott is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
slaft added Hulk, Up in the Air, Tombstone

3
3,730 2,114
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction, Catch Me If You Can

4
3,522 1,842
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
The Prestige, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men

5
5,033 3,394
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
wiabux added Dr. No, The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

6
5,054 3,254
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en, Driving Miss Daisy

7
4,711 3,075
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

8
4,705 3,311
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Goodfellas, The Godfather: Part II, Casino

9
4,181 2,367
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Training Day, American Gangster American Gangster, Man on Fire

10
4,867 3,634
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

11
2,477 1,382
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, All the President's Men

12
4,005 2,800
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

13
3,943 2,735
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added The Godfather, Scarface, Heat

14
2,298 1,146
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
slaft added Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Die Hard

15
3,255 2,040
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
wiabux added The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Superman

16
2,592 1,047
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
wiabux added Hannibal, Red Dragon, The Elephant Man

17
3,127 2,107
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
His Girl Friday, Notorious, North by Northwest

18
4,628 4,125
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
wiabux added The Shining, The Departed, As Good as It Gets

19
6,881 7,931
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Unforgiven

20
3,242 2,347
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
The Sixth Sense, Die Hard, The Fifth Element

21
3,127 1,774
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Schindler's List, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins

22
2,432 1,139
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, The Prestige

23
3,167 2,568
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

24
2,139 879
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added The Big Lebowski, Iron Man, True Grit

25
3,667 2,641
John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Rio Bravo

26
2,770 1,645
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
PeteBoyle added No Country for Old Men, Men in Black, Men in Black II

27
2,584 1,201
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
m0000 added The Matrix, Speed, John Wick

28
3,260 2,429
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Inglourious Basterds, Fight Club, World War Z

29
2,895 1,822
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street, Titanic

30
1,919 1,046
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
abhijeetyadav4132 added The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight, Léon: The Professional

31
1,857 835
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Trioxin245 added The Thing, Stargate, Death Proof

32
2,087 1,116
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added Interstellar, The Wolf of Wall Street, Dallas Buyers Club

33
5,001 6,730
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting

34
2,664 1,734
Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added The Big Boss, The Way of the Dragon, The Chinese Connection

35
5,001 6,491
James Dean is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden, Giant

36
4,093 3,452
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

37
5,055 7,069
Steve McQueen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
The Great Escape, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Papillon

38
2,537 1,464
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
jesstaaaaa added The Dean Martin Show, The Colgate Comedy Hour, Goodfellas

39
1,822 821
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, Apocalypse Now

40
1,581 756
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Countermoon added Rear Window, It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo

41
1,749 900
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Trioxin245 added The Lion King, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

42
2,512 1,724
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Lost in Translation

43
1,549 711
James Garner is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added The Rockford Files, The Notebook, The Great Escape

44
1,712 992
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, A History of Violence

45
2,108 1,421
Jason Statham is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
PeteBoyle added Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch

46
2,079 1,480
Charles Bronson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Once Upon a Time in the West, The Great Escape, The Dirty Dozen

47
1,572 781
Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added Magnum, P.I., 3 Men and a Baby

48
1,247 598
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
slaft added To Kill a Mockingbird, Roman Holiday, The Omen

49
1,593 1,056
Sylvester Stallone is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added Rocky, The Expendables, Rambo

50
1,946 1,554
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Skyfall, Casino Royale, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo