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The best actors and actresses of all time, male and female, ranked by film fans worldwide. This list of greatest actors and actresses attempts to answer the question "Who are the best actors of all time?" by incorporating the views and opinions of all members of the Ranker Community. Keep in mind, as you vote or add a top actor or actress you see missing, that we are rating these actors on their body of work, not just what they have done recently! Some of the greatest actors of all time have not necessarily acted in a project in the past 5 years, but they still deserve to be on this greatest actresses and actors of all time list.

Top actors and actresses in films are judged by their acting ability and their mastery of roles that they have played over the years. Many of these great actors have videos of their best roles for you to view so you can refresh yourself on the best works of your favorite actors as you consider your votes for top thespians of all time. Nominate your picks for the top actors & actresses by making a list of your own. Then come back to the Master List and vote up your favorites!

For lists separated by gender, check out our lists of the best actors of all time and the best actresses in film history.
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1
18,978 6,373
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Tom Hanks age 62

2
14,692 12,394
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

3
8,562 3,524
Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
vivian added Bette Davis Died at 81 (1908-1989) - The Letter, What ever happened to Baby Jane, Jezabel

4
12,941 9,820
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

5
9,372 7,406
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Marlon Brando Died at 80 (1924-2004)

6
6,127 3,928
Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Katharine Hepburn Died at 96 (1907-2003)

7
7,972 3,687
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
James Stewart Died at 89 (1908-1997)

8
9,426 4,124
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

9
8,131 4,145
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

10
6,924 3,324
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Audrey Hepburn Died at 64 (1929-1993)

11
10,164 4,757
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

12
4,824 3,084
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Humphrey Bogart Died at 58 (1899-1957)

13
11,677 7,833
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Al Pacino age 78

14
13,473 7,620
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
NickPeek added Meryl Streep age 69

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15
5,460 2,697
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Cary Grant Died at 82 (1904-1986)

16
6,267 2,532
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gregory Peck Died at 87 (1916-2003)

17
8,268 2,550
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Paul Newman Died at 83 (1925-2008)

18
8,248 3,874
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

19
4,501 3,035
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Charlie Chaplin Died at 88 (1889-1977)

20
6,151 2,208
Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ingrid Bergman Died at 67 (1915-1982)

21
6,587 2,587
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Laurence Olivier Died at 82 (1907-1989)

The Best Movies of All Time

22
8,220 2,687
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Michael Caine age 85

23
8,341 3,039
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gene Hackman age 88

24
11,200 8,806
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

25
7,608 3,290
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Jodie Foster age 56

26
7,985 2,607
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Robert Duvall age 87

27
9,275 9,433
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Johnny Depp age 55

28
8,153 6,773
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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29
6,647 2,301
Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Henry Fonda Died at 77 (1905-1982)

30
7,794 5,039
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Robin Williams Died at 63 (1951-2014)

31
6,048 2,714
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gary Oldman age 60

32
5,459 3,114
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Liam Neeson age 66

33
6,154 2,601
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sean Connery age 88

34
6,994 3,024
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Kevin Spacey age 59

35
5,657 2,227
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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36
6,308 3,881
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Harrison Ford age 76

37
6,615 5,446
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sazonana added Daniel Day Lewis age 61

38
5,940 1,980
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

39
4,408 2,375
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Edward Norton age 49

40
4,185 1,678
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Judi Dench age 83

41
5,769 3,843
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

42
3,558 1,665
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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43
4,662 2,623
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

44
3,909 1,644
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Helen Mirren age 73

45
5,015 3,672
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Brad Pitt age 55

46
4,408 2,319
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Kate Winslet age 43

47
4,475 2,827
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Matt Damon age 47

48
4,502 2,517
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

49
4,037 2,503
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Russell Crowe age 54

50
4,487 2,559
Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Heath Ledger Died at 29 (1979-2008)