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The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

Updated April 1, 2021 1.5m votes 93.6k voters 1.3m views1.9k items

List RulesVote up the film actors and actresses, living or passed, who consistently turned out the best performances.

This is a list of the best actors and actresses of all time, 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?" 

Keep in mind, as you vote that we are rating these actors on their body of work, not just what they have done recently! Some of the greatest movie stars of all time have not necessarily acted in a project in the past five years, but they still deserve to be on this greatest Hollywood actors and actresses list.

Top actors and actresses in films are judged by their acting ability and their mastery of roles over the years. Many of these popular actors and actresses have been nominated for or won Academy Awards, as well as Golden Globe Awards. Some from this list of movie stars have even won the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award.

Scroll down through the top actors and actresses and vote up the ones you believe to be the most talented. Then check back to see if your favorites topped our list! Then, to see lists separated by gender, check out the best actors of all time and the best actresses in film history.

  • 1

    Tom Hanks

    Concord, California

    Won for Best Actor Oscar for Philadelphia (1994) and Forrest Gump (1995)

    Won for Best Actor Golden Globe for Big (1989), Philadelphia (1994), Forrest Gump (1995), and Cast Away (2001)

    Winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Award (2020)

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  • 2

    Gene Hackman

    San Bernardino, California

    Won for Best Actor Oscar for The French Connection (1972) and Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Unforgiven (1993)

    Won for Best Actor Golden Globe for The French Connection (1972) and The Royal Tenenbaums (2002) and Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe for Unforgiven (1993)

    Winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Award (2003)

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  • 3

    Henry Fonda

    Grand Island, Nebraska

    Won for Best Actor Oscar for On Golden Pond (1982)

    Won for Best Actor Golden Globe for On Golden Pond (1982)

    Winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Award (1980)

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  • 4

    Morgan Freeman

    Memphis, Tennessee

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  • 5

    Anthony Hopkins

    Margam, United Kingdom

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  • 6

    Helen Mirren

    Hammersmith, London

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  • 7

    Clint Eastwood

    California, United States of America

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  • 8

    Jodie Foster

    Los Angeles, California

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  • 9

    Robert Duvall

    San Diego, California

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  • 10

    Tommy Lee Jones

    San Saba, Texas

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  • 11

    Judi Dench

    Heworth, United Kingdom

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  • 12

    Paul Newman

    Shaker Heights, Ohio

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  • 13

    Michael Caine

    Rotherhithe, London

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  • 14

    Ingrid Bergman

    Stockholm, Sweden

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  • 15

    Jack Lemmon

    Newton, Massachusetts

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  • 16

    Hugh Jackman

    Sydney, Australia

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  • 17

    Sean Connery

    Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

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  • 18

    Clark Gable

    Cadiz, Ohio

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  • 19

    Christopher Walken

    Astoria, New York City

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  • 20

    Vivien Leigh

    Darjeeling, India

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  • 21

    Alan Rickman

    Hammersmith, London

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  • 22

    Meryl Streep

    Summit, New Jersey

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  • 23

    Kate Winslet

    Reading, United Kingdom

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  • 24

    Kathy Bates

    Memphis, Tennessee

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  • 25

    Judy Garland

    Grand Rapids, Minnesota

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