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.
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)
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)
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)