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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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51
3,729 2,264
Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Heath Ledger Died at 29 (1979-2008)

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52
2,386 1,025
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Alan Rickman age 71

53
3,020 1,398
Jack Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Jack Lemmon Died at 76 (1925-2001)

54
2,564 1,644
Philip Seymour Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Philip Seymour Hoffman Died at 47 (1967-2014)

55
2,212 968
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Maggie Smith age 83

56
2,308 1,362
Elizabeth Taylor is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Elizabeth Taylor Died at 79 (1932-2011)

57
2,297 1,246
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

58
2,482 1,454
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Bill Murray age 67

59
2,345 1,212
Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sally Field age 71

60
1,859 1,068
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Emma Thompson age 58

61
1,938 1,052
Spencer Tracy is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
SteveNicewanger added Spencer Tracy Died at 67 (1900-1967)

62
2,161 1,156
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ben Kingsley age 74

63
1,767 1,084
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ralph Fiennes age 55

64
2,649 1,551
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

65
2,204 1,033
Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
MissTempeste added Kathy Bates age 69

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66
2,486 1,290
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Hugh Jackman age 49

67
2,580 1,199
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Julie Andrews age 82

68
2,049 1,155
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Jabapac added Steve Buscemi age 60

69
2,075 1,210
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ian McKellen age 78

70
2,286 1,345
Susan Sarandon is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

71
2,292 1,697
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Mel Gibson age 61

72
1,879 1,024
Kirk Douglas is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Kirk Douglas age 101

73
2,301 1,026
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

74
2,285 1,739
Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Julia Roberts age 50

75
2,687 2,095
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Bruce Willis age 62

76
2,143 1,562
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Jeff Bridges age 68

77
1,841 1,127
Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Glenn Close age 70

78
2,036 1,072
Clark Gable is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Clark Gable Died at 59 (1901-1960)

79
1,705 931
Vivien Leigh is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Vivien Leigh Died at 54 (1913-1967)

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80
1,907 1,229
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Peter O'Toole Died at 81 (1932-2013)

81
1,739 983
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Alec Guinness Died at 86 (1914-2000)

82
2,296 1,611
John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
John Wayne Died at 72 (1907-1979)

83
1,794 1,042
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ed Harris age 67

84
2,052 1,154
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

85
1,919 1,352
John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

86
1,541 907
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

87
1,773 1,295
Willem Dafoe is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Willem Dafoe age 62

88
1,966 1,227
Donald Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

89
1,777 1,123
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

90
1,871 1,508
Nicole Kidman is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
OmeraMaeili added Nicole Kidman age 50

91
2,336 1,883
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Will Smith age 49

92
1,715 936
Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Judy Garland Died at 47 (1922-1969)

93
1,559 814
Gene Wilder is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gene Wilder age 84

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94
1,507 1,108
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ewan McGregor age 46

95
1,844 1,095
Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

96
1,909 1,734
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sean Penn age 57

97
1,762 1,101
Forest Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

98
1,534 902
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

99
1,455 886
Lauren Bacall is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Lauren Bacall Died at 90 (1924-2014)

100
2,260 1,640
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History