Actresses The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History  

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List Rules Vote up and add all of the actors and actresses who you think are the very best.

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.
list ordered by

1
22,096 7,386
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 62

2
9,979 4,351
Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
vivian added Dec. at 81 (1908-1989) - The Letter, What ever happened to Baby Jane, Jezabel

3
10,470 8,480
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 80 (1924-2004)

4
15,996 14,189
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

5
14,297 11,161
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

6
7,058 4,453
Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 96 (1907-2003)

7
9,089 4,151
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 89 (1908-1997)

8
10,689 4,823
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

9
9,121 4,758
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

10
7,836 3,911
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 64 (1929-1993)

11
11,634 5,530
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

12
5,481 3,510
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 58 (1899-1957)

13
12,766 8,506
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 78

14
14,817 8,122
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
NickPeek added age 69

15
6,095 3,070
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 82 (1904-1986)

16
6,859 2,869
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 87 (1916-2003)

17
9,251 4,295
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

18
5,191 3,458
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 88 (1889-1977)

19
9,097 3,344
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 83 (1925-2008)

20
6,697 2,541
Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)

21
7,031 2,976
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 82 (1907-1989)

22
9,232 3,490
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 88

23
8,291 3,716
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 56

24
8,909 3,323
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 85

25
12,629 10,700
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

26
9,039 3,252
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 87

27
10,398 10,883
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 55

28
9,204 7,992
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

29
7,488 2,691
Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 77 (1905-1982)

30
6,842 3,038
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 88

31
8,832 6,253
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

32
6,135 3,668
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 66

33
7,182 4,252
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 76

34
6,748 3,331
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 60

35
7,335 5,763
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sazonana added age 61

36
6,274 2,505
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

37
6,563 2,226
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

38
6,654 4,160
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

39
7,431 3,696
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 59

40
4,200 1,954
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

41
4,736 1,909
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 84

42
4,945 2,720
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 49

43
4,515 1,832
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 73

44
5,304 2,946
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

45
5,089 2,552
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 43

46
5,672 4,115
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 55

47
5,111 3,193
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 48

48
5,169 2,846
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

49
5,189 2,831
Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 29 (1979-2008)

50
3,631 1,455
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 72