Actresses The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History  

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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
23,997 7,890
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 63

2
10,665 4,807
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
16,705 14,989
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

4
11,019 8,932
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 80 (1924-2004)

5
9,622 4,399
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 89 (1908-1997)

6
14,947 11,641
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

7
7,553 4,772
Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 96 (1907-2003)

8
10,234 5,009
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

9
11,303 5,093
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

10
12,238 5,805
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

11
5,882 3,694
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 58 (1899-1957)

12
8,324 4,080
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 64 (1929-1993)

13
13,364 8,685
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 79

14
15,353 8,363
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
NickPeek added age 69

15
6,476 3,223
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 82 (1904-1986)

16
7,233 3,011
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 87 (1916-2003)

17
9,701 4,552
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

18
5,581 3,647
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 88 (1889-1977)

19
9,530 3,448
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 83 (1925-2008)

20
7,035 2,669
Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)

21
7,294 3,114
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 82 (1907-1989)

22
8,657 3,903
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 56

23
9,457 3,752
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 89

24
9,193 3,561
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 86

25
9,511 3,477
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 88