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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.
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list ordered by
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Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 1 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
2
Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 96 (1907-2003)
3
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 64 (1929-1993)
4
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 58 (1899-1957)
5
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 80 (1924-2004)
6
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 89 (1908-1997)
7
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 88 (1889-1977)
8
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 63
9
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
10
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 87 (1916-2003)
11
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 82 (1904-1986)
12
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 82 (1907-1989)
13
Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)
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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
NickPeek added age 70
15
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
16
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
17
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
18
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
19
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 79
20
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
21
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 86
22
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 57
23
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 83 (1925-2008)
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Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 88
25
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 89