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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
19,850 6,713
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Tom Hanks age 62

2
9,708 7,735
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Marlon Brando Died at 80 (1924-2004)

3
15,140 12,862
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

4
8,921 3,819
Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
vivian added Bette Davis Died at 81 (1908-1989) - The Letter, What ever happened to Baby Jane, Jezabel

5
13,419 10,249
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

6
6,404 4,111
Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Katharine Hepburn Died at 96 (1907-2003)

7
8,244 3,868
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
James Stewart Died at 89 (1908-1997)

8
9,876 4,464
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

9
8,354 4,356
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

10
7,221 3,485
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Audrey Hepburn Died at 64 (1929-1993)

11
10,634 5,143
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

12
5,003 3,232
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Humphrey Bogart Died at 58 (1899-1957)

13
12,007 8,218
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Al Pacino age 78

14
13,929 7,786
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
NickPeek added Meryl Streep age 69

The Best Actors in Film History

15
5,654 2,819
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Cary Grant Died at 82 (1904-1986)

16
6,429 2,653
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gregory Peck Died at 87 (1916-2003)

17
8,595 4,000
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

18
4,686 3,177
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Charlie Chaplin Died at 88 (1889-1977)

19
8,525 2,901
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Paul Newman Died at 83 (1925-2008)

20
6,720 2,741
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Laurence Olivier Died at 82 (1907-1989)

21
6,284 2,337
Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ingrid Bergman Died at 67 (1915-1982)

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22
8,508 3,169
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gene Hackman age 88

23
11,652 9,209
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

24
8,446 3,032
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Michael Caine age 85

25
7,813 3,438
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Jodie Foster age 56

26
8,192 2,981
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Robert Duvall age 87

27
9,633 9,862
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Johnny Depp age 55

28
8,485 7,116
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

The Most Rewatchable Movies

29
6,757 2,435
Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Henry Fonda Died at 77 (1905-1982)

30
8,168 5,381
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Robin Williams Died at 63 (1951-2014)

31
6,375 2,783
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sean Connery age 88

32
5,678 3,337
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Liam Neeson age 66

33
6,286 3,052
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gary Oldman age 60

34
6,598 3,963
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Harrison Ford age 76

35
5,851 2,327
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

Stars Who Passed on Iconic Hollywood Roles

36
7,144 3,260
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Kevin Spacey age 59

37
6,825 5,545
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sazonana added Daniel Day Lewis age 61

38
6,137 2,060
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

39
4,577 2,499
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Edward Norton age 49

40
4,378 1,757
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Judi Dench age 84

41
6,051 3,956
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

42
3,762 1,751
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

The Best Disney Princesses

43
4,099 1,709
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Helen Mirren age 73

44
4,846 2,734
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

45
5,218 3,807
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Brad Pitt age 55

46
4,617 2,398
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Kate Winslet age 43

47
4,678 2,942
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Matt Damon age 48

48
4,720 2,608
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

49
4,169 2,623
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Russell Crowe age 54

50
3,251 1,297
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Alan Rickman age 72