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.
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1
21,761 7,297
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 62

2
9,912 4,277
Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
vivian added Died at 81 (1908-1989) - The Letter, What ever happened to Baby Jane, Jezabel

3
10,378 8,414
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 80 (1924-2004)

4
6,979 4,389
Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 96 (1907-2003)

5
15,913 14,140
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

6
14,199 11,076
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

7
10,593 4,700
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

8
8,766 4,125
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 89 (1908-1997)

9
8,808 4,717
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

10
7,745 3,791
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 64 (1929-1993)

11
11,464 5,460
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

12
5,406 3,487
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 58 (1899-1957)

13
12,675 8,482
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 78

14
14,720 8,101
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
NickPeek added age 69

15
6,023 3,048
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 82 (1904-1986)

16
6,792 2,851
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 87 (1916-2003)

17
9,186 4,246
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

18
5,111 3,434
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 88 (1889-1977)

19
9,016 3,327
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 83 (1925-2008)

20
6,623 2,523
Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 67 (1915-1982)

21
6,985 2,957
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 82 (1907-1989)

22
9,199 3,441
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 88

23
8,217 3,689
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 56

24
8,874 3,279
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 85

25
12,538 10,405
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

26
8,759 3,217
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 87

27
10,308 10,608
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 55

28
9,134 7,711
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

29
7,220 2,649
Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 77 (1905-1982)

30
8,771 5,981
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 63 (1951-2014)

31
6,795 3,006
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 88

32
6,086 3,624
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 66

33
6,700 3,293
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 60

34
7,129 4,214
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 76

35
7,268 5,750
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sazonana added age 61

36
6,214 2,493
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

37
6,501 2,214
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

38
7,406 3,636
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 59

39
6,582 4,138
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

40
4,148 1,916
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

41
4,693 1,903
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 84

42
4,885 2,707
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 49

43
4,453 1,824
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 73

44
5,235 2,929
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

45
5,633 4,063
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 55

46
5,020 2,541
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 43

47
5,073 3,151
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 48

48
5,126 2,805
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

49
5,125 2,815
Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 29 (1979-2008)

50
4,433 2,840
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 54