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
22,588 7,521
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 62

2
10,060 4,476
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
10,600 8,560
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 80 (1924-2004)

4
16,167 14,280
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

5
14,458 11,237
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

6
9,263 4,208
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 89 (1908-1997)

7
7,169 4,509
Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 96 (1907-2003)

8
9,552 4,821
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

9
10,854 4,981
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

10
11,775 5,606
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

11
5,589 3,557
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 58 (1899-1957)

12
7,967 3,953
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 64 (1929-1993)

13
12,909 8,552
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 78

14
14,958 8,176
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
NickPeek added age 69

15
6,188 3,106
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 82 (1904-1986)

16
6,955 2,904
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 87 (1916-2003)

17
9,348 4,357
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

18
5,285 3,498
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 88 (1889-1977)

19
9,197 3,367
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 83 (1925-2008)

20
6,780 2,569
Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)

21
7,093 3,009
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 82 (1907-1989)

22
9,285 3,555
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 88

23
8,375 3,762
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 56

24
8,974 3,381
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 85

25
9,298 3,306
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 87

26
12,764 11,109
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

27
10,538 11,274
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 55

28
7,744 2,751
Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 77 (1905-1982)

29
9,305 8,370
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

30
6,921 3,089
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 88

31
6,208 3,731
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 66

32
7,421 5,786
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sazonana added age 61

33
7,269 4,310
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 76

34
8,912 6,458
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

35
6,809 3,379
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 60

36
6,359 2,530
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

37
6,651 2,247
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

38
6,758 4,191
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

39
4,824 1,928
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 84

40
7,473 3,777
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 59

41
4,594 1,848
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 73

42
4,275 1,996
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

43
5,023 2,755
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 49

44
5,187 2,573
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 43

45
5,405 2,974
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

46
5,741 4,181
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 55

47
5,171 3,259
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 48

48
5,230 2,908
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

49
5,276 2,859
Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 29 (1979-2008)

50
3,723 1,475
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 72