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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
15,615 5,576
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Tom Hanks age 61

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2
7,457 2,707
Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 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

3
11,574 7,994
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

4
8,467 6,259
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Marlon Brando Died at 80 (1924-2004)

5
13,428 10,469
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

6
7,037 2,875
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
James Stewart Died at 89 (1908-1997)

7
5,335 3,128
Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Katharine Hepburn Died at 96 (1907-2003)

8
8,706 3,468
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

9
8,218 3,360
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

10
7,261 3,393
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

11
6,144 2,705
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Audrey Hepburn Died at 64 (1929-1993)

12
4,321 2,449
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
10,547 7,170
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Al Pacino age 77

14
4,915 2,134
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Cary Grant Died at 82 (1904-1986)

15
12,193 6,915
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
NickPeek added Meryl Streep age 68

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16
4,852 1,999
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
3,864 2,429
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Charlie Chaplin Died at 88 (1889-1977)

18
7,346 3,321
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

19
6,692 1,968
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
5,187 2,012
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
4,678 1,674
Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ingrid Bergman Died at 67 (1915-1982)

22
9,776 7,123
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

23
6,859 2,497
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gene Hackman age 87

24
6,511 2,156
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Michael Caine age 84

25
6,402 2,090
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Robert Duvall age 86

26
8,323 7,626
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Johnny Depp age 54

27
6,053 2,707
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Jodie Foster age 55

28
7,152 5,251
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

29
5,355 1,814
Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Henry Fonda Died at 77 (1905-1982)

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30
6,486 2,345
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Kevin Spacey age 58

31
5,278 2,103
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gary Oldman age 59

32
5,491 2,206
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sean Connery age 87

33
4,758 2,693
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Liam Neeson age 65

34
6,790 4,555
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Robin Williams Died at 63 (1951-2014)

35
5,083 1,944
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

36
5,425 1,717
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

37
5,557 3,636
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Harrison Ford age 75

38
5,900 5,210
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

39
3,904 2,075
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Edward Norton age 48

40
3,608 1,449
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Judi Dench age 83

41
2,952 1,423
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

42
4,008 2,303
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

43
3,340 1,435
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Helen Mirren age 72

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44
5,055 3,560
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

45
4,327 3,341
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Brad Pitt age 54

46
3,890 2,505
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Matt Damon age 47

47
3,785 2,070
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Kate Winslet age 42

48
3,568 2,213
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Russell Crowe age 53

49
3,874 2,239
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

50
3,006 1,730
Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History