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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.

1
20,044 6,841
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Tom Hanks age 62

2
15,302 12,936
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

3
9,834 7,818
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Marlon Brando Died at 80 (1924-2004)

4
9,011 3,894
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
13,557 10,330
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

6
6,522 4,167
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
8,365 3,911
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
10,014 4,516
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

9
8,436 4,433
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

10
7,323 3,525
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
5,094 3,276
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Humphrey Bogart Died at 58 (1899-1957)

12
10,790 5,197
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

13
12,143 8,270
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Al Pacino age 78

14
14,090 7,845
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
NickPeek added Meryl Streep age 69

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15
5,733 2,859
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
6,514 2,686
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
8,724 4,037
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

18
4,770 3,218
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
8,628 2,932
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
6,779 2,781
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
6,352 2,374
Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ingrid Bergman Died at 67 (1915-1982)

The Best Movies of All Time

22
11,810 9,266
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

23
8,577 3,209
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gene Hackman age 88

24
8,531 3,062
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Michael Caine age 85

25
7,893 3,492
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Jodie Foster age 56

26
8,278 3,021
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Robert Duvall age 87

27
9,767 9,935
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Johnny Depp age 55

28
8,630 7,150
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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6,825 2,476
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
8,299 5,414
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
6,470 2,815
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sean Connery age 88

32
5,774 3,385
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Liam Neeson age 66

33
6,381 3,084
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gary Oldman age 60

34
6,717 4,001
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Harrison Ford age 76

35
7,208 3,335
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Kevin Spacey age 59

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5,927 2,355
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

37
6,918 5,577
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
6,213 2,096
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

39
4,454 1,784
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Judi Dench age 84

40
4,640 2,544
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Edward Norton age 49

41
3,846 1,777
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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6,166 3,985
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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4,181 1,731
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Helen Mirren age 73

44
4,931 2,777
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

45
5,309 3,853
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Brad Pitt age 55

46
4,707 2,420
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Kate Winslet age 43

47
4,762 2,984
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Matt Damon age 48

48
4,804 2,648
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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4,229 2,668
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Russell Crowe age 54

50
4,792 2,686
Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Heath Ledger Died at 29 (1979-2008)