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
22,696 7,532
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 62

2
10,076 4,491
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
10,622 8,568
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 80 (1924-2004)

4
16,192 14,288
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

5
14,480 11,247
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

6
7,188 4,514
Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 96 (1907-2003)

7
9,283 4,215
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 89 (1908-1997)

8
9,639 4,826
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

9
10,874 4,986
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

10
5,606 3,563
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 58 (1899-1957)

11
11,798 5,616
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

12
7,987 3,956
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 64 (1929-1993)

13
12,934 8,557
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 78

14
14,980 8,182
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
NickPeek added age 69

15
6,205 3,109
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 82 (1904-1986)

16
6,967 2,908
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 87 (1916-2003)

17
9,367 4,364
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

18
5,299 3,503
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 88 (1889-1977)

19
9,213 3,369
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 83 (1925-2008)

20
6,792 2,572
Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)

21
7,101 3,012
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 82 (1907-1989)

22
9,294 3,562
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 88

23
8,392 3,764
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 56

24
8,985 3,389
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 85

25
9,311 3,311
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 87

26
12,783 11,187
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

27
10,555 11,347
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 55

28
7,759 2,758
Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 77 (1905-1982)

29
9,316 8,447
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

30
6,936 3,094
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 88

31
6,217 3,738
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 66

32
7,433 5,789
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sazonana added age 61

33
7,282 4,317
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 76

34
8,927 6,463
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

35
6,818 3,388
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 60

36
6,371 2,534
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

37
6,661 2,249
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

38
6,773 4,192
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

39
4,835 1,930
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 84

40
7,478 3,785
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 59

41
4,605 1,850
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 73

42
5,035 2,757
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 49

43
4,282 2,002
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

44
5,199 2,575
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 43

45
5,421 2,975
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

46
5,751 4,187
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 55

47
5,176 3,268
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 48

48
5,240 2,913
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

49
5,290 2,860
Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 29 (1979-2008)

50
3,733 1,479
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 72