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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
15,755 5,643
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
7,514 2,777
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
8,526 6,315
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
11,653 8,072
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

5
13,506 10,530
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

6
7,111 2,916
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
5,390 3,169
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
8,814 3,507
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

9
8,285 3,389
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

10
7,293 3,441
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

11
6,189 2,736
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
4,342 2,487
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
10,611 7,195
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Al Pacino age 77

14
4,943 2,165
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
12,269 6,950
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
4,882 2,024
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
3,903 2,462
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
6,731 1,985
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Paul Newman Died at 83 (1925-2008)

19
7,401 3,344
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

20
5,207 2,038
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
4,698 1,702
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
9,863 7,158
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

23
6,882 2,525
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gene Hackman age 87

24
6,544 2,181
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Michael Caine age 84

25
6,426 2,115
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Robert Duvall age 86

26
8,382 7,654
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Johnny Depp age 54

27
6,085 2,730
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Jodie Foster age 55

28
7,206 5,273
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

29
5,384 1,838
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
5,326 2,125
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gary Oldman age 59

31
6,519 2,391
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Kevin Spacey age 58

32
5,525 2,232
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sean Connery age 87

33
4,797 2,716
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Liam Neeson age 65

34
6,846 4,572
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
5,115 1,965
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

36
5,456 1,740
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

37
5,600 3,656
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Harrison Ford age 75

38
5,945 5,227
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

39
3,930 2,096
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Edward Norton age 48

40
3,634 1,472
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Judi Dench age 83

41
2,989 1,439
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

42
4,047 2,326
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

43
5,107 3,576
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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44
3,371 1,452
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Helen Mirren age 72

45
4,366 3,366
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Brad Pitt age 54

46
3,924 2,528
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Matt Damon age 47

47
3,826 2,087
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Kate Winslet age 42

48
3,597 2,233
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Russell Crowe age 53

49
3,903 2,258
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

50
3,830 2,302
Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Heath Ledger Died at 29 (1979-2008)