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.
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1
21,791 7,305
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 62

2
9,919 4,282
Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
vivian added Died at 81 (1908-1989) - The Letter, What ever happened to Baby Jane, Jezabel

3
10,383 8,424
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 80 (1924-2004)

4
6,981 4,393
Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 96 (1907-2003)

5
15,921 14,148
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

6
14,204 11,083
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

7
10,601 4,702
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

8
8,797 4,127
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 89 (1908-1997)

9
8,836 4,722
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

10
7,751 3,819
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 64 (1929-1993)

11
11,495 5,464
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

12
5,409 3,490
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 58 (1899-1957)

13
12,678 8,484
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 78

14
14,726 8,104
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
NickPeek added age 69

15
6,024 3,051
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 82 (1904-1986)

16
6,794 2,853
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 87 (1916-2003)

17
9,190 4,249
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

18
5,113 3,436
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 88 (1889-1977)

19
9,020 3,330
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 83 (1925-2008)

20
6,624 2,526
Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 67 (1915-1982)

21
6,987 2,959
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 82 (1907-1989)

22
9,202 3,444
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 88

23
8,219 3,692
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 56

24
8,874 3,282
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 85

25
12,544 10,432
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

26
8,787 3,218
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 87

27
10,310 10,635
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 55

28
9,136 7,739
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

29
7,244 2,652
Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 77 (1905-1982)

30
6,799 3,007
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 88

31
8,772 6,009
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 63 (1951-2014)

32
6,089 3,627
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 66

33
6,704 3,295
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 60

34
7,131 4,216
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 76

35
7,271 5,750
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sazonana added age 61

36
6,218 2,493
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

37
6,504 2,215
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

38
7,407 3,639
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 59

39
6,586 4,140
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

40
4,151 1,919
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

41
4,693 1,904
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 84

42
4,889 2,708
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 49

43
4,454 1,826
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 73

44
5,636 4,065
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 55

45
5,237 2,931
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

46
5,022 2,543
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 43

47
5,076 3,153
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 48

48
5,128 2,808
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

49
5,129 2,816
Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 29 (1979-2008)

50
4,435 2,842
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 54