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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
14,076 11,264
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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2
8,933 6,963
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Marlon Brando Died at 80 (1924-2004)

3
12,265 8,912
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

4
17,331 5,979
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Tom Hanks age 61

5
5,721 3,411
Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Katharine Hepburn Died at 96 (1907-2003)

6
11,123 7,344
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Al Pacino age 77

7
4,542 2,671
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Humphrey Bogart Died at 58 (1899-1957)

8
7,627 3,669
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

9
6,524 2,917
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Audrey Hepburn Died at 64 (1929-1993)

10
7,552 3,204
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
James Stewart Died at 89 (1908-1997)

11
8,806 8,370
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Johnny Depp age 54

12
12,815 7,149
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
NickPeek added Meryl Streep age 68

13
8,822 3,510
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

14
8,038 3,127
Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 14 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

15
9,459 3,879
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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16
10,530 7,795
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

17
4,203 2,622
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
7,641 5,839
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

19
5,120 2,309
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Cary Grant Died at 82 (1904-1986)

20
7,780 3,472
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

21
6,318 5,326
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

22
5,473 2,161
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gregory Peck Died at 87 (1916-2003)

23
7,289 4,663
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Robin Williams Died at 63 (1951-2014)

24
5,849 2,195
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Laurence Olivier Died at 82 (1907-1989)

25
6,786 2,880
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Jodie Foster age 55

26
5,124 2,842
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Liam Neeson age 65

27
7,412 2,110
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Paul Newman Died at 83 (1925-2008)

28
5,372 1,833
Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ingrid Bergman Died at 67 (1915-1982)

29
7,541 2,645
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gene Hackman age 87

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30
4,691 3,488
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Brad Pitt age 54

31
5,951 3,755
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Harrison Ford age 75

32
5,425 3,681
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

33
7,357 2,294
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Michael Caine age 84

34
7,139 2,233
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Robert Duvall age 86

35
4,197 2,649
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Matt Damon age 47

36
5,691 2,313
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gary Oldman age 59

37
5,827 2,347
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sean Connery age 87

38
4,172 2,207
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Edward Norton age 48

39
6,760 2,670
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Kevin Spacey age 58

40
3,811 2,351
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Russell Crowe age 53

41
4,355 2,458
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

42
5,897 1,959
Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Henry Fonda Died at 77 (1905-1982)

43
4,109 2,182
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Kate Winslet age 42

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44
3,251 1,532
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

45
4,145 2,414
Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Heath Ledger Died at 29 (1979-2008)

46
4,208 2,362
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

47
5,368 2,072
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

48
2,792 1,784
Philip Seymour Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Philip Seymour Hoffman Died at 47 (1967-2014)

49
3,600 1,547
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Helen Mirren age 72

50
3,183 1,842
Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History