Actresses The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History  

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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
23,170 7,663
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 62

2
16,370 14,483
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

3
10,262 4,597
Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 3 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

4
10,773 8,656
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 80 (1924-2004)

5
7,313 4,583
Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 96 (1907-2003)

6
9,395 4,283
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 89 (1908-1997)

7
10,017 4,881
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

8
14,639 11,329
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

9
11,029 5,021
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

10
11,938 5,684
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

11
5,701 3,613
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 58 (1899-1957)

12
8,097 3,993
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 64 (1929-1993)

13
13,084 8,598
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 78

14
15,103 8,244
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
NickPeek added age 69

15
6,293 3,143
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 82 (1904-1986)

16
7,059 2,938
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 87 (1916-2003)

17
9,489 4,428
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

18
5,391 3,554
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 88 (1889-1977)

19
9,330 3,395
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 83 (1925-2008)

20
6,877 2,602
Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)

21
7,167 3,046
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 82 (1907-1989)

22
8,492 3,810
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 56

23
9,356 3,629
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 88

24
9,062 3,453
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 85

25
9,383 3,367
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 87