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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
24,539 8,048
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 63
2
10,887 4,942
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
11,163 9,089
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 80 (1924-2004)
4
9,752 4,486
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 89 (1908-1997)
5
15,139 12,008
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
6
7,684 4,875
Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 96 (1907-2003)
7
10,355 5,097
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
8
16,899 15,089
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
9
11,480 5,160
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
10
6,000 3,753
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 58 (1899-1957)
11
12,402 5,909
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
12
8,458 4,154
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 64 (1929-1993)
13
13,551 8,757
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 79
14
15,506 8,473
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
NickPeek added age 70
15
6,587 3,282
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 82 (1904-1986)
16
7,338 3,067
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 87 (1916-2003)
17
9,837 4,642
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
18
5,680 3,724
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 88 (1889-1977)
19
9,664 3,499
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 83 (1925-2008)
20
7,143 2,726
Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)
21
7,378 3,173
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 82 (1907-1989)
22
8,770 3,982
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 57
23
9,537 3,844
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 89
24
9,288 3,650
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 86
25
9,614 3,553
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 88