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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
15,585 5,563
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
7,451 2,693
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
11,562 7,978
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

4
8,460 6,246
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Marlon Brando Died at 80 (1924-2004)

5
13,412 10,454
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

6
7,027 2,869
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
5,327 3,124
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
8,207 3,356
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

9
8,688 3,462
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

10
7,252 3,387
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

11
4,316 2,446
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Humphrey Bogart Died at 58 (1899-1957)

12
6,135 2,703
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Audrey Hepburn Died at 64 (1929-1993)

13
10,535 7,168
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Al Pacino age 77

14
4,911 2,129
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
12,175 6,910
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
4,848 1,997
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
3,858 2,424
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
7,338 3,315
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

19
6,687 1,965
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Paul Newman Died at 83 (1925-2008)

20
5,183 2,008
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
4,675 1,670
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
9,763 7,118
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

23
6,854 2,494
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gene Hackman age 87

24
6,507 2,153
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Michael Caine age 84

25
6,395 2,088
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Robert Duvall age 86

26
8,314 7,621
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Johnny Depp age 54

27
6,047 2,706
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Jodie Foster age 55

28
7,143 5,244
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

29
5,352 1,811
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
6,480 2,338
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Kevin Spacey age 58

31
5,272 2,100
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gary Oldman age 59

32
5,483 2,204
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sean Connery age 87

33
4,751 2,690
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Liam Neeson age 65

34
6,784 4,552
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
5,079 1,940
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

36
5,418 1,714
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

37
5,549 3,634
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Harrison Ford age 75

38
5,893 5,208
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

39
3,899 2,073
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Edward Norton age 48

40
3,605 1,446
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Judi Dench age 83

41
2,947 1,420
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

42
4,002 2,300
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

43
3,334 1,433
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Helen Mirren age 72

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44
5,048 3,558
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

45
4,319 3,337
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Brad Pitt age 54

46
3,886 2,502
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Matt Damon age 47

47
3,779 2,067
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Kate Winslet age 42

48
3,567 2,210
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Russell Crowe age 53

49
3,865 2,235
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

50
3,004 1,725
Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History