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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
17,403 5,990
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Tom Hanks age 61

2
14,099 11,325
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

3
8,063 3,142
Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 3 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

4
8,955 7,002
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
12,286 8,960
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

6
7,572 3,221
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
5,737 3,437
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
8,850 3,519
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

9
9,491 3,887
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

10
7,642 3,684
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

11
6,538 2,928
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Audrey Hepburn Died at 64 (1929-1993)

12
4,552 2,684
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Humphrey Bogart Died at 58 (1899-1957)

13
11,142 7,358
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Al Pacino age 77

14
12,837 7,162
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
NickPeek added Meryl Streep age 68

The Best Actors in Film History

15
5,132 2,323
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Cary Grant Died at 82 (1904-1986)

16
5,524 2,169
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
7,459 2,122
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Paul Newman Died at 83 (1925-2008)

18
7,800 3,486
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

19
4,220 2,634
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Charlie Chaplin Died at 88 (1889-1977)

20
5,895 2,206
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
5,424 1,844
Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ingrid Bergman Died at 67 (1915-1982)

The Worst Qualities in Politicians

22
7,412 2,303
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Michael Caine age 84

23
10,565 7,850
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

24
7,594 2,655
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gene Hackman age 87

25
7,197 2,244
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Robert Duvall age 86

26
6,839 2,889
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Jodie Foster age 55

27
7,668 5,884
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

28
8,831 8,419
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Johnny Depp age 54

The Most Rewatchable Movies

29
5,948 1,971
Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Henry Fonda Died at 77 (1905-1982)

30
5,709 2,320
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gary Oldman age 59

31
5,851 2,353
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sean Connery age 87

32
5,143 2,853
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Liam Neeson age 65

33
7,311 4,669
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Robin Williams Died at 63 (1951-2014)

34
6,772 2,683
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Kevin Spacey age 58

35
5,378 2,082
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History

36
5,705 1,841
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

37
6,330 5,336
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

38
5,966 3,763
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Harrison Ford age 75

39
4,181 2,216
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Edward Norton age 48

40
3,908 1,575
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Judi Dench age 83

41
4,371 2,466
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

42
3,261 1,542
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

The Best Disney Princesses

43
5,441 3,687
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

44
4,704 3,499
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Brad Pitt age 54

45
3,612 1,555
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Helen Mirren age 72

46
4,212 2,658
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Matt Damon age 47

47
4,118 2,192
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Kate Winslet age 42

48
3,823 2,361
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Russell Crowe age 53

49
4,225 2,369
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

50
4,165 2,422
Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Heath Ledger Died at 29 (1979-2008)