Actresses The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History  

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List Rules Vote up and add all of the actors and actresses who you think are the very best.

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.
list ordered by

1
22,161 7,406
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 62

2
9,994 4,368
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
10,487 8,496
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 80 (1924-2004)

4
16,019 14,198
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

5
14,321 11,172
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

6
9,145 4,163
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 89 (1908-1997)

7
7,078 4,465
Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 96 (1907-2003)

8
10,705 4,877
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

9
9,179 4,766
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

10
5,495 3,517
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 58 (1899-1957)

11
7,852 3,920
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 64 (1929-1993)

12
11,650 5,542
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

13
12,788 8,515
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 78

14
14,844 8,128
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
NickPeek added age 69

15
6,107 3,079
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 82 (1904-1986)

16
6,874 2,876
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 87 (1916-2003)

17
9,266 4,306
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

18
5,202 3,469
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 88 (1889-1977)

19
9,110 3,351
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 83 (1925-2008)

20
6,711 2,547
Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)

21
7,042 2,984
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 82 (1907-1989)

22
9,243 3,502
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 88

23
8,303 3,727
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 56

24
8,917 3,337
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 85

25
12,651 10,754
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

26
9,092 3,263
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 87

27
10,419 10,931
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 55

28
9,218 8,044
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

29
7,538 2,701
Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 77 (1905-1982)

30
6,851 3,046
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 88

31
6,145 3,678
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 66

32
8,842 6,304
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

33
7,190 4,262
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 76

34
6,757 3,340
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 60

35
7,345 5,770
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sazonana added age 61

36
6,285 2,510
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

37
6,574 2,230
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

38
6,669 4,164
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

39
7,439 3,709
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 59

40
4,747 1,916
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 84

41
4,212 1,960
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

42
4,955 2,728
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 49

43
4,526 1,838
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 73

44
5,102 2,558
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 43

45
5,319 2,953
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

46
5,681 4,126
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 55

47
5,124 3,203
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 48

48
5,180 2,856
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

49
5,200 2,836
Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 29 (1979-2008)

50
3,641 1,460
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 72