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.
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1
21,379 7,205
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 62

2
9,856 4,186
Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
vivian added Died at 81 (1908-1989) - The Letter, What ever happened to Baby Jane, Jezabel

3
10,294 8,348
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 80 (1924-2004)

4
15,832 13,854
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

5
14,106 10,844
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

6
6,892 4,358
Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 96 (1907-2003)

7
10,506 4,671
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

8
8,697 4,094
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 89 (1908-1997)

9
7,666 3,722
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 64 (1929-1993)

10
8,717 4,679
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

11
11,356 5,392
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

12
5,345 3,459
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 58 (1899-1957)

13
12,586 8,453
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 78

14
14,634 8,061
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
NickPeek added age 69

15
5,979 3,020
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 82 (1904-1986)

16
6,747 2,827
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 87 (1916-2003)

17
9,120 4,194
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

18
5,047 3,409
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 88 (1889-1977)

19
8,943 3,308
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 83 (1925-2008)

20
6,952 2,934
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 82 (1907-1989)

21
6,562 2,503
Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 67 (1915-1982)

22
9,122 3,387
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 88

23
12,454 10,079
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

24
8,832 3,228
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 85

25
8,170 3,666
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 56

26
8,550 3,186
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 87

27
10,223 10,393
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 55

28
9,079 7,481
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

29
7,013 2,606
Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 77 (1905-1982)

30
8,709 5,762
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 63 (1951-2014)

31
6,049 3,569
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 66

32
6,756 2,960
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 88

33
7,083 4,160
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 76

34
6,659 3,253
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 60

35
7,207 5,727
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sazonana added age 61

36
6,165 2,471
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

37
6,459 2,193
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

38
7,383 3,580
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 59

39
6,523 4,109
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

40
4,105 1,889
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

41
4,652 1,887
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 84

42
4,833 2,687
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 49

43
4,393 1,812
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 73

44
5,594 4,015
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 55

45
5,193 2,904
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

46
4,961 2,523
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 43

47
5,036 3,106
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 48

48
5,091 2,762
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

49
5,068 2,794
Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 29 (1979-2008)

50
4,411 2,796
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 54