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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
19,049 6,399
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Tom Hanks age 62

2
8,612 3,549
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
14,727 12,439
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

4
9,399 7,425
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
12,978 9,865
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

6
6,147 3,946
Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Katharine Hepburn Died at 96 (1907-2003)

7
7,993 3,704
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
James Stewart Died at 89 (1908-1997)

8
9,462 4,148
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

9
8,151 4,157
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

10
6,947 3,340
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Audrey Hepburn Died at 64 (1929-1993)

11
10,204 4,797
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

12
4,841 3,093
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
11,709 7,866
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Al Pacino age 78

14
13,514 7,631
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
NickPeek added Meryl Streep age 69

The Best Actors in Film History

15
5,476 2,708
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
6,282 2,544
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
8,271 3,886
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

18
8,290 2,587
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Paul Newman Died at 83 (1925-2008)

19
4,520 3,047
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
6,163 2,220
Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ingrid Bergman Died at 67 (1915-1982)

21
6,598 2,600
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Laurence Olivier Died at 82 (1907-1989)

The Scariest Shows on TV Right Now

22
8,240 2,720
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Michael Caine age 85

23
8,354 3,051
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gene Hackman age 88

24
11,236 8,848
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

25
7,631 3,303
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Jodie Foster age 56

26
8,005 2,653
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Robert Duvall age 87

27
9,298 9,479
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Johnny Depp age 55

28
8,176 6,813
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

The Most Rewatchable Movies

29
6,655 2,316
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
6,178 2,608
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sean Connery age 88

31
7,824 5,077
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Robin Williams Died at 63 (1951-2014)

32
5,480 3,126
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Liam Neeson age 66

33
6,069 2,751
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Gary Oldman age 60

34
7,008 3,044
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Kevin Spacey age 59

35
5,678 2,232
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
6,332 3,889
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Harrison Ford age 76

37
6,636 5,455
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sazonana added Daniel Day Lewis age 61

38
5,952 1,989
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

39
4,418 2,388
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Edward Norton age 49

40
4,203 1,686
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Judi Dench age 83

41
5,788 3,856
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

42
3,573 1,676
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

The Best Disney Princesses

43
4,677 2,631
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

44
3,927 1,651
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Helen Mirren age 73

45
5,030 3,686
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Brad Pitt age 55

46
4,425 2,325
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Kate Winslet age 43

47
4,487 2,841
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Matt Damon age 47

48
4,518 2,527
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

49
4,049 2,514
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Russell Crowe age 54

50
4,505 2,572
Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Heath Ledger Died at 29 (1979-2008)