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
21,442 7,224
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 62

2
9,870 4,208
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
10,301 8,359
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 80 (1924-2004)

4
15,845 13,900
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

5
14,117 10,895
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

6
6,902 4,364
Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 96 (1907-2003)

7
10,518 4,678
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

8
8,704 4,103
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 89 (1908-1997)

9
7,676 3,726
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 64 (1929-1993)

10
8,722 4,687
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

11
11,369 5,408
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

12
5,354 3,463
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 58 (1899-1957)

13
12,600 8,462
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 78

14
14,653 8,076
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
NickPeek added age 69

15
5,987 3,025
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 82 (1904-1986)

16
6,753 2,833
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 87 (1916-2003)

17
9,132 4,207
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

18
5,052 3,415
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 88 (1889-1977)

19
8,951 3,314
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 83 (1925-2008)

20
6,958 2,941
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 82 (1907-1989)

21
6,569 2,506
Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 67 (1915-1982)

22
9,169 3,402
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 88

23
12,465 10,135
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

24
8,839 3,241
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 85

25
8,175 3,672
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 56

26
8,558 3,188
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 87

27
10,237 10,399
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 55

28
9,088 7,492
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

29
7,018 2,614
Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 77 (1905-1982)

30
8,719 5,772
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 63 (1951-2014)

31
6,054 3,580
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 66

32
6,761 2,972
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 88

33
7,089 4,173
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 76

34
6,664 3,265
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 60

35
7,217 5,732
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sazonana added age 61

36
6,172 2,475
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

37
6,464 2,197
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

38
7,386 3,592
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 59

39
6,528 4,113
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

40
4,110 1,896
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

41
4,658 1,889
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 84

42
4,839 2,688
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 49

43
4,402 1,813
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 73

44
5,598 4,025
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 55

45
5,196 2,910
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

46
4,968 2,526
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 43

47
5,040 3,115
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 48

48
5,094 2,771
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

49
5,077 2,797
Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 29 (1979-2008)

50
4,412 2,806
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 54