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
21,850 7,315
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 62

2
9,931 4,292
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
10,395 8,440
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 80 (1924-2004)

4
6,991 4,397
Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 96 (1907-2003)

5
15,930 14,158
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

6
14,213 11,091
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

7
10,612 4,705
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

8
8,850 4,130
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 89 (1908-1997)

9
8,890 4,727
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

10
11,552 5,471
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

11
7,761 3,867
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 64 (1929-1993)

12
5,417 3,494
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 58 (1899-1957)

13
12,691 8,484
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 78

14
14,741 8,105
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
NickPeek added age 69

15
6,031 3,054
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 82 (1904-1986)

16
6,803 2,855
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 87 (1916-2003)

17
9,199 4,255
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

18
5,121 3,440
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 88 (1889-1977)

19
9,029 3,334
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 83 (1925-2008)

20
6,630 2,529
Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)

21
6,991 2,962
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 82 (1907-1989)

22
9,206 3,451
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 88

23
8,227 3,693
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 56

24
8,878 3,288
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 85

25
12,558 10,476
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

26
8,831 3,223
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 87

27
10,318 10,681
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 55

28
9,147 7,780
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

29
7,283 2,659
Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 77 (1905-1982)

30
6,802 3,013
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 88

31
6,095 3,632
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 66

32
8,780 6,050
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 63 (1951-2014)

33
6,713 3,299
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 60

34
7,137 4,220
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 76

35
7,280 5,751
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sazonana added age 61

36
6,224 2,495
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

37
6,511 2,215
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

38
7,409 3,649
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 59

39
6,593 4,145
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

40
4,159 1,922
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

41
4,697 1,905
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 84

42
4,893 2,711
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 49

43
4,461 1,827
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 73

44
5,246 2,932
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

45
5,639 4,070
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 55

46
5,030 2,543
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 43

47
5,080 3,156
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 48

48
5,130 2,811
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

49
5,135 2,816
Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Died at 29 (1979-2008)

50
4,438 2,845
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 54