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
22,666 7,526
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 62

2
10,068 4,484
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
10,614 8,564
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 80 (1924-2004)

4
16,184 14,283
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

5
14,471 11,241
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

6
9,273 4,212
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 89 (1908-1997)

7
7,178 4,511
Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 96 (1907-2003)

8
9,618 4,824
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

9
10,867 4,984
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

10
11,789 5,610
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

11
5,599 3,559
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 58 (1899-1957)

12
7,979 3,954
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 64 (1929-1993)

13
12,924 8,555
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 78

14
14,969 8,179
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
NickPeek added age 69

15
6,196 3,108
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 82 (1904-1986)

16
6,962 2,906
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 87 (1916-2003)

17
9,357 4,361
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

18
5,294 3,500
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 88 (1889-1977)

19
9,205 3,368
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 83 (1925-2008)

20
6,785 2,572
Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)

21
7,097 3,011
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 82 (1907-1989)

22
9,289 3,560
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 88

23
8,383 3,763
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 56

24
8,978 3,386
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 85

25
9,304 3,309
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 87

26
12,776 11,170
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

27
10,551 11,331
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 55

28
7,754 2,757
Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 77 (1905-1982)

29
9,310 8,431
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

30
6,931 3,092
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 88

31
6,214 3,735
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 66

32
7,426 5,788
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sazonana added age 61

33
7,276 4,314
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 76

34
8,920 6,462
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

35
6,811 3,386
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 60

36
6,367 2,533
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

37
6,656 2,248
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

38
6,768 4,191
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

39
4,829 1,929
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 84

40
7,474 3,783
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 59

41
4,600 1,850
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 73

42
5,031 2,756
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 49

43
4,277 2,001
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

44
5,193 2,575
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 43

45
5,413 2,974
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

46
5,747 4,185
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 55

47
5,174 3,264
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 48

48
5,235 2,911
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

49
5,283 2,860
Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 29 (1979-2008)

50
3,729 1,478
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 72