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
22,125 7,394
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 62

2
9,984 4,358
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
10,473 8,489
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 80 (1924-2004)

4
16,003 14,194
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

5
14,304 11,167
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

6
7,064 4,461
Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 96 (1907-2003)

7
9,113 4,158
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 89 (1908-1997)

8
10,694 4,849
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

9
9,149 4,761
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

10
7,840 3,916
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 64 (1929-1993)

11
11,639 5,534
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

12
5,483 3,514
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 58 (1899-1957)

13
12,771 8,509
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 78

14
14,825 8,125
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
NickPeek added age 69

15
6,099 3,074
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 82 (1904-1986)

16
6,864 2,871
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 87 (1916-2003)

17
9,254 4,300
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

18
5,193 3,463
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 88 (1889-1977)

19
9,101 3,346
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 83 (1925-2008)

20
6,704 2,542
Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)

21
7,033 2,979
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 82 (1907-1989)

22
9,235 3,493
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 88

23
8,295 3,720
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 56

24
8,911 3,327
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 85

25
12,636 10,725
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

26
9,063 3,256
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 87

27
10,404 10,906
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 55

28
9,211 8,014
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

29
7,509 2,696
Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 77 (1905-1982)

30
6,846 3,040
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 88

31
6,138 3,672
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 66

32
8,836 6,277
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

33
7,185 4,257
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 76

34
6,751 3,334
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 60

35
7,338 5,765
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sazonana added age 61

36
6,278 2,508
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

37
6,566 2,228
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

38
6,659 4,162
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

39
7,434 3,701
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 59

40
4,204 1,956
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

41
4,740 1,913
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 84

42
4,947 2,724
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 49

43
4,519 1,835
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 73

44
5,310 2,948
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

45
5,092 2,555
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 43

46
5,674 4,119
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 55

47
5,117 3,196
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 48

48
5,176 2,848
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

49
5,193 2,833
Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Dec. at 29 (1979-2008)

50
3,632 1,459
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
age 72