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The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History  

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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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Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, The African Queen
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Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
vivian added All About Eve, P.S. I Love You, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
The Letter, What ever happened to Baby Jane, Jezabel
3
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
City Lights, The Gold Rush, Modern Times
4
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story
5
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Spartacus, Clash of the Titans, Rebecca
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Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Superman
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Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Breakfast at Tiffany's, My Fair Lady, Roman Holiday
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Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Casablanca, Notorious, Cinema Paradiso
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James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, Rear Window
10
Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
To Kill a Mockingbird, Cape Fear, The Omen
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Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
The Graduate, Being John Malkovich, Rain Man
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Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
North by Northwest, Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday
13
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen
14
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
NickPeek added The Deer Hunter, Out of Africa, Kramer vs. Kramer
15
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Goodfellas, The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver
16
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
The Shining, Batman, The Departed
17
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Scarface
18
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Cars
19
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
The Silence of the Lambs, Thor, Thor: The Dark World
20
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins
21
Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Once Upon a Time in the West, 12 Angry Men, The Grapes of Wrath
22
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Good, Unforgiven, Dirty Harry
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Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Superman, The French Connection, Young Frankenstein
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Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins
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Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
The Silence of the Lambs, Taxi Driver, Contact